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Member Spotlight: Lorraine Hansen

Lorraine Hansen

Lorraine Hansen

There many fantastic members in Cactus IFT that support our club. Without you, we would not be as successful as we are. We would like to recognize a very dedicated member, Lorraine Hansen, our Treasurer for over 10 years.

How did you find out about IFT?

I was working for Hunt-Wesson in Ohio and my supervisor suggested that I become a member. I have been a Professional member since 1990.

How long have you been involved in Cactus IFT?

I have been the chapter treasurer since 2003.

What does your role as Treasurer entail?

I manage all monies received and spent including paying bills and providing reimbursements. I report to our local membership the status of finances and file all financial reports with IFT National and the IRS. I also ensure payments are made to the Arizona Corporation Commission as a non-profit.

Why do stay involved in IFT?

I have found IFT to be a good organization for networking and sourcing information.

What do you do professionally?

I am a Quality Engineer Lead / Principal for The Dial Corporation—a Henkel company. They are mainly known for consumer-packaged goods; however, we manufacture insecticides, which contain food raw materials. I work with our products that are regulated by the FDA and the EPA and ensure that products are manufactured to meet applicable regulations (e.g. 21 CFR 210 – 211) and our own internal standards. I am the “go-to” person for manufacturing of our drug products including validations and drug stability studies. Additionally, I do statistical evaluations of technical transfers, weight capabilities on fillers, etc. If it has the word quality attached to it, see me.

How has IFT benefited your career?

IFT has kept me connected with like-thinking professionals.

If you had to choose, what has been your favorite IFT event? 

My favorite events would have to be the tastings of different products (wine, olive oil, etc.).  While it is fun just to taste things, I find the science behind it very interesting.

Do you enjoy any hobbies?

I travel… a lot! I travel mainly for work (I have 15 contract manufacturing sites that I am responsible for); however, also for leisure. When work takes me someplace that I have not seen, I try to see the area. I have been to Antigua, Guatemala; Hong Kong, Shanghai (yes, you do go shopping in the back streets), and Ghuanzou, China (our driver didn’t speak English and we got lost in rural China – but that’s another story); Seoul, Inchon (I left there about 10 hours before DPRK started bombing – again, another story); and several other places.

For leisure, I help chaperon local high school students that are involved with Model United Nations.  We have been to Ireland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Rome, Florence, Genoa, Turin, and Milan, Italy; and will be going to Athens, Greece in March.  Personal vacations in the last year have included a trip to Padua, Venice, and Verona, Italy; Basel, Zurich, and Straffhausen, Switzerland; and we (2 of my 3 daughters and I) ran around Germany and France.

Traveling is something I grew up doing. In fact, I visited all of the United States and Canada (except the west coast and Hawaii) by the time I was 13.  It’s a big, beautiful world and there is still so much to see and so many different cultures to experience.

What would you eat for your last meal?

I would have a fresh baguette, Brie cheese, balsamic cheese, and a nice 2007 Malbec wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina. (See, I did learn a lot at those tastings!)