Board MembersWisconsin Lab Association
Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd.
Matt joined WLA in the fall of 2018, where he was elected as 2nd Vice President. He is the Training Manager for Cherney Microbiological Services and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, with more than six years of experience in laboratory and food manufacturing. He was drawn to WLA for the incredible networking experiences and the opportunity to grow his career through education and the experience of colleagues. His favorite aspect of WLA is that the organization allows industry professionals to leave competition at the door and collaborate for the sole purpose of improvement through education and networking to develop more effective laboratorians. Matt lives in Denmark, WI with his wife, daughter, and two golden retrievers. He enjoys time with family, hunting, fishing, and taking in the great outdoors.
WLA 1st Vice President
Jessica has been with WLA for 5 years and has been an active Board Member. She graduated from UW – La Crosse with a degree in biology then worked as an Analytical Chemist at Covance in the Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety department. Jessica joined WLA because many of her co-workers were directly involved and have served on the WLA board. When she began working at Nelson-Jameson, she observed second hand the benefit her colleagues were getting from the Wisconsin Laboratory Association and wanted to be involved. There are many years of experience and industry expertise that serve as a constant resource to her and her day-to-day responsibilities. Jessica’s favorite aspects about WLA are learning new things, meeting new people and having a great group of industry experts to go to when she needs questions answered or bounce ideas off of. She enjoys running, biking, traveling, exploring and crafting.
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
WLA 2nd Vice President
Adam is the Director of Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Compliance for the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. He has a B.S. degree in Chemistry, B.S degree in Food Science and M.S. degree in Food Safety and over 20 years of industrial experience in Laboratory, Quality, Research & Development and Food Safety roles.
Adam has resumed his membership in WLA in 2019 after returning to Wisconsin so that he can give back to an organization that provided him with learning opportunities early in his career. He originally was a member from 2008 to 2011 and looks forward to the educational and growth opportunities through WLA events. He feels that WLA is a very unique organization and that every laboratory employee should look to join.
Adam is active as Treasurer for WAFP and held roles as the ASQ Food, Drug & Cosmetic Division Newsletter Editor and Past Chair, Chair, Vice Chair and Board Member at Large for Bluegrass IFT. He is also a member of the Regulatory & Academic Committee – American Chemical Society and a member of the Dairy Rules Advisory Committee.
He has four children and coaches youth sports in his spare time. He used to raise ducks and turkeys back in Indiana and is looking to get back into this again in the near future. He is a member of a number of industry organizations and is always looking for ways to collaborate and help others.
Muscoda Protein Products
Danya has recently joined WLA and is the Food Safety Coordinator and SQF Practioner at Muscoda Protein Products. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology combined with nine years on the dairy industry- specifically in the laboratory, quality control and food safety aspect. She joined WLA for the valuable opportunities to network with others in industry and the laboratory field. Danya lives in Richland Center with her son and miniature dachshund. She enjoys gardening, traveling, playing sports and family time.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – Division of Food and Recreational Safety
Lisa has been with WLA since 1995. She is a Laboratory Evaluation Officer at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – Division of Food and Recreational Safety and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Music. She joined WLA because it aids laboratorians in becoming relevant and innovative, it also aids in providing helpful information that can be used to improve results and techniques used in their workplace. WLA is the “go-to” place for all this laboratory! Lisa’s favorite aspects are the conferences and workshops and how they are always interesting and informative. She also values the friendships made with fellow colleagues that would not have been possible without WLA. Lisa enjoys scrapbooking and card-making. She also enjoys singing with newVoices Choir in Appleton, which is an award-winning chorus that tours around the world.
Sargento Foods, Inc.
WLA Board Member at Large
Elise joined WLA in the fall of 2018, where she was elected as a Co-Board Member at Large. Since joining WLA, she has also held the position of Co-secretary. She is the Sr. Microbiology Specialist at Sargento Foods, Inc. and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, with a minor in Chemistry. Elise joined WLA to get more involved in the community and assist the laboratory field. Her favorite aspect of WLA is the passion everyone brings and the collaborative approach used in discussions. In her free time, Elise enjoys outdoor activities, baking, and reading historical non-fiction.
Food Safety Net Services
WLA Board Member at Large
Jake Parr is a Business Development manager at Food Safety Net Services (FSNS). As a Business Development Manager, Jake’s primary responsibility is to support the introduction of safe foods into commerce. He brings 15 plus years of experience in the food industry, focusing on food safety and quality assurance fundamentals in the production and manufacturing operations, in retail operations, as
well as in food testing labs.
Jake has been a member of WLA for 4 years and looks forward to participating in the WLA Fall conference. Being involved with WLA has been a great benefit professionally from the resources WLA provides. He believes Wisconsin Labs play a crucial role to help bring safe and quality foods to market and would like to be more actively involved by joining the WLA board.
Jake is the current President of the Wisconsin Section – Institute for Food Technologists (IFT). His education includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin-La Cross and a Master’s of Science Degree from Michigan State. He and his wife enjoy the benefits of all seasons Green Bay has
to offer, running, hiking, skiing, traveling, boating, and of course, Packer Season!
Nature’s Way Brands
WLA Board Member at Large
Carrie is the QC Supervisor at Nature’s Way and has been a WLA Member since 2018 when she joined the Planning Committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from UW- Green Bay. Carrie joined WLA after attending a fall conference where she really enjoyed networking with others in industry. She also wanted to be part of expanding the organization to extend beyond microbiology to reach all fields of laboratory testing. Her favorite aspect of WLA is the opportunity to grow and learn both personally and professionally with other laboratory professionals. Away from work, she is actively involved in both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to support her children.
Fox Valley Technical College
WLA Administrative Director
Julie has been a member of WLA since 2010 and was the recipient of the prestigious Laboratorian of the Year award in 2015. She has a Master of Science degree in Bacteriology and 20 years of experience as a Research Scientist. Julie is the Laboratory Science Technician Program Chair at Fox Valley Technical College and has graciously hosted WLA’s Spring Workshop at FVTC for the past eight years to educate lab technicians on new techniques and regulations, while fostering networking opportunities amongst industry peers. Outside of the office, she enjoys outdoor activities, especially biking and hiking. Julie and her husband are recent empty nesters who enjoy visiting their son in Madison and attending Badger football games.
Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd.
WLA Executive Director
Deb, CEO/Founder of Cherney Microbiological Services has been a member of WLA for 35 years. She has held several positions including Board Member at Large, Secretary, 2nd VP, 1st VP President, Past President. She joined WLA many years ago for networking opportunities. When working in a laboratory, you can feel very isolated and oftentimes you have questions about procedures or processes and you don’t have a clue of where to look or who to ask for answers. WLA gave her a venue to learn that she was not alone or the only one with questions and many of the questions she had, others had too. It also gave her an opportunity to build her network for personal and professional development to help evolve in her career within the food industry. In her free time, Deb enjoys nature, outdoor activities such as hunting small game, upland birds, turkey, and deer. She also enjoys fishing on inland lakes for panfish and on the Bay for perch and walleye and enjoys spending time with her family and teaching her grandchildren about the passions in her life.