Rick Andrew - Global Business Development Director of Water Systems, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Drinking Water Treatment
 

Professional Experience:

  • Operations Manager, Drinking Water Treatment Units, NSF International
  • Program Representative III, DWTU Certification Program, NSF International
  • Senior Chemist, Ann Arbor Tech Services
 

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Honors Chemistry Program, University of Michigan

Tarik Bellahcene - Managing Director, Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA), NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • International Management
  • Water Sector Product Certification
  • EMEA Business and Market Intelligence
 

Professional Experience:

  • Project Manager, Tractebel Suez Group
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
 

Educational Background:

  • M.Sc. (Master in Applied Sciences) – Liège University
  • Executive Education (TGM) – INSEAD
  • Hydraulic Civil Engineer – Algiers University

Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D. - Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Laboratory Technical Operations
  • Toxicology
  • Microbiology
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
 

Professional Experience:

  • Director of Toxicology, NSF International
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology and Experimental Toxicology, Parke-Davis, Pharmaceutical Research Division
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer, University of Michigan Department of Biochemistry
  • Research Assistant, University of Michigan Toxicology Division
 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Toxicology, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Microbiology/Immunology, University of Michigan

Koen Bontinck - Vice President, Sustainability Division, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Global Operations
  • Business Development
  • Change Management
 

Professional Experience:

  • General Director, Tauw Environment SAS
  • Managing Director, Tauw NV
  • Managing Director, Bureau Veritas Quality International
 

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Safety Engineering, VUB University in Brussels (BE)
  • MSc, Electromechanical Engineering, KUL University of Leuven (BE)

Jackie Bowen - General Manager, NSF International Agriculture and QAI (Quality Assurance International)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Organic Products and Industry
  • Organic Regulations
 

Professional Experience:

  • Standards Specialist, NSF International
  • Laboratory Technician, NSF International
  • Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician, Chem-Trend
 

Educational Background:

  • M.P.H., University of Michigan
  • M.S., Quality Engineering, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S., Environmental Biology/Zoology, Michigan State University

Jeremy Brown - Sr. Technical Reviewer, Municipal Systems, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Plumbing
  • Water Distribution and Health Effects Criteria
  • Municipal Drinking Water Products
  • Pressure Rating Systems for Plastic Materials
 

Professional Experience:

  • Codes and Regulatory Manager, NSF International
  • Industrial Hygienist/Air Monitor, Probe Environmental
 

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Science, Central Michigan University

Thomas J. Bruursema - Director of Sustainability, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Sustainability
 

Professional Experience:

  • General Manager, Drinking Water Treatment Units, NSF International
  • General Manager, Environmental Research Services, NSF International
  • Program Manager, Biosafety Cabinetry and Laboratory Accreditation, NSF International
  • Senior Microbiologist, NSF International
 

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Biology, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S., Medical Technology, Eastern Michigan University

Tom Chestnut - Vice President, Global Food Safety and Quality Division, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality
  • Food Safety - Processing
  • Food Industry Audits/Consulting
 

Professional Experience:

  • Vice President, Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality Programs, NSF International
  • Vice President, Total Quality, Darden Restaurants
  • International Director, Product Safety and Quality, Darden Restaurants
  • Director, Quality Assurance, General Mills Restaurants
  • Director, Environmental Health, Coles County Health Department, Charleston, Illinois
  • Vice-Chair, 2000 Conference for Food Protection (CFP)
  • Member, CFP Executive Board 1998-2004
 

Educational Background:

  • Graduate Studies, Administration/Management, University of Illinois
  • B.S., Environmental Health, Illinois State University

Robert Donofrio, Ph.D. – Director of Applied Research Center, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research and Development
  • Microbiology
  • Laboratory Technical Operations
  • Biotechnology
 

Professional Experience:

  • Director of Microbiology Lab, NSF International
  • Lead Microbiologist, BioRemedial Technologies, Inc
  • Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Penn State University
  • Adjunct Professor of Biotechnology, Kent State University
 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Microbiology, Michigan Technological University
  • M.S., Microbiology, Duquesne University
  • B.S., Biology, University of Dayton

Robert Frayer - Director, Engineering Laboratory and Automotive Collision Replacement Certification Programs, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Engineering
  • Physical and Mechanical Testing
 

Professional Experience:

  • Director Research and Development, NTN Technical Center
  • Manager of Technical Center & Production Engineering Services, NTN Technical Center
  • Supervisor Mechanical Research, Federal Mogul
  • Research Engineer, Federal Mogul
 

Educational Background:

  • M.B.A., University of Michigan
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Ron Grimes – Manager of Environmental Health Programs

Areas of Expertise:

  • State and Local Regulatory Affairs
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Department Management
  • Association Management

Professional Experience:

  • Health Officer, Jackson County Health Department
  • Administrator of Environmental Health Services, Oakland County Health Department

Educational Background:

  • M.P.H., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Environmental Health, Indiana State University

Stan Hazan - Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Areas of Expertise:

  • Federal Legislative Liaison
  • Federal Regulatory Affairs – FDA, EPA, CDC
  • Professional Associations Liaison
  • World Health Organization Liaison
  • Environmental and Public Health Education
  • Food Safety Training
 

Professional Experience:

  • Executive Director, NSF Training and Education
  • General Manager, Nonfood Compounds Registration Program, NSF International
  • General Manager, Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals and System Components Certifications, NSF International
  • Senior Director, Marketing and Business Development
 

Educational Background:

  • Certificate, International Food Law & Regulation, Michigan State University
  • M.P.H., University of Michigan
  • M.B.A. Marketing/Finance, University of Michigan
  • B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Nasrin Kashefi - General Manager, Plumbing Programs, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Plastic Piping
  • Water Distribution and Health Effects Criteria
  • Mechanical Plumbing
  • Pressure Rating System for Plastic Materials
 

Professional Experience:

  • Member of Hydrostatic Stress Board
  • Member of UPC Technical Committee
  • Vice Chair, ASTM F17 Subcommittee on Composites
 

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.A., Public Relations, College of Mass Communication Sciences

Chandana Kathuria - Chief Information Officer & Vice President, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Information Technology
  • Global Operations
  • Business Development
 

Professional Experience:

  • Business Leader, Discovery Research Informatics & Global Program Management and Discovery Technologies Program, Pfizer Global Research & Development
  • Director, Information Technology, NSF International
  • Product Development Manager, CSC Healthcare Group
  • Assistant Director, Information Technology, Michigan Peer Review Organization
 

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Toledo
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, Delhi College of Engineering

Kurt Kneen, Ph.D. - Vice President, NSF Global Laboratories

Areas of Expertise:

  • Chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
 

Professional Experience:

  • Technical Manager, Chemistry Laboratory, NSF International
  • Senior Chemist, Organic Laboratory, NSF International
  • Instructor, Michigan State University
 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Chemistry, Wittenberg University

Sarah Krol - Managing Director, Food Safety Product Division, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • R&D and Product Testing
  • Consumer Products
  • Food and Environmental Safety
 

Professional Experience:

  • General Manager, Foodservice Equipment, Home Product Certification Programs and Private Label Assurance, NSF International
  • General Manager, Nonfood Compounds Registration Program, NSF International
  • Senior Quality Assurance Specialist, NSF International
  • Chemist, Parke Davis (now a division of Pfizer)
 

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Chemistry, Western Michigan University

Kevan P. Lawlor - President and Chief Executive Officer, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • NSF Mission, Vision, History, and Range of Services
  • Role of NSF and Independent Testing and Certification
  • Systems Registration
  • Food Safety
 

Professional Experience:

  • President, NSF-International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.
  • Senior Vice President, Food Safety, NSF International
  • Senior Vice President and CFO, NSF International
 

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Finance, Pennsylvania State University
  • Harvard Business School Executive Education

Kerri LeVanseler, Ph.D. - Director, Chemistry Laboratory, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Analytical Chemistry (instrumentation, methods, test design)
  • Method Development (dietary supplements, organic and inorganic chemicals)
  • Regulatory requirements i.e. pesticides, food contact materials, Proposition 65, etc.
 

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Chemist, NSF International
  • Analytical Chemist, WaterTech
  • Director of Scientific Support, Diversey
  • Member of AOAC International
  • Member of the American Chemical Society
 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Wayne State University
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Cheryl Luptowski - Public Information Officer and Home Safety Expert, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drinking Water Safety
  • Food & Consumer Products Safety
  • General Consumer Public Health Issues
 

Professional Experience:

  • Former Michigan State-Certified Drinking Water Professional
  • Manager, NSF's Consumer Education Programs
 

Educational Background:

  • B.B.A., Cleary University

Clif McLellan - Vice President, Global Water Division, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Water Quality
  • Toxicology
 

Professional Experience:

  • Director of Toxicology, NSF International
 

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Toxicology, University of Michigan
  • B.S. , Chemistry, Eastern Michigan University

Gina Nicholson - Global Director, Retail Accounts, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Retail Food Safety (Education, Training and Systems Development)
 

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality, The Kroger Co.
  • Manager of Health Promotion, Columbus Public Health Department
  • Registered Sanitarian, Columbus Public Health Department
 

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Human Biology, Ashland University

James Pink - Senior Partner, NSF Health Sciences, Medical Devices

Area of Expertise:

  • Medical Devices
 

Professional Experience:

  • Medical Device Lead Auditor and Senior Consultant, Pink Associates Ltd.
  • Head of Business Development, BSI Healthcare, EMEA
  • Lead Auditor / Product Specialist, BSI Healthcare, EMEA
  • Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK
 

Educational Background:

  • Executive MBA, Henley Management College
  • HND, Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield University

Robert Prevendar - Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Food Safety, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Public health and food safety, including experience with regulatory agencies and providing training, auditing, consulting for food companies worldwide
 

Professional Experience:

  • Director of Supply Chain Food Safety, NSF International
  • Managing Director of NSF Shanghai, overseeing NSF International’s operations in China
 

Educational Background:

  • M.P.H., Benedictine University
  • B.S., Environmental Health, Illinois State University

David Purkiss - General Manager, Municipal Water Products Program, NSF International

Areas of Expertise:

  • Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals and Media
  • Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution Equipment
  • Recreational Water Products
 

Professional Experience:

  • Managing Director, NSF-WRc
  • General Manager, NSF Drinking Water Additives
 

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Biochemistry, Michigan State University

Blake Stark – Business Unit Manager, Water Treatment Chemicals and Filtration Media Programs, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Drinking Water Additives
 

Professional Experience:

  • Operations Manager, Water Treatment and Distribution Systems, NSF International
  • Sanitarian I, Lenawee County Health Department
 

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Earth Science, Adrian College

Lisa Yakas - Senior Project Manager, Consumer Products Division, NSF International

Area of Expertise:

  • Consumer Products
  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
 

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Microbiologist, NSF International
  • Food Scientist, Elopak, Inc.
 

Educational Background:

  • M.S. and B.S., Food Science, Purdue University