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

(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

(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.

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.

Savannah Mehren

Contracts and Grants Specialist

Savannah Mehren assists with the management, acquisition, dissemination, and reporting of sponsored program funds. She previously worked for the CDC-funded Rape Prevention and Education Program for 13 years. She has a bachelor's degree in health education from UAB.

Karen Hunley

Communications Specialist

Karen Hunley is responsible for grant writing, editing, and communications projects at 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.