Staff Biographies and Offices


John Henderschedt, Director

Years of Fisheries Experience: 25+

John Henderschedt serves as Director of the Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection. In this role, he manages the execution of the office's broad portfolio which includes international fisheries and conservation engagement (regional fisheries management organizations, multilateral conservation agreements, bilateral consultations), administration of internationally-focused statutory authorities addressing IUU fishing, bycatch, and protection of marine mammals, delivery of NOAA’s Seafood Inspection Program services, and work to ensure access of U.S. seafood products to global markets.

Mr. Henderschedt has over 30 years of diverse experience in fisheries - working in the Alaska and West Coast groundfish fisheries, managing various aspects of food safety, seafood harvesting and production for domestic and international markets, and administering commercial fishing vessel safety and security programs. He held an appointment to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council from 2008 to 2015. Prior to joining NOAA Fisheries, Mr. Henderschedt also served as Executive Director of the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum, where he led professional development and capacity building programs for fisheries managers and stakeholders. Mr. Henderschedt has a B.A. in Russian Studies from Muhlenberg College.

Steven Wilson, Deputy Director


Years of Inspection Experience: 27+

Steve Wilson is the internal watchdog of the program and is not always the most liked for it.  His skills in food technology and quality management of food systems make it hard, if not impossible, to pull the wool over his eyes. 

“Any time you audit the auditor, it can cause tension.  But, we’re a lot better program for it,” says Steve. 

“Our program is dedicated to continuous improvement.  The market constantly changes.  We have to adapt.”


Northwest Inspection Branch
Eric Staiger, Chief

Years of Inspection Experience: 23+

More than anything, Eric Staiger is all about customer service. Employees are his best assets to ensure quality service.

“Kudos to retailers and processors that utilize the Seafood Inspection Program to protect consumers, at no taxpayer expense,” says Eric.

“It’s my focus to make sure inspectors have the training, equipment, supplies and support to provide effective inspections. They do a great job of it.”


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Southwest Inspection Branch
Laurice Churchill, Chief

Years of Inspection Experience: 3

Laurice Churchill began her career working on the water raising oysters to driving a delivery truck. She joins the Southwest Region of the Seafood Inspection Program following over 29 years of work in fisheries management, regulatory affairs and compliance in the State of Maine.


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Southeast Inspection Branch
Brian Vaubel, Chief

Years of Inspection Experience: 15+

Brian Vaubel began his career with the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program in 1998.  Over this time, Brian has gained valuable technical knowledge in fishery products.  Most importantly he has built valuable relationships with the people that make up the public and private sectors of the seafood business.  Brian’s greatest career accomplishment goal is to build an inspection service organization that delivers meaningful results to everyone. This is still a work in progress and the motivation behind his work.


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Northeast Inspection Branch
Lawrence Biondo, Chief

Years of Inspection Experience: 29+

Larry has been working in the US Government for over 29 years. He started his government career with the Internal Revenue Service in 1987 after a short stay with the IRS he then came to the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program. Before starting his government service Larry worked several jobs on the Gloucester Waterfront. He spent most of his time working for his family’s commercial fishing business. Larry has brought a unique perspective to the job with his seafood upbringing coupled with his college education.


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