Our People 


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Our Staff



Amy Lazarus Yaroch, PhD

Executive Director

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Leah Carpenter, MPH

Associate Director

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Rosemary Lind

Director of Finance and Operational Services

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Courtney Parks, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

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Jennie Hill, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

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Eric Calloway, PhD, RD

Research Scientist

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Dina Nugent, PhD

Research Scientist

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Hollyanne Fricke, MPH

Senior Project Manager

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Katie Stern, MPH

Senior Project Manager

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Whitney Clausen, MPH

Research Associate

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Alethea Chiappone, MPH, MSW

Graduate Research Assistant

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Tony Gargano, MPH

Research Associate

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Cory Barrett, MBA

Executive Assistant

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Danelle Myer

Marketing Director

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Amanda Schneider, MS

Marketing Associate

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Scientific Advisory Committee


Heidi Blanck, MS, PhD

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chief of the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health

Dr. Blanck has more than 17 years of CDC experience as a United States Public Health Service Officer and has authored more than 100 epidemiologic papers and reports in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, obesity and environmental exposures. She oversees CDC’s monitoring of state obesity prevalence and key nutrition and physical activity behavioral and systems supports, development of guidelines and resources, and technical assistance to health agencies and other partners. She is the creator and Senior Advisor to the agency’s extramural Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, an active member of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, and National Academies of Science Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Dr. Blanck received her Ph.D. from Emory University where she serves as an Adjunct Professor.

Ken Resnicow, PhD

Irwin M. Rosenstock Collegiate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and UM Cancer Center Director of Health Disparities Research

Dr. Resnicow is an internationally recognized expert in design and evaluation of health promotion interventions and motivational interviewing, and is a leading expert in conceptualizing and designing culturally sensitive community-based interventions for health promotion. He is also an expert in community-based interventions for nutrition, physical activity and smoking prevention in minorities. He specializes in theory-based tailoring including ethnic identity and self-determination theory. His research interests include the design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, particularly cardiovascular and cancer prevention interventions for African Americans; understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors; and motivational interviewing for chronic disease prevention.

Mary Story, PhD, RD

Professor and Associate Director of Academic Programs, Community and Family Medicine, Duke University and the Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, NC

Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Story was Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, where she was also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine. She concurrently serves as Director of the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity. She has conducted numerous school and community-based environmental intervention and obesity prevention studies for children, adolescents and families.


Board of Directors


Angela Cooper


Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Frederick S. Bucholz

Vice Chair

Plastilite Corporation


Edson L. Bridges III, CFA


President, CEO, Director
Bridges Investment Management


Ryan Picarella, MS



Kathleen Lodl, PhD

Associate Dean, Extension 4-H Youth Development
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Meg Huerter Brudney

Head of School
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Ajay Menon, PhD

Dean of the College of Agriculture Sciences
Colorado State University


Craig Moody, MBA

Principal and Co-owner
Verdis Group

Brian O’Malley

Chef-Instructor and Executive Director
Institute for the Culinary Arts
Metropolitan Community College

Abbie Raikes, MPH, PhD

UNICEF Headquarters New York


Ariel Roblin

General Manager


Lina Traslaviña Stover, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Nebraska Omaha

Tammy Yarmon

Nutrition Services Director
Omaha Public Schools