Faces of Food Safety: Meet Michaell Myrie of FSIS

Visible Data Specialist Micheall Myrie has labored for FSIS for over seven years, primarily supporting the graphic design wants of the Workplace of Worker Expertise and Improvement (OEED). “As a talented visible communicator, I help my staff members with ideas and concepts to assist rework the best way FSIS trains and develops staff,” stated Myrie. A lot of his work includes creating coaching for inspectors, the place he makes use of his visible design experience to include interactive video, contact screens and query and reply capabilities into the coaching periods.

Utilizing Know-how to Enhance FSIS Coaching
A number of years in the past, inspection coaching consisted largely of binders full of pages of photocopied paperwork. In 2018, OEED started remodeling coaching for FSIS inspectors by incorporating visuals. The method began after laptops had been distributed to the districts so all FSIS staff would have entry to the instruments they wanted for coaching.

At FSIS, Myrie makes use of all his expertise as a designer. His position in creating coaching for OEED contains videography, images, graphics and animation. A typical workday for Myrie includes addressing graphics requests from OEED purchasers. These requests can embrace PowerPoint slides, doc layouts or visible collateral corresponding to illustrated characters, icons and buttons.

At the moment, Myrie is concentrated on enhancing the visible content material FSIS makes use of for coaching, incorporating 3-D modeling and animation to enhance person expertise, help staff’ understanding of the fabric and improve engagement in the course of the coaching session. 3-D modeling and animation will likely be vital enhancements, particularly within the coaching parts for figuring out pathologies. To make sure the accuracy of the mannequin, Myrie is working carefully with Public Well being Veterinarian Dr. Shoshana Tanenbaum within the Des Moines District to get the close-up, excessive decision images of a bovine head essential to create a 3-D mannequin. Stated Myrie, “I get immense satisfaction from my job as a result of I’m part of an revolutionary staff that has utterly modified the coaching and improvement technique for FSIS.”

Michaell Myrie

AAFE Award Winner
In December 2021, Myrie acquired the Administrator’s Award for Excellence (AAFE) in Variety and Inclusion for his position as chairman of OEED’s Equal Employment Alternative Advisory Committee (EEOAC). He led the event of a quarterly EEOAC publication highlighting OEED’s dedication to range, fairness and inclusion. Stated Myrie of the award, “It was completely surprising. I used to be conscious of the appreciation and help I acquired for my work, however I by no means imagined being acknowledged at this degree. It was a superb feeling.”

Stated OEED Coaching Modernization Specialist Salina Nájera, “Micheall is a inventive and revolutionary worker who’s all the time searching for methods to ship state-of-the-art visible content material for coaching. When working with purchasers, he strives to exceed their expectations by his work product and all the time have an open-minded strategy to new concepts.”

Turning into a Member of the FSIS Staff
He started his profession with FSIS as a contracted graphic designer for one yr earlier than turning into a federal worker as a visible data specialist in September 2015. The transition to the federal place made sense to Myrie, who sought job safety to help his younger household. Myrie’s first task was to develop an animated video collection to coach meals inspectors on the export certification course of. As soon as he accomplished the animated collection, he was proven a slaughter video utilizing digital actuality goggles and was excited to be taught every little thing he might concerning the new know-how and the way it might be used to enhance the company’s coaching.

Myrie describes his coworkers as the most effective group of individuals he has ever labored with professionally. Everybody needs to contribute and is respectful of others’ emotions and views. He believes all of it begins from the highest — that management influences everybody to work with one another in knowledgeable and harmonious approach. Of the 4 FSIS core values — Accountable, Collaborative, Empowered and Options-Oriented — Myrie stated, “I believe it’s important to equally possess the entire FSIS core values. Management does a fantastic job encouraging staff to turn out to be new leaders, and every of those values influences your success.”

Beforehand, as a graphic designer within the non-public sector, Myrie  served as author, content material editor, marketer and mission supervisor on many tasks. In his present FSIS position, he all the time is acutely aware of the viewers when creating supplies; for instance, he applies consciousness of range to each task. He doesn’t need to offend anybody along with his work, so he pays consideration to what’s written, how it’s written and whether or not it’s acceptable for the meant viewers.

Extra About Myrie
Born in Panama however raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Myrie is a graduate of the College of Maryland World Campus the place he majored in graphic communication. He selected that main as a result of it took him past the extent of graphic designer and taught him tips on how to be an efficient communicator.

Lengthy earlier than he developed an curiosity in graphic communication, Myrie served within the U.S. Military from 1990 to 1994. He joined the army as a result of, in Myrie’s phrases, “A younger girl broke my coronary heart, and I wanted a trip.” A observe and wheel car mechanic within the Military, Myrie believes his army expertise ready him for all times, and he appreciates the alternatives FSIS gives to former service members.

Single father to Xander age 9 and Kaia age 15, Myrie enjoys biking, swimming, energy coaching and enjoying basketball. Different hobbies embrace storytelling and creating animated cartoons. His dream is to place collectively an animated collection of a superhero.

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