Mr. Detwiler has over 20 years of experience and involvement in food safety reform and over 15 years of experience as a public educator. After serving as a Submarine Nuclear Mechanical Engineer in the Navy, Mr. Detwiler earned his teaching credentials and taught various subjects including Math, Science, and History to students in grades 7-12. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Media Studies for five years. He received the 2013 Washington State Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History.
In 1993, Mr. Detwiler lost his young son, Riley, to E.coli during the “Jack-in-the-Box” E. Coli O157:H7 outbreak in the Pacific Northwest (which resulted in hospitalization of well over 500 people and the deaths of four children.) In 1993 he testified before a Congressional panel on the state of food safety.
As a parent, he worked with the USDA to advocate for stronger food safety regulation. The highlight of his USDA work was his participation needed to create and federally mandate the use of “Food Safe Handling Labels on all raw meat and poultry products.” Still in use today, these consumer labels issue warnings that products may contain bacteria capable of causing injury or death to the consumer together with safe handling instructions outlining steps critical to food safety.
As a science teacher, Mr. Detwiler completed a 2003 summer internship with the FDA on food safety, resulting in his FDA certification as a Food Science Educator. Later, while consulting on food safety curriculum, the Secretary of Agriculture appointed Mr. Detwiler to two terms as a USDA regulatory policy advisor on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.
In the years since, he has continued his work as a food safety consultant, advocate, and frequent speaker for organizations including the National Science Teachers’ Association, National Commission for Social Studies, Texas Instruments, Southwest Meat Association, WA State Commission on Social Studies, Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Veterans’ groups, and public health events. Mr. Detwiler has appeared often on local and national TV and radio programs (such as CNN, GMA, and NPR) and is author of several articles on food safety education for educator journals.
- Member, USDA National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, 2004-2007
- FDA Certified National Food Science Educator
- USDA Consultant 1993-2007
- Quality Assurance Inspector for retail food establishments
- Master of Arts, Education (M.A. Ed.): Curriculum and Instruction, 2009
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.): Secondary Education, 1998
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): History and Social Studies, 1997
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
- Graduate: Naval Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Power Schools, 1987
United States Navy, Orlando, FL
- ServSafe Certified 2013
- FDA Certified National Food Science Educator, 2003
- Certifie teacher in Washington and Massachusetts
- • SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: Who’s Minding the Store? The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved. Seattle, WA. 2008
- • SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY / AMGEN: Biotechnology Lab Program. Shoreline, WA. 2007
- • THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS Food Safety and Science program for Educators: Bacteria, Food Handling, and Current Controversies. 2004
- • FDA / NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION Professional Development Program in Food Science. Washington, D.C. 2003
- Washington State Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History, 2013
- Washington State PTA “Outstanding Educator” Award, 2013
- “AASTE” – AMGEN Award for Science Teaching Excellence, 2009
- King County “EARTH HERO AT SCHOOL” Award, 2006
- National Science Teachers Association / Toyota Award for Innovation in Science Education, 2003
- National Science Teachers’ Association
- National Commission for Social Studies
- The National Education Association