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Professional Development Committee


Provides leadership in planning and implementing PA NEN's statewide conference and regional workshops. It is our goal to have members on the committee that are a cross selection of members who represent PA NEN's total membership/attendees. 


  • Regular attendance on these calls is imperative to ensuring productive planning for the committee.
  • Committee members duties include reviewing evaluations from the prior conference(s) and developing a plan for the next conference with the assistance of PA NEN staff.
  • Committee members are also asked to research potential speakers, develop the title and theme, review all print materials, as well as other tasks related to planning the conference.

Future Vision:

To continue to meet the professional growth needs of PA NEN members by offering diverse speakers from across the nation and locally who are experts in the field of nutrition, physical fitness, working with low income populations, communication and counseling strategies, as well as current trends in the industry. The committee is also focused on developing virtual trainings and resources for members. 


The committee generally meets, via conference call the 2nd Friday of month from 1:00-2:00 pm. 

2017-2018 Committee Members:

Lenelle Roberts, MEd, Nutrition Links Training Coordinator of the Capital Region, Penn State Extension (Committee Chair)

Amanda Dolan, MS, RDN, LDN, Health Education and Wellness, Consultant
Heidi Gorniok, Associate Director of Nutrition Programming, The Food Trust
Gretchen Hunt, Director of Nutrition Programming, Commission on Economic Opportunity
Mandel Smith, Nutrition Educator, Penn State Extension

Rose Pallotta-Cleland, PA NEN Staff Liaison

If you are interested in serving on the Professional Development Committee please contact Rose or complete this webform.