Committee Member Biographical Sketches
VIRGINIA A. STALLINGS, M.D. (Chair), is the Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Director of the Nutrition Center, and Director of Faculty Development at the Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Stallings is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her pediatric nutrition research interests include evaluation of dietary intake and energy expenditure, and nutrition-related chronic disease. Her current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and foundations. Dr. Stallings served on numerous IOM projects including the Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries (Chair), Committee on the Scientific Basis for Dietary Risk Eligibility Criteria for WIC Programs (Chair), Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages (member), and the Food and Nutrition Board (Co-Vice Chair). Dr. Stallings earned a B.S. degree in nutrition and foods from Auburn University, an M.S. degree in human nutrition and biochemistry from Cornell University, and an M.D. degree from the School of Medicine of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Virginia and a pediatric nutrition fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Stallings is board certified in pediatrics and clinical nutrition, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.
DENNIS M. BIER, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. His research interests include hormonal regula-
tion of metabolic fuel transport; human nutrition, growth, and development; maternal-fetal nutrition; and the nutritional developmental origins of adult chronic disease. Dr. Bier served as Co-President of the American Society for Nutrition, as President of the International Pediatric Research Foundation, as a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee, and as a member of the 1995 USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. He served on the IOM Food and Nutrition Board as well as IOM and National Research Council projects including the Committee for Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth, Committee on Dioxins and Dioxin-like Compounds in the Food Supply, Committee on Adolescent Health and Development, and Workshop on the Synthesis of Research on Adolescent Health and Development. Dr. Bier currently serves as Chair of the Food and Nutrition Board, Chairman of the Board of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation, member of the ILSI Board of Trustees, and member of the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee. Dr. Bier serves on the Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition and Electrolytes of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.; the Mars Nutrition Research Council; and the McDonald’s Global Advisory Council on Balanced, Active Lifestyles. He has also served as consultant for other food industry organizations including the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association. Dr. Bier earned a B.S. degree from Le Moyne College and an M.D. degree from New Jersey College of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
MARGIE TUDOR BRADFORD, R.N., is a member of the School Board of Bardstown Independent School District in Kentucky (1979–2006). She is a former member and past President of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Board of Directors and has served on numerous local, state, and national committees engaged in school health issues. Ms. Bradford is a former member of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Board of Directors (1996-2002), a peer-elected position. Ms. Bradford served as chairman of the School Health Advisory Committee for that period of time, on an advisory steering committee on state and local school policies and programs on physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco use prevention (NSBA/National Association of State Boards of Education). She also served on the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and the central steering committee to develop guidelines for school health programs (American Academy of Pediatrics/National Association of School Nurses). She was honored as a Healthy School Hero at the 2002 Healthy Schools Summit. Ms. Bradford is a Registered Nurse and focuses her advocacy activities on health and wellness of students, including serving on the Kentucky Child Now! Board of Directors. She also reports to the KSBA Board of Directors on coordinated school health issues efforts in Kentucky.
CARLOS A. CAMARGO, JR., M.D., DR.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Physician at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. His epidemiology research has focused on the relation of diet, exercise, and obesity on risk of developing asthma. He is a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and serves as a member of several national committees concerned with diverse topics in clinical medicine and public health. For example, Dr. Camargo served on the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s Third Expert Panel (the group that wrote the national asthma guidelines). He has more than 220 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Camargo earned a B.A. degree in human biology from Stanford University, an M.P.H. degree from the University of California–Berkeley, an M.D. degree from the University of California– San Francisco, and a Dr.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
ISOBEL R. CONTENTO, PH.D., is the Mary Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education and Coordinator of the Program in Nutrition, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Her research expertise is in behavioral aspects of nutrition; use of psychosocial theory to study factors influencing food choice and decision-making processes, particularly among children and adolescents; children’s and adolescents’ understandings of the impact of food and food systems on the environment; and development and evaluation of nutrition education curricula and programs. Dr. Contento is co-developer of Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE), an inquiry-based curriculum which helps teach urban children about how foods are preserved, packaged, and processed, and the resulting impact on the environment. She is currently conducting a study on childhood overweight prevention in middle school students through a science education-based program called Choice, Control and Change. She served on advisory committees for the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Contento earned a B.S. degree from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California–Berkeley.
THOMAS H. COOK, PH.D., R.N., F.N.P., is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. His research interests include health policy development, program evaluation, and the prevention of cardiovascular disease through the use of nutrition and physical education programs in children. Dr. Cook is also a School Health Researcher for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
In this role, he is heading a partnership with Children’s Hospital and the Metro Nashville Public Schools (nearly 72,000 students in 129 schools) to provide health assessments using the Centers for Disease Control’s nine component model for a healthy school. He earned a B.S.N. degree from Loyola University, an F.N.P. degree from Albany Medical College/Russell Sage College, an M.S.N. degree in cardiovascular nursing from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Cook is a Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner.
ERIC A. DECKER, PH.D., is a Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and holds the Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Chair. Dr. Decker’s research interests are in food chemistry and include methods to increase the bioavailability and prevent the oxidative deterioration of lipids linked to progression of diseases such as cardiovascular disease. He serves in various professional organizations such as the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT; Chair of the Food Chemistry Division) and the American Meat Science Association (Board of Directors). Dr. Decker’s honors include Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University; Visiting Scientist, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University; Guest Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, China; Samuel Cate Prescott Award, IFT; Hokkaido Overseas Guest Researcher Fellowship, Hokkaido Food Processing Research Center, Japan; and Future Leader Award, ILSI. He was coeditor of Current Protocols in Food Analytical Chemistry, 2002. Dr. Decker earned a B.S. degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. degree in food science and nutrition from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in food science and nutrition from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
ROSEMARY DEDERICHS, B.A., is the Director of the Food Services Department for the Minneapolis Public School District, Minnesota. She has worked with the school district for 20 years, serving as a Food Service Assistant, Site Manager, Multisite Coordinator, Operations Manager, Interim Director, and currently as Director. Ms. Dederichs’ began her career in schools as a certified elementary school teacher. At present she is certified as a State and City Food Manager and certified at Level III in Child Nutrition through the National School Nutrition Association. Ms. Dederichs is a former executive board member of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association and served on the Gold Medal Advisory Board for General Mills, Inc. She received the Golden Apple Award for Nutrition Education from the Minnesota Food Service Association and a Community Partner Star Award from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences Division, in recognition of her contributions to the guidance of Minneapolis Public Schools students. She was also a corecipient of
the Allina Health Systems 2006 Healthy Community Award for developing healthier menus for her students. Ms. Dederichs earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Mundelein College of Loyola University and conducted additional studies in education at Northern Illinois University, College of DuPage, and Elmhurst College.
JAY T. ENGELN, M.ED., is a Resident Practitioner in School/Business Partnerships with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Reston, Virginia. Mr. Engeln held positions in secondary education as a teacher of biology, environmental science, anatomy and physiology, and coach of soccer and hockey. He served as Assistant Principal (Coronado High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Principal (William J. Palmer High School, Colorado Springs, CO; Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, CO). Mr. Engeln’s honors include the Evanston Township High School Stuart Merrell Memorial Award for Citizenship and Service to Youth (1980), Colorado Soccer Coach of the Year (1982, 1984), National High School Soccer Coach of the Year (1985, National Coach Magazine), U.S. West Outstanding Teacher Award (1989), Colorado College Education Department–Kappa Delta Pi Award for outstanding contributions to education (1998), Colorado Association of Executives– Colorado Principal of the Year (1999), National Association of Secondary School Principals–National Principal of the Year (2000), Business Advisory Council–Honorary Colorado State Chairman (2004), and Colorado Businessperson of the Year (2004, National Republican Congressional Committee). Mr. Engeln’s current position is one of several Resident Practitioner positions at NASSP supported by external funding. Mr. Engeln’s position, the Resident Practitioner in School/Business Partnerships, is currently supported by a grant from the Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Engeln earned a B.A. degree in biology from Colorado College and an M.Ed. degree in science from the University of Colorado. His studies continued at the University of Denver, and he holds Secondary School Administration Certification. Mr. Engeln received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Colorado College. He currently resides in Colorado.
BARBARA N. FISH, M.A., is immediate Past President of the West Virginia Board of Education, a former classroom teacher, and a long-time community volunteer and child advocate. She currently chairs the State Board of Education’s Wellness Committee. While Mrs. Fish served as President, the Board approved Standards for School Nutrition, establishing statewide standards for foods and beverages sold to students in schools. She also serves as Secretary of the State’s School Building Authority, member of the West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards, in addition to other education boards and commissions. Prior to her appointment to
the State Board of Education, she served on the Commission for National and Community Service, also a gubernatorial appointment. Mrs. Fish has assumed major leadership roles in numerous school and community organizations. She earned a B.A. degree in Spanish from Grove City College, an M.A. degree in Spanish from West Chester State College with additional study at the Universidad de Salamanca. Mrs. Fish is a former Spanish language teacher and received honorary induction into Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators. She has received several awards for volunteerism and advocacy of children’s issues.
TRACY A. FOX, M.P.H., R.D., L.D., is a Nutrition Consultant and the President of Food, Nutrition, and Policy Consultants, LLC. Previously, Ms. Fox held positions as Senior Federal Regulatory Manager with the American Dietetic Association, Division of Government Relations, Washington, DC; Food Program Specialist in the Child Nutrition Division and Assistant to the Associate Administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Alexandria, Virginia; Manager of Federal Systems Division with Maximus, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia; Instructor of Food Preparation and Meal Management at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; and dietitian in food management and clinical dietetics with the U.S. Navy. Ms. Fox has experience in the formulation of nutrition standards for federally reimbursable school meals at the federal level and formulation of nutrition standards for non-reimbursable foods in schools at state and local levels. Ms. Fox serves on various school health boards and committees at the federal, state, and local levels. She represents the Society for Nutrition Education on the Action for Healthy Kids Partner Steering Committee, is on the board of the Maryland Healthy Schools Coalition, Co-Chairs the Montgomery County School Health Council and Chairs the Health Committee of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. Ms. Fox earned a B.S. degree through the coordinated undergraduate program in dietetics at Hood College and an M.P.H. degree at the Graduate School of Public Health of University of Pittsburgh. She is a Registered Dietitian with licensure. Ms. Fox currently resides in Bethesda, MD.
JAMES C. OHLS, PH.D., is a consultant on low-income policy issues. His former position was with Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, where he was a Senior Fellow and Area Leader for Food and Nutrition Policy. Before joining MPR, Dr. Ohls was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Princeton. Dr. Ohls research interests include the evaluation of nutrition programs, how policies and changes in policies affect nutrition programs, how nutrition programs operate administratively (including their efficiency
and effectiveness), and how nutrition programs reach the target populations. He has 20 years of experience in designing and conducting program and policy evaluations and has conducted numerous studies of the food stamp and school nutrition programs. Dr. Ohls is co-author of the book The Food Stamp Program: Design Tradeoffs, Policy, and Impacts (1993) and the report Reaching More Hungry Children: The Seamless Summer Food Waiver (2003). Additional research on children includes a study on home resources and children’s achievement (1981). Dr. Ohls earned a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard College and a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
LYNN PARKER, M.S., is the director of Child Nutrition Programs and Nutrition Policy at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national research and advocacy center working to end hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Ms. Parker directs FRAC’s work on child nutrition programs, research, and nutrition policy. She played a leadership role in the development of FRAC’s Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project, a ground-breaking survey of childhood hunger in the United States. She leads FRAC’s initiative on understanding and responding to the paradox of hunger, poverty, and obesity. She has authored and edited numerous publications on hunger, nutrition policy, and federal nutrition programs; has presented Congressional testimony; and has made speeches and media appearances on nutrition policy issues that affect low-income communities. She has served on the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, on the Technical Advisory Group to America’s Second Harvest 2001 and 2005 National Hunger Surveys, on the National Nutrition Monitoring Advisory Council (appointed by then Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell), and as President of the Society for Nutrition Education. Before joining FRAC, she worked with New York State’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at Cornell University. Ms. Parker holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in human nutrition from Cornell University.
DAVID L. PELLETIER, PH.D., is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Policy in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. His teaching and research focuses broadly on strengthening the methods of policy analysis and development related to food and nutrition. Dr. Pelletier’s research interests include the role of malnutrition in child mortality, the regulation of dietary supplements and genetically engineered foods, iron fortification, and methods for participatory planning and policy analysis at community and national levels. One of his current efforts is The Whole Community Project, an action research project in upstate New York designed to examine the prospects and requirements for communities
to succeed in preventing childhood obesity. He has served as a consultant to or member of several international government and nongovernmental organizations including The World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Life Sciences Research Office. Dr. Pelletier served on IOM/NRC projects including the Subcommittee on Food and Health for the Opportunities in Agriculture Project, and the International Food and Nutrition Forum. Dr. Pelletier earned a B.A. degree in anthropology and a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Arizona, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University.
MARY STORY, PH.D., R.D., is a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Story also serves as Director of Healthy Eating Research, National Program Office, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative. Her Ph.D. is in nutrition and her research focuses on eating behaviors of children and youth and interventions for obesity prevention, with specific focus on low-income and minority communities. Dr. Story received awards from the American Public Health Association, the American Dietetic Association, the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors, and the Minnesota Department of Health. She is active in national professional associations and is a past chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Story served on the IOM Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth.