and strategy services to organizations with a focus on food, health, and wellness. She is also actively involved in the American Dietetic Association, currently serving as the member services director for the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Practice Group. Prior to launching CDT Consulting, LLC, in 2007, Cheryl directed nutrition and food safety communication programs for the International Food Information Council. She earned a B.S. in nutrition at the University of Houston and an M.S. in nutrition at Texas Woman’s University, and she completed her dietetic internship at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., is under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area and the department’s chief scientist. Before joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served as global director of scientific affairs for Mars, Inc., where she managed the company’s scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002 to 2005, she was dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition at Iowa State University. Dr. Woteki served as the first under secretary for food safety at USDA from 1997 to 2001, where she oversaw U.S. government food safety policy development and USDA’s continuity of operations planning. Dr. Woteki also served as the deputy under secretary for REE at USDA in 1996. Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as deputy associate director for science from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Woteki has also held positions in the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1983-1990), in the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA (1981-1983), and as director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (1990-1993). In 1999, Dr. Woteki was elected to the IOM, where she has chaired the Food and Nutrition Board (2003-2005). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in human nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Woteki received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington College.