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Temple Grandin
Grandin Livestock Handling Systems
Livestock Consultant

Kristi Block
Kristi Block
NAMI
Strategy Director
Kristi Block is the Strategy Director at the North American Meat Institute. In this capacity, she is responsible for assisting members in their sustainability journeys as evidenced by their participation in Protein PACT, which is the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement and transparency for healthy people, healthy communities, healthy animals and a healthy planet. She joined NAMI in March 2022. Block brings experience in the ag tech, grain elevator, ethanol, and animal feed manufacturing industry. She is part of a third-generation family farm in Nebraska that grows corn and soybeans and raises cattle. Block received a Master's of Business Administration from Midland University and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Block is a Nebraska LEAD Alumni graduate.

Jamee Eggers
Jamee Eggers
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Producer Education Director
Jamee Eggers serves as the Producer Education Director at the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Her responsibilities include facilitating the activities of producer-led committees in the areas of swine health and well-being, research, and producer education. Jamee received her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. Both degrees were in the field of animal science. Jamee, her husband, and son are the 4th and 5th generations on the family’s corn, soybean, pig farm in central Iowa.

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Jason McAlister
Clover Leaf Animal Welfare Systems
Owner

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Bridget Frederiksen
WholeStone Farms Cooperative
VP of Technical Services

Casey Gallimore
Casey Gallimore
North American Meat Institute
Director, Regulatory Policy
Casey Lynn Gallimore serves as a director of regulatory and scientific Affairs at the North American Meat Institute where she provides expertise on a variety of topics including: food safety, HACCP, audit compliance, regulatory issues, processing, and offal products.

Prior to joining the Meat Institute, Gallimore spent seven years in the food industry in food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance roles. She has worked in FDA and USDA regulated facilities ranging from chocolate and ingredient manufacturing to portion cut steaks and market hog slaughter.

Gallimore earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Truman State University, with minors in Chemistry and Justice Systems.

Quita Bowman Blackwell
Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell
USDA/FSIS
Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator
Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell joined the Food Safety and Inspection Service as a Veterinary Medical Officer after some time in private veterinary practice. She worked in the field as a poultry veterinarian but also worked as a quasi-relief veterinarian in multiple species establishments. Dr. Blackwell is a native of Florida but moved to Southern California as a toddler. She is a true valley girl! She did her undergraduate work resulting in a B.S. in Zoology with a double minor in Voice and Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She then obtained her Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1990. She completed the Key Executive Leadership Certification Program at American University, School of Public Health in Public Policy Implementation; several Executive trainings from The Brookings Institute; and the Harvard University Program on Negotiations. She is also a Federal Quality Review Board Certified, Senior Executive Service Candidate.

Dr. Blackwell has an extensive background in risk management, food safety policy development, animal health emergency management, the prevention of hazards into production and process, resource (financial and human) management, executive project management; agency modernizations, and safeguarding the consuming public. This is demonstrated through her senior level leadership experience over the past 28 + years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a senior manager directing policymaking activities. She is now the National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator. She also served as the Loaned Executive representing the Department of Agriculture to the Combined Federal Campaign on executive detail. She has been known as the HACCP Lady, the Chicken Lady, and the Catfish Lady. She is a classically trained Lyric Soprano, a Federal Scientist, as well as a Senior Manager.

Dr. Blackwell is currently the National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator with the Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Her goal is to have a positive impact on the consuming public to protect human health and safety. She is married to a Hampton University and Tuskegee University graduate (Ian Blackwell, a biologist with the EPA). They have one 19-year-old son (Lyr) attending Claflin University in SC and two feline and one canine sons.

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Justin Smith
Kansas Department of Agriculture

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Mr Chuck Bildstein
Bunzl processor Division
Product Specialist
Chuck graduated from Hamilton Business College in 1984 with a diploma in Business Management. He has worked in sales & marketing of many different products throughout his career. He started working in his current position of Equipment Sales & Support in 1999 with Enterprise Inc. in Dallas, TX which was purchased by Bunzl in 2003. His current responsibilities include but are not limited to sales, support and training on captive bolt tools and electrical stunning systems at the packing plant and on farm to the producer customers throughout the United States. This support includes cleaning, maintenance, trouble-shooting and proper use of this equipment. He has been member of the NAMI Animal Welfare Committee for several years; he does presentations on captive bolt equipment to University and College faculty and students in the US and Canada. His work was recently recognized by AMI as Vendor of the Year for 2013 for the level of support and service provided to the industry.

Dan Thomson
Dan Thomson
Iowa State University
Professor
Dr. Dan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science and DVM from Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson completed an MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University. He is currently the Animal Science Department Chair at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, CO. He then served as the Director of Animal Health and Well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, TX. He was the veterinary consultant for their 10 commercial feedlots that fed 1.2 million head of cattle per year and directed their animal health research at the Cactus research facility. Dr. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Texas. Thomson is an owner/partner in PAC veterinary and research services which oversees the veterinary care, health, and well-being for 20% of the U.S. cattle of feed. Dr. Thomson is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He created, founded and directed the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. He has served as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, sits on the YUM! Animal Welfare Council, chairs the Animal Welfare Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of Tyson Fresh Meats. He is a cattle handling consultant with National Beef. Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management. Dr. Thomson has published 114 peer-reviewed papers and delivered 865 invited talks internationally on his research and field experience on the interactions between production management, environment and nutrition on the health and well-being of beef cattle. Dr. Thomson’s research program has been granted over $35.3 million with $16.0 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator. Thomson’s research and outreach has been reported in many media outlets including CBS Evening News, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Meating Place, and many others. Dr. Thomson teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition, and was recently awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012. Thomson teaches Beef Science, Feedlot Health Systems and Advanced Feedlot Production Medicine in the College of Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State. He is the founder and director of the Executive Veterinary Program for Beef Cattle Practitioners in a partnership with the University of Illinois and teaches in the Feedlot Shortcourse each year produced by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. Thomson is the founder and host of Doc Talk, a nationally

Lacey Alexander
Lacey Alexander
Cargill
Beef Welfare Lead
Lacey attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. While there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Biotechnology and Meat Animal Science. Lacey started as an operations associate in Ottumwa, IA in 2005. She spent several months on the slaughter floor prior to her time in the livestock yards. Two years later, Lacey joined the pork procurement team. She was a relief buyer all over the Midwest for a year and then was promoted to operate her own barns in Kalona and Washington, IA. She bought hogs for Cargill for five years. Then, Lacey became an animal welfare specialist for Cargill Pork. In that job, she oversaw animal welfare for the slaughter plants and live operations group and sat on National Pork Board Committees.
In 2015, Lacey became the Cargill Beef Welfare Lead. Her current responsibilities include overseeing beef slaughter animal welfare in 8 North American plants, designing and implementing animal welfare programs for beef slaughter, engaging with FSIS and CFIA, sitting on several industry animal welfare committees for both beef and pork, and driving research opportunities surrounding animal welfare at Cargill beef.

Ruth Woiwode
Ruth Woiwode
University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Dr. Ruth Woiwode is an Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior & Welfare in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an appointment that includes teaching, research, and extension. She advises the Animal Behavior & Welfare Club, and the Animal Welfare Judging Team. Her research is focused on improving animal handling outcomes through a better understanding of facility design, handler skill level, and training practices.

Dr. Woiwode holds PAACO certifications for Dairy, Feedlot, Swine, Poultry, and Meat Plant animal welfare auditing. She has trained and calibrated auditors, developed audits and auditor training curriculum, and provides humane animal handling training for federally inspected slaughter plant, as well as assessments following enforcement actions.

Dr. Woiwode worked closely with Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Benny Mote, and Dr. Kurt Vogel in the development and testing of a prototype for on-farm humane mass depopulation.

Lyndsey Jones
Lyndsey Jones
JBS USA
Corporate Humane Handling Manager
Lyndsey Jones is the Corporate Humane Handling Manager for the JBS Pork Division where she is based out of Marshalltown, IA. In this role, Lyndsey is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of animal welfare programs for the five JBS pork facilities. She also works with producers and retailers to ensure compliance of animal welfare standards throughout their supply chain. Lyndsey participates in several animal welfare committees within the industry. She is currently a co-chair of the NAMI Animal Welfare Committee, a member of the Trust in Animal Protein working group, and a member of the Common Swine Industry Audit Task Force.

Lyndsey earned her Master of Science degree in Animal Behavior and Well-Being from Purdue University in 2010, where her researched was focused on housing preferences of sows during gestation. In 2005 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Purdue University. She is passionate about her career in animal welfare and balances work life with raising four amazing daughters.

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Kurt Vogel
University of Wisconsin River Falls

Karly Anderson
Karly Anderson
University of Nebraska - Lincoln; University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Graduate Research Assistant (UNL); Animal Welfare Lab Affiliate (UWRF)
Karly Anderson is a PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She is also an Affiliate of the Animal Welfare Lab at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Karly completed her BS in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and her MS in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Karly’s research focuses on captive bolt euthanasia for mature swine and cattle. Additionally, Karly has led research assessing Humane Handling Enforcement Actions issued by FSIS since 2019.

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Miriam Martin
NAMI
Director

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James Wilson
National Beef Packing
Director Beef Tech Services

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Kim Herinckx
One World Ventures/ One World Beef
VP Food Safety and Quality
Kimberly Herinckx is Vice President of Food Safety and Quality for One World Beef, LLC. One World Beef operates a large-scale toll processing beef slaughter and fabrication facility located in the Imperial Valley of California. The facility specializes in grain fed Holsteins, Wagyu, and Beef/Dairy cross cattle.
The business is based on value added attributes to each animal from Organic to Natural and NHTC.
Kimberly has worked in the meat industry for 28 years with roles in Quality, Food Safety, Auditing, and Livestock Program Development. She has the unique experience of growing up on a purebred cow/calf operation and showed registered cattle thru 4H and FFA on the local, state, and national level. Kimberly received her BS from Oregon State University with a Beef Production Option and Meat Regulation Specialty.
She has influenced the industry as a member and officer for: the National Hereford Women’s Board of directors, Fair boards and FFA advisory boards. Herinckx is currently a member of the North American Meat Institute Animal Welfare Committee and is a certified PAACO auditor for both Beef Feedlots and Meat Plants.

Abby Kornegay
Abby Kornegay
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Manager, Issues and Engagement
Abby Kornegay is manager, issues and engagement, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nonprofit working to safeguard the future of animal agriculture and its value to society by bridging the communication gap between the farm and food communities. In her role, Abby is responsible for shaping the Alliance’s issues management and crisis communications strategy.
Prior to joining the Alliance team, Abby served as animal care program manager for Butterball, LLC. Abby holds both a bachelors and master’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University. She joined the Alliance team in May 2022 and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and dog, Butters.

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Jennifer Woods
J Woods Livestock Services/Innovative Livestock Solution
Owner