Sarah has developed a career in food safety through employment as a registered sanitarian for Greene County Public Health, in Greene County Ohio. During her employment, she focused on regulatory compliance audits, food safety education, and food service plan reviews, to promote food safety in all stages of food service growth and development. It was during this time she learned how to coach food service managers to embrace a preventative food safety culture rather than a purely reactive one.
Sarah is a very active member of several state organizations, holding the position of vice-president for the Ohio Environmental Health Association, and through acceptance of a four-year leadership role for the board of directors of the Ohio Association for Food Protection, of which she is currently the second vice president. She regularly attends and helps plan food safety conferences in the state of Ohio.
Sarah attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in sociology and health science. She went on to earn her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a focus on health policy and management from Kent State University. Additionally, she obtained a certificate in organizational leadership from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
She maintains registration as a sanitarian (RS) in the state of Ohio, along with the additional credentials of Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), HACCP Manager, and Certified Professional in Food Safety (CP-FS) through the National Environmental Health Association. She holds certification as a ServSafe® instructor and proctor. She continues to further her education through numerous courses in food safety, workforce development, organizational leadership, cultural competency, disaster planning, among others.