The membership of the Task Force includes representation by government, industry, academia, consumers, elected officials and other interested parties. The Task Force should be composed of 26 voting members.


2020 VFTPF Board

Chair – Christy Brennan, 

Virginia Rapid Response Team Coordinator, 

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 

Food Safety Program

Phone: (804)-786-1585



Vice Chair – Peri Pearson, REHS, CP-FS

State Food Consultant, Office of Environmental Health Services

Virginia Department of Health

Phone: (804) 864-7692



Secretary – Dr. Lauren Turner, Ph.D.

Foodborne and Advanced Pathogen Characterization Lead Scientist

Department of General Services

Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Office: (804) 648-4480 ext. 122



Member At Large- Renee Boyer, PhD, 

Professor/Extension Specialist

Food Science and Technology Dept., Virginia Tech

Phone: Phone: 540-231-4330



Appointed members:

Academia: Laura K Strawn, PhD,

Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist, Produce Food Safety,

 Food Science and Technology Dept., 

Virginia Tech- Eastern Shore AREC

Phone: 757-414-0724



Industry: Kathleen O'Donnell, Chief Food Scientist,

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Phone: 585-429-3623



Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Matthew Craft, 

Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator (MFRPS),

 Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Phone: 804-371-2582            



Virginia Department of Health:  Brandy Darby, DVM, MPH, 

Veterinary Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health

Office: 804-864-8133



Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services: Christopher Waggener, Ph.D., 

Lead Scientist, Department of General Services, 

Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Office: (804) 648-4480 ext 189



 Advisory Board:

Pam Miles, Program Supervisor, Food Safety Program,

 Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

 Phone: 804-786-0412


Julie Henderson, Director, Division of Food and General Environmental Services, 

Virginia Department of Health 

Phone: 804-864-7455



Kenya Moon,  Retail Food Specialist, FDA Office of State Cooperative Programs, 

Office of Regulatory Affairs, 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Human & Animal Foods Division 2 East



Valeria A. Moore, MPH, REHS, CP-FS

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service
Emergency Response Coordinator/Investigator, Baltimore District Office, 

Human & Animal Foods Division 2 East



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