IFPTI Announces Departure of CEO Julia Bradsher; Names Gerald Wojtala Interim CEO
Portage, MI, June 21, 2018 – IFPTI today announced the departure of Dr. Julia Bradsher as President and CEO. Gerald Wojtala, IFPTI’s Executive Director, will serve as Interim CEO, effective immediately, as IFPTI conducts a national search for Bradsher’s successor.
“IFPTI’s Board of Directors express gratitude to Julia for her dedication and contribution to the company’s establishment as a leader in food protection during her tenure as CEO since 2011”, said Margaret Bath, IFPTI’s Board of Directors Vice Chair. “We wish Julia every success in her future endeavors.”
“It has been my great privilege to work with an exceptionally dedicated and skilled team of professionals at IFPTI and our network of stakeholders and partners to grow the organization from a small start-up non-profit to a global player in building capacity in food protection and public health”, Dr. Bradsher said. “These are not accomplishments a CEO makes alone. These are achievements that require a committed team of gifted, tenacious individuals who come together for a common goal.”
Wojtala has served as Executive Director of IFPTI since the organization’s founding in 2009. Prior to IFPTI, he was Deputy Director of the Food & Dairy Division with the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he managed the food protection program for the State (oversight state inspection and investigation programs and accreditation of 45 local public health programs). He was also responsible for legislative interaction and led efforts for the major amendment and reenactment of the Michigan Food Law. Wojtala is the Past-President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and serves as Advisor to the AFDO Board. He also serves as a member of the Michigan State University Food Science Advisory Board. Prior to government service, he worked as a microbiologist at Difco Laboratories in Detroit. Wojtala received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his role in investigating the nationwide outbreak of Hepatitis A among school children from the consumption of strawberries in 1997, and for managing the response to the Power Blackout of 2003 that occurred in the N.E. United States. Mr. Wojtala holds a degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University with graduate work in Food Science at Wayne State University.
“There are many public and private stakeholders responsible for assuring the safety of our vast food supply chain”, said Wojtala. “IFPTI will continue to expand its global reach in helping these organizations build capacity to protect the health of consumers through the implementation of competency-based training systems.”
IFPTI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portage, MI that improves public health through competency-based learning solutions-while cultivating strong leadership in the global food protection community.
To learn more, visit ifpti.org.
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