Warren Stone, MS
Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance and Inspection
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Warren Stone works with a broad audience including member and potential member companies, GMA scientific and technical staff, regulatory agents and universities and provides GMA members with training, technical guidance, advice and assistance in areas of food safety, food microbiology, HACCP, allergen control, regulatory compliance, food defense, GMPs, quality programs and sanitation systems. Mr. Stone is an instructor for GMA’s various HACCP course offerings and Better Process Control School and serves as staff liaison for GMA’s Food Defense Committee and Sanitary Design Working Group. He currently serves as acting staff liaison for the Microbiological Safety Committee. Mr. Stone also speaks Spanish.
Mr. Stone has 30 years of in-plant experience in both manufacturing and quality assurance in a variety of operations, including low-acid canned foods, frozen foods, meat and poultry, seafood, juice, dairy items, fresh produce, salsas, dips and spreads. He has written numerous HACCP, quality system, sanitation and microbiological control programs for various food companies. Prior to joining GMA, he headed his own consulting firm to provide technical expertise in manufacturing and quality systems, GMPs, sanitary design and HACCP to food industry clients. He holds both a Master's degree from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis.
Jennifer Cleveland McEntire, Ph.D.
Vice President, Science Operations
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Dr. Jennifer McEntire is Vice President of Science Operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association where she oversees the microbiology, packaging, and forensic claims laboratories and process authority group, including education and workshops offered by her teams.
A food microbiologist by training, Jennifer’s areas of expertise include traceability, food defense, and food regulations, especially FSMA. Jennifer was previously Vice President and Chief Science Officer at The Acheson Group, where she helped food industry clients understand their supply chain risks and prioritize mitigations in the context of the changing regulatory landscape and global food safety system.
Prior to joining The Acheson Group, Jennifer served as the Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Science & Technology Projects at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). She also held a 2 year appointment as the Panel Manager for the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research grant program in the area of food science and nutrition, and served as a visiting scientist for FDA CFSAN.
Jennifer earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers University as a USDA National Needs Fellow in food safety and received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction, magna cum laude, in food science from the University of Delaware. She was the 2010 recipient of the Rutgers University Food Science Alumni Association Communication Award and in 2012 was honored with the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Young Alumni award. She has also received two awards from the FDA CFSAN Center Director related to her work on food defense as well as food safety collaboration training materials.
She has authored more than 20 peer reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and numerous white papers. She is a sought after speaker and is often quoted in trade and popular press. She is on the Executive Committee of Phi Tau Sigma (the food science honorary society) and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Food Traceability Center.
Melinda Hayman, Ph.D.
Melinda Hayman is a food microbiologist specializing in Food Safety. Melinda received her Ph.D. in Food Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. Hons in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Sydney. Melinda joined GMA in 2012 as Director of Microbiology. In this role she oversees critical food safety research, supports membership through technical and laboratory services and interacts with many segments of the food industry, as well as the academic and food regulatory communities, in order to track and interpret food safety issues and deliver effective solutions.
Prior to joining GMA, Melinda was the Director of Technical Services at Food Safety Net Services, where she managed Laboratory Quality Systems, Training, Method Validation, and Special Projects. In addition, Melinda worked as a Food Microbiologist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Sydney, Australia.
Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Kristen Spotz is the Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C., representing the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies. Kristen has an extensive background in sanitation, continuous improvement and change control. At GMA, Ms. Spotz oversees the import certification working group for FSMA, Food Safety Modernization Act, and leads the different working groups that assess the economic impact of FSMA. In addition, she is a HACCP trainer and reviews HACCP plans for GMA and is also a member of GMA’s sanitation group. Prior to her role at GMA, Ms. Spotz was a Quality Engineer along with a Quality Supervisor in a wide range of fields including medical device, snack foods and dietary supplements. She has both designed and managed the environmental and finished product testing programs at many facilities.
Ms. Spotz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Central Florida where she graduated Cum laude. She is trained in HACCP and has engineering coursework in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). Ms. Spotz is a member of the International Association for Food Protection and was previously active with the American Society for Quality (ASQ).