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WAFDO 2015 Annual Educational Conference

The WAFDO 2015 Annual Educational Conference will be held the week of September 20, 2015 at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, Montana. You can use this link to register for the conference. The registration form includes options for registering for the combined conference including WAFDO, FDA Seminar, and MEHA meetings. The combined meetings will be held through September 24th. The WAFDO agenda shows the planned program for the WAFDO portion of the conference. The WAFDO Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday September 21st and 22nd. The O.J. Wiemann Award Dinner will be held Monday evening.

Great Northern Hotel

August 21st is the deadline to register in one of the reserved block of rooms at the hotel. The phone number for the Great Northern Hotel is 406-457-5500. If you require a federal government rate with Best Western Great Northern and are unable to get the government rate then please contact the overflow hotels directly with the WAFDO group reservation to receive a government rate.

WAFDO Expense Form and Policy

WAFDO Expense Report

WAFDO Expense Reimbursement Policy

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2015 Southwest Region Workshop and Annual Seminar

Complete the Registration form and email it to mario.seminara@fda.hhs.gov. If you are paying by PayPal, select your registration option from the drop-down list below and click on the Buy Now button. In addition to the registration fees shown in the list, PayPay will charge your credit card a 2.9% fee plus a $0.30 transaction fee.

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Links to the 2015 WAFDO Conference Presentations are found in the following table.

Day 1 - WAFDO Conference

Welcome & Conference Overview

Richelle Richter, WAFDO President
Special Assistant to the Branch Director, FDA/PSW

Read AFDO President

AFDO Update

Stan Stromberg, Director Food Safety Division
Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture

Read AFDO President

Stromberg Presentation

AFDO Endowment Fund Status

John Young, Chairman, AFDO Endowment Foundation

AFDO Endowment

Young Presentation

Preparing for the Implementation of a
Routine Inspection Program in Colorado

Nicole Berzins, Div of Env Health and Sustainability,
Colorado Department of Public Health


Berzins Presentation

MFRPS Integrated Food Safety Updates

Ellen Buchanan, Audit Director, FDA/ORA/OO/IO
Kim Stryker, Environmental Program Manager,
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation


Stryker/Buchanan Presentation

PFP Update

Patrick Kennelly, Chief - Food Safety Section
California Dept. of Public Health
Sacramento, California

Nevada Truck Wreck

Kennelly Presentation

Marijuana Edibles and Extracts

Thuy Vu, Director of Infused Products,
LivWell Co

Compounding Pharmacies

Vu Presentation

Marijuana “Are You Experienced?”

Lucy Severs, Food Safety Program Manager,
Washington State Dept of Agriculture

Change Manager

Severs Presentation

The MultiState Partnership for Security in Agriculture -- An Overview

Sandy Johnson, Emergency Management Coordinator,
Kansas Department of Agriculture


Johnson Presentation
Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Retail
and Records To Be Kept by Retail Stores
That Grind Raw Beef Products

Richard Atkinson, Supervisory Investigator USDA/FSIS

Alaska Desk Audits

Atkinson Presentation

Antibiotic Resistant Shigellosis

Jacqueline Hurd, MPH, Surveillance Epidemiologist, CDC

Industrial Outreach

Hurd Presentation

Sanitation at Whistling Andy's Distillery

Mike Marchetti, Owner

Change Manager

Marchetti Presentation

RRT Panel Discussion

Patrick Kennelly, Chief - Food Safety Section
California Dept. of Public Health
Sacramento, California

Claudia Coles, Claudia Coles
Program Manager, Compliance
Washington State Dept of Agriculture
Olympia, Washington

Change Manager

Kennelly/Coles Presentation

Day 2 - Joint WAFDO and MEHA Conference

WAFDO President's Message

Richelle Richter, WAFDO President
Special Assistant to the Branch Director, FDA/PSW

Change Manager

Richter Presentation

Welcome from the State of Montana

Richard Opper, Director Montana DPHHS


MEHA Website has Presentation

Change Manager

Opper Presentation

Pacific Region Update

Luis Solorzano, Director, State Cooperative Programs,
FDA Pacific Region

MEHA Website has Presentation

Integrated Systems

Solorzano Presentation

Budget Cuts and the link to increased Salmonella and Campylobacter incidents

Elizabeth (Betty) Bekemeier, University of Washington


Bekemeier Presentation

Yelp’s LIVES Program, Heath Scores

Karina Salehi, LIVES Project Lead@Yelp


Salehi Presentation

Broad Brushstrokes:  Cottage Foods Challenges in Operations and National Regulations

Mark “Mick” Miklos, Senior Manager, Program Compliance, National Restaurant Association

Cottage Foods

Miklos Presentation

Whole Genome Sequencing 101 and applications in regulatory food safety

Daniel Rice, DrPH, Director, Pacific Regional Laboratory Northwest


MEHA Website has Presentation

Cottage Foods

Rice Presentation

Alaska State Report

Sunny Miur, ADEC
Shelly Griffin, Municipality of Ankorage
Jeffery Hickman, Municipality of Ankorage

Cottage Foods
Sunny Muir

Cottage Foods

Shelly Griffin

Cottage Foods

Jeffery Hickman

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Report

Stephan Hughes, Center for Food Safety and
Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

MEHA Website has Presentation

Cottage Foods

Hughes Presentation

Arizona State Report

Blaca Caballero, Arizona Department of Health Services


MEHA Website has Presentation

Cottage Foods

Caballero Presentation

Cottage Food Panel Discussion

Patrick Guzzle, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Mark S. Miklos, National Restaurant Association
Melanie Shaw, Montana DPHHS
Cindy Ulch, Nevada State Health Division

Cottage Foods

Cottage Food Presentation


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