Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.

Director, Nutrition Policy, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

Margo Wootan is the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), one of the country’s leading health advocacy organizations that specializes in food, nutrition, and obesity prevention.  Dr. Wootan received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University’s School of Public Health.  Dr. Wootan co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance.  She has coordinated and lead efforts to require trans fat labeling, improve school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, require calorie labeling at fast-food and other chain restaurants, and expand the nutrition and physical activity program at CDC.  Wootan has received numerous awards and is quoted regularly in the nation’s major media.



Karen O’Rourke

Deputy Director for Program Development, University of New England’s Center for Community and Public Health

Karen O’Rourke is currently the Deputy Director for Program Development at the University of New England’s Center for Community and Public Health in Portland Maine.  At UNE Karen coordinates the Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center (MHPRC), an obesity-related research and research translation program in partnership with the Harvard Prevention Research Center and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Her primary responsibilities include school initiatives, daycare interventions and state-level policy initiatives.  Karen is also working on the development of a school of public health at UNE and assisting in the accreditation process for the Masters in Public Health on line program.  Karen received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University.



Richard A. Abramson

Superintendent of Schools, Maranacook Area Schools, Readfield, Maine

Rich Abramson has served as Superintendent of Schools for Regional School Unit #38 (Readfield, Maine) since 2001.  He currently serves as Superintendent representative to the Dannon Institute's Schools Advisory Committee.  He has been a national speaker on school wellness speaking to Superintendent Associations and wellness organizations.  Previous to being a Superintendent, Rich was a local YMCA Executive Director, Special Education Director, Association Executive Director, and Teacher.  Rich also serves on numerous State Wellness committees and Task Forces.



Jeff Bridges

Director of Food Services, Maranacook Area Schools, Readfield, Maine