Meet our 2016 Seminar Speakers

Dr. Kate Webster, PhDDr. Kate Webster, PhD

Founder, Breaking Thru Barriers

Mindful Communication: Managing Difficult People in Difficult Situations

Kate Webster is a speaker, trainer, coach, and TED presenter on the subject of empowerment, effective communication, and women’s leadership.  Her background as a university professor dealing with gender equality and social justice issues will help the audience better understand mindful communication in difficult work situations.

Liz Friedrich, MPH, RDN, CSG, LDN, FANDLiz Friedrich, MPH, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND

President & Owner, Friedrich Nutrition Consulting

Changing the Malnutrition Paradigm

Liz Friedrich, a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, is president of Friedrich Nutrition Consulting based in North Carolina.  Liz has co-authored numerous journal articles and has spoken at state dietetic associations and national wound care conferences.  She serves as a legal expert witness and is an evidence analyst for the Evidence Analysis Library for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Association.  Malnutrition is always a relevant subject to the audience, so Liz’s expertise will be much appreciated.

Margie Fougeron, RDMargie Fougeron, RD

Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Eskenazi Health

Breaking Up is Hard To Do! Can We Break the Salt Habit?

Margie Fougeron has over 35 years of experience in healthcare food service and marketing.  She is currently working at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis on the Sodium in Communities Sodium Reduction Program, made possible by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She works specifically to reduce sodium content of foods without affecting the nutritional analysis of the food with regard to sugar or fat content, all the while retaining flavor.  Duties include interacting with the facility’s Food and Nutrition Services team and the local county health department, analyzing recipes, developing strategies to reduce sodium in menu options, and reviewing retail products from food vendors.  Seminar attendees welcome suggestions for reducing sodium in healthcare menus without losing flavor.


Kyle CherekKyle Cherek

Host, Wisconsin Foodie

From the Ground On Up!

As host of the Emmy-nominated television show Wisconsin Foodie for 9 years, Kyle focuses on tracing Midwestern influences on food treasures via profiling regional chefs, farmers, and artisans.  CHEF TALK with Kyle Cherek, a video web series, features entertaining conversations with some of America’s well-known chefs.  Nationally, Kyle has been featured on The Travel Channel and Food Network, and has contributed to Public Radio, NPR, CBS, and NBC.  One of his passions is to educate people about food and sustainability, which he will discuss in detail at the seminar.

Connie JensenConnie Jensen

Division Chief of Long Term Care Field Operations, Acting Section Chief of Education & Training,
Office of Health Care Regulations, Illinois Department of Public Health

Are You Ready for Major CMS Reforms Required for Facilities?

As Division 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 Q & A format.