Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
SUZANNE P. MURPHY, Ph.D., R.D. (Chair), is a Researcher and Professor at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii at the University of Hawaii, and director of the Nutrition Support Shared Resource at the center. Dr. Murphy’s research interests include dietary assessment methodology, development of food composition databases, and nutritional epidemiology of chronic diseases (with emphasis on cancer and obesity). Dr. Murphy has served as a member of the National Nutrition Monitoring Advisory Council and the year 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves on the editorial board for Nutrition Today and is a contributing editor for Nutrition Reviews. She is a member of various professional organizations including the American Dietetic Association, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Public Health Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, and the Society for Epidemiological Research. Dr. Murphy has served on several Institute of Medicine panels including the Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes (as chair, then member); the Subcommittee on Upper Safe Reference Levels of Nutrients (as member); and the Panel on Calcium and Related Nutrients (as member). She chaired the Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages and is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. Dr. Murphy earned an M.S. in molecular biology from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California-Berkeley. She is a registered dietitian.
NORMA D. BIRCKHEAD, B.S., is Manager of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia Government. Prior to this, she worked on CACFP at the federal level for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Division in the Child and Adult Care and Summer Food Service Programs Section. She currently provides operational support to staff with her nearly 30 years of extensive child and adult care and summer food service program knowledge and experience. She is responsible for the overall oversight, administration, management, and compliance for the District of Columbia’s CACFP. In her role as manager of programs, she applies analytical techniques for developing new and modifying existing program operations, evaluates local program operations for adherence to federal requirements through analysis of data reporting, and identifies defects in the organizations’ internal procedures and resolves discrepancies which may lead to failure to comply with program regulations. Ms. Birckhead earned her B.S. in elementary education from the District of Columbia Teacher’s College, and she has completed some graduate work in organization behavior at Trinity College in Washington, DC.
ALICIA L. CARRIQUIRY, Ph.D., is Professor of Statistics at Iowa State University (ISU). Her research interests include Bayesian statistics and general methods. Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences, and traffic safety. Dr. Carriquiry is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She is Vice President of the American Statistical Association and a member of the Council of the International Statistical Institute. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. She is also past president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and a past member of the Board of the Plant Sciences Institute at ISU. Dr. Carriquiry is editor of Statistical Sciences and Associate Editor of The Annals of Applied Statistics and the Editor of the Electronic Encyclopedia of Statistics representing the ISI. She also serves on the editorial boards of several Latin American journals of statistics and mathematics. She currently serves or has previously served on several National Academy of Sciences committees, including the standing Committee on National Statistics, the Committee on Social Science Evidence for Use (2008–2009), the Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty (2004–2009), the Committee on Assessing the Feasibility, Accuracy, and the Technical Capability of a National Ballistics Database (2004–2008), the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (2003–2006), the Subcom-
mittee on Use of Third Party Toxicity Research with Human Test Subjects (2002–2004), the Committee on Evaluation of USDA’s Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program (2000–2003), and the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes (1998–2003). Dr. Carriquiry received her Ph.D. in statistics and animal genetics from ISU.
RONNI CHERNOFF, Ph.D., R.D., FADA, CSG, is the Director of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Center, Associate Director of the Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center for Education and Evaluation for the Central Arkansas Veterans Affairs Health System, and Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is past president of the American Dietetic Association, where she also served as Chair of the Council on Research and Chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Dr. Chernoff has published numerous abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters and is editor of the text, Geriatric Nutrition: The Health Professional’s Handbook, Third Edition (2006). She has served as Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives in Applied Nutrition, as editor of The Digest, on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Associate Editor of Nutrition in Clinical Practice, and section co-editor for Current Opinions in Clinical Nutrition. She also served on the editorial boards of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Nutrition Support Services, Clinical Management Newsletter, Directions in Clinical Nutrition, Senior Patient (Postgraduate Medicine), and the Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. Her primary research interests are nutrition and aging and health promotion. Dr. Chernoff received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
SONIA COTTO-MORENO, M.P.H., R.D., L.D., is the Child Care Food Program Director for the Teaching and Mentoring Communities’ (TMC) Migrant Seasonal Head Start Program. TMC is a private nonprofit super grantee providing comprehensive services to migrant children in seven states. She oversees CACFP and nutrition services for nearly 8,000 children from birth to compulsory school age. She consults regularly with peers from a variety of fields to help identify wellness activities to impact children and adults affected by the obesity epidemic. Ms. Cotto-Moreno has a Certificate of Child and Adult Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association and the Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers. She currently serves on the TexAn Coalition in Texas, a group that was instrumental in developing the Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Obesity in Texas 2005–2010. She has been asked to share her expertise in communicating Hispanic nutrition-related health issues and a process for advocating with governing bodies on funding health initiatives, that
is, physical activity and nutrition education curriculum to address obesity in Head Start programs. Ms. Cotto-Moreno was recently appointed to the Texas State Evaluation Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention. She has written articles for the National Child Care Information Center and National Head Start Association (NHSA) magazines, and her advocacy for physical activity in Head Start has been documented by Washington Productions, Inc. She received her B.S. in dietetics from the University of Texas at Austin, and she completed her practicum experience compiling migrant programs’ implementation plans for the Office of Head Start’s physical activity initiative “I am Moving, I am Learning” in fulfillment of her M.P.H. in public health leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
KAREN WEBER CULLEN, Dr.P.H., R.D., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine. Her primary research interest is prevention of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Her current research includes exploration of strategies to increase school breakfast consumption in middle schools; development and evaluation of a website on healthy eating and physical activity for high school students; evaluation of a web-based program on healthy eating for African-American families; and dissemination of a video intervention on improving the family home food environment and food parenting tips for Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program classes. Dr. Cullen recently served as a member of the IOM’s Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Dr. Cullen’s professional memberships include the Society for Nutrition Education, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Dietetic Association, and the Texas Dietetic Association (Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001). She is a member of the Dannon Institute Scientific Council, the Dannon Institute Schools Committee, and the Schools Committee of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Dr. Cullen has a M.S. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and a Dr.P.H. in health promotion and health education from The University of Texas School of Public Health.
MARY KAY FOX, M.Ed., is Senior Researcher and area leader for nutrition research at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Ms. Fox has more than 20 years of research experience with child nutrition and food assistance programs. She has conducted research on the adequacy and quality of diets consumed by children, from birth through adolescence, and has examined the contributions of school- and child care-based meal programs to children’s dietary intakes and obesity risk. Ms. Fox led the nutrition components of two comprehensive national studies of CACFP and served as a
co-principal investigator on the 2002 and 2008 Feeding Infants and Toddler Studies. She also assessed the implementation of an obesity prevention initiative in Head Start centers, including assessments of the types and quality of foods offered and opportunities for physical activity. Her awards include a distinguished service award from the American Dietetic Association and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year from the Massachusetts Dietetic Association. She served on the IOM Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Ms. Fox has a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from Mundelein College of Loyola University and an M.Ed. in nutrition from Tufts University.
GERALDINE HENCHY, M.P.H., R.D., is Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs at the Food Research and Action Center. Ms. Henchy’s focus is on CACFP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She recently completed a national environmental scan of effective best practices and strategies for implementing enhanced nutrition standards and policies in CACFP. Ms. Henchy serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s CACFP Management Improvement Task Force, and she previously served as the consumer member on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Board. She has been honored to receive awards for her work on CACFP from the Sponsors Association, the National Sponsors Forum, and the California Child Care Food Program Roundtable. Most recently, the National Association of Family Child Care honored Ms. Henchy with their Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Henchy was a reviewer for the IOM report Proposed Criteria for Selecting the WIC Food Packages. Ms. Henchy is a founding member of the American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Malnutrition Practice Group (now the HEN practice group) and a past chair. She is a registered dietitian and has an M.P.H. in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.
HELEN H. JENSEN, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at Iowa State University (ISU) and serves as Head of the Food and Nutrition Policy Division in the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at ISU. Dr. Jensen’s research concerns food demand and consumption, food assistance and nutrition policies, food security, and the economics of food safety and hazard control. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the American Council on Consumer Interests, and she has served on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals. Dr. Jensen has previously served on several National Academies committees, including the IOM Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages and the Committee on Nutrition Standards for the National School
Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. She also served on the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committee on the Economic Development and Current Status of the Sheep Industry in the United States; the Committee on Assessing the Nation’s Framework for Addressing Animal Diseases; the Committee on Biological Threats to Agricultural Plants and Animals; the Board on Agriculture’s Panel on Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine; and the Committee on National Statistics’ (CNSTAT) Panel to Review USDA’s Measurement of Food Insecurity and Hunger. She currently serves as a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committee on Ranking FDA Product Categories Based on Health Consequences, and as a member of the World Health Organization Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases, Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group. Dr. Jensen holds an M.S. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CHARLENE RUSSELL-TUCKER, M.S.M., R.D., is Associate Commissioner for the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this role she is responsible for the administration of the Division of Family and Student Support Services, which comprises three bureaus: the Bureau of Choice Programs; the Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education; and the Bureau of Special Education. She provides leadership and support in developing and implementing effective family and student support programs and services to assist schools and other educational partners in improving student performance. Prior to her appointment as Associate Commissioner, Ms. Russell-Tucker was Chief of the Bureau of Health and Nutrition Services and Child/Family/School Partnerships at the Connecticut State Department of Education. The Bureau was strategically positioned within the Department to support the social, emotional, physical, and mental health of students and families in order to achieve success in school and in life. Its initiatives and services include School-Family-Community Partnerships, Child Nutrition Programs, School Health Promotion/Mental Health Services/School Nurses, Nutrition Education, Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers/After-school programs, Family Resource Centers, Young Parents Program, and Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Ms. Russell-Tucker is past president of the Connecticut Dietetic Association and of the CACFP National Professional Association. She is also an adjunct faculty member at a local college where she teaches business management courses in the program for non-traditional students. She received her M.S. in management from Albertus Magnus College–New Dimensions in New Haven, Connecticut, and is a registered dietitian.
VIRGINIA A. STALLINGS, M.D., is the Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Director of the Nutrition Center, and Director of the Office of Faculty Development at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Dr. Stallings is also Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research interests include pediatric nutrition, evaluation of dietary intake and energy expenditure, and nutrition-related chronic disease. Dr. Stallings recently served as chair of the IOM Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. She has previously served on the Committee on Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools (chair), the Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries (chair), the Committee on the Scientific Basis for Dietary Risk Eligibility Criteria for WIC Programs (chair), and the Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages (member). She is a former member of the Food and Nutrition Board. 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. from the School of Medicine of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Virginia and a nutrition fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Stallings is board certified in pediatrics and clinical nutrition. She has been an IOM member since 2005 and recently received the Foman Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
KATHERINE L. TUCKER, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences, at Northeastern University. Previously she was Senior Scientist and Director of the Dietary Assessment and Epidemiology Research Program at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Professor and Director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Program for the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where she holds an adjunct appointment. Her research interests include diet and health, nutrition in older adults, dietary methodology, nutritional status of high-risk populations, and nutritional epidemiology. She previously served on the IOM Committee on the Implications of Dioxin in the Food Supply. Dr. Tucker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition and is currently the incoming chair of the Nutritional Sciences Council of the American Society for Nutrition. In addition, she is a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Tucker received her B.Sc. in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in nutrition sciences from Cornell University.