Advisory council

The Advisory Council of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is comprised of representatives from allied organizations who are interested in advancing the mission and strategic priorities of the Center – whether through their professional or philanthropic interest.

Advisory council members represent a diverse cross-sector of organizations invested in improving the health and wellness of today's youth and families.

Chair: Keith Chase
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Vice President
A driving force in improving our communities and sustaining our world through an uncompromising commitment to growth, innovation, ethics and technical excellence.

Catalina Araiza
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Administrative Officer II
The Pennsylvania Department of Health's School Health Program facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age in Pennsylvania by serving all children of school age attending public and non-public schools in Pennsylvania.

Beth Anne Bahn
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of School Health
The School Health Program facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age in Pennsylvania by serving all children of school age attending public and non-public schools in Pennsylvania.

Tiffany Bransteitter, M.S.W.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Section Chief, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
The Pennsylvania Department of Health's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity features programs and information for all Pennsylvanians related to maintaining good health through proper nutrition and physical activity.

Vernon Chinchilli, Ph.D.
Penn State College of Medicine
Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

Marilyn Corbin, Ph.D.
Penn State Cooperative Extension
State Program Leader
Penn State Cooperative Extension is an educational network that people in Pennsylvania's 67 counties access to practical how to education and problem-solving assistance based on University.

Jill Cox, MS, RD
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Extension Associate Specialist, Physical Activity & Nutrition
Penn State Cooperative Extension is an educational network that offers people in Pennsylvania's 67 counties access to practical how to education and problem-solving assistance based on University research.

Miranda Crotsley
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Chief, Outdoor Recreation Programming Section
Charged with maintaining and preserving the 116 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

Jennifer Ebersole
American Heart Association
Pennsylvania Advocacy Director
The American Heart Association (AHA) seeks to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. AHA of the Capital Region are committed to fighting heart disease and stroke throughout central Pennsylvania.

Vonda Fekete, M.S., R.D.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Chief, Division of Food and Nutrition
The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Food and Nutrition promotes access to healthy food choices among the Commonwealth's children to ensure readiness to learn, wellness, and sponsor compliance with federal Child Nutrition Program standards.

Jon Fitzkee
Lebanon County Planning Department
Transportation Planner
The Lebanon County Planning Department oversees general community planning activities as well as provides technical assistance to local municipalities preparing and updating land use plans and ordinances and assists the County Commissioners, as needed, on a wide variety of other county planning projects.

Diana Fox
American Cancer Society - Pennsylvania Division, Inc.
Director, Strategic Collaborations
The nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Allyson B. Fulton
Safe Kids Pennsylvania
Child Safety Coordinator
Safe Kids Pennsylvania promotes the prevention of childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration and advocacy. They fulfill their mission by sponsoring effective injury reduction activities targeted to regional needs across the Commonwealth; promoting awareness and education among child injury prevention advocates; supporting public policies and programs that reduce injuries among children and youth; and providing safety education to children and youth in the major risk areas of traffic safety, water safety, fire safety, poisoning and falls prevention.

Serina Gaston, M.Ed.
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Director, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
The Pennsylvania Department of Health's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity features programs and information for all Pennsylvanians related to maintaining good health through proper nutrition and physical activity. .

Angie Halaja - Henriques
Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
Director of Public Health Initiatives
The PAFP assists family physicians in providing the highest quality care for their patients through education, advocacy and public health initiatives.

Megan Hernandez
American Heart Association
Youth Market Director
The American Heart Association (AHA) seeks to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. AHA of the Capital Region are committed to fighting heart disease and stroke throughout central Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Hessert
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Assistant Director
Develop community, regional and statewide efforts in response to the health care needs of rural residents of the Commonwealth.

Jennifer Kraschnewski, M.D., M.P.H.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Division of General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
The Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center care for over 2,000 inpatients and 20,000 outpatients each year. Division faculty are actively engaged in quality improvement initiatives in all settings as well as clinical research. The division is also a key contributor to the teaching medical students and internal medicine residents.

Barbara Layne
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Director
The PA Medical Society is 20,000 physicians and medical students working together to represent physicians in public venues; provide members with timely information, expert services, and professional support on medical practice issues; and advance public health, public policy, medical science, education, and ethics.

Sandra Moritz
PA Association of School Nurses and Practitioners
South Central PA Representative
The Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) is the professional home for school nurses, open to all certified school nurses and school nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania. PASNAP provides the structure and leadership necessary to promote unity among all certified school nurses, advances the professional practice of school health through continuing education, improves political awareness, and promotes school nursing to assure quality school health services.

Morton Orman
Capital Blue Cross
Medical Director
Capital BlueCross has provided the people of our 21-county service area in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley with maximum value in health insurance products since 1938. Know for our reputation of excellence in customer service, Capital Blue Cross is thriving as a full-service health insurer — committed to offering a wide variety of easy-to-use, comprehensive and innovative health-care products for employer groups and our members.

Barbara E. Ostrov, MD
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy

Gil Pak
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital
Director of Operations

Mark Palerino
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Recreation & Parks Advisor II
Charged with maintaining and preserving the 116 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

Sharon Piano, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.F.C.S.
Pennsylvania Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids is the nation's leading non-profit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

Kelly Shreve, M. Ed., C.H.E.S.
Capital Blue Cross
Manager, Health Education and Wellness
Capital BlueCross has provided the people of our 21-county service area in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley with maximum value in health insurance products since 1938. Know for our reputation of excellence in customer service, Capital Blue Cross is thriving as a full-service health insurer—committed to offering a wide variety of easy-to-use, comprehensive and innovative health-care products for employer groups and our members.

Angela Watson
Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
Senior Transportation Planner
Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. is a leader in the development and operation of infrastructure to meet the needs of communities around the world. The firm provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and program and construction management services to both public and private sector clients.

Linda Woods Huber
Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Executive Director
Committed to the professional growth and development of its members and the expansion and application of a knowledge base and methodologies for the purpose of encouraging active, healthy lifestyles by all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kim Woodward
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Training Coordinator
The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, founded in 1935, is the principal organization promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of the Commonwealth through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers.

Jennifer Zellefrow
School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania
Nutrition Education & Professional Development Chair
The School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania is the voice of child nutrition promoting the health and wellness of today's youth. With a mission to positively impact the wellness of children through healthy school meals and high quality child nutrition programs, the Association provides training and education, current information, professional standards, networking opportunities, and scholarships.

“The stellar interaction between the Center and administrators at six PA public schools led to a very successful week-long health ride. I enjoyed working with the Center and would highly recommend them as partners in any future projects.”

Roy E. Baldwin
Executive Director
Healthy Lifestyles Foundation