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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. 


  • Provide virtual and face-to-face trainings, workshops and conferences.
  • Plan and implement conferences and workshops in concert with the Board and the PA NEN Executive Director.
  • Develop virtual trainings and resources for members
  • Assist with other major continuing education events as needed.

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. 

2018-2019 Committee Members:

Committee Chair: Heidi Gorniok, Associate Director of Nutrition Programming, The Food Trust

Lenelle Roberts, MEd, Nutrition Links Training Coordinator of the Capital Region, Penn State Extension 
Kineret Shakow, Director, Einstein Healthcare Network
Mandel Smith, Nutrition Educator, Penn State Extension

Amanda Frankeny, PA NEN Staff Liaison
Serina Gaston, PA NEN Executive Director 

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