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The 2016 Building a Healthier Future Summit featured a wide range of industry, policy, academic and nonprofit leaders, all committed to making healthier choices easier for busy families and kids. See below for the full list.

Featured Keynote:
First Lady Michelle Obama

 

First Lady Michelle Obama

Featured Speakers

David Bailey

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA (click to close)
President and CEO
Nemours Foundation

 

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Nemours Foundation, an integrated Children’s Health System with two free-standing hospitals in Delaware and Florida serving children from across the U.S. and internationally. A pediatric gastroenterologist for more than 29 years, Dr. Bailey joined Nemours in 1997 and became president and CEO in 2006. Dr. Bailey has been recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and by Becker’s Review as one of the 100 CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know.

Raymond Baxter

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD
Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente
Raymond J. Baxter (click to close)
Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente

 

As a member of Kaiser’s National Executive Team, Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, leads the organization’s efforts to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship and support for community ­based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy and diversity and serves as President of KP International. Dr. Baxter has more than 35 years of experience managing public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Cory Booker

Cory Booker
United States Senator (D-NJ)
New Jersey
Cory Booker (click to close)
United States Senator (D-NJ)
New Jersey

 

Since winning election to the United State Senate in October 2013, PHA Honorary Vice-chair Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been innovative, persistent and put partisanship aside, bringing people together to get things done for New Jersey. Cory won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg- and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. He serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees. During Cory’s tenure, as mayor of Newark, NJ, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved with more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities and more efficient city services.

Kesha Calicutt

Kesha Calicutt (click to close)
Panelist

 

Kesha Calicutt, Waning Woman, is an award-winning blogger, an active member of the Dallas Fort Worth bariatric community and co-leader of a patient-run support group, After the Cut. In her blog and various social media networks, she shares her passion for cooking, working out, shoes and living a post-op life with as much pizzazz as possible. She has maintained almost 90% of her total weight loss since having the gastric sleeve in 2010. She splits her time balancing family life, a career in education and motivating those in the weight-loss surgery community.

Blog: http://www.waningwoman.com/
Facebook: fb.com/waningwomanpage

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz (click to close)
Wide Receiver
New York Giants

 

NFL Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz is a wide receiver for the New York Giants. In Super Bowl XLVI, he tied an NFL record for the longest play, with a 99-yard touchdown reception that helped his team beat the Patriots. In 2012, Cruz established the Victor Cruz Foundation to promote positive change in the lives of youth. The Foundation provides innovative educational programs that equip students with the skill sets they need for a successful future. His best-selling autobiography, Out of the Blue, is the inspiring account of how hard work, perseverance and support from his family drove his success.

Alexander Douglas

J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. (“Sandy”)
Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company
President, Coca-Cola North America
J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. (“Sandy”) (click to close)
Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company
President, Coca-Cola North America

 

J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. (“Sandy”) is Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President, Coca-Cola North America. Douglas joined The Coca-Cola Company in January 1988 as a District Sales Manager for the Foodservice Division of Coca-Cola USA and has held a variety of positions in the company with increasing responsibility. He is active in beverage and consumer product industry organizations and serves on the boards of the American Beverage Association, the Food Marketing Institute (“FMI”), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (“GMA”) and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. He also serves on the charity leadership boards of the East Lake Foundation and Morehouse College.

Melanie Dreher

Melanie Dreher (click to close)
Board Chair
Trinity Health

 

Dr. Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently retired as Dean of Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. Previous deanships include University of Miami, University of Massachusetts and University of Iowa. She was President of the International Nursing Honor Society and received the Brunson Award for outstanding achievement for the advancement of university women; the Chancellor’s medal from the University of Massachusetts; a citation from the U.S. Ambassador for her contribution to the welfare of the people of Jamaica; and a continuing international award in her name for deans who have made a significant contribution to scholarship and leadership.

Jane Francisco

Jane Francisco (click to close)
Editor-In-Chief
Good Housekeeping

 

Jane Francisco was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping in November 2013. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine, the leading women’s lifestyle media brand in Canada, transforming the magazine into a business that now includes print, online, television, mobile and radio. She has also been Editor-in-Chief of Style at Home,founding Editor-in-Chief of St. Joseph’s Media’s Wish and launch Editor-in-Chief of the beauty and health-focused Glow. Earlier in her career, Francisco was marketing director at Fashion magazine and worked with Futurebrand, creating the image and strategy for new brands in the U.S. and Canada. She also co-created Venue, the acclaimed national arts and culture magazine.

Jim Gavin

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine & Indian University School of Medicine
CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc.
James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD (click to close)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine & Indian University School of Medicine
CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc.

 

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD is chairman of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Board of Directors, a leading expert on diabetes care and both chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. A widely respected academic and entrepreneur in the medical community, he has a deep knowledge of childhood obesity-related illnesses and the policy and environmental influences that contribute to obesity. Gavin is a clinical professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and serves on the university’s Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Garth Graham

Garth Graham, MD, MPH (click to close)
President
Aetna Foundation

 

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, is president of the Aetna Foundation. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Assistant Dean for Health Policy at the University of Florida. He has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. Dr. Graham earned his MD and MPH from Yale University. He did his medical training at Massachusetts General and cardiology training at John Hopkins.

Len Greer

Len Greer (click to close)
President
J&J Health & Wellness

 

Len Greer has more than 15 years of experience focused on improving patient health and lowering healthcare costs. He is President of J&J Health and Wellness Solutions — a center of excellence that utilizes behavior science and innovative digital tools to drive healthy behaviors for consumers and patients around the world. Prior to joining J&J, Greer served as SVP of Product Innovation & Marketing at CVS Health; held executive leadership positions at Aetna ActiveHealth and Medco Health; and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Bob Harper

Bob Harper
Fitness Trainer
Host of the Biggest Loser
Bob Harper (click to close)
Fitness Trainer
Host of the Biggest Loser

 

Health and fitness expert, television star, and three-time best-selling author, Bob Harper is one of the most successful lifestyle experts in the world. For 16 seasons, he starred as a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser before hosting season 17. Harper recently released his most recent book, Skinny Habits: The 6 Secrets of Thin People. He has traveled the country speaking to everyone from health care workers to large and small corporations about how to motivate people to change their lives. He has appeared on The Doctors, Larry King Live, Oprah, The Tonight Show, Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Oz and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Camara Jones

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
President, American Public Health Association
Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute & Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD (click to close)
President, American Public Health Association
Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute & Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

 

Camara Phyllis Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on racism’s impact on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and equity (including racism). She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that leads to a national campaign against racism. Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000 and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014.

Scott Kahan

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health
Scott Kahan, MD, MPHA (click to close)
Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health

 

Dr. Scott Kahan, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, is trained in both clinical medicine and public health. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine and serves as Chair of the Clinical Committee for The Obesity Society. Dr. Kahan has published 14 textbooks in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health and is a columnist for The Huffington Post. He has received numerous awards, including Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year by the Obesity Action Coalition, Outstanding Speaker by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Patients’ Choice award.

@scottkahan

Ted Kyle

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA (click to close)
Principal & Founder
ConscienHealth

 

Ted Kyle is a pharmacist who is well known as an advocate for people living with obesity. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, advises The Obesity Society on advocacy and consults with organizations seeking to address the needs of people with obesity. His widely read daily commentary, published at ConscienHealth.org, reaches an audience of more than 15,000 thought leaders in health and obesity.

Risa Lavizzo Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA (click to close)
President & CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she helped to build a comprehensive Culture of Health for all, extending the Foundation’s 40-year history of addressing key issues in health. Past experiences include working on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and co-chairing a congressionally requested National Academy of Medicine study on racial and ethnic disparities. Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is a member of the National Academy of Medicines, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Mariano Lozano

Mariano Lozano (click to close)
President & CEO
The Dannon Company

 

Mariano Lozano has been CEO of The Dannon Company since January 2014. From March 2009 to December 2013, he was General Manager of DANONE Brazil. He started his career in various sales functions at Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes, a leader of the Argentinean beer market, and was then appointed Sales Director of Pillsbury Argentina. He joined DANONE in March 2000 as General Manager of Logistica La Serenisima, the company in charge of sales and distribution for DANONE and La Serenisima products in Argentina. From 2004 to 2006 he was General Manager of DANONE Slovakia and from January 2006 to May 2009 General Manager of DANONE Clover (Pty) in South Africa. Mariano is an Argentinean citizen and holds an Industrial Engineer Diploma from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

Benita Mosley

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (click to close)
Chief Executive Officer
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA

 

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is CEO of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. Named a “Game Changer” by the Sports Business Journal in 2015, Mosley joined Laureus USA following senior executive roles with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field, where she led the 2012 Olympic track and field team to win 29 medals in London — its best performance in 20 years. Mosley also served as President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications for eight years and was a two-time Olympian and gold medalist in the 100m hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Vivek Murthy

Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. (click to close)
Surgeon General of the United States

 

Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, was confirmed as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States in 2014. As America’s Doctor, he oversees the operations of approximately 6,700 health officers serving the U.S. Public Health Service in locations around the world. Dr. Murthy discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood, while spending time in his father’s medical clinic in Miami. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale. He regards caring for patients as the greatest privilege of his life.
Dr. Murthy co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States and the Swasthya project, a community health partnership in rural India that trains women to be health providers and educators. As a research scientist, he conducted laboratory research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. He also served as the president of Doctors for America, a non-profit organization with more than 16,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states who work with patients and policymakers to build a high quality, affordable health system for all.
Seen by many as a proven leader who can use 21st century approaches and technology to modernize the role of Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy will focus his efforts on building cross-sector partnerships in communities to address the epidemics of obesity and tobacco-related disease, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, to address our country’s growing opioid epidemic rates and to make prevention and health promotion the backbone of our communities.

Patty Nece

Patty Nece
Panelist
Patty Nece (click to close)
Panelist

 

Patty Nece, JD, is a passionate advocate for sound obesity treatments and the eradication of weight-based bias. She encourages change by sharing her own experiences of living with lifelong obesity. She has spoken before diverse groups including the Institute of Medicine, Women in Government, the Obesity Medicine Association and the George Washington University School of Medicine. In her professional life, Nece is the Counsel for Regulations and Legislation in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor’s Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services Division.

Susan Neely

Susan K. Neely (click to close)
President and CEO
American Beverage Association

 

Susan K. Neely is President and CEO of the American Beverage Association (ABA), where she works with members to further industry’s longstanding commitment to helping to solve the childhood obesity epidemic. Through its national School Beverage Guidelines, the industry has voluntarily reduced calories in the beverages sold in schools by 90 percent. The ABA and its member companies also participated in Mrs. Obama’s launch of the “Drink Up!” initiative with the Partnership for a Healthier America. Most recently, in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the industry announced a nationwide initiative to reduce calories consumed from beverages in Americans’ diets.

Jack Pestello

Jack Pestello
Senior Vice President, Private Brands
Walmart U.S.
Jack Pestello (click to close)
Senior Vice President, Private Brands
Walmart U.S.

 

As senior vice president of private brands for Walmart U.S., Jack Pestello leads Walmart’s private brand strategy across health and wellness, food and consumables. Before joining Walmart, Pestello spent 20 years with Daymon Worldwide, leading change with dozens of retailers and hundreds of manufacturers around the world. He also served as head of trade at Woolworths Limited in Sydney, Australia. Pestello holds a JD in International Corporate Law from the University of Colorado and a BA in Business Management from Fort Lewis College. He has spent half his career living and working internationally, specifically in Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Barbara Picower

Barbara Picower
President & Chair of the Board of Directors
The JPB Foundation
Barbara Picower (click to close)
President & Chair of the Board of Directors
The JPB Foundation

 

Barbara Picower is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of The JPB Foundation, which seeks to enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities. JPB’s program areas include poverty, medical research and the environment. JPB pursues funding that is highly strategic by working with nonprofits and other funders to collaborate, coordinate and leverage resources to achieve maximum impact.

Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders
Olympic Champion
TV Host
Summer Sanders (click to close)
Olympic Champion
TV Host

 

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Summer Sanders won four medals – two gold, a silver and a bronze. She has since pursued a career in television, appearing on a multitude of programs as a correspondent and host, including eight years co-hosting “NBA Inside Stuff.” She was the first female game show host on Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out,” an Olympic analyst and host for NBC, a Today Show special contributor and host of Fox’s hit show, “The Sports List.” Currently, Sanders can be seen on CBS Sports Network’s all-female roundtable sports show, “We Need To Talk.”

David Schwab

David Schwab
Senior Vice President
Octagon
David Schwab (click to close)
Senior Vice President
Octagon

 

David Schwab is a Senior Vice President at Octagon and Founder of the company’s celebrity strategy and consulting business, Octagon First Call. The team educates companies, associations and non-profits on the use of celebrity talent and advises them on how to get the most value out of each partnership. This includes identifying the appropriate talent, securing agreements, tailoring campaigns to fit both the marketing goals of the brand and the unique talents and appeal of the celebrity and managing the relationship throughout the duration of the term.

Twitter: @david_schwab

Brian Selander

Brian Selander
Executive Vice President/Offensive Coordinator
Whistle Sport
Brian Selander (click to close)
Executive Vice President/Offensive Coordinator
Whistle Sports

 

Brian Selander is Executive Vice President / Offensive Coordinator of Whistle Sports, with 180 million fans and followers. He has previously worked for governors, an IT business, a United States senator, on a presidential campaign, as a print reporter and talk radio host and as Managing Director of Silver Oak Solutions, a management consulting firm he helped scale and sell. Selander earned his BA from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for several years. He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.

Larry Soler

Larry Soler
President & CEO
Partnership for a Healthier America
Larry Soler (click to close)
President & CEO
Partnership for a Healthier America

 

Larry Soler has been President and Chief Executive Officer at the Partnership for a Healthier America since 2011. Under his leadership, the organization has garnered commitments from more than 60 private sector partners. Soler has long been focused on health and education issues, first in federal relations positions at the Association of American Universities and then at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As Chief Operating Officer at the Foundation, he helped to lead efforts that secured $1.75 billion in federal funding for type 1 diabetes research and created and chaired that national Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research.

Marion Standish

Marion Standish
Vice President, Enterprise Programs
The California Endowment
Marion Standish (click to close)
Vice President, Enterprise Programs
The California Endowment

 

Marion Standish is Vice President, Enterprise Programs, for The California Endowment. She serves as lead officer with the Partnership for A Healthier America, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, California’s Let’s Get Healthy effort and the National Convergence Partnership. Previously, Standish was Senior Advisor to the President of The California Endowment and the Director of Community Health, where she oversaw multiple grant-making initiatives focused on reducing inequities and improving health. Before joining The Endowment, she was founder and director of California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), a statewide nutrition and health research and advocacy organization focusing on access to nutritious food for low-income families.

Howell Wechsler

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPHA (click to close)
Chief Executive Officer
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

 

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is a national expert on childhood obesity, having previously served as the Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which includes a team of more than 100 professional staff in 40 states and the District of Columbia, was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation in response to the rapid increase in childhood obesity rates over the last three decades.

Olajide Williams

Olajide Williams, MD, MS
Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer, Department of Neurology
Columbia University
Olajide Williams, MD, MS (click to close)
Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer, Department of Neurology
Columbia University

 

Dr. Olajide Williams is Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University. His research focuses on community-based behavioral interventions with an emphasis on stroke disparities and childhood obesity. Dr.Williams is also Founder and President of Hip Hop Public Health, which targets economically disadvantaged urban environments through music and entertainment-based programming in collaboration with hip hop icons and other celebrities. He has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of Root 100’s Most Influential Blacks in America, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Breakout Session Speakers
Krista Anderson
Founder & CEO
ESSTAR
Krista Anderson (click to close)
Founder & CEO
ESSTAR
Krista Anderson is the Founder & CEO of ESSTAR, a Nashville-based natural food distribution and brokerage company. ESSTAR markets healthy snack foods through its “Stay Healthy On The Go” food stations in convenience stores. During a long but victorious battle with Stage 4 cancer, Anderson became passionate about healthy eating. Her mission now is to make healthy food accessible to the public, both to help fight disease and to encourage people to maintain healthy lifestyles. Prior to founding ESSTAR, Anderson worked in marketing for Nestle Professional, assisting in the growth of the beverage portfolio to foodservice operators.
Buen Augustus Abo
Center Director
Sunshine Early Learning Center
Buen Augustus Abo (click to close)
Center Director
Sunshine Early Learning Center

Buen Augustus T. Abo is Center Director for the Sunshine Early Learning Center and has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 10 years. A native of the Philippines, he is a strong believer in the idea, put forth by Benjamin Franklin, that an investment in education pays the best interest. Abo holds a PreK-6 teaching license and a Science and Mathematics Resource Teaching License and is a certified Professional Development Specialist of the Council for Professional Recognition. He holds a BS in Elementary Education, MA in Supervision and Administration and MA in Early Childhood Education.

Jessica Almy
Senior Nutrition Policy Counsel
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Jessica Almy (click to close)
Senior Nutrition Policy Counsel
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Jessica Almy advocates for better nutrition policies and works with the food industry to improve policies and practices. Prior to joining CSPI in 2013, she worked as an attorney at the public interest firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, representing nonprofit clients in litigation. Almy holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and an MS from Tufts University, and is a member of state and federal bars in New York and the District of Columbia.

Twitter: @JessicaAlmy, @CSPI
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cspinet/

John Arcangelo
Marketing Manager
SUBWAY Kids & Families
John Arcangelo (click to close)
Marketing Manager
SUBWAY Kids & Families
John Arcangelo joined SUBWAY World Headquarters in February 2011 to focus on the company’s Kids & Families business, for which he connects the SUBWAY® brand with children and their families globally by promoting SUBWAY’s “better for you” Kid’s meal options. He also manages SUBWAY’s relationships with studio partners such as Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel and has activated numerous partnership events, including Hollywood Premiers for Monsters University, Muppets Most Wanted, Maleficent, Big Hero 6, Inside Out and in-store events for Star Wars Rebels. Arcangelo earned his degree in Mass Communications from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.
Sara N. Bleich, PhD
White House Fellow
USDA
Sara N. Bleich, PhD (click to close)
White House Fellow
USDA
Sara N. Bleich, PhD, is currently a White House Fellow serving as a Senior Policy Advisor to Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary of USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While at Johns Hopkins, Sara conducted research on obesity policy. She holds degrees from Columbia (BA, Psychology) and Harvard (PhD, Health Policy).
Susan C. Brenner, EdD
Senior Vice President, Education
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Susan C. Brenner, EdD (click to close)
Senior Vice President, Education
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
As Senior Vice President of Education and Development at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Dr. Susan C. Brenner works passionately to help children develop a positive self-image, make healthy nutritional choices and show respect for their bodies — habits that will last a lifetime. She has been a key member of the Bright Horizons Family Solutions senior management team for more than 25 years and has written articles and made numerous presentations on early childhood health education, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care and other work/life solutions. She holds a PhD in leadership and policy studies from Temple University.
Sara Burnett
Director of Wellness and Food Policy
Panera Bread
Sara Burnett (click to close)
Director of Wellness and Food Policy
Panera Bread

Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness and Food Policy at Panera since August 2015, is responsible for the policies that shape the company’s perspective and commitments on food issues. Prior to this, she worked for more than a decade on the Quality Assurance team, overseeing special projects such as the creation and implementation of the company’s Raised Without Antibiotics program; animal welfare standards; and 2014 Food Policy and Clean Food commitment. She received a BA in Biology and Psychology from Washington University (St. Louis) and her MBA from Webster University.

Twitter: @SaraBurnettPNRA
Facebook: facebook.com/panerabread
Instagram: @panerabread

Nici Bush
Global Vice President, Research and Development
Mars Chocolate
Nici Bush (click to close)
Global Vice President, Research and Development
Mars Chocolate
Nici Bush is the Global Research & Development Vice President for Mars Chocolate, responsible for its worldwide Innovation and Research facilities. Following her passion, she also leads the company’s Global Health and Wellbeing platform. In that capacity, she drives workstreams on innovating new products such as goodnessknows®; renovates the company’s existing great tasting chocolate treats; ensures that consumers can access important information, such as GDA labeling; and supports the WHO guidelines on sugar. Bush holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) from the University of Cambridge in England. She recently earned Georgetown University’s leadership coaching accreditation and enjoys coaching female leaders in the business.
Dr. Susan Canizares
Chief Academic Officer
Learning Care Group
Dr. Susan Canizares (click to close)
Chief Academic Officer
Learning Care Group

Susan Canizares, PhD, is a noted authority on early childhood education with more than 20 years of leadership experience in educational publishing. She holds a doctorate in language and literacy development from Fordham University and a master’s degree in special education from New York University. As CAO, she led development of Learning Care Group’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway and of its educational programs supporting learning from infancy to school-age.

Twitter: @TheLearningCare

Philippe Caradec
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
The Dannon Company
Philippe Caradec (click to close)
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
The Dannon Company

Philippe Caradec is Vice President Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, a subsidiary of DANONE. He is responsible for all Public Affairs, Public Relations and Sustainable Development in the United States pertaining to Dannon’s business interests. Caradec joined DANONE in 1992, after spending four years as a consultant in Washington, D.C. specializing in technical and regulatory matters affecting the imported food and beverage industry. He received his MS in Food Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, after completing his graduate studies at the National Superior School of Agronomy of Rennes, France.

Twitter: @Dannon, @YogurtEveryDay

Hank Cardello
Senior Fellow & Director, Obesity Solutions Initiative
Hudson Institute
Hank Cardello (click to close)
Senior Fellow & Director, Obesity Solutions Initiative
Hudson Institute
Hank Cardello is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, where he directs its Obesity Solutions Initiative. He is the author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat, published by HarperCollins/Ecco. For more than three decades, Hank held executive positions at some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including President of Cadbury-Schweppes’ Sunkist Soft Drinks, Inc.; Vice President of Marketing for Canada Dry; Director of Marketing for Coca-Cola USA; and Brand Manager for Anheuser-Busch and General Mills. He has been widely quoted in the mainstream media on issues related to obesity.
Debbie I. Chang, MPH
Senior Vice President, Policy & Prevention
Nemours
Debbie I. Chang, MPH (click to close)
Senior Vice President, Policy & Prevention
Nemours
Debbie I. Chang, MPH, is Senior Vice President of Policy and Prevention and a Corporate Officer for Nemours Children’s Health System. Chang works to leverage Nemours’ expertise and experience to spread what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health and well-being of children nationwide. She also co-directs Moving Health Care Upstream, a national collaborative network to test, develop and spread innovative population health strategies. Chang was the founding Executive Director of Nemours Health & Prevention Services, an operating division devoted to using a comprehensive multi-sector, place-based model to improve children’s health in Delaware.
Richard Dachman
Vice President Produce
Sysco Corporation
Richard Dachman (click to close)
Vice President Produce
Sysco Corporation
Richard Dachman began his produce career at his family-owned business in Denver, CO, before joining Kraft’s corporate office in Chicago in 1987 as national director of Produce. In 1992, he left to become president of FreshPoint Operating Companies, which was acquired by Sysco in 2000. Dachman was appointed Senior Vice President, Western Region until 2007, when he was promoted to Vice President of Produce for Sysco Corporation. He was awarded the Foodservice Achievement award by the Packer in 2010, and served as Chairman for the Produce Marketing Association in 2012.
Joe DiStefano
Director of Sport
Spartan Race
Joe DiStefano (click to close)
Director of Sport
Spartan Race
Joe DiStefano is a fitness expert who has spent the last four years traveling the world, working with coaches and trainers from more than 30 countries on coaching, training, nutrition, lifestyle and obstacle race preparation. DiStefano, Director of Sport for Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing organization, is also the founder of RUNGA, an 8-day “unplugged” retreat in Costa Rica. Prior to Spartan Race, he spent more than 10 years in the trenches of personal training, eventually opening his own training center, then stepping into a management role for more than 100 franchised studios across the country.
Stephen Dunmore
CEO, Schools, North America
Sodexo
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CEO, Schools, North America
Sodexo
As Sodexo’s CEO of Schools, North America, Stephen Dunmore leads his team to provide student well-being solutions at nearly 500 public school districts in North America, serving 2 million nutritionally balanced meals each day. Dunmore also serves on the board of the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization founded in 1999 to ensure that every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to support a healthy, productive life. To date, the Sodexo Foundation has contributed more than $25 million in grants to end childhood hunger.
Debra Eschmeyer
Executive Director, Let’s Move!
Senior Policy Advisor, Nutrition Policy, White House
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Executive Director, Let’s Move!
Senior Policy Advisor, Nutrition Policy, White House
As Executive Director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy at the White House, Debra Eschmeyer is helping America raise a healthier generation of kids and shaping food and nutrition policies to support a healthy food landscape. A dedicated and tireless champion for children’s health, Eschmeyer creates public-private partnerships with diverse stakeholders to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and food insecurity. Prior to serving the Obama Administration, she co-founded FoodCorps and started a fruit and vegetable farm in her hometown in rural Ohio. She has permanently changed the way we think about food and drink, which is why Fortuneand Food & Wine selected Eschmeyer as one of “The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.”
Christina Economos, PhD
Associated Professor, Tufts University
Director, ChildObesity180
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Associate Professor, Tufts University
Director, ChildObesity180
Christina Economos, PhD, is Co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180 and is an Associate Professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As the principal investigator of large-scale research studies, Dr. Economos’ goal is to inspire behavior, policy and environmental change to reduce obesity and improve the health of America’s children. At ChildObesity180, she blends scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate and scale high-impact obesity prevention initiatives.

Twitter: @ChildObesity180

Christine Fanning
Executive Director
Outdoor Foundation
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Executive Director
Outdoor Foundation
Christine Fanning is Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation, a national not-for-profit that is dedicated to inspiring and engaging future generations of outdoor enthusiasts and leaders. During her tenure, the Foundation has emerged as one of the top organizations engaging millions of young people in outdoor activities across the country. Most recently, the Foundation launched Parks4Kids, a ground-breaking program that leverages the latest in crowdfunding technology to give young people powerful park experiences as part of a broader effort to address the inactivity epidemic.

Twitter: @OutdoorNation
Instagram: @outdoornation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorNation/
www.outdoorfoundation.org
www.parks4kids.info

Erica Flint
Registered Dietitian
Kwik Trip, Inc.
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Registered Dietitian
Kwik Trip, Inc.
Erica Flint is a Registered Dietitian working in Food Research and Development for Kwik Trip, Inc., located in La Crosse, WI. With a desire to bring healthy food and beverage options to the convenience store industry, Flint leads Kwik Trip’s EatSmart and Healthy Concession programs, which direct guests toward healthy food and beverage offerings. She is also responsible for managing the partnership between Kwik Trip and the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Drink Up Initiative.
Jeff Foster
Managing Principal
GGLO
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Managing Principal
GGLO

Over the past 28 years, Jeff Foster has focused on designing active and healthy buildings and neighborhoods. He looks for opportunities that are transformational – that is, those that create community. He has been managing the planning and integrated design of large-scale, mixed-use communities in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Foster is the former chair of his city’s Planning Commission and serves on ULI Seattle’s Housing Affordability Task Force and the national affordable/Workforce Housing Product Council.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jefffostergglo

Heidi Glunz
Director, Global Public Affairs
McDonald’s Corporation
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Director, Global Public Affairs
McDonald’s Corporation
Heidi Glunz leads McDonald’s public affairs in areas relating to food, ingredients and nutrition. She builds collaborations and relationships with numerous global and domestic organizations and leads McDonald’s global partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Glunz began in the Global Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Department and has worked across multiple sectors, including nongovernmental organizations, government and industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College and a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she was awarded a public service fellowship.
Carlos Gutiérrez, MD, MBA, MPH
Vice President, Healthcare Strategy & Insights
Univision
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Vice President, Healthcare Strategy & Insights
Univision

Carlos Gutierrez holds a strong interest in understanding the emotions, beliefs and behaviors that play a role in the prevention, opportune diagnosis and treatment of multiple health conditions. After years in clinical practice, he has spent most of his career in Global Marketing in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is currently interested in supporting healthcare-oriented initiatives that can benefit millions of Hispanics in the US. His team analyzes healthcare, pharmaceutical and media data, providing recommendations to Univision customers on how to best engage Hispanic consumers. He is currently working on his PhD in Medical Communications and Advertising in Spain.

Angela Haupt
Senior Health Editor
U.S. News & World Report
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Senior Health Editor
U.S. News & World Report

Angela Haupt is the Senior Health Editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she manages a team that produces advice-oriented content on wellness topics — including nutrition and fitness — and a wide range of health conditions, including diabetes and osteoporosis. She edits and reports and oversees two expert-written blogs.

Twitter and Instagram: @angelahaupt

Lisa Helfman
Founder and Board Chair, Brighter Bites
Director of Real Estate, H-E-B
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Founder and Board Chair, Brighter Bites
Director of Real Estate, H-E-B

Lisa Helfman is the Co-Founder of Brighter Bites, a non-profit organization based in Houston, TX. For 16 weeks during the school year and eight weeks during the summer, Brighter Bites provides access to free, fresh produce and nutrition education for families living in the underserved communities of Houston, Dallas and Austin. The program strives to expand kids’ palates, create a demand for more produce and increase healthy habits. When she isn’t winning kids over with kale smoothies, Helfman is the Director of Real Estate for Texas supermarket chain H-E-B.

Twitter and Instagram: @brighterbites

Jeremy Irish
CEO & Co-Founder
Geocaching
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CEO & Co-Founder
Geocaching
Jeremy Irish is one of three co-founders of Geocaching HQ, a Seattle-based company powering the global, high-tech, treasure-hunting phenomenon known as geocaching. Prior to this, he worked as a Mandarin Cryptologic Linguist for the U.S. Air Force and as a project manager, technologist, e-commerce developer and web developer for a number of companies, including General Electric. As the current CEO of Geocaching HQ, Irish continues to be deeply passionate about driving his company’s mission to “inspire and enable Discovery, Exploration and Adventure.”
Phil Lempert
CEO Consumer Insights & Editor
SupermarketGuru.com
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CEO Consumer Insights & Editor
SupermarketGuru.com

As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. For 20-plus years, he has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcasing new products. He also makes regular appearances on ABC’s The View, FOX Business, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC and FOX. He hosted the syndicated show Shopping Smart on the WOR Radio Network and now co-hosts the weekly Lost in the Supermarket podcast on iTunes.

Ladan Manteghi
Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiative, Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
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Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiatives, Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business

Ladan Manteghi leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she builds cross-sector partnerships and programs that help train business leaders to create economic and social value. Prior to Georgetown, she helped create and launch the AARP Global Network, where, as President, she led AARP’s global policy and marketplace engagement. Manteghi serves on advisory boards of the Healthy Communities Initiative of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and start-ups in education technology and children’s entrepreneurship. Her current fixation: how wearable tech can improve wellness and fitness.

Susan T. Mayne, PhD, FACE
Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
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Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
Susan T. Mayne, PhD, is Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this position, she leads the center’s development and implementation of programs and policies related to the composition, quality, safety and labeling of foods, food and color additives, and cosmetics. An internationally recognized public health leader and scientist, Dr. Mayne also oversees diet and health initiatives, which include the policy development and management of food and nutrition labeling, as well as the regulation of dietary supplements, medical foods and infant formulas.
Kierna Mayo
Editor-in-Chief & Vice President, Digital Content
Ebony
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Editor-in-Chief & Vice President, Digital Content
Ebony
Kierna Mayo is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Digital Content for Ebony,
overseeing the magazine’s editorial direction and maintaining the brand across all
platforms. Since taking the helm of EIC in June 2015, Mayo has been industry-recognized on both the Root 100 and Folio 100 as a media game changer. Mayo began her career in the ‘90’s as an early “hip-hop journalist” exploring gender issues within the art form. She later catapulted to co-creator and founding Editor-in-Chief of the ground-breaking Honey magazine. For more than two decades, Mayo has covered the intersections of race, women and culture for leading national publications, including Essence, Vibe, and Marie Claire.
Dorothy McAuliffe
First Lady of Virginia
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First Lady of Virginia

As First Lady of the Commonwealth, Dorothy McAuliffe is focusing on the importance of childhood nutrition and food security. She is working to increase access to fresh and nutritious foods for children and families across Virginia. She has visited schools, hospitals and businesses around the Commonwealth to promote the importance of children’s health and to advocate for closing the coverage gap so that families receive the care and treatment they need to thrive. Throughout the Governor’s term, she will continue to promote local agricultural economic development opportunities as a critical part of expanding access to fresh, nutritious food products.

Christine Montenegro McGrath
Vice President Global Well-being, Sustainability & Public & Government Affairs
Mondelēz International
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Vice President Global Well-being, Sustainability & Public & Government Affairs
Mondelēz International
Christine Montenegro McGrath brings her marketing and innovation expertise to lead Mondelez’s Global Well-being and Sustainability strategy and implementation. She is responsible for Cocoa Life, the company’s signature program to create a sustainable cocoa supply chain through better farming practices and community and women’s empowerment. She also leads the company’s external engagement with conscious citizens and governments.Twitter: @ChristneMcGrath

Karen McNeil-Miller
President and CEO
Colorado Health Foundation
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President and CEO
Colorado Health Foundation

As President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, Karen McNeil-Miller oversees the organization’s efforts to increase access to quality health care and encourage healthy lifestyles. She joined the Foundation in September 2015, after serving for more than 10 years as President of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of North Carolina’s largest private foundations. Under her leadership, the Trust evolved into a strategic, impact-driven foundation with a national presence on issues ranging from rural health to access to care. She also spearheaded Healthy Places NC, a $100 million initiative to improve healthcare in North Carolina’s low-income, rural communities.

Evan Morgan
Partner
Revolution Growth
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Partner
Revolution Growth
Evan Morgan joined Revolution Growth in 2011. He serves on the Board of Echo360 and as a Board Observer at Optoro, Revolution Foods and Sweetgreen. Prior to joining Revolution, he was an Associate at The Carlyle Group and a member of the U.S. Growth Capital team. Morgan received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and was born and raised in Washington, D.C.
Caitlin Morris
Senior Director, North America Community Impact
Nike, Inc
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Senior Director, North America Community Impact
Nike, Inc
Caitlin Morris is the Senior Director of North America Community Impact for Nike, Inc., which is dedicated to unleashing human potential by enabling and inspiring youth participation in sports, active play and increased levels of physical activity. A 12-year veteran of Nike, Inc., Morris has held various leadership positions in Corporate Communications and Sustainable Business and Innovation. Prior to joining Nike, Inc., she spent seven years at Mattel, Inc., working in corporate responsibility and international government affairs.
Janet Murguía
President & CEO
National Council of La Raza
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President & CEO
National Council of La Raza

Janet Murguía is President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Murguía has strengthened NCLR’s work and enhanced its record of impact by amplifying the Latino voice on issues including education, health care, immigration, civil rights and the economy. Murguía received three degrees from KU: a BS in journalism, a BA in Spanish, and a JD from the School of Law. She also received an honorary degree—Doctor of Humane Letters—from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Twitter: @JMurguia_NCLR, @NCLR

Andrew Nodes
Business Development Lead
Instacart
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Business Development Lead
Instacart
Andrew Nodes leads Business Development for Instacart on the East Coast, working with national, regional and local retailers. By developing partnerships between Instacart and retailers, and managing key accounts, Andrew helps grocers achieve maximum value from the Instacart platform and offerings. Prior to joining Instacart, Nodes was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney concentrating on the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. Previously, he worked for BearingPoint and Hilltop Advisors. Nodes holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a BSBA (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Christine Pollei
CEO
Marathon Kids
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CEO
Marathon Kids
Christine is the Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Kids and has spent the last 10 years effectively informing and transitioning organizations of all types and sizes. An experienced multi-sector change manager, Christine is fluent in establishing processes to identify, develop and solicit alternative funding sources and revenue streams, as well as developing sustainable growth models.
Stephen Ritz
Green Educator & Innovator; Founder
The Green Bronx Machine
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Green Educator & Innovator; Founder
The Green Bronx Machine

Global Teacher Prize finalist Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx-based educator and innovator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their communities to live, learn and earn in a better one. By introducing green technologies into his classrooms, he has raised attendance rates from 40 percent to 93 percent and affected outcomes in unprecedented ways. He most recently designed the first National Health, Wellness & Learning Center in a 100-year-old building in the South Bronx — a model he has now begun to replicate and export internationally to communities in need.

Twitter: @greenBXmachine
Facebook: Green Bronx Machine

Andrew Rundle, DrPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director of the Built Environment and Health Research Group
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
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Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director of the Built Environment and Health Research Group
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Dr. Andrew Rundle is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health. His research focuses on the determinants of sedentary lifestyles and obesity and the health-related consequences of these conditions. Dr. Rundle co-directs the Built Environment and Health Research Group (beh.columbia.edu), a trans-disciplinary team of researchers studying how neighborhood built and social environments influence health — particularly physical activity and obesity risk.

Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD

Executive Director
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
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Executive Director
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Appointed in July 2014, Angela Tagtow is the Executive Director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. As a registered dietitian, Tagtow brings to the Federal government almost 25 years of experience in food and nutrition policy, public health nutrition, surveillance systems, research, professional and consumer communication, social marketing, training and education.

Twitter: @seattlechildrens
Instagram: @seattlechildrens
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seattlechildrens

Pooja Sarin Tandon, MD, MPH
Pediatrician & Researcher, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Assistant Professor University of Washington
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Pediatrician & Researcher, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Pooja Tandon is a pediatrician and researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Tandon attended Brown University for her undergraduate education and medical school, and completed residency training at the Boston Combined Program in Pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center). While she continues clinical practice, her research interests include studying and intervening on social and environmental determinants of children’s health, in particular childhood obesity. Her current projects focus on studying the connection between outdoor play, physical activity and various health and development outcomes in preschool age children.

Twitter: @seattlechildrens
Instagram: @seattlechildrens
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seattlechildrens

Ashley Tyrner
Founder & CEO
Farmbox Direct
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Founder & CEO
Farmbox Direct

Ashley Tyrner is the founder and CEO of Farmbox Direct, a subscription box company that offers an innovative twist on the traditional CSA or Farmer’s Market. Farmbox Direct makes healthy, locally grown foods accessible to everyone in the continental U.S. From food stamp recipient to CEO of a thriving company, Tyrner is authentically driven on a mission to eradicate America’s food deserts.

Twitter: @farmboxdirect
Instagram: @farmboxdirect
Facebook: www.facebook.com/farmbox-direct

Ype Von Hengst
Executive Chef and Co-Founder
Silver Diner and Silver
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Executive chef and Co-Founder
Silver Diner and Silver

Award-winning Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst is one of the co-founders of Silver Diner and Silver, a 15-location restaurant group located in the Washington, D.C. region. Von Hengst has received numerous accolades for his highly creative menu items that use fresh and local products, including his award-winning healthy kid’s menu, one of the most innovative in the country.

Twitter and Instagram: silver_diner
Facebook: Facebook.com/silverdiner

Kelly Weikel
Director, Consumer Insights
Technomic, Inc.
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Director, Consumer Insights
Technomic, Inc.

Kelly Weikel uses her background in psychology to understand the “why” behind consumer decisions. Her focus is on uncovering the underlying consumer needs and motivations that shape foodservice behaviors and attitudes. Weikel leads Technomic’s syndicated consumer research practice, works with clients creating multi-sponsored, custom ad-hoc and full-service research solutions and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. She holds a BA in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and is currently attending Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for her MBA, with a concentration in Marketing and Social Enterprise.

Dr. Katie Wilson
Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
USDA
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Deputy Under Secretary for Food
USDA

USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Dr. Katie Wilson, is responsible for promoting science-based dietary guidance through the agency’s 15 nutrition programs. Prior to joining USDA, she spent 23 years as a school nutrition director and five years as Executive Director for the National Food Service Management Institute. Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, a Master of Food Science and Nutrition and a PhD in Foodservice and Lodging Management.

Twitter: @USDANutrition

Dr. Randy Woodson
Chancellor
NC State University
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Chancellor
NC State University

Dr. Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader. Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a preeminent research institution. Chancellor Woodson came to NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops. He earned his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his MS and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University.