GARNER, NC – Molly Parker, the director of food safety and animal care at Butterball LLC, was named chair of the Poultry & Egg Sustainability and Welfare Foundation Board of Trustees in January.

Since 2019, Parker held several leadership positions on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. During Parker’s one-year term as chair, she will lead the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, managing the budget and administration of the IPWA and US-RSPE.

The Poultry & Egg Sustainability and Welfare Foundation Inc. operates as the administrator and coordinator for the activities of the International Poultry Welfare Alliance (IPWA) and the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSPE).

“Molly’s service to the Foundation and the International Poultry Welfare Alliance has been integral to the growth and success of these organizations over the last several years,” said Ryan Bennett, executive director at the IPWA and US-RSPE.

The IPWA is an initiative that supports sustainable poultry production that is ethically, socially, scientifically and economically responsible. The US-RSPE is an initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability through leadership, innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

Parker has worked at Butterball since 2012 in animal care. She worked on securing the American Humane certification for all live operations divisions and production facilities.

In 2015, she was promoted to her current position and spearheads and directs Butterball’s animal care and well-being program. She works on the live operations food safety program and develops third-party certifications for animal care and well-being, food safety, biosecurity and its no antibiotics ever production.

Additionally, she manages the internal audit schedule and audit team.

Parker holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Carolina University, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NC State University, and a Masters of Avian Health and Medicine from the University of Georgia.