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CHRISTINE J. RICHTER, ASQ-CQA 1525 Willowcreek Drive Columbus, Ohio 43228 614.313.6585 cr11c04fe@westpost.

net -----------------------------------------------------QUALITY * FOOD SAFETY * AUDITING * SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT * NUTRACEUTICALS Create robust food safety programs utilized as benchmarks by Fortune 500 clients -passion for the industry drives quality, food safety, and efficiency to the nex t level and has proven to create high-performance cultures with "superior" audit results. Develop mutually beneficial client relationships based on the consistent ability to meet QA parameters-team with major food companies to establish specification s for new products, overcome formulation issues, and optimize manufacturing proc esses. Regarded as an SME and, in 2010, authored a Lead Auditor Training Program for QM I-utilized ISO 22000:2005 to create a strong training course for Quality Managem ent International; currently serve on QMI's international training team. -----------------------------------------------------CORE SKILLS * * * * * * * * * * * * Risk Assessment & Mitigation New Product Development Food Safety Management Quality Optimization Program Design & Management Root Cause & Data Analysis Vendor Compliance Production Trials Training Program Development Internal & External Audits Statistical Process Control FDA 21 CFR Compliance

-----------------------------------------------------PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Farbest Brands, Plain City, Ohio - Custom manufacturer of liquid and dry products and distributor of specialty fo od ingredients Manager, Quality Systems (2001-present) Played a key role in establishing first-time food safety and HACCP programs, def ining best practices-based processes and procedures, documenting lab and manufac turing protocol, and creating systems needed to provide Fortune 500 clients with exceptional products that meet specifications, solve quality concerns, and driv e optimal efficiencies and profitability. Accountable for formulation, labeling, ingredient specifications, packaging, and finished materials, in addition to performing deviation and corrective action i nvestigations of food safety and quality issues. Hired, train, and manage a team

of up to three food technologists in performing laboratory services in support of worldwide manufacturers of confectionery, snack food, beverages, and nutrace uticals and their food safety and production objectives. Author standard operati ng procedures (SOPs and SSOPs), participate in plant production trials, and revi ew statistical process control to determine quality and reliability of finished goods. Develop and facilitate plant-wide training in food safety and sanitation procedures, securing buy-in for change by impressing on staff the value of quali ty assurance. Collaborated with vendors while performing assessments and ensurin g supplier compliance. Manage and conduct audits of plant, warehouses, and vendo rs; assist third-party auditors. - Created several first-time programs from the ground up including HACCP, Sanita tion, and Allergen Programs, in addition to administering many other initiatives impacting food safety, quality, and pest management. - Secured significant manufacturing improvements such as doubling production and increasing profits $20K/week, based on the ability to drive process improvement s, formula optimization, and swift resolution of customers' concerns. - Raised audit rating from "excellent" to "superior" and received several commen dations from clients for achieving food safety and operational excellence; devel oped an internal audit program to drive continuous process improvement. - Heightened client satisfaction by showing a vested interest in overcoming thei r manufacturing issues, acting with diligence in researching new products, study ing complex manufacturing processes, and defining actionable solutions. - Pivotal in the company receiving two Orkin Gold Medal Integrated Pest Manageme nt Partner Awards, an award recognizing the plant's focus on food safety and com mitment to pest prevention. - Work extremely well in a highly autonomous environment-immediate supervisor is located in Arizona-and take the initiative to plan department goals, develop fo od safety and quality objectives, and continually improve results. Supervisor, Quality Assurance (1999-2001) Focused on creating a solid operating environment through development of GMP and HACCP plans, laboratory and sampling procedures (SOPs), and troubleshooting inprocess quality control adjustments to meet desired product specifications. Perf ormed detailed statistical analysis to determine the quality and reliability of finished products. Worked alongside audit teams, representing third-party organi zations and customers, while fielding questions on processes and procedures. Sup ervised performance of laboratory services personnel. - Built collaborative relationships throughout internal and external stakeholder s-Production, QA Manager, customers, and third-party auditors-with the goal of p roducing high-quality, reliable, and timely products. - Partnered with QA to maintain product quality while minimizing related expense s, identifying opportunities to refine existing programs, develop more efficient processes, and drive food safety and quality enhancements. Food Technologist, Quality Systems (1997-1999) Formalized laboratory procedures and initiated an OSHA Safety Committee to eleva te the plant's focus on food safety, quality, and production efficiency. Inspect ed and tested raw materials, intermediate products, and finished products to ens ure compliance with customers' specifications and quality objectives. Prepared s amples of new and non-stock items for customers, in addition to acquiring produc tion samples for internal and external testing. - Optimized the ability to meet food safety and sanitation goals by maintaining laboratory and sampling procedures, performing sanitation clearances and ATP tes ting of production rooms, and calibrating equipment to ensure accuracy.

-----------------------------------------------------ACADEMIC BACKGROUND BS in Environmental Science & Biological Sciences Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio -----------------------------------------------------PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Annual Industry Conferences IFT * IAFP * ASQ * Food Safety Summit - Industry Seminars & Workshops HACCP & Advanced HACCP * Integrated Quality for the Food Industry * Food Ind ustry Quality Systems GMP & Sanitation * Food Allergen Sanitation * Statistical Quality Control * Process Control American Society for Quality - Quality Management & Auditing The Ohio State University - Food Product Recall Capital University - Six Sigma - Training Programs & Courses University of Wisconsin - Powder and Bulk Mixing & Improving the Mixing of Paste s and Solid Powders QMI - Quality Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor, RABQSA Certification Prog ram FARRP - Food Allergen: Issues & Solutions for the Food Product Manufacturers Silliker - Laboratory Methods in Food Microbiology -----------------------------------------------------* PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS * American Society for Quality (ASQ)