Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team works make it easier for North Carolinian to eat smart and move more. The multi-agency partnership oversees the implementation of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement guided by North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 2013-2020.

The organizational structure of the Leadership Team includes an Executive Committee and ad hoc committees that are established as needed. The Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team operates under a set of Bylaws and Organizational Structure, Policies and Procedures.

Organizational Structure, Policies and Procedures

Executive Committee

Vondell Clark

Vondell Clark, Chair

Vondell Clark, M.D., M.P.H. is the Medical Director of three departments within Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC): Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation; Employee Wellness; and CVMC’S Healthy House, a program designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity. The Healthy House is the previous home/office of a retired physician where families model conscious, healthy lifestyle choices in a real-life setting that may be translated into healthy behaviors in the home and community setting. Currently we are exploring the interface of external and internal mediators of behavior (or the interaction between behavioral economics and intrinsic motivation) - the common denominator appears to be the concept of “value”. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Holistic Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. He also has an M.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His interests in Wellness began in 1979 when he served with the U.S. Public Health Service with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II (NHANES II). He went on to serve on Hispanic HANES, and was on the NHANES III development team. He currently serves on Americans in Motion - Healthy Initiatives (AIM-HI), an advisory board to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He likes hanging out with his wife and his two-year old twins because “life is too important to be taken seriously”.

Sherée Thaxton Vodicka

Sherée Thaxton Vodicka, Vice Chair

Sherée Thaxton Vodicka, MA, RD, LDN is Executive Director of the NC State Alliance of YMCAs. In this role, Sherée leads the Y’s state level advocacy efforts to reduce the epidemic of childhood inactivity and poor nutrition. In addition, Sherée works in collaboration with the 28 Corporate YMCA CEOs to implement organization and community-wide changes that will help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Before coming to the Alliance, Sherée served as the Executive Director of Advocates for Health in Action, a Wake County-based healthy weight collaborative. Prior to that, Sherée served eight years managing integrated marketing communications for the N.C. Division of Public Health’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch around healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight for all North Carolinians. Sherée received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky with High Distinction, and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. Sherée is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist. Sherée practices what she preaches. She loves to cook delicious, nutritious meals with fresh ingredients from her garden, and stays in shape hiking, biking, and practicing Pilates and yoga. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, Doug.

Kevin Cain

Kevin Cain, Member at Large

Kevin Cain became the first President and CEO of the John Rex Endowment in 2001. In that position, he has had the opportunity to influence the endowment's approaches to grant making and measure its impact on the community. The endowment supports an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives by increasing access to healthy foods and active living, preventing injury, and promoting positive mental health. It supports alliances and coalitions of local agencies that seek the same improvements. As the vice-president for planning and marketing at Rex Hospital, Kevin played a role in the transaction with UNC Healthcare that created the new endowment. He serves on the board of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers and Action for Children NC, and the Steering Committee of Advocates for Health in Action.

Betsy Vetter

Betsy Vetter, Member at Large

Betsy Vetter is the NC Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association (AHA). She began work with the AHA in 2002 supporting Advocacy, Youth Market and Health Initiatives. In 2004 she assumed the role of the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, during which time she tripled the number of active grassroots advocates. In 2008, Betsy was promoted to her current position, NC Director of Government Relations. Currently Betsy serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, the statewide coalition working to improve the health of North Carolinians by advocating policies that promote wellness and reduce the impact of tobacco use and obesity. The NC Alliance for Health has achieved multiple legislative successes including making all North Carolina restaurants and bars smoke-free in 2009 and supporting requiring fitness testing in schools in 2010.

Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee, Member at Large

As Senior Project Officer for Active Living By Design (ALBD), Joanne Lee provides technical assistance and support to partnerships and leaders across the country in their efforts to create healthier communities. Her work has spanned several portfolios including the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities; Active Living by Design; Healthy Eating by Design; Fit Together and Fit Community grant programs. She offers expertise to the multidisciplinary ALBD team in the areas of nutrition, public health, community-level programming, children's and women's health, at-risk populations, chronic disease prevention and related research. Joanne has unique and diverse experience in various public health and epidemiological research settings in North Carolina, Hawai`i and Arizona. Prior to joining the ALBD staff, she served as the Program Director for the Nutrition Division of the Pitt County Health Department in eastern North Carolina. Previously, she was Lead Research Dietitian for the Nutrition Support Shared Resource Unit of the Cancer Research Center of Hawai`i. She also served in lead roles on national and international research studies, including NIH-funded investigations. During her career, Joanne has worked closely with local television and print media, including regular appearances on morning news shows. A Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Joanne completed her M.P.H. and B.S. degrees at the University of Hawai`i, and holds a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Education in Child and Adolescent Obesity from the University of California, San Francisco. Joanne grew up in Hawai`i and currently resides in eastern North Carolina where she is involved in local efforts to support walkability and healthy food venues.

Willona Stallings

Willona Stallings, Member at Large

Willona Stallings is Program Coordinator of the NC Council of Churches’ (NCCC) faith-based health initiative, Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW). Born and raised in Goldsboro, NC, Willona attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill both as an undergraduate (B.A., Psychology) and graduate student (MPH, Maternal and Child Health). After receiving her bachelor’s degree and before returning to school full-time to obtain her master’s, she served as Data Manager for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System – a CDC-funded maternal and child health research project at the NC State Center for Health Statistics – and as Public Health Program Consultant for the NC Sickle Cell Syndrome Program. In her current role as PHW Program Coordinator, Willona works to build partnerships between the North Carolina Council of Churches’ member bodies and public health stakeholders across the state. She is a current member of the Institute for Emerging Issues’ Health Issue Council, NC Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Rural Health, NC FoodCorps’ Advisory Team, NC SOPHE, and NC Prevention Partners’ Advisory Team.

David Gardner

David Gardner, Past Chair

David Gardner joined the UNC-Asheville community in July, 2010 as the founding Executive Director of the NC Center for Health and Wellness. A Raleigh native, Gardner received his BS and MA degrees in Health and Physical Education from Appalachian State University and his Doctor of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Gardner brings more than 35 years of experience in the areas of public and higher education, work place wellness, community health, adult health and wellness and childhood obesity prevention to his leadership role at the NC Center for Health and Wellness. David provides statewide leadership in the battle against childhood obesity as a member of the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund Fit Together Childhood Obesity Study Committee, as Vice-Chair for the Eat Smart Move More NC Leadership Team, the Be Active NC Program Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee for the NC Prevention Partners Childhood Obesity Roundtable. He was also a member of the Education Writing Team for the National Physical Activity Plan. Dr. Gardner serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Public Health Foundation, the Advancement Board for the Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Department at Appalachian State and as a Trustee for the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Lori Rhew

Lori Rhew, Coordinator

Lori Rhew is the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina (ESMM NC) Coordinator. In this role she provides staff support and administration to the ESMM NC movement. Lori has many years of experience working in state and local health departments to promote physical activity and healthy eating. She is also involved with national efforts to promote physical activity through the National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH), serving on the Board of Directors and on the development team for the Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist certification. Lori received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from Bowling Green State University and her masters in Sport and Exercise Science from The Ohio State University.

Former Chairs of Eat Smart, Move More NC

Gregg Griggs (Served: 2007-2009) NC Academy of Family Physicians
Dr. Carolyn Dunn (Served: 2009-2011) NC Cooperative Extension, NC State University

Leadership Team Members *

Active Living By Design
Alamance County Health Department
Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
American Heart Association - NC Affiliate
Arthritis Foundation
Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (ABYSA)
Association of NC Boards of Health
Be Better Vending
Better Health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation - Kids in Parks Program
Bridge II Sports
Caldwell Memorial Hospital
Cape Fear Healthy Carolinians/ UNC-W Obesity Prevention Initiative
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Center for Healthy North Carolina
Cone Health Foundation
Core Health Partners, PLLC
Currituck County Cooperative Extension
Diabetes Management Solutions/The Diabetes Bus Initiative
Duke University Medical Center, Division of Community Health
East Carolina University, Division of School of Medicine
Easter Seals UPC of North Carolina
FEAST, Slow Food Asheville
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Food Revolution NC
Fort Brag Army Wellness Center
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
John Rex Endowment
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Kostelec Planning, LLC
Mount Olive College
NC A & T State University, Family and Consumer Sciences Department
NC Academy of Family Physicians
NC Academy of Physician Assistants
NC Action for Healthy Kids
NC Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
NC Alliance for Health
NC Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
NC Alliance of YMCAs
NC Center for Health and Wellness UNC Asheville
NC Citizens for Public Health, Inc
NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Environmental Education
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Dietetic Association
NC Division of Public Health
NC Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science
NC Farm Bureau Federation
NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs
NC High School Athletic Association
NC Local Health Directors Association
NC Medical Society Employee Benefit Plan
NC Medical Society Foundation
NC Office on Disability and Health
NC Office of State Personnel
NC Pediatric Society
NC Public Health Association, Inc.
NC Public Health Foundation
NC Recreation & Park Association
NC Senior Games, Inc.
NC Society for Public Health Education
NC State Health Plan
NC State University
NC WIC Association
NML Wellness Consulting
Novant Health
Park Ridge Health
Partners in Health & Wholeness, An Initiative of the NC Council of Churches
Pitt County Community Sports and Recreation
Prevention Partners
Resourceful Communities Program, The Conservation Fund
Rex Healthcare
Rockingham County Schools
RTI International
School Nutrition Association of North Carolina
Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.
The NC Partnership for Children, Inc.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Vidant Health
Verizon Wireless
Wake County Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention Section
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Western North Carolina (WNC) Healthy Kids
Wilkes County Health Department
Youth Empowered Solution (YES!)

* Membership on the Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team does not constitute endorsement of any individual, organization, business entity, or product and none should be inferred. Membership is open to any organization, business, agency, coalition or non-profit that supports the mission and purpose of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement.

Logo Usage Guidelines

Anyone using the Eat Smart, Move More NC Logo must follow the logo usage guidelines. When preparing materials that will include the Eat Smart, Move More NC logo, refer to the individual section in the logo usage guide that relates to the specific aspects of the logo you plan to use. Each section provides specific rules for usage, offers application guidelines and answers the most frequently asked questions regarding the Eat Smart, Move More NC logo.

Evaluation Reports

In the past, we have surveyed member organizations about their roles in the Leadership Team and implementing NC's Obesity Prevention Plan. The evaluation reports below were conducted on NC's Obesity Prevention Plan.

2008 Survey and Collaboration Assessment
2009 Survey of Implementation Efforts (of North Carolina's Obesity Prevention Plan)
2010 Partner Engagement Survey


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