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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 Keynote:
First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

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.

Cory Booker


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


Stephen Cannon
President and CEO
Mercedes-Benz USA
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President and CEO
Mercedes-Benz USA


As president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), Stephen Cannon led the company to an all-time sales record in 2013 and regained its position as the #1 luxury brand in the U.S. Cannon began his automotive career in 1991 as executive assistant to the president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz of North America (predecessor to MBUSA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated with honors. A United States Army Airborne Ranger, Cannon served as a first lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain
Jorge Casimiro


Jorge G. Casimiro
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Global Community Impact NIKE, Inc.
Jorge G. Casimiro (click to close)
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Global Community Impact NIKE, Inc.


Jorge Casimiro is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NIKE’s Global Community Impact team and Vice President of the NIKE Foundation. In this role, Casamiro provides leadership, stewardship and operational excellence to advance NIKE’s global portfolio of community activities to deliver greater and more sustained impact worldwide. Before joining NIKE in January 2013, he was Group Director, International Public Affairs at The Coca‐Cola Company and co‐chair of a global food and nonalcoholic beverage industry group. Casimiro began his professional career in higher education. A graduate of Brown University, he earned his master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University.
Chastain


Brandi Chastain
World Cup & Olympic Champion
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World Cup & Olympic Champion


Brandi Chastain is a professional soccer player, best known for her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. She has won two Women’s World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals and an Olympic silver medal, and has helped bring women’s soccer to a national audience. Chastain is a devoted wife, mom, reporter, philanthropist and coach.

Christine Day


Christine Day
CEO
Luvo
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CEO
Luvo


Christine Day is the CEO at Luvo, a revolutionary frozen food company that offers great tasting, nutritionally-dense fare made from the highest-quality ingredients. Since joining the company in April 2014, Christine has streamlined operations and distribution, and is providing the strategic direction and vision for the company’s growth. Christine brings her executive leadership experience to Luvo from lululemon athletica where she served as CEO for six years. Christine has been named Fortune Magazine’s top 5 – International Most Powerful Women, Canada’s Top 100 Women and named CEO of the year by Globe and Mail and Business in Vancouver.
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.

Eddie Garcia


Eddie Garcia
Youth Sports Coach
Henderson, Nevada
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Youth Sports Coach
Henderson Nevada


Eddie Garcia is a beloved and award-winning youth sports coach from Henderson, Nevada. In 2013, he received the National Youth Coach of the Year award from the National Alliance of Youth Sports. Prior to winning the award, Garcia was an educator in California and Nevada. Forced to retire from education in 2013 due to an illness that required the amputations of his hands and feet, Garcia has begun a second career as a motivational speaker and continues to positively influence our next generation of youth through sports.
Jim Gavin


James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D
Board Chair
Partnership for a Healthier America
James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D.(click to close)
Board Chair
Partnership for a Healthier America


Dr. James Gavin is chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Healing Our Village, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, a company that specializes in targeted advocacy, training, education, and outreach for healthcare professionals and minority communities. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Gavin is also chairman of the board of Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent, not-for-profit group working with the private sector to reduce childhood obesity. He belongs to numerous organizations, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Diabetes Association, of which he is a past president. Dr. Gavin has authored or co-authored more than 225 articles and abstracts in publications such as Science, the Journal of Applied Physiology, Diabetes, and the American Journal of Physiology, and has served on many advisory boards and on the editorial board of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, US Endocrinology, and the American Journal of Physiology.
Carol Hymowitz


Carol Hymowitz
Editor at Large
Bloomberg News
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Editor at Large
Bloomberg News


Carol Hymowitz is Editor at Large at Bloomberg News, where she writes and edits both enterprise and breaking news stories. Hymowitz is an award-winning journalist known for her coverage of such topics as women’s advance in business and the retirement savings crisis. She was formerly a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote “In the Lead,” a weekly column on leadership, and editorial director of ForbesWoman.
Nicolas Jammet


Nicolas Jammet
Co-founder
sweetgreen
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Co-founder
sweetgreen


Nicolas Jammet is a Founder and Co-CEO of sweetgreen, the much-loved, organic, farm-to-table salad shops originating in Washington, D.C. As Co-CEO, Jammet oversees the strategy, growth and operations for sweetgreen’s 29 locations. Born and raised in New York City, Jammet grew up in a family of restaurateurs. He is the son of André and Rita Jammet, owners of NYC’s beloved La Caravelle Jammet graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2007, where he met his business partners, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A.
President & CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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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.
Mike Lee


Mike Lee
CEO and Co-founder
MyFitnessPal
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CEO and Co-founder
MyFitnessPal


Mike Lee is CEO and co-founder of MyFitnessPal, the leading health and fitness platform. Prior to founding MyFitnessPal, Mike co-founded NextC, a venture-funded startup focused on building online communities. During his 20-year tenure in the technology industry, Lee has held leadership positions at several other top start-ups in the Silicon Valley, including Palm, Handspring, Beyond.com, and Regis McKenna.
Denise Morrison


Denise Morrison
President & CEO
Campbell Soup Company
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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
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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.
Pam Oliver


Pam Oliver
Reporter
FOX NFL SUNDAY, NFL on FOX & FOX Sports 1
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Reporter
FOX NFL Sunday, NFL on FOX & FOX Sports 1


Since joining NFL on FOX in 1995, Pam Oliver has established herself as one of the premier sports reporters on network television. Oliver, in her 19th year with FOX Sports contributes feature stories and sideline reports for the NFL on FOX, FOX NFL SUNDAY and FOX Sports 1. Oliver also contributes to turner Sports’ coverage of the NBA playoffs.
Larry Soler


Larry Soler
President & CEO
Partnership for a Healthier America
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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.
Joshua Stephen Tetrick


Joshua Stephen Tetrick
CEO/Founder
Hampton Creek
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CEO/Founder
Hampton Creek


Joshua Tetrick is the CEO/Founder of Hampton Creek, a technology company pioneering in food with a mission to bring healthier and affordable food to everyone, everywhere. It was recently named to Fast Company’s lists for most innovative companies in food and social good for 2015. In 2014 the company was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of 100 Brilliant Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, and CEO Josh Tetrick was named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 35 Under 35 entrepreneurs, as well as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Hampton Creek won the Best of What’s New 2013 Grand Award by Popular Science and previously was named one of three companies shaping the future of food by Bill Gates. Hampton Creek has raised $120M to date and is supported by Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest man in Asia, along with 11 other billionaires.

Breakout Session Speakers
Matt Anthony
CEO
Y&R North America
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
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CEO
Y&R North America
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
Matt Anthony is CEO of Y&R North America, providing leadership for Y&R’s offices in five markets across the region. A cofounder and CEO of VML (a Y&R company), Anthony was the driving force behind its growth and success. Throughout his career, Anthony has been a tireless supporter of philanthropic endeavors and community causes. He holds numerous philanthropic volunteer board positions, and recently joined the board of The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). A native Nebraskan and avid cyclist, Anthony holds a B.A. in Marketing and Communications from Benedictine College.
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
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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
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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
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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.
Joyce Chang
Editor-In-Chief
Self
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Joyce Chang (click to close)
Editor-In-Chief
Self
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Joyce Chang was named Editor-In-Chief of Self in April 2014. Previously, she served as executive editor of Cosmopolitan, executive editor at Marie Claire and has held editorial roles at People StyleWatch,People Magazine, Lucky, The New York Times Magazine and Allure.
Bechara Choucair, M.D.
Commissioner
Chicago Department of Public Health
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
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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.
Andrea King Collier
Independent Multimedia Journalist and Health Advocate
American Fare: What to Expect in 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
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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.
Mark Crumpacker
Chief Marketing Officer
Chipotle
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
Mark Crumpacker (click to close)
Chief Marketing Officer
Chipotle
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
Mark Crumpacker is both Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Development Officer for Chipotle, where he oversees all of the company’s marketing functions, including advertising, design, public relations, digital and research, as well as restaurant design, construction and real estate. In his time at Chipotle, he has produced a number of award-winning programs, including the online satire series “Farmed and Dangerous,” the animated film and companion iOS game the “Scarecrow” and the animated short film “Back to the Start.” Prior to joining Chipotle, Crumpacker served as Founder and Creative Director for Sequence, a San Francisco-based branding and interactive agency.
T. Morgan Dixon
Co-Founder & Director
GirlTrek
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
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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.
Caron Gremont
Founder
First Bites
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
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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.
Jack Haber
VP Global Advertising & Digital
Colgate Palmolive
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
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VP Global Advertising & Digital
Colgate Palmolive
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
Jack Haber is Vice President, Global Advertising and Digital for Colgate-Palmolive, responsible for leading Colgate’s integrated marketing communications around the world. He is on the boards of the ANA and the Mobile Marketing Association. Haber has received various marketing leadership awards including Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age’s top 100, Edison New Product Award, Internationalist Marketing Leaders Award, Media Technology Summit Digital Leadership Award and the Global Digital Marketing Award from the UJA of New York.
Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
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President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
United, We Succeed: Collective Impact to Enact Social Change
Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling joined the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in September 2013. He served for almost four decades in the US Army, retiring as Commanding General of US Army, Europe. Hertling also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training, where he initiated reforms such as the “Soldier-Athlete Initiative,” and the “Fueling the Soldier Initiative,” both designed to improve the physical conditioning and nutritional health of civilians joining the military. In his second career, Mark serves with the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando, overseeing programs in health performance strategies and physician leadership.
Wendy Johnson-Askew
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Nutrition
More Peas Please: Training Taste Buds Early
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Andrew McMillin
Vice President, General Manager, Coca-Cola Trademark
Coca-Cola North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
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Vice President, General Manager, Coca-Cola Trademark
Coca-Cola North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Andrew McMillin is Vice President and General Manager, Coca-Cola Trademark Sparkling Brand for Coca-Cola North America, a position he has held since November 2012. He is responsible for growing revenue, transactions and brand love for the Coca-Cola Company’s flagship brands. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, McMillin spent six years with the Ford Motor Company as part of its Marketing Leadership Program. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Duke University. He and his wife, Tricia, have two children and live in Atlanta.
Apu Mody
President
Mars Food North America
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
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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.
Marie 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
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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
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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.
Paul Nojaim
President and Owner
Nojaim Brothers
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
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President and Owner
Nojaim Brothers
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Paul Nojaim is President and owner of Nojaim Bros. Supermarket, which has been family operated in the Near Westside of Syracuse, NY, for 96 years. Once a vibrant industrial neighborhood, the area has transitioned into one of the 10 poorest communities in The United States. Despite the decades of decline, Nojaim remains committed to maintaining his supermarket as a community anchor. In recent years, he has been part of a unique collaboration called The Near Westside Initiative, working to restore this neighborhood to a once-again vibrant community.
Dana Points
Editor in Chief, Parents and American Baby
Content Director, Meredith Parents Network
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
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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
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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.
Todd Putman
Chief Commercial Officer
Bolthouse Farms
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
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Chief Commercial Officer
Bolthouse Farms
How America’s Young Consumers Are Reinventing the Marketplace
Todd Putman is the Chief Commercial Officer at Bolthouse Farms. He recently served as one of the architects of “Eat Brighter,” a partnership between the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association, created to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Putman is the co-author of Be More: Find Your Truth, Tell Your Story, and Get What You Want Out of Life (May 2015).
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
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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.
Sue Roberts
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Partnership for a Healthier America
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Director, Strategic Initiatives
Partnership for a Healthier America
Susan Roberts is director of strategic initiatives at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), where she leads the organization’s food and nutrition work. Roberts previously was a consultant, writer and speaker on food systems, nutrition and agriculture policy. She was director of the national WK Kellogg Food & Society Policy Fellows Program and a staff attorney at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center. Roberts received her BS in Food and Nutrition from Iowa State University, her MS in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and her Juris Doctorate of Law with an emphasis in food policy from Drake University School of Law.
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Center for Global Policy Solutions
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities
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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.
Marc Schroeder
Senior Vice President, Global Nutrition
PepsiCo
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
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Senior Vice President, Global Nutrition
PepsiCo
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Marc Schroeder is Senior Vice President, Global Nutrition Category Leader, for PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Group. He oversees Dairy, Grains (Quaker) and Fruit & Vegetables (Tropicana) for the Global Nutrition category.
Caren Pasquale Seckler
Vice President, Social Commitment
Coca-Cola Company
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
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Vice President, Social Commitments
Coca-Cola Company
Executive Tell All: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Caren Pasquale Seckler, vice president, Social Commitment, is responsible for encouraging social good and making a positive impact in communities, while building the business and brands of Coca-Cola North America. For the last 16 years, she has held various leadership positions across Coca-Cola’s Brand Business and Portfolio Management, Innovation and Strategy. She has a BA from Georgetown University, and an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Travis Sheetz
Executive Vice President of Operations
Sheetz
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
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Executive Vice President of Operations
Sheetz
Retailers: Managing of Mission and Margin
Travis Sheetz has been Executive VP of Operations at Sheetz since 2012. He also serves on the board of Sheetz, Inc. and Sheetz Family Charities and has worked with the NACS/Coca-Cola Advisory Council. He has also served on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Board of Trustees of Saint Francis University and the Hollidaysburg, PA YMCA. He has also been a volunteer coach for numerous youth sports programs over the past 10 years. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Chef Greg Silverman, M.Sc.
Managing Director
Wellness in the Schools
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
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Managing Director
Wellness in the Schools
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Chef Greg Silverman is Managing Director of Wellness in the Schools, which inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Silverman previously worked at Share Our Strength, where he built the partnerships necessary to grow the No Kid Hungry campaign and its national nutrition education efforts. He holds a degree in Anthropology from Ithaca College, a certificate in Culinary Arts from the International Culinary Center 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
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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?
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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.
Tj Tate
Director of Seafood Sustainability
National Aquarium
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
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Director of Seafood Sustainability
National Aquarium
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food
Tate is the National Aquarium’s Director of Seafood Sustainability and leads the Aquarium’s new program, which strives to place the Chesapeake Bay community at the forefront of a national movement. Through enhanced education programs and conservation initiatives, Tate leads her team to protect the quality of local waters, support sustainable seafood production and reduce dependence on imported seafood. Tate comes to National Aquarium from St. Augustine, FL where she served as the Director of Sustainability for Gulf Wild, a nonprofit organization and program of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance whose mission is to engage and empower the branding of seafood sustainability and fishery conservation in the Gulf of Mexico by inspiring positive change from the fishermen to the end consumer.
Susan Ungaro
President
James Beard Foundation
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
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President
James Beard Fuondation
Fire It Up: Getting Families Back in the Kitchen
Susan Ungaro is President of the James Beard Foundation (JBF), the country’s preeminent culinary organization dedicated to celebrating, nurturing and honoring America’s diverse culinary heritage. Since 2006, Ungaro has expanded the Foundation’s culinary scholarship program; brought innovative educational programs to the historic James Beard House; produced the JBF Taste America national epicurean tour; and spearheaded the annual JBF Food Conference to foster dialogue and action to improve our nation’s food system, as well as the JBF Leadership Awards, which recognize visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world.
Stephen R. Whyte
Managing Director and Founder
Vitus Group
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
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Managing Director and Founder
Vitus Group
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities
Stephen Whyte is Founder and Managing Director of Vitus Group. He is a nationally recognized expert on affordable housing and a leader in the preservation and redevelopment of the nation’s existing affordable housing stock. He takes much satisfaction in guiding Vitus’ new and innovative approaches to developing affordable housing, including sustainable development principles, alternative energy strategies, and the use of technology to increase value and improve efficiency. Whyte is currently chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in economics and history.
Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Wellness at SUNY Oswego
Founder of Exergame Lab
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy?
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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
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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.