Josephine Cialone, M.S., R.D., is head of the Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. She has worked in public health nutrition in North Carolina for more than 30 years, beginning her career in a local health department. During her career Ms. Cialone has worked within Title V Programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in North Carolina to support implementation of nutrition care to women, infants, and children within the Women’s and Children’s Health Section. Ms. Cialone is a registered dietitian and has a master of science degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Jeanne A. Conry, M.D., Ph.D., is assistant physician in chief at the Permanente Medical Group in Roseville, California, and associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Davis. She has been a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist with the Permanente Medical Group for more than 20 years. Dr. Conry’s clinical interests include menopausal health and preconception care. She served as chair of the California Preconception Care Council from 2006 to 2010 and currently serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Panel on Preconception, a coalition of government and health care providers that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes by emphasizing the need for healthy choices across the reproductive life span of women. As assistant physician in chief at the Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Conry had an integral role in developing the group’s chronic conditions management program, making sure the particular
needs of women and preconception care were included. She also oversaw the design and development of the group’s Women and Children’s Center, which is one of the largest obstetric service providers for Kaiser Permanente in the United States. She currently oversees health and wellness activities, focusing on the health and well-being of Kaiser Permanente members and employees and of the Sacramento community overall. Dr. Conry received her medical degree from and completed her residency training at the University of California, Davis. Before medical school, Dr. Conry earned a doctor of philosophy in biology at the University of Colorado–Boulder.
Patricia Fontaine, M.D., M.S., is a family physician whose decades of clinical practice, teaching, and research have focused on perinatal care and women’s health. She provided maternity care for 25 years. She is currently a senior clinical research investigator at HealthPartners Research Foundation and holds an appointment as associate professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine. She has published articles and book chapters on labor pain management and the medical complications of pregnancy, including hypertension, venous thromboembolism, and postpartum hemorrhage. Dr. Fontaine served as a peer reviewer for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality’s 2008 meta-analysis, “Outcomes of Maternal Weight Gain.” She has created a HealthPartners database that links electronic health records of mothers and infants, and the resulting research paper, “Evaluating BMI-Specific Trimester Weight Gain Recommendations: Differences between Black and White Women,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Dr. Fontaine serves as the liaison from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). She is a member of the AAFP Maternity Care and Patient Safety Advisory Board and chairs the AAFP Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines.
M. Christina Johnson, C.N.M., M.S., is director of professional practice and health policy at the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Ms. Johnson provides leadership related to shaping national policy, legislation, and reform affecting the profession of midwifery. She participates in the development of national and international practice, regulatory, and educational standards; represents certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives to the public and in the health policy arena; and provides individualized professional practice guidance. Ms.
Johnson was previously the founding director of midwifery services at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, where she continues to provide a full range of primary, gynecologic, antenatal, intra-partum, and postpartum women’s health services. Ms. Johnson has trained resident physicians, midwives, and undergraduate- and graduate-level nurses and other students domestically and abroad. She has attended more than 1,000 births in hospital, home, and birth center settings. Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech, a nursing diploma from Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, and a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from Stony Brook University.
Marta Kealey, R.D., is a nutritionist in the Policy Branch of the Supplemental Food Programs Division in the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her responsibilities include the development of policy related to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition risk assessment, a requirement of the WIC certification process. She has spent the majority of her 30-year career with the WIC program at the local (El Dorado County, California), regional (Atlanta, Georgia—Southeast Regional FNS office) and national (Washington, DC—FNS headquarters) levels.
Michael Lu, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., is associate administrator of maternal and child health in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Lu’s experience includes maternal and child health research, practice, and policy. Before his appointment, Dr. Lu chaired the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. He has served on two Institute of Medicine committees as well as on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Panel on Preconception Care. In his previous position at the University of California (UC), Los Angeles, Dr. Lu was lead investigator for the National Children’s Study and led a project to monitor and improve the quality and safety of maternity care in California. He is best known for his research on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. Dr. Lu has received numerous awards for his teaching, including excellence in teaching awards from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Lu received his master’s degree in health and medical sciences and public health from UC Berkeley and his medical degree from UC San Francisco. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine.
Regina Davis Moss, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., is the associate executive director of public health policy and practice for the American Public Association, where she oversees a broad portfolio of programs and activities ranging from continuing education to global health. She has nearly 20 years of experience managing national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives addressing such areas as reproductive health, healthy aging, obesity prevention, health policy, and sustained capacity in public health. Formerly, Dr. Davis Moss held a senior management position for a healthy eating and active living education effort for the federal government. Before that she worked for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where she helped launched the Kaiser Health News online information service and served as the senior producer. Dr. Davis Moss is a master certified health education specialist and is a member of the Delta Omega honorary public health society. She earned a doctorate of philosophy in maternal and child health from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s in public health from George Washington University, and a B.S. degree in biology from Howard University.
Dotun Ogunyemi, M.D., is chief of inpatient obstetrics, director for the third-year medical students clerkship, and associate obstetrics and gynecology residency director within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars–Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ogunyemi also is an associate professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ogunyemi has received numerous awards for medical education and clinical research, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Award for Educator of the Year 2001; the Blue Ribbon Award for birth weight for gestational age patterns at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ 52nd Annual Clinical Meeting, 2005; and the award for best presentation for noninvasive cutaneous cardiovascular dynamics patterns as predictors of preterm delivery in 2002 at the Annual Congress of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ogunyemi has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, and the Society of Maternal–Fetal Medicine. Dr. Ogunyemi received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Los Angeles County King Drew
Medical Center and completed his maternal–fetal medicine fellowship at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Suzanne Phelan, Ph.D., is assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University Medical School and is a staff psychologist at the Miriam Hospital Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Phelan’s principal research is in examining ways to improve long-term weight loss maintenance through interventions, including behavior modification and medication. She is co-investigator of the National Weight Control Registry and has conducted several studies examining predictors of long-term weight loss among registry participants. Dr. Phelan’s other interests include evaluating the efficacy of a contingency-based behavioral treatment program for obesity and interventions to prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy and the postpartum year. She has several publications and numerous professional presentations in the area of obesity. Dr. Phelan earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from MCP Hahnemann University. She completed her internship in behavioral medicine at Brown University.
Kathleen Rasmussen, Sc.D., R.D., is a professor of nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Rasmussen is internationally known for her research on maternal and child nutrition, particularly in the areas of pregnancy and lactation. She has served as program director for Cornell’s National Institutes of Health–sponsored training grant in maternal and child nutrition since 1986 and also has directed a training grant in international maternal and child nutrition. Dr. Rasmussen has taught a nationally recognized course in maternal and child nutrition for graduate students since 1980 and has co-taught a unique course on public health nutrition for undergraduate students since 1998. Continuing her interest in mentoring the future leaders in nutrition, Dr. Rasmussen serves as the principal faculty member at the Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute, which she helped to develop in 1998. In 2006 she received the first Excellence in Nutrition Education Award to be given by the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Rasmussen has served as secretary and as president of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences and also as president of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation. She has previously been associate dean and secretary of the University Faculty and served a 4-year term on Cornell’s Board of Trustees as one of its faculty-elected members. Dr. Rasmussen was a member of the recent DBASSE–IOM
(Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education–Institute of Medicine) Committee on the Impact of Pregnancy Weight on Maternal and Child Health and served on the IOM Committee on Nutritional Status During Pregnancy and Lactation and its Subcommittee on Nutrition During Lactation as well as on the Committee on Scientific Evaluation of the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Nutrition Risk Criteria. She received her A.B. degree from Brown University in molecular biology and both her Sc.M. and Sc.D. degrees from Harvard University in nutrition.
Richard Sass is president of Contact Wellness Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Over the past 47 years he has successfully founded, directed, and exited companies within the medical technology arena and continues to consult with companies on the design and manufacture of medical products with disruptive technologies. Mr. Sass founded Contact Wellness as part of his personal contribution to health care reform, representing his desire to move beyond the delivery of innovative medical products to the creation of motivational tools leading to positive changes for those living with chronic disease. He currently serves as chairman of the board and is a member of the executive committee. Mr. Sass holds a B.A. in business administration from Michigan State University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London.
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Ph.D., R.D., is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology with a joint appointment in the Department of Nutrition in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. Dr. Siega-Riz is a fellow at the Carolina Population Center and serves as the associate chair of epidemiology and director of the Nutrition Epidemiology Core for the Clinical Nutrition Research Center in the Department of Nutrition at UNC. She also is the program leader for the Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Program in the Department of Epidemiology. She has expertise in gestational weight gain, maternal nutritional status and its effects on birth outcomes, obesity development, and trends and intakes among children and Hispanic populations. Dr. Siega-Riz uses a multidisciplinary team perspective as a way to address complex problems such as prematurity, fetal programming, and racial disparities and outcomes. She received the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for Maternal and Fetal Nutrition in 2007, which recognizes professional contributions and outstanding service in the area of maternal and fetal nutrition. Dr. Siega-Riz earned a B.S.P.H. in