Educational Session

Nutrition 2017: News You Need to Know, Featuring NAMA’s Nutrition Advisory Council

Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 8:30 - 9:30am

Featuring members of NAMA’s Nutrition Advisory Council, this session will offer perspectives on important nutrition trends from nationally recognized nutrition experts from both industry and nutrition associations, including the introduction of Lucille Beseler, the chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the country’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with more than 100,000 members. The dynamic discussion, including an update on FitPick, the industry’s signature nutrition and wellness initiative, will conclude with a Q and A session, fostering attendee interaction.



Lucille Beseler
President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Lucille Beseler is President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A leader in the organization for many years, she is a past chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee and a member of its Childhood Obesity Coalition. Beseler served for nine years as chair of the Florida Dietetics Nutrition Practice Council – the state licensing board for dieticians and nutritionists – and received a public service award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Beseler established the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida in 1991, as one of the first nutrition practices pio- neering HMO coverage of nutrition services dedicated to pediatrics. A professional speaker, Beseler is also author of Nurturing with Nutrition: The Essential Guide for Feeding Infants and Toddlers (Bazarte and Beseler 2003) as well as many articles and publications.



Deanne Brandstetter,
VP Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group

Deanne Brandstetter, M.B.A., R.D. has over thirty years of experience in the food and nutrition business. Deanne is a registered dietitian and holds a New York State license as a certified dietitian-nutritionist. As vice president of Nutrition & Wellness for Compass Group, North America, she leads a team that coordinates wellness programs for foodservice clients and develops innovative & award-winning cross-sector nutrition and welliness initiatives. She also directed the nutrition program for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the Compass Olympics Lead Management Team. Deanne earned an American Culinary Federation Silver med- al for Healthy Cuisine, has authored numerous articles for professional and trade journals – including a module of the ADA Labeling Certification Course – and has presented programs at the Society for Foodservice Management, the American Dietetic Association, Foodservice Director magazine Menu Directions, Field to Plate-France, the National Restaurant Association and the CIA Greystone World of Healthy Flavors conferences.


David Grotto, MS, RDN, LDN
Senior Nutrition Marketing Business Partner, Kellogg’s

David Grotto is the Senior Nutrition Marketing Business Partner for the Kellogg’s Specialty Channels Division, where he provides nutrition solution guidance for K-12, colleges, travel, military, vending, convenience and food service. In addition to his work with Kellogg’s, Grotto is a bestselling author of three books including his latest, Best Things You Can Eat. He is also a freelance writer and serves as an advisor to Fitness magazine.

Prior to his work with Kellogg’s, Grotto hosted a live radio show on health and nutrition for 10 years, as well as a local television show. He also served as a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Roni Moore
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations

As Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for NAMA, Moore is responsible for all integrated communications for the association, representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry.

She brings more than two decades of marketing communications experience, representing some of the world’s best known brands, including McDonald’s Corporation. During her tenure, she worked on nutrition communications, menu management, international communications, crisis management, marketing public relations as well as sports, including the Olympic Games and Michael Jordan as part of the Michael Jordan/McDonald’s Charity Golf Classic, the world’s largest celebrity golf event, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Immediately prior to her role at NAMA, Moore was Corporate Communications Consultant at Tenneco, an $9 billion auto parts company. At Tenneco, she provided wide-ranging counsel to the company’s executive management team.

Moore has been awarded with the industry’s highest recognition, including the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for a McDonald’s brand launch.

She earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Corporate Public Relations and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she has served as a guest lecturer.


Sylvia Rowe
President, SR Strategy, LLC

Sylvia Rowe is currently president of SR Strategy pursuing communications and issues management consulting on a broad range of health, nutrition, food safety and risk is- sues. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Previously Rowe served as president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, in Washington, DC, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators and consum- ers. IFIC’s programs are primarily supported by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.

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