“Ask the Inspector”

Are you a food business owner or looking to start a food business? Have questions you don’t want to ask an inpsector or the health department for fear they may ‘expose’ you in some way? Here is your chance to ask three highly qualified Dept. of Health inspectors in Mecklenburg Co. with complete confidenciality- that is right. Learn what other culinarians ask, and bring some questions yourself- whether on general food code, HACCP, or food safety. NOTE: The inspectors will not be able to see you, nor you them, during this question and answer session.


Sarah Makers
Senior Environmental Health Specialist – Mecklenburg County

Sarah Makers holds a BS in Medical Technology plus a a specialty certification in Clinical Chemistry from Indiana University. After working in the IU Medical Center system for several years, Sarah moved to North Carolina with jobs at Duke University and Durham County General Hospital. Now in Charlotte, she has worked in both clinical and research laboratories. For the past eleven years, Sarah has specialized in Environmental Health. As a Senior Environmental Health Specialist, her duties include training new interns, helping with standardization of field inspectors, reviewing HACCP plans, helping with FDA Voluntary Program Standards, permitting food service facilities, and conducting routine sanitation inspections.

Lauren Coles
Environmental Supervisor / Planning & Support – Mecklenburg County

Lauren Coles is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia where she earned her BA in Biology from the University of Virginia. Her resume includes work as a cardiovascular research lab assistant, a research assistant in a diabetes research laboratory, and as an apprentice at NASA Langley Air Force Base, marketing a satellite imagery product. Now in Charlotte, she has spent the last eleven years in Environmental Health in Mecklenburg County – working as a field inspector, a trainer, and a supervisor. Along the way, she has earned her Registered Nursing degree from Mercy School of Nursing and is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Communications from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jessica Perry
Senior Environmental Health Specialist – Mecklenburg County

Jessica Perry hails from Northern Pennsylvania, but relocated to North Carolina with family while in high school. She attended UNC-Wilmington and graduated with a BS in Biology. She began her career in Environmental Health at the Davie County Health Department in Mocksville, NC. She transferred to Mecklenburg County in 2009. Jessica has twelve years of experience in Environmental Health with seven years as a Senior Environmental Health Specialist. Her duties include conducting sanitation inspections, reviewing and permitting food service establishments such as restaurants, mobile food units and caterers, and training staff.