2020 Annual Conference Speakers:
(1) Opening Keynote - Moving from What and Why to How: Recommendations for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
(2) Session 4E/5E - Collaborative Partnerships to End Food Insecurity: Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker Title: Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP, Chief at the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Speaker Bio: Gabriel Kaplan is the Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch in the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role, Dr. Kaplan directs and manages work units that seek to improve policies around health promotion and prevention, to transform the delivery of care within health systems, and improve the linkages between community-based prevention and the clinical care system. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Epidemiology, Planning & Evaluation Branch in the same division at CDPHE, where he directed the data analysis and research units that support public health prevention services and interventions. Before joining CDPHE, Dr. Kaplan served as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Colorado, Denver's School of Public Affairs. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. He has been a board member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and he currently serves as the Past-President of the Board. Dr. Kaplan has a PhD in public policy analysis and research from Harvard's JFK School of Government and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Session 1A/2A - Health Literacy: Strategies for Effectively Communicating Nutrition Information to Low-Resource Populations
Speakers: Heather Gardiner PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director of the Health Disparities Research Lab, Director of Community Engaged Research and Practice in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University and Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, PhD, MPH, MS is Assistant Professor of Instruction and Program Director of Nutrition in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University
Speaker Bios: Heather Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at Temple University. She earned a doctorate in Communication Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master's in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently directs the Health Disparities Research Lab and the Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice. Dr. Gardiner's research focuses on the intersection of interpersonal health communication and organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Across these areas of research, she has developed and tested interventions to improve the organ and tissue donation process in the United States and increase access to transplantation for ethnic minorities. More recently, she has begun a line of community engaged research support the medical nutritional management of Type II diabetes among low-resource populations.
Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, a Master's in Public Health from Emory University and a Doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. In addition, she is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. Prior to coming to Temple, she worked with undergraduate and graduate Dietetics programs at Cornell University. Dr. Weisberg-Shapiro is developing a Dietetic Future Education Graduate Program that will allow students to earn an MPH and be Registered Dietitian eligible. She is collaborating with key people in the College of Public Health to identify didactic and experiential learning experiences for graduate students. Her goal is to create a program that trains culturally proficient dietitians who are equipped to deal with the complexities of public health nutrition.
Session1B - A Program for SNAP-Ed Professionals: A Systems Approach to a Healthy Community
Speaker: Heidi Gorniok, RDN, Director of Nutrition at the Food Trust
Speaker Bio: Heidi is the Director of Nutrition at The Food Trust. She came to The Food Trust 14 years ago after receiving her B.S. in Human Physiology, and went on to become a Registered Dietitian in 2012. She currently manages a team of educators who provide nutrition education to over 60,000 participants throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. In this role, she is responsible for training staff, overseeing programming, and building community partnerships. In addition, Heidi is actively involved in the Delaware Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Session 1C - State and Local Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) update and SNAP-Ed Interaction
Speakers: Shirley Sword, MS, RDN, LDN, Chief of WIC Nutrition Services at the Pennsylvania Department of Health - Bureau of WIC and a WIC Nutritionist and Kim Sullenberger, Health & Nutrition Impact Team Leader at the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster
Speaker Bios: Shirley Sword serves as the Chief of WIC Nutrition Services of the Pennsylvania WIC program, the 7th largest program in the nation. Her role includes policy development and interpretation, technical assistance, staff training, authorized food list development, and data system enhancements and development. She was part of the team responsible for the dual implementation of a new Management Information System and WIC electronic benefit transfer system.
Kim Sullenberger leads the Health and Nutrition team for the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. She oversees the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the SNAP-Education program, CAP’s Senior Centers, and the Food Distribution program. Kim is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Individual and Family Studies. Before joining CAP, most of her career had been devoted to the public workforce system. Kim has worked closely with many of our community partners over the years and continues to build on those partnerships to benefit current and future CAP customers.
Session 2B - Food Pantries and the Role of Hospitals
Speaker: Weston Petroski, Nutrition Coordinator, Project SHARE
Speaker Bio: Weston Petroski holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Foods with a minor in biology from Appalachian State University. In addition to his academic coursework, he worked as an undergraduate Lead Researcher in the Nutrition Department at Appalachian State researching triterpenes in heritage North Carolina apple peels. His work has been published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Weston currently works as the nutrition coordinator at Project SHARE of Carlisle where he runs several very successful cooking/nutrition programs for all ages. He has also planned and implemented an award-winning summer feeding program, partnering with several local farms and bakeries to source the freshest ingredients possible. He has been a webinar presenter for the Department of Education and Project PA , as well as for The Food and Research Action Center. He believes in creating a sustainable food system through supporting local producers and through hands-on engagement with real, whole foods.
As a visionary and a wellness pioneer in the Carlisle community, Weston has established an ongoing relationship with Sadler Health Center in hopes to increase health and food access to low-income Central Pennsylvanians.
Session 2C/5B - Social Media Ethics and Strategy for Food and Nutrition Professionals
Speakers: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE of Stefanski Nutrition Services and Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Content Writer for OnCourse Healthcare, a Relias Company
Speaker Bios: Julie Stefanski is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a Masters Degree in Adult Education with an emphasis on distance education and program planning, a board certification in sports dietetics and diabetes education. Julie has her own practice where she uses multimedia techniques to encourage various business and individuals to get healthy. As an editor in food, nutrition and dietetics for OnCourse Healthcare, a Relias Company, she manages the development process of 250+ online courses. Her expertise in communication is evident, as she writes textbooks and News articles, presents at various statewide and national conferences, and is featured news media. Julie’s a media spokesperson for the academy of nutrition and dietetics, manages social media for OnCourse Healthcare, and was previously the social media chair for the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In those roles, she has managed multi-media platforms and well performing media teams.
(1) Breakfast Keynote - Coalition Building
(2) Session 4C - Recruiting and Retaining a Customer Base
Speaker: Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd, President of Coalitions Work and a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School
Speaker Bio: Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd is a health educator committed to building, sustaining and evaluating partnerships to promote health and social justice. She is President of Coalitions Work and a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has founded and directed several coalitions and received research support from many agencies and foundations. She has published widely and her books, Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health and Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalitions Fired Up for Change are best sellers for academics and practitioners. Fran is a past President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education. She earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Butterfoss is a nationally recognized expert on coalition building and organizational development, with 30 years of experience training and consulting with organizations, coalitions and communities across America.
Session 3A/4A - Working Together in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone
Speakers: Judith Ensslin, MS, RDN, LDN, Program Director of PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Nutrition Education Program; Alyssa Kalter, MBA, Project Coordinator II at PA Snap-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Nutrition Education Program; and Aunnalea Grove, MS, Community Health and Wellness Manager at Drexel University
Speaker Bios: Judy Ensslin attained her dietetics credentials from the University of Delaware, a graduate certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Drexel University, and Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University. In her current role as Program Director of the PA SNAP-Ed/ EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program, she provides overall planning and management of this annual, federally-funded grant program sharing nutrition education programming to over 75 eligible sites. She works closely with community partners, researchers, and students to plan and implement program evaluation projects. In the past, she has also served as an adjunct professor in various colleges around Philadelphia and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and food service management.
Alyssa Kalter received her undergrad in Nutrition Sciences and minored in Environmental Inquiry from Penn State University. She graduated from Drevel’s LeBow College of Business with a Master of Business Administration. Today, she is the Project Coordinator II for PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY. Here she trains nutrition educators on strategies for Policy, Systems, and Environmental Initiatives to encourage behavior change. She works with over 30 school and community stakeholders annually, to create awareness of her program. Prior to this, she was a Nutrition Educator supporting PA SNAP-Eds approved nutrition education sites. In the Promise Zone, she expanded the program into 3 community sites to provide supports to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Prior to these roles, she worked in various food systems and sustainability roles.
Aunnalea Grove is the Community Health and Wellness Manager at Drexel University for the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood Initiative. She currently supports health and wellness program in seven schools and in community settings in West Philadelphia. Aunnalea has over 15 years’ experience in youth development, education, family supportive services, project management, and health. Most recently, she led a collective impact initiative, the Get HYPE Philly! youth leadership and health program at The Food Trust. She also serves on the board of Norris Square Neighborhood Project, an urban farm, culture, and arts nonprofit in North Philadelphia. Aunnalea has a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC.
Session 3B/4B - Schuylkill County's VISION Community Garden Project for Low-Income Individuals: Growing More than Fruits and Vegetables
Speakers: Jeanne Elberfeld, MD, LSW, Executive Director of Schuylkill County's VISION and Ryan Bates, Esq, National Director of Sales at the The Evans Network of Companies
Speaker Bios: Jeanne is a retired family practitioner and currently working as a macro social worker as the executive director of Schuylkill County’s VISION, a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Schuylkill County. VISION affords her the opportunity to work on primary preventive health strategies and projects, like the community gardens. Community gardens provide much needed fresh produce to many of our communities that lack access to healthy foods and much more. The community gardens have provided a space to cultivate relationships, nurture knowledge, and build the capacity of each community to support each other. They provide opportunity to physically work alongside others, sharing insights, knowledge, and our harvest. They are a space to live, learn, work collaboratively and play.
Ryan, currently 34, grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Hill School in 2004, Ryan went to Wake Forest University for his BA, followed by Duquesne Law School for his JD. Ryan then practiced law for just under 4 years in a small-town general practice before joining Evans Delivery Company, Inc., in Schuylkill Haven, PA, in 2014. Evans is a family run company, and Ryan is honored to be 4th generation in the company. Ryan, through Evans, recently collaborated with Schuylkill County’s VISION to provide start up monies to implement and maintain a community garden, where Evans employees, the local food bank and Schuylkill Haven citizens enjoy the community garden’s yield.
Session 3C/5C - Physical Fitness Panel
Speakers: SNAP-Ed-Resource, Walk with Ease Program: Gina Trignani, MS, RDN, LDN, Director for Training and Capacity Building at Health Promotion Council (HPC)
Senior-focused exercise program: Blair Jordan, Program Coordinator, Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health at the Peter Bressi Senior Center
Schuylkill County's VISION's Schuylkill on the Move and Partnership Development: Mandy Fitzpatrick, Program and Development Director for Schuylkill County's VISION
Speaker Bios: The Peter Bressi Senior Center is a senior center in Philadelphia, PA . They serve a group of people over the age of 60 who are low-income. Blair Jordan coordinates their health and physical activity programs.
Gina is HPC’s director for training and capacity-building, is responsible for overseeing the provision of technical assistance and capacity-building to local and statewide organizations to improve access to and utilization of evidence-based, chronic disease prevention and management programs. Her role also focuses on increasing HPC’s fee for service offerings and worksite wellness programming. She brings over 25 years of industry experience in community and clinical settings as a licensed registered dietitian-nutritionist with a focus on diabetes care and management. Prior to joining HPC, Gina served as a clinical dietitian and diabetes research coordinator and educator at the former Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. She was recruited to join HPC’s growing nutrition education team at Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Ambulatory Health Services Health Centers offering the Taking Control™ Staying Healthy with Diabetes Program and nutrition education to underserved populations. She has also served in many other capacities for the organization, which include oversight of HPC’s technical assistance to the Office of Homeless Services’ Child and Adult Care Food Program ensuring compliance with federal meal planning regulations; implementing school health policies, including obesity prevention efforts across three school districts in Montgomery County through WISE SNAC®; and increasing food access and quality through developing community garden and farm partnership with food pantries in the Greater North Penn region of Montgomery County through the Cultivating Communities Campaign.
Mandy Fitzpatrick graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Psychology. In her current role as Program and Development Director at Schuylkill County’s VISION, she assists with the organization’s operations, administration and management; provides program management for efforts in the areas of health, conservation, arts and education; maintains a network of contacts to facilitate organization goals in her community; and secures grants. Prior to working for VISION, she worked for the PA Department of Health as a Public Health Program Administrator who planned, developed, implemented, evaluated and reported on comprehensive collaborative strategies and initiatives that address obesity prevention.
Session 3D/4D - MANNA’s Medically Tailored, Home-Delivered Meals Program and Updates on their New Research and Nutrition Institute
Speakers: Nicole Laverty, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition and Client Services and Jule Anne Henstenburg, PhD, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, Director of Research and Evaluation
Speaker Bios: Nicole Laverty is a Registered Dietitian who has been working in the field of Nutrition for 15 years. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she received her B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences. Nicole completed her dietetic internship with ARAMARK in Philadelphia, after which she worked as an inpatient dietitian at Lankenau Hospital. After honing her skills as a clinical dietitian for two years, Nicole changed her focus towards her passion, working in the field of community nutrition. Nicole began working at MANNA in 2007. Over the next ten years, she utilized both her clinical and managerial background and was promoted to Director of Nutrition & Client Services Department, a role that she holds today. As a member of senior management, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of MANNAs nutrition program and is responsible for leading the department in providing education and awareness of MANNAs expanded mission throughout the tri-state area. Nicole was part of a team at MANNA that collaborated on a research study showing how the comprehensive nutrition services delivered through MANNAs meal program leads to better health outcomes and significantly reduced costs for the health care system. Nicole is a co-author on this research study which was published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. In addition to her work at MANNA, Nicole serves on the board of the Delaware Valley Chapter Society for Nutrition Education.
Jule Anne Henstenburg is currently Director of Research and Evaluation at MANNA in Philadelphia. Previously, she held administrative and teaching positions within higher education including as -
3E Assistant Professor, Didactic Program Director, and Founding Coordinated Program Director at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Her specialty area of practice is pediatric nutrition, having worked in research, clinical care, and management at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia prior to teaching at the collegiate level. Jule Anne received a BS in Nutrition from Penn State University, an MS in Nutrition from Cornell University, and a PhD in Health Policy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is an active leader in local and state professional organizations including as State Policy Representative for The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as Board Member with the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education.
Session 3E - Collegiate Food Insecurity
Speakers: Marissa Meyers, MS, Practitioner-Researcher at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
Speaker Bios: Marissa Meyers is a practitioner-researcher at the Hope Center. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Marissa was a special projects manager for Integrated Health Services at Public Health Management Corporation, a program manager for The Moyer Foundation, and an admissions counselor at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the boards and advisory councils of many Philadelphia organizations addressing food insecurity, foster care, and trauma-informed practice. Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rosemont College and a masters in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Session 5A - Food Safety and Sanitation Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Speaker: Stefanie Smith, MS, RDN, LDN Chief of the Food Safety Policy and Programs from the PA Department of Agriculture
Speaker Bio: Stefanie Smith is a Registered Dietitian with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University and M.S. in Nutrition from Marywood University. She is currently the Chief of Food Safety Policy and Programs with the PA Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services. Stefanie oversees all food programs throughout the state including retail and manufacturing food facilities, milk processing facilities, and produce safety. Stefanie is one of two State Standardization Officers responsible for the coordination of staff training and creating policies to ensure a uniform inspection process is implemented across the state. She has been with the Department since May 2017.
Session 5D - The “Berks Farm Bucks” Incentive Program: A Collaborative Approach to Community Health
Speakers: Alex Roche, Project Associate at The Food Trust; Zachary Hunter, BS, CSCS, Nutrition Project Coordinator at the Food Trust; Aaron Gantz, MPA, Executive Director of Downtown Revitalization at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance; Lucine Sihelnik, MALS, President of the Friends of the Reading Hospital
Speaker Bios: As Project Associate at The Food Trust, Alex Roche has spent the last two years working in Adult nutrition education and community food development. He works with local health and food organizations to provide healthy local food access anywhere nutrition education is happening. A former Americorps VISTA member, Alex spent two years working on a community food development project in Reading, PA that included the revitalization of the Penn Street Farmers Market, the launching of a Mobile Food Pantry, and creation of a local Food Policy Council in Reading, PA.
As a Nutrition Project Coordinator at the Food Trust, Zachary Hunter has spent the five years working with youth nutrition education in the Reading School District. With a background in Community Health, Exercise Science, and Sports Nutrition, Zach brings more than just a nutrition perspective to the community. Recently, he has spent the last two years developing a farm to school farmers market that provides education and food access to the youth and caregiver population of Reading, PA.
As the Executive Director of Downtown Revitalization at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Aaron Gantz works with both the public and private sector to enhance to enhance and facilitate economic development opportunities in downtown Reading, PA. Not only does she possess passion for her work, she brings over nine years of professional economic development experience to the table. Aaron is the Immediate Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association’s communication and membership committee; Vice Chair of the Smart Growth Alliance of Berks County; a former United Way of Berks County Focus Area Panel member; and a member of the West Reading Economic Development Committee.
Lucine Sihelnik, President of the Friends of the Reading Hospital, founded Gayatri Wellness in 2013 to promote sustainable living practices of social, economic, and environmental wellbeing for all community members of Berks County, PA and has been working towards that goal since. She facilitated the creation and implementation of District 1’s Summer Meal Program, a collaboration between Reading School District, Reading Housing Authority, the Neighborhood Association & local health systems, and a project of the larger collaboration Regional Reading Food Policy and Action Council (RRFPAC), which she also helped to found and lead overall. Lucine currently serves as the President of Berks Agricultural Resource Network (BARN), a group that contributes to Greater Reading’s economic development by supporting local agribusiness, and as the President of the Friends of the Reading Hospital, which works to improve the quality of health and health care through their commitment to community fundraising and support of local health initiatives