Leadership Teams and Boards

Governance and Organization

The governance structure of the IFNH exists to manage and guide the interdisciplinary activities of the institute across the university and the communities it serves. Three organizational bodies are collectively responsible for the governance of the IFNH.

Leadership Advisory Board

The Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) exists to provide university-wide administrative oversight that enables the vision and mission of the IFNH. The LAB is chaired by the institute's academic home dean, Dr. Robert Goodman, and its membership includes senior Rutgers leadership who are champions and advocates of the IFNH. The current membership of the LAB is listed below.

Leadership Advisory Board Academic Constituency
Richard Edwards, PhD Chancellor–New Brunswick
Peter Gillies, PhD IFNH Founding Director
Robert Goodman, PhD (Chair) Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Michael Gower, MBA Senior Vice President for Finance
Ronald Levine, Esquire Chair, IFNH External Advisory Board
Gwendolyn Mahon, PhD Dean, School of Health Related Professions
Peter March, PhD Executive Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Felicia McGinty, PhD Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs–New Brunswick
Christopher Molloy, PhD, RPh Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Jonathan Potter Dean, School of Communication and Information
George Stauffer, PhD Dean, Mason Gross of the Arts
Brian Strom, MD, MPH Chancellor–Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) exists to provide feedback and counsel to the LAB and the IFNH Leadership Team regarding the institute's performance from a community, state and national perspective. The EAB is chaired by Ronald Levine, Esquire, of Herrick, Feinstein LLP. The board presently has 10 members. The biographic details of the EAB will be posted shortly.

IFNH Leadership Teams

The IFNH has two Leadership Teams. A small core team provides financial and operational oversight of the IFNH centers and special services, and a larger extended team consists of the core team plus the IFNH Program Leaders. The extended leadership team provides broader oversight of IFNH activities to ensure alignment and integration. The current memberships of the IFNH Leadership Teams are listed below.

Leadership Team (Core) IFNH Responsibility
Shawn Arent, PhD Director of the Center for Health and Human Performance
George Carman, PhD Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research
Joseph Charette, BS Executive Director, Dining Services
Michael Chikindas, PhD Director of the Center for Digestive Health
Peter Gillies, PhD Institute Director
Roger Grillo, MBA Director of Administration & Finance
Daniel Hoffman, PhD Director of the Center for Childhood Education and Nutrition Research
Melodee Lasky, MD Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness

The Extended Leadership Team consists of the core leadership team plus the IFNH Programs Leaders.

Leadership Team (Extended) IFNH Responsibility
Shawn Arent, PhD Director of the Center for Health and Human Performance
George Carman, PhD Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research
Joseph Charette, BS Executive Director, Dining Services
Michael Chikindas, PhD Director of the Center for Digestive Health
Peter Gillies, PhD Institute Director and Co-Program Leader New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative
Roger Grillo, MBA Director of Administration & Finance
Daniel Hoffman, PhD Director of the Center for Childhood Education and Nutrition Research
Larry Katz, PhD Program Leader of Community Outreach and Education
Melodee Lasky, MD Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness
Ronald Levine, Esq Program Leader of Food Policy, Law, & Ethics
Joshua Miller, PhD Program Leader of One Nutrition
Xenia Morin, PhD Program Leader of Food Systems & Agriculture
Peggy Policastro, PhD Director of Behavioral Nutrition, Program Leader of IFNH Student Ambassadors and Culinry Health & Wellness
Arnold Rabson, MD Directdor of New Jersey Child Health Institute and Program Director of New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative

The IFNH Leadership Team is supported by the following key individuals.

Leadership Support Team IFNH Responsibility
Judy Keller, BS, MMPA Executive Assistant to IFNH Director
Christopher Gunning, RDN Clinical Nutritionist and Social Media
Amy Mathys, BS Business Specialist
Todd Mittleman, BS Building Manager

IFNH Committees

The IFNH Building Council exists to provide administrative oversight of the building and its residents with respect to the physical operations of the building and matters related to safety, security and community cooperativity. The current membership of the Building Council is listed below.

Building Council IFNH Affiliation
Shawn Arent Human Performance Laboratory
George Carman IFNH Center for Lipid Research
Michael Chikindas IFNH Center for Digestive Health
Dave Donion Harvest IFNH
Roger Grillo (Chair) IFNH Administration
Dan Hoffman IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Education & Research
Ian Keith Harvest IFNH
Melodee Lasky Cook-Douglass Student Health Clinic
Amy Mathys IFNH Administration
Todd Mittleman IFNH Administration
Cynthia Stitt Cook-Douglass Student Health Clinic

The IFNH Joint Finance Committee exists to provide oversight of the IFNH business model and provides advice and counsel to the IFNH Director and the IFNH Leadership Advisory Board. The current membership of the Joint Finance committee is listed below.

Joint Finance Committee University Affiliation
Marilyn Chickey Student Affairs
Lisa Estler SEBS
Roger Grillo (Chair) IFNH
Mary Lou Ortiz Finance
JoAnne Williams SAS