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National Food Stamp Nutrition Education Conference: A Vision, A Journey, A Partnership

March 15-17, 2004, Hilton Columbus – Easton Town Center, Columbus Ohio

March 15, 2004 – Monday

GENERAL SESSION: FSNE Present and Future Directions

Welcome: Facilitator, Joyce McDowell, MS, Interim Assistant Director, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension

Introductory Remarks: Setting the Stage: Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President, Agricultural Administration, Director, Ohio State University Extension, Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University; and Chair, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

FSNE – Present and Future Directions: Alberta Frost, MS, Director, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture


March 16, 2004 – Tuesday

GENERAL SESSION: Education/Learning

Facilitator: Kathy Volanty, PhD, Associate Director, Human Sciences, Texas Cooperative Extension

FSNE: Finding the Proper Balance: Jane Voichick, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin Madison, and President of the Society for Nutrition Education

Panel Presentation – Strategies that Work

  • Paraprofessional Model
    Linda Melcher, MS, RD, Cent$ible Nutrition Program Director, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
  • Professional Model
    Susan Beeman, MS, RD, CD/N Family Nutrition Program Coordinator, University of Connecticut
  • Families First: Nutrition Education and Wellness Systems (FFNEWS – an 1890 Institution Cooperative Endeavor)
    Gina Eubanks, PhD, FCS, Vice Chancellor for Extension, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
  • Intertribal Council Model
    Cheri Nemec, RD, CD, Family Nutrition Program Director and WIC Project Nutritionist, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
  • Nutrition Network Example
    Doris Montgomery, MS, RD, LD, Iowa Nutrition Network Coordinator
  • Food Bank Example
    Ruth Stemler, MS, RD, LD, Director of Nutrition Services, Houston Food Bank



Facilitator: Wanda Lincoln, MEd, Eat Well Nutrition Education Program, State Coordinator, University of Maine , Cooperative Extension Facilitator 2: Kris Saunders, MS, FSNEP Coordinator, Utah State University

Social Marketing

Facilitator: Michelle Lombardo , DC , Wellness Incorporated, State Nutrition Network , Georgia
Facilitator: Leslie Beckstrom, MS, RD, Nutrition Network Coordinator, Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

  • “Give Me Five” Social Marketing Campaign
    Richard Poorbough, Coordinator, Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
  • Adopt a Food Stamp Office
    Melinda Johnson, M.S., R.D., Arizona Nutrition Network Partnership Development Specialist, Arizona Department of Health Services

Curricula/Educational Materials

Facilitator: Sondra Parmer, MS, Project Manager, Nutrition Education Program, Alabama Cooperative Education System
Facilitator: Jill Gromberg, MS, RD, LD, Program Coordinator, Nutrition Education Programs, FSNEP/EFNEP, University of Minnesota, College of Human Ecology

Diverse Audiences

Facilitator: Amy Ressler, M.S., Program Director, Better Living for Texans, Texas Cooperative Extension
Facilitator: Teresa Pieper, RD, Extension Assistant – FNP, South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service

  • The Connecticut Family Nutrition Program for Infants, Toddlers and Children: Why Research and Evaluation Matter
    Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Use of Assistance Programs by Minority Families
    Karen Varco, Ph.D., Human Resource Program Leader, University of California


Facilitator: Nancy Fey-Yensan, PhD, RD, University of Rhode Island, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Facilitator: Nichole Burnett, MS, RD, Project Coordinator, Nutrition Education Program, University of Nebraska

  • Cost-benefit analysis of the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program in Colorado
    Jennifer Anderson, PhD., R.D., Professor and Extension Specialist, Colorado State University
  • CX3 – Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention: A New Way to Brand (and Administer) the Community Arm of Comprehensive, Diverse State Nutrition Campaigns
    Susan Foerster, M.P.H., R.D., Director of California Nutrition Network, California Department of Health Services


GENERAL SESSION: Applied Research and Evaluation

Facilitator: Kathleen Manenica, State Food $ense Coordinator, Program Development & Marketing, Washington State University, Cooperative Extension

Strengthening FSNE Outcomes: Linking Applied Research to Nutrition Education: Ann M. Ferris, PhD, RD, Professor, University of Connecticut and Co-Director, University of Connecticut Public Health Institute

Cooperator Identified Evaluation Needs: ** Cancelled** Debra Palmer-Keenan PhD, Director, New Jersey Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Economic Research Service (ERS) and Food Stamp Nutrition Education: Eileen S. Stommes, PhD, Senior Sociologist, Food and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture


CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Promising Practices


Facilitator: Peggy Gunter, MEd, FNP Business Manager, Office of Nutrition Education, Mississippi State University Extension
Facilitator: Linda Wells, MA, ICAN Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dept. of Extension Home Economics, New Mexico State University

Social Marketing

Facilitator: Sue Nicholson Butkus, PhD, RD, Extension Nutrition Specialist, Washington State University
Facilitator: Patti Landers, PhD, RD/LD, Oklahoma Nutrition Network Coordinator, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center

Curricula/Educational Materials

Facilitator: Cindy Frederick, Project Coordinator – Cent$ible Nutrition Program, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Wyoming
Facilitator: Diane Murrell, FF-NEWS Coordinator, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Cooperative Extension Program

Diverse Audiences

Facilitator: Mary Kershaw, PhD, Project Manager, Ohio Food Stamp Nutrition Education, Ohio State University Extension, The Ohio State University
Facilitator: Ruby Cox, PhD, RD, EFNEP/FSNEP Coordinator, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech

  • Reaching Disabled Adults with Nutrition Education
    Leslie Beckstrom, M.S., R.D., Colorado Nutrition Network Coordinator, Colorado State University
  • Enhancing and Expanding a Newsletter Targeted to Seniors
    Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D., R.D., Professor and Extension Specialist, Colorado State University



Facilitator: Lydia Medeiros, PhD, R.D., Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Dept. of Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University
Facilitator: Phyllis M. Dennee, MS, CFCS, Nutrition Education Specialist / FSNE Principal Investigator, Montana State University Extension


March 17, 2004 – Wednesday



  • CNE On- Line Reporting System
    Facilitator: Deborah M. Little, EdD, FNP Accountability Manager, Mississippi State University
    Facilitator: Bev Phillips, MS, WNEP Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin Extension
    Stephen Green, M.S., FNP Technology Administrator, Mississippi State University

Facilitated Discussions



Facilitator: Candance Gabel, MS, RD, Associate State Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri – Outreach and Extension

Nutrition Education From a State Food Stamp Agency Perspective: Why the Investment: Jody Cornwell, Assistant Deputy Director, Missouri Family Support Division, Missouri Department of Social Services, President, American Association of Food Stamp Directors

Supporting State Food Stamp Program Goals Within a Community Context – Complementing, Reinforcing, Not Duplicating: Dianne Radigan, MS, RD, LD, Chief Operating Officer, Children's Hunger Alliance, Columbus, Ohio

Nutrition Education From a State Legislator's Perspective: Ray Miller, MA, State Senator, Ohio

Present and Future Directions: Mary M. Gray, PhD, Deputy Administrator, Families, 4-H, and Nutrition, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture

Closing Remarks: Helen Chipman, PhD, RD, LN, National Coordinator, FSNE, NIFA/USDA


FSNE Poster Presentations

Curricula/Educational Materials

Social Marketing






Diverse Audiences