Developing Food Safety Professionals Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To develop, connect, empower, and retain IAFP members who are in the early years of their food safety career.

Next Meeting

July 21, 2019
Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, Kentucky

In conjunction with IAFP 2019

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Didi Loynachan,, for more information.


2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Request to officially appoint Matthew Moore as the new Vice Chair (elected prior to meeting).

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Start a 40 under 40 club.

    Board Response: The Board would prefer the PDG establish ways to engage young professionals and suggests exploring options that are more open to all to participate.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. The PDG recommends the appointment of Dina Scott as Developing Food Safety Professionals, Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree

  2. The PDG recommends the appointment of Robyn Miranda as Student Liaison to the Developing Food Safety Professionals.

    Board Response: Agree

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Development of a new recognition program, “IAFP’s 40 Under 40.” Forty IAFP members under the age of 40 years old would be recognized as developing professionals that have made strides in their respective fields and the organization. Each member would have to be nominated by a past president or existing board member. This program would serve to encourage involvement in the organization by developing members and recognize potential leaders in our industry. We are not recommending that this be a recognition program and not be associated with a scholarship or prize. Possibly spotlighting these individuals in Food Protection Trends and during the Opening Session. Sean Leighton from Coca-Cola is the originator of this idea and can be contacted for further details and to improve on the process (selection, graduation from the program after the age of 40, etc.). The Coca-Cola Company has offered to sponsor this program (financially and otherwise).

    Board Response: The Board is interested to learn more and needs additional detail on how the program would operate before making an approval. IAFP staff will discuss further with Sean Leighton.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. It’s our recommendation for the Board to approve the appointment of Jessica Chen as Vice Chair of the Developing Food Safety Professionals PDG.

    Board Response: Approved.

  2. It’s our recommendation for the Board to approve the appointment of Katie Satchwell as Student Liaison of the Developing Food Safety Professionals PDG to facilitate collaboration and communication with the Student PDG.

    Board Response: PDGs may establish Student Liaisons for their PDG without Board action.