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Speakers

The Building a Healthier Future Summit provides a unique opportunity where business and industry leaders can sit with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts and address the paramount issue affecting children’s health today: childhood obesity. This summit is about action, not talk. It’s about bringing leaders together in ways that will create new opportunities and new solutions helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Find out who is speaking at the 2015 Summit below and stay tuned for updates.


Featured Speakers
Angela Glover Blackwell


Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO
PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell (click to close)
President & CEO
PolicyLink


Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, started
PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure. Prior to founding PolicyLink, Blackwell served as Senior Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, founded the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council and was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm.

Bill Dietz


William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D. (click to close)
Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University


Dr. Dietz is the Director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. From 1997-2012, he was the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC. He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a past-president of the Obesity Society and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.
Senator Frist


William H. Frist, M.D.
Co-founder
Aspire Health
William H. Frist (click to close)
Co-founder
Aspire Health


William H. Frist, MD is honorary vice chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America, chairman of Aspire Health and a former U.S. senator. He represented Tennessee for 12 years in Washington and rose to become Senate majority leader. A nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, he served on both committees responsible for writing health legislation and played a central role in passage of prescription drug legislation and funding to fight HIV/AIDS. Out of office, Frist has continued to focus on domestic and global health issues. He co-founded Aspire Health, a palliative care physician network, in 2013.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A.
President & CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (click to close)
President & CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to the public’s health. With more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor and nonprofit executive, Lavizzo-Mourey has built on the Foundation’s 40-year history of addressing key health issues by adopting bold, forward-looking priorities that include reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and building a “culture of health” for all Americans. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Denise Morrison


Denise Morrison
President & CEO
Campbell Soup Company
Denise Morrison (click to close)
President & CEO
Campbell Soup Company


Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. She is Campbell’s 12th leader in its 145-year history. Denise has a distinguished record of building strong businesses and growing iconic brands. Previously, she was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Kraft Foods’ Snacks and Confections divisions. She has held senior leadership roles at Nabisco, Nestle and Pepsi-Cola. Morrison is a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an initiative of manufacturers and retailers to combat obesity in the marketplace, workplace and schools. She is regularly named among the Fortune and Forbes Most Powerful Women. Denise earned her B.S. degree in economics and psychology from Boston College.
Indra Nooyi


Indra Nooyi
Chairman & CEO
PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi (click to close)
Chairman & CEO
PepsiCo


Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a $66 billion dollar company whose diverse offerings include iconic brands such as Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. Nooyi is the architect of Performance with Purpose, which is PepsiCo’s goal to deliver sustained financial performance by transforming its product portfolio to provide a wide range of foods and beverages; finding innovative ways to reduce is impact on the environment; providing a safe and inclusive workplace; and investing in the communities in which it operates.
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, and under his leadership, the organization has garnered commitments with 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.

Breakout Session Speakers
Carrie Bischke
Director of Brand Integrations
Ubisoft
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Carrie Bischke (click to close)
Director of Brand Integrations
Ubisoft
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Carrie Bischke led the team that grew Just Dance, a video game brand from Ubisoft, into the third largest franchise and the number one active play game in the industry in the U.S. Under her leadership, the franchise won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Best Video Game four years in a row. During Bischke’s tenure, Ubisoft launched a pilot program that incorporated Just Dance into the PE curriculum used by more than 20,000 students nationwide. She earned her M.B.A. from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.
Jane Black
Journalist
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Jane Black (click to close)
Journalist
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Jane Black is a New York–based food writer who covers food politics, trends and sustainability issues. She writes regularly for the Washington Post, where she was previously a staff writer. Her work also appears in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Atlantic and other publications. Black is currently at work on a book about one town in West Virginia’s struggle to change the way it eats, questioning whether the food “revolution” can cross geographical, cultural and class boundaries.
Les Bluestone
Co-owner
Blue Sea Development
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Les Bluestone (click to close)
Co-owner
Blue Sea Development
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Les Bluestone has been involved in New York’s real estate development and construction industries for over 35 years. The firms he co-founded, Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co., developed and built the state’s first affordable Energy Star homes and first three affordable LEED Platinum multifamily buildings. A former Chairman of the Board for Habitat for Humanity NYC and a founding board member of the Center for Active Design, Bluestone also sits on the boards of the New York State Affordable Housing Association, the NYC Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of the NYSERDA Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.
Hank Cardello
Senior Fellow & Director, Obesity Solutions Initiative
Hudson Institute
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Hank Cardello (click to close)
Senior Fellow & Director, Obesity Solutions Initiative
Hudson Institute
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Hank Cardello is an author, guest columnist and advisor to corporate executives on matters related to consumer wellness, obesity solutions and practical food policy. He has worked at some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, as President of 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 is the author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat, which offers provocative solutions to the obesity crisis and demonstrates how corporations can enhance their profits by improving their customers’ health.
Bechara Choucair, M.D.
Commissioner
Chicago Department of Public Health
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Bechara Choucair, M.D. (click to close)
Commissioner
Chicago Department of Public Health
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Choucair earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (with distinction) and a Medical Diploma from American University of Beirut. In 2009, he earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Choucair previously served as Medical Director of Crusader Community Health in Rockford, Illinois and as Executive Director of Heartland International Health Center in Chicago. He was appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health in 2009 by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Wendy Clark
President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing
Coca-Cola North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Wendy Clark (click to close)
President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing
Coca-Cola North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Wendy Clark is President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. In 2014, Clark was recognized by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) with the coveted Matrix award and has been featured in FORTUNE’s “40 Under 40” issue, ranking as the highest woman in 2010 (#15). She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement in 2007. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Beverage Association and serves on the board of trustees for the Atlanta International School. She holds a B.A. in English from Florida State University.

Andrea King Collier
Independent Multimedia Journalist and Health Advocate
American Fare: What to Expect in 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Andrea King Collier (click to close)
Independent Multimedia Journalists and Health Advocate
American Fare: What to Expect in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Andrea King Collier is an independent, multimedia journalist and health advocate. Her work appears in a host of national magazines and she is the author of The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health, as well as a health memoir, Still With Me…A Daughter’s Journey of Love and Loss.
Phillippa Diedrichs, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Phillippa Diedrichs, Ph.D. (click to close)
Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Dr. Phillippa Diedrichs is a research psychologist specializing in body image and eating disorder prevention. She has a Ph.D. in health psychology and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England. Her research is published in esteemed academic journals and has garnered international media attention and awards. Dr. Diedrichs sits on the Global Advisory Board for the Dove Self Esteem Project and regularly consults with charities, industry, policy makers and governments in relation to evidence-based body image programming, body image advocacy and health promotion.
T. Morgan Dixon
Co-Founder & Director
GirlTrek
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
T. Morgan Dixon (click to close)
Co-Founder & Director
GirlTrek
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
T. Morgan Dixon is a relentless street organizer, deeply inspired by the philosophies of women like Ella Baker and Septima Clark. For years, Dixon worked on the front lines of education reform. Co-founder of GirlTrek, a national health movement of 25,000 neighborhood walkers in African-American communities, Dixon was named as one of the world’s top social innovators by Echoing Green, Teach for America and the Ashoka Foundation.
Christina D. Economos, Ph.D.
Director, ChildObesity180
Associate Professor, Tufts University
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
Christina D. Economos, Ph.D. (click to close)
Director, ChildObesity180
Associate Professor, Tufts University
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
Christina Economos, Ph.D., 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 and Medical School at Tufts University. 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. Dr. Economos is involved in national obesity and public health activities and has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including her current work on the IOM Roundtable for Obesity Solutions.
Kim F. Fortunato
Director Campbell Healthy Communities
Campbell Soup Company
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Kim F. Fortunato (click to close)
Director Campbell Healthy Communities
Campbell Soup Company
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
As Director of Campbell Healthy Communities, Kim Fremont Fortunato leads Campbell’s signature, 10-year, $10 million initiative focused on measurably improving the health of young people in the communities in which Campbell operates. Fortunato has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is the co-founder of Social Venture Partners Delaware, a venture philanthropy organization focused on investments in early childhood education for at-risk children in Delaware. Fortunato earned her B.A. from Duke University. She holds a J.D. from Widener University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Joanna Frank
Executive Director
Center for Active Design
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Joanna Frank (click to close)
Executive Director
Center for Active Design
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design, an independent non-profit that grew out of the New York City Active Design Program. Frank held the positions of Director of Active Design and Director of the FRESH program (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health) during the Bloomberg Administration. Before working for New York City, she was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC, where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria and for pioneering the use of green roofs in residential construction.
Alan Gilbert
Director for Global Government and NGO Strategy
GE healthymagination
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Alan Gilbert (click to close)
Director for Global Government and NGO Strategy
GE healthymagination
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Alan Gilbert joined General Electric’s (GE’s) healthymagination in June 2011, as Director for Global Government and NGO Strategy, where he shapes, champions and messages GE’s position on healthcare policy, reform and business objectives. In 2002, President George W. Bush selected Gilbert to be a domestic policy advisor, leading the White House and Administration’s health care agenda and creating a health information technology initiative and infrastructure. Earlier, he served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Service, Tommy Thompson. Gilbert earned his law and Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana State University.
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H.
President
Aetna Foundation
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H. (click to close)
President
Aetna Foundation
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., 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 holds a M.D. and a M.P.H. from Yale University and did his medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital and cardiology training at Johns Hopkins.
Julie C. Greene
Healthy Living Marketing Manager
Hannaford Supermarkets
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Julie C. Greene (click to close)
Healthy Living Marketing Manager
Hannaford Supermarkets
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Julie Greene’s team highlights products, develops services and provides information that breaks down barriers to shoppers’ aspirations to eat healthier. Their “Guiding Stars Good Ideas” program takes the basic shelf-labeling program to a whole new level by suggesting simple, affordable ways to prepare healthy products. Hannaford helps deliver affordable solutions through partnerships with organizations such as Share our Strength to increase cooking knowledge among shoppers participating in their Cooking Matters program.
Caron Gremont
Founder
First Bites
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Caron Gremont (click to close)
Founder
First Bites
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Caron Gremont founded First Bites, a non-profit organization that works with early child care centers to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables and trains teachers and families how to make eating healthy food fun. Gremont holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and was a Vice President at Porter Novelli, a global communications firm, where she developed and implemented food and nutrition behavior change campaigns. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, for which she writes about children and food.
Wendy Johnson-Askew
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Nutrition
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Wendy Johnson-Askew (click to close)
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Nutrition
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Wendy Johnson-Askew is Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Nestle Infant Nutrition, North America. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Food Forum, the International Food Information Council Board of Directors and Past Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association. She previously worked for the National Institutes of Health, Division of Nutrition Research Coordination. She holds a B.A. in chemistry, M.P.H. in nutrition and Ph.D. in nutrition and health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include determinants of eating behavior, racial and ethnic health disparities and obesity.
John V. Kania
Managing Director
FSG
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
John V. Kania (click to close)
Managing Director
FSG
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
John Kania is Managing Director of FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. He has more than 30 years of experience advising senior management on issues of strategy, leadership and organizational development. Kania is co-author of the seminal Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Collective Impact, and speaks frequently around the world on accelerating social change.
Frederick Kirschenmann
Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Frederick Kirschenmann (click to close)
Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
A longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, Frederick Kirschenmann is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy. Kirschenmann, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, received the 2011 James F. Beard Foundation Leadership Award and the 2012 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa. In 1976, he converted his family’s 1,800-acre farm in North Dakota to a certified organic operation and continues to manage it today. The farm was profiled in an award-winning video, My Father’s Garden, and is still widely used as a teaching tool.
Tom Langan
External Affairs Director, North America
Unilever
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Tom Langan (click to close)
External Affairs Director, North America
Unilever
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Tom Langan is head of Unilever’s North America External Affairs function, where he is responsible for U.S. government relations, issues management, stakeholder relations and trade association management. Prior to joining Unilever in 1995, Langan worked at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), where he held positions in state government affairs and communications. Tom has a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University and a B.A. from Old Dominion University.
Kathleen McLaughlin
President
Walmart Foundation
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Kathleen McLaughlin(click to close)
President
Walmart
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Kathleen McLaughlin is president of the Walmart Foundation, where she leads the company’s charitable giving efforts. She also has responsibility for the company’s global sustainability and women’s economic empowerment initiatives. McLaughlin joined Walmart in 2013 after more than 20 years as a senior partner with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. As director of the firm’s Social Innovation Practice, McLaughlin helped develop breakthrough solutions to social challenges for institutions around the world. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts and a diploma in theology from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Apu Mody
President
Mars Food North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Apu Mody (click to close)
President
Mars Food North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Apu Mody has been President of Mars Food North America since 2010. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the business in the United States, Canada and Brazil. Mody carries a wealth of experience gained from senior executive, general management and marketing roles in CPG/food-related businesses over the past 25 years, including established consumer product goods enterprises (Del Monte Foods, Procter & Gamble) and several start-up ventures that he founded. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board at GMA, and is the executive sponsor for Wellness and Diversity & Inclusion for Mars North America.
Mari Monrad
LMP Vice President Strategy and Operations
Office of the Labor Management Partnership (OLMP)
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.
Oakland, California
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Mari Monrad (click to close)
LMP Vice President Strategy and Operations
Office of the Labor Management Partnership (OLMP)
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.
Oakland, California
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Marie Monrad is Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Office of Labor Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente. Prior to coming to Kaiser, Marie was the Public Policy Director for AFSCME, the international union which represents 1.5 million public sector and health care workers, based in Washington DC. She represented the union’s leadership in health care reform efforts under the Clinton Administration and worked with many state governors and legislators on health finance and other public policy issues. Monrad has a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moorhead State University in Minnesota.
Marian L. Neuhouser, Ph.D., R.D.
Full Member
Cancer Prevention Program, Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA
American Fare: What to Expect in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Marian L. Neuhouser, Ph.D., R.D. (click to close)
Full Member
Cancer Prevention Program, Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA
American Fare: What to Expect in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with broad expertise in large clinical trials, small-scale controlled dietary interventions and large observational cohorts. Her research focuses on methods to improve diet and physical activity assessment, diet and physical activity in relation to energy balance, diet-related health disparities and dietary factors related to breast and prostate cancer prevention and survivorship. She is the Vice-President Elect of the American Society for Nutrition and is a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
Dana Points
Editor in Chief, Parents and American Baby
Content Director, Meredith Parents Network
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Dana Points (click to close)
Editor in Chief, Parents and American Baby
Content Director, Meredith Parents Network
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Dana Points oversees content for the Meredith Corporation’s Parents Network brands, which include Parents, American Baby, Family Fun, Parents Latina and Ser Padres. Throughout her career, she has written and edited on topics concerning women and families. As a busy mom of two boys who needs to eat at least five times a day, she is more than a little preoccupied with food, cooking and family health.
Jaycee Pribulsky
Managing Director
Context America
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Jaycee Pribulsky (click to close)
Managing Director
Context America
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Pribulsky began her career in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development and later managed initiatives, events and programs at the White House for both President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. She has more than 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors creating, launching and managing innovative programs in domestic and international markets. Pribulsky currently leads Context America’s New York office and advises clients on a wide range of sustainability issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French and public communications from American University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Meriterese Racanelli, M.S.
R&D Food Scientist/Clinical Nutritionist, GoyaFoods,Inc.
National Hispanic Health Foundation
NovelResearch.org
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Meriterese Racanelli, M.S. (click to close)
R&D Food Scientists/Clinical Nutritionist, GoyaFoods, Inc.
National Hispanic Health Foundation
NoveResearch.org
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Meriterese Racanelli, M.S. is a research & development food scientist, nutritionist, chef, professor, author and national speaker, with a private practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy with physicians and research firms. An expert nationally certified in Child & Adolescent Weight Management, her award winning multi-cultural kids/family programs have been partnered with Radio Disney and Nickelodeon. She heads Goya Foods Better For You MyPlate/MiPlato recipes and programs to serve multi-cultural consumers globally.
Meaghan E. Ramsey
Global Director, Dove Self-Esteem Project
Unilever
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Meaghan E. Ramsey (click to close)
Global Director, Dove Self-Esteem Project
Unilever
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Meaghan Ramsey is the Global Director of the Dove Self-Esteem Project at Unilever in London, where she develops global education programs and mass media campaigns to bring about social change. The Project, which improves the self-esteem and body confidence of girls and young women, has reached over 14 million to date with programs delivered in schools, via youth groups, at home and online. A science graduate of the University of Sydney, Ramsey’s background is in health communications and behavior change.
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Center for Global Policy Solutions
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D. (click to close)
President & CEO
Center for Global Policy Solutions
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is President and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a think and action tank dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments, and Global Policy Solutions, an advisory firm. With 20 years of experience in the government, nonprofit and business sectors, Rockeymoore has directed successful research and advocacy strategies and worked collaboratively with nonprofit, philanthropic, academic and corporate partners to achieve results.
Ryan Sheetz
Director of Brand Development
Sheetz
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Ryan Sheetz (click to close)
Director of Brand Development
Sheetz
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Ryan Sheetz is Director of Brand Development for Sheetz. In his 12 years of service with the company, Sheetz has also spent time working in the Operations, Sales, IT, HR and Logistics departments. Sheetz is a graduate of Penn State University, where he achieved his B.S. and M.B.A. from the Smeal College of Business. His work experience outside of the family business includes Marketing and Brand roles with the Galliker Dairy and Hershey Foods companies. Sheetz is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Sheetz Family Charities.
Chef Greg Silverman, M.Sc.
Director, National Partnerships
Share Our Strength
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Chef Greg Silverman, M.Sc. (click to close)
Director, National Partnerships
Share Our Strength
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Chef Gregory Silverman, M.Sc., is the Director of Share Our Strength’s national programmatic partnerships. 
He is responsible for increasing No Kid Hungry’s participation in federal nutrition programs and raising the profile of childhood hunger. He has worked in London as a food consultant for public sector organizations and was a restaurant owner and chef in Ithaca, NY.
He holds a degree in anthropology from Ithaca College, a certificate in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute and a Masters of Science in Food and Nutritional Policy from the Centre for Food Policy at the City University of London.
Susanne Stormer
Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
Novo Nordisk
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Susanne Stormer (click to close)
Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
Novo Nordisk
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
Susanne Stormer leads Novo Nordisk’s efforts to be a sustainable business – one that is responsible and profitable for the long term and valued by stakeholders and communities for the collective benefits it generates. She is charged with driving, aligning, supporting and challenging the way the Triple Bottom Line principle is put into action throughout the organization. Stormer joined the Novo Group in 2000. She is also adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, a member of the board of CSR Europe (the European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility) and of the Advisory Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Victor Strasburger, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Founding Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Victor Strasburger, M.D. (click to close)
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Founding Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Dr. Victor Strasburger has authored 13 books and nearly 200 journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of children and media and adolescent medicine. He has appeared on “Oprah,” the “Today” show and National Public Radio and has been featured in major US magazines and newspapers. His most recent book is Children, Adolescents, and the Media, 3rd ed., SAGE, 2014, a textbook used in college communications courses around the country.
Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Wellness at SUNY Oswego
Founder of Exergame Lab
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D. (click to close)
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Wellness at SUNY Oswego
Lecturer in Kinesiology at SUNY Cortland
Founder of Exergame Lab
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
Dr. Yang researches the effectiveness of using fitness video games (exergaming), fitness trackers and mobile technologies (mHealth) for improved health and wellness. He has published and presented both nationally and internationally, has contributed to the Games for Health (GFH) Project, consults with health and fitness app and game developers and advises fitness and technology companies on products and programming. He has been interviewed by the national media, including ABC’s Good Morning America Health, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline, Oprah Magazine, the Rotarian and Today’s Dietician.
Robbie Beth Zapata
Director
Little Lions Learning Center
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Robbie Beth Zapata (click to close)
Director
Little Lions Learning Center
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
Robbie Beth Zapata is a graduate of Boerne High School and Texas State College. She has worked in the early childcare industry for the past 15 years and at Little Loins Learning Center in La Feria, Texas for two years as a director. She was also project manager and nutrition activity leader of the Farm To Cafeteria grant. She is the President of the La Feria Chamber of Commerce, and serves on many boards in her community. Zapata lives in Mercedes, Texas with her husband and three children and enjoys volunteering, gardening, cooking, reading and running marathons.