Previous Award Winners

Name OrganizationAward TypeYear Awarded
Citation Summary
Patty Harvey
ConAgra Foods
Certificate of Appreciation
2016
Melva Ball
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Ruth Hendy Award (Administrator Award)
2016
Angela Kohls
FDA Office of Partnerships
Outstanding MCAFDO Award
2017
Angela has been a longtime member of MCAFDO in both her state and federal positions. In her current FDA position Angela has taken it upon herself to be the motivator that keeps the MCAFDO Board of Directors moving forward. Her dedication to regularly scheduled conference calls and taking control of the conference agenda has been vital in organizing our annual conference. Angela is also an asset in scheduling and confirming FDA speakers and participants in our annual conference.
Scott Platt
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals
Outstanding MCAFDO Award
2017
Scott Platt has been the MCAFDO Treasurer since 2011. In that role he has been instrumental in making the annual conference happen, administering the small conference grant, and maintaining a web site presence. Without his participation we would be unable to make the annual MCAFDO conference a success. He also was instrumental in moving MCAFDO forward and instituting credit card acceptance and moving us into the Wild Apricot membership and meeting management system.
Steve Moris
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Ruth Hendy Award (Administrator Award)
2017
Steve Moris has been very involved in MCAFDO since approximately 2007. Mr. Moris has served as president for nearly two terms, he has assisted in the planning of numerous conferences, and has consistently promoted MCAFDO. Without Steve's leadership, MCAFDO may have not continued in 2010-2011. Further he has served AFDO as its secretary, treasurer, and is now Vice President. Steve has demonstrated commitment by bringing a large number of his staff to the conference each year, providing speakers, committee members, and countless hours leading the organization.
Jeff Jackson
Arkansas Department of Health
MCAFDO Recognition Award - Achievment
2017
Jeff has been a longtime member of MCAFDO. Within the last year, Jeff had to take on temporary supervisor responsibilities in addition to his inspector duties. Jeff is always knowledgeable and offers input in many areas of discussion during conferences and is always there to answer questions when needed. I appreciate Jeff and his ability to go outside of the box to find a solution to a problem.
Tom Jensen
Retired from NE Dept of Agriculture - August 28, 2016
Special Recognition Award
2017
Brief description of accomplishments : Tom Jensen has been with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture since 1977. He was the Nebraska State Lab Director for 32 years before becoming the Chief Administrator in 2011. Tom has made an impact on the field of environmental health with his commitment to the Association of Food and Drug Officials, and the Mid -Continent Association of Food and Drug Officials, as well as the American Association of Control Officials who regulate feed, fertilizers and pesticides. Tom is also active in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and has been a member of AOAC International. Tom served on several committees and boards, including the Official Methods Board and the AOAC International Board of Directors. In 2001-2002, he served as President of AOAC International. For his service to the Association, he has been named a Fellow. Since 2003, Tom has served as the department’s Emergency Coordinator, with responsibilities in Homeland Security and emergency management. Under his direction, NDA employees have learned the Incident Command System, which has been used several times; most recently with the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) event in northeast Nebraska. Tom has been instrumental in acquiring grants to keep the Department in a leadership role in many areas. The Feed program and Food program are enrolled in the Regulatory Standards Programs. The Department is actively involved in the Specialty Block Grant program and the Farmer Market Program.
Christopher Sparks Houston Health Department
Outstanding MCAFDO Award
2018Mr. Sparks Managed the Public Sanitation and Retail Food Safety Group under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from 2013-2016 and was pivotal in the implementation and adoption of the 2013 FDA Food Code into the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules. Before Mr. Sparks there were many failed attempts to pass new FDA Food Code into Texas due to legislative issues like Raw Milk and Cottage Food. Mr. Sparks with his first attempt was able to setup stakeholders meeting, answer comment periods, and pass a draft of proposed rules by DSHS General Council and then into the Texas Administrative Code giving Texas a new food code in almost 10 years. Doing all this while working on and completing his 2nd Master’s Degree in Public Health from Texas A&M University.
Steve Mandernach
Iowa Department of Inspecitons & Appeals
Ruth Hendy Award
2018Steve Mandernach has been very involved in MCAFDO since he started in his current position almost 10 years ago. Mr. Mandernach has served as MCAFDO president and he has assisted in the planning of nearly every conference for the past 10 years, and has consistently promoted MCAFDO. Without Steve's leadership, MCAFDO may have not continued in 2010-2011. Steve has demonstrated commitment by bringing a large number of his staff to the conference each year, providing speakers, committee members, and countless hours leading the organization.
Preston Moberly
Iowa Department of Inspecitons & Appeals
Achievement Award
2018"Since joining the Department less than two year's ago Preston has become a leader in the food safety program. He has a positive ""can do"" attitude with a passion for food safety. He has been a leader in working to improve processes in many areas and always up for a new challenge. He has embraced the concept of environmental assessments for foodborne illness investigations, actively improved the process for temporary food events, exceeded productivity expectations, and has handled complex enforcement with little coaching.
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Sue Holbert
ConAgra Foods
Certificate of Appreciation
2018Certificate of Appreciation is herby presented to Sue Holbert for her outstanding and unwavering support for Mid-Continental Association of Food and Drug Officials and leadership in advancing collaboration between the food regulatory and regulated communities.
Julie LoeraTexas Department of State Health Services
Certificate of Recognition2018Certificate of Recognition is herby presented to Julie Loera recognizing her twenty-six year career with the Texas Department of State Health Services and her leadership with the US Food and Drug Administration's Manufactured Foods Regulatory Program Standards and the Human and Animal Food Rapid Response Team programs.
Kurt Rueber
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals
Outstanding MCAFDO Award
2019
In the past year, Kurt Rueber, Environmental Specialist, has worked on two complex investigations for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau. The first was a long-term compliance case with an operator resistance to change. This investigation was conducted jointly with our FDA District Office. Kurt showed great poise, patience, and resolve to move this operator towards compliance. The investigation stretched over a year with the end result of the operator selling the business. Once the business came under new ownership Kurt worked tirelessly to ensure the new owners were educated on all the regulatory requirements. A second instance of Kurt’s ability to work on complex investigations was demonstrated during investigation into at a dietary supplement firm using kratom as an ingredient. Kratom is an unapproved dietary supplement ingredient that has been linked to adverse health effects. Again, this investigation was jointly conducted with our FDA District Office. Kurt worked alongside an FDA CSO for over a week. Although this investigation began as a joint FDA/Iowa inspection it quickly became much more. Product samples were collected, both finished products and raw materials were embargoed and ultimately all kratom and products containing kratom were destroyed with full cooperation of the firm. Kurt’s positive attitude and ability to dive into any investigation with confidence and poised enthusiasm makes him an excellent nomination for the Outstanding MCAFDO Award.
Brian Church, Barry Phillips, Tenesha Stubblefield, Scott Platt Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals
Achievement Award
2019
We would like to nominate this group of inspectors for the Achievement Award due to their above and beyond response to an investigation initiated by our FDA District Office. Our FDA District Partners were inspecting a facility with possible human health impact but could not clearly establish interstate commerce, so our Bureau decided to send in our manufacturing team to conduct an inspection and environmental sampling. This may sound routine, but our inspectors were informed of the assignment and the need to be onsite the same week of our staff meeting. This required quick reaction time on their part to mobilize as a team and make arrangements to be at the firm all week with just 48 hours of notification. Once on-site the team conducted a limited scope PC inspection and spent two days collecting environmental samples for a for-cause investigation. Their work allowed the Bureau to take quick and decisive action to fortify our request for recalling of product as well as demonstrating to the firm that their current processes lacked adequate controls to ensure safe production of food and posed a significant health risk to their consumers, which included students of several Iowa schools. Their collective effort was an example great teamwork, flexibility, and willingness to protect the public. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau recommends that this group be consider for the Achievement Award for their exemplary response.
Elizabeth Nutt
Tulsa Health Department
Special Recognition Award
2019
Elizabeth Nutt has been a longtime member of MCAFDO as a local regulator. Elizabeth’s impact on food safety spans well beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the Tulsa Health Department. In addition to her work in Tulsa, she has represented her program and MCAFDO on the national level as the Chair of the Conference for Food Protection and as a board member for the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Elizabeth has been instrumental in the planning and implementing of several MCAFDO Conferences, has worked on countless committees providing a local voice on national issues, and has always represented her program and MCAFDO with knowledge and passion. Her leadership as a MCAFDO Board Member has been vital to the continued success of our organization and has given countless hours helping lead this organization.