MANAGEMENT


DAVID L. KATZ, MD

FOUNDER & CEO
Dr. Katz is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/Director of the True Health Initiative established to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.  Katz directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system. 

Katz earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).  He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates, and holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

He holds 5 U.S. patents with other patents pending, and has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he has a social media following of over 700,000.  


DAVID BORDELON

CAO
Mr. Bordelon comes to the table with over 25 years of management experience. He has helped many entrepreneurs and small businesses while also managing his media talent agency, HDReps. Mr. Bordelon has an array of creative approaches to procuring, cultivating and developing relationships in a diverse and carried group of platforms. Believing in the foundation and future of DQPN is playing a huge role in how he knows it should operate to benefit clients and everyone involved on the team.


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ANDY VIETOR, MBA

CFO
Andreas Vietor is an innovative and top-ranked financial leader who unites strategy and vision with execution by focusing on critical objectives; leveraging capital to support an overall vision and establish best practices to help grow profitable global organizations. Collaborative consensus builder with the innate ability to relate to all levels within an organization from the front line to the boardroom, known for formulating anticipatory financing programs in conjunction with unique capital access strategies and structures.

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LESLIE CASEY

COO
Leslie Casey leverages 23-years of experience in communications, business development, and non-profit management to connect targeted audiences to innovations in education and health care. Her experience includes graphic design, events, public/media relations, strategy development, and professional sales. Her passion for promoting healthy lifestyles is evident by her service on multiple community boards and public health committees. She earned a graduate certificate in Lifestyle Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and serves as Director of Operations for the True Health Initiative.

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ALISON HANKINS, MBA

HEAD OF SALES

Alison is the Head of Sales for DQPN. An accomplished sales and marketing strategist, Alison is responsible for leading the company’s growth and partnership efforts. Alison brings more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, scaling both emerging and Fortune 500 corporations. Before joining DQPN, Alison was Head of CO Sales for Silicon Valley start-up OhMyGreen (OMG), where she was responsible for launching B2B wellness services across new markets. Prior to OMG, Alison oversaw $500 million in annual sales at Target Corp., and she was selected to Target’s inaugural private label health & wellness committee.  Alison's background also includes sales and marketing roles at NuVal/ ONQI, where she worked with Dr. Katz  to launch NuVal in retail and healthcare settings. Prior to NuVal, Alison worked for Wild Oats Corp./ Whole Foods and the United States Olympic Committee, where she attended two Olympic Games.  Alison holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a certificate in French Fluency from La Sorbonne, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she was a Division 1 scholarship swimmer.


RICK MCDONOUGH

GENERAL COUNSEL

Mr. McDonough has over 30 years of experience as an in-house counsel for several technology companies. Most recently, he was General Counsel for a $2 billion/year technology products and services company. He led its Legal Department through a doubling of the company’s revenue and tripling of the employee base.  As a senior executive, he combines pro-active client service with a strong business acumen. His experience spans the corporate spectrum, from establishing new companies, mergers/acquisitions and commercial licensing transactions.

ALCIONE HERRON

OFFICE MANAGER
Alcione Herron comes to the table with over 15 years of Human Resource and Administrative experience.  She served in the United States Army, as an Human Resource Specialist. She was stationed in Seoul Korea, Virginia, and South Carolina. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University. She recently relocated from Fort Lee, Virginia, where she was the Branch Chief of Personnel Automation. She currently resides in Dallas with her Husband and Three Children.


CULINARY TEAM

CATHERINE KATZ, PHD

DIRECTOR, CULINARY CARTOGRAPHY

Catherine Katz is a chef and culinary expert, with advanced training in basic and clinical science.  A child of the Mediterranean region, and lifelong 'French foodie,' she blends broad knowledge of the world's cuisines with deep, practical knowledge of nutrition.  Catherine earned her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and her PhD in Neuroscience from Princeton University.  She is the founder and President of Cuisinicity.com and is widely recognized for her unique ability to combine delicious with nutritious.

Catherine is ideally qualified to direct DQPN's unique process of 'culinary cartography,' the generation of rich, detailed, population-specific diet maps, blending nutrition science with the culinary visual arts.


LAUREN RHEE, MS, RD, LDN

DIRECTOR, NUTRITION SCIENCE
Ms. Rhee is a registered dietitian with a focus on nutrition research. She has previously worked on the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI®) and its applications at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. She has also managed the nutritional components of community-based and clinical research studies conducted at the General Clinical Research Centers at Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 


DINA ARONSON, MS, RDN

LEAD DIETITIAN
CULINARY CARTOGRAPHY & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Dina Aronson, MS, RDN is an internationally-recognized nutritionist, author, and speaker specializing in wellness-related technology and community health. She has worked with numerous technology companies, fitness organizations, restaurant groups, and food service teams to build health and nutrition-related apps and programs. 

Serving on several boards and committees dedicated to educate people on healthy living, Dina is passionate about empowering people to optimize their health by using customized solutions, including creative nutrition and fitness technology. She believes it is never too late to change your lifestyle and build a better life!

Dina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and her Master’s in Nutrition from Tufts University. In her spare time, Dina enjoys spending time with her two children, vegetable gardening, weight training, cycling, hiking, and vegan cooking.


MARIA KINIRONS, RD

Maria grew up in Ireland where food was primarily “farm to table.” She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland with a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Nutrition. She continued her studies in the US at Long Island University, CW Post, where she completed her dietetic internship and subsequently became a Registered Dietitian in 1996. Maria has spent most of her nutrition career in various roles until 2018 for Weight Watchers® International, with her most recent role as Director of Food and Nutrition since 2011. As a Registered Dietitian, Maria understands that there is a lot of confusion out there about nutrition. Educating people so that they can make informed decisions about what to eat and finding ways to make that easier for people to understand and interpret is important to her. Maria has given talks to Weight Watchers members on Long Island, New York City, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Maria has contributed food and nutrition articles to Reader's Digest. She holds a Level 1 and Level 2 Advanced Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several Dietetic Practice Groups. She is excited to be able to leverage her nutrition and weight loss expertise at DQPN


ADVISORS


JASON FRANZEN

PRODUCT DESIGN
Mr. Franzen is an award-winning digital designer and principal of the design studio More Simple. He brings an extensive entrepreneurial background to the project with an emphasis on commercialization of creative technologies.

 

   STEPHEN P. SQUINTO, PhD

    SENIOR VENTURE ADVISOR

In January 2015 Dr. Squinto became a venture partner with OrbiMed Advisors, the world’s largest venture capital firm focused on healthcare.  Prior to January 2015, Dr. Squinto was a co-founder of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.alxn.com) and had been a Corporate Officer since August 2000.  Most recently, Dr. Squinto was the Executive Vice President and Chief Global Operations Officer, a member of the Executive Steering Committee and was responsible for Global Manufacturing, Quality and Project Management. Prior to 2013 he was the Global Head of Research and Development, a position he has held since 2007 where he was responsible for Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilence, Drug Discovery, Translational Medicine and Portfolio Management.  Other positions he has held at Alexion include, Executive VP, Head of Research and Clinical Development from 2006-2007, Executive VP, Head of Research from 2000-2006, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 1998 to 2000, Vice President of Research, Molecular Sciences, from 1994 to 1998, Senior Director of Molecular Sciences from 1993 to 1994 and Director of Molecular Development from 1992 to 1993. Prior to 1992, Dr. Squinto held various positions at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including serving as the Co-Director of the Drug Discovery Group. Dr. Squinto was among the founding scientists hired at Regeneron in 1989.  Prior to his position at Regeneron, Dr. Squinto held a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience at both Tulane University Medical School and Louisiana State University Medical Center from 1986 to 1989. Dr. Squinto is a recipient of numerous honors and awards from academic and professional organizations and his scientific work has led to over 70 scientific publications and over 40 patents in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and neuroscience.  He currently serves on the boards of several private companies as well as several charitable organizations.  Dr. Squinto received his B.A. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago.