FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course


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.
Director, Microbiology
Grocery Manufacturers Association

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.

Carla Napier, MS
Assistant Scientist, Microbiology
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Carla Napier joined the GMA specializing in microbiology. As an assistant scientist, Ms. Napier assists member companies with quality issues, provides technical support for research related to foodborne pathogens, and participates in manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Napier’s latest co-authored publication is titled, “Survival of Salmonella Tennessee, Salmonella Typhimurium DT104, and Enterococcus faecium in Peanut Paste Formulations at Two Different Levels of Water Activity and Fat.”

Ms. Napier earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology from George Mason University and her master’s degree in Food Safety from Michigan State University.