As executive director, Britanny focuses on leveraging the Partnership’s historical leadership in cross-sector collaboration and ensuring organizational effectiveness to realize its mission to develop and promote effective education programs to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers.
Her passion for preventing foodborne illness brought her to PFSE as an intern in 2011. Britanny served previously as the PFSE director of development, successfully increasing program service revenue and bringing diversification to the Partner network. She facilitated program engagement with consumer and academic food safety experts, and supported PFSE programs, including the national Consumer Food Safety Education Conference.
Britanny earned a master’s degree in public administration with a health policy focus from the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. Bringing together the public and private sectors to collaboratively influence positive health outcomes is what sparks her joy. When she’s not spreading the message of safe food handling, you can find her happily outside hiking, gardening or hanging out with her cat, Thatcher.
Shawnte serves as Communications Associate for the Partnership for Food Safety Education. For the Partnership, she develops and edits copy for the website, e-newsletters and social media as well as designs and edits food safety educational materials. Shawnte is experienced in public relations and marketing, and has a reputation for developing and executing successful communications campaigns in support of organization goals. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations/Non-profit Management. In her free time, Shawnte enjoys participating in volunteer ministry work with her husband Adolfo.
As Community Engagement Manager, Katie develops outreach and engagement strategies and represents the Partnership for Food Safety Education to the health and food safety educator community. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and more than 10 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations. One of her greatest passions in life is strengthening and growing communities. She enjoys teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in her spare time, and she loves baking cupcakes and hanging out with her husband Kevin and sons Will and Sam.
Stephanie serves as Development Manager for the Partnership for Food Safety Education. In this role, she executes and evaluates the Partnership’s annual fundraising plan and stewardship activities. Stephanie has worked for non-profit organizations for more than 9 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Florida as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration at Barry University. Stephanie loves to learn about different cultures and to connect with others. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Chinwendu Ilonzo serves as an Evaluation Fellow for the Partnership for Food Safety Education. In this role, she develops a plan for executing a needs-based assessment, program evaluation, list segmentation of PFSE’s stakeholders, and general metrics reporting for impact assessment to ultimately advance the Partnership’s mission in preventing future foodborne illnesses. She is currently an MPH student at the University of South Florida, focusing on Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health. In her free time, Chinwendu loves to travel and try DIYs from YouTube.
Mari Schroeder serves as the Food & Tech Council Fellow for the Partnership for Food Safety Education. For the Partnership, she develops an action plan for the future of food safety education, so that PFSE and its networks of partners and educators can be ready to support households with timely relevant food handling and hand hygiene guidance. She is currently a Food Science Ph.D. student at the University of Florida with a focus on produce safety. In her free time, Mari loves to frisbee golf and spend time with her fiancé and five animals.
Melanie Safi first joined PFSE as a Communications and Marketing Intern, focusing on social media messages development, media relations and blog posts. She now serves as a Marketing Consultant to plan, manage and execute programs related to securing registrations for the 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference and raising awareness of PFSE resources. Melanie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health & Nutrition Sciences with a concentration in Foods and Nutrition at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). She enjoys film photography, cooking and traveling in her free time.