PSA Southwest Regional Extension Associate
Before joining the Produce Safety Alliance, Donna worked at the University of Maryland as a produce safety trainer where she collaborated with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Maryland Extension to conduct produce safety training programs and offered individualized support for farmers seeking GAP certification. She also helped MDA develop and launch a State of Maryland GAP certification for direct market growers. Donna's research collaborations include studying the effects of production practices and region on the microbial populations of fresh market crops and surveying the microbial quality of Maryland agricultural water sources. Donna's involvement in the fresh produce industry began while working on her family's fruit and vegetable farm, which was primarily a direct marketing enterprise. She has experience in production, harvesting, postharvest handling, and sales of perishable products. Donna received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Plant Science from the University of Maryland. Donna joined the Produce Safety Alliance in September 2015 to serve as the Southwest Regional Extension Associate.