Institute for Food and Agriculture
Meet the team
Dr. Katy Tarrant joined the Fresno State Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education faculty at California State University, Fresno in August of 2016. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In addition to directing COOP, Dr. Tarrant advises students and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in poultry production, animal genetics, and welfare and handling.
COOP UX and UI Design
Dr. Laura Huisinga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History (graphic design area; Interactive Multimedia BFA track) in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University - Fresno. She has her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Iowa State University and her MFA in Graphic Design from the College of Art and Design at Iowa State University. Her interest focuses on user experience (UX) design, usability testing methods, universal design, game theory for education, immersive design for extended reality (XR), including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and designing for new technologies. Dr. Huisinga’s research focuses on using augmented and virtual reality for education.
Superintendent Foster Farms South Grow-Out
Dr. Janet Helms
Senior Manager, Global Sustainable Sourcing, Animal Health and Welfare
chain. Janet’s current title is Senior Manager, Global Sustainable Sourcing,
Animal Health and Welfare. Her responsibilities include chicken, antibiotics,
animal feed, and fish. She has been with McDonald’s for over one year.
Prior to joining McDonald’s, Dr. Helms owned and managed a large animal
veterinary practice in Southern California, providing preventative health services
to dairy and beef clients. She was the first practitioner to offer ultrasound and
dairy records analysis in the area. Following her career in veterinary practice,
Janet worked in multiple roles at Pfizer/Zoetis including regulatory compliance,
organizational development, and technical sales. Dr. Helms was the National
Director of a third-party animal welfare certification, working across species with
auditors, developing audits, and driving program growth. More recently, Janet
was a Global Sustainability Developer at Inter IKEA Group responsible for
sourcing animal and plant based foods in North and South America. In addition
to finding sustainable and high welfare chicken, pig, beef, dairy, and eggs, she
developed strategic approaches to sustainably source leather, down, hides, and
biofuels.Outside of work, Janet enjoys cooking for friends and family, gardening, hiking,
swimming, and paints in several mediums. A fan of travel and art history, she
loves to visit museums on her international travels.
Poultry Welfare Manager with (PAACO)
communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.S. in
International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. Amelia has worked in the
poultry industry for eight years in both animal welfare and corporate communications for
major poultry companies. Amelia currently serves as the Poultry Welfare Manager with the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). PAACO is recognized as the global
certification organization for animal welfare auditors and audits. PAACO represents all
major food animal proteins with certification programs for; Poultry Welfare (broiler,
turkey, and layer), Beef Feedlot Welfare, On-farm Swine Welfare, Dairy Welfare and
Meat Plant Welfare. Amelia grew up on a cow/calf farm and was extremely active in the state and national 4-H program. She is a proud sixth-generation farmer and agriculture enthusiast. She
currently lives in Northwest Arkansas.
Director of Food Safety and Production Programs for USPOULTRY
Center for the Optimization Of Poultry
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75 Fresno, CA 93740