Judith Gushee has been on the Planning Committee of the Midcoast Women: Collective Voices since its beginning in 2017. She is actively involved in discovering local women with motivating stories to tell, especially those who may not realize they have a motivating story. She is convinced that the country would be better if more women were active in running it. Highlighting local women and their stories may be the first step in helping them realize they can change the world, one community at a time.
Judy grew up in Warren, Maine and received a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science from the University of Maine in Orono. After college she began a career in the Food and Drug Administration, first as an Investigator at the Boston District Office. After 4 years, she relocated to Maryland as a Compliance Officer with FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Division of Compliance. There she handled all types of enforcement actions; notably one that resulted in outlawing an inhumane euthanasia drug and another in banning a dog bark collar that was accidentally activated by other barking dogs. Judy eventually became the Center specialist for the enforcement of smuggled bulk drugs intended for animal use. These actions resulted in significant fines and jail time for animal drug smugglers. While employed by CVM she attended Indiana University at Bloomington and received a Masters of Public Administration.
In 2000, she was selected as the Director of the Division of Enforcement for FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. She supervised the performance of approximately 30 professionals responsible for determining the adequacy and significance of regulatory actions originating from FDA’s 20 field offices. She led a group of scientists and regulators charged with detecting and developing dietary supplement enforcement actions. She directed the development of FDA compliance positions and guidance on contaminated lettuce, cheese, basil, cantaloupes and allergens.
Currently, she runs Maine Summer Dog (http://www.mainesummerdog.com/) with her husband in Union Maine. They have an apartment that they rent to seasonal visitors traveling with the family pet. They provide lodging with pet care for vacationers who want to visit the midcoast area, but also want to go places that their pet wouldn’t enjoy. This small business, 4 grandgirls and discovering and promoting interesting midcoast women make for a nice life.