Johnna Hepner joined PMA in 2010 as Director of Food Safety and Technology. Johnna works with Dr. Bob Whitaker and Dr. Jim Gorny to create and implement food safety and science programs, products and services, including food safety education programs for small and local growers. She represents the association to members, commodity groups and allied industry organizations.
Johnna possesses more than 25 years’ experience in the food safety arena. Prior to joining PMA, Johnna worked for Markon Cooperative Inc., Salinas, California, as food safety director. In this position, she forged extensive industry contacts while interacting with company suppliers and vendors to fulfil responsibilities that included setting, evaluating and enforcing Markon’s food safety standards.
A recent graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Class 46 , an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. Johnna was one of 24 agricultural leaders to be selected to participate in the 17 month esteem program. Johnna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in food science with minors in nutrition and chemistry from California State University. A native Californian, Johnna resides in the rural town of Hollister with her husband and three daughters.