About Us

About Us

HEN is a diverse and growing group, comprising Academy members, international RDs and DTRs, student members, Friends of HEN (individual and corporate), networks, and sponsors.


HEN Vision

HEN members optimize the nation’s health by promoting access to nutritious food and clean water from a secure and sustainable food system.

HEN Mission

To empower members to be leaders in sustainable and accessible food and water systems.


HEN defines sustainability as, "A sustainable and resilient food system [that] conserves and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and in the future" (Harmon A. & Tagtow A., 2008).

Take a closer look at HEN's Guiding Principles (pdf).

Our History

HEN DPG was borne from the mergers of two distinct DPGs in 2000. This merger brought together members from the Environmental Nutrition DPG and Hunger and Malnutrition DPG. The Hunger and Malnutrition DPG was founded in 1993 by Minkie Medora and Rena Pendergast. The Environmental Nutrition DPG was founded separately by Susan Cooper in 1994.

HEN Leadership

Executive Committee

Emily Kennedy, MS, RDN
Jennifer Norsworthy, MPH, RDN, LDN
Fallon Bader, RD
Stephanie Rogus, PhD, RD
Kate Waugaman, MPH, RDN, LDN
C. Nancy Fisher, MBA, RD, LDN
HOD Delegate

Committee Chair Leaders

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
Nominating Committe Chair
Lauren Morrison Burns, RD, LD
Awards Committee Chair
Katie Poppe, RDN, LD
Communication Committee Chair
Jessica Martini, MS, RD
Membership Committee Chair
Doreen Garelick, JD, RD, LMT
Public Policy Committee Chair
Melinda Hemmelgarn MS, RDN
External Relations Committee Co-Chair
Kasey Hutchinson, RDN
External Relations Committee Co-Chair
Erin Meyer, MS, RDN
Education Committee Chair
Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN
FNCE Planning Committee Chair
Amanda Hege, MPH, RDN, LD
Sustainable Food System Sub Unit Leader
Sarah Crulcich, MPH, RD, LD
Diversity and Inclusion Liaison