2013 Health & Wellness @ Retail

David Balto

David Balto is one of the leading experts on healthcare competition and regulation and is an antitrust attorney with over a quarter century of experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a prolific writer and speaker on antitrust, consumer protection, and health care policy.  David has over 15 years of government antitrust experience including several senior level positions at the Federal Trade Commission, including Policy Director of the Bureau of Competition (1998-2001) and attorney advisor to Chairman Robert Pitofsky (1995-1997). In these positions, he was a senior advisor in all aspects of the FTC's merger and non-merger enforcement program. David also helped guide many of the FTC's seminal pharmaceutical and healthcare enforcement efforts, identifying and helping litigate major cases such as the challenges to patent settlement agreements, hospital mergers, and other exclusionary conduct. He was an advisor in many of the FTC's pharmaceutical merger enforcement cases, including Glaxo/Smithkline, Merck/Medco, Lilly/PCS and Ciba/Sandoz, and was instrumental in bringing some of the first enforcement actions against pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). He was also an author of the 1996 DOJ/FTC healthcare antitrust enforcement guidelines, and served as a liaison on competition issues to the Food and Drug Administration and Congress, advising several Committees on pharmaceutical competition and Hatch-Waxman reform. Since his transition to private practice, David has testified before Congress and state legislatures numerous times on healthcare competition issues and the competitive concerns in health insurance and pharmacy benefit management markets. He has authored studies on health care concentration (sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and healthcare transparency.  He frequently represents hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers in antitrust matters before the DOJ and the FTC.

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Buettner's National Geographic cover story on longevity made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones and Thrive appeared on many best seller lists. In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, MN and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the program in the Beach Cities of Los Angeles and the entire state of Iowa. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the environment for health instead of individual behavior change.

Jeremy Doak

Jeremy Doak is Director of Reward and Wellness Solutions at Edenred North America. He has an extensive background in creating national and global incentive and reward solutions for organizations of all sizes.  With a special focus on developing B to B to C solutions, Jeremy brings a unique approach which looks at all stakeholders to build comprehensive, trackable and ROI based incentive and reward solutions. Prior to joining Edenred, Jeremy honed his business acumen in various industries including software, telecommunications and supply chain management. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he majored in Marketing and Accounting.

Kim Kircherr

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RD, LDN, CDE serves on the executive committee of RDBA.  For nearly ten years, Kim was the dietitian for Jewel-Osco where she drove health and wellness strategy and served as media spokesperson. Prior to working in the supermarket industry, Kim was a dietitian for hospital-based health and fitness centers and an outpatient education program, providing one-on-one nutrition education sessions and community outreach. Kim now works in nutrition communications and is a certified diabetes educator and experienced media expert, working with both national and regional traditional media as well as social media outlets. An active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kim is currently president of Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA), immediate past Supermarket Subgroup chair of the Food and Culinary Professionals (FCP) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG), and past-president of the North Suburban Dietetic Association (NSDA).  Kim was honored as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2006 and Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2011 by the American Dietetic Association (ADA)/IDA. Kim was also among the national leaders of the ADA who were selected to attend ADA’s Leadership Institute in June 2009 and June 2011. The Institute is limited to fewer than 300 of ADA’s more than 70,000 national members.

Doug Long

Doug Long is Vice President of Industry Relations at IMS HEALTH, the world’s largest pharmaceutical information company. Doug has been with IMS HEALTH since 1989.  His fundamental task is to help secure data for all existing and new databases supported by IMS HEALTH, manage supplier, manufacturer and association relationships, and develop information for data partners.  As direct consequence of his involvement in these areas, Doug has considerable experience with, and a unique perspective on, the changing U.S. and global healthcare marketplace and pharmaceutical distribution. Doug recently received the distinguished Harold W. Pratt Award from NACDS, which recognizes individuals whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy within the chain drug industry. Doug was previously honored with the 2004 HDMA NEXUS Award, which honors exceptional character, accomplishments and leadership in the pharmaceutical distribution industry. The NEXUS Award recognizes the pivotal relationship that the recipient plays in the distributor-manufacturer-provider framework. Doug also received IMS’s prestigious Summit award in 2003. Prior to IMS HEALTH, Doug served for sixteen years in various sales and marketing capacities at Nielsen Market Research.  A native of Illinois, Doug received a BA degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and an MBA in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.


Katharine Magann

Katherine Magann, Product Manager for Vestcom’s Content Solutions, brings 13 years of experience in marketing research and strategy, category management and product management.  Her work contributed to the success of leading organizations in retail such as Acosta Sales and Marketing, Colgate Palmolive and Nielsen. Today, Katherine leads product management and new product development for Vestcom's Content Solutions, including healthyAisles® and the newly launched vitaAisles. Commandeering a team of dietitians, nutrition experts and IT programmers, she guided the development of vitaAisles, completing the design stage of Vestcom’s proprietary 2012 vitamin shopper study herself. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Anthropology.

Annette Maggi

Annette Maggi, MS, RD, LD, FADA is the Executive Director of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA).   With five years of experience as a retail dietitian at Target followed by three years spent working with retailers across the country as the Sr. Director of Nutrition at NuVal LLC, Annette brings extensive knowledge of the industry to her role as Executive Director.   In addition to working with RDBA, she is President of Annette Maggi & Associates, Inc., a strategic nutrition marketing and communications consulting firm specializing in the interface between food manufacturers and retail grocers, and nutrition and regulatory issues.  Annette is a sought after resource in the nutrition and regulatory field with experience at Fortune 500 companies including Pillsbury, General Mills and Target.  She is recognized as a distinguished speaker and writer, and has a reputation as a driven performer and partnership builder.  In her role with RDBA, she will help build the organization with focus on education, membership and sponsor relations.

Amy Myrndal Miller

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RD, is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for strategic initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). A registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition communications from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Amy has focused her career on nutrition research, education, and communication with a focus on promoting the health, flavor, and culinary benefits of whole foods.  Prior to joining the CIA, Amy led domestic marketing and health research efforts for the California Walnut Commission, directed nutrition education and nutrition marketing programs for Dole Food Company, and conducted cardiovascular health research studies at the Rippe Lifestyle Institute in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Amy was the 2003 recipient of the Produce for Better Health Foundation Diamond Crystal Award for her leadership in developing an online children’s nutrition education program. She is the co-author of The Healthy Heart Cookbook for Dummies and the executive editor of the Dole 5 A Day Kids Cookbook. Amy recently received the 2013 California Dietetic Association Excellence in Research Award for her work on the Healthy Flavors Research Initiative, a collaborative research project between the CIA and the University of California, Davis Robert Mondavi Institute that is examining how culinary techniques and flavor development strategies influence consumer liking of health-promoting foods.  Amy is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a past chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group. She is also a member of the United Fresh Produce Association Nutrition Council, the Farm Foundation “Dialogue Project” National Steering Committee, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Committee, and Les Dames D’Escoffier, San Francisco Chapter.

Diane Oshin

Diane Oshin, a 17-year Time Inc. veteran, oversees all aspects of the business for ALL YOU, Cooking Light and MyRecipes, including advertising, consumer marketing, brand marketing, brand extensions, online initiatives, and overall financial planning.  During her career, Oshin has worked on many women’s content brands including ALL YOU, Parenting, Vogue, Woman’s Day, and Cooking Light and has developed a true passion for marketing to women. As founding Publisher of ALL YOU, Oshin helped create a brand that has captured the interest of the growing market of value-driven American consumers.  In April 2011, Oshin added Cooking Light and MyRecipes to her purview.  At 25 years, Cooking Light is the nation’s leading epicurean brand with the largest audience, most epicurean editorial and the most recipes.  MyRecipes, a top-ten food destination, offers daily original content plus more than 60,000 recipes from America’s favorite brands: Cooking Light, Southern Living, Real Simple, Health, Sunset, All You, Coastal Living and Food & Wine. Before joining ALL YOU, Oshin was Group Publisher of The Parenting Group, where she oversaw the magazine operations and integrated marketing.  Oshin joined Time Inc. with an impressive background in advertising sales at consumer magazines including Vogue and Woman’s Day. She began her career on the agency side at J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and French, Oshin holds an MBA with honors in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University.  She lives with her husband and two sons in New York City.

Doug Rauch

Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe's Company, the last 14 years as President, growing the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states.  He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the business plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally.  Doug championed the development and execution of Trader Joe’s University and their prized customer experience orientation. He retired from Trader Joe’s in 2008. Doug is CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He is also a trustee at Olin College, chairs the Board of Overseers at WBUR. He is also a Senior Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.  Doug is currently working on a non-profit solution to the issue of food waste and hunger/obesity by bringing high quality, nutritious food at affordable prices to the underserved in our inner cities.

Dr. Christopher Taylor

Dr. Christopher A. Taylor, PhD, RD, LD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics as well as the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University.  His research efforts focus on the link between lifestyle behaviors and the risk for chronic disease, with numerous peer-reviewed research publications and presentations from his research line.  Specifically, Dr. Taylor explores the influence of food patterns and dietary intakes of US adults on nutritional adequacy and disease risk.  He also investigates the factors that influence dietary habits, including culture and other social dimensions. Together with Rick Weiss, President, Founder and Chief Wellness Engineer at Viocare, Inc. Dr. Taylor has secured grant funding to support research in lifestyle modification efforts in the Patient-Centered Medical Home from the Food Innovation Center and the NIH.

Rick Weiss

Rick Weiss is the President, Founder, and Chief Wellness Engineer of Viocare, Inc., a wellness information technology company in Princeton, New Jersey. Rick has been the Principal Investigator on 22 National Institutes of Health grants and contracts, valued at over $10 million. These projects have formed the basis of Viocare’s product line including  a web-based dietary history questionnaire, VioScreen, which incorporates 1,200 food images for portion size estimation to improve results; a wellness program, VioWell; and a community wellness portal for diabetes/obesity prevention. Viocare is working on several mobile applications including the “Mobile Food Intake Visual and Voice Recognizer” for the NIH Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI) to develop an accurate, inexpensive, and convenient new dietary assessment tool using image recognition of food photos from a mobile phone camera.  Rick has presented at major healthcare conferences and published in peer review journals about new techniques for dietary assessments. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Math with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

Allison Yoder

Allison Yoder, MA, RD, LD is a Health and Wellness Supervisor for Hy-Vee, Inc. where she plays an integral role in the development of strategic health and wellness promotions. With five years of experience as a retail dietitian, and almost four years working at the corporate-level, Allison brings extensive knowledge of leveraging dietitian services to drive sales and utilizing wellness strategies to build customer loyalty in stores. Allison is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently serves as the Meeting Chair-elect for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She also serves as an advisory board member of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA), a group that is committed to fostering the continuing business education and career development of current and future retail dietitians.