Ronette R. Briefel
Ronette Briefel, DrPH, RD, is a Senior Fellow with Mathematica. Dr. Briefel is an expert in nutrition, public health, and population-based strategies to prevent disease and promote health. Her expertise covers childhood obesity, food security, maternal and child health, and analysis of national survey data to study low-income and high-risk populations. Dr. Briefel has led national studies on the food consumption patterns and nutrient intakes of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as reflected by the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study; evaluations of interventions to reduce child food insecurity; and evidence-based reviews of children’s dietary guidance. She has served on numerous expert panels including the Prevention Expert Panel on Complementary Feeding Practices in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Evidence Library Technical Expert Collaborative for the Dietary Guidance Development Project for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months and Women Who Are Pregnant, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Dietary Risk Assessment in the WIC Program and Committee on Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. She earned her DrPH in chronic disease epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a registered dietitian.
Frank Greer, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Professor (Affiliate) of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a past Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Nutrition. He is a fellow in the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Greer’s professional experience includes clinical work in neonatology division and the Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin. He has held offices in many pediatric research organizations and groups, including the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation and the North American Pediatrics Bone and Mineral Working Group. He has served on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Subcommittees on Infant Formula and the Pregnancy, Birth to 24 project. Dr. Greer is author or co-author of 145 published articles and papers, as well as 27 books or book chapters, served as co-editor of the 7th and 8th editions of AAP’s Pediatric Nutrition Handbook. He also is the recipient of numerous research grants in the fields of neonatal nutrition, bone mineral content, bioavailability of calcium and myriad of other topics. He has served on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Nutrition and Pediatrics. He is a winner of the Faculty Development Award for University of Wisconsin Systems and the Founders’ Award of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Greer received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Debra Haire-Joshu is a scholar of health behavior who develops, tests, and disseminates population-wide interventions to reduce obesity and prevent diabetes, particularly among underserved women and children. She is the Joyce Wood Professor of Public Health and Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, with a joint appointment to the Brown School and School of Medicine and is a senior scholar in the Washington University Institute for Public Health. Dr. Haire-Joshu is Director of the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Center for Diabetes Translation Research, which supports a network of researchers addressing health equity among rural, American Indian-Alaskan Native, and African American populations. She current serves as Principal Investigator of studies that focus on the dissemination of evidence based interventions embedded within the routine practice of a national home-visiting program, designed to prevent weight gain among women during pregnancy and throughout the child-bearing years. Dr. Haire-Joshu was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow which informs her work linking evidence to policy, including the development of a bistate obesity policy tracking database. She has served on numerous advisory boards, and NIH review groups. Dr. Haire-Joshu has published extensively in peer reviewed literature and authored textbooks addressing diabetes management across the lifespan and transdisciplinary public health, as well as numerous chapters on obesity prevention.
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD, is Professor of Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and maternal, infant and young child nutrition counseling programs. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral and metabolic outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published over 330 research articles, 3 books, and numerous journal supplements, book chapters, and technical reports. He is a former member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Food and Nutrition Board. He served in the 2010 and 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child health and nutrition programs as well as household food security projects funded by WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, CDC, USDA, USAID, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. In 2015-2016, he served as chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Healthy Eating Research Panel on Best Practices for Promoting Healthy Nutrition, Feeding Patterns, and Weight Status for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months, which authored the report, Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach. He obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and his MS in Food Science and his PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis.
Charlene Russell-Tucker, MSM, RD, is the Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education, a role in which she leads priority project management functions to help improve the planning, efficiency, service and delivery effectiveness of the Department's programs and services. She also serves as the Division Chief for the Department's Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. She is a performance-driven and visionary education leader with over 20 years’ experience in successfully leveraging the interconnectedness of the social, emotional, physical and mental health of students and their families as foundations for positive school and life outcomes. She supports family and community engagement in education as well as equity and diversity initiatives. She previously served as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Department. Ms. Russell-Tucker participates on various state and national committees; she is co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absenteeism, and has served on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine expert panels. She currently serves as President of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Finally, Ms. Russell-Tucker has extensive teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus College School of New Dimensions.
Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez
Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RDN, LD is a Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the Director of the Nutrition Research Network for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Yakes Jimenez has expertise in design, implementation and analysis of clinical and community-based research studies. She conducts research focused on the implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and prevention and improved treatment of obesity, diabetes and chronic kidney disease in underserved populations. She is a pediatric registered dietitian with a BS in human nutrition and a MS in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Davis.