2019 Annual Meeting Speakers’ Bios

Jessica Zetlau

Jessica Zetlau is an Associate Manager of Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs for Yum! Brands, Inc., the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut. She has responsibility for the eastern region of the United States which includes 25 states and approximately 9,000 Yum! restaurants. Her work includes ensuring regulatory compliance within the US, as well as development and maintenance of Yum!’s global food safety policies and crisis management program.

Jess has a BS in Biology from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a MPA (Master of Public Affairs) in Policy Analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She has worked at Yum! for 1.5 years and previously at Pizza Hut (US business unit) for 9 years all within food safety and quality assurance.

Dr. Rohan Tikekar

Dr. Rohan Tikekar is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on developing new decontamination methods to improve fresh produce safety. His extension work focuses on training industry professionals in food processing and safety including FSMA regulations and providing industry with technical assistance. His research is supported by several USDA grants.

Dr. John Ryan

Dr. John Ryan is a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PQCI).  He holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods and has extensive international manufacturing quality and operations experience in large and small manufacturing operations.  He is a retired Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division administrator where he won multiple awards for food implementing farm-to-fork RFID traceability systems.  He currently operates two business divisions focused on food safety system validation (http://www.RyanSystems.com) and transportation food safety controls (http://www.SanitaryColdChain.com).  He has recently published books entitled “Food Fraud”, “Guide to Food Safety During Transportation: Controls Standards and Practices, 2nd Edition”, “Validating Food Safety and Quality Controls” and “The Quality Team Concept in Total Quality Control”.

Chris Yee

Chris Yee has been responding to foodborne outbreaks as well as other emergencies both as a FDA Investigator as well as a DHHS officer since 2005. Since joining the US FDA in 2002 as an investigator, CAPT Yee has responded to disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina (2007) to the leafy green outbreaks.  He is one of the starting members of the CA Food Emergency Response Team (CalFERT), the nation’s first foodborne outbreak rapid response team, in addition to being a trainer for outbreak investigation courses.  Currently, CAPT Yee is a Sr. Emergency Response Coordinator responsible for guiding the emergency response program of the FDA’s field operations.

Dr. Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.

Lori Murphy

Lori Murphy is the Interim Program Manager at Austin Public Health.  She oversees the Environmental Health Services Division’s inspection programs including food, pools, environmental complaints, and vector control.  Lori spent 7 years permitting and inspecting Austin’s vibrant mobile vending scene.  She has been a registered sanitarian for 17 years and claims to Save the World one inspection at a time.