When you work with Microbiology & Quality Associates (MQA), you can expect us to be there for you every step of the way. Our team is here to make sure your experience in working with us is seamless and to provide you with quality services that exceed your expectations.
Juan Munoz, M.S.
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Juan has an M.S. in Microbiology and over 25 years of industry experience in microbiology, quality, compliance and validation. He has consulted on microbiology, environmental monitoring, validation, sterilization, clean rooms, QC and QA systems, and has taught classes in these areas as well. He has expert knowledge in microbiology procedures (USP, CFR, FDA, EU, AAMI, AOAC and Std. Methods for Water Testing), and of clean room operation, validation, and environmental monitoring requirements. Juan earned his M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ohio State, and his B.S. from the Interamerican University in PR. Juan has worked previously at Lederle Laboratories, Adria Laboratories, Pharmacia, Adria SP, Bayer, Abgenix, and Micro-Virology Laboratories.
Jeneill Knight, M.S.
Director of Quality Assurance
Jeneill has been with MQA since June 2010 and brings over 20 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Microbiology, Virology, and Molecular Biology within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and cosmetics industries. She is in charge of all QA operations and maintains the Quality systems in accordance to FDA and ISO 17025 standards. She ensures GxP quality deliverance of test results to customers in the form of certificates of testing or analysis. When MQA offers classes, she is also a course instructor. Jeneill earned her M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and her B.S. in Biology from California State University Hayward. Prior to MQA, Jeneill held positions at Novartis, Biomass Systems Incorporated, Micro-Virology Laboratories, Sun Deep Cosmetics, and SRI International.
Renee Johnston, NRCM
Director of Microbiology Services
Renee has been with MQA since 2007 and brings 17 years of industry experience in microbiology testing, chemical testing, protein purification, and process development. She is responsible for managing all microbiology lab functions, personnel training, performance, and mentoring. She ensures timeliness of testing for our clients, meeting their requirements, and maintaining safety and GMP compliance. Renee earned her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from U.C. Davis, and is a registered Microbiologist with NRCM. Prior to MQA, she held positions at Micro-Virology Laboratories, Delta Environmental Laboratory, and Bayer.
Ramon Mendoza, Ph.D.
Director of Virology and Molecular Services
Ramon has been with MQA since 2012 and has a strong background in tissue culture, retroviruses, immunology, virology, and biostatistics analysis. He is responsible for all lab functions in the virology, molecular and cell culture services group at MQA. Ramon ensures timeliness of testing for our clients, meeting their requirements, and maintaining safety and GMP compliance when applicable. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Washington, and a M.S. and B.S. in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University. Ramon also has been a recipient of many awards, been invited to speak on panels, and has several publications under his name.
Mimi Leong, M.B.A.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Mimi joined MQA in 2014 and has 14 years of experience in sales, marketing, and performing microbiology and chemistry lab work in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer packaged goods industries. She is responsible for all sales and marketing activity at MQA. Mimi earned her M.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing and General Management from U.C. Davis, and has a B.S. in Biochemistry from U.C.L.A.. Prior to joining MQA, she held positions at Pacific BioLabs, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Clorox, Inamed, and Nektar Therapeutics.
Mandi Stefanik, B.S.
Mandi joined MQA in 2012 and oversees all the day-to-day accounting related activities, as well as assisting with payroll and administrative functions. Mandi earned her B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Her previous experience with purchasing and inventory at Lush Cosmetics has helped her to take on multiple projects.