Ianthi de Alwis-Shields

Ianthi de Alwis-Shields is a first generation American. Her parents, Dilu & Sharmini, are originally from Sri Lanka. She was born and raised in California. Ianthi graduated from San Diego State University in 2007 with a BS in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Physical … Read More

Eric Boggs

Eric is an interaction designer, service designer, and strategist focused on designing and delivering high quality digital experiences. Currently he is a Product Lead at Thinktiv, Inc., an innovation firm in downtown Austin, TX,  where he leads design projects in … Read More

Chris Corliss

Chris has been at the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) in Costa Mesa, CA, since 2004. He provides leadership in Health Education, Physical Education, Fitness Education, and School Wellness. He is the Project Director for OCDE-STEM Health Sciences Team … 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

Rose Haggerty

Rose Haggerty currently serves as the Executive Director of Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD). TAHPERD is a not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance. This … 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

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

Shannon McCall

Shannon McCall is a Lead Community Outreach Specialist who works with schools, agencies and community members providing programming and developing strategies that promote healthy lifestyles. Shannon has over 20 years of classroom teaching experience, with 15 years spent in hospital … Read More

Ben Moscona

Benjamin Moscona has been the principal of Bridgedale Elementary since 2012. He has also served JPPSS as an assistant principal at Green Park Elementary and a special education teacher at Dolhonde Elementary. Promoting “Beagle Pride,” he helped lead Bridgedale Elementary … Read More

Jacqueline Noyola

Jacqueline is the Brighter Bites Program Manager of Nutrition Education 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 … 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

Valerie Phillips

Valerie Phillips is a teacher in Round Rock ISD. She has been teaching health and wellness for 24 years and is currently in her 19th year at CD Fulkes Middle School. She is campus athletic coordinator, girls athletic coordinator, head … Read More

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

Gustavo Torrez

Gustavo Torrez has been involved in the tobacco control movement for the past 19 years. Starting off as a youth advocate and continuing into his professional career. His innovative work with STAND (Sacramento Students Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence) in … Read More

Jane Wilkinson

Jane has degrees or graduate certificates from the University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Colorado, Denver and Regis University (B.S. Commercial Recreation, Masters of Science in Management, graduate certificates: Advanced Infancy and Adult Learning).  Jane is currently employed at Boulder … Read More

Past 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

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

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