Meet our 2013 Seminar Speakers

Chere BorkChere Bork, MS RDN

Founder & President of Savor Your Life Today, Inc.

Creating Positive Energy to Thrive Through Change
Chere Bork is a motivational speaker, wellness consultant, and life coach with more than thirty years of experience inspiring lasting lifestyle change. Her passion is helping others “de-clutter” their lives and their thinking so that they can bring their deepest dreams, talents and priorities to the center – rather than the edge – of their lives.  She has reached over 40,000 people through her seminars. Being a media spokesperson since 1999 resulted in appearances via TV, radio, and newspapers.

David R. ThomasDr. David R. Thomas, MD FACP AGSF GSAF

Professor of Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University and Director of Clinical
Research for the Division of Geriatric Medicine

Update on Undernutrition, Cachexia, and Sarcopenia...A Contemporary Approach
Dr. David Thomas is a nationally recognized physician and medical educator. With credits too numerous to mention, he has authored many publications, books, book chapters and has directed clinical investigations. He has received the Best Doctor Award in St. Louis and in America year after year.

Renee ZonkaRenee Zonka, RD CHE CED MBA

Dean of Culinary Arts at Kendall College

Tantalizing Tastebuds: Alternative Ways to Enhance Flavor
Renee Zonka demonstrates alternative ways to increase flavor by balancing and complementing food and technique. As dean of Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Ms. Zonka is responsible for strategic direction of the schools culinary programs. Her background in culinary arts and nutrition education served her well as a lecturer at the Culinary Institute of American in New York and as a chef instructor at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Ms. Zonka was honored as Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Cindy ThorneCindy Thorne, MS RD CD

Professional Speaker, Author and Trainer

C.DIFFicult: Probiotics--Have Some Guts!
Cindy Thorne has provided ongoing training to professional organizations on a variety of nutritional topics.  She has written numerous food and nutrition related articles for the popular press.  Some articles include: “Solutions to Make Your Kitchen Green”, “Crypto-nite Diet Helps Fight Symptoms of Severe Intestinal Disease”, and “Helping a Child Lose Weight”.

IDPHConnie Jensen, RD LDN

Illinois Department of Public Health

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement—Where Do I Begin? Q & A Session
As Section Chief, Connie Jensen is responsible for the IDPH Training and Education Unit for long-term care surveyors throughout the state.  Her background includes being a Regional Supervisor for the IDPH Field Supervisors in Central Illinois. Prior to that, she held positions as Assistant Regional Supervisor, Field Supervisor, and Public Health Nutritionist.  Ms. Jensen began her career as a hospital dietitian and has worked as a Consultant Dietitian and Food Service Director.  Seminar participants appreciate her willingness to answer tricky survey-related questions in a Q & A format.