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About the Board

The WIC Community Innovation and Outreach (WIC CIAO) Project Advisory Board reflects the diversity of communities served by WIC and supplements the disciplines and expertise of the Project Team. Advisory Board members have demonstrated deep expertise in sectors complementary to the Project Team, including research, advocacy, childcare, communications, community organizing, healthcare, nutrition/dietetics, philanthropy, racial justice, rural communities, WIC technology, and WIC administration. 

The Advisory Board includes individuals from a variety of backgrounds and combines the expertise of nationally recognized experts on WIC innovation and outreach with that of current and former WIC participants.

Meet The Board

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Dr. Carolyn Barnes, PhD

Assistant Professor
Duke University

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Toni Bolton

Recovery Specialist and Advisor,
Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Whitney Carlson

Whitney Carlson

Senior Manager,
National WIC Association Recruitment & Retention Campaign

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Laura Conklin, MPH

Director, Community Health Initiatives
American Academy of Pediatrics

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Robert Ferguson, MPH

Chief Policy Officer
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

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Nicole Garro, MPH

Director, Early Childhood
Health Programs
Child Care Aware of America

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Julie Hampton-Lyon, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

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Dr. Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH

Director of Maternal and Child Health
Black Women's Health Imperative

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Alice Lenihan, MPH, RD, LDN

Former Branch Head for
Nutrition Services
North Carolina Division of Public Health

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Sandy Martini

Native Agriculture Financial Services

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Misha Marvel, MSW

Manager, Early Childhood Nutrition Policy & Engagement
Hunger Solutions New York

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Cheri Nemec, RDN, CD, CLS, IBC

WIC Program Director, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
Chair, National Indian and Native American WIC Coalition (NINAWC)

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Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program (FNEC) and New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

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Tina Sherman

Senior Campaign Director

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Diane Sullivan

Equitable Spaces