Meet Our Advisory Board
Chef, Best-Selling Author and TV Host
New York Times bestselling author and chef on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, 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 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: you don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.
Margaret D. Condrasky, CCE, Ed.D., RD
Associate Professor, Clemson University
Dr. Condrasky specializes in culinary nutrition focusing on portion control, new product development and cooking with chef outreach programs. She has led several research projects and grants, including “Cooking with a Chef as a Parental Component in Obesity Prevention and Control,” and has authored several articles, including ACF’s Culinary Nutrition News.
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.”
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
Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Dr. Jirka is a Nutritionist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. She is involved in developing nutrition education materials and providing nutrition technical assistance for school meal programs. Recently developed curriculum programs focus on school gardens, MyPlate and Chef inspired healthy recipes for childcare centers, schools and families.
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
International Athlete, Global Soccer Ambassador, Creator of Eat Soccer
When she is not travelling the world with her soccer ball, she introduces new communities to the beautiful game and inspires participation. Qiana is a former TEDx speaker, File spokesmodel and British Airways Face of Opportunity recipient. She promotes healthy eating along with physical activity to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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 T. Smith
Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors, Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation
Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation is an organization that focuses on containing childhood obesity in America. The program is designed to involve parents, children and educators reducing childhood obesity rates through the efforts of an animated, interactive and educational program focused on a healthy lifestyle.
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.