Sophia Medinsky is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a certified dietitian-nutritionist in New York State. She has expertise in several areas, including weight management, oncology, general nutrition, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome management, diabetes, and hypertension. Medinsky has a private practice in the midtown where she counsels clients on weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome management, diabetes, hypertension, and various nutritional issues. Her nutrition classes for Partners in Care and Visiting Nurse Service of New York teach her students how healthy eating, smart food choices, label reading, and daily physical activity can help prevent obesity, maintain a healthy weight, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Medinsky is actively involved in educating children and young people about nutrition and healthy lifestyle. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, New York State Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, and Council of Renal Nutrition of Greater New York. Medinsky received her bachelor of science in nutrition and food studies and her master of science in clinical nutrition from New York University. She completed her one-year dietetic internship through New York Presbyterian Hospital. Medinsky lives with her husband, Boris, and her sons, Robert and Richard, in New York City.
Linda G. Snetselaar, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of Preventive Nutrition Education in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. She also serves as the interim department head of the Community and Behavioral Health Department in the College of Public Health. Dr. Snetselaar has led numerous research studies related to nutrition and dietary intervention in women, children, and adolescents. She is currently the principal investigator in a follow-up study of 301 girls who participated in the Diet Intervention Study in Children (DISC) at the University of Iowa and who are now in their early twenties. The study examines the effect of diet intervention to lower fat intake during adolescence on intermediate markers associated with developing breast cancer.
Dr. Duncan is a full professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After his pediatric residency, he served as the associate director of the Birth Defects Center at the University of Colorado for two years. Then, between 1967 and 1970, he was director of community pediatrics at that same institution and director of pediatrics at the Eastside Neighborhood Center in Denver. From 1970 to 1975, he was director of the Pediatric Outpatient Department at the University of Colorado. From 1975 to 1978, he was director of Project HOPE’s land-based program in Natal, Brazil, and a visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Between 1981 and 1986, he was chief of the General Pediatric Section at the University of Arizona. While maintaining his academic position, for the past ten years he has been working primarily in a community setting at the Children’s Clinic for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson. There, he established a primary-care clinic for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and sees children who have complicated and multiple interdisciplinary problems, many of whom have cerebral palsy. He was selected by the families of CSHCN to be the recipient of the Rosa Award, an award that recognizes a health-care provider who has contributed to the health and well-being of CSHCN and their families. He has published fifty-four articles in peer-reviewed journals, has written sixteen chapters in pediatrics textbooks, and is the coeditor of a handbook on pediatric nutrition. He currently is the principal investigator for a three-year research project in Beijing, China, to determine if acupuncture is an effective complementary treatment for children with cerebral palsy.
Melinda Gonzales is the youth services director at Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. She has extensive experience working with teens both in a clinical and educational setting. During her two years at Women’s Health, Ms. Gonzales has supervised a free and confidential teen clinic where teens can access reproductive and sexual health-care services. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive sexual health education program that includes a youth-led peer education program. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in international affairs and a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese language and culture, which included an honors thesis that explored the role of Cuban youth in the Cuban Revolution over the past three decades.
Susan Burns Chong, LMSW, joined the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine in 2005, and has been actively involved with engaging young people in foster care in policy initiatives and child welfare systems reform. She has supported efforts to engage youth and their communities around leadership, partnership, permanency, education, and financial literacy; to creatively express the experiences of youth in foster care through film and theater; and to build a youth philanthropy grant-making process. She has served previously as a community organizer, teacher, and program coordinator with both older and younger populations. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Isabelle Tierney is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified play therapist, and certified Brennan healing science therapist with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is the director of the Body Beloved Center, which offers individual, couples, family, and group support for adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image. She is also the director of the Eating Disorder Certificate Program, a two-year program designed to educate therapists in the treatment of eating disorders. Ms. Tierney is the cofounder of the Boulder County Eating Disorders Coalition, a group committed to education, risk reduction, and referral information. She is a therapist at Compass House, working with adolescents on a variety of issues. Ms. Tierney is also the creator and president of the Habit Experts, a company dedicated to creating products and services to help people with painful habits, including those related to eating, substance abuse, relationships, and spending. She is a published writer on health and spiritual issues, has hosted an Internet show on healing, and leads workshops and trainings nationally on eating disorders, disordered eating, health, and spiritual issues. She has master’s degrees in child development and international relations/communications.
Having been involved in the field of reproductive health and sexuality education for over a decade, Annie Laurie McRee’s experience has spanned from the front line to management behind the scenes to health research. Her work has included direct service provision and program administration in a federally funded family planning clinic, development of collaborative adolescent health programs, and independent health consulting at local and regional levels. Ms. McRee was previously the youth services director at Women’s Health in Boulder, Colorado, and she has brought her expertise in adolescent health to bear on her volunteer work with community-based organizations serving those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and HIV. Ms. McRee holds a B.A. in education from Millsaps College and an M.P.H. in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan where she completed an interdisciplinary concentration in reproductive and women’s health. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Faye Gothard Mangrum is a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU). Mangrum earned a Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis on organizational communication. Her master and bachelor degrees are in English education. She has taught public speaking, interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication at SOSU for 22 years. She has also taught English composition at the community college and public school levels. She has incorporated technology in her courses by including electronic presentations in the classroom, teaching through interactive education television (IETV), and developing multiple online communication classes. Mangrum’s online and face-to-face students have successfully produced scholarly work and have presented top research projects and papers at national, regional, and state conferences. She consistently states that teaching is her highest priority. Her colleagues from other universities in Oklahoma have presented her with the Outstanding College Communication Educator Award. In her own research, she has studied informal problem solving interactions performed by workers in organizational settings and has presented top research papers at national and regional communication conferences on this topic. She has also published articles on her research on informal problem-solving meetings. Mangrum also serves her university with her participation in distance learning and curriculum committees. She has also served the community by providing communication workshops on such topics as managing interpersonal conflict in the workplace.
Vicki Kalabokes is president and chief executive officer of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), a position she has held for nineteen years. Ms. Kalabokes also served as the cochair of the Coalition of Patient Advocates for Skin Disease Research, a coalition of twenty-five skin disease patient groups. In 1999, Ms. Kalabokes was chosen to be one of the original twenty members of the National Institutes of Health Council of Public Representatives, which advises the NIH director on how to increase public understanding of NIH and public participation in NIH activities. In 2001, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson named her to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council, her term ending December 31, 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from Towson State University. She also holds a certified meeting professional certificate.
Marlene Bedrich has been the program coordinator for the Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center since 2000. She received her degree in nursing from Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1978 and completed her master’s degree in health services in 2002. Bedrich is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.). She is an instructor for self-management workshops and consults with patients in the diabetes clinic.