Education Support: NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program

Join representatives from NEHA and the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program Support Team to highlight some of the ways that the new grant program will support state, local, tribal, and territorial retail food regulatory agencies with funds for training, staff development, and technology as they advance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) or Retail Program Standards. Topics will include: options for add-on funding through the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program for training and development, supported activities, virtual FDA courses, Self-Assessment and Verification Auditor asynchronous course development, its progress, and how it can tie into the funding available through the Continuous Improvement, Conformance, and Maintenance funds in the Retail Flexible Funding Model.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program (PDF)

Virtual Course Delivery (PDF)

Self Assessment/Verification Audit Workshop Development (PDF)

Art Johnstone
NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Project Manager
National Environmental Health Association

After spending more than two decades directing non-profit organizations (Young Life) and working for state government (Director of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Florida), Art Johnstone formed Grant Partners with the goal of assisting national associations and non-profits with the acquisition and management of grant funding.  Since 2008 he and his team have helped partner organizations acquire more than $101 million in federal grant funding. 

In addition to his work in grant management, Art has also spent the last fifteen years teaching adult education courses for the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT, Louisiana State University), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), and other national partners.  

A 1988 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Art earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science Education.  He and his wife Carol live in Tallahassee, Florida with their six children.




Christl Tate
Training Operations and Logistics Manager
National Environmental Health Association

Christl Tate has been at NEHA for over 20 years – dedicating her career to developing resources that support local public health. Focusing on public-private partnerships and participant-centered learning, she works to develop innovative solutions to environmental health roadblocks. Currently, her work at NEHA focuses on food safety and body art. Christl has a BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.





Sharon D. Unkart, PhD
Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Zone
National Environmental Health Association

Dr. Unkart began her career as an Environmental Scientist, first for EPA in their Air Quality Division then for a small, private consulting firm, where she conducted Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, remediated underground storage tanks, handled nonfriable asbestos abatement, and managed environmental resource management projects. From there, she went on to get her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Science Education. After teaching K12 students for a few years, she moved on to teaching adults, eventually earning her Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education. She is now the Associate Director for the Entrepreneurial Zone, the department within the National Environmental Health Association that produces adult learning materials such as asynchronous online courses, books, and other study materials in support of NEHA’s certificate and credentialling programs. She also serves as the Instructional Coach for NEHA’s Instructors who, in partnership with FDA, teach many of the courses such as Special Processes at Retail and Plan Review. She is an avid organic gardener, passionate environmentalist, and a chicken whisperer.