Debra Cherney

Debra Cherney is the Founder & CEO at Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. A seasoned microbiologist and expert within the dairy industry, her proactive approach to working with customer to streamline their testing process and bring awareness and focus to key trends makes her a well known resource and consultant
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CEO Corner – An Introduction to Cherney's new COO

As stated earlier in the year - we’ve given Founder & CEO Debra Cherney the opportunity to share thoughts on any topic of her choice.  While many of them will be related to food safety, the one below is of excitement so please, read on!  


To our Cherney community consisting of customers, colleagues, and industry friends.  It is my extreme pleasure to share with you the announcement of Cherney’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve Kuchenberg, who officially starts with our organization on Monday, September 25th.  Steve's extensive experience within our industry brings a new level of competence and technical expertise to our organization and while I’m personally very excited for him to lead our organization into the future, our team at Cherney will soon see how his passion for doing the right thing for those around him will quickly pass onto you our valued customers.  Steve and I are in lockstep agreement about what actions will be taken to achieve our strategic vision for Cherney.  A very exciting time is ahead, welcome Steve! - Debra Cherney

CEO Corner – Putting Your Interest First Every Time

In our first edition of our quarterly CEO Corner – we’ve given Founder & CEO the opportunity to share thoughts on any topic. While many of them will be related to food safety, the one below is the perfect piece to awareness to Cherney and just one of the many core values that drives our team day in and day out. Enjoy!


Providing an unmatched level of customer service is the foundation upon which my company was founded.  It is one of the main core values we strive to achieve every single day.  Recently, I experienced an incident personally that reminded me of the importance of this value and how it impacts our continued success. 

Environmental Sampling Sponges – Are the Right Tools in YOUR Toolbox?

Being in the industry for more than 35 years – I’ve experienced significant changes in technology and testing; we are getting as close to instantaneous analysis as the bacteria will allow it.  But I have always felt very strongly that a test can only be as good as the quality and integrity of the sample being analyzed.   The devices we use to collect environmental samples have also evolved and changed. 

An Alliance for Us All!

I’d like to share a bit more insight into a cause, a passion actually that is near and dear to my heart.  Not only does it fit what and who we stand for a company, it represents my passion for food safety as an individual. 

Food Safety Workshops, Continuing Education and Training

I am frequently asked why I think basic education, continuing education and technical training is important and how it benefits both company and employee.   It’s the continuous improvement ‘bones’ in me that makes me not only want to improve myself, but improve others around me.  I think that’s done through knowledge and learning and that’s why I feel so strongly about education and training.   At Cherney, we’ve always been a group of geeky learners (note the picture of "Sid the Science Kid" from PBS who I watch with my 2.5 year old granddaughter).  We all just can’t seem to get enough!