Board of Advisors



Denise Carpenter

Denise Carpenter is a thirty-three year public educator. She was a general education and special education teacher, assistant principal of special education, middle school, and high school curriculum. She was appointed as principal of Riverdale High in 2008. Currently, she … Read More


Dr. Jeffrey Gershenwald

Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, MD, FACS, is the Dr. John M. Skibber Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology and a Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson). He is … Read More


David Ginsburg

David is the director of UC CalFresh, the SNAP Ed Program at the University of California. Mr. Ginsburg is nationally involved in SNAP Ed leadership, formally serving on the Land Grant University SNAP Ed Program Development Team and as a … Read More


Samantha Weiss Kimball

Samantha is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in school nutrition operations and menu development.  She helps districts’ nutrition services operate more efficiently through training, procurement, recipe development, and menus compliance. Samantha created SK Nutrition Inc. to follow this passion.  She … Read More


Marcie Kirschner

Marcie Kirschner is an ORISE Fellow in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Marcie has a Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Science … Read More


Mark Madrid

Mark L. Madrid is the President and CEO at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), the 2015 United States Hispanic Chamber of the Year by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).  There are over 200 USHCC … Read More


Anthony Marino

Anthony Marino currently serves as the Interim Vice President of Corporate and Distinguished Partners for the American Cancer Society.  Anthony’s team is responsible for a portfolio of nationwide activations around cause-marketing, employee engagement, and corporate sponsorship.  In his 11 years … Read More


Sonia Noriega

Sonia Noriega is the the Lead Teacher for Health and Physical Education for the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) in El Paso, TX. She was born and raised in El Paso where she still resides. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso … Read More


Jacqueline Noyola

Jacqueline is a Brighter Bites Program Coordinator and has been part of the Brighter Bites team since September 2014.  In her role, she leads the Dallas team’s overall nutrition education efforts. In collaboration with members of Brighter Bites’ CATCH Working … Read More


Jonathan Pearson

Jonathan R. Pearson is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer serving 3.8 million members. Jon is also Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New … Read More


Dr. Terry Pechacek

Professor and Tobacco Control Expert, Georgia State University


Dr. Ruth Rechis

Ruth Rechis, PhD, is the Director of Healthy Communities at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Rechis serves on the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform team to shape and stage new and emerging cancer prevention and early … Read More