Nancy Wellman, Ph,D., R.D. (Chair Emeritus)
Dr. Nancy Wellman is professor (retired) of dietetics and nutrition in the Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University, the public research university in Miami. She is the former director of the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging, <nutritionandaging.fiu.edu>, which is funded primarily by the US Administration on Aging. Wellman’s areas of nutrition expertise include aging, public policy, nutrition screening, communications, and marketing, as well as consumer education and food labeling.
Registered dietitian Wellman is past president of the 68,000-member American Dietetic Association (ADA), the nation's largest group of food and nutrition professionals. As one of its first national spokespersons (1982-90), she was regularly in the national press and on TV and radio. During her high profile ADA presidency, the Nutrition Screening Initiative, a national campaign against malnutrition in older adults backed by a coalition of 35 prominent aging organizations, was launched; the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, ADA's public information center, opened; and collaboration with professional and trade associations was strengthened. Dr. Wellman served as national chair of the Nutrition Screening Initiative for its 15-year time-span.
Wellman currently chairs the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Public Information Committee and is an ASN national spokesperson. The ASN Committee focuses on media outreach to reduce consumer confusion about nutrition and healthy food choices. Wellman also currently chairs the International Food Information Council Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the McCormick Science Institute Advisory Council. She has been on food labeling committees at the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine, and has written for the National Academy Op-Ed Service. She completed appointments on the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Dannon Institute Scientific Council, and US Tennis Association Sport Science Committee. She has testified before US Senate, House of Representatives and FDA Advisory committees.
Recipient of numerous awards, Wellman was recognized as the University-wide Outstanding Faculty in 2006 and was the American Dietetic Association Lenna Francis Cooper Memorial Lecturer in 2005. She holds a doctorate from the University of Miami and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.