received his B.A. from Macalester College. Dr. Bruner served 12 years as a state legislator in Iowa.

Through the Child and Family Policy Center, Bruner provides technical assistance to states, communities, and foundations on child and family issues. Dr. Bruner’s current interests relate to developing more neighborhood-based service systems that integrate professional and voluntary supports and serve in community-building as well as family-strengthening roles. The Child and Family Policy Center also leads the Des Moines Making Connections activities in the area of Children Healthy and Prepared for Success in School (CHAPSS).


Yvonne Sanders-Butler, Ed.D., is the President and Founder of Ennovy, Inc., a company that provides comprehensive health and wellness intervention, consultation, and support. She is a nutritional advocate, consultant, and motivational speaker promoting healthy living for life. Dr. Sanders-Butler is also the author of Naturally Yours and More Gourmet Desserts, Dessert Lovers’ Choice, and the soon to be released Healthy Kids, Smart Kids.

Dr. Sanders-Butler serves as the principal of Browns Mill Elementary and Magnet School for High Achievers, the only elementary school in DeKalb County named a Georgia 2005 School of Excellence and a National Blue Ribbon School. Since 1999, it has been the only sugar-free school in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Sanders-Butler has appeared on ABC News, Fox News, CNN News, the Martha Stewart Show, local and national radio stations, and in various national, regional and city publications such as Essence, Southern Living Magazine, Upscale, Women Health Fitness, Sister to Sister, Black Enterprise, the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, Tom Joyner, BAW News, and other media outlets to discuss and promote healthy living for life. She also conducted a 3-month wellness behavior management program at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, to improve student health and well-being. Dr. Sanders-Butler received her B.S. degree in mass communications from Jackson State University, her masters degree in counseling from State University of West Georgia, a specialist degree in administration from Jackson State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Sarasota University.


Christine Ferguson, J.D., is an associate research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy. From 1981 to 1995, Ferguson served as counsel and deputy chief of staff to the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI), where she led his wide-ranging efforts to reform national health and social policy for all Americans, with a special focus on health services to medically underserved populations. Ferguson served as secretary of the Rhode Island



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