July 27th, 2017
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Joann M. Givens- Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Human and Animal Food Program
Joann M. Givens serves as Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Human and Animal Food Program Director; HAF-West. In this leadership position, Joann oversees the human and animal food program work plan, accomplishments, implementation strategies of FSMA, program alignment advancement and collaborates with the Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), ORA components and external stakeholders. Prior to serving in this position, Joann served as the Acting Regional Director of the Central Region for several years, Deputy Regional Director in the Central Region and District Director in Detroit District. Joann is a graduate of Berkeley College, Little Falls, NJ and also majored in biology at Kean University, Union, NJ. She is the recipient of numerous awards and a member of numerous professional organizations.
Priya Rathnam- Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Compliance Policy, Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA
Priya Rathnam, M.P.H. is a Consumer Safety Officer in the Division of Compliance Policy in the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). She previously served as team leader in the Food Adulteration Assessment Branch, and subject matter expert, routinely reviewing regulatory actions related to microbial contamination in food. Priya has worked at CFSAN for over 15 years, and works closely with FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs and Office of Chief Counsel in determining regulatory strategies for follow up action. She currently is serving as a co-lead for the FSMA Phase 2 workgroup for implementation of the Preventive Controls in Human foods regulation.
Debra DeVlieger - National Food Expert, FDA/ORA/Office of Food and Feed
Debra DeVlieger is a Consumer Safety Office and National Food Expert in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. She has been with the agency for 30 years and has assisted in the development and implementation of some of FDA’s most significant projects and programs including the Seafood and Juice HACCP regulations and Preventive Controls for Human Foods. She helped design and implement FDA’s Systems Recognition Program and participates as a team member in assessing and auditing foreign countries food safety systems, which so far has included New Zealand, Canada and Australia.
Debra has developed and implemented many regulatory food safety training courses and inspection programs. She has traveled to several countries to provide outreach to other government agencies. She is currently serving as a co-lead for implementing the Preventive Controls Human Food regulation. She serves as a member of both the Steering and Editorial Committees for the Seafood HACCP Alliance and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.
David J. LeRay- Consumer Safety Officer/National Food Expert, Office of Regulatory Affairs/Office of Human and Animal Food Operations, FDA
Consumer Safety Officer/National Food Expert in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs/Office of Human and Animal Food Operations for five years. David provides technical expertise for development and implementation of national and international programs including systems recognition agreements with foreign countries, develop and instruct at national training courses, and conduct complex inspections of food processors. The primary focus of his work the past three years has been the development and implementation of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulators training course, conducting “on-the-job experience” preventive controls inspections with CSOs and state inspectors who attend this course, and providing technical expertise to CSOs during their preventive controls inspections.
David began his career with FDA in 1990 as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) at the New Orleans District Office (NOL-DO) one year after graduation from college. I became NOL-DO's Seafood/Food Specialist in 1993. He became a Supervisory CSO in 2006 and was selected as a charter member of FDA’s Foreign Food Inspection Cadre in 2009 for which he performed food inspections internationally for three years. David became a National Food Expert in 2012.