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2016 All FCS Conference

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2016 All FCS Conference

October 26 & 27, 2016 @ the Crowne Plaza, Dublin, OH


Wed October 26, 2016

8:00 – 12:00 – Biometric Health Screenings / Flu Shots

8:00 - 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 10:00 – Welcome 

10:00 – 10:30 – Recognition

10:30 – 10: 45 – Physical Activity/Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Keynote Speaker - Shea Austin, EFNEP Area Specialist, Tennessee State University
                          "Building Relationships for Recruitment and Retention" 

12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch / Networking

1:15 – 1:30 – Physical Activity Break

1:30 – 2:30 – Breakout 1

2:30 – 3:30 – Breakout 2

3:30 – 4:30 – Breakout 3

4:30 – 5:00 – Bernadette Melnyk, : Associate Vice President for Health Promotion,
                      University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing,
                      Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry of the College of Medicine
                      "Movement, Inspiration, and Motivation"
5:00 - Adjourn

Thur October 27, 2016

8:00 – 12:00 – Biometric Health Screenings / Flu Shots

8:00 – 8:30 – Registration

8:30 – 8:45 – Start / Welcome

8:45 – 10:15 – Team Meetings

10:15 – 10:30 – Activity Break 

10:30 – 11:45 – Lightning Session

11:45 – 12:00 – Volunteer Update

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 – Dietary Guidelines / Healthy Eating at Meetings

1:45 – 2:30 – Poster Session

2:30 – 2:45 – Activity Break

2:45 – 3:30 – Permission to Say No / Prioritizing Clients

3:30 – Good Bye

2016 All FCS Conference Committee Members

Katie LaPlant - Chair FCS Educator - Healthy Relationships Ottawa/Sandusky
Sarah Chain Office Assistant State
Jami Dellifield FCS Educator Hardin
Vickie Griffith Program Assistant - SNAP-Ed Defiance
Audrey Hilbert Program Assistant - EFNEP Stark
Melinda Hill FCS Educator - Healthy Finances Wayne
Amy Kirkbride Program Assistant - SNAP-Ed Morgan
Caezilia Loibl State Specialist - Family Financial Mgmt State
Marsha McCormick Program Assistant - SNAP-Ed Adams
Kathy Michelich FCS Educator - Healthy Finances Warren
Jared Morrison Program Coordinator State
Jennifer Mucha Program Assistant - SNAP-Ed Medina
Alaina Niebauer Program Coord - SNAP-Ed / EFNEP State
Marcy Payne-Lavigne Office Admin Assoc State
Amanda Rysz Program Specialist State
Carol Smathers Field Specialist - Youth Nutrition and Wellness State
Elizabeth Varanese Program Specialist - SNAP-Ed Southwest Region
Amanda Woods Program Specialist - Healthy Finances State


Hotel Information

For FCS educators hotel reservations can be made by contacting the:

Crowne Plaza Columbus - Dublin
600 Metro Place North
Dublin, OH 43017

Conference rate is $109per night + tax.

For SNAP-Ed / EFNEP PA's and PC's please contact your regional program specialists.  

All rooms are onsight and parking is free!

Conference Highlights

Biometric health screenings / flu shots - will be offered again this year!  More information to come.

Poster Information

Dates, information, templates, examples and how to's


FCS Volunteer Presentation [PPT ]
Shea Austin Breakout - How To's [PPT ]
Shea Austin Keynote Presentation [PPT ]
Movement, Motivation, & Insperation - Bern Melynk [PDF ]
Last 10 Year Video - Bern Melynk
PSE - Breakout Session 1 [PDF ]
PSE - Breakout Session 2 [PDF ]
PSE - Breakout Session 3 [PDF ]
SNAP-Ed Team Meeting [PPT ]

Presentor Bios

Shea Austin, EFNEP Area Specialist, Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program
Shea Austin is an Area Specialist with Tennessee State University’s EFNEP program. Prior to working with TSU’s EFNEP program, Shea was a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the University of Tennessee Extension in Lincoln County for 10 years. Shea received her BS in Human Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies from Freed-Hardeman University in 1996. She received her MS in Human Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001. She is currently ABD in a doctoral program in Adult Education at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include rural poverty, single mothers, adult education, and community sustainability. Shea lives in Fayetteville, TN with her three daughters.

Mike Betz, PhD
Michael Betz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. His expertise is in regional and rural/urban economics. His research explores factors that drive local labor markets and demographic change in the United States with a particular focus on differences and interactions between rural and urban areas. His current work investigates how shale oil and gas development has impacted families in the communities in which it occurs. 

Darcy A. Freedman, PhD, MPH
Darcy is Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Social Work at Case Western Reserve University and Associate Director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Dr. Freedman’s research examines the influence of community food environments on health and wellbeing with an emphasis on strategies to promote health equity. Dr. Freedman currently serves as Principal Investigator of four studies including the Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP) study. BCOP is a state-wide project in collaboration with Ohio’s SNAP-Ed program aimed at developing tools to optimize implementation of PSEs within communities.

Carolyn Gunther, PhD
Carolyn is an Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and Extension State Specialist.  Dr. Gunther received her PhD from Purdue University in Nutrition Sciences and served as Director of Research for the OSU College of Education and Human Ecology prior to joining the Ohio State faculty.  Her research focuses on childhood obesity prevention. Specifically, she studies the protective effect of food and nutrition policies and programs on the weight status and health of underserved children and caregivers.  She has author/co-authored nearly 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and serves as a regular reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Irene Hatsu, PhD
Irene is an Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition and a State Specialist for Food Security. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between food and nutrition insecurity, chronic diseases, and other health-related issues. She works with vulnerable populations including homeless youth, youth with visual impairments and cancer patients.

Beth Hustead, MS
Beth joined the Ohio SNAP-Ed team in April 2016 as the Social Marketing Coordinator. She is working with the State Nutrition Action Committee to launch the SNAP-Ed Social Marketing Campaign promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among SNAP-eligible families with children. Beth has a master's degree in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in Agronomy from the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education and the OSU Food Innovation Center.

Sanja Ilic, PhD
Sanja serves as a Food Safety State Specialist. She investigates transmission and dissemination routes, and interventions to prevent risks of microbial contamination (STEC, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp.) in foods, and works to promote food safety among consumers, food handlers and populations at risk. Her research investigates novel interventions to control and eliminate foodborne pathogens to improve consumer health and wellness.

Lauren Jones, PhD
Lauren Jones is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Sciences in the department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University, and an Extension State Specialist in Consumer Policy.  She joined the faculty in 2015. She conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family wellbeing, especially in the areas of health and household economics.  Her interests lie in understanding what factors impact the ability of children and families to flourish, and how government policy can help families get ahead. 

Jenny Lobb
Jenny is a Registered Dietitian who earned both her Bachelor’s in Human Nutrition and her Master’s in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She currently works as a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator at the OSU Extension office in Franklin County. Her research interests include childhood obesity prevention and public health nutrition. She is currently involved with a multi-state childhood obesity prevention project, a two state research project on using intergenerational strategies to reduce food insecurity, and the “Growing Healthy Kids-Columbus” childhood obesity prevention coalition.  

Czezilia Loibl, PhD
Cäzilia is a state extension specialist for family financial management, an associate professor at the Department of Human Sciences, and a Certified Financial Planner™. Before joining OSU, Cäzilia served as a Regional Extension Specialist for Consumer and Family Economics for University of Missouri Extension’s Southeast Region. A native of Germany, Cäzilia completed vocational training in Family and Consumer Sciences and worked in family households for several years before obtaining masters and doctorate in Household and Nutrition Sciences from the Munich University of Technology, Germany.

Kathy Michelich, FCS Educator, Warren County
Kathy has worked as an FCS Extension Educator in Warren County for over 25 years.  She specializes in resource management and regularly teaches mandated adults at WorkforceONE and other county agencies.

Carol Smathers, MS, MPH
Carol is a Field Specialist and Assistant Professor at Ohio State University Extension. Her research interests include community-level obesity prevention strategies, community coalitions, farm to school initiatives, youth advocacy, and healthy beverage promotion   She has developed workshop presentations, teaching tools, and online training modules about policy, systems and environment change.

Cheryl Barber Spires, R.D., L.D., M.F.C.S.
Cheryl has been the SNAP-Ed Regional Program Specialist for Ohio State University Extension Northwest Region since 2012.  Prior to this role, Cheryl was the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for Fulton County.  She was a strong part of the Healthy Lives Healthy Communities Coalition and worked with the Family Children First Council Coordinator to conduct strategic planning and implement positive community change in the area of decreasing adolescent alcohol use.  Cheryl is active on the Live Smart Ohio Team, contributes to the social media output of Live Healthy Live Well, and assists in managing the Dining with Diabetes:  Beyond the Kitchen online course. 

Danae Wolfe, Ed Tech Specialist, Technology & Equipment
Danae is the Ed Tech Specialist for Ohio State University Extension where she teaches faculty and staff how to integrate technology into their programming to help broaden audiences and strengthen community impact. Her areas of interest include digital content strategy, social media, blogging, and electronic newsletters.