BAC Fighter Ambassadors use their unique talents, networks, and skills to build connections between professionals in their field that work to prevent foodborne illness. Each Ambassador serves a 2-year term and acts as a representative of the Partnership to BAC Fighters in their career field.
Judy Dodd, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Retired Professor, Dietetics & Nutrition
University of Pittsburgh
Judy Dodd is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist from Pittsburgh, PN who specializes in community-based nutrition and food education. For over forty years she has been teaching campus-based and online graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State. Most recently she has initiated and managed online communications with staff and volunteers at food pantries, senior centers, and agencies involved in food distribution.
Christine Hilbert, PhD MBA
Christine Hilbert is a biochemist from Kansas who is passionate about educating others about food safety and the role it plays in keeping consumers safe. She values continuous learning and process improvement, hoping to teach others best practices for food safety through technical writer, mentoring, and working for a food safety test developer and manufacturer. She strives to promote food safety in both her professional and personal life.
Nutrition & Wellness Educator
University of Illinois Extension
Lisa Peterson is a nutrition and wellness extension educator from Hillsboro, IL who considers herself a creative person. She is motivated to get people of all ages back in the kitchen preparing safe, healthy and delicious foods. She writes, blogs, and tweets and loves PFSE’s ongoing professional development opportunities and webinars.
Environmental Health Specialist
Scott County Health Department
Sheridan Saskowski is an environmental health specialist from Davenport, IA who is passionate about food safety and educating communities about how to keep their families and friends safe. She is interested in helping others understand the “why” behind food safety. She performs outreach to local high school culinary arts programs and particularly enjoys the Partnership’s school age materials.
Family & Consumer Science Teacher
Baldwin County School District
TaQuila Thomas is a family and consumer sciences teacher from Macon, Georgia who considers herself a relationship builder. She’s interested in foodborne illness and promoting good health to prevent heart disease. She says “I love BAC! He sits in my classroom!” She looks forward to “speaking to people from all walks of life” to promote food safety.
Nutrition & Health Educator
K-State Research & Extension
Atalie Tompkins is Nutrition & Health Educator from Abilene, KS who sees a need to remind people about food safety, so all are practicing – and teaching younger generations – food safe practices. She is a passionate educator to all ages and values the latest information. She enjoys working with and learning from others, and treasures PFSE’s printable resources she can incorporate in her lessons.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Jody Vogelzang is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Grand Rapids, MI who is committed to food equity. She knows healthy and safe food should be attainable and accessible to all and works hard to demonstrate this in her community. A constant learner, she loves PFSE’s resources and is ready to stretch herself through professional development and other offerings.
Custom Gourmet Solutions
Sherrilyn Ware is a healthy cooking chef in metro Atlanta who integrates food safety messages from fightbac.org in her classes and presentations with students from young to old. She is the owner of her own business. She’s committed to being the best version of herself so her students see that and think “I can do that too – Live a healthy lifestyle.”
Research and Training Specialist
FDACS’ Division of Food Safety
Julie Wood is a Research and Training Specialist from Tallahassee, FL who is ready to share her enthusiasm with others. She prides herself on her fresh presentations that challenges the audience’s preconceived ideas about how to communicate food safety. She enjoys the diversity of PFSE’s free resources and looks forward to helping them advance forward.
Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Agent
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Melissa Wyatt is a Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Agent from Yuma, AZ who enjoys engaging community members in conversations about food safety. She is passionate about helping people find ways to better their health in a safe way. She always emphasizes food safety during food preservation and cooking classes and has used Fight BAC materials in her presentations and workshops.