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NACCHO Sharing Session: Two Local Health Departments’ Approach to Meeting Retail Program Standards 3 and 6


Jun 20, 2019 11:27 AM

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Katey Kennedy
Retail Food Specialist @U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Ms. Kennedy works as a FDA Retail Food Specialist, providing technical assistance, training and code interpretations to State and local food programs as part of FDA’s Cooperative Programs. Kathryn Kennedy has a BS in Biology and a second BS in Microbiology from Colorado State University. After graduating she joined the Food and Drug Administration as a Food Microbiologist at the Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center (WEAC) in Woburn, Massachusetts. While working at WEAC she was responsible for conducting microbial analyses of various foods, drugs and cosmetics for pathogenic microorganisms and sterility. She also conducted research at the University of New Hampshire on the development of a P-32 probe for the detection of enteroviruses in shellfish under Dr. Aaron Margolin. Ms. Kennedy then worked for eight years as a Training Officer for the FDA State Training Branch in Rockville, MD, where she designed, developed and delivered a wide range of national technical training pr
Jeanne Garbarino
Contractor @Vineland Health Department, NJ
Jeanne Garbarino retired as the Assistant Chief REHS for the Vineland Health Department (NJ) in 2018 with 36 years in Public Health. She has a B.S. Degree in Public Health from Stockton State College in NJ. She loves to share her experience and insight in the Standards Program and wished she had this kind of support when she started with the Standards Program in 2002. It was not easy starting the Standards in the early days, when she did not know anyone else enrolled. Nor did she have the current resources such as Food Shield, CFP, and NACCHO to give her examples and guidance. Even so, Vineland Health Department became the first department in the country to meet all 9 Standards in 2012. This is Vineland’s 5th year as a Mentor with NACCHO. Jeanne is assisting them.
Jason Reagan
District Environmental Health Director @Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments
Jason Reagan currently holds the position of District Environmental Health Director for Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments (GNR) in Georgia. Jason began his career in Environmental Health back in 2008 as an entry level Environmental Health Specialist in Newton County. He graduated from The University of Georgia in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a minor in Environmental Soil Science. GNR has currently met all 9 National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards and is a mentor to others in obtaining their Standards.