Stephanie Bloem accepted the position of NAPPO Executive Director in July 2015. In this role, she manages the NAPPO Secretariat’s human and financial resources while leading the fulfilment of the NAPPO Executive Committee’s strategic plan and priority goals for North America. She Chairs the NAPPO Advisory and Management Group (AMC). Stephanie was born in Mexico and grew-up in Guatemala. She has a Licenciatura degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Entomology and more than 30 years of experience working on phytosanitary issues around the world. She is a subject matter expert in the area of sterile insect technique and inherited sterility for moth pests. Before joining NAPPO, she was a risk analyst and training specialist for the NPPO of the United States, where her responsibilities included development and review of pest risk analyses for import and export of agricultural commodities for consumption and propagation and the design and delivery of pest risk analysis workshops.