2018 Conference Speakers

Marilyn Mills, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Marilyn is a Senior Clinical Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Elliot Hospital and Nutrition Coordinator in Manchester’s Hannaford Supermarkets. She enjoys bringing health and nutrition news to her patients and the community through individual counseling, group classes, in the aisles of Hannaford supermarket and also on WZID’s FYI Mondays answering caller questions about food and nutrition. She has appeared on WMUR TV’s Cook’s Corner and provides nutrition counseling to the Cook Better Live Better at Elliot.
Marilyn obtained her Nutrition degree from Marymount College in N.Y. and her Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven in CT. She has over 20 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Dietitian providing nutrition therapy and diet counseling to the Greater Manchester community. Her special interests include diabetes management, child and adult obesity treatment, eating disorders and food allergies and celiac disease.

Sue Meykay MRBN

Co-facilitator (Maine Resilience Building Network)                                                                             Presentation on : Resilience Facing Challenges Seeking Opportunities.Her focus will be on the statistics for state of New Hampshire.

Mary Drew ~ Addiction Specialist

Mary began her own recovery from alcoholism in March 2008, and in 2009 founded Reality Check to help reduce alcohol and drug use, abuse, addiction, and overdose.  She earned her BS in Human Services, an MS in Community & Counseling Psychology, and an MEd in Counseling Education.  She completed a two-year fellowship with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, assigned to the NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services, where she became an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist.  She is a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills trainer, a Prime For Life trainer, a Recovery Coach, and a Recovery Coach Academy trainer.  Mary is also the Director of Welfare for three municipalities in New Hampshire.  Mary lives in Jaffrey with her children.

Mary Saucier Choate ~  M.S., R.D.N., L.D., Food Safety Field Specialist, UNH Extension, Grafton County.  Mary is a food safety specialist and also an Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with 20 years of service in the retail food industry. She teaches ServSafe and introductory food safety classes for food service establishments.

In her previous position with the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), she worked with top US food safety experts from universities, government and private industry to plan informative and practical professional education webinars and teleseminars.

She initiated the policy of presenting food safety modified recipes at PFSE and incorporated food safety steps into the recipes that were created for their Story of your Dinner campaign.   Her philosophy is: Effective food safety education means more than reading a book and passing a test. For best results: make it real and make it fun.

Financial Fitness ~ Mrs. Cunningham has been a business teacher since 2004 and is currently teaching at Pembroke Academy. Glad to finally have the opportunity to give back to her home community, she has 3 grown children, 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs, 2 cats and lives happily in Epsom, NH with her husband of 20+ years.  She obtained both her Master’s in Education and Bachelor’s in Business from Southern NH University. Her post-graduate education includes a certificate in On-line Teaching & Learning from Plymouth State University and various studies on the benefits of adopting the “Growth Mindset” in education. At PA, in addition to teaching the business and computer technology courses,  Mrs. Cunningham is the FBLA advisor, Spartan Market (student store) Coordinator and Arts & Technology Department liaison. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Cunningham spent over 15 years in Industry as a Materials Manager and wrapped up her career in the business sector as a Software Analyst and Business Systems consultant. She prides herself on her ability to bring real world experience , real- life examples and a strong work-ethic into the classroom.