Directors

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Quality Director

Christopher M. Fuller

Christopher received his BS in Biology and Environmental Science from Lycoming College.  He is currently in the process of obtaining a minor in Chemistry from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Christopher has been employed at Seewald Laboratories, Inc. since 2002.  He has worked in several different positions with Seewald Laboratories and is currently the Quality Director.  He obtained previous environmental field experience with his internships for both the Pennsylvania DEP and Lycoming College.

The Quality Director is a full time member of the managerial staff that reports directly to the Laboratory Director and Owner. He independently acts as a support resource to Laboratory management providing help and guidance on an as needed basis to assist Laboratory Managers and Supervisors to implement and conform to the laboratory's Quality System. The Quality Director has a general knowledge of all laboratory operations and the ability to evaluate data objectively and perform assessments without outside (management or other) influence. Generally, the Quality Director serves as the focal point of QA/QC and is responsible for oversight and/or review of quality control data. The Laboratory's QA/QC Director is responsible for the implementation of the laboratory's QAM. In the event of his absence the Laboratory Director and/or Director of Operations assumes his responsibilities. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Primary communicator with all Accreditation Agencies;
  • Overseeing and approval of the SOP process;
  • Maintaining laboratory certifications & scopes of accreditations;
  • Administering and reporting of the laboratory's single and double blind proficiency program;
  • Planning, execution and administration of internal audits;
  • Maintaining and controlling documents throughout the laboratory;
  • Development, implementation and documentation of corrective actions (CA);
  • Authorized to approve analytical reports in all matrices for all Laboratory Departments;
  • Performs Quality System Reviews annually. The Quality Director is responsible for reporting these activities to management staff.

 

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Dairy Lab Director

Eric Fischer

Eric has been employed by Seewald Laboratories, Inc. since December 1986.  He is a United States Navy Veteran and retired from the Naval Reserve in March 2002.   During his active military service he was assigned to the Quality Assurance Division of Submarine Squadron 10 located in New London, CT.  There he reviewed work packages and was QC sign off for the nuclear submarines attached to that command.  He also served as Engineering Plant Leading Petty Officer for the USS Petrel ASR-11 located in Charleston, SC.  During his military service Eric attended many naval schools including, Total Quality Management and Leadership school and 3M:  Management, Maintenance, Manpower school.
   
After his active military service, Eric was employed by Seewald and Everpure Distributors where he installed water treatment systems including,  but not limited to: softeners, chlorinators, and ultra violet lights.  He also attended Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College.
 
In 1988, Eric received his Dairy Laboratory Director certificate for the examination of milk.  Since then he has worked in the Microbiological Department of Seewald conducting water, wastewater, milk, dairy and food analyses.  Eric attends professional training on a routine basis and oversees production and Quality control in Seewald’s Microbiology Department.

The Dairy Laboratory Directors (DLDs) are full time members of the managerial staff who report directly to the Director of Operations. These individuals are responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and supervising of all testing and analysis within the diary department. The directors ensure that the dairy process couples production goals with a high quality product and service. They both ensure all records required by our accreditations are maintained. DLDs certify that each analysis is accurate and valid and that all tests are performed in accordance with all conditions of accreditation. The DLDs ensure this by reviewing, approving, and signing final Reports of Analyses. In the event of an absence, the other DLD assumes these responsibilities. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all analysts and supervisors have the appropriate education and training to properly carry out the duties assigned to them and ensuring that this training has been documented;
  • Coordination of analysis and projects;
  • Ensuring Dairy laboratory equipment if appropriate and operational;
  • Ensuring and providing documentation to the Quality Department that each analyst has been appropriately trained and has performed a Demonstration of Capability (DOC) initially and every 12 months;
  • Adherence by all personnel to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) forms and documents;
  • Data review;
  • Responsible for maintaining the department's log books, calibrations charts, balance checks, and certificates of analysis.

 

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Dairy Lab Director

Jessica J. Gehr

Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Lycoming College in 2001.  Over her career, she has worked as a veterinary technician, QC Lab Director, Microbiologist, and Food Safety Director.  She has a passion for food safety and has over 12 years experience working with beverages, dairy, food, water and waste water.

Jess received her Dairy Laboratory Director certificate for the examination of milk in May 2007 while working for Schneider Valley Farms Dairy.  She became certified as a HACCP Auditor, SQF Practitioner, and was ServeSafe registered.  She began her initial employment in August of 2009 in the Microbiology Department of Seewald conducting water, wastewater, milk, dairy and food analyses.  She left Seewald for a few years to become the Food Safety Director for another local company; building and designing their HACCP and SQF programs for GFSI Certification. She returned to Seewald in March of 2016.  Jess attends professional training on a routine basis and oversees production and Quality control in Seewald’s Microbiology Department.

The Dairy Laboratory Directors (DLDs) are full time members of the managerial staff who report directly to the Director of Operations. These individuals are responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and supervising of all testing and analysis within the diary department. The directors ensure that the dairy process couples production goals with a high quality product and service. They both ensure all records required by our accreditations are maintained. DLDs certify that each analysis is accurate and valid and that all tests are performed in accordance with all conditions of accreditation. The DLDs ensure this by reviewing, approving, and signing final Reports of Analyses. In the event of an absence, the other DLD assumes these responsibilities. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all analysts and supervisors have the appropriate education and training to properly carry out the duties assigned to them and ensuring that this training has been documented;
  • Coordination of analysis and projects;
  • Ensuring Dairy laboratory equipment if appropriate and operational;
  • Ensuring and providing documentation to the Quality Department that each analyst has been appropriately trained and has performed a Demonstration of Capability (DOC) initially and every 12 months;
  • Adherence by all personnel to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) forms and documents;
  • Data review;
  • Responsible for maintaining the department's log books, calibrations charts, balance checks, and certificates of analysis.

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Dairy Lab Director

Elizabeth Fischer

Beth has worked at Seewald Laboratories, Inc., since February 1987.  In 1990 Beth became a Stockholder at Seewald when the laboratory incorporated.  Since that time she has worked primarily as a Client Services Representative where she was responsible for the up keep of ice cream & dairy client’s information.  This included reporting of results and invoicing to customers as well as submitting results to the PA Department of Agriculture.  In addition, Beth assisted with electronic reporting of PA Department of Environmental Protection drinking water compliance samples.

In November 2016 Beth received her Dairy Laboratory Director certificate from the PA Department of Agriculture.  Beth is currently working in the Microbiology and Dairy Departments as an analyst and helps with overseeing the lab’s Dairy and Frozen Dessert operations.

The Dairy Laboratory Directors (DLDs) are full time members of the managerial staff who report directly to the Director of Operations. These individuals are responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and supervising of all testing and analysis within the diary department. The directors ensure that the dairy process couples production goals with a high quality product and service. They both ensure all records required by our accreditations are maintained. DLDs certify that each analysis is accurate and valid and that all tests are performed in accordance with all conditions of accreditation. The DLDs ensure this by reviewing, approving, and signing final Reports of Analyses. In the event of an absence, the other DLD assumes these responsibilities. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all analysts and supervisors have the appropriate education and training to properly carry out the duties assigned to them and ensuring that this training has been documented;
  • Coordination of analysis and projects;
  • Ensuring Dairy laboratory equipment if appropriate and operational;
  • Ensuring and providing documentation to the Quality Department that each analyst has been appropriately trained and has performed a Demonstration of Capability (DOC) initially and every 12 months;
  • Adherence by all personnel to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) forms and documents;
  • Data review;
  • Responsible for maintaining the department's log books, calibrations charts, balance checks, and certificates of analysis.

 

 

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Director of Finances

Nancy Watts

Nancy brings 20 plus years of business experience to Seewald.  During this time she has worked as the Director of Information Technology and Finance at Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center.  Prior to this she was an Office Manager for Susquehanna Health System.  Nancy earned her accounting degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2002.  
 
Nancy has been employed at Seewald since 2012. Since that time she has managed the laboratory’s accounts payable and receivables.  She facilitates the Laboratory’s Information Management System invoicing and Quickbooks Software.

The Director of Finances is a full time member of the managerial staff who reports directly to the Laboratory Director and Owner. This individual is responsible for accounts payable and receivable. She is responsible for maintaining communications between the laboratory’s accounting software (Quickbooks) and the LIMS. In the event of their absence the Laboratory Director assumes all responsibilities.

  • Accounting – including accounts payable and receivable;
  • Overseeing the billing and invoicing process;
  • Maintaining base laboratory pricing;
  • Inventory and purchasing facilitator;
  • Human Resource Activities;
  • Maintaining personnel files on all current and former laboratory employees.