National & Regional Boards


National Board of Directors

Angie Cooper – Board ChairExecutive Director, Heartland Summit and Chief Programs Officer, Heartland Forward
Art Smith – Chairman EmeritusCo-Founder; Executive Chef, TABLE Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, LYFE Kitchen, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and 1500 SOUTH Restaurant & Bar; CEO, Art Smith, LLC
Jesus Salgueiro – Vice ChairCo-Founder, Common Threads; Artist and Teacher, Susej Art Studio
Mike Denman – SecretaryGlobal Sales Director – Accenture, Microsoft
Neil Cotty – TreasurerRetired CAO, Bank of America
Tres BaileyVP of Federal Government Relations at Ecolab
Scott BarnhartPresident, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Cardinal Health
Michelle BernsteinChef-owner of Michelle Bernstein Catering; Culinary consultant; Author; TV personality
Kevin Brown Ed.D.Executive Director, Texas Association of School Administrators
Alberto CarvalhoSuperintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Mary Christ-ErwinFounder, MCE Food Consulting
Jimm E. CobbDirector, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Sarita Dandamudi RaoCo-owner, Dandamudi’s and SVP, Business Marketing, Analytics & Alliances – AT&T Business
Laura KaretCEO, Giant Eagle
Anita LoCulinary Travel Host, Tour De Forks
Abel MartinezGroup Vice-President of Partner Relations, Risk Solutions, & Government Affairs, HEB
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Elizabeth WiseVice President Government Affairs, Sazerac Company

Chicago Board

Priyanka Patel – ChairOwner, Rooted Dental Care
Alex Stoller – Vice ChairFounder, Registered Dietitian, Strol Health
Sydney Karp Poll – SecretaryFounder, SydPlayEat
Irini Kolaitis, MD FAAP – TreasurerAssociate Division head, Hospital-Based Medicine Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine
Henry ArtalejoSenior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Griffith Foods
Susan BetteridgeExecutive Creative Director & Partner, Pahnke LP
Suzanne HillSr. Account Executive, UnitedHealthcare
Ashley JonesBusiness Manager, Acosta
Amanda KostManager of Product and Lifecycle Marketing, Avail, part of the Network
Nathan LibbeyDirector of Business Development, PathogenDx
Ian LopezFounder & Strategist, IML Consulting LLC; My Microgreen Garden LLC
Joe MadisonSenior Client Partner – Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Tami Marble 
Natalie MarottaClient Implementation Manager, Teladoc
Onica MatsikaAttorney, Ice Miller LLP
Erin MynaughSenior Director of Client Implementation Services, Teladoc
Avi Nagaraja 
Sirisha NalamatiPartner, Talent & Transformation Consulting, IBM
Jared ScharenVP of Product Marketing, FoodSmart
Bushra ShahidBusiness Growth Consultant
Ross StuartPrincipal Technical Consultant, AHEAD
Lee StuckChief Analytics Officer, HealthScape Advisors
Jill SutherlandFounder and Owner, Your Authentic You LLC
Todd SutherlandZone Leader – Central US, AXA XL
Marquise TuckerMarketing Project Manager, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Evan TuninkManager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Sara WilburnReal Estate Broker, @properties
Meg WrightExecutive Director, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at CME Group

Government Relations Advisory Committee/DC Board

Cristina AnteloCEO, Ferox Strategies
Elizabeth AveryPresident, SNAC International
Tres BaileySr. Director of Federal Government Affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Joyce BrayboyManaging Director, Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs
Dan ChristensonSenior Director of Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Kate ColerVice President of Federal Government Relations, Albertsons Companies
Anne Curry 
Molly FogartyVice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Nestlé USA
Chandler GouleChief Executive Officer, National Association of Wheat Growers
Jennifer HatcherChief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, FMI – The Food Industry Association
Kate HoustonChief Executive Office, National Association of Wheat Growers
Adrena IfillChief Strategist & Executive Producer, Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group
Chris JonesSenior Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, National Grocers Association
Eli KoganSenior Director, Federal Government Affairs & Policy, Horizon
William KuckuckBoard member, Kent Corporation and former Chief Revenue Officer for GrainPro
Anthony PardalDeputy Director for Federal Affairs and Assistant Director of Administration for the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Tyson RedpathSenior Vice President, The Russell Group
Crystal SwannSenior Policy Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute
Maggie Sommers GentileVice President of Food and Nutrition Policy, Food Directions
Max TeplitskiChief Science Officer, Produce Marketing Association

Miami Board

Patricia Azze – ChairDigital Brand Consultant, Founder and Editor at The Terraza
Rochelle Gapere – Vice ChairHappiness Coach and Attorney Advisor, OMHA
Tony JimenezCo-Founder & CFO, JOI and Managing Director, Medina Capital
Kelly Moran – SecretaryGraduate student, Cornell University
Geoffrey Tully – TreasurerPartner, Passerelle Partners
Emily ArrediaAccount Director – Enterprise, Adswerve
Jorge AzzeCopywriter, WOW MKTG
Karen BarofskyVice President, Brustman Carrino Public Relations
Alex BuznegoMiami Autonomous Vehicle Market Manager, Ford
Kristen ChinVP, PURPLE
Alexander ClaveroPartner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Liz ChromanPilates instructor & health care consultant
Mary Cordero 
Gabriella De AlmeidaMarketing Manager, Lavender Facial and Wellness Bar
Jennifer EinersenTrusts & Estates Associate, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP
Hector GutierrezCEO, JOI
Elizabeth HalleChannel Marketing Manager – Retail, Regal Springs Tilapia
David LansterCo-owner, DK Culinary Ventures
Shari Mermelstein, RD, LDNClinical Account Consultant, Foodsmart
John Parenti, MS, RDN, LDDirector of Sports Nutrition, Miami Dolphins
Lilian SantiniCEO & Creative Director, The Copper Portico
Chris SanzVice President, Orion Real Estate Group
Lucette Talamas, MS, RD, LD/NRegistered Dietitian, Baptist Health South Florida
Maite Velez-CoutoSenior Vice President & Partner, rbb Communications

Los Angeles Board

Lori C McGee – ChairCommunity Leader
Govind ArmstrongExecutive Chef, The Lobster, Post & Beam
Doneen ArquinesProducer, Magical Elves, Inc.
Claudia Bonilla KellerChief Mission Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
John KolaskiFounder, CEO & Curator, K2 Restaurants
Amanda NuñezPeople Operations Program Manager, Google
Cary WalkerSenior Vice President, Corporate Communications, City National Bank

Strategic Advisory Committee

Alejandro DiasgranadosTeacher, Aiton Elementary, District of Columbia Public Schools
Jayne Greenberg Ph.D.Project Director, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Jin-Soo HuhPartner, The Learning Accelerator
Angela Odoms-Young Ph.D.Associate Professor, Cornell University
Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDNRegistered Dietitian and Chef
Julia ShklovskayaFounder, Designing4Impact, LLC

National Advisory Board

Tamron HallHost & Executive Producer, The Tamron Hall Show
Jasmine RatliffDeputy Director, Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc.
Julius E. Rhodes, SPHRFounder and Principal, mpr group
Kate RubinFounder & Principal, Leadership Foundations
Gail SimmonsTrained Culinary Expert, Food Writer and Dynamic Television Personality
Tim PetersExecutive Director, Corporate & Public Affairs, Golin

Medical Partnerships Advisory Board

Steve BuegeManager, HealthScape Advisors LLC
Jimm CobbDirector, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Kofi Essel, MD, MPHAssistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Melinda Ring M.D.Executive Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Univesity’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPAAssistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Obesity Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital