Christy Bratcher : Director, Food Systems Institute

Christy Bratcher

Director, Food Systems Institute

(334) 844-1517

Dr. Bratcher investigates food safety and niche markets for beef and goat meat. She is currently working on a project to identify gaps in food safety and security procedures among local and regional animal producers and processors who sell directly to consumers and farmers’ markets and may not have adopted the food safety and security measures adopted by larger operators. Once research is complete, training programs will be designed to give local and regional operators added credibility in the hopes of stimulating rural economies.

Jean Weese : Associate Director, Food Systems Institute

Jean Weese

Associate Director, Food Systems Institute

(334) 844-3269

Dr. Weese researches food safety issues in the food processing and food service industries. A food safety specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, she also helps aspiring entrepreneurs navigate a maze of regulations. She has worked with school lunch programs to add more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains to the menu.

Regina Crapps : Academic Program Administrator

Regina Crapps

Academic Program Administrator

(334) 844-7456

Alternate Phone: (334) 844-0452
Regina Crapps is in charge of handling registration and payment for AUFSI classes and pulling together all the details of delivering course materials, providing information for students and calculating CEUs. She has a background in human resources, financial analysis and class and workshop facilitation and holds a degree in human resources from Auburn University-Montgomery.

Regina Halpin : Assessment Specialist

Regina Halpin

Assessment Specialist

(334) 787-2494

Dr. Regina Halpin develops and conducts the program evaluation plans and project assessments for AUFSI. She has served as an independent consultant and previously taught graduate courses in research design and evaluation at Mississippi State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and masters and doctoral degrees in secondary mathematics education, all from Auburn University.

Jacqueline Kochak : Communications Specialist

Jacqueline Kochak

Communications Specialist

(334) 844-7465

Jacque Kochak handles grant writing and communications projects for AUFSI, including researching and writing brochures, the annual report and press releases. An award-winning writer and editor, she holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

Karen Hunley : Communications Specialist

Karen Hunley

Communications Specialist

Karen Hunley assists with the grant writing, editing, and communications projects for AUFSI. She holds a master’s degree in technical and professional communication as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Her background includes positions as a communications specialist and a newspaper journalist.