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Author and Editorial Committee Biographies

Special thanks are offered to the authors of the California Food Guide and the CFG Editorial Committee members both of whom tirelessly worked to produce this informative guide.  Listed below, in alphabetical order, is background information about these important contributors.  

Authors and Editorial Committee Members:

Desiree Backman, Dr.PH., M.S., R.D. (Co-Author of the Fruits and Vegetables Chapter)
Formerly: Manger, California 5 a Day—for Better Health! Campaign
California Department of Public Health and Public Health Institute

Dr. Desiree Backman is the manager of the California 5 a Day—for Better Health! Campaign. She directs program planning, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive, community-based interventions designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among Californians.  The programs under Dr. Backman’s direction include the Children’s 5 a Day—Power Play! Campaign, Latino 5 a Day Campaign, African American 5 a Day Campaign, 5 a Day Retail Program, and 5 a Day—Be Active! Worksite Program. Dr. Backman works closely with research experts to design and implement formative, process, and outcome evaluations and was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute to formally evaluate the Latino 5 a Day Campaign. Dr. Backman has presented 5 a Day research and programmatic activities, as well as her doctoral dissertation research at numerous national conferences.  She has also published scientific articles related to cancer prevention and health promotion and has served on a variety of expert panels at Yale University and the National Cancer Institute. Prior to joining the California 5 a Day Campaign, Dr. Backman worked in nutrition marketing, education, and research. She received her doctorate in public health from Loma Linda University and has been recognized for her academic excellence. 

Paula Benedict Griffin, M.P.H., R.D. (Author of the Protein Foods Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
WIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch, California Department of Public Health

Paula Benedict Griffin, M.P.H., R.D., has worked for the Department of Health Services since October 2000, first with California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) and moved to the Breastfeeding Promotion Unit in the WIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch in September 2004. She has been active with the American Dietetic Association serving as the Chair of California Delegates and a Program Reviewer/Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). She received her Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University and Bachelor of Science from CSU Long Beach. 

Mary Anne Burkman, M.P.H., R.D. (Author of the Milk and Milk Products Chapter)
Director, Program Services Dairy Council of California

Mary Anne Burkman, M.P.H., R.D., has been with the Dairy Council of California for fifteen years. For the past eight years, she has served as Director of Program Services. In this capacity, she has oversight for all work targeting the health professional and adult consumer audiences. This includes development and evaluation of nutrition education programs, campaigns, communication strategies, media work, website development and maintenance, and issues management. She is also actively involved in program development efforts for children's programs distributed through the school and after school settings. Prior to her tenure at Dairy Council, she was on faculty for ten years in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a lecturer and was Director of the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics and the Didactic Program in Dietetics. She worked seven years prior to that as a clinical dietitian at two university teaching hospitals in California: UCSF and LA County/USC Medical Center. Ms. Burkman has been active in professional organizations (American Dietetic Association, California Nutrition Council among others) as well as serving on multiple state level steering committees, advisory committees and task forces (for example: California Nutrition Network and 5-a-Day Statewide Steering Committee, and IANCC). She completed both her B.S. and M.P.H. degrees in Public Health at UCLA.

 Jim Carman, M.S. (Co-Author of the Physical Activity: California’s Approaches to Promoting Physical Activity and Health Chapter)

Jim Carman recently joined the Northern California Region of Kaiser Permanente as a Worksite Wellness Consultant. Previously, as Marketing Manager for the 5 a Day—Be Active! Worksite Program and Employee Health Promotion Coordinator with the California Center for Physical Activity, he developed public health initiatives for healthy workers in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco and the California Department of Health Services. Jim currently serves as a member of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness and has served as President of the California Wellness Information Network, and in other volunteer affiliations with the Healthy Community Healthy Economy Initiative of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley; the California Health Promotion Collaborative; the Association for Worksite Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness LA. 

Carol Chase, M.S., R.D., C.L.E. (Editorial Committee Member)
California Department of Education
Formerly: Chief of Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education and Training Section at the California Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program in the California Department of Health Services

Ms. Chase is currently with the California Department of Education (CDE).  Prior to working with CDE, she was with the California WIC Program for over 20 years working to promote health in adults and children – 12 years at the State level.  She was the Senior Manager for the Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education and Training Section with responsibility for Nutrition Education, Marketing and Outreach, Training and activities related to Breastfeeding Promotion. She was the chair for the NWA Obesity Task Force and WIC representative on the Department of Health Services Nutrition & Physical Activity Team. Prior to working for the State, Carol worked as a Public Health Nutritionist responsible for the coordination and delivery of various nutrition services programs in Riverside County, California. Ms. Chase holds a Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis. 

Sharmila Chatterjee, MSc, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. (Author of the Middle Eastern and Eastern European Foods Chapter)
Nutrition Consultant for California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP)
Outpatient Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center

Sharmila Chatterjee's responsibilities as a Nutrition Consultant to CDAPP include training on the latest nutritional guidelines to all the health care professionals involved in managing diabetic pregnant women. She also helps develop nutritional documents, reviews educational materials and helps with the regional newsletter.

Her responsibilities as an outpatient clinical dietitian is to counsel patients with diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, neurological disorder, cancer, renal disease from different ethnic populations. She is also a part of the interdisciplinary team of the diabetes obstetric clinic. She has done numerous presentations on diabetes and pregnancy related to different ethnicity. She has spoken at the Annual FNCE convention and WIC conferences. She has also been a reviewer for the book on Gestational Diabetes published by the American Dietetics Association as well as been a contributing author on a nutrition book for Indian Americans on Diabetes published by the American Associations of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).  

Linda L. Cowling, M.P.H., R.D. (Author of the Health and Dietary Issues Affecting African Americans Chapter)

Ms. Cowling has worked for the California WIC Program for over 12 years. Her current responsibilities include developing, conducting, and analyzing trainings for local agency WIC staff utilizing Learner Centered Education principles and practices. Prior to working of the State, Ms. Cowling was a Supervising Nutritionist at the Solano County Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Cowling holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Golden Gate University. 

Catherine Culleton, M.S., R.D. (Author of the Prenatal Nutrition Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant
California Department of Public Health

Catherine Culleton currently works for the Women, Infants and Children Branch of the California Department of Public Health. She provides training, consultation and technical assistance to WIC agencies across the state. Ms. Culleton completed her graduate degree at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston and her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to working for the State of California she worked as a dietitian at the Native American Health Center in Oakland. Ms. Culleton has also worked in the areas of nutrition communication, public relations and elderly nutrition. While living Boston, she assisted with Tufts University’s Shape Up Somerville, Eat Smart, Play Hard! community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention study. Her interests are in behavior change theories and nutrition education.  

Paula Etcheberry, M.P.A., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
WIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch, California Department of Public Health

Paula Etcheberry is a Public Health Nutrition Consultant III, Specialist at the California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Branch of the California Department of Public Health. She oversees the development of the California WIC Nutrition Services Plan and provides assistance in WIC policy development and in local WIC agency program evaluations. She has over 30 years experience as a Registered Dietitian which includes work in various public health programs. Ms. Etcheberry completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and received her Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. 

Susan Foerester, M.P.H., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Chief, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section
California Department of Public Health

Susan Foerster has provided leadership for large nutrition campaigns to prevent cancer and other diet-related diseases since 1988.  These include the California 5 a Day—for Better Health! Campaign, that led to the National 5 A Day Program, now the world’s largest chronic disease nutrition movement, and the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families. She oversees the Children’s 5 a Day—Power Play! Campaign, the Latino 5 a Day Campaign, the California African American Campaign, and the 5 a Day Retail Program. A new Asian American 5 a Day initiative is under development and the 5 a Day – Be Active Worksite is being rolled out.

The California campaigns help 7 million low-income parents and children eat more fruits and vegetables, get daily physical activity, and increase the availability of healthy, fresh food and safe daily physical activity. They work through USDA’s Food Stamp Program to eliminate health disparities. Growing from 4 local projects in 1996 to 160 in 2007 has resulted in fruit and vegetable consumption rising in low-income Californians, a departure from national trends.

Foerster serves on the Action Board of the American Public Health Association, the Steering Committee of the National Fruits and Vegetables Partnership, the California Table Grape Commission, and the California Dialog on Cancer. Foerster was selected as a "Healthy School Hero" by the White House Conference on Healthy School Environments. She served on the Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity of the Institute of Medicine and on the board of the American Cancer Society, California Division.  

Amy Fong, B.S. (Co-Author of the Body Weight Chapter)
Research Associate III
Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, Research and Evaluation Unit
California Department of Public Health

Amy Fong is currently a Research Associate III with the California Department of Public Health, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section (CPNS), Research and Evaluation Unit.  Her responsibilities include maintaining the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Free/Reduced Price Meal Database for California Schools for the California Nutrition Network (CNN); providing staff and contractors with instruction on using the CNN Geographic Information System and target audience and  demographic data using the U.S. Census and Current Population Surveys; maintaining Research and Evaluation Unit productivity records; and conducting background research, literature searches, and fact-checking documents to contribute to CPNS survey data reporting, press materials, and research briefs.  She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition Science from University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health degree through Loma Linda University. 

Alyssa Ghirardelli, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Life Cycle: 9-18 Year Olds Chapter)

Alyssa Ghirardelli is a Research Associate with the California Nutrition Network for Healthy Active Families. Ms. Ghirardelli conducts statewide surveillance as the lead coordinator for the California Teen Eating, Exercise and Nutrition Survey (CalTEENS). Another major aspect of her current work is CX3: Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention, a project looking at benchmarks for healthy communities. She designed the plan that will be used to evaluate use of the new Food Stamp Office Resource Kit, informs development and evaluation of statewide Nutrition Network media campaigns, and provides evaluation guidance to several California Regional Nutrition Networks. She has presented at the American Public Health Association conference on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in mapping community nutrition environments and was key note speaker for the Food Bank Summit of San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Prior to joining the California Nutrition Network, Ms. Ghirardelli worked with the State of North Carolina in the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch as a Community Development Specialist. Her work has also included projects with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Departments of Nutrition, Health Behavior Health Education, Epidemiology, and Medicine. While in the Department of Nutrition, Ms. Ghirardelli worked in the Communications, Health Applications, and Interventions (CHAI) Core developing video, internet and media based interventions. She has served on the local level as a WIC Program Manager in rural Western North Carolina. Ms. Ghirardelli received an MPH in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel School of Public Health and is a Registered Dietitian (RD).  

Ella H Haddad, DrPH, M.S., R.D. (Co-Author of the Vegetarian Diets Chapter)
Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Loma Linda University

Ella H Haddad, DrPH, R.D., teaches courses in nutritional science and public health nutrition at Loma Linda University. She is the director of the graduate-level Coordinated Program designed to provide graduate students the didactic and practicum training needed to establish eligibility to take the registration examination concurrently with completing masters or doctoral degrees. Her research interests have focused on vegetarian nutrition issues and the contribution of nuts to diet adequacy.  

Carol Hance, R.D. (Author of the Senior Life Cycle Chapter)
Retired Public Health Nutritionist
Contra Costa Public Health Nutrition Program
Contra Costa Health Services

Carol Hance, R.D., was employed in the Public Health Nutritionist position in 1990 and retired in 2001 but continued to work on a part time basis for the program until 2004.

Carol worked for the Contra Costa County Senior Nutrition Program which included Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals. More than 20 years of her career was spent with Mannings Food Service Management where she was a Northern California Regional Dietitian and concurrently assistant to the Vice President of Technical Services for Health Care. In her regional dietitian position, she inspected and advised life care facilities (such as Episcopal Homes), skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities in northern California. Her technical services position involved writing/updating manuals and procedure books and assisting in writing menus for all health care accounts west of the Mississippi.  

Suzanne Haydu, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Normal Infant Feeding Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health/Office of Family Planning Branch, California Department of Public Health

Suzanne Haydu, M.P.H., R.D. is the Public Health Nutrition Consultant for the CDPH, MCAH/OFP Branch. Her responsibilities include providing nutrition leadership and technical assistance to multiple MCAH programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program, the Black Infant Health Program, the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, and the Adolescent and Family Life Program. In addition, Ms. Haydu is lead for developing the Branch’s Title V strategic plan for reduction of childhood and adolescent obesity and the increase in initiation and duration of breastfeeding. Ms. Haydu actively works to integrate MCAH nutrition initiatives with other Branches in the Department. As part of her involvement with preconception care, Ms. Haydu represents the Association of State and Territorial Health Directors on the National Council on Folic Acid. 

Georgia E. Hodgkin, EdD, R.D., FADA (Co-Author of the Vegetarian Chapter)
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University

Dr. Hodgkin is the editor of the Loma Linda University Diet Manual: a handbook supporting vegetarian nutrition. She also edited the Seventh Edition of the Seventh-day Adventist Dietetic Association Diet Manual: including a vegetarian meal plan. She has chapters on vegetarian nutrition for Ekvall and Ekvall’s Pediatric Nutrition in Chronic Diseases and Developmental Disorders, 2nd Edition and for Wilkins, Stoller, and Scanlan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, 8th Edition. For 15 years, she authored a regular column on nutrition for the public in Vibrant Life. A faculty member since 1978, Professor Hodgkin serves as associate chair of her department along with positions on numerous University and community committees. She is a past president of the Seventh-day Adventist Dietetic Association, the California Dietetic Association – Inland District, the Loma Linda University Alumni Federation, and the Association of Adventist Women. Dr. Hodgkin serves on the General Conference (of Seventh-day Adventists) Nutrition Council, authors of "My Vegetarian Food Pyramid."  

Steven P. Hooker, Ph.D. (Co-Author of the Physical Activity Chapter)
Director, Prevention Research Center
Research Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science University of South Carolina

Dr. Hooker is currently the Director of the Prevention Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hooker is also a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at USC. The research focus of the Prevention Research Center is promoting health through physical activity, with a special emphasis on policy, environmental and community strategies to promote physical activity. Prior to coming to USC, Dr. Hooker served for 4 years as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Initiative in the California Department of Health Services. Before being appointed Chief, Dr. Hooker created the California Active Aging Project and gained national recognition for translating research into practice to improve the promotion of physical activity to older adults. He is Principal Investigator of the Active Aging Community Task Force Project being implemented in 31 counties and the Walkable Neighborhoods for Seniors Project being pilot tested in three major cities. During his tenure in California, Dr. Hooker was also affiliated with the development of the nation’s first statewide Safe Routes to School Initiative and Walk to School program. Dr. Hooker has served on expert advisory committees for physical activity and public health initiatives sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Archstone Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine for his exemplary record of research and publication.

Lucia Kaiser, Ph.D., R.D. (Author of the Latino Chapter and Co-Author of the Diabetes Chapter)
Community Nutrition Specialist
Department of Nutrition, University of California at Davis

Dr. Lucia Kaiser is currently Associate Nutrition Specialist at the University of California – Davis in the Department of Nutrition. Prior to joining UC Davis in 1995, she was Regional Nutrition Consultant for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Branch Office in Sacramento, CA from 1993-1995 and from 1989-1993, she served as Supervising Public Health Nutritionist in Yolo County Public Health WIC Program in Woodland, CA .

Dr. Kaiser’s responsibilities include developing nutrition education materials (fact sheets and curricula) for use through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) and other community programs; publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, Maternal and Infant Nutrition Briefs; and presenting nutrition topics at workshops and conferences throughout the state. Dr. Kaiser also administers a USDA Economic Research Service Small Grants Program, a small grants program to examine the impact of food assistance on nutrition. Her research interests include: examining the impact of acculturation and food insecurity on the child-parent feeding relationship among Latinos, developing tools to evaluate nutrition education, and diabetes prevention.  

Stacey Kennedy, M.S., R.D. (Author of the American Indian Chapter)
Deputy Director/Nutritionist
Family & Community Health Services, California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.

Stacey Kennedy has been working in the area of public health nutrition and education for the past ten years. In her current position, she provides technical assistance and training in various areas of public health to Native American Tribes, Head Start programs and Indian Health Clinics. She develops and manages program budgets, conducts evaluation activities, writes grant proposals and manages grant funded contracts as well as research and develops funding opportunities for American Indians. She conducts presentations in various areas of public health to include Maternal and Child health, Childhood Obesity, Diabetes, Chronic Disease Prevention and more. She currently manages a USDA funded project to provide nutrition education, a Service Learning Grant Funded Project and a Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant funded under the Office of Family Planning. 

Kelley Knapp, M.S., R.D. (Co-Author of the 1-3 Years Life Cycle Chapter)
Nutrition Education Specialist Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education

Kelley Knapp, M.S. R.D., has worked as a nutritionist in the Nutrition Services Division for more than 8 years providing training and technical assistance to child care agencies that serve infants and young children USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Prior to this, Kelley worked as a nutritionist in both the Department of Health Services’ WIC Branch and in the Department of Developmental Services. 

Edye Kuyper, M.S. (Co-Author of the Hunger and Food Insecurity Chapter)

Edye Kuyper provides program-related technical assistance and oversight for projects carried out by contractors of the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families. She brings to this role experience implementing community development projects pertaining to agriculture, nutrition, food security, and advocacy, both domestically and overseas. While pursuing her graduate degree in International Agricultural Development at UC Davis, she conducted research that explored the impact of past food insecurity on immigrant mothers’ child feeding practices.

Angelique Lastinger, M.A. (Assistant to the Editorial Chair and Editorial Committee Member)
Research Scientist I
Office of Clinical Preventive Medicine
California Department of Health Care Services

Angelique Lastinger is a Research Scientist with the California Department of Health Services in the Office of Clinical Preventive Services since September of 1999. In this role, her responsibilities include technical assistance/consultation for multiple projects relating to preventive medicine in a public health setting, such as the nationally award winning "Health Publications Portal" and the Staying Healthy Assessment.

Ms. Lastinger also was the assistant to the California Food Guide (CFG) Editorial Chair which she coordinated, reviewed, and organized the various California Food Guide (CFG) chapters. She assisted with synchronizing the content among the CFG chapters so they supported one another. She worked with the CFG editorial review committee and CFG authors to assure appropriate referencing, timely submission of chapters, and timely implementation of electronic chapters for online publication. Ms. Lastinger is also an Adjunct Faculty at American River College teaching sociology classes. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento.

Diana M. Lee, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Environmental Contaminants Chapter) Research Scientist
Environmental Health Investigations Branch
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Previously Public Health Nutritionist with the Maternal and Child Health Branch, California Department of Health Services 

Diana M. Lee, RD, MPH currently is a research scientist with the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB), CDPH. With a background in dietetics and public health nutrition, she is primarily interested in promoting health status through improved nutrition and diet, with a special focus reducing exposures to environmental contaminants found in food and beverages. Another area of particular interest to Ms. Lee is how different environmental agents can affect the endocrine system, children's health, and reproductive health. Specific program areas she works on include exposure assessment, fish contamination issues, health care provider training, environmental tracking, and biomonitoring. As she works on different studies and projects, she strives to keep in mind the policy implications of our work and our responsibility to be protective of both human health and the environment. Prior to joining the staff at EHIB, Ms. Lee was the public health nutritionist with the Maternal and Child Health Branch, working on nutrition guidelines and protocols for the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program, and the Co-Project Director for the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program. 

Rae Lynn Lee, M.P.H., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member and Co-Author of the Diabetes Chapter)
Child Nutrition Consultant
Nutrition Services Division-Field Unit
California Department of Education 

Rae Lynn Lee, M.P.H., R.D., has more than 30 years of experience in the field of clinical and public health nutrition. She has worked in the Philippines, Australia, and Tanzania and from Michigan to the island of Molokai and back to California. She has a strong interest in cultural dietary adaptations and practices, particularly as they relate to perinatal health and also to the prevention and management of diabetes. She was a part of the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, "Sweet Success" from the local to the regional and then to the state level. This led to her involvement with the Diabetes Coalition of California. Her three years as a Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (specialist) for the California Department of Health Services, involved policy development and advocacy. As a Child Nutrition Consultant she is able to educate, advocate and monitor child nutrition programs. 

Jan Lewis, M.A., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)

Jan Lewis, as a Nutrition Education Consultant for the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division, is responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and promotion of nutrition education in child care agencies and public and private schools, preschool through grade 12. She coordinates the USDA Team Nutrition Initiative, works with educators and child nutrition professionals to promote nutrition education in the classroom and cafeteria, promotes the comprehensive SHAPE (Shaping Health As Partners in Education) California nutrition approach, writes grants, and monitors nutrition education contracts.

From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Lewis worked as a Public Health Nutrition Consultant III for the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) as the team leader/supervisor of Community Development Team, California Nutrition Network. She directly negotiated and monitored over 30 community-based nutrition education projects and supervised monitoring of 160 local contracts.

Ms. Lewis has also worked as a nutritionist for CDHS’s Breast Cancer Detection Section and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Prior to 1993, she was in private practice as a registered dietitian and taught nutrition at the community college level for more than 13 years.

Karla Magie, M.P.H., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Public Health Nutritionist Consultant III
California Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program
California Department of Public Health

Karla Magie, M.P.H., R.D., completed her graduate studies at Loma Linda University and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Pediatric Practice Group of ADA. She has worked at Eisenhower Medical Center to develop nutrition education programs and materials for both chronic disease and obesity prevention. She has expertise in maternal and child health nutrition, lead poisoning prevention, public health nutrition campaigns, coalition building, and staff training at both the county and state level. Ms. Magie is also a lacto-ovo vegetarian has developed and taught nutrition classes on vegetarianism.

 

Susan K. Mattingly, M.S., R.D. (Author of the Whole Grains Chapter and Co-Author of the Fruits and Vegetables Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section
California Department of Public Health 

Susan K. Mattingly , M.S., R.D. is currently a Program Manager for the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families with Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section. She has over 20 years experience as a registered dietitian working in both clinical and public health settings. Previously, she was the Public Health Consultant or Children’s Medical Services Branch, Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Coordinator for California, Advisory member for the California Obesity Prevention Initiative Advisory Committee, California Interagency Nutrition Coordinating Council Co-chairperson 2001-2003 and WIC Program Director for Community Resource Project and YWCA of Sacramento. Her experience also includes clinical nutrition and management within the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals and nutrition consultation for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Foods, Nutrition and Institutional Administration from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and a Masters of Science degree from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Rita A. Mitchell, R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Nutrition Research Associate
Center for Weight and Health
University of California Berkeley and Expanded Food and Nutrition Program
University of California at Berkeley

Rita Mitchell, R.D., has been in nutrition education for over 25 years. Areas of interest are curriculum development for low-income audiences, feeding young children, childhood overweight, and food habits and dietary quality of ethnic minority populations. Her work has focused on developing education programs for health care professionals and materials for parents and community members which are used throughout the country. Ms. Mitchell has held many positions of leadership in state, national and international professional organizations. She is the President of the California Nutrition Council and is the recipient of the 2004 Dolores Nyhus Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest honor given to a member of the California Dietetic Association. Ms. Mitchell is currently project manager for a community intervention program to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in African American children in Oakland through the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley. She also works in curriculum development for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program at the University of California at Davis.

Barbara MkNelly, M.S. (Co-Author of the Hunger and Food Security Chapter)                                             
Research Scientist I
Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section
California Department of Public Health

Barbara MkNelly has over fifteen years experience evaluating poverty alleviation, food security and health-oriented programs. As a Research Scientist with the Public Health Institute, Barbara provides evaluation technical assistance to California Nutrition Network food security, non-profit, and Food Stamp outreach projects as well as the Latino 5 a Day Campaign and Retail 5 a Day program. Prior to joining the Network, much of Barbara’s previous evaluation experience was with credit and nutrition education programs for women in developing world settings. In collaboration with the UC Davis Program in International Nutrition, Barbara managed a multi-year study examining children's nutritional status, household food security, care-takers’ health behaviors and women's economic capacity in Bolivia and Ghana. Barbara co-authored a practitioner oriented evaluation manual "Learn from Clients" and has published policy and evaluation-related articles in the Journal of Microfinance, Small Enterprise Development Journal and the Journal of World Development.

Josephine Ngai, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Life Cycle: 1-3 Year Olds Chapter)WIC                                            
Nutrition Support and Policy Unit
California Department of Public Health

Josephine Ngai, MPH, RD, received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. CFG work conducted while employed in the Nutrition Support and Policy Unit at the WIC Branch, California Department of Health Services.

Stephanie Nishio, M.P.H, R.D. (Co-Author of the Hunger and Food Insecurity Chapter)                                           
Health Educator IV
Public Health Institute

Stephanie Nishio currently provides program management and technical assistance to the California Nutrition Network’s non-profit statewide projects that are conducting food stamp outreach and/or nutrition education in community health centers, food banks, and other community based organizations. Prior to working with the statewide projects, Stephanie provided programmatic support to the Network’s food security contractors. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kim-Phuc Nguyen, M.S. (Author of the Health and Dietary Issues Affecting Asian Ethnicities Chapter)

Kim is currently Research Specialist at the Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley. She has been instrumental in conducting community collaborative research on health behaviors, food habits and dietary quality of Californian’s low income, immigrants and ethnic population. She is the author and co-author of many culturally and linguistically sensitive educational materials for non-English speaking people as well as training manuals designed to help health care professionals. She is a board member of the California Department of Public Health Breastfeeding Promotion Advisory Committee since 1994.  

Alexandra E. Ossa, M.P.H. (Co-Author of the Cardiovascular Chapter)
Research Associate IV, 
Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, Research and Evaluation Unit
California Department of Public Health

Alexandra E. Ossa, M.P.H., received her Master's in Public Health from Drexel University and has been working for the Cancer and Nutrition section for the past year. She manages the programmatic reach of the California 5 a Day campaigns. She also evaluates the Harvest of the Month and Worksite programs for CPNS.

Toni Piechota, M.S., M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Fats Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant II, WIC Branch
California Department of Public Health

Toni Piechota, M.S., M.P.H., R.D. completed her graduate work at the University of California, Davis, and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has been a registered dietitian for over ten years and has worked in weight loss behavior modification, education, and research. She is the author of Real Solutions Weight Loss Workbook, published by the ADA in 2003.

Linnea E. Sallack, M.P.H., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Chief, WIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch
California Department of Public Health

Linnea Sallack, M.P.H., R.D., is the Chief of the California Women, Infants and Children  Supplemental Nutrition Branch in the California Department of Public Health.  As WIC Branch Chief, Ms. Sallack directs the WIC Program that currently provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, supplemental food and referrals to over 1.3 million participants each month.  She also oversees the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program that annually provides nearly 500,000 WIC participants with coupons to purchase fresh produce at certified farmers’ markets.  Ms. Sallack has a 24-year history with the WIC Program, including experience serving participants in local agencies and in a variety of roles at the WIC Branch.  She received the Public Health Leadership award from the California Department of Health Services in 1996 and a Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award from the Department in 1998.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Penn State University and her Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition from U.C. Berkeley and is a Registered Dietitian.   

Jan Schilling, M.S, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Iron Deficiency Chapter and Environmental Containments Chapter)
Retired Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
California Department of Health Services, WIC and CLPPB

Owner "Weigh of Life", Weight Management practice in Richmond
Jan Schilling, M.S, M.P.H., R.D.:  Peace Corps service in Ivory Coast 1962-64, Wisconsin Department of Health 1965-69, Instructor of Community Medical Dietetics at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI  1974-81, WIC Nutrition Educator 1983-89, WI Winnebago Tribe Nutrition Consultant 1990-91, Contra Costa County Perinatal Services Dietitian l992, World Vision Pediatric Dietitian in Romanian Orphanages 1993, Contra Costa County Head Start Dietitian l994, California Department of Health Services (DHS) Public Health Nutrition Consultant II, WIC Program 1995-2000, DHS Public Health Nutrition Consultant III, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch 2000-2005, Weight Management private practice in Richmond, CA opened Jan. 2, 2006. 

Cindy Schneider, M.P.A., R.D. (Author of the 4-8 Years Life Cycle Chapter)
Nutrition Education Specialist
Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education

Cindy Schneider has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs for over twelve years.  Her primary focus is nutrition policy and education, and food service issues, including food safety, in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and After School Snack Programs.  Prior to working with the State, she was a food service director and clinical dietitian in acute care and long-term care hospitals and consulted for developmentally disabled children in group home settings.  Cindy obtained her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and attended the University of California at Berkeley for her dietetic internship.  She also has a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  

Aditi Shah, M.P.H.,R.D. (Co-Author of the Fats Chapter)
Graduate Student
School of Public Health, Loma Linda University

Aditi Shah is currently a Graduate Student at the School of Public Health in Loma Linda University.  Her prior experiences and special interests include working with diabetic, cardiac and renal patients, prevention and management of obesity.  With a strong interest in wellness and disease prevention, she works to modify current habits into healthier behaviors.  She enjoys inspiring and motivating people to make good food choices and decrease their risk of nutrition related disease.  She has received formal education in Food and Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as work experience as a dietitian in India.  She received her Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics with a major in clinical Nutrition from Bombay University.  Her research on Dietary Compliance with Chronic Renal Failure patients has won her awards and has been presented in front of elite dietitians in Bombay.  She is currently pursing Masters in Public Health with emphasis in Nutrition at Loma Linda University.  She is member of the American Dietetic Association and Orange County Chapter of the American Dietetic Association.  She is also an active member of the Education Committee of the Diabetes Coalition of California.  Her goal is to become a registered dietitian and specialize in Nutrition Support and in Pediatrics.  In the future, she plans to have her own private practice promoting her philosophy of "Optimizing Health Through Nutrition.”

Poppy Strode, M.S., M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the 1-3 Years Life Cycle Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Branch, California Department of Public Health

Poppy Strode,  M.S., M.P.H., R.D., has been a Public Health Nutrition Consultant with the California Department of Public Health's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program for over ten years, following several years as a WIC local agency dietitian and director.  Her major focus is on nutrition education for WIC families, including the development and revision of WIC participant education materials, and supporting learner-centered approaches to education.  For the last several years, Poppy has also been involved with the Fit WIC Project, a national effort to improve the WIC Program's capacity to address childhood obesity.

Sharon B. Sugerman, M.S., R.D., FADA (Co-Author of the Cardiovascular Chapter, the Body Weight Chapter, and the Fruits and Vegetables Chapter)
Research Scientist II, Public Health Institute and Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, Research and Evaluation Unit
California Department of Public Health

Sharon Sugerman, M.S., R.D., FADA, is a Research Scientist with the Public Health Institute (Sacramento, CA), working in the field of nutrition program planning, evaluation, and research for more than 15 years. For the past 5 ½ years, she has been a researcher with several major social marketing campaigns, located within the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Public Health:  the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families and the California 5 a Day for Better Health Campaign.  She has been with the CPNS Research and Evaluation Unit since Oct. 1999, serving as Manager of the unit since June 2001.  Sharon provides oversight for the CPNS-developed statewide dietary and physical activity surveys of adults, children, and teens, as well as participates in planning groups for the California Women’s Health Survey and the California Health Interview Survey.  She also provides oversight for the Network GIS system and guidance regarding integrating measures at each level of the social-ecological model into an overall evaluation of the California Nutrition Network for Healthy Active Families Network and the California 5 a Day for Better Health Campaign.  Prior to her work at CPNS, Ms. Sugerman worked on the USDA Continuing Survey of Food Intake for Individuals, studying methods to improve the validity of the survey, and collaboratively developed nutrition interventions and study protocols for several Chicago area community-based projects.

Judy A. Sundquist, M.P.H., R.D. (Co-Author of the Normal Infant Feeding Chapter)
Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (Specialist)
Children's Medical Service's Statewide Nutrition Consultant
California Department of Health Care Services

Judy Sundquist, M.P.H., R.D., is the Statewide Nutrition Consultant for Children’s Medical Services.   In this role, her responsibilities include nutrition policy development and technical assistance/consultation for multiple Children’s Medical Service programs, such as, California Children’s Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, Genetically Handicapped Person’s Program, Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care and the Medical Therapy Program.   She also is the California coordinator for the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System.  

Judy’s previous work experience ranges from pediatric nutrition consultation in hospital and medical provider offices to administration of community health programs.  She has worked as a Regional NICU/Pediatric Nutritionist in Portland, OR, and as the Clinical Program Director for individuals with developmental disabilities in CA where she was responsible for clinical program development and collaboration between a university medical center and community medical providers.

Judy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Award from Georgetown University’s Communities Can Campaign, the American Association for Mental Retardation Distinguished Service Award, the American Dietetic Association Public Policy Scholarship and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Innovative WIC Practices Profile.  She received a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of California, Davis and a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.

Michele Young van Eyken, M.P.H., R.D. (Editorial Committee Member)
Assistant Chief, Nutrition and Program Services
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
California Department of Public Health 

Michele van Eyken, MPH, RD, Assistant Chief in the California WIC Program, manages the nutrition, breastfeeding and other services provided to WIC families; the contracts, technical support, policy development, and evaluation of local programs; and the personnel, facilities, and procurement services for the state program.  Her career spans 26 years, beginning by consulting with ten farmworker health clinics throughout southern California.  From 1985-1996, Ms. van Eyken managed Nutrition Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency, where she was recognized as a County Employee of the Month for expanding services to WIC clients and consolidating WIC with pediatric, obstetric, interpartum, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse nutrition care.  Ms. van Eyken obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/ Anthropology at Occidental College in Los Angeles and served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West-Central Africa, assisting with a nutrition assessment of that country.  She completed dietetics coursework at Oregon State University, and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, also completing the requirements for Registration as a Dietitian.

Tammie Voss, M.A., R.D. (Co-Author of the Life Cycle: 19-50 Year Olds Chapter)

Tammie Voss, M.A., R.D. worked for the California Department of Health Services for over nine years, after having worked as a dietitian for a local WIC agency, a hospital food service director, a nutrition educator, and a renal dietitian. Ms. Voss started her tenure with the state working for the State WIC Branch. She later worked for social marketing campaigns such as Nutrition Network, Project Lean, and the California Obesity Prevention Initiative as these programs incorporated both her background with nutrition as well as exercise science. Ms. Voss received her B.S. at the University of California at Long Beach, and her masters from the University of California at Los Angeles.

May Wang, Dr.PH., R.D. (Co-Author of the Milk and Milk Products Chapter)

May Wang is Adjunct Asst. Professor, School of Public Health, at UC Berkeley, and a Co-Director of the Center for Weight and Health. She is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research focuses on promoting optimal growth and development in early life so as to prevent nutrition-related chronic diseases in later life. She has particular expertise in socioeconomic, and neighborhood and family environmental influences on nutrition and health; early life risk factors for osteoporosis and obesity; and diet assessment methods for Asian populations. In the conduct of her research, Dr. Wang strives to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach, and partners with clinicians, educators, anthropologists, sociologists, social workers, and economists, among others. She is currently leading an epidemiologic study to examine the influence of the neighborhood food environment on obesity development; an intervention study to promote bone heath in a ethnically diverse low-income Food Stamp eligible population; and an evaluation study of an innovative school-based nutrition program developed by community partners in Berkeley, California.

Seleda Williams, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair, California Food Guide Editorial Committee and Author of Introduction Chapter)
Public Health Medical Officer
Office of Clinical Preventive Medicine
California Department of Health Care Services

Dr. Seleda Williams is a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) with the Office of Clinical Preventive Services (OCPM) since January of 2000 and prior to that worked with the Maternal and Child Health Branch from 1996-2000.   She also is an Assistant Professor and Volunteer Clinical Faculty in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California Davis Medical Center. 

Dr. Williams is also Chair of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinating Committee and the California Food Guide Editorial Committee.    

Before joining the California Department of Health Care Services Dr. Williams practiced Family and Preventive Medicine in underserved communities in Southern California, both rurally and in inner cities. Dr. Williams also has a degree in dietetics and has had a long standing interest in health disparities, nutrition, and how dietary habits can have an impact on disease prevention.

Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.d. (Co-Author of the Iron Deficiency Chapter)
Cooperative Extension Specialist
Nutrition Department
U.C. Davis

Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, is a UCCE specialist and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AES) scientist in the UCD Department of Nutrition. She is recognized throughout the state as a principal source of information on children’s nutrition. Based on her success in the development and distribution of the award winning curriculum, “Nutrition to Grow On”, the California Department of Education has continued to pursue Dr. Zidenberg-Cherr as a collaborator in several areas of nutrition education research relevant to pre K-12 education. This has allowed the University of California and UCCE to play a crucial role in the development of nutrition education standards for California and their implementation in the education system.

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