National WIC Association

The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit voice of the 12,000 public health nutrition service provider agencies and the
over 6.3 million mothers, babies, and young children served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). NWA provides education, guidance, and support to WIC staff; and drives innovation and advocacy to strengthen WIC as we work toward a nation of healthier families.

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Mission Statement

The National WIC Association provides its members with tools and leadership to expand and sustain effective nutrition services for mothers and young children.

Vision Statement

Our vision is a nation of healthier women, children, and their families.

Health Equity Statement

For the National WIC Association, health equity is the ability of all individuals and families to achieve optimal health, irrespective of their identity, race, ability or class. This requires equitable access to nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, chronic disease prevention and management services, safe living environments, and good jobs with fair pay.  It necessitates removing obstacles to families’ short- and long-term health and wellbeing including poverty, discrimination, and institutional racism and other forms of bias expressed through housing, healthcare, education, labor, and other public policies. 

Reproductive Health Support Statement

In keeping with our vision of ensuring a nation of healthier women, children and their families, the National WIC Association supports the ability of women to make their own health care decisions—void of unnecessary barriers that impede access to vital health care services, including the full spectrum of reproductive and maternal health care. As a guiding principle, we believe health equity, which is defined as the ability of all individuals and families to achieve optimal health, irrespective of their identity, race, ability or class, should be central to the work we do as advocates for the WIC program and the clients it serves.

NWA’s Guiding Principles: 

•    Envisioning a nation of healthier women, children, and their families;
•    Achieving optimal health, irrespective of identity, race, ability or class; 
•    Ensuring health equity for all individuals and families;  
•    Ensuring equitable access to nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, chronic disease prevention and management services, healthcare, safe living environments, education, and good jobs with fair pay;  
•    Removing obstacles to families’ short- and long-term health and wellbeing including poverty, discrimination, and institutional racism and other forms of bias;
•    Ensuring that our members have the tools and leadership skills to: 
o    expand and sustain effective nutrition services for mothers and young children, 
o    advocate for and influence public policies that lead to a healthier nation for women, children, and their families, and 
o    achieve these principles for the families that we serve 

Breastfeeding Statement

The National WIC Association (NWA) endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Policy Statements on Breastfeeding.


The AAP policy statement “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk” (2012) states, “Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for all infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short and long-term medical and neurodevelopment advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue not only a lifestyle choice.”


The ABM’s “Position on Breastfeeding” (2015) states, “Suboptimal breastfeeding practices are unequivocally associated with a greater risk of infant morbidity and mortality not only in developing countries, but also in industrialized countries. Increasing breastfeeding rates is one of the most important behaviors we can promote to decrease infant death and illness worldwide.”


NWA promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding through the first year and beyond with the addition of appropriate complementary foods. All WIC staff have a role in promoting and providing support for the successful initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.

Land Acknowledgement 

With great respect, NWA would like to acknowledge that today the NWA National Office is located on the unceded territory of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway peoples, the original keepers of the land for millennia. The Nacotchtank – successful traders – were displaced or suffered significant deaths from communicable diseases brought by colonists. Those remaining relocated in 1668 to what is now Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River opposite Georgetown, and later sought refuge and were absorbed by the Piscataway of Southern Maryland. Click here to find out on what Native land you reside. 

National Campaigns

We are a proud partner in numerous collaborative efforts to promote the public health nutrition including:

  • Sesame Workshop: NWA partners with Sesame Workshop to promote healthy eating and physical activity in WIC clinics nationwide through distribution of a variety of educational materials directed toward young children.
  • Foundry 360 (formerly Meredith): NWA partners with Foundry 360 in the development of nutrition education materials for use in WIC clinics and for distribution to WIC mothers and young children.
  • Altarum Institute: NWA is a research partner with Altarum Institute, a non-profit research institute to develop research and evaluation on various aspects of the WIC Program.
  • Child Nutrition Forum: NWA is a founding partner of the Child Nutrition Forum, a collaborative advocacy effort combining the advocacy voices of hundreds of national social justice organizations to promote WIC & Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
  • The Food Policy Working Group: NWA partners with the faith-based advocacy collaborative, The Food Policy Working Group.
  • Ad Council: NWA created a successful three-year partnership with the Ad Council in 2002 producing nationally distributed video, radio, and print media promotions for the WIC Program.

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report
2014 Audit Report
2015 Annual Report
2015 Audit Report
2016 Annual Report
2016 Audit Report
2017 Annual Report
2017 Audit Report
2018 Year in Review

2018 Audit Report
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report
2020-2021 Audit Report

Our 990 form is available upon request

See highlights of our achievements and learn how the Association has evolved over the years.

  • 1979 - The idea for the National Association of WIC Directors (NAWD) comes about at a USDA-sponsored event when the attending State WIC Directors gather informally. It’s suggested that the State Directors form an association to represent their mutual interests. During the following year, the State Directors develop an informal network.
  • 1984 - An election of Association officers takes place. The membership begins the process of identifying policy issues and resolutions needed, as well as planning the Association’s future directions. An Annual Conference and a business meeting have been held each year since 1984.
  • 1986 - Infant formula cost containment implementation.
  • 1990 - A full-time Executive Director, Douglas Greenaway, is hired, and an office opens in Washington, DC. The following year, NAWD holds its first Washington Leadership Day.
  • 1992 - Committees complete the first four position papers: The Role of Infant Formula in the WIC Program; Breastfeeding Promotion in the WIC Program; Cost Allocation Systems; and Vendor Management in the WIC Program.
  • 1994 - The Association successfully defeats efforts to block grant WIC.
  • 2000 - Food package review paper, NAWD makes recommendations to improve the WIC food package.
  • 2004 - The Association changes its name to the National WIC Association, NWA, and implements a new Board structure. The Association’s three Sections (State Directors, Local Agency Directors, and Nutrition Services) are now equally represented on the Board of Directors.
  • 2005 - The Association concludes a highly successful three-year WIC public service announcement (PSA) outreach campaign in partnership with the Ad Council. Forty State WIC Agencies support the Association’s efforts to produce and broadly distribute radio, television, and print media campaigns with the following taglines: “Your child has you. And you have WIC.” and “Feed them well. Love them lots!” The campaigns garner an estimated $38 million in donated media time to promote WIC.
  • 2007 - After more than a decade of advocating for changes to the WIC Food Packages, the work of the Association pays off with the publication of the USDA Interim Final Rule to change the WIC Food Packages in December. Changes go into effect in 2009. The WIC food package is revised to provide consistency with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and establish dietary recommendations for infants and children under two years of age. Additions include fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, and milk substitutions for those who are lactose-intolerant.
  • 2009 - To help introduce the new WIC food package, NWA formally launches, with the help of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster and Broccoli, the Association’s Healthy Habits for Life partnership with Sesame Workshop. This successful initiative results in the distribution of more than 3.6 million Healthy Habits for Life multimedia outreach kits to WIC families in 38 states.
  • 2010 - NWA convenes a National Breastfeeding Summit bringing together over 200 diverse stakeholders and partners, engaging them in a conversation to develop key principles for a national strategic plan to promote and support breastfeeding in WIC. Key speakers include USDA’s Under Secretary for FNCS, the Acting Deputy Surgeon General, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) President-Elect.
  • 2010 - NWA is invited to the President’s signing of The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in December, which includes 15 key NWA recommended priorities.
  • 2011 - The Association approves a new legislative agenda for 2011 and 2012 pressing for key funding priorities for WIC and other legislative priorities including initiatives to enhance FDA oversight on foods with functional ingredients, phase out bisphenol A (BPA), end food deserts, and protecting the prevention and wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Dr. Jamila Taylor

President & CEO

Dr. Taylor serves as representative, development executive, and spokesperson for NWA. She is responsible for leading NWA’s long-term strategic planning, advocacy efforts on WIC and other maternal and child health issues, and development of community partnership initiatives. Her role as President & CEO involves directing program and membership development. She also leads the organization on negotiating federal WIC and maternal and child health policies to meet the needs of the NWA members and WIC clients.







Jennifer Vanderhoff

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Jennifer Vanderhoff is responsible for assisting NWA's President & CEO, Dr. Jamila Taylor, on a daily basis. In addition, Jennifer manages responsibilities and facilitates communications for the Executive Office, and she also assists with tasks related to the NWA Board of Directors and meeting planning. Jennifer Vanderhoff is a seasoned executive assistant with over a decade of experience working with senior-level executives in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC.






Georgia Machell, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Georgia is responsible for directing program operations for NWA. This involves managing the NWA staff and working closely with senior management to ensure the Association develops projects, programming, and products that support the mission and vision of NWA. In addition, Georgia develops WIC research priorities and leads efforts to connect NWA members with new research findings and provides guidance on planning, conducting, and communicating WIC research.






Brian Dittmeier, Esq.

Senior Director of Public Policy

Brian is responsible for managing the Association’s advocacy strategy to advance NWA’s public policy priorities, including efforts to secure WIC funding and ensure efficient program administration. In this role, Brian manages NWA’s relationship with Congress and the Administration, leads targeted grassroots advocacy efforts, and coordinates policy partnerships with child nutrition stakeholders and industry. Brian also leads NWA’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC.





Lyncoln Dujon

Director of Finance and Administration

Lyncoln manages the administrative and financial operations of NWA and oversees essential HR functions. This includes ensuring that NWA has sound and secure financial systems and procedures in place to support effective program delivery, and meets generally accepted accounting and audit standards and procedures. In addition, Lyncoln plans, leads, directs, develops, and coordinates the HR policies and activities of the Association, ensuring legal compliance and effective staff support to implement the organization’s mission and vision.




Aya Marie Florence Kouadjo, CPA


Marie is responsible for recording and reporting NWA's financial data, as well as ensuring compliance with Accounting Principles. She is a CPA and has a master’s degree in accounting and financial management. Marie has extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations both large and small.





Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN

Senior Manager of Public Health Nutrition

Darlena is responsible for managing NWA’s nutrition and breastfeeding activities. Darlena’s work includes representing the Association on various committees both inside and outside the organization, developing public comments, participating in the Association’s advocacy efforts, and assisting in the review of research/studies as it relates to nutrition and breastfeeding.






Christina Chauvenet, PhD

Senior Manager of Research and Program Innovation

Christina is responsible for managing the translation of research and innovation to policy and practice. She is particularly focused on leveraging innovative strategies to improve the WIC participant experience. She manages research data collection, tracking and analysis, reports and educational material development. She also serves as the primary point of contact for external researchers interested in WIC and represents the organization in research working collaboratives.





Nell Menefee-Libey

Public Policy Manager

Nell works with the public policy team to develop and execute advocacy strategy. In this role, she builds relationships with policymakers in Congress and the Administration to garner support for NWA’s programmatic and funding priorities. She also drafts policy-related communications and represents NWA in meetings with partner organizations to bring a nutrition and public health perspective to intersectional anti-poverty coalitions. Nell comes to NWA with prior experience in advocacy and as Congressional staff. She has a background in gender and social policy.





Noora Kanfash, MPH

Manager of State Public Policy

Noora is responsible for engaging state stakeholders to advance the mission and policy goals of the National WIC Association. She works to mobilize NWA's membership to advocate on behalf of NWA and WIC priorities. Noora is also responsible for monitoring state legislation, regulation, and policies that may impact WIC’s public health and nutrition mission.






Stacy Davis, MPH, IBCLC

Senior Manager of Health Equity & Community Partnerships

Stacy is responsible for the management and oversight of NWA’s health equity portfolio. This includes oversight of the planning, development, administration, and implementation of health equity initiatives, and leading the Association staff and its members in understanding, promoting, and integrating a health equity lens to inform internal and external policies and strategies into all facets of WIC and NWA governance. Additionally, Stacy will identify, monitor, and communicate best practices for eliminating health disparities; promoting cultural competence; and identify strategies in which to best engage communities served by WIC to NWA staff and its members, with the aim to improve customer service and increase recruitment and retention of WIC participants.



Chris Rothermel, MPA, CNP

Operations Manager

Chris manages the Operational functions of NWA. He ensures that administrative and operational systems are effectively and efficiently meeting staff needs. In addition, Chris coordinates vendor services such as IT support, communication services, and facilities management. He supports the HR functions of the organization including staff recruitment, payroll processing, records keeping, and on/off-boarding. Chris also supports the Comptroller in ensuring efficient financial policies and procedures and successful audits.






Emily Gilcher, M.Ac

Director of Education & Membership Engagement

Emily directs and develops strategies for member and partner recruitment, engagement, and satisfaction at NWA. She works closely with member groups, including the Board of Directors and NWA's committees and task forces, to support the member-led initiatives of the organization. She has over 20 years of experience working in non-profits and has worked at NWA since January 2017.







Carlos Dees, MBA, RD, CLC

Business Partnerships Manager

Carlos is responsible for managing external stakeholder engagement for the National WIC Association (NWA). This involves managing and developing relationships with NWA’s current and new partners, exhibitors, and sponsors and leading marketing/recruitment planning and implementation for the external stakeholder, exhibitor, and sponsorship programs in support of improving infant, child, and maternal nutrition.





Ashley Alexander

Senior Manager of Conference and Events

Ashley is responsible for the management and oversight of NWA conferences and events. She collaborates with the NWA Conference Planning Committees in managing conference logistics, including exhibits, activities, and educational content, assuring meaningful learning objectives, and themes consistent with NWA's mission and messaging.






Tim Ward

Communications Director

Tim is responsible for ensuring that the National WIC Association is viewed as the go-to voice for the WIC program - serving as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information about WIC and as a leading advocate for WIC-adjacent priorities, including nutrition, maternal health, breastfeeding, and anti-poverty issues. Tim will have overall management responsibility for communication activities that support advocacy, member services, conferences, NWA products, and programs. He leads the Communications Team and oversees the development and distribution of all print and electronic communications materials.


Whitney Dawn Carlson

Senior Manager of the Recruitment & Retention Campaign

Whitney manages the National Recruitment & Retention Campaign, which includes working closely with WIC agencies to provide NWA members with outreach, marketing, advertising, resources, and more.







Maureen Lytle

Senior Communications Associate

Maureen is responsible for supporting NWA communication strategies, particularly in marketing NWA products, events, and initiatives. Maureen coordinates with NWA's Communications Team to develop short and long-term communication strategies and plans. This includes supporting the production of all Association print materials and website content, coordinating digital individual fundraising campaigns, and providing technical assistance to Association members. Additionally, Maureen serves as the NWA staff liaison for the WIC Hub Committee and collaborates with the Conference and Events Director on content creation, marketing, and design work.



Victoria Micalizzi

Senior Communications Associate

Victoria collaborates with the Communications Team to execute strategic communications in support of NWA's mission. She is responsible for creating social media content, designing print and digital materials, and providing social media assistance and support to WIC providers. She also develops social media toolkits for dissemination to partner organizations, helps WIC stakeholders and members tell their stories, and promotes NWA policy campaigns and conferences with design and social media curation.



Join Our Team

Check out NWA job openings here.

NWA is a member-driven organization that represents the diverse mission areas essential to WIC service delivery. NWA's membership consists of five Sections: State Agency, Local Agency, Nutrition Services, Breastfeeding, and Vendor Management. Each Section is governed by a Standing Committee that includes geographic representation from each of the seven USDA regions. NWA's Board of Directors - which sets strategic priorities for the organization - is composed of members of these Standing Committees and an Executive Committee elected by the full voting membership.

NWA Bylaws were revised in May 2022 and April 2023 to bring more voices to the table, including parity throughout the organizational structure between State and Local Agencies. The Board and other organizational entities are in a transitional phase to be completed by Summer 2024.

2023-2024 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Kate Franken, MN, Chair
Paul Throne, WA, Chair Emeritus
Amanda Hovis, TX, Treasurer
Samar McGregor, CA, Secretary
Dr. Jamila Taylor, President/CEO

Board - Section Representatives
Carrie Dinsmore, PA, Mid-Atlantic (alternate serving for Filomena Ahlefeld, PA), Local Agencies Section
Tami Kepa'a, OR, Western, Local Agencies Section, Section Co-Chair
Jennifer Nicklas, LA, Southwest, State Directors Section
Cheri Nemec, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, WI, and NINAWC Chair, Indigenous Agencies
Tracy Sabo, KS, Mountain Plains (alternate serving for LaKeisha Davis, MO), Local Agencies Section
Melody Shrank, Chickasaw Nation (OK), Southwest, Nutrition Services Section
Jody Shriver, OH, Midwest, Local Agencies Section
Tecora Smith, TX, Southwest, Local Agencies Section, Section Co-Chair
TBD, Vendor Manager Section
TBD, Breastfeeding Section

Standing Section Committees

Breastfeeding Section Standing Committee
Marilyn Lonczak, CT, Northeast 

Local Agency Section Standing Committee
Carrie Dinsmore, PA, Mid-Atlantic (alternate serving for Filomena Ahlefeld, PA)
Tami Kepa'a, OR, Western
Cheri Nemec, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, WI, and NINAWC Chair, Indigenous Agencies
Tracy Sabo, KS, Mountain Plains (alternate serving for LaKeisha Davis, MO)
Jody Shriver, OH, Midwest
Tecora Smith, TX, Southwest
Regina Brady, CT, Northeast (alternate serving for Oanh Nguyen, MA)
TBD, Southeast

State Directors Section Standing Committee
Mary Anne Burghardt, NC, Southeast
Paula Garrett, VA, Mid-Atlantic
Karen Mullen, Western
Jennifer Nicklas, LA, Southwest, Section Standing Committee Chair
Ginger Roberts-Scott, ME, Northeast
Kimberly Stanek, IA, Midwest
Amanda Varriano, ND, Mountain Plains

Nutrition Services Section Standing Committee
Aimee Duncan, MT, Mountain Plains
Rebecca Gruenes, MN, Midwest
Angela Hammond-Damon, GA, Southeast
Crystal N. Hurley, DE, Mid-Atlantic
Melody Shrank, Chickasaw Nation (OK), Southwest, Section Standing Committee Chair
TBD, Northeast
TBD, Western Region

Vendor Manager Section Standing Committee

The National WIC Association is grateful to all of our supporters helping build a nation of healthier women, children, and their families.









Our Business Council Partners are a distinguished group of public and private organizations and corporations who are committed to retaining and enhancing the WIC Program’s vision and to supporting the National WIC Association’s mission. To learn more about how to apply to become a Business Council Partner, or other types of sustaining partnerships, visit our Partnership page.


Danone North America

Danone North America

Danone North America is committed to bringing health through food to as many people as possible.

And every day we work to help improve the American diet by offering more nutrient dense foods and making them more widely available.

Earth's Best

Earth's Best

Earth’s Best Organic® is proud to partner with NWA and WIC. Since 1985, Earth’s Best Organic® has been leading the way in improving accessibility to high quality organic baby food for all Americans, including WIC recipients.

We have worked closely with multiple states to authorize organic baby food as part of their WIC programs. Organic products currently eligible include Earth’s Best Organic® Baby Food Jars and Earth’s Best Organic® Cereals.

General Mills

General Mills

General Mills is proud of its longstanding partnership with NWA and WIC.  Our relationship with WIC started over 40 years ago when Cheerios cereal was reformulated with more iron to meet the needs of WIC participants.  Today, General Mills manufactures over 250 products that meet federal eligibility requirements.  From popular cereal brands like Cheerios™, Kix™, and Chex™ cereals, to Yoplait®; and Mountain High™ yogurt, Progresso™ beans, Muir Glen™ Tomatoes, to Cascadian Farm™ frozen fruit and vegetables – we make delicious, widely-available products that WIC consumers are proud to provide to their families.



As a NWA business partner and member of the WIC community, we pursue opportunities for multiple WIC stakeholders to work together for the benefit of the program. A deep knowledge of WIC concerns allows us to create Kellogg products and nutrition communications to answer WIC needs.

Mom's Fresh Foods

Mom's Fresh Foods

Mom's Fresh Foods offers Fast, Convenient & Culturally Sensitive Women, Infants & Children Express Stores!

For Mom's Fresh, Women, Infants & Children Families Means Value, Convenience and a Warm, Friendly Shopping Experience.  

Women, Infants & Children Shopping Made Easy!

• Fully stocked stores ensure participants receive their entire food prescription

• Variety and competitive prices maximize usage of cash value produce vouchers

• Greater satisfaction with the WIC shopping experience ensures higher utilization of benefits and greater participant retention rates

• Access to WIC foods near WIC clinics and in underserved communities encourages more families to participate in the program

Contact: Michael Amiri, President & CEO



NationsBenefits® introduces a suite of products crafted specifically for the WIC EBT market. Our solutions leverage mobile and cloud-based technologies providing a reliable native mobile app experience to WIC moms. SoliMarket is the first turn-key solution providing touchless mobile transactions between the participant and the Farmer for WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs. Technology forward redemption interactions at the market combined with a powerful MIS platform that manages participants, farmers, and market data completes the full circle service.

NationsBenefits, through the acquisition of SoliSYSTEMS, is a leader in the WIC EBT sector providing eWIC smart cards, Cyberjack smart card readers for clinics and the MobiWIC register for WIC retailers.  Based on our extensive knowledge of WIC EBT, our offerings are expanding to include online EBT processing services. This expansion into the EBT processing market, provides a viable choice for WIC Programs looking towards the future of EBT including mobile payment and online shopping.

Post Consumer Brands

Post Consumer Brands

In 2015, MOM Brands and Post Foods came together to form Post Consumer Brands—the third largest cereal company in the U.S. We now offer 25 WIC eligible cereals, approved in 49 states, plus Puerto Rico. No other cereal company offers as large a variety of iconic Hot Cereal and the Ready-to-Eat Cereal brands.

While providing all the nutritional benefits to meet Federal WIC eligibility, Post Consumer Brands offers some of America’s favorite combinations of sound nutrition and great taste. Which means families can look forward to —and really feel good about—breakfast, every day.

Cereal is the #1 choice for breakfast in the U.S. and a big part of WIC programs in every state. Over 8 million women and children in the WIC program count on cereal to provide the nutrition they need. What’s more, studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school. It’s indeed what makes breakfast the most important meal of the day.

Post Consumer Brands partners with Touchstone Growth Partners, a consulting firm to represent us with state WIC agencies. On behalf of Post Consumer Brands, Touchstone Growth Partners connects with WIC managers across 90 agencies, promoting the nutritious benefits of all our cereals. For more information, please contact: Dave Myers at (717) 715-2700 or email at

Tropicana Brands Group

Tropicana Brands Group

Tropicana Brands Group seeks to support the advancement of nutrition education and food equity by engaging with health and nutrition care providers who work with WIC participants and others experiencing nutrition insecurity. As a member of the NWA Business Council, we’re committed to serving NWA members by providing continuing education opportunities, evidence-based nutrition research, and determining accessible ways to deliver affordable nutrition to families.

Vexcel Corporation

Vexcel Corporation

WIC MOSAIC is a modern solution for the Women, Infants, and Children Program impacting participation, eligibility, and retention. Designed with a focus on participant's day-to-day, allowing mom to take control of her WIC experience.  WIC MOSAIC is truly an end-to-end solution created for WIC staff and participants.  Built with input from WIC staff allowing them to focus more on what matters.  


Redefining the clinic experience - An easy and fast solution enabling clinic staff to focus on what matters. Learn more about WIC MOSAIC here.


Vexcel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation and separate legal entity, extends and enhances Microsoft products and services by providing customers with end-to-end solutions including cloud, hardware, software, and services.

In addition to our governing Board, NWA's work is informed by committees and task forces comprised of our members. 

"Standing Committees" are those committees that develop governance at the direction of the Board of Directors. "Committees" address broad policy issues to further the long-term mission of the Association at the direction of the Board of Directors. "Task Forces" may be created to carry out the work of the Association at the direction of the Board to address specific short-term goals or initiatives.

Interested in Volunteering? **As a part of our implementation of the updated Bylaws (May 2022), NWA is pausing recruitment for policy committee and task force positions. Please check back soon for an updated list of openings.**

NWA Committee and Task Force Roster

Standing Committees

2022-2023 Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates for Association offices and the following year's Nominating Committee. Members introduce candidates to the membership.

Sarah Flores-Sievers, Chair-Emeritus
LaKeisha Davis, Local Agency Section Representative
Mindy Jossefides, Indigenous Agency Representative 
Leslie Lewis, MPH, LDN, RD, State Agency Nutrition Services Section Representative
Sean Mack, State Agency Director Section Representative 


2022-2023 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference Planning Committee
This committee supports and provides guidance to the NWA meeting planner in designing and convening meaningful conference experiences for NWA’s membership. 

Mary Schultheis, Chair (2022)
Thomas Shuff, State Agency Section
Rachel August, Nutrition Services Section
Katie Tallman, Local Agency Section
Jessika Free-Bass, Indigenous Agency Representative
Ross Bradley, At-Large
Susan Conover, At-Large
Tracy Ducker, At-Large
Danielle Hardges, At-Large
Todd Kirkpatrick, At-Large
Lindsay Pollins Wild, At-Large
Ginger Roberts-Scott, At-Large
Lisa Schlientz, At-Large
Tabitha Hicks, At- Large
Lindsey Camis, Partner
Britny Cholost, Partner
Tecora Smith, Board Liaison
Chandra Champion, NWA National Office Liaison

2023-2025 Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Conference Planning Committee 
This committee supports and provides guidance to the NWA meeting planner in designing and convening meaningful conference experiences for NWA’s membership. 

Breastfeeding Promotion Committee

The Breastfeeding Promotion Committee works to develop recommendations and standards for the promotion and support of breastfeeding among mothers participating in the WIC Program. This Committee also works to encourage the active promotion of breastfeeding by NWA members.

Dori Monica, Chair
Amy Resnik, State Agency Section
Christina Perry, Nutrition Services Section
Dee Huerta, Local Agency Section
Jessika Free, Indigenous Agency Representative
Cheryl Lorie, At-Large
Carole Peterson, At-Large
Pua Kaiwi, At-Large
Darlena Birch, NWA National Office Liaison
Laura Spaulding, Board Liaison

Communications/Outreach Committee

This committee examines the needs, challenges, and successes of WIC agency communications and outreach strategies, and develops best practices to reach and recruit eligible WIC participants and educate the public about the WIC program’s benefits.

Jose Luis Diaz, Chair
Dawn Briner, Emeritus-Member
Denise Duggan, At-Large
Claudette Hayes-Sowers, At-Large
Ernest Le, State Agency Section
Charles Lorinser, State Agency Section
Tara Olson, Local Agency Section
Lisa Scully, At-Large
Christine Smith, Local Agency Section
Manon Taylor, Indigenous Agency Representative
Michaela Taylor, Indigenous Agency Representative
Blythe Thomas, Consultant
Renee Wing, Nutrition Services Section
Whitney Carlson, NWA National Office Liaison
Angela Hammond-Damon, Board Liaison

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

This committee provides feedback and recommendations:

  • to NWA policies to ensure they are written with an equity lens and are inclusive of NWA members, WIC families and the WIC workforce.
  • on the organizational goals are inclusive of WIC families and workforce.
  • for revision(s) of NWA’s health equity statement to ensure current and future statements are inclusive of members and leadership.
  • to NWA initiatives and projects related to equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Adela Garcia, Interim Co-Chair, At-Large Member
Christina Plaskonos, Co-Chair
Uranus "Rae" Mapson, Co-Chair
LaShonna Thompson, Local Agency Section
Leann Lopez, Indigenous Agency Representative
Stacey Busey, At-Large
Lela Stapler, At-Large
LaKeisha Davis, Board Liaison
Stacy Davis, NWA National Office Liaison

Evaluation Committee

The National WIC Association (NWA) views the cycle of research, practice, and policy to be reciprocal and encourages collaboration between researchers and practitioners to conduct high quality research that supports WIC and identifies innovative approaches to program improvement. The mission of the committee is to identify research areas that support NWA and WIC programs nationwide, provide guidance to academic and other external research partners to support research and evaluation activities, bolstering resources and capacity for evaluation at the State and agency-level. The evaluation committee will recognize and consider diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work to support NWA’s mission of “providing tools and leadership to expand and sustain effective nutrition services for women, infants, and children”.

Bagyalakshmi Kodur, Interim Chair
Devina Wadhera, Chair
Joni Geppert, State Agency Section
Amy Malinowski, Nutrition Services Section
Sarah Younker, Local Agency Section
Jordan Friend, At-Large
Michaela Phillips, At-Large
Kelley Scanlon, USDA-FNS Partner
Courtney Paolicelli, USDA-FNS Partner
Joanne Guthrie, USDA-ERS Partner
Amanda Hovis, Board Liaison
Christina Chauvenet, PhD, NWA National Office Liaison

Farmers Market Programs Committee

The NWA Farmer’s Market Committee monitors and disseminates promising practices related to the use of WIC at farmer’s markets, including the Cash Value Benefit and the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). The committee also identifies opportunities for collaboration between WIC FMNP and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and develops recommendations on opportunities to streamline programmatic efficiency and benefits delivery. The Farmers Market committee provides guidance to NWA staff on relevant policy and program priorities. The Farmer’s Market committee aims to promote equitable access to Farmer’s Markets for WIC participants regardless of their identity, race, ability, class, or location.

Rachel August, Chair 
Maria Menor, State Agency Section
Mary Nauert, Local Agency Section
Samantha Blanchard, Nutrition Services Section
Rhonda Skelton, Indigenous Agency Representative
Katie Chou, At-Large
Lorie Brendecke, At-Large
Britney Zwergel, At-Large
Christina Chauvenet, NWA National Office Liaison
Tecora Smith, Board Liaison

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee supports the development and implementation of the Association’s legislative and regulatory policy. The Legislative Committee shall approve an annual policy agenda at the beginning of each calendar year, and may craft additional proposals for the consideration of NWA’s Board of Directors and staff. Members of the Legislative Committee shall be routinely updated on policy strategy and timelines and may be called upon to serve as spokespersons for the organization in press, conference, legislative forums, and other venues, as deemed appropriate by NWA staff. The goal is to continue to be strategic, hold proactive discussions with members, and encourage the growth of emerging leadership among WIC State and Local Agency staff.

Heidi Hoffman, Chair
Sean Mack, State Agency Section
Tiare T. Sanna, Nutrition Services Section
Christine O'Brien, Local Agency Section
Melinda Newport, Indigenous Agency Representative
Leslie Hibbs, At-Large
Theresa Landau, At-Large
Lexie Stoneking, At-Large
Paula Garrett, Board Liaison
Brian Dittmeier, NWA National Office Liaison
Noora Kanfash, NWA National Office Liaison

Vendor Business Practices Committee

This committee develops Association policy and related position papers relevant to vendor relationships and implementation of vendor-related policies affecting the WIC Program and WIC participants.

Kelli Darland, Chair
Heidi Staats, State Agency Section
Laurie Somerhausen, Local Agency Section
Sara Sloan, Nutrition Services Section
Mallory Phelps, Indigenous Agency Representative
Celeste Lunceford, At-Large
Kim Boulette, At-Large
Carrie Coenen, At-Large
Noora Kanfash, NWA National Office Liaison
Brian Dittmeier, NWA National Office Liaison
Jennifer Nicklas, Board Liaison

WIC Hub Committee

This committee has the following primary functions:

  • creating strategic plans for developing and improving the user experience of (the Hub), and
  • reviewing content submitted to the Hub for publication consideration.

Additionally, the committee encourages submissions to the Hub from the entire WIC community by making the process accessible and nimbly instituting change when opportunities present.

Kathleen Rebollo, Chair 
Filomena Ahlefeld, Local Agency Section
Mario Rivera, At-Large
Elena Tateo, At Large
Marinela Colclough, At-Large
Maureen Lytle, NWA National Office Liaison
Mary Ann Burghardt, NWA Board Liaison 

WIC Workforce Development Committee

This committee:

  • Recommends use of Member Benefit Fund for members, to include making revision recommendations to the current Member Benefit Fund Guidelines and reviewing applications for benefit use (i.e. scholarships)
  • Develops recommendations and evaluating opportunities for: Leadership skill development for WIC;
  • Focuses on professional development pathways and opportunities for achieving and maintaining credentials valuable to the WIC Workforce (to include RD, IBCLC, CLC, NTDR, CPA, CPPA, etc.)
  • In consultation with the NWA EDI committee, focuses on increasing diversity in the workforce to ensure WIC staff at all levels are representative of the communities and cultures the WIC program serves.
  • Considers and makes recommendations related to funding, staffing, and staffing processes, ratios, and priorities, and indirect costs, to ensure continued recruitment and retention of a diverse WIC staff.

Phoebe McDermott, Co-Chair 
Susan Wnuk, Co-Chair 
Kate Andrus, Nutrition Services Section
Dawn Ballosingh, Local Agency Section
Brittany Cook, At-large
Beth Cordova, At-Large
Rose Douglass, At-large
Kathy Duffy, At-Large
Mary Ellison, At-Large
Jessika Free, Indigenous Agencies
Gina Keenan, Indigenous Agencies
Linda M. Kilby, Local Agency Section
Todd Kirkpatrick, At-Large
Jennifer Madden Smith, Nutrition Services Section
Cheri Nemec, Indigenous Agencies
Thomas Shuff, State Agency Section
Ankita Tandel,  At-Large
Peggy Trouba, State Agency Section
Danielle White, Local Agency Section
Tammy Wise, Local Agency Section
Darlena Birch, NWA National Office
Stephanie Bender, Board Liaison

Task Forces

Infant Mortality in WIC Task Force

This task force examines available research regarding WIC participation and infant mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of infant mortality in WIC.

Jennifer Ortiz, Chair
Breanne Haviland, State Agency Section
Natalie Alcaraz, Local Agency Section
Lindsey Dermid Gray, Nutrition Services Section
Melody Shrank, Indigenous Agency Representative
Lorrie Brooks, At-Large
Elizabeth Hulbrook, At-Large
Jessica Smith, At-Large
Dyane Gogan Turner, Consultant
Darlena Birch, NWA National Office Liaison
Samantha Blanchard, Board Liaison

Maternal Mortality in WIC Task Force

This task force examines available research regarding WIC participation and maternal mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of maternal mortality in WIC.

Sheryl Pickering, Chair
Kathleen Hiltwine, State Agency Section
Linda M. Kilby, Local Agency Section
Heather Kristofzski-Raizor, Nutrition Services Section
TBD, Indigenous Agency Representative
Bridget Millich, At-Large
Carla Robinson, At-Large
Darlena Birch, NWA National Office Liaison
Lissa Sirois, Board Liaison

Joint Work Group with USDA/FNS

Risk Identification and Selection Collaborative (RISC)

RISC is a partnership between USDA/FNS and NWA to promote ongoing review and development of appropriate nutrition risk criteria for consistent application in the WIC program.

Marta Kealey, Chair (USDA/FNS)
Five NWA Voting Representatives:
Cassanda Lloyd (1)
Kelley May (2)
Danae Olson (3)
Alan Brown (4)
TBD, (5)
Egondu Onuoha, Consultant
Darlena Birch, NWA National Office Liaison
TBD, Board Liaison