Leadership

  • Dr. Harlan Stueven

    Executive Director

    Harlan Stueven M.D. is a Board Certified Emergency physician with sub-specialization in Environmental Toxicology and Board Certification in Medical Toxicology. Starting his career in the USAF, he served as a Flight Surgeon and Environmental Health Consultant Physician where one of his duties was monitoring food safety. In his nearly 40 year practice, he treated a range of medical, surgical and poisoning emergencies. He has been a Medical Director and/or Chairman of several hospital-based Emergency Medicine Departments, served as the President of Emergency and Environmental Medicine consulting group, a physician group Chief Financial Officer and sat on many national, state and local committees. Dr. Stueven founded Dining Grades and the Dining Safety Alliance to improve food safety by increasing awareness of food borne illness and the formation of partnerships within the food industry.

    He is an accomplished leader, medical researcher, a champion of process improvement, author, and national and international speaker.

  • Gerald Stueven PhD

    Dr. Gary Stueven

    President/Treasurer

    Currently an Interim Principal/Director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, Dr. Stueven is an experienced educator. Throughout his career he has held positions as an Elementary Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Special Education, and Consultant.

    He also had an extensive career with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired as Lieutenant Colonel. His military career highlight was when he was Officer-in-Charge for the 4th Force Imagery Interpretation Unit (Aurora, CO), which was mobilized for Desert Shield and Desert Storm with his Marines and officers all of whom were ready, willing, and able to serve as an intelligence asset for the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps. (Nov. 1990 – Apr. 1991).

  • James Mateer

    Dr. James Mateer

    Vice President/Secretary

    Dr. Mateer lends his medical expertise to the board of the Dining Safety Alliance. He is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As he has spent a good portion of his career in Emergency Medicine, he has also witnessed first hand, the devastating effects of food borne illness.

    In addition to his comprehensive medical training, Dr. Mateer has sat on a number of national advisory committees, has been a member of many professional organizations, and has published books as well as scientific papers, many of which were published with Dr. Harlan Stueven.

  • Jim Lopito

    Jim Lopolito

    Director

    Jim brings 11 years on the City of New York Club Managers Association board to the Dining Safety Alliance in addition to extensive experience in the restaurant, catering, and hospitality industry. He has held various positions from Chef to General Manager for numerous restaurants, private clubs, and even a catering and concert production. Jim is now a consultant to the hospitality industry.

    Throughout his career, he has earned a number of commendations including Certified Club Manager, Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Certified Executive Chef, American Culinary Federation (ICA-ACF), Serve-Save Sanitation Course from the Food and Beverage Association, and a Department of Health Certificate in Food Protection.