Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

New Ingredient Product Development, Regulatory/ Compliance, OSHA/EHS, Thermal/ Non-Thermal Processing

ID: 734236 California, USA

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Experienced Food Science Technical Professional with a track record of improving results in varied food manufacturing environments. Highly motivated team builder/player. Able to provide clear, strategic direction on Food Safety issues. Well-versed in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Purchasing, Food Safety Programs, and Biotechnology. Sound business judgment combined with excellent conceptual analytical ability.

Very broad Food Science knowledge base, from new ingredient product development, regulatory/compliance OSHA/EHS thermal/non-Thermal Processing, retorted acid/acidified low water activity products.

• Recognized Process Authority
• Well established with FDA, USDA FSIS processes, including high acid, low-acid or acidified foods as well as various non-thermal applications.
• Process Optimization and Validation
• Patent Review and Filing; Meat, Poultry, Produce, Flavors and Ingredient Systems
• Audit preparation; ISO, Organic, 3rd Party
• Food Safety Systems, GMP's, Supplier/Vendor Audits & Certification
• Food Quality Systems – CIP, ISO, HACCP, HARPC, TQM, KP, Organic
• Justification and auditing of a new product, process, and packaging
• Regulatory Issues – Labeling, Process approvals/development, and validation
• Lab audits/upgrades – analytical, microbiological, physical


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Subject: Microbiological Sciences and Immunology Institution: University of California, San Diego
Year: 1976 Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS) Subject: Biology/Biological Sciences, General Institution: Point Loma Nazarene University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Process Authority - Senior Principal Scientist Department:
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2018 Employer: Nestlé Nutrition R&D Center Title: Senior Principal Scientist and MRM Category Technical Manager Department: Thermal Processing
Implement strategies platform-wide for thermal processing (aseptic, retort, and hot fill) effectiveness, assessment of competencies, and training. Extensive background with food products in glass containers. Traveled to each of the Gerber Baby Food operations in the US, as well as Rzeszow, PL; Sevares, ES; Turku, FI, and Querétaro, MX as well as Co-manufacturers, implementing thermal process optimization training on the retort glass lines at each facility.

Key Contributions:
- Spearheaded microbiological validation via actual data collection as well as modeling studies in an effort to optimize processes for FSMA compliance also to assure a high degree of Food Safety.
- Serve as the Subject Matter Expert for Thermal Process Sterilization, Thermal Bacteriology globally for Nestlé Nutrition and Model HACCP development for Nestle Nutrition factories worldwide.
- As the MRM Category Technical Manager the point person in defining global manufacturing and ingredient strategy in order to deliver ingredients specifications and product recipes quickly to assure speed to market.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to 2015 Employer: Certified Food Safety Center (CFSC) Title: Chief Technical Officer Department: Thermal processing
Responsible for providing food safety consulting services to clients in the food industry, ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.

Key Contributions:
- Utilize training as a Food Safety microbiologist and Process Authority to provide guidance for food safety regulatory compliance, design and lead complex projects to support food safety goals or decisions.
- Implemented business strategies for the CFSC business unit, achieved 60% segment growth from 2011 to 2014, as well as expanded CFSC presence as an active contributor to the public scientific community.
- Objectively influenced senior management with pertinent information to obtain support and funding, e.g., 2.5 million for capital projects, completed on time and budget.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: White Oak Frozen Foods Title: Chief Technical Officer Department:
Responsible for the establishments Food Safety Programs, Customer Audits, Regulatory audits and day to day Quality Assurance/Control programs.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2010 Employer: Scientific Air Solutions Title: Chief Technical Officer Department: Thermal Processing
Key Contributions:
- Validated various steam sterilization high acid/acidified hot fill and hold processes equipment domestically and internationally.
- Conduct risk assessments to provide direction as to the necessary log-reduction to assure FSMA compliance for validated processes.
- Developed a process authority-mentoring program to develop skilled individuals within the various divisions of Certified Laboratories.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2000 to 2010 Employer: Food Safety & Processed Technology Title: Chief Technical Officer Department:
Science base individual with some field (in various countries) experience
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to 2001 Employer: Basic Vegetable Products Title: Director, Quality & Technical Services Department:
Responsible for Quality and Technical services for several facilities.
Oversaw the ISO 9002 program for the company
Lab audits/upgrades – analytical, microbiological, physical
Storage Product/Package compatibility studies

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology
Association of Analytical Communities
Institute of Food Technologists
Northern California Institute of Foods Technology
Institute For Thermal Processing Specialists
American Society for Quality Control
American Society for Microbiology
ΦTΣ - Phi Tau Sigma
Licenses / Certifications
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food, Prentative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)
Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance FSPCA and FDA
Certification authority Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance FSPCA and FDA

Certified Food Scientist
Certification DateApr 2013 – Present License Certification
International Food Science Certification Commission
Certification authority International Food Science Certification Commission

Seafood HACCP
Certification DateMar 2013 – Present License Certification
Cornell University & National Seafood HACCP Alliance
Certification authority Cornell University & National Seafood HACCP Alliance

Better Process Control School
Certification License Updated BPSC from Original Certificate
University of California Davis
Certification authority University of California Davis

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Certification authority Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 4
Patents: 7

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Understand and conversationally adequate
German Understand and conversationally adequate

Fields of Expertise

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