Meet Our Advisory Board
Chef, Best-Selling Author and TV Host
New York Times bestselling author Devin Alexander is a veteran in the
fight against obesity and she’s winning the war with her unique
approach to healthy cooking. Having maintained a 55-pound weight loss
for over 15 years, she lives and eats her message: you don't have to
deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.
Renegade Lunch Lady
Chef Ann is a celebrated author, chef, educator and enduring advocate
for better food for all children. She envisions a time soon when being a
chef working to feed children fresh, delicious, and nourishing food will
no longer be considered “renegade.”
Kevin Crawley, CEC
Chef Instructor, Johnson & Wales University
Chef Crawley has been widely featured on both television and radio
and has participated in numerous guest chef demonstrations and
competitions around the United States and abroad.
Chef and Media Personality
Chef Lorena has taken on the challenge of combating childhood obesity
using her culinary knowledge. She has developed “Big Chef, Little
Chef,” a lifestyle modification plan that educates children of all
ages and their families about the benefits of nutrition and of living a
healthy, happy and positive life.
Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS
Brand Manager K12 Schools, Tyson Food Service
Dr. Barbara Jirka is the brand manager for the K12 school segment for
Tyson Foods, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas. She oversees customer and
brand marketing and development of programs designed to provide
solutions for K-12 customers. Dr. Jirka currently serves on the School
Nutrition Association Board of Directors.
Executive Producer, Two Angry Moms
For over 15 years, Amy has produced award-winning films, television
programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Since
childhood, Amy has been passionate about social justice and
environmental issues. She is now compelled to express that passion by
speaking out as an Angry Mom fighting for the health of America’s
Catherine Mullarkey, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Catherine Mullarkey has more than 20 years
of corporate and not-for-profit corporate law experience. Her
involvement with the American Culinary Federation Chef & Child
Foundation goes back to its very beginning in 1989.
Dr. Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
An expert in the field of eating disorders and obesity, Dr. Rome runs
the Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Obesity Initiative, working to
decrease childhood obesity through healthier exercise and eating habits
in partnership with communities and schools.
Joel Schaefer, CCC
President and Chef, Allergy Chefs, Inc.
Joel is currently the president and chef for his own company, Allergy
Chefs, Inc. specializing in food allergy and special diets training and
product development and has recently joined the AllergyFree Foods team
as their Research and Development Chef.
Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, LDN, FAIS, FACSM
Nutritional Biochemist and Author
Dr. Talbott’s most recent project is an award-winning
feature-length documentary film, “Killer At Large:
Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat,” which
explores the startling details underlying the American Obesity
Epidemic—and serves as a “call to arms” for concerned
parents, school districts, elected officials, health professionals, and
entire communities to empower themselves in reversing this deadly trend.