Lee Ann Hammernik
MVTL Laboratories, Inc.
Lee Ann has been with WLA since 1999, and is the current Co-President. She has also held the previous position of Co-Vice President. She is a Sales/Marketing Consultant at MVTL Laboratories and previously held Customer Service Manager, and Inside Sales Support positions with CBC for 13 years. She joined WLA to increase networking opportunities. Lee Ann’s favorite aspect about WLA are the connections she has made throughout the years. She enjoys kayaking, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles and spending as much time as possible with her 5 grandchildren.
Mary Ann Baumgart
MVTL Laboratories, Inc.
Mary Ann has been with WLA for many years! She has held previous positions on WLA including a Planning Committee Member, Board Member at Large, Second Vice President and First Vice President. Mary Ann has a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Geochemistry and currently is the Compliance Director for Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories, Inc. (MVTL). She joined the WLA because of the seminars offered helped with professional development in the field of microbiology. She enjoys WLA for the great training and networking among the members for solutions to laboratory problems. Mary Ann loves hiking, camping, cross country skiing and snow-shoeing! Folk art painting from American folk art of the past to “modern” folk art, Scandinavian folk art, Russian fairy tales and florals; and lately Russian icons!
Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd.
WLA 1st Vice President
Amanda has been with WLA since 2010. She is the Marketing, Public Relations & Community Service Director at Cherney Microbiological Services Ltd, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Entrepreneurial Management and Biology Minor from Creighton University. She has held positions of Secretary, 2nd Vice President and Vice President with WLA over her membership. She joined WLA as a company commitment to support the industry, and was able to directly communicate with many clients through routine meetings with WLA. She also had many friends and colleagues within the industry who encouraged her to pursue executive board roles with WLA. Her favorite aspect of WLA is being able to network with other industry professionals who share her food safety passion. She enjoys spending time with other members who share her goals of educating members and attendees. Her family has also been a large part of WLA, making her passionate about giving back through her time to the organization. Amanda has two children who find the food safety world fascinating! She also enjoys tending to her large garden with her family, and creating homemade sauces from recipes shared with her from Italy. She loves to turkey hunt and being out on the lake.
Sargento Foods, Inc.
WLA 2nd Vice President
Megan has been with WLA since 2016, where she was elected as Secretary. She is a Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor at Sargento Foods Inc and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and over ten years of lab experience. She joined WLA for networking and leadership development opportunities. Serving on the board has allowed the creation of valuable connections within the industry. Megan lives in Elkhart Lake, WI with her husband, two children, and two labrador retrievers. She enjoys gardening, golf, and weekends at the lake with family.
Crystal has been with WLA since September of 2017, where she was elected as Co-Secretary. She is a Project Coordinator at Northland Laboratories and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biochemistry, and a Master of Science in Bacteriology. She joined WLA to network with other laboratories and companies in the food science field, and to promote information and education in the Midwest. Crystal’s favorite aspect about WLA is that the conferences and workshops appeal to all levels of a company, reaching technicians to upper management. She enjoys running, hiking (anything being outdoors), and reading!
Covance Food Solutions
Vanessa has been with WLA since 2017, where she was elected as Co-Secretary. She is a Business Development Manager at Covance Food Solutions and has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She joined WLA to become more active and involved with the industry and to help promote the importance of collaboration, communication and connection between laboratories and members. Vanessa’s favorite aspect about WLA is that the association provides an ideal platform for continued learning and education for employees and employers in industry to emphasize the important of quality and safety in the food and beverage space. She loves traveling to new places with her husband and enjoys running marathons, having completed 16 full marathons with a goal of running one marathon in every state. On the weekends she can be found visiting craft breweries all over the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – Division of Food and Recreational Safety
Lisa has been with WLA since 1995. She is a Laboratory Evaluation Officer at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – Division of Food and Recreational Safety and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Music. She joined WLA because it aids laboratorians in becoming relevant and innovative, it also aids in providing helpful information that can be used to improve results and techniques used in their workplace. WLA is the “go-to” place for all this laboratory! Lisa’s favorite aspects are the conferences and workshops and how they are always interesting and informative. She also values the friendships made with fellow colleagues that would not have been possible without WLA. Lisa enjoys scrapbooking and card-making. She also enjoys singing with newVoices Choir in Appleton, which is an award-winning chorus that tours around the world.
WLA Past President
Tammy has been with WLA since 1998 where she began as a Secretary on the board. She also held the positions of Board Member at Large, Second Vice President, Vice President and President. Her background and education includes an Associate’s Degree from NWTC – Food and Environmental Laboratory Program; HACCP, HARPC, Internal Auditor, SQF, Food Safety Manager, Low Acid Canned Foods, and Better Process Control Certifications. A teacher told Tammy it would be a good idea to join WLA, so as she started with her professional career, it was nice to continue her education and be closer to home. As she got more involved in WLA, the professional support group and technical pool of people that she could ask questions and hear challenges others have had, was the reason she became passionate about WLA and spreading the word. Her favorite aspect of WLA is the friendship and camaraderie – everyone has challenges whether in a lab or manufacturing facility, to have people that you can go to and get help or be pointed in the direction where you can find help, and not feel judged or feel inferior.
WLA Co-Board Member at Large
John has been with WLA since 2016 where she was elected a co-board member at large. He is a Client Relationship Manager at Northland Laboratories and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in environmental studies. He joined WLA because to stay on the cutting edge of new laboratory practices, regulations, and technology as well as build relationships and share experience between members in my field. His favorite aspect of WLA is the people. The relationships he’s established with other members has been the most rewarding aspect of this association. John started and is part owner of a record label. He has made several cameos in full length films as well as several Green Bay Packer documentaries. He ran his first marathon at the age of 17 and is a proud Eagle Scout.
WLA Co-Board Member at Large
Kayla has been with WLA since 2016, where she was elected a co-board member at large. She is a Laboratory Manager at Northland Laboratories and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Healthcare Sciences. She joined WLA in order to network with current members and stay up to date on current techniques as a laboratory technician (at the time). Kayla’s favorite aspect about WLA is interacting with a group of like-minded individuals outside of a company setting. She enjoys spending time with her family, the Green Bay Packers, crafts, and organizing.
WLA Board Member at Large
Jessica has been with WLA for 4 years and has been an active Board Member. She graduated from UW – La Crosse with a degree in biology then worked as an Analytical Chemist at Covance in the Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety department. Jessica joined WLA because many of her co-workers were directly involved and have served on the WLA board. When she began working at Nelson-Jameson, she observed second hand the benefit her colleagues were getting from the Wisconsin Laboratory Association and wanted to be involved. There are many years of experience and industry expertise that serve as a constant resource to her and her day-to-day responsibilities. Jessica’s favorite aspects about WLA are learning new things, meeting new people and having a great group of industry experts to go to when she needs questions answered or bounce ideas off of. She enjoys running, biking, traveling, exploring and crafting.
WLA Board Member at Large
Tami’s bio to come.
Membership Committee MaryAnn Baumgart
Crystal Moss, Vanessa Snyder