Food as Medicine Summit

Food as Medicine Summit

May 21st - 22nd, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Moving from research to action: partnerships and scaling Food as Medicine

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Our Mission

The Food as Medicine Summit is designed to bring together key senior stakeholders from the food and beverage and healthcare industry to discuss the key challenges we still need to overcome.

The discussions will dive into how we can move from research to action, scale Food as Medicine through partnerships, and advance Food as Medicine approaches and programs. 

The Food as Medicine Summit provides a meeting point for leaders from CPGs, retail, payers and providers, plus innovative food companies, investors, and nonprofits to collaborate and tackle these issues together.

 

 

 

 

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Our Mission
Collaboration

The summit focuses on fostering collaboration and building an engaged community of forward-thinkers. Explore collaborative solutions at the Food as Medicine Summit, where public and private sectors converge. Uniting healthcare, the food and beverage industry, nonprofits and more in one room all with a shared energy and passion for Food as Medicine, the summit brings together the right minds in one room. Our single-track format dedicates the majority of the conference to collective discussions, with about 10% of the agenda reserved for targeted working groups.

 

 

 

 

Solution focused

Dive into the Food as Medicine Summit, where evidence meets action. Discuss how we can use the growing body of data supporting food as medicine and collaborate on developing scalable solutions. Engage in discussions on getting leadership on board and showcasing the tangible value of integrating food into healthcare practices. Delve into the pivotal question: how can we leverage this evidence to ensure that the benefits of food as medicine reach those it’s designed to serve?

 

 

 

 

Partnerships

Seize the opportunity to not only hear from but actively engage with thought leaders and pioneering companies at the Food as Medicine Summit. This isn’t just a platform for passive learning – it’s a dynamic space where questions are welcomed, and collaboration is encouraged. Gain inspiration from real anecdotes of partnerships that have formed off the back of the summit, and immerse yourself in invaluable networking opportunities. Sit down with thought leaders and engage in meaningful discussions, fostering connections that go beyond surface-level interactions.

 

 

 

 

“It is such a pleasure to join colleagues from across the country to share the important Food as Medicine work that is happening across the UPMC for You footprint in Pennsylvania. This summit is such a unique opportunity to learn from a diverse group of stakeholders and to continue to prioritize the needs of our members.”

 

 

 

 

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow, Program Director, Clinical Community Programs, UPMC Health Plan

“I am looking forward to hearing from other industry leaders on what they are doing to advance “Food As Medicine”, particularly with respect to food access in underserved communities and obesity. Having access to healthy foods and knowledge about nutrition is a key part of the equation, along with a holistic view of mental health, surgery, medication and lifestyle options. We are in the beginning stages of taking this journey in thinking about food and its overall impact on health and obesity differently, and I am so excited to join these thought leaders.”

 

 

 

 

Shelley Turk, Divisional Senior Vice President, Illinois Health Care Delivery, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

“I am looking forward to sharing how Swedish Hospital is addressing Food as Medicine in Chicago and learning from the wide range of stakeholders present at this summit to further the reach of our work.”

 

 

 

 

AK Kritt, Community Nutrition Coordinator, Endeavor Health

“Intermountain Health Nutrition Services’ vision is to have the nation’s most well-nourished communities. Food as Medicine and nutrition security programs are essential aspects of our work to improve health outcomes and increase access to affordable care. We look forward to participating in the Food as Medicine Summit to expand our shared impact.”

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Lewis, Clinical Dietitian Specialist & Nutrition Security Patient Pillar, Intermountain Health

Speaker Faculty

Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Food as Medicine Program Director
Elevance Health
Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Food as Medicine Program Director
Elevance Health

Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the inaugural Food as Medicine Program Director at Elevance Health. As a core member of the Health Outcomes Organization team, he works to coordinate with the broader social impact strategy, health equity, and medical policy initiatives throughout the enterprise. He leads efforts in designing innovative approaches to address diet related chronic diseases and social risk using novel food interventions.

Dr. Essel is a board-certified community pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital(CNH) in Washington, D.C. Most recently serving as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the George Washington University(GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences Culinary Medicine Program. Dr. Essel has dedicated his career to advocacy/research around healthcare and public health workforce training, health disparities, and community engagement, with expertise and national recognition in the areas of addressing diet related chronic disease and food insecurity with patients and families.

Dr. Essel sits on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions’ Lived Experience Innovation Collaborative and was nationally recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for helping to create an innovative curriculum to enhance pediatric resident trainee skills on nutrition related disease management. Dr. Essel sits on the board of directors for the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and serves as physician advisor for the Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Veggies Early & Often” campaign. Dr. Essel is a member of the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. He also co-authored a national toolkit for pediatric providers to address food insecurity in their clinical settings with the AAP and FRAC. Dr. Essel earned a B.S. from Emory University with a focus on human biology/anthropology and earned his M.D. and M.P.H. in Epidemiology from GWU.

 

 

 

 

Sherry Frey
Sherry Frey
Vice President, Total Wellness
NielsenIQ
Sherry Frey
Vice President, Total Wellness
NielsenIQ

With a background in market research, innovation, and consulting, Sherry has elevated clients
across the fresh, CPG, and wellness industries, providing forward-thinking insights and practical
strategies. In addition to leading NielsenIQ’s Total Wellness team and industry engagement,
Sherry has been a featured speaker at many national and international industry events, and is
often sought as a media and analyst resource on topics related to consumer health, wellness,
and environmental issues. Sherry’s view of health and wellness spans beyond personal health
and wellness, encompassing how we collectively think about the health of the planet.

 

 

 

 

Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD
Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD
Director of Nutrition & Wellness
American Diabetes Association
Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD
Director of Nutrition & Wellness
American Diabetes Association

Stacey Krawczyk is the Director of Nutrition & Wellness at the American Diabetes Association. She is a Registered Dietitian with significant experience in population health, wellness marketing, and partnership development. She holds a MS in Public Health Nutrition and a BS in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Over the course of her career, she’s crafted compelling nutrition and wellness stories for billion-dollar global food brands, health associations, community programs, healthcare tech, and almost everything in between. A 5th generation farmer, she is grounded in food systems issues that drive her passion for mission-driven branding and social causes.

 

 

 

 

Pamela Schwartz, MPH
Pamela Schwartz, MPH
Executive Director, Community Health, Office of Community Health
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Pamela Schwartz, MPH
Executive Director, Community Health, Office of Community Health
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

Pamela Schwartz, MPH, is executive director of community health for Kaiser Permanente. She leads the organization’s national food-security strategy and other social health priorities, including ensuring that social health interventions are integrated seamlessly into care and services provided to Medicaid members and across all lines of business. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has designed, tested, and scaled numerous outreach campaigns to enroll members in public-benefit programs. Pam oversees Kaiser Permanente’s $50 million Food is Medicine commitment, made alongside its role in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.  An early advocate in the Food is Medicine movement, Pam has helped establish the evidence base and business case for addressing food- and nutrition-insecurity at Kaiser Permanente and in health care systems across America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian Griffith
Jillian Griffith
Health Partnerships Manager
Amazon Access
Jillian Griffith
Health Partnerships Manager
Amazon Access

Jillian Griffith, MSPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian and public health professional with experience in strategic public-private partnership and corporate responsibility. She serves as the Sr. Health Partnerships Manager for Amazon Access, a team within Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer business focused on designing and implementing retail products and services to meet the needs of underserved customer segments. Jillian’s work within this team focuses on expanding access to healthy foods for the Amazon Access customer through strategic partnerships, while also addressing convenience equity by bringing the ease of online shopping and delivery of nutrient dense foods to more community members.

Jillian started her career working to improve the food environment on a national scale with Partnership for a Healthier America. From there, she focused her efforts locally as a retail dietitian on Giant Food’s Healthy Living Team, where she developed and led Giant’s customer and community engagement strategy for Ward 8 of Washington, DC.  Jillian is also a participant in the Aspen Institute’s Food Fellows Leadership program, where she is leveraging learnings to inform her mission of creating a food culture where healthy choices are inclusive, balanced, and accessible. In short, making the healthy choice the easy choice for all.

Shelley Turk
Shelley Turk
Divisional Senior Vice President, Illinois Health Care Delivery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Shelley Turk
Divisional Senior Vice President, Illinois Health Care Delivery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Shelley Turk is divisional senior vice president of Health Care Delivery at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). She is responsible for contracting relationships with providers in Illinois to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care for nearly 9 million members by aligning incentives and results. Previously, Shelley was Vice President and General Counsel for BCBSIL, and general counsel of Health Care Management for Health Care Service Corporation representing Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Shelley earned a Juris Doctor and Health Law Certificate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Macalester College. She volunteers on the Women’s Board of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and in her free time, enjoys Vinyasa Yoga, Lagree pilates, tennis, and traveling to scuba dive.

 

 

 

 

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH
John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH
President; Vice President, Drivers of Health Strategy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH
President; Vice President, Drivers of Health Strategy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH has been President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation since April 2019. He leads the organization in pursuit of its stated mission to improve the health and well-being of everyone in North Carolina through a focus on: transforming the health care system (including oral health), expanding access to healthy food, supporting a healthy start in life for children, improving the physical conditions where people live, and strengthening the ability of communities to improve health.

In addition to his role as Foundation President, John also serves as Vice President, Drivers of Health Strategy for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and as chair of Digital Bridge, a multi-sector forum to collaborate on solutions for a nationally consistent and sustainable approach to using electronic health data.

Most recently, John served as Senior Vice President, Programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) where he was responsible for the organization’s efforts to transform health, broaden access to stable and affordable health care coverage, build leadership, and engage business toward building a Culture of Health in the United States. Before joining RWJF in 2003, he served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12  years.
John is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American College of Medical Informatics. Among his previous leadership positions, he is past chairman of the board of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as well as past chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. He has also served on, and advised, several federal-level committees and commissions to advance and improve health in the United States.

John is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. In addition, his many distinctions and honors include the Arthur McCormack Excellence and Dedication in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, as well as the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award.

He earned his MD and BMS degrees from Northwestern University Medical School and his MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He was also the first African American trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago, and he has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.

John and his wife Mary S. Blanks, MD, a health care mediator, reside in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have two adult children.

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg
President
Food Tank
Danielle Nierenberg
President
Food Tank

Danielle Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. Danielle is President of Food Tank (foodtank.com) and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world, and innovations in sustainable agriculture. Danielle is the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award.

Danielle founded Food Tank, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with Bernard Pollack in 2013 to build a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. The organization has more than 250 major institutional partners including The Rockefeller Foundation, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Christensen Fund, IFPRI, IFAD, Oxfam America, Slow Food USA, U.N. FAO, the Crop Trust, the Sustainable Food Trust, and academic institutions in all 50 states.

Food Tank highlights hope, success, and innovative ideas in our food system through original daily publications, research articles, a chart-topping podcast, interviews, and events and Summits in major cities around the world.

Prior to starting Food Tank, Danielle spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, meeting with hundreds of farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, and journalists, documenting what is working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while protecting the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Erickson
Ken Erickson
CEO & Founder
IQPay
Ken Erickson
CEO & Founder
IQPay

Ken Erickson is the founder and CEO of IQPay (www.iqpay.com), the revolutionary SaaS platform used by over 4,000 companies for issuing Smart Digital Purchases at 36,000 retail locations nationwide. With a 30-year leadership record in driving consumer and healthcare engagement, Ken is now leveraging the IQPay platform to solving the last mile in Food as Medicine engagement and behaviors.

Prior to IQPay, Ken founded Employer Direct Healthcare, a bundled care solution for healthcare providers and employers, Global Choice Healthcare, the first international medical travel network, and its domestic counterpart, Healthplace America, and Value America. Ken has been sought out as a strategic adviser and partner for numerous ventures focused on healthcare behaviors and outcomes, including St. Jude Medical, Health Lumen, and Audax, which became Rally Health.

 

 

 

 

Steven Jennings
Steven Jennings
Stakeholder Relations & Brand Lead, Health & Sustainability
Ahold Delhaize USA
Steven Jennings
Stakeholder Relations & Brand Lead, Health & Sustainability
Ahold Delhaize USA

Steven Jennings is the Stakeholder Relations and Brand Lead,
Health & Sustainability at Ahold Delhaize USA, implementing the
local healthy & sustainable retailing strategy by engaging with
leadership to focus on four strategic pillars of success; increasing
access to Healthier Choices and Personalized Guidance,
elevating Transparency and Sustainable Products, Reduce Food
and Plastics Packaging Waste while increasing food donations,
and Taking Bold Climate Action.
Steven has spent the last 27 years with the companies of Ahold
Delhaize USA supporting the needs of the associates, customers,
local communities, and the business.
Steven is a Certified Mentor with the American Transplant
Foundation and Volunteer Ambassador for the Gift of Life Program
in efforts to raise awareness and education surrounding organ
donor designation on every one’s driver’s licenses. Steven
donated a kidney to a co-worker in 2012 and speaks on behalf of
living donors across the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Adam M. Ameele, PsyD, DipACLM
Adam M. Ameele, PsyD, DipACLM
Director of Behavioral Health and Lifestyle Medicine
North Star Health
Adam M. Ameele, PsyD, DipACLM
Director of Behavioral Health and Lifestyle Medicine
North Star Health

Dr. Ameele is a Health Service Psychologist and Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. In his current role as Director of Behavioral Health and Lifestyle Medicine at North Star Health (a Federally Qualified Health Center serving approximately 30,000 patients in Vermont and New Hampshire), he continues the development of integrated patient care with a department of 16 licensed providers, along with interns and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Ameele has also partnered with Medical Director, Scott Durgin, MD, DipABLM to develop and grow the Lifestyle Medicine department to increase education, treatment and training about Lifestyle Medicine applications for Primary Care and Behavioral Health providers, along with access for patients. Dr. Ameele is currently the project lead for a generous grant from the Ardmore Insitute of Health, where he and colleagues are collaborating with community partners (local food shelf and community chefs) to prescribe whole foods as medicine for the management, reversal and prevention of chronic conditions. Additionally, Dr. Ameele currently serves on the Governing Body of Lore Health, a groundbreaking Accountable Care Organization aimed at providing Lifestyle Medicine informed resources to patients to improve outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Marianne O'Shea PhD
Marianne O'Shea PhD
Vice President, Life Sciences
PepsiCo
Marianne O'Shea PhD
Vice President, Life Sciences
PepsiCo

Marianne O’Shea is Vice President of Global Life Sciences for PepsiCo, leading a
dynamic team of experts to guide the nutrition strategy fueling PepsiCo’s innovation
pipeline and portfolio transformation journey. Marianne and her team collaborate with
cross functional teams and business units worldwide to grow PepsiCo’s nutritious
offerings, increasing nutrients of need such as fiber, while reducing nutrients to limit such
as saturated fats and added sugars. In addition, her team is responsible for advancing
research programs to support consumer demand for functional benefits across a range of
areas including digestive health, energy, hydration, sports performance and endurance
and metabolic health. The scientific deliverables of the organization can be found on
https://www.pepsicohealthandnutritionsciences.com/collaborate with cross functional
teams and business units worldwide to grow PepsiCo’s nutritious offerings, increasing
nutrients of need such as fiber, while reducing nutrients to limit such as saturated fats
and added sugars. In addition, her team is responsible for advancing research programs
to support consumer demand for functional benefits across a range of areas including
digestive health, energy, hydration, sports performance and endurance and metabolic
health. The scientific deliverables of the organization can be found on
https://www.pepsicohealthandnutritionsciences.com/ and https://www.gssiweb.org/en

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2010, she held various R&D roles within several sectors of the
industry including from nutritional ingredient suppliers to both food and supplement
manufacturers. She originally started her career in CPG with Unilever in the Netherlands.

Marianne holds a degree in biochemistry from University College Dublin and has a PhD
in biochemistry and nutrition from Dublin City University. She participated in executive
training in general management from the University of Chicago Booth School of
Business. Marianne is a co-author of more than 50 publications and book chapters and is
a co-inventor on several patents.

 

 

 

 

Allison Delaney, MS, RD, LDN
Allison Delaney, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Healthy Living
Stop & Shop
Allison Delaney, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Healthy Living
Stop & Shop

Allison Delaney is the Director of Healthy Living at Stop & Shop. She is the founder and leader of the Stop & Shop Retail Dietitian Program, Nutrition Partners. In her role, she oversees the Nutrition Partners program and Stop & Shop’s team of registered dietitians. She also leads the development and execution of Stop & Shop’s health & wellness strategy. Prior to building the Nutrition Partners program, Allison held various roles within the Ahold Delhaize organization over the past 9 years, including time in regulatory, sustainability and most recently working as a Private Brands Category Manager. Allison has been a registered dietitian for over a decade and is passionate about making healthy food and nutrition education easily accessible to everyone. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 little boys!

 

 

 

 

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow
Sarah Elizabeth Morrow
Program Director, Clinical-Community Programs
UPMC Health Plan
Sarah Elizabeth Morrow
Program Director, Clinical-Community Programs
UPMC Health Plan

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow, MA (she/her) is Program Director for Clinical-Community Programs at UPMC for You and UPMC for Kids, UPMC Health Plan’s Medicaid and CHIP plans which serve the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sarah’s work focuses on the intersections of clinical, community, and government priorities to develop targeted Medicaid programs that meet the health equity and social determinant needs of both members and larger communities. She leads a team focused on identifying and addressing systemic barriers to clinical care, expanding impactful partnerships with community based organizations, integrating provider SDOH efforts into good clinical practice, and prioritizing member needs in pediatric, maternity, and adult populations. She has an active role in statewide efforts to expand community health worker coverage, expand community doula care, and support food and nutrition programs.

Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Sarah has held positions with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Alabama. Sarah’s research and community development background includes work on clinical and community food security; clinical SDOH screening; human development; cross-disability activism; and US healthcare systems through an intersectional, anthropological lens. Sarah holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA with a focus in Biocultural Medical Anthropology from the University of Alabama.

 

 

 

 

Leslie Jefferson, MS, CNS, LDN, MBA, CISM
Leslie Jefferson, MS, CNS, LDN, MBA, CISM
Community Health Program Manager
Giant Food
Leslie Jefferson, MS, CNS, LDN, MBA, CISM
Community Health Program Manager
Giant Food

Leslie Jefferson is a Certified Nutrition Specialist with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health and an MBA in Information Security. As the Community Health Manager for Giant Food, she cultivates innovative food as medicine programing and coordinates solutions for community partner Nutrition Incentive Programs. She enjoys motivating others to find their way to optimum health using a holistic and personalized nutrition approach. As the Co-Chair Prince George’s County Healthy Eating, Active Living Food as Medicine Committee, she used her experience in project management and retail nutrition to create Prince George’s Fresh – a county based food as medicine program. When it’s time to relax she hangs out with an audio book, works on making the perfect pizza dough, or works out with a good ‘HIIT’ video.

 

 

 

 

Tambra Raye Stevenson
Tambra Raye Stevenson
Founder and CEO
WANDA
Tambra Raye Stevenson
Founder and CEO
WANDA

Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH, MA, is an acclaimed community health innovator, patent holder, author, and policymaker. As the founder of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture, Tambra is on a mission to silo smash generations, geographies, and sectors to change the narrative and build a pipeline of Black women and girls leading healthier communities through sustainable food systems in Africa and the diaspora. Additionally, she established NATIVSOL Kitchen, providing crucial Pan-African nutrition education to promote the use of culturally significant foods as a pathway to improved health and well-being.

 

She celebrates the intersection of food, culture, and identity. This year she served as the guest editor of Eating Well, producing a breakout piece with a talented team of chefs, dietitians, and scholars entitled: “African Heritage Diet as Medicine: How Black Food Can Heal the Community.” And in 2022, Tambra graced the renowned TEDx stage with her inspiring message on how Black women are reclaiming their food as medicine. Her bilingual children’s WANDA book series encourages the reclamation of African foodways as medicine across Africa and the diaspora and inspires young readers to embrace their cultural heritage. Tambra’s contributions to a forthcoming UK-based food-inspired anthology, “Serving Up: Essays on Food, Identity, and Culture,” further exemplify her dedication to promoting a more inclusive narrative surrounding food and its impact on communities.

 

She holds esteemed food board positions that shape government, industry, and academic policy agendas.  As an executive board member of the USDA’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, she contributes her insights to advance agricultural research and education for improved nutrition outcomes. She serves on the D.C. Food Policy Council, where she co-chairs the nutrition and health working group, driving initiatives that promote access to healthy and culturally appropriate food for all residents. Furthermore, her involvement with the Tufts University Food and Nutrition Innovation Council and the Milken Institute’s Food as Medicine Advisory Board underscores her dedication to nutrition security.

 

As a Ph.D. candidate at the American University School of Communication, she researches the intersection of media, technology, and health. Her involvement as a communication researcher on the Wasted Food Research Network, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative. She also holds a B.S. in Human Nutrition with a minor in Spanish from Oklahoma State University. She studied community health in the Dominican Republic as a recipient of the prestigious David L. Boren National Security Scholarship. Tambra earned her MPH in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine and pursued MBA coursework in entrepreneurship and healthcare marketing at Boston University Graduate School of Management.

 

Gaining experience in the social determinants of health, Tambra began her public service career serving in the Secretary’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, the Executive Office of the D.C. Mayor on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, D.C. Victim Services, and at the University of the District of Columbia’s Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health.

 

 

 

 

Jessica Rigler
Jessica Rigler
Staff Vice President, Population Health and Innovation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Jessica Rigler
Staff Vice President, Population Health and Innovation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Jessica Rigler began her public health career 20 years ago, serving in varied roles with local, state, federal, and international public health agencies. Jessica was with the Arizona Department of Health Services for 14 years, ending her tenure there as an Assistant Director overseeing the areas of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Emergency Medical Services, Public Health Statistics, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. In recent years, she worked with the ADHS team to lead critical public health emergency responses including opioids and COVID-19. Jessica is currently the Staff Vice President of Population Health and Innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, leading strategic initiatives to maintain and improve the health of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona members and overseeing the organization’s condition management program. Jessica holds Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and human development from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s degree in public health from Emory University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and certified in infection control.

 

 

 

 

Brad Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, Dip.ABLM
Brad Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, Dip.ABLM
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy; Director Lifestyle Medicine Program
The George Washington University; The GW Medical Faculty Associates
Brad Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, Dip.ABLM
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy; Director Lifestyle Medicine Program
The George Washington University; The GW Medical Faculty Associates

Brad Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, Dip.ABLM is Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Program at The GW Medical Faculty Associates and an Associate Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine.

Moore completed his undergraduate work at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended medical school, completed a primary care internal medicine residency, and served as Chief Medical Resident and Chief Administrative House Officer at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Now Drexel University School of Medicine]. He came to GW in 1993 as a Fellow in Medicine and Primary Care and completed a master’s in public health in health care administration.

He has been practicing general internal medicine as faculty at the MFA since 1995. He holds additional appointments as Associate Professor of Health Services Management and Leadership and of Health Policy in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He was Medical Director of the GW Physician Assistant program from 1995-2012 and actively teaches in the School of Medicine, PA Program, School of Public Health, and the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Moore’s scholarly and clinical interests center on lifestyle medicine, asthma, immunization science, preventive medicine, and health care informatics. He has published and spoken in these areas. He is listed as a “Top Doc” in Washingtonian Magazine and a “Top Doc” and “Top Primary Care Physician” in Washington Consumer’s Checkbook.

Research shows that lifestyle choices are the drivers behind chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and some cancers. By optimizing diet, physical activity, sleep, stress management and relationships and by avoiding harmful substances like tobacco, most of these diseases can be prevented and reversed. Dr. Moore is committed to helping his patients make positive lifestyle changes as a first step toward leading healthier lives.

 

 

 

 

Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS
Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS
Vice President, Lifestyle Medicine
Suvida Healthcare
Wesley McWhorter, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS
Vice President, Lifestyle Medicine
Suvida Healthcare

John “Wesley” McWhorter is a professional chef, registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, and food-as-medicine expert. Currently Vice President of Lifestyle Medicine at Suvida Healthcare, he also serves as a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an advisory council member for the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, and a community board member for the American Diabetes Association in Texas. Dr. McWhorter is dedicated to advancing hands-on culinary medicine education and food-as-medicine programming, focusing on promoting nutrition equity. He frequently publishes academic and practice-oriented research, contributes to textbooks, and has authored an award-winning cookbook. Wesley previously served as an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School and the University of Texas School of Public Health, where he was also the Director of Culinary Nutrition for the Nourish Program. Wesley received his culinary training from the Florida Culinary Institute, his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, his master’s degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and his doctorate in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston, TX.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Smiga
Jonathan Smiga
Managing Partner
KEEN Growth Capital
Jonathan Smiga
Managing Partner
KEEN Growth Capital

With more than 30 years of experience in food and wellness, Jonathan has a
track record for building businesses that make a difference. These include the
first course in culinary nutrition and a nutritional restaurant at The Culinary
Institute of America, development work on nutritionally focused Seasons 52 at
Darden Restaurants, numerous farm-to-table food ventures, and most
recently an impact investment fund for transformative health and well-being.
As Managing Partner of Keen Growth Capital, he and the Advanced
Micronutrition team are providing breakthrough evidence-based nutrition
solutions for health plans, providers, employers, retailers, and consumers to
address the nutritional cause of chronic diseases affecting 6 in 10 adults.
Keen’s commitment to Full Circle Impact™, furthers the fund’s mission by
providing support for emerging food entrepreneurs, food technologies and the
food insecure by donating 5% of fund profits to related not-for-profit entities.
Jonathan graduated from New College of Florida and has earned Masters’
degrees from Cornell University and the New York University Stern School of
Business.

 

 

 

 

Julia Koprak
Julia Koprak
Director of Incentives, Healthcare and Policy
The Food Trust
Julia Koprak
Director of Incentives, Healthcare and Policy
The Food Trust

Julia Koprak is an Associate Director at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure delicious, nutritious food for all. Julia oversees the agency’s Nutrition Incentive programs, which provide coupons for fruits and vegetables to families with limited resources. In this program area, she serves as an organizational lead on federal grants, national technical assistance, and coalitions. She has worked in multiple states to create policies and launch programs related to healthy food retail, affordability, and marketing. With many years of experience partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders, Julia strives for inclusive collaborations that forge new connections across sectors. Julia is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Marble Caton
Elizabeth Marble Caton
Brand & Nutrition Manager
Guiding Stars Licensing Company
Elizabeth Marble Caton
Brand & Nutrition Manager
Guiding Stars Licensing Company

Elizabeth manages and enhances relationships with a wide variety of new and existing clients and brings to Guiding Stars, knowledge of nutrition and environmental sustainability. She is passionate about food: cooking, baking, consumption, and education on the balance between food choices and their role in human and environmental health. Elizabeth has experience in community, research, and clinical nutrition. Prior to joining the Guiding Stars Company she worked as the Sustainability Manager Harvard Law School. There she was able to work closely on food policy and as part of the working group for the University’s Sustainable and Healthful Food Standards.

Elizabeth earned her master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management as well as her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently resides in Portland, Maine with her two young daughters.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Food and Health
iQPay
Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Food and Health
iQPay

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Food and Health at iQPay. In this capacity, she collaborates closely with like-minded partners including food retailers, food banks, community-based organizations, employers, and healthcare organizations to drive impactful food benefit and food as medicine programs. iQPay’s innovative Guiding Spend platform enables organizations to issue branded digital payment cards with pre-determined guardrails using, guiding spending to what matters most. Additionally, the platform provides essential data insights to showcase program impact and ROI to secure future funding and support.

With a robust background in nutrition, public health, and community engagement, Lisa has dedicated her career to advocating for accessible and healthy food solutions. Prior to her role at iQPay, she led health strategy at Giant Food, a beloved food retailer on the east coast.

 

Lisa’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition from Illinois State University. Born and raised in Baltimore, Lisa is a self-described Enneagram enthusiast who in her leisure time, enjoys podcasts, spending time on the NCR Trail, and weekends at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Katz
Mandy Katz
Director of Healthy Living
Giant Food
Mandy Katz
Director of Healthy Living
Giant Food

Mandy Katz, MS, RD, CSP, LDN, is the Director of Healthy Living for Giant Food, a regional retailer serving MD, VA, DE and Washington D.C. where she oversees the retailer’s Healthy Living program which focuses on nutrition education, healthy merchandising and food as medicine partnerships. Prior to joining Giant, she worked in food and healthcare marketing servings some of the nation’s largest food companies and providers.

 

 

 

 

Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM
Executive Director, Duke Health and Well-Being
Duke University Health System
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABOIM
Executive Director, Duke Health and Well-Being
Duke University Health System

As Executive Director of Duke Health and Well-Being, Dr. Soriano leads a multidisciplinary team in systemwide innovation aimed at effectively addressing gaps in our healthcare delivery structures through health and well-being interventions that are grounded on health equity.  In her food sovereignty work, Dr. Soriano is part of a project that will pair real world access to healthy food and a strengths-based, culturally contextualized teaching kitchen experience for women with high-risk pregnancies. In her group visit design work, Dr. Soriano weaves accessible, culturally contextualized engagement with food and nutrition, primarily through a celebratory, positive psychology frame. Dr. Soriano’s work has centered on designing healthcare delivery structures that create conditions for deep personal transformation, grounded on self-efficacy and positive change-making, as the foundation for both individual healing and community transformation. Dr. Soriano is passionate about planetary health and weaving our personal and collective healing with the healing of our planet. Dr. Soriano is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and a founding member of its Black, Indigenous and People of Color Committee. She also serves as Duke Health and & Well-Being’s Institutional Representative to the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine & Health (ACIMH). Dr. Soriano is the former Director for Group Visits and Wellness-Based Healthcare Transformation at Boston Medical Center’s Program for Integrative Medicine and Healthcare Disparities, and former Medical Director for the Tanya I Edwards Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. In her consulting work, Dr. Soriano supports organizations to rethink healthcare strategies through the lens of equity and whole person-whole community health. 

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield of California
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield of California

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi oversees the operations and growth of a suite of clinically proven lifestyle medicine programs for Blue Shield of California’s members.  Kalousek-Ebrahimi and her team work to drive seamless operations, as well as enrollment and engagement in the lifestyle medicine interventions under the Wellvolution brand.  She strongly believes that lifestyle medicine can transform the current health care model by introducing clinically effective, cost effective, and non-invasive lifestyle approaches into the care continuum. She, herself, has incorporated lifestyle medicine into her own life to prevent disease and live in optimal health.  Kalousek-Ebrahimi is strategically working to promote Blue Shield of California’s philosophy that lifestyle is medicine.

Prior to joining Blue Shield in 2010, Kalousek-Ebrahimi worked as the Wellness Program Manager at Visa, Inc. where she created and implemented a new suite of global wellness programs for Visa employees.  Part of her role at Visa was to incorporate Visa wellness programming with health plan offerings so that employees had a seamless experience.  Prior to her time at Visa, Kalousek-Ebrahimi served as the Fitness Director at the Sports Club LA in San Francisco where she oversaw a staff of 60 trainers, nutritionists, and sports coordinators.  In her role there, she also managed new-member fitness programs, trainer education, and direct private training sales.  She has also worked in marketing, business planning, and accounting.

Kalousek-Ebrahimi holds an M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University, a B.S. degree in Business from the University of California, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, and is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

 

 

 

 

Jill Davis, MSN, RN CCM
Jill Davis, MSN, RN CCM
Director, Disease and Case Management, and Clinical Education
HealthPartners
Jill Davis, MSN, RN CCM
Director, Disease and Case Management, and Clinical Education
HealthPartners

Accomplished Registered Nurse and strategic Senior Leader with extensive experience in quality improvement, creative innovation, new product implementation, care management, investigative, clinical insights, regulatory and compliance accreditation requirements in healthcare settings. 

 

 

 

 

Akua Kathy Woolbright, PhD
Akua Kathy Woolbright, PhD
Global Nutrition Program Director
Whole Foods Market
Akua Kathy Woolbright, PhD
Global Nutrition Program Director
Whole Foods Market

Akua Woolbright is an expert in plant-based nutrition who specializes in teaching people how to use food to lose weight, feel more energetic, look younger, reduce medications, and prevent and reverse disease.  

Dr. Akua began her career with Whole Foods Market in 2009 when she joined the corporate office in Austin, TX where she helped to create the company’s national healthy eating program. In 2015, she became a founding member of Whole Cities Foundation, which carries out the company’s mission to increase access to fresh, healthy food and quality nutrition information in low-income communities around the country. In addition to teaching weekly classes in Newark, NJ, the Englewood community in Chicago, IL, and other cities around the country, Dr. Akua ran the foundation’s Let’s Talk Food Nutrition and Culinary Education Center in Midtown Detroit where hundreds of students attended healthy eating lectures, cooking demonstrations, and support groups each week. She recently returned to Austin, TX as the global nutrition program director for Whole Foods Market and its foundations.

Prior to joining Whole Foods Market in 2009, Dr. Akua lived in Washington, D.C., where she received her MA in sociology and PhD in nutritional science from Howard University and worked as a public health nutritionist in the areas of breastfeeding promotion, cancer prevention and survival, HIV/AIDS treatment, weight loss, asthma, and international childhood malnutrition.

Akua Woolbright is now the Sr. Program Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Whole Foods Market.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaune Lancit
Shaune Lancit
Director, Community Engagement
WellCare of North Carolina
Shaune Lancit
Director, Community Engagement
WellCare of North Carolina

Shaune currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for WellCare of North Carolina, focusing on strategic statewide and local community partnerships to address the Social Determinants of Health for Medicaid beneficiaries across North Carolina.

Shaune joined WellCare’s Corporate Community Connections team in 2014. Since 2014 she has focused on developing WellCare’s model and approach to addressing the Social Determinants of Health for our most vulnerable populations. Shaune utilizes her experience with government-sponsored health care programs as well as behavioral health and community advocacy to connect individuals to social services in the community, and identify ways to sustain the social safety net as a whole.

Shaune has more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to WellCare, she served as the Director of Admissions for one of the top behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment centers in the country.

In her time at WellCare, Shaune has overseen the launch and rollout of the proprietary and award-winning Community Connections Social Determinants of Health model across multiple markets, and served as lead for the Community Connections team on all RFPs and new business development efforts for WellCare. Over the course of her time at WellCare, she has met with more than 350 nonprofits and community based organizations across the U.S. in an effort to launch and expand WellCare’s Community Connections mode, including in North Carolina.

Shaune grew up in New York, attended college at American University in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Raleigh, NC. In her free time she enjoys photography, playing guitar and piano, and her mindfulness/mediation practice.

 

 

 

 

Lori Taylor
Lori Taylor
Drivers of Health Program Lead
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Lori Taylor
Drivers of Health Program Lead
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Lori Taylor has been with Blue Cross NC since 2014 and has worked in the health care industry for almost 25 years.

As the Drivers of Health Program Lead, Lori develops test and learn interventions using a research and design approach, leads the implementation project team, and collaborates with organization stakeholders to develop business cases, KPI’s and evaluation plans. Lori’s first test and learn pilot was published as a proof of concept in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst edition April, 2023.

 

 

 

 

Linda Novick O'Keefe
Linda Novick O'Keefe
CEO
Common Threads
Linda Novick O'Keefe
CEO
Common Threads
Susan Bratton
Susan Bratton
CEO and Founder
Savor Health
Susan Bratton
CEO and Founder
Savor Health

I watched my close friend, Eric, be taken by cancer in six months’ time. My vibrant and energetic friend suffered from mouth sores that made eating painful, resulting in rapid weight loss and, ultimately, succumbing to his cancer. His family and friends searched, but did not find, safe and clinically appropriate symptom management support. I thought that if this could happen to Eric and his family, it must be happening to many people.

I left my career on Wall Street and spent two years researching the scientific literature regarding the symptom and side effects experienced by cancer patients and interviewing cancer patients, caregivers, and the medical professionals who treat them so that I could create a solution to address these unmet needs in a scientific and clinically appropriate manner. I found that nutritional strategies are effective in managing the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment and represent an effective lever to improve outcomes and lower cost of care. The result of this research is Ina ®, a virtual “Intelligent Nutrition Assistant” chatbot who provides personalized nutritional strategies for symptom management 24/7 “on demand” via SMS text on a smartphone.

Licensed by healthcare enterprises and provided free of charge to cancer patients and caregivers, Ina ®, provides the support Eric and his family were searching for.

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Lewis, MS, RDN, CDCES
Suzanne Lewis, MS, RDN, CDCES
Clinical Dietitian Specialist & Nutrition Security Patient Pillar
Intermountain Health
Suzanne Lewis, MS, RDN, CDCES
Clinical Dietitian Specialist & Nutrition Security Patient Pillar
Intermountain Health

Suzanne is a dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with over fifteen years in the field. As an advocate for nutrition and health, she’s worked in various clinical and community-based settings, providing direct patient care and program development. In her current role as a Clinical Dietitian Specialist at Intermountain Health, she’s honored to work on nutrition security and Food as Medicine initiatives to improve health equity and reduce nutrition-related disparities for patients. 

Suzanne’s training includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Brown University and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Utah. Her master’s research focused on a public health nutrition intervention with WIC participants. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys sharing time with family, friends, and rescue dog Annie, learning to garden with her neighbors, and adventuring on the trails near her home in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

 

 

 

 

Holly Freishtat
Holly Freishtat
Senior Director of Feeding Change
Milken Institute
Holly Freishtat
Senior Director of Feeding Change
Milken Institute

Ms. Freishtat is the Senior Director of Feeding Change with the Milken Institute. She is an experienced director, transformative leader and strategist with a 20-year track record developing and implementing food system policies and programs. Holly served as Baltimore City’s first Food Policy Director and Chief of Food Policy & Planning where she founded and directed the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. Holly spent over a decade building an equitable and resilient food environment by creating policies and programs that directly impact health & economic disparities. As a result, Baltimore City has become internationally renowned for innovative food governance and leadership. Holly has received national and international recognition for her public speaking skills and food systems expertise. She has presented at 125 international and national speaking engagements and has been interviewed by CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, Politico and the Associated Press. In addition, Holly has been awarded numerous accolades for her contributions to food systems, including the Mayors Medallion for Meritorious Service Award, Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 women, and the 2016 Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Award. Freishtat has served as a food systems strategist, agricultural marketing director, nutrition educator, and grower. She holds an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Vermont, and an executive certificate from Carey Business School.

 

 

 

 

Kerry Hackworth, MS, RD, LDN
Kerry Hackworth, MS, RD, LDN
Director, Nutrition Affairs
National Dairy Council
Kerry Hackworth, MS, RD, LDN
Director, Nutrition Affairs
National Dairy Council

Kerry Hackworth, MS, RD, LDN is food and nutrition expert with over a decade of experience, proudly as a registered dietitian. Her educational journey began at Purdue University, where she achieved a double major with honors in dietetics and nutrition, fitness, and health. Continuing her pursuit of knowledge, Kerry completed her master’s degree and dietetic internship at Rush University in Chicago.

In her current role, Kerry serves as the Director of Nutrition Affairs at National Dairy Council, contributing to the reputation of U.S. dairy. Simultaneously, she owns a small nutrition consulting business, providing personalized 1:1 telehealth sessions for medical nutrition therapy. Kerry also has past work experience in corporate wellness, retail marketing and as a media spokesperson where her contributions have garnered recognition, with features in various national media outlets such as Health.com, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Eat This, Not That, GoodRx Health and more.

Beyond her professional commitments, Kerry is a devoted mom, dog mom, and wife. As an avid foodie, she delights in exploring culinary experiences, and her passion for world travel allows her to immerse herself in diverse cultures. Her mission is to connect with individuals seeking personalized nutrition guidance, sharing her wealth of experiences and knowledge to enhance their well-being. Follow Kerry on Instagram at @DietitianKerry.

 

 

 

 

Dan Ripma
Dan Ripma
Vice President
S2G Ventures
Dan Ripma
Vice President
S2G Ventures
Valerie Stewart, MBA
Valerie Stewart, MBA
Director, Capacity Building and Leadership for Healthy Communities
Blue Cross NC Foundation
Valerie Stewart, MBA
Director, Capacity Building and Leadership for Healthy Communities
Blue Cross NC Foundation

As Director, Capacity Building and Leadership for Healthy Communities, Valerie leads grantmaking and partnerships that support community-driven priorities, cross-sector collaborations, and cultivates technical assistance and training opportunities for leaders creating change in communities across NC. Valerie is co-leading grantmaking for 10 Healthy Food Prescription community-based programs – including building capacity for Food is Medicine through a community of practice, convenings, and technical assistance to strengthen their program models to become a vendor of choice with healthcare. Valerie has seen the transformative nature of food as medicine through her own lived experience and is a champion for nonprofits to get their fair share of the funding that makes these interventions possible. She resides in Chapel Hill with her husband, twin boys and a stubborn mini Bernedoodle.

 

 

 

 

Jessica Tea, MBA, RDN
Jessica Tea, MBA, RDN
Senior Nutrition Specialist
Sifter Solutions
Jessica Tea, MBA, RDN
Senior Nutrition Specialist
Sifter Solutions

As part of the Nutrition Innovation & Policy team at Sifter Solutions, Jessica Tea, MBA, RDN, is a Senior Nutrition Specialist and a nutrition subject matter expert on Sifter’s food as medicine digital solutions. She has a BS in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and completed the joint MBA/dietetic internship program at Dominican University. As a dietitian, she has honed her skills in various practice settings, providing medical nutrition therapy. Jessica’s passion for nutrition, technology, and health has led her to the digital health space.

 

 

 

 

Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, LD
Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, LD
Director, Center for Health Equity
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health
Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, LD
Director, Center for Health Equity
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health

Dr Shreela Sharma is Professor of Epidemiology, and founding Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. Dr. Sharma is a behavioral epidemiologist with specific research interest in food insecurity, nutritional epidemiology, population health, systems science, and health disparities and has designed and evaluated the impact of partnership-based food prescription approaches across diverse health systems and populations. Dr. Sharma is co-founder of Brighter Bites, a nationwide non-profit dedicated to providing fresh produce and nutrition education to low-income children and their families, including produce prescription programs in pediatric clinical care settings. She also co-leads the Health Equity Collective, a systems coalition to improve care coordination for social determinants of health in the Greater Houston region. Dr. Sharma has a PhD in Epidemiology and is a registered dietitian in the state of Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Walker
Mark Walker
Chairman and CEO
Performance Kitchen
Mark Walker
Chairman and CEO
Performance Kitchen

Mark Walker, Chairman and CEO of Performance Kitchen, the leading Food Is Medicine® company revolutionizing the US Healthcare System. Performance Kitchen specializes in the use of Medically Tailored Meals to treat chronic disease. Mark is one of the leading experts in the country on the new industry of Food Is Medicine, which is the application of healthy food paid for by the US Healthcare System. Mark is a CPA and the founder of Dugout Ventures, an athlete-based investment group with Hall of Fame baseball player partners like David Ortiz, Nolan Ryan and Barry Larkin.

 

 

 

 

Austin Price
Austin Price
Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Impact, Social Determinants of Health
Highmark Health
Austin Price
Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Impact, Social Determinants of Health
Highmark Health

Austin is a  professional change agent, connector of dots, and storyteller. Throughout his career he has driven partnerships and built coalitions across every sector and every level of government, from City Council to the C-Suite of Fortune 500s, to the Executive Office of the President. His aim is always to convene diverse stakeholders and the public to address tough, systemic problems with pragmatic optimism. At Highmark Health, Austin is a director on the team tasked with developing and executing the strategy to address social determinants of health and health related social needs for the patients, members, and communities the organization serves. Highmark health is a blended health organization with six million members spanning 50 states, a 14-hospital provider system in Western PA, and several diversified businesses – with a strong regional focus in DE, NY, PA, and WV. Previously, Austin served as the public relations lead for Deloitte’s government and public services sector, which provides consulting services to 47 states, every cabinet level agency, and hundreds of colleges and universities. Austin also spent four years in the federal government with the US General Services Administration where he worked to make government work better and cost less by advancing the President’s Management Agenda. Prior to public service, Austin worked in multiple non-profits where he designed and executed issue and legislative campaigns to advance voting access and health care reforms. Austin earned his master’s degree in international development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and French from Transylvania University.

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Hall, MS, RD
Melanie Hall, MS, RD
Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Feeding America
Melanie Hall, MS, RD
Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Feeding America
Melanie Hall is a tri-sector leader with over 19 years of experience using data-driven storytelling and developing public/private partnerships to create health equity and take the mystery out of healthy eating.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from UC Berkeley, and a Masters degree in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, Ms. Hall started her career with the California 5 a Day African American Campaign, where she helped promote produce consumption among SNAP families through faith-based community programing and social marketing. Then, as the lead of the Network for a Healthy California–Retail Program she learned the ropes of the produce industry supply chain so that she could help SNAP and WIC agencies “green” food deserts and work with retail chains to create innovative campaigns and events promoting fruit and vegetables in low-resource communities.
In 2010, Ms. Hall joined the Kellogg Nutrition Marketing team to create and lead the company strategy for partnering with the WIC program. In that role, she developed novel programs, created a business case to fund National WIC Association initiatives, advocated for policies to expand the use of WIC benefits, and partnered with NGOs to leverage emerging technology to increase WIC participation.
In 2020, Ms. Hall became the Brand Director for Kashi foods, where she led her team to create the first Organic WIC cereals, helped the team prioritize multicultural marketing, and worked to make natural and organic foods more accessible to a variety of audiences with value size packaging and flavor renovation/innovation projects. During this time she also served as the chair for the Kellogg African American Resource group, and leveraged her network as a Kellogg Foundation Fellow to launch Black History Every Month: A Call for Food Justice in Black Communities. This initiative brought attention and to and created allies for six Food Justice programs across the country.
In 2023, as Kellanova’s Director of Wellbeing and Regulatory, Ms. Hall helped create processes for integrating long-term ESG work into brand business strategies that helped brands collaborate with retailers and NGOs to create programs that support wellbeing, address hunger, and create a more sustainable future.
Today, Ms. Hall is excited to join Feeding America as their Chief Research and Innovation Officer where she will lead the development of their Research and Innovation strategy, develop a deeper understanding of hunger, design effective solutions for ending hunger in America, evaluating the effectiveness of Feeding America’s work, and ensuring that all of this work is guided by people facing hunger, Network Food Bank partners, and other key stakeholders.
Anne Utech, PhD, RDN, LD
Anne Utech, PhD, RDN, LD
National Director, Nutrition & Food Services
Veterans Health Administration
Anne Utech, PhD, RDN, LD
National Director, Nutrition & Food Services
Veterans Health Administration

On January 22, 2019, Dr. Utech was appointed for the Title 38 Senior
Executive Service (SES) Equivalent position of National Director, Nutrition
and Food Services (NFS), Veterans Health Administration – Central
Office (VHA-CO), Washington, DC (virtual Houston, TX). In her
appointment, Dr. Utech serves as the Nutrition Field Advisory Committee
executive manager and oversee all NFS policies and programs, strategic planning, national
external & internal partnerships, and serve as the VA’s primary subject matter expert for nutrition
& food services.
From April 1, 2019 to March 25, 2020, Dr. Utech served as Acting Chief Officer for Specialty Care
Services, Veterans Health Administration – Central Office (VHA-CO), Washington, DC. In this
capacity, she led 26 medical specialties, national program directors, and programs in an interim
capacity.
She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in
Houston. Her professional interests are environmental sustainability in procurement/waste
streams, promoting and conducting nutrition research, expanding strategic partnerships for greater
impacts, and data analytics to improve Veteran outcomes.
Recent awards include being the 2015 Commencement Speaker and Hallmark Alumni Awardee at
Texas Woman’s University. Recent peer-reviewed publications have been on the topics of
nutrition support, nutrition education and diabetes.

 

 

 

 

Megan Bowman, MS, RD
Megan Bowman, MS, RD
National Nutrition Food Security Program Coordinator
VHA Food Security Program Office
Megan Bowman, MS, RD
National Nutrition Food Security Program Coordinator
VHA Food Security Program Office

Megan Bowman is a Registered Dietitian, serving as the National Nutrition Food Security Program Coordinator for the VHA Food Security Program Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Montana State University in 2005 and her Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University in 2007. Megan is a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and sits on local and national committees geared at ensuring Veteran food security and quality management. She has also held an adjunct faculty position at Salt Lake Community College teaching Nutrition Science, for the last 10 years.

 

 

 

 

Michael Cabonargi
Michael Cabonargi
Regional Director, Great Lakes Region – Region V
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michael Cabonargi
Regional Director, Great Lakes Region – Region V
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Michael Cabonargi serves as Regional Director of the Great  Lakes Region (Region V) of the U.S. Department of Health and  Human Services (HHS), responsible for Illinois, Michigan,  Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and 34 indigenous tribal  nations.  

HHS is with you on your journey through life – from child care  to Medicare. HHS is the second largest federal department  behind the U.S. Department of Defense, including agencies  such as the U.S. Public Health Service, CDC, FDA and NIH. As Regional Director, Mike ensures the Department maintains close contact with state,  local, and tribal partners and addresses the needs of communities and individuals served  through HHS programs and policies. 

Mike brings to HHS a demonstrated track record of public service, stakeholder  engagement, coalition building and program review and improvement. He most recently  served as the Chair and Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review, the nation’s  largest property taxation appeals court. Prior to that, Mike was an award-winning senior  attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he investigated and  litigated a wide variety of cases, including insider trading, offering fraud and  pyramid/Ponzi schemes. Previously, Mike served an aide to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin  (D-IL) and Paul Simon (D-IL). 

Mike was named a fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago, which brings together leaders  from a variety of fields to study some of Chicago’s most urgent challenges in education,  race relations, health care, crime and economic development. Mike’s extensive board service includes the Illinois Governor-Elect’s Budget and Innovation Transition  Committee, Illinois Comptroller’s Ethics Commission, University of Illinois College of Law  Alumni Board, Loyola Academy Bar Association, North Suburban Bar Association, Milan  Committee of Chicago’s Sister Cities Program, the Board of the Joint Civic Committee of  Italian Americans, the District 39 Educational Foundation and the Federal Executive  Board of Chicago. 

Mike received his BA in Political Science and Foreign Affairs from Miami University and  his JD with honors from the University of Illinois College of Law. Mike served as a law  clerk to the Honorable William Hibbler of the Northern District of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

Ashlee Roffe
Ashlee Roffe
Director of Nutrition and Community Health
Endeavor Health, Swedish Hospital
Ashlee Roffe
Director of Nutrition and Community Health
Endeavor Health, Swedish Hospital

Ashlee Roffe, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC, is the Director of Nutrition and Community Health at Endeavor Health, Swedish Hospital, a 312-bed nonprofit safety net hospital located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. Ashlee oversees the Clinical Nutrition team and Community CARE, the hospital’s circle of programs that exist to honor the human dignity of all by expanding the reach and definition of healthcare. Ashlee holds an MS in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Health Sciences from Bradley University.

Sandra MacMartin
Sandra MacMartin
Public Affairs Specialist
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Sandra MacMartin
Public Affairs Specialist
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Sandra is a Public Affairs Specialist for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Midwest Regional
Office. The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and
Wisconsin. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works to end hunger and improve food
and nutrition security through a suite of 16 nutrition assistance programs, such as the school
breakfast and lunch programs, WIC and SNAP. Together, these programs serve 1 in 4 Americans
over the course of a year, promoting consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, and
affordable food essential to optimal health and well-being.
In her role as a public affairs specialist, Sandra supports internal and external communications
and fosters partnerships and stakeholder relations in the Midwest for FNS’ nutrition assistance
programs. She works with Congressional members and staffs, local and state agency staff and
elected leaders, and not-for-profits and businesses. Sandra facilitates the Midwest’s Anti-
Hunger Partner Network which is comprised of over 300 individuals or organizations interested
or involved in administering any of FNS’ programs or its mission.
Sandra began her career with FNS in 2009. Since that time, she served in various positions in
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) before joining the Public Affairs team in
2022. Prior to joining FNS, Sandra worked in various capacities for the Michigan Department of
Health and Human Services, administering public assistance programs such as SNAP.
Sandra is a member of USDA’s Integrating Nutrition into Health team, fostering awareness,
collaboration, and increased engagement on USDA’s approach to promoting and elevating food
and nutrition security as well as USDA’s key equities integrating nutrition and health to help all
in our country thrive.

 

 

 

 

Bradd Williams
Bradd Williams
Chief Development Officer
Homestyle Direct
Bradd Williams
Chief Development Officer
Homestyle Direct

Bradd Williams is on a mission to help people live better lives through personalized holistic care.

Bradd is a Healthcare Executive with over 20 years of experience building and leading organizations. His experience includes growing organizations with more than $1B in revenue, managing clinical operations for hospital programs, and running start-up organizations.

Today he leads growth for Homestyle Direct. Homestyle Direct is a leader in delivering medically tailored meals direct to patient’s homes.

 

 

 

 

Donyel Barber
Donyel Barber
Director of Equity Initiatives
Kintegra Health & Highland Neighborhood Association/RAMS Kitchen
Donyel Barber
Director of Equity Initiatives
Kintegra Health & Highland Neighborhood Association/RAMS Kitchen

Donyel B. Barber is a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. She attended Gaston County Public Schools and is a 1996 graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. 

Donyel served as a Child Protective Services worker in Gaston County for nearly 9 years where she conducted investigations of child abuse and neglect. From 2004 until March 2016, she served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Gaston County which is a program dedicated to helping families in crisis and in homeless situations regain their independence and self-sufficiency. As director, she helped numerous homeless families transition back into their own homes as well as prevented many under employed individuals from becoming homeless through the services she was able to provide. Donyel currently serves as the Director of Health Equity Initiatives at Kintegra Health, a Federal Qualified Health Center in North Carolina. Since 2016 Donyel has led the charge of promoting community engagement, while identifying social drivers leading to poor health, with the overarching goal of improving the overall health of the community. Through her work, The Healthy Highland Partnership was formed and led to the establishment of a social enterprise, “RAMS Kitchen.” RAMS which stands for “Really Amazing Meals with Soul” provides healthy and affordable meal options in a grab and go style at a retail site. RAMS Kitchen also host pop-up farmers markets providing “produce bags” to customers. The RAMS Kitchen Mobile Food Unit travels to various locations throughout the community to serve as an extension to the retail site. Donyel also established the Food Is Medicine Initiative which offers meal prescriptions and meal delivery to patients of Kintegra Health, Public Health, and Home Healthcare agencies.      

Donyel has contributed to the betterment of the community and beyond through various civic and social affiliations. She currently serves as a Board member for the following organizations: Diversified Business Professional Association, Warlick Family YMCA, Ashbrook Foundation, The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation and Communities Joined In Action. Donyel is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is Past President of the sorority’s Gastonia Alumnae Chapter and currently serves as Parliamentarian and member of the Policies and Procedures and Social Action committees. She is a charter member of the Gastonia Piedmont Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and member of the Piedmont NC Chapter of The Links, Inc.  

In 2012 Donyel received the “Community Service Award” from The Gastonia Las Amigas and the “Omega Citizen of the Year” from the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Donyel was named one of Mecklenburg Times “50 Most Influential Women” for 2013. She also received the 2014 Dr. Edward D. Sadler, Jr. Award from the United Way of Gaston County. In 2016 Donyel received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to a building a stronger nation through volunteer service from the President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama. Donyel was named the 2017 (Non-Elk) Citizen of the Year by the State of North Carolina Elks Convention. In 2019, Donyel received the Gaston Together MLK Unity Award and was awarded the Grassroots Political Engagement Award during the 2019 Communities Joined In Action Conference in Seattle, Washington. In 2021 Donyel was awarded the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award and she received the Mark Redding Health Transformation Award at the Communities Joined In Action Conference in 2022.  November 5, 2019 Donyel made history as the first African American female to be elected to serve on the city council for the City of Gastonia. She was re-elected in 2023 and is currently serving in her 2nd Term.

 

 

 

 

Ken Neumann
Ken Neumann
Founder and CEO
Youtopia
Ken Neumann
Founder and CEO
Youtopia

Ken Neumann is the passionate founder and CEO of Youtopia, focused on “Making Vibrant Health and Longevity to 120 a Simple and Achievable Reality” for all. A visionary entrepreneur with an engineering and business background, he excels in identifying opportunities and leading transformative ventures. He has driven over $500 million in annual revenue and $5 billion in total revenue in diverse industries. Ken’s ventures span pharmaceuticals, energy tech, software, team development, and real estate. Recognized by Training Magazine as a Top 12 CEO, his businesses earned prestigious awards like the National Housing Quality Award and Top Technology Company of the Year.

 

 

 

 

Martin Tull
Martin Tull
Senior Deputy Director, Strategy, Innovation and Development
ACLM
Martin Tull
Senior Deputy Director, Strategy, Innovation and Development
ACLM

Martin is a strategist & systems thinker advising organizations and communities on collaborative solutions to complex problems.

Focusing on the vital intersection between impact strategies, business objectives, and market forces, Martin advises partners on how to imagine, fund, pilot, and scale innovative impact projects & campaigns. He currently serves as Senior Deputy Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine & also as a senior advisor for health, social impact & environmental initiatives.

Previously, Martin served in many senior leadership positions in the field of environmental sustainability & the outdoor recreation industry, including serving as the Founding Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, leading the organization from a handful of founding teams into an international coalition of hundreds of professional & collegiate sports teams integrating sustainable practices throughout the sports industry today.

Martin has designed & facilitated sustainability workshops worldwide & been an invited speaker at numerous events including The White House Sports & Sustainability Summit, Sustainable Brands, GoGreen New York, Beyond Sport Summit, Oregon Sport & Sustainability Summit, Arena Network Conference, Sustainable Opportunities Summit, Green Sports Alliance Summit, AASHE, Collegiate Athletics Facilities Summit, PlantStock, Reducetarian Summit, Regional Innovation Forum, Sport Positive Summit, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Global Impact Institute.

Public recognition & awards include Good Magazine’s 100, Pivotal Leader, Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 award, Better Bricks Emerging Leader Award, & Sustainable Business Oregon’s 15 People to Watch.

 

 

 

 

Erica David-Park, MD, MBA
Erica David-Park, MD, MBA
Market Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Choices
AmeriHealth Caritas
Erica David-Park, MD, MBA
Market Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Choices
AmeriHealth Caritas

Dr. Erica David-Park obtained a BA in behavioral biology from Johns Hopkins University prior to obtaining her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has clinical experience in the management of patients with functional deficits and complex chronic medical concerns.  Dr. Park has served as an Associate medical director for Amerigroup NJ, Senior medical director of Post Acute Care/ Home Solutions/DME at Evicore Healthcare and Associate Chief Medical Officer/SVP Decision Support at Carebridge.  Dr. Park is currently the Market Chief Medical Officer for Amerihealth Caritas, Community Health Choices.  Throughout her career she has been a strong advocate for underserved populations including those receiving Medicaid and individuals with disabilities.  Dr. Park stresses the importance of food and nutrition as an essential part of overall health and has developed initiatives to increase nutritional education and access to healthy food for the underserved. Dr. Park is an expert in value-based care and has been instrumental in creating methods to support safety and independence in home settings.  Dr. Park also volunteers as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics New Jersey and is a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Child and Adult Core Set Workgroup and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Innovative Payment and Practice Models Committee.

 

 

 

 

AK Kritt, RD, LDN
AK Kritt, RD, LDN
Community Nutrition Coordinator
Endeavor Health
AK Kritt, RD, LDN
Community Nutrition Coordinator
Endeavor Health

AK Kritt (she/they) is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on food access and community health. Their career is rooted on the intersection of sustainable urban agriculture and food access. Currently serving as the Community Nutrition Manager at Endeavor Health – Swedish Hospital, AK leads the Community Nutrition team in empowering individuals and communities to achieve optimal health through accessible and evidence-based nutrition education, ensuring everyone has access to nutritious food, and the treatment of chronic diseases through medical nutrition therapy and community support.

In their role as Swedish Hospital’s Community Nutrition Manager, AK has developed the Food Connections program which provides short term and long term connection to sustainable food resources for hospital patients and employees. Their commitment to fostering a healthier community is further demonstrated by the establishment of an onsite U-Pick farm, enabling hospital employees to access free, fresh fruits, and vegetables at any time.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Devries, MD
Stephen Devries, MD
Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Education Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Stephen Devries, MD
Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Education Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Stephen Devries is a preventive cardiologist and executive director of the Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Education, an educational nonprofit with the mission of advancing the role of nutrition and lifestyle in medicine. The award-winning nutrition course for health professionals developed by Dr. Devries and the Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Education is now required in the curriculum of 9 medical schools and has been taken by over 6,000 clinicians.

Dr. Devries is an adjunct associate professor of nutrition at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he teaches a course to Harvard public health and medical students on Integrating Nutrition into Clinical medicine: The Role of Health Professionals as Change Agents.

Dr. Devries lectures internationally on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in medicine, with past presentations ranging from the Royal Society of Medicine in London to the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology in Thailand to Head Start parent programs in Chicago.

Dr. Devries and his work in nutrition have been featured in many media outlets, including The Washington Post and National Public Radio.

 

 

 

 

Henry Crews
Henry Crews
Founder
Green Rural Redevelopment Organization
Henry Crews
Founder
Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Henry Crews serves as the Executive Director of the Green Rural Redevelopment Organization (GRRO), a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable agriculture, healthy food systems and economic development in Vance, Granville and neighboring rural counties in eastern North Carolina. Together with his partner Ardis Crews, Henry embarked on this transformative journey into healthy food systems and rural revitalization upon retiring and returning to his hometown of Henderson, NC.

Under Henry’s leadership, GRRO has formed strategic partnerships with local and state government agencies, research institutions, school systems hospitals, insurance companies and foundations, fostering micro-market farms, healthy food delivery operations and educational programming all geared toward creating thriving rural communities. Through walk-up farm stands, mobile farmers markets, wellness on wheels programs and GRRO’s 38 foot mobile RV resource unit, the organization is ensuring access to fresh, healthy produce, medical screenings, along with other mental health and well-being resources in economically-challenged areas.

GRRO’s flourishing Healthy Food Prescription Program is gaining state-wide recognition, providing 40 rural jobs and delivering over 750+ healthy food boxes a week. This program leverages resources from the council of governments, local hospitals and several insurance companies to provide nutritious food options to the community, promoting both health and economic growth. Henry’s vision and strategic use of available resources have fueled GRRO’s growth, contributing greatly to the health and economic vitality of rural eastern North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Krista Yoder
Krista Yoder
COO
Eat Ahara
Krista Yoder
COO
Eat Ahara

Krista Yoder, MPH, RDN, PMP, PBA, FAND, is an executive, business analyst, social entrepreneur and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the COO of Eat Ahara ® , an innovative Food-is-Medicine organization driving
culturally-relevant food and registered dietitian solutions at scale. Krista is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where she serves on the board of directors. Her published work includes the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Nutrition Research and Practice, and Contemporary Pediatrics.

 

 

 

 

Gideon Adams
Gideon Adams
Vice President for Community Health and Engagement
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Gideon Adams
Vice President for Community Health and Engagement
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Gideon Adams is the Food Bank’s Vice President for Community Health and Engagement.
Gideon spent many years in Africa and witnessed hunger in its rawest form. On moving to the
USA, he was saddened and shocked by the level of food insecurity here and was moved to get
involved with the fight against this insidious threat.
Previous positions include Senior Manager, Programs and Outreach at the Food Bank of
Central & Eastern North Carolina and Operations Management of another of the Feeding
America network food banks in the state. Prior to this he held operational and project roles in
the private sector.
Among other things, he is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of partnerships
and programs that will work to “shorten the lines” of those living with food insecurity and to
increase access to nutrition education and information, including assistance in application for
SNAP and other safety net benefits.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has been a leading organization in the fight
against food insecurity, in the State, for over 40 years. Traditional services include the sourcing
and distribution of procured foods through a network of community partners (including
emergency pantries, congregate feeding sites and shelters), administration of Federal safety net
programs and a variety of child and senior nutrition programs.

 

 

 

 

Randi Shubin Dresner
Randi Shubin Dresner
President and CEO
Island Harvest Food Bank
Randi Shubin Dresner
President and CEO
Island Harvest Food Bank

Randi Shubin Dresner joined Island Harvest Food Bank in 2001 and serves as its president and CEO. She leads a team with a shared vision of a hunger-free Long Island. 

 

Their work tackles real-life issues by investigating and addressing the root causes of poverty, hunger, and food insecurity, resulting in actionable, innovative programs that truly impact our community. 

 

While the organization distributes and supports more than 16 million pounds to Long Island neighbors in need, they are determined to do more than distribute food. In alignment with this objective, Island Harvest Food Bank has formed robust advocacy efforts to advance its work, developed a Workforce Skills Development Institute, and manages an organic farm, greenhouse, and Giving Gardens across Long Island. 

 

Before joining Island Harvest Food Bank, Randi enjoyed a successful career in various non-profit sector roles. She was a partner in a fundraising and development consulting firm. She made her mark at several organizations, including The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Viscardi Center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  

 

Randi was an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University and Molloy University for 25 years and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Joseph’s College in 2013. Randi Shubin Dresner is a lifelong resident of Long Island, NY.

 

 

 

 

Elise August, MPH
Elise August, MPH
Director, Health Systems Innovation
Feeding America
Elise August, MPH
Director, Health Systems Innovation
Feeding America

Elise August, MPH is a Manager of Health Systems Innovation at Feeding America. In her current role, she leads Feeding America’s Food as Medicine program, in which food banks partner with the healthcare system to provide patients experiencing food insecurity with access to nutritious food.  In previous roles, Elise has worked for community-based organizations and global food & beverage brands, addressing topics ranging from nutrition education and program evaluation to food labeling and regulatory compliance. Through this diverse background, she developed a passion for bridging gaps between sectors and fostering collaborations that reduce disparities, alleviate hunger, and improve health. Elise holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Public Health degree, both from The Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

Dwight Schultheis
Dwight Schultheis
Director
Instacart Health
Dwight Schultheis
Director
Instacart Health

Dwight Schultheis is a Director at Instacart Health, the company’s initiative designed to increase nutrition security, inspire healthy choices, and scale food as medicine programs. In his role, Dwight is dedicated to working with healthcare organizations to build and expand food access and nutrition programs for patients, employees, and members. As one of Instacart’s first dedicated health leaders, Dwight has been instrumental in launching innovative partnerships with healthcare providers and has established strategic partnerships with leading associations, nonprofits, and more. Prior to Instacart, Dwight helped lead Corporate Development teams at both Athenahealth and CVS Health, and led Partnerships at Jabra Hearing and Truepill. In 2022, Dwight was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Board of Directors at MassVentures. Dwight lives in Boston with his wife and two teenage children.

 

 

 

 

Josh Hix
Josh Hix
CEO
Season Health
Josh Hix
CEO
Season Health

Josh is co-founder and CEO of Season Health, the only integrated Food-as-Medicine Platform that enables people to eat well and live well. By combining evidence-based clinical care with access to affordable medically-tailored meals and groceries, Season empowers individuals and their families to make informed, sustainable choices, measurably improving both health outcomes and quality of life. Josh is also co-founder and former CEO of Plated, which shipped millions of meals to over 95% of the United States before being acquired by Albertsons grocery brands in 2017. He has a lifelong interest in health and nutrition. Josh received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

 

 

 

 

Michael Pappas, JD
Michael Pappas, JD
Partner
Nixon Gwilt Law
Michael Pappas, JD
Partner
Nixon Gwilt Law

Michael Pappas is an innovative leader who uses his background in professional services, statistics, law, and sales to provide a holistic client-centered experience for his customers. His training and professional background combines digital services innovation, client-centered approaches, and human-centered design to offer unique perspectives to better solve modern problems and achieve strategic and operational goals. Mike’s training includes a Juris Doctor along with Bachelor’s degrees in statistics and cognitive psychology. He has spent the past 17+ years working in professional services leading high-performing teams, designing innovative digital services solutions, and minimizing legal and regulatory risks in high growth businesses.

 

 

 

 

Partnerships

With an event designed to answer the most significant questions in Food as Medicine, it is essential that we provide our audience with the leading experts and best solutions to help progress this fascinating industry forward. With an audience made up of senior-level executives from across top CPGs, large and small brands, payers, and providers, The 2024 Food as Medicine Summit offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase your capabilities and position your company as the partner of choice with the leading thinkers within both Food & Beverage and Healthcare.

If you are interested in exploring commercial partnerships at this year’s event, please contact our commercial manager, Tom Wells (tom@greygreenmedia.com) to discuss how we can best position your business or solution at the Summit.

 

 

 

 

Partnerships +
Partnerships

2024 Partners

Title Partner

NielsenIQ is the world’s leading consumer intelligence company.  Our Total Wellness practice reveals what consumers think, feel, and do, forming trends and insights across the food nutrition and health spectrum. From personal health to the health of the planet and the social responsibility for others, always with a holistic retail read and delivered with advanced analytics and insights through state-of-the-art platforms—NIQ delivers the Full View

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Knowledge Partner

Homestyle Direct opened in 1997 to serve home-delivered meals to vulnerable populations. Today, we continue that mission by serving delicious medically tailored meal options, easy ordering, and top-notch delivery, regardless of zip code. We understand the importance of a homestyle meal and its impact on physical and mental well-being. We strive for high satisfaction and work every day to please our partners and members.

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Knowledge Partner

Payments should be digital. Digital meets people where they are: on their phones. Digital is instant. It’s efficient. It’s convenient. It can be filtered to specific products and services. Digital engages. Digital matches individuals with their transactions and behaviors.

IQPay is leading the digital payment future with digital payments unlike anything you’ve seen.

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KEEN Growth Capital identifies food, beverage and wellness companies with great potential started by revolutionary-thinking, passionate entrepreneurs. We apply our trusted skill and passion to develop them into highly successful and respected companies.

Infusion of intellectual and financial capital delivers positive outcomes for stakeholders – and ultimately the consumer. Our investors benefit from outstanding returns and society is enriched by healthier products.

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Our mission is to empower people to live life to the fullest. Performance Kitchen provides the next generation of chronic disease management through healthy medically tailored meals, paid for by insurance and delivered directly to your home. We are focused on great taste, convenience, and nutrition through our wide variety of culturally inspired meals. Our team of chefs, doctors and registered dietitians develop a variety of ready-made meals with real, wholesome, clean ingredients. We are leading the Food is Medicine® movement with various health care payors and providers who are offering to pay for meals for their members to address chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and renal disease.

 

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Savor Health

Savor Health is a digital health company that provides precision nutrition interventions to cost effectively manage and reverse chronic disease.
Proprietary Expert Platform applies guidelines-based nutrition science to each patient’s unique profile to optimize treatment outcomes and lower total cost of care.
Contextually relevant nutrition guidance delivered 24/7 “on demand” via SMS text with Virtual Dietitian-on-Demand, Ina® combined with seamless “last mile” meal and grocery delivery.
Market leading results:70% engagement, 87% satisfaction, likelihood to recommend 4.3 out of 5.

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Season Health is the leading food-as-medicine platform that enables people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease to eat well and live well. Combining clinical nutrition care, meal recommendations, education, and food delivery into one comprehensive solution, Season aims to help more people see food as a healthy pleasure and create a world well fed.

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Knowledge Partner

Sifter Solutions, Inc. technology makes delivery of healthy eating programs easy by matching evidence-based dietary guidance to products that match personalized needs. Sifter’s Nutrition as a Service™ includes an API toolbox that allows retailers, CPGs and health/fitness/recipe providers to offer their customers a product discovery experience that delivers on the growing food as medicine trend.

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Sylvan Health is a personalized nutrition solution built for health plans and value-based care providers. Our team of experts creates tailored care plans that focus on connecting patients with interventions, education, and resources that help improve their overall health. Sylvan Health brings personalized nutrition support to the forefront of healthcare to those who need it most

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Our massively transformative purpose is to make optimizing your health with precision nourishment a simple and achievable reality for all of us. You are unique, and we believe in your optimized best. We happily provide you with the nourishment that’s 100% inspired by you and meets your body’s needs. Precision Nourishment is a journey and a promise that’s within reach with Youtopia.

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Exhibitors

At Chef2Home, we create chef and dietitian designed meals including medically tailored
options from our USDA kitchen to support positive health outcomes. Chef2Home
focuses on great taste for a wide variety of preferences to provide frozen fresh nutrition
that is ready to enjoy from our kitchen to yours.

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NourishedRx makes high-quality, individualized, nutritious food accessible to the people who need it most.

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Misfits Market is dedicated to making affordable, high-quality food more accessible while helping break the cycle of food waste. We work directly with farmers and makers to rescue organic produce and other grocery items that might otherwise go to waste, then deliver them to your door—all while passing the savings on to you. Every Misfits Market box you order benefits farmers, helps prevent food waste, and ultimately helps save our environment.

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Supporters

The world’s largest organization of nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics advocates strong nutrition policy, supports nutrition research and
evidence-based practice, develops innovative solutions to today’s healthcare challenges through
interprofessional collaboration, and educates and empowers a diverse workforce of credentialed
practitioners whose work improves the health and lives of individuals and communities
worldwide.

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As the largest network of food banks, pantries, and meal programs in the country, Feeding America is the leading organization in the fight against hunger in the United States. 200 food banks strong, we serve more than 40 million people in virtually every community in America. Since our beginnings 40 years ago, Feeding America has made innovative strides in combating food waste and providing fresh food to hungry people across the country. We believe that everyone – individuals, charities, businesses and government – has a role in ending hunger in America.

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Located in the heart of Washington State and home to some of the largest tree fruit production in the world, Crunch Pak has called Cashmere, Washington home since we began in 2000. From the first apples we sliced, Crunch Pak strives to create the safest, highest quality, best tasting nutritional snacks to delight and satisfy our customers. As America’s favorite sliced apple producer, we pride ourselves on finding new ways grow and meet the needs of our customers by continually testing new products and new product ideas. We proudly co-brand with Disney to help children enjoy a healthy snack with one of their favorite Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars characters!

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The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain and the only to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our member’s prosperity by conducting advocacy; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that allows us all to take action with purpose and confidence.

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Galley Solutions redefines kitchen operations by integrating “Food is Medicine” principles into our advanced Culinary Resource Planning platform. We empower healthcare providers, wellness-focused restaurants, and specialized care facilities to not just serve meals, but to serve wellness. Our platform supports meticulous ingredient tracking, nutritional analysis, and menu planning, ensuring each meal promotes better health.

With Galley, kitchens achieve enhanced decision-making, optimized operations, and reduced waste, all while prioritizing nutritional integrity. Embrace efficiency and health with Galley Solutions—where culinary care meets scientific innovation.

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Nixon Gwilt Law is the nation’s only law firm focused exclusively on healthcare innovation, serving digital health, virtual care, remote monitoring, care management, medical device, and healthcare predictive analytics companies. Nixon Gwilt Law attorneys bring a depth of experience from “Big Law” firms, Capitol Hill, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), health tech companies, and in-house at large hospital systems. Our expertise in the laws, policies, and technologies impacting stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem allows us to work hand in hand with our clients to find solutions to the most complex legal and business problems in the industry.

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Media Partner

Food Bank News is the first and only publication to acknowledge the critical role that food banks and food pantries play in the wellness and livelihood of millions of people living in the United States. Started in 2019 by veteran journalist Chris Costanzo, Food Bank News now has more than 10,000 visitors a month to its website and more than 7,000 subscribers to its twice-a-month newsletter.

Our mission is to create a community where those working in the charitable food system can gain access to news, information and resources to help them achieve the goal of eliminating food insecurity. By promoting conversation and information exchange about best practices in charitable food banking via an independent, national news source, Food Bank News aims to generate more effective and lasting solutions to hunger.

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