Team Members


Diane Wetherington,CEO

Diane manages our work on food safety process and cost improvements including the development of technology-based solutions for data management. Her graduate education was in economics, and her experience includes characterizing food safety processes and using data to evaluate best practices.

Susan Leaman, vice president

 

 

 

 

Samantha Duda, Research associate

 

 

ANTOINETTE MACHADO, RESEARCH Associate

Susan has been a scientific consultant to the fresh produce industry since 2006. Using her educational background in environmental effects on human health, she has developed an expertise in evaluating food safety risks related to production, harvesting and packing operations. She has facilitated the development of numerous commodity-specific food safety guidelines and other industry resources.    

Samantha (Sam) joined our team in 2016 as a research associate. She has a bachelor's degree in sustainability and business administration from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Sam comes to iDS from a multi-generational farming family, which gives her a solid foundation for understanding the needs of the fresh produce industry.

Following her 2016 graduation from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor's degree in plant sciences - emphasis in post-harvest biology and technology and a minor in agricultural sustainability, Antoinette joined iDS' research team. Antoinette brings her experience in laboratory research and database management to the iDS team as well as training in HACCP and food safety protocols for fresh produce processing.