Dr. Leon is an accomplished food safety veterinarian, clinician and food scientist with 23 years of experience at all levels of the food protection, food safety and defense spectrum. He has extensive experience ranging from hands-on food plant auditor to attaining the top food protection job in the U.S. Air Force.
He is a former Food Protection Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, responsible for safeguarding 670,000 Air Force members and their families worldwide through the development and dissemination of food safety and health strategic plans and initiatives, as well as authoring policies and disseminating best practices.
Dr. Leon was a subject matter expert to over 100 public health officers and 750 technicians around the globe on all food, drug, and supplement safety related issues. He has led food protection education programs at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and led the global Food Vulnerability Assessment program responsible for prevention of intentional food contamination at 230 Air Force locations.
Dr. Leon has a wealth of experience in federal guidelines and industry standards such as FDA regulations, GMPs, HACCP, IBWA standards, ISO 9001 and 22000 standards, and laboratory standards to ensure safety of the food supply and minimize adverse food illness outcomes.
He is a former associate veterinarian for the South Suburban Animal Hospital in Perrysburg; a former Senior Scientist and Food Safety and Defense Consultant at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in Dayton; Veterinary Corps Officer for the U.S. Army; and an Air Force Public Health Officer.
Dr. Leon received his M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University.