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Past Advisory Board Members


We are so appreciative to our previous Advisory Board Members who shared their passion, professional expertise and donated their time to help families with children live healthier.  Their valuable contributions were instrumental in building  We are forever grateful.


Anne Kolker, Nutrition Consultant

MS, Registered Dietitian

Nutrition Consultant for Harker School, Head Start Pre-school and Pacific Athletic Club

Instructor at San Jose State University, Nutrition and Food Science Department Consults, develops and presents nutrition education with a focus on the family

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Menlo Park School District Wellness Committee
Child Health and Fitness Coalition, Santa Clara County
Obesity Task Force, San Mateo County

"I focus my energy on educating children and teenagers about nutrition, food safety and weight management. I believe that kids need to learn in a way that keeps them interested and involved. I have three healthy eaters at home, 3, 6, and 9 and I make nutrition a part of our daily routine by role modeling."


Colleen A Thompson, Dietitian Educator

MS, Registered Dietitian

Dietitian Educator 

Extension educator in residence, University of Connecticut, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Coordinates, develops, and administers nutrition education and training for CT Team Nutrition. 

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Connecticut Dietetic Association, Chair (2006-2007)
National Education Association
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Teachers (AAFCS)
American School Food Service Association (ASFSA)
"I am passionate about the health and future well-being of our nation's children. Specifically, I feel that education is necessary to promote a healthy weight and increased physical activity for all kids. Education needs to focus on parent and child, in and out of the classroom. We must help our children to learn to enjoy and appreciate healthy foods and an active lifestyle by modeling the behaviors we hope to achieve. Monkey see, monkey do!"




Fannie Rankin-Vinci, Diabetes Nurse Educator

Registered Nurse, CDE

Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator

Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame, California

Coordinates, manages and teaches diabetic education to children and parents. 

American Association of Diabetes Educators
San Francisco Bay Area American Diabetes Educators (SFBAADE), past board member and president

"Diabetes in children has always been a concern and focus for me. My siblings and I have had diabetes since our late teens /early twenties. In my role as a diabetes educator, I see many children with diabetes. I realize the struggle to maintain a normal weight and still be like other children is a major issue in dealing with this growing epidemic in our society. I hope that an increased awareness early in life can make a difference in the lives of these children and their parents. I want children and parents to be more aware of not only the need for proper nutrition for growth and development but the need to reduce the empty calories which lead to excess weight gain and inactivity."


Michelle Mirizzi, Nutrition Consultant

MS, Registered Dietitian

Santa Clara County Office of Education, California

Develops curriculum and teaches nutrition education to elementary school children as well as teachers for after-school programs in Santa Clara County

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Certified Life Counselor in Weight Management

"I am passionate about improving nutrition education and physical activity in the school system. I love working with parents and teachers on fun ways to introduce nutrition and physical activity. As a mother of two small children, I believe strongly in empowering our children so they can make healthier choices."


Patricia O'Keefe Girbal, Nutrition Researcher

Registered Dietitian

Nutrition Research Associate II, University of California Cooperative Extension, Alameda County

Assist with planning, performance and analysis of applied research and education activities of Nutrition Education Training Academy (NETA) for early childhood educators and parents in Alameda County.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
San Jose Peninsula District (SJPD) Dietetic Association

"My love for food and cooking compliment my passion to improve the health and well being of our kids. I strive to make food healthy and delicious, while making the activity of cooking a fun learning experience for kids."

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