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

COO
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.


LAUREN RHEE, MS, RD, LDN

LEAD DIETITIAN
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.

  


DAVID AGYEI

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Accomplished and driven Biz-Dev professional with 6+ years experience structuring B2B partnerships across, retail e-commerce, sports and entertainment across 3 geographical markets. Demonstrated success in building new, profitable relationships and growing a book of business to meet/exceed revenue targets.

While at Square established a new vertical for merchandised sales (pop-up stores) through a structured with Universal  

Music/Bravado to generate $30MM in sales for artists such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rolling Stones. which will go on to help launch Square U.K.  With a knowledge of the UK market, he was critical to supporting localization and event needs, driving cross functional team roll out to support pop-up stores with a 5 business day turnaround to secure global staffing, hardware distribution, employee training, hardware install and account set up of item catalog, logos and tax rules and more.


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LESLIE CASEY

MARKETING & BRAND MANAGEMENT
Ms. 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.

 

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. 


 

SUPERVISING PANEL OF INDEPENDENT EXPERTS


CHRISTOPHER GARDNER, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Stanford University

Dr. Gardner holds a PhD in Nutrition Science and is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford. He has served on numerous committees, including the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association and currently on the scientific advisory board of the Culinary Institute of America. Over the past 20+ years, he has conducted more than a dozen human nutrition trials and has examined the potential health benefits of dietary components such as soy, garlic, antioxidants, ginkgo, omega-3 fats, and vegetarian diets. All of these studies have involved extensive collection of dietary assessment data. He recently completed a 12-month weight loss diet study among 609 overweight and obese adults, a total of over 5,500 24-hour diet recalls were administered using NDS-R. Dr. Gardner’s research group recently created, tested, and published the results from a study testing a smart-phone app designed to promote and track vegetable consumption.


MICHAEL DANSINGER, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Dansinger is founding Director of the Diabetes Reversal Program at Tufts Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He serves on the expert panel for the CDC’s Worksite Health ScoreCard project, is a nutrition and diabetes expert for WebMD, serves on the Council of Directors and Media Response Team for the True Health Initiative, and formerly Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Editor of the peer-reviewed Medscape Journal of Medicine. He was the principal investigator for the highly publicized research study “Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Weight Watchers, and Ornish Diets for Weight Loss and Cardiac Risk Reduction” (JAMA 2005) and continues to conduct clinical research in lifestyle program effectiveness trials and approaches to increasing adherence to lifestyle recommendations. 


GAIL FRANK, DrPH, MPH, RD, CHES

Professor of Nutrition
California State University Long Beach

Dr. Frank is a Nutritional Epidemiologist having designed and implemented the dietary studies for the Bogalusa Heart Study for 16 years to investigate the association of dietary components on the early natural history of cardiovascular disease in children. She was Co-Principal Investigator for the ‘Women’s Health Initiative’ at the University of California, Irvine for 10 years and Co-Project Director of USDA-NIFA grants focusing on Latino health promotion and nutrition for 8 years. In 2000, she founded “Students Active in Community Health’ (SACH) at California State University Long Beach to focus college students on health issues of diverse, multicultural groups in the U.S. Gail served 19 years as a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and developed an accredited dietetic internship training over 300 registered dietitians into the profession. Among her major areas of her interest is health promotion with nutrition across the lifecycle.


FRANK B. HU, MD, PhD

Professor of Nutrition & Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Hu is Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-director of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention at Harvard. Dr. Hu’s research is focused on nutritional and lifestyle epidemiology, prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has published over 800 original papers and reviews (H-index 190) and a textbook on Obesity Epidemiology (Oxford University Press 2008). He was awarded the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology by American Diabetes Association in 2010. Dr. Hu served on the AHA/ACC Obesity Guideline Expert Panel, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, USDA/HHS, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.


DAVID JA. JENKINS, MD, PhD, DSc

Chair, Nutrition & Metabolism
University of Toronto

Dr. Jenkins is Professor in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, and a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. His studies led to the development of the glycemic index and the plant based dietary portfolio for cholesterol reduction that aimed to link improved human health with the growing concern over human feeding patterns on environmental health. 


MARY MURIMI, PhD, RD, LDN

Professor of Nutrition
Texas Tech University

Dr. Murimi is Professor of Nutrition in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, president-elect for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and Chancellor of Daystar University in Kenya Africa. Dr. Murimi’s research focuses on understanding the effects of the community environment on the nutrition status of the residents, and identifying coping strategies for food insecurity and factors that influence dietary behavior, especially among low-income populations. Recently, Dr. Murimi’s research has evolved to the study of usage of native vegetables in Africa to combat food insecurity and looking at ways of combating stunting in selected communities in Bangladesh. She has reported the findings of her research nationally and internationally with over 50 presentations in either oral, or publications at peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Murimi has received numerous recognitions for her achievements including the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior mid-career achievement award.


LINDA G. SNETSELAAR, PhD, RD, FAND, LD

Professor of Epidemiology
University of Iowa

Dr. Snetselaar is Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement, Professor in Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. She has over 200 publications including two textbooks. She directs a Nutrition Center and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Snetselaar has been PI/Co-PI of numerous NIH funded research studies including the Lipid Research Clinics Studies, Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study, Dietary Intervention Study in Children, Women’s Health Initiative and the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study; her current research focuses on dietary interventions in community settings.


WALTER WILLETT, MD, DrPH

Professor of Nutrition & Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Willett is a renowned physician, nutrition researcher, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Willett is the principal investigator of the second Nurses’ Health Study, a compilation of studies regarding women’s health and risk factors for major chronic diseases. He has published over 1,500 scientific articles regarding various aspects of diet and disease and is the second most cited author in clinical medicine.