Past Presidents' Committee

Mission Statement: To serve as an advisory committee to the Executive Board.

Next Meeting

July 20, 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.

Special Committees provide support services to IAFP on a continuous basis. Membership consists of Past Presidents of IAFP. 


2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. An article for Food Protection Trends should be developed that provides the history of the Black Pearl Award, the sponsor, some of the highlights of the companies who have received the award over the past 25 years, and information and tips on preparing a strong application. IAFP staff could facilitate the preparation of the article by providing the identified author additional materials on the Black Pearl Award as needed.

    Board Response: Agree. Mickey Parish and Linda Harris will collaborate to co-author this article.

  2. Approve Mickey Parish as incoming Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Agree.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Advertise in publications by NEHA, the Canadian Association of Public Health and other applicable organizations in North America, for the Sanitarian and Travel awards.

    Board Response: Agree, staff will look at associated costs vs. benefits.

  2. Explore how CEUs work with NEHA – Board to charge Retail and Education PDGs with exploring process and value of offering CEU accreditation.

    Board Response: Agree, staff will look at associated costs vs. benefits.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Explore a collaboration with NEHA.

    Board Response: The Board requests more information on what benefits IAFP would gain.

  2. Find ways to engage the Affiliates to nominate candidates for the Sanitarian Award

    Board Response: Affiliates and their Members are encouraged to make Award nominations including the Sanitarian Award.

  3. Modify the Sanitarian Award to include travel to the Annual Meeting, registration and a one-year membership.

    Board Response: The Award criterion requires nominees to be IAFP Members. The sponsor could be asked to provide additional support for travel expense or the Award recipient could use the honorarium.

  4. Explore a connection with the Canadian Association of Public Health (the Canadian equivalent of NEHA).

    Board Response: The Board requests more information on what benefits IAFP would gain.

  5. Look into CEU certification: Which certifying groups could we use and how would we implement?

    Board Response: Different organizations have differing requirements. Most all will accept IAFP’s Annual Meeting program. The certification body should be contacted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

  6. Ask the Board to direct the Program Committee to have one symposium that is targeted to the interests and needs of local and state public health inspectors.

    Board Response: The Program Committee can be made aware of this request.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Approve Don Zink as incoming Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Approve.

  2. The Executive Board PDG talking points should include an encouragement of PDG members to encourage award nominations.

    Board Response: This was included. In addition, the Board included encouragement of members to consider a nomination for IAFP Secretary. IAFP staff will send early reminders to all members on Awards and Secretary nominations.

  3. The board should re-evaluate the Nominating Committee selection and operating process to ensure it meets our current needs. Options could include adding Past Presidents to the Committee and terms of office for the Nominating Committee (as with most other IAFP Committees).

    Board Response: Board will review the process and suggest revisions where needed.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Approve Don Schaffner as incoming Vice Chair.

    Board Response: Approved. Don’s term begins at IAFP 2015.

  2. Investigate whether working with National Geographic on food related efforts is feasible for IAFP. What are their objectives? Tell them who we are, our objectives and determine if we can work together.

    Board Response: Staff will investigate.

  3. Develop a plan to rapidly respond to Facebook and other social media activity. This may require a dedicated staff person, and at a minimum, assigned responsibility. Develop “ready” responses. For example: “IAFP is a professional scientific society and not an advocacy group.”

    Board Response: This is being closely monitored.