Meet Our 2010 Speakers

Beth Baker

Beth Baker
Beth Baker is a long-time freelance journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Ms., Preservation, Ebony, and Nature Conservancy. For many years, she was the Washington columnist and feature writer for BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She has written extensively on medical research and aging issues for the AARP Bulletin and has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Health section.
Her nonfiction book on alternative nursing homes, Old Age in a New Age, was published in May, 2007, by Vanderbilt University Press. Linda Aufderhaar, president of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, calls it "An insightful, inspiring, well-researched book that poignantly describes the lessons of how a person-centered approach and culture change is possible." Through the Washington Ethical Society, Beth was the producer and interviewer for a documentary video, Coming of Age--the Path to Adulthood, which won a Gold Award in 2004 by the Aurora Awards, an international competition honoring excellence in film and video.
Before becoming a writer and editor, she was a dialysis technician, hospital ward clerk, assembly line worker, secretary, and peace activist.
She is certified in Natural History through the Audubon Naturalist Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School and is a hospice volunteer.

Ben Olson

Ben Olson Customized Performance Training
With over 40 years of food service, retail management and training experience, Ben Olson has designed and delivered training courses that are focused on the learner – inspiring, engaging and fun! He has employed his Great Trainer techniques to Fortune 500 companies across the country, energizing audiences both large and small.
Author of Great Trainer Make It Happen! Ben believes that Great Trainers employ certain fundamentals as they plan their training sessions. Great Trainers understand that the old lecture-style delivery method is ineffective with today’s adult learner. Ben helps trainers discover and utilize methods that structure the learning experience in a positive way by assuming ownership and taking action to deliver an inviting learning environment for participants.
Related specifically to the area of Food Safety Training, Ben is a licensed instructor through the following agencies: The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, The National Environmental Health Association, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the City of Chicago.

Lynn Carpenter Moore, RD, LD

Lynn Carpenter Moore Nutrition Systems
Lynn Carpenter Moore, RD, LD, and CEO of Nutrition Systems, has worked as a consultant dietitian for over 30 years, providing nutrition and food service consulting services to long-term care facilities and small hospitals. She has also coordinated the group purchasing program and menu systems development. Lynn is an active member and supporter of both the Mississippi Dietetic Association and of the American Dietetic Association, having served each organization in numerous positions. She was selected for Mississippi's Outstanding Dietitian award. As a member of the Dietitians in Health Care Communities Practice Group (formerly Consultant Dietitians in Health Care Facilities), she has been editor of The Consultant Dietitian, has two terms as Area 3 Coordinator, and has been selected as Distinguished Member for Area 3. Currently, she is the ADA Alliance Representative to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Lynn is a frequent speaker on nutrition and food service management topics.

James E. Painter, PhD, RD

James E. Painter
With his Ph.D. in Human Resource and Family Studies from the University of Illinois and his Master's Degree in Food and Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, Registered Dietitian Jim Painter has conducted numerous studies in the field of Food Psychology and Mindless Eating. He has been involved in the study of food science at the university level for almost 20 years and is presently the Chairman of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University and a member of several professional associations including The American Dietetic Association and The Society for Nutrition Education.
Dr. Painter has given presentations worldwide to a variety of professional, civic, public, and private groups including: Apicius (the Culinary Institute in Florence Italy) and the National Soybean Research Lab in Bophal, India. Over the years, he has also made headlines with projects like The Nutrition Analysis Tool and Portion Size Me. His popularity may be due to his simple, common-sense approach to building a healthy food culture. His talks are straight-forward, thought-provoking, intuitive, and entertaining.

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT

Jane Belt Plante & Moran
Jane is the manager of the Plante & Moran Clinical Group and has been involved with the long-term care industry for over 35 years serving as a Director of Nursing and a nurse consultant. She has a Master’s in Nursing and is a Resident Assessment Coordinator Certified and a Master Teacher through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. The nurse clinicians of Plante & Moran specialize in long-term care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement; education, quality assurance and other long-term care services. Jane received enthusiastic response to the MDS 3.0 webinar she presented earlier this summer. Many commented that her presentation was the best they had heard on the topic of identifying nutrition related areas of the MDS 3.0.