Meet our 2014 Seminar Speakers

Judith WrightDr. Judith Wright

President & Co-founder, The Wright Leadership Institute

Transform: Bring Out the Best in Yourself

Dr. Judith Wright is a pioneer in human development and is a lifestyle expert with 30 years of experience in coaching and training.  She is a media favorite, bestselling author, and sought-after speaker, applying her insights into motivating people to succeed in personal transformation, leadership development, and personal goal fulfillment.  She has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, and has authored articles appearing in over 100 magazines and newspapers around the globe. 

Abby SauerAbby C. Sauer, MPH, RD

Section Manager, Abbott Nutrition, Scientific & Medical Affairs 

The Revolving Door of Hospital Readmissions: Can Nutrition Make a Difference? 

Abby Sauer is a frequent presenter on nutrition topics at national and global meetings, and has published numerous nutrition articles.  Her background as a clinical dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy and as a research dietitian at Abbott qualifies her to provide relevant up-to-date information regarding effective nutrition intervention.

Vicki PattersonVickie L Patterson, CFSPIII

Corporate Account Director, Foodservice, GOJO Industries Inc.

Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infections

Vickie Patterson, as a certified food service professional and certified in ServSafe and HACCP, speaks on various foodservice topics such as sanitation on a national and international level.  She will elaborate on the seemingly simple topic of hand hygiene along with the more complex topic of infections as they relate to healthcare.


Joyce GilbertMarla IsaacsJoyce Gilbert, PhD, RDN

President & CEO, ANFP


Marla Isaacs, MS, CAE

Executive Vice President, ANFP


The Resident of the Future
Both Joyce Gilbert and Marla Isaacs have worked for ANFP for many years and have knowledgeable perspectives on exciting new research on dining trends in healthcare communities.  They will share how resident needs are changing and how foodservice needs to evolve accordingly.

Lisa R. Bridwell, BAQuality Improvement Organizations

Senior Quality Improvement Facilitator, Telligen

Creating a Culture for Quality Improvement
Lisa Bridwell combines her background in gerontology with her current research on quality improvement to explain to seminar participants how to implement QI tools.  She will share her wisdom and experience in developing Performance Improvement Projects, using Root Cause Analysis, and writing Aim Statements.