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Elizabeth Villegas, MS GENERAL SESSION SPEAKER
Doctoral Student Eric Cooper
Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies at
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign President and CEO
San Antonio Food Bank
Elizabeth is currently working on her doctorate
degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Known as that “Food Bank Guy,” Eric Cooper is the
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research and policy work centers on President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. Through his dual
understanding the myriad factors that threaten or support the health of strategies of feeding the line of the hungry and shortening that line,
low-income, Hispanic families and children in general populations. Eric has received national recognition. It is this holistic approach to
serving the entire community that has garnered community support
Emily Chatelain, MBA while delivering measurable impact with exceptional efficiency. The
Executive Director San Antonio Food Bank is ranked in the top 2% in the nation for
Three O’clock Project operational efficiencies by Charity Navigator.
Emily began working in the education reform Erin Quann, PhD, RD
industry in 2012. Emily has successfully managed Director of Nutrition Research
K-12 nutrition programs for the past seven years, helping schools and Gerber Products Company
afterschool programs with budgets, contracts, best operating practices,
audits and general food service compliance issues. She is also the CEO Erin Quann is a Registered Dietitian and scientist
and Founder of School Food and Wellness Group. with experience in nutrition and exercise research,
nutrition communications, education, and regulatory affairs. She leads
Ericca Whitley the activation of Nestlé’s Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study in the U.S.
Member Communications Specialist in support of laying the foundation for healthful diets early in life.
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Geri Henchy, RD, MPH Ivanna Neri
Director of Nutrition Policy Program Manager
Food Research and Action Center Common Threads
Geri’s work focuses on nutrition policies, such as Ivanna has spent over a decade working with diverse,
increasing the healthfulness of nutrition programs, under-served populations across Texas and Mexico as a
necessary to reach the goals of eradicating domestic hunger and nutritionist for different social organizations. Her work has been related
improving the nutrition and health of low-income individuals and to healthy eating and obesity management, and in her studies, Ivanna’s
families. Geri is the author of numerous policy briefs on the federal child focus is on nutrition policies.
nutrition programs and a number of web-based tools, most recently the
Child Care Wellness Tool Kit: Child and Adult Care Food Program. Jamese Kwele
Grace Norman, MPSA The Food Trust
Government Relations Manager
Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative Through Jamese’s work with The Food Trust’s
Community Food Systems team, she has led multiple
Grace supports the organization’s policy work at the projects covering food access areas including early childhood nutrition,
local, state, and federal levels. She previously worked farm to school and regional food systems. She previously worked in
as No Kid Hungry Campaign Manager, overseeing outreach for child The Food Trust’s SNAP-Ed department developing and implementing
nutrition programs. She also served as Regional Director and Child programming to promote healthy food choices in a variety of
Hunger Outreach Specialist where she worked to improve awareness of community-based settings.
and participation in school and summer meal programs.
Jean Bianchi, CCNP
Gretchen Elkins Nutrition Director
Food and Nutrition Specialist Clarendon Early Education Services
Education Service Center Region 20
Jean Bianchi began her career with the CACFP as a
Gretchen has over 20 years of experience in food service, Family Child Care Provider almost thirty years ago and
the last ten of which have been specialized in child nutrition. has served as Director of Nutrition since 2006. Jean has been an active
She currently works as a CACFP educational specialist at Education Service member of the Sponsors Association for almost twenty years.
Center Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas. Gretchen also develops and delivers ★ NCA REGIONAL SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE - NORTHEAST
training for more than 115 CACFP entities.
Hawley Poinsett, MS, RDN, LD Hot, healthy solutions that will
Senior Manager of Nutrition have them jumping for joy!
Texas Beef Council
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Hawley is a licensed and registered dietitian Lunch program for over 25 years. We offer a variety of fully cooked,
nutritionist for the Texas Beef Council. Previously, she pre-portioned products that are perfect for your after school and
owned a private practice that provided nutritional information for both summer feeding programs.
consumers and corporations to promote overall health and prevention
or treatment of disease. Hawley has held leadership roles within the WGR PORTION-PACKED ENTRÉES: Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce,
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Helen Woo, MS, RDN, LDN
Dietitian Stop by our booth at the National Child Nutrition Conference
Jefferson Parish Head Start in San Antonio to learn more!
Helen is a second-career RDN. She is on a mission to
improve the nutrition of young children by increasing
scratch-cooking in Head Start kitchens, reducing sugar and sodium in
meals and snacks, empowering kitchen staff with the skills to fulfill this
mission, and educating families and children about how to meet their
Isel Otero-Vera www.jtmfoodgroup.com
The Food Trust
Isel Otero-Vera, Project Coordinator at The Food
Trust, supports the farm to school team’s early care
initiatives. Prior to joining The Food Trust, Isel coordinated a food
access program in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a sustainable farming
entrepreneurship program in Kerala, India.
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FEATURED SPEAKER Jennifer Weber, MPH
Director, Kids Market
Jeanette Betancourt, MA, MS, EdD American Heart Association
Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health Jennifer’s key objectives are the development and
Kansas State University implementation of the association-wide strategy
for improving kids’ health and establishing life-long engagement.
Dr. Jeanette oversees and manages the delivery of high-impact Her responsibilities include the implementation of Healthy Way to
and targeted domestic and international outreach initiatives. She Grow and the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge. Jennifer’s writings have been
works collaboratively with several Sesame Workshop divisions and published in several journals, and she’s previously held roles at Nemours,
Sesame Workshop Outreach initiatives in the areas of nutrition the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Department of Health
education, food insecurity, health and safety, school readiness, and Human Services.
military family transitions, grief, music, child care, mutual respect and
understanding,parenting, and English language learning. She has guided Jenny Arredondo
the content development for several Emmy nominated Sesame Street Senior Executive Director
primetime specials. Dr. Betancourt is a licensed, bilingual speech and San Antonio Independent School District
language pathologist and educational therapist.
Jenny has 19 years of experience with Child Nutrition
Jennifer A. Hanson, PhD, RD, LD Programs and has also served at the Executive level
Assistant Professor in the Pre-K-12 public education system. Jenny is currently an active
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health member of the Texas Association of School Nutrition, The Central
Kansas State University Texas Food Service Director’s Association and Texas Association of
School Business Officials.
Jennifer, a registered dietitian, has worked in a variety
of clinical and food service settings including a childcare facility. For the Jenny Eyer, MPH
last three years, she has been involved with the Army’s Child and Youth Director, Center for Child Health Research and Policy
Services (CYS) healthy menu initiative. Her interests include child CHILDREN AT RISK
nutrition, childhood obesity prevention, and food safety.
Before joining CHILDREN AT RISK, Jenny worked
Jennifer Basey, MA at Jane Addams Elementary, and it was there that she
Programs Associate saw firsthand the benefits of beginning the day with a breakfast eaten in
National CACFP Sponsors Association the classroom. For many of her students, it was the first nutritional meal
they had eaten since school lunch the day before. Now she focuses on
Jennifer has served in many roles for the association improving access to healthy meals during and after the school day.
including membership, website, conference, sales, and
education. She’s currently responsible for the design and administration Jessica Rose-Malm, MA
of resources for most NCA committees. Jennifer spent ten years in Health Policy Analyst
education as an elementary teacher and as an instructional coach Child Care Aware® of America
working directly with teachers where she learned a few “tricks of the
trade” to increase engagement and interest during presentations. As a Health Policy Analyst, Jessica uses research to
communicate and advocate for all children to have the
Jennifer Boesch, RD, MS tools they need to grow up healthy. Previously, Jessica served as Director
General Manager, Nutrition of Wellness Initiatives with Child Care Aware® of Missouri, leading
Houston Independent School District obesity prevention programs and health-related advocacy.
Jennifer is a key member of the school district’s Jill Cox, MS, RD
Nutrition Services staff and second in command. Her Program Development Specialist
responsibilities include managing and implementing Houston’s school Penn State Better Kid Care
nutrition programs. She also oversees the nutrition, culinary, operations
and procurement teams. Jennifer previously served as director of Jill has been involved in community nutrition
nutrition services. education for many years delivering chronic disease
and obesity prevention programs for youth and adults. Jill currently
Jennifer Kozaczek, RD, LD authors online professional development and other resources on a
Nutrition Program Consultant variety of health topics including healthy eating, physical activity
North Carolina Department of Health promotion, and healthy growth and development of young children.
and Human Services
Program Get access to high-quality materials for
Jen conducts training, audits, and technical assistance Member training and support as well as the latest
for participants in the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food and greatest crafts, recipes, and fun
Program. Before moving to North Carolina, Jen was the health and cacfp.org physical movement ideas.
nutrition manager for a Head Start sponsoring organization in New
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Jodi Batten, SNS Julie Miller Jones, PhD, LN, CNS
National Sales & Marketing Director Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus
Red Gold LLC Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University
Jodi has spent over 34 years in the foodservice Julie is a board-certified and licensed nutritionist and
industry, mainly focused on the child nutrition professor of nutrition. She was awarded “professor
segment. She became SNS certified and is passionate about child who made a difference in people’s lives." Julie is especially interested
nutrition programs and the dedicated professionals who make feeding in whole grains, dietary fiber, carbohydrates and dietary solutions. She
kids their greatest priority. actively educates consumers against frauds and myths in nutrition and
food safety. She is on the scientific advisory panel for the Grain Foods
Joshua Smith, CMP, CCNP Foundation and many other organizations. She is a fellow of the
Program Coordinator AACCI, ICC and IFT.
Our Daily Bread of TN
Jumana Saleh, MS
Josh is the program coordinator for Taking Root Project Coordinator, MassCAMPS
Tennessee as well as the systems manager for Our John C. Stalker Institute, Framingham State University
Daily Bread of TN. Josh has worked for nearly 5 years in the CACFP and
recently helped spearhead a Farm2Preschool program in the state of TN Jumana Saleh, Project Coordinator for the
that brings garden experiences to thousands of preschool-aged children. MassCAMPS grant, works as the Nutrition Education
Specialist at The John C. Stalker Institute (JSI) of Food and Nutrition at
Julie Latcham Framingham State University. JSI uses current research and technology
Senior Coordinator, Special Programs to educate and inform Massachusetts' professionals concerned with child
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living nutrition and healthy nutrition environments.
Julie is responsible for coordinating special projects, Kara Panowitz
annual events and activities for the Michael & Susan Manager, Out of School Time
Dell Center for Healthy Living. This includes the Michael & Susan Dell No Kid Hungry MD, Share Our Strength
Lectureship in Child Health, Texas Obesity Awareness Week, the faculty
and staff annual retreat, and wellness activities and campaigns. Kara’s focus is on increasing access to and participation
in the USDA Summer Meals Program and the At-Risk
Afterschool Meals program. She is head of the MD Partnership to End
Childhood Hunger Summer Meals work group.
• CACFP Food Services Group is the leading Nutritional • After School Programs
• Food Service Operations Management Group in NYC for Non-Profit Social • Clinical & Nutrition Counseling
• Food Service Management Agencies. FSG’s focus is improving health and quality • Physical Assessments and
• Family Child Cares (FCC) of life through integration of programs affiliated with
• Home Base food, nutrition, management, nutrition education and Health Screenings
• Menu Planning • Health & Wellness
• Financial Analysis wellness. • Green House & Community
• Food Cost Analysis
• Kitchen Design Garden
• Recipe Development • Nutrition Workshops
• Cooking Classes & Culinary • Pregnancy & Lactation
• Obesity Prevention Program
Training • Food Policy
• Child Nutrition • Food Accessibility
• Exercise Classes for Children, • Internship Programs
• Professional Development
Adults, & Seniors • Trainings
Building Healthier Communities, Developing Healthier Programs and Providing Quality and Efficient Management Contracting.
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Karla Dumas, RDN, LDN, MSW NCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Humane Society of the United States Kati Wagner, CCNP, CMP
Karla Dumas is a registered and licensed dietitian President
nutritionist. By developing resources like menu cycles Wildwood CACFP
and kid-tested, school-approved meatless recipes that meet federal
guidelines along with offering culinary workshops for school food Since 2009, Kati has been the President of Wildwood
service professionals, she continues to support school districts and other CACFP in Centennial, CO where they sponsor family child care home
institutions with more plant-based meal options. providers, centers, and afterschool programs who participate in the
USDA food program. Kati’s business background allows her to see
Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LDN, CCNP unique opportunities for providers, and her expertise in handling the
Director of Nutrition Education budget, dealing with legislation, and management has allowed her
Providers Choice, Inc organization success and growth in the CACFP.
Kate is passionate about nutrition and has experience Keith Lewis
developing and presenting nutrition education for
childcare providers, children, parents and healthcare providers. She is Sr. Area Manager
responsible for the development of PCI’s yearly nutrition education and
required CACFP training through the state of Minnesota which includes Houston Independent School District
over 160 workshops that reach over 4,000 providers.
Keith oversees and directs 21 operations managers
Kate Clabaugh, MSW who support the implementation and oversight
Manager of Government Affairs of all Houston school nutrition programs provided to the district’s
National Recreation and Parks Association 287 campuses. He is also responsible for the student eligibility and
accountability area that ensures that the district is in federal and state
Kate manages NRPA’s advocacy on Capitol Hill related to nutrition, compliance and that all eligible students have access to free and reduced
healthcare, and education policy. Before joining NRPA, Kate was a applications.
Senior Government Relations Associate for the Food Research and
Action Center (FRAC) working with Congress and FRAC’s network Learn more about the National CACFP
of state anti-hunger advocates to protect and strengthen the federal Sponsors Association @ cacfp.org
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utilizes critical sociological analysis in her approach to research and
addressing community needs.
Kathy Wiemer, MS, RD CenterPilot is a software system developed for Centers
Senior Fellow on the CACFP. It is designed for accurate (one step)
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