Amanda Matczynski

Amanda is the Marketing, Public Relations & Community Service Director at Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. She has been with the organization for over 9 years, previously working in both Sales and Customer Service roles.

Recent Posts

It's Time To Review: Summer Sample Shipping Reminders

Just as important as our post last year regarding maintaining the highest level of sample integrity - it's time to revisit these critical sample shipping reminders!

Summer = sunshine +hot weather + “hopeful” vacations!  While this is a likely equation, our teams at Cherney have been noticing some reoccurring issues with incoming samples in the past few weeks.  While we have worked with customers directly, it also gives us the opportunity for a very relevant blog topic.  The information shared below is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to ensuring that the samples being submitted to the laboratory arrive in the best possible condition.  This allows for two things: 1) superior sample integrity and 2) the generation of accurate test results.

Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code Edition 8 is Here – Are You in Compliance?

The new Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code Edition 8 became effective on January 2, 2018 and listed some significant changes, including new programs and revised requirements for existing programs.  One notable change is that companies formerly SQF Level 2 and 3 are now REQUIRED to participate in an annual proficiency program. 

Strengthening the Cherney Team - Double Time!

Just over a month and a half ago, Debra Cherney shared the exciting announcement of Cherney's new COO Steve Kuchenberg.  Today - the Cherney team is happy to share that we again have added to our Leadership Team.  Please extend a warm welcome to Karrie Bierhals (Technical Services Manager) and Jeremy Syring (Client Services Manager)!  More information regarding these two individuals are below!

Summertime Sample Shipping Reminders

Summer = sunshine +hot weather + “hopeful” vacations!  While this is a likely equation, our teams at Cherney have been noticing some reoccurring issues with incoming samples in the past few weeks.  While we have worked with customers directly, it also gives us the opportunity for a very relevant blog topic.  The information shared below is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to ensuring that the samples being submitted to the laboratory arrive in the best possible condition.  This allows for two things: 1) superior sample integrity and 2) the generation of accurate test results.

Are You Being Trained or Mentored... Part 1....

In working as chemist for the  past 20 years, I have been both the trainer and the trainee.  These experiences range across  various laboratory settings, from three laboratory employees to hundreds. Each laboratory defines training differently; a well-established process by which someone is taught the skills that are necessary for a profession or a job.  It also has well-defined learning objectives and formality.   

In modern day training, there is a strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert.  The trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered.    It is expected that the participants in the training learn from the trainer.   It is a  formal process in which  guidelines must be followed objectives accomplished, and skills verified.

Recall Ready...or Ready Too Late?


RECALL.  One of the scariest, if not the scariest words that can be uttered by a manufacturing facility. Everyone knows how much it can cost, anything from lost product to lost careers and even companies.   We often find that companies do not invest the time and focus on their Environmental Monitoring Program until it is already too late and they are now in the process of withdrawing product from the market.  Ask yourself the following questions:

Ready to Catch the Second Wave?

Our blog to kick of 2017 related to starting of the year on the right with FOCUS – focus for your company, focus for your food safety plan and focus for continuing education.  We announced our 2017 Cherney College course listing for the year and talked high level about our strategic initiatives to increase our technical training opportunities outside of our building.  With only a month under our belt, our first course – FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food class is complete and went off quite well. 

If you have attended one of our classes or are considering it, know that everything we do it intentional.  Our smaller class size – intentional.  Customized material – intentional.  Real life examples with an open forum - intentional.  Believe us when we say “we’re not just an education provider; we want to be your partner!”  I had to opportunity to talk with a few of our participants yesterday during lunch and here is what they had to say.

The Portal is Coming!  Our 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank our Customers for their business and thank our team for their efforts supporting our Strategic Initiatives.  We expect to continue to strengthen performance with our most important initiative, Service to Our Customers.  Our goal is to be second to none in this area.  We strive every day to provide quality, reliability and timely results. 

Getting to "Win-Win" - Creating a Food Safety Plan that Works for YOUR organization!

In my travels as Sales Manager for Cherney Microbiological Services, it is my pleasure to speak with food safety professionals from companies of varying sizes and industries.  In the last few years, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) has taken a prominent role in our discussions of what is coming down the pipeline.  Many large companies have established food safety plans and follow SQF, HACCP (or HARPC) or other programs of which regular product and environmental testing is already an integral component.  This blog is not for those companies.  This blog is for companies whose food safety programs haven’t caught up to the regulatory environment we find ourselves in. 

If you are a Quality Manager who feels that your department is viewed by top management at your company as little more than an expense or if you are new to your position and looking for help, then I’m talking to you, too! 

The Power of Giving Back - Building Community Involvement for Any Company

Does your workplace encourage employee engagement? If not, it should! Engaged employees are more productive, customer-focused, and profit-generating.  Outside of the workplace, engaged employees become part of a bigger community – one that gives back to those around them.   

Community involvement from the business’s perspective is beneficial and, in many cases, an essential practice in today’s society for companies of all types and sizes. Many businesses include community involvement, or corporate social responsibility, in their marketing plans.  With this in mind, community initiatives (or community giving) should be chosen strategically, both to help strengthen your business, as well as reflect what is important to you and your team.