a bachelor’s degree in communications and undertook graduate studies in business and organizational communications at California State University, Fullerton.
Sara Benjamin Neelon, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Global Health Institute. Prior to going to Duke, Dr. Benjamin Neelon was a postdoctoral research fellow for the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on nutrition and physical activity interventions for children from birth to 5 years of age; the nutrition and physical activity environment in child care settings; early childhood predictors of obesity; feeding practices as predictors of later obesity; and nutrition policy and regulation in child care. She has published a book on nutrition for children in child care: Making Food Healthy and Safe for Children: How to Meet the National Health and Safety Performance Standards—Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs and Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care. Dr. Benjamin Neelon received both her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Marianne P. Bitler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine and a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Children’s Program and Health Economics Program. She is also an economist at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Her research interests include labor economics, health economics, public economics, and applied microeconomics. Dr. Bitler has published in numerous economics and medical journals, including several articles on WIC, which appeared in the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Review of Agricultural Economics. Dr. Bitler is also a member of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Estimating Children Eligible for School Nutrition Programs Using the American Community Survey. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Maureen Black, Ph.D., M.A., is the John A. Scholl M.D. and Mary Louise Scholl M.D. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic for children with poor growth and feeding problems. She is an adjunct professor in the Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Black is a pediatric psychologist; she has been the president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the Division of Children, Youth, and Family Services of the American Psychological Associa-