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  • 1. Guest Speaker Biographies Aaron Beighle is a former elementary physical education teacher and he holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in the areas of physical education and physical activity for youth. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky where he trains future physical educators and conducts research in the area of physical activity promotion for youth. Dr. Beighle has consulted with school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country in their efforts to maximize physical activity experiences and promote physical activity for youth. This has included physical education faculty training, after-school staff training, daycare staff, youth sport coaches training, and presentations to parent regarding the importance of physical activity. Dr. Beighle is the author and co-author of numerous research-based and practical articles pertaining to school-based physical activity promotion and physical education. In addition, he is a co-author on several national documents including the CDCs Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Promotion: A position statement. Beighle is also a co-author of four books (Promoting Physical Activity and Health in the Classroom, Pedometer Power, Pedometer Power 2nd ed., Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children 16e.). Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, MSN, ANP is currently acting Director of Communications in the office of the Surgeon General. The primary purpose of the Office of Science and Communications (OSC) is to review and approve all scientific and medical publications of the Office of the Surgeon General. Surgeon General documents disseminate scientific information regarding issues of public health importance that contain the most comprehensive and up to date information concerning topics of significant public health. Prior to going to the Office of the Surgeon Genera she was an assistant professor at George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, serving as the program director of the Nurse Practitioner Program. She received a master of science in nursing degree from George Mason University and is certified as a nurse practitioner. Through a post-master's fellowship, she was awarded a Teaching Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a doctoral degree from the School of Public Health at George Washington University, with a concentration in health service research. Jessica Donze Black is the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the
  • 2. Alliance for a Healthier Generation a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. As such, Jessica leads a team of over sixty people in thirty-seven states who are helping schools make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices. Prior to coming to the Alliance, Jessica served as the first Executive Director for the Campaign to End Obesity a non- profit organization focused on bringing together key stakeholders in order to drive national policy toward reversing the obesity epidemic. Jessicas other past work includes directing obesity initiatives for the American Heart Association, managing national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, serving as a health policy fellow for Senator Jeff Bingaman, and practicing medical nutrition therapy at DuPont Hospital for Children. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland College Park. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, two boys, and two crazy dogs. Jeanne Davidson Booth, Ph.D. Prior to joining the Lynchburg College faculty in 2000, Dr. Booth worked with the Lynchburg City School system as an English teacher, professional school counselor, and guidance director. A proud Lynchburg College alumna, Dr. Booth is currently the coordinator of the Colleges graduate Counselor Education Program and an assistant professor of education and human development. In addition to teaching at the graduate level, Dr. Booth teaches undergraduates enrolled in the Colleges teacher preparation program. A nationally certified parent education facilitator, Dr. Booth also serves on the staff of the Colleges Center for Family Studies and Educational Advancement. She has made presentations at the national, state, and local levels on issues related to counseling, human development, parenting issues, and family dynamics. Dr. Booth also provides consulting services and workshops for school divisions and public and private organizations throughout the commonwealth. Victoria Kumpuris Brown is the Industry Director for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint venture of the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. Victoria leads the Alliances efforts implementing current voluntary agreements with the food, beverage and healthcare industries while exploring new business ventures with industry partners to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. Victoria joined the Alliance in early 2007 as the inaugural Healthcare Director where she spearheaded and launched the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, a national collaboration between national medical associations, insurers and employers to offer first ever health benefits for childhood obesity prevention and treatment while evaluating their impact. Prior to the Alliance, Victoria was the Senior Policy Analyst in the Directors Office of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. Her efforts included launching the Centers for Disease Control Coordinated School Health Program and working on numerous childrens health issues such as the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment program under Medicaid and establishing a Systems of Care for childrens
  • 3. behavioral health. Before working in state government, she did research and evaluation in the Department of Social Science and Health Policy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Victoria led the site relations team for the Robert Wood Johnson funded national evaluation of Free to Grow, a program addressing substance abuse and domestic violence in fifteen Head Start sites across the country. She also co-facilitated the ECHO Council a diverse group of community leaders convened by the Winston- Salem Foundation to build and promote social capital. Victoria holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in public policy from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Judy Caplan is a registered dietitian with over twenty five years of experience in the field of health and nutrition. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and to escape the cold weather attended the University of Arizona where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Nutrition, Foods and Dietetics. Judy began her career as a health educator for the Pima County Health Department then moved on to be the Director of Nutrition Services at Canyon Ranch Resort in Tucson, AZ. Along the way she assisted Jane Fonda with Jane Fondas Workout Book; worked in the border town of Nogales, Arizona teaching Hispanic, pregnant women to eat healthier; managed a large level one trauma center hospital kitchen that produced over 3000 meals a day. She was recently involved in creating the Fairfax County Vietnamese Meals-on-Wheels program. Today she is the owner of her own firm, Nutrition Ammunition, which advises individuals, families, schools, and corporations on how to keep fit in a fattening world. The common thread throughout these diverse experiences has been to foster health promotion/ disease prevention and spread the word about the power of a healthy lifestyle. She has written three books, the latest, Gobey Gets Full Good Nutrition in a Nutshell, cracks the code to good nutrition for young children and their parents. Christopher Carpenter has been involved with food in many forms throughout his life. He was raised partially in the hills of Missouri where his fathers family were famers. At a young age, through early adulthood, he was involved in the growing and processing of vegetables and meats, while also being the community baker in Graff, Missouri. During his restaurant career he was an owner, consultant and a well regarded chef who used local ingredients in his cooking endeavors. He then went on to work in the young Virginia wine industry where he served various winemakers as a pruner, asst. winemaker and special event chef. During that time he also began to assist winemakers and owners in purchasing local cheeses and meats for their tasting rooms. Christopher Carpenter has been at Washington and Lee University since 2006 where he has served in the position of Special Projects Coordinator. His job, among others duties, has been to develop the W&L local foods acquisition program. Here he has overseen the local food purchases of W&L go from 0% to aprox. 30% in the Marketplace, which is the students main dining hall. He is the co-chair of the Shenandoah Valley Local Farm and Food Workgroup and vice
  • 4. chair the Virginia Food System Council whose work has included the development of local foods infrastruct