TechHelp’s New Food Manufacturing Team Focuses on 2020

TechHelp Executive Director, Steve Hatten

According to TechHelp Executive Director, Steve Hatten, big changes are underway with the TechHelp food processing team!  In 2019, TechHelp expanded the breadth and depth of services to Idaho food processors. Leading the TechHelp food team, University of Idaho food specialists Catherine Cantley and Janna Hamlett, together with a wide range of new partners including the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) have retained an array of food safety training and technical assistance and added a new set of food product and process development consulting programs. For 2020, multiple short courses will be offered every month in a variety of formats across the state.

TechHelp is proud of its 20 year legacy of working with the University of Idaho Extension and School of Food Science to provide accessible and affordable food safety training and consultation to Idaho’s food processors. As 2020 comes into view, the TechHelp team is excited to build upon its Food Manufacturing Legacy with new leadership, staff, partnerships, and programs. The team is planning a full calendar of events and workshops.

Catherine Cantley is a Boise-based Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science.

New Food Manufacturing Specialists Catherine Cantley, Janna Hamlett, and Jolene Cram bring nearly a half-century of in-plant food processing experience to TechHelp and regional food manufacturers.  Catherine Cantley, above, is a Boise-based Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science. She is an experienced Senior Research and Development Manager with demonstrated expertise in food manufacturing, process engineering, product optimization, food safety, and sensory and consumer science.

 Janna Hamlett is a Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and the UI/WSU School of Food Science.

Based in Twin Falls, Janna Hamlett brings a wealth of qualifications, expertise, and experience to her position as a Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and the UI/WSU School of Food Science. Janna gained valuable industry experience during many years in private industry, including 10 years at Glanbia Foods. Most recently, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

Jolene Cram is based in Boise as the Food Program Coordinator for a multi-state initiative with the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.

Jolene Cram works for the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center but is based in Boise near her Nampa home. She is the Food Program Coordinator for a multi-state food safety initiative of the MEP National Network.  Jolene is a second-generation Idaho native with over 20 years of experience in the food industry working with companies such as J.R. Simplot Company, HB Specialty Foods, and Kraft Heinz Company.