INAP: Featured Members

Updated:Dec 17,2012


MARGARET M. LEAHY, PhD
INAP VICE-CHAIR
Margaret (Marge) Leahy is Director of Health and Nutrition Science at The Coca-Cola Company. She joined the company in 2007. Currently she manages a nutrition science team within the Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group.  Her team supports product innovations, provides systems guidance on regulatory, nutrition and health issues, and drives evidence-based research programs in nutrition and health, working with stakeholders in academia, government and industry.

She serves on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine Food Forum.  She is active in several industry trade association committees, including the American Beverage Association and Juice Products Association, and serves as vice-chair of the American Heart Association Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel. She serves as a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Food Science Strategic Policy Alliance and the New York Academy of Sciences Over-Nutrition Steering Committee. 

She is active on many International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) committees, serving as vice-chair of the ILSI Carbohydrates Committee.  She has served on scientific committees addressing issues related to low-calorie sweeteners, fortification and mental energy.

Previous to joining The Coca-Cola Company, she worked at Ocean Spray Cranberries for 21 years. There she managed a pioneering research program investigating cranberry health benefits.  While at Ocean Spray, Dr. Leahy progressed through a number of management and research positions, specializing in food and flavor research, technical regulatory affairs, and global quality.  She chaired the National Food Products Association (NFPA) Nutrition and Health Committee, and Food Allergens Task Force, and the American Chemical Society Flavor Subdivision.  She served on Institute of Food Technology’s Expert Panel on Functional Foods.  She served on the Health and Nutrition Research Advisory Council of the Florida Department of Citrus, and various committees for the NFPA and Grocery Manufacturers of America.  Dr. Leahy has published technical articles on cranberry health benefits and topics in flavor research. 

Dr. Leahy earned PhD and MS degrees in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a BS degree in biology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
 



RACHEL JOHNSON, PhD, MPH, RD
NUTRITION COMMITTEE CHAIR
     

Robert L. Bickford Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition

  • PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University,1991
  • MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of Hawaii,1980
  • BS, Dietetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1974
  • Dr. Johnson's C.V.
Professional Affiliations
  • President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board-appointed by the President of the United States, 2011-2014.
  • American Heart Association Nutrition Committee Menber, 2006-2014. Vice Chair 2010-2012, Chair 2012-2014.
  • American Heart Association National Spokesperson, 2009-present.
  • Food Day Advisory Board-Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2010-present.
  • American Medical Association Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Managament of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, 2005-2007.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- appointed by the Commissioner of FDA to the Additives and Ingredients Subcommittee-Food advisory Committee, 2001-2005.
  • National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine Panel on the Dietary Reference Intakes for the Macronutrients. Appointed by the President of the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, 1999-2002.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee - appointed by the Secretaries of USDA and DHHS and the U.S. Surgeon General, 1998 -2000.

Area of Expertise
National nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology, energy metabolism and diet and cardiovascular health.

Rachel Johnson is a well-known expert on national nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology and energy metabolism. She serves as Chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. She is the former associate provost of UVM and dean of its Colelge of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Rachel Johnson gained national attention for speaking out against Americans' high consumption of added sugars when she was a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advisory committee. She was also vocal about the 2005 updated guidelines and food guide pyramid. Her research on the effects of both flavored milk and soft drinks on children's diets has been published in the academic and popular press, as has her work on caffeine use
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Rachel Johnson gained national attention for speaking out against Americans' high consumption of added sugars when she was a member of the U.S. Department of Agricuture and Department of Health and Human Services 2000 Dietary Guidleines for Americans advisory committee. She was also vocal about the 2005 updated guidelines and food guide pyramid. Her research on the effects of both flavored milk and soft drinks on children's diets has been published in the academic and popular press, as has her work on caffeine use.

Listing of Rachel Johnson's recent publications 
 


Active Members: If you are a current INAP member and need additional information or have any questions, please contact Jenny Abbott at (214)-706-1810 or jenny.abbott@heart.org.

Interested in joining INAP? For more information on how to join, please contact Dennis Milne at (214) 706-1351 or dennis.milne@heart.org.