Cheryl Moder
Vice President,
Collective Impact

Cheryl Moder is Vice President of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. Working with Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), Ms. Moder is responsible for mobilizing partnerships among multiple domains and coordinating countywide efforts to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Prior to her work with the Initiative, Ms. Moder served as a consultant to many health and human service organizations in the field of health promotion, communications, grant writing and research as vice president of Moder Research & Communications, Inc. She also worked for Sharp HealthCare providing leadership in tobacco control and prevention.

Dan Fesperman
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Dan most recently worked with UC San Diego on public health programs focused on business- and clinic-based breastfeeding friendly environments and worksite-based initiatives to improve cardiovascular health and increase access to clinical preventive services.  Prior to moving to San Diego, Dan was instrumental in managing Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's statewide obesity initiative, Georgia SHAPE. As the Obesity Program Manager in the Office of the Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dan played a large role in the development and implementation of the initiative covering a wide range of obesity prevention programs.  Previously, Dan was part of the team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that designed, developed, and implemented the Strong4Life program, a wellness movement designed to ignite societal change and reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity and its associated diseases in Georgia.  Dan has an incredible passion for working with individuals and organizations to improve wellness and health outcomes. Dan has over a decade of experience working with health and wellness programs and extensive experience in program management, development, implementation, evaluation, and the development and delivery of trainings and training materials.

Nina Ghatan
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Nina is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri area. Prior to relocating to San Diego, she worked as the Program Manager and Housing Counselor for a small nonprofit organization. For over two years, her work involved improving the health of homes through the home repair program, and the health of the individuals though health assessment and one-on-one counseling. Prior to that, she worked for the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department where she conducted a needs assessment, evaluated the assessment results, developed programs, and provided emergency support. Nina is also experienced at providing prenatal and postnatal education and case management to at-risk mothers. She has a Master in Social Work with a concentration in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lyndsey Tapia
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Lyndsey joins us from Chino, CA, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Her most recent job position was working for the City of Chino as the Healthy Chino Specialist in the Healthy Community Department. She worked directly programing workshops, leading the Employee Wellness Program, overseeing the Chino Community Garden, and organizing Chino Coalition meetings. These experiences and her passion for health and wellness make Lyndsey a great fit with the COI.

Stan Miller
REACH Chula Vista 

For the past 23 years, Stan has enjoyed working with a wide range of non-profit, government, and volunteer organizations in a variety of leadership, community development, and fundraising capacities.  Each of these opportunities included experiences in organizational management, program design, funding development, implementation, and evaluation; as well as opportunities to work with a variety of skilled professionals dealing with a diverse set of issues. For the past 16 years Stan has worked in Southern California (primarily San Diego County) with a number of organizations focused on health, hunger and food insecurity, early childhood education, homelessness, refugee resettlement, employment development and meeting basic needs. For the past eight years Stan served as the executive director for North County Community Services, and as the fiscal agent for the Alliance for Regional Solutions in Northern San Diego County. A foodie with a passion for nutrition and growing vegetables, Stan lives in Coronado with his wife Charai.

Prem Durairaj
Food Systems and Research

Prem is a business strategy professional focused on building greater social impact within development organizations. He is excited to apply his business perspective and passion for food security and sustainability at CHIP, where he will support better connected, less wasteful, healthier, and more productive food systems in San Diego. Prior to CHIP, Prem worked nearly five years with Palladium, a large, global international government contractor dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries. His work in finance and proposal development led to more than $500M in new business for the company. During this time, he also worked on various innovative financing mechanisms for development, including impact investments and impact bonds. Prem is a former Peace Corps volunteer and worked in Suriname, where he served as a small business advisor. In his tenure, he led the development of a fishermen's co-op to empower local fishermen to negotiate better fish prices and create cost efficiencies. In his role as director of food systems and research, Prem oversees CHIP's farm to institution efforts, provides research expertise to stakeholders in San Diego County's good food movement, participates in multiple countywide food systems collaboratives, and directs ongoing food systems fund development efforts.

Elizabeth Vaughan
Food Systems

As the Food Systems Coordinator for Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, Elizabeth works with schools, hospitals, produce distributors, local farmers and other key stakeholders to increase the availability of healthy, local food across San Diego County.  Previously, Elizabeth served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Business Advisor in Uganda.  After her service, the fourth generation San Diegan returned to her hometown and started working for CHIP, whose vision is that every San Diegan deserves the opportunity to achieve optimal health.   Elizabeth is currently pursuing a certificate in sustainable horticulture, and enjoys cooking, biking and yoga.

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  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss
  • Overweight children are far more likely to be obese as adults (California Center of Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • Walking and biking have decreased more than 40% during the past 3 decades, partly because of unsafe routes and poor walking conditions (Active Living Research, 2009).

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