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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. 

Kristen Spotz
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). 

Samantha Cooper
Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Samantha Cooper is Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance within the Science and Regulatory Affairs division at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C., representing the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech where she graduated Cum Laude.  At GMA, Samantha serves as the staff liaison for the Regulatory Inspections Compliance Committee and the Inspections & Enforcement Working Group.In addition, she assists in HACCP plan reviews for GMA members and is also a member of GMA’s Supplier Share Group.Prior to her role with GMA, Samantha was a Food Safety Manager at a sous-vide manufacturer.