Mellonie O'Neill

Senior Manager, QA Compliance and Training
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center

Mellonie O’Neill, the Senior Manager of Production Planning, Facilities, and Compliance at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, comes to us with 20 years of food industry experience, in dairy, plant-based “milks” (soy and almond), baked breads and aseptic processing of flavored waters in PET (polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottling) packaging.  A local resident of Bridgeton, NJ, Mellonie earned her degree in Food and Nutrition Technology from Montclair State University.

Starting her career as a lab technician for a local dairy, she worked as a Quality Assurance Supervisor before moving to the position of Continuous Improvement Supervisor and helping to improve and maintain compliance of Environmental Health and Safety before moving to a position of Corporate Quality Assurance Manager.  Mellonie then broadened her repertoire of experience by working as QA Manager in a Bakery Operation and in a Flavored Water aseptic processing facility before coming to the Food Innovation Center to work with an assortment of food entrepreneurs.

Mellonie holds training certificates in HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) and PCHF (Preventive Controls for Human Food),  is trained as an SQF Practitioner (Safe Quality Foods), holds a Lead Instructor certificate for PCHF and FSVP (Foreign Supplier Verification Program) and has earned her CQA License (Certified Quality Auditor).