Thomas earned her Master's
degree at Eastern Illinois University in Home Economics and has been
teaching food safety courses for the past thirty years. As
president of Safe Food Handlers, she has taken the company from
offering classes in a couple of cities to offering over 1,200
classes a year, across the entire United States.
The first major expansion started in
1990 when she incorporated and started her own food safety training
company and began offering classes throughout Illinois.
Instructional materials include a
Comprehensive Food Service Training manual which is currently in its
twentieth edition and is widely accepted by most State, County and
local health departments.
Food Safety manager as well as food
handler classes courses for certification are now offered both in the classroom and online
Today, the Safe Food Handlers staff
consists of over 100 food safety instructors from backgrounds in
Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, Dietary
Management, food service management and Environmental health
professionals. The company now offers classes nationwide and
has taught thousands of food service
professionals in over 40,000 businesses and continues to grow each
year. Students completing the Safe Food Handlers course have
achieved a passing rate of 96%, with an average score of 88%.