Young Alum of the Month: Jeniece Goellner

Jeniece Goellner
Title and Company: 
Quality Assurance Manager at Garelick Farms, part of Dean Foods; Albany, New York
Schaumburg, Illinois
Major and Graduation Date: 
Dairy Science, May 2008
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

As a Quality Assurance Manger, I am responsible for safeguarding product safety and quality while meeting company and regulatory standards. I am responsible for ensuring that the production and distribution of our product meets or exceeds all quality standards. I communicate quality results to the work force and work to continuously improve quality. I manage the operation of the plant laboratory and its employees. I train management staff and plant employees on Food Safety and Quality topics. I facilitate and maintain the Milk HACCP program at the plant as well as the SQF program. I monitor incoming raw ingredients safety and quality, especially the raw milk supply. I supervise and perform all appropriate chemical, bacteriological, sensory, and utilization tests on raw materials and pasteurized products. I assist in managing local, state, customer/third party, and federal audits and inspections as well as oversee all corrective actions needed from these audits and/or inspections. I ensure that proper sanitation procedures are utilized and that adequate sanitation tests are performed. I help in the troubleshooting efforts in the event of any system failure, especially in quality.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I enjoy knowing I do make a difference every single day. The quality of the milk that is put into the market everyday will affect someone that day as they pour milk into their cereal or coffee or have their glass of milk at dinner or with their cookies before bed. Keeping the milk we produce safe and of excellent quality is something I take pride in.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Life might take you somewhere completely unexpected. Like most people, I started college thinking I was going down one career path. But a couple key classes and a summer internship changed my plans. With a new focus and new career I was on my way from Illinois/Iowa to Kentucky and now to New York. When I first started college, I never would have believed in three short years I would have gone from a college graduate in an entry position to a Quality Assurance Manager. All of this happened because I was not afraid to take the chances I was given and run with them. So be prepared, take every chance given to you, and enjoy every moment of it. Life will take you amazing places.

Favorite ISU Classes:
An S 337 Lactation