Panel and Moderator Bios

Amy Gyau-Moyer, MS, MBA

A seasoned equity-focused collective impact professional; Amy Gyau-Moyer manages and coordinates community-based programming, grantmaking and policy in the health space. Her work, to a large extent, is centered around economic opportunity, addressing disparities in healthcare and working toward food justice. Amy Gyau-Moyer’s career spans 20 years in the healthcare, social and human services arenas where she facilitated public health initiatives for nonprofit and government organizations. Currently, Amy is a Community Health Program Manager for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing programs that serve our communities through grantmaking, partnerships, and community health initiatives. Majority of Amy’s role focuses on Kaiser Permanente’s Food Justice portfolio in the DC and Suburban Maryland areas.

In tandem with community stakeholders, Amy strives to create solutions to food challenges by analyzing how policy can affect socio-economic opportunity within the food space. Her most recent efforts concentrate on the Social Determinants of Health and addressing the root causes of health disparities and inequities to help create conditions for health and well-being for communities experiencing injustice.

A former FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board Member and former Palm Beach County Hunger Relief Plan Committee Member, Amy has a deep passion for finding ways to alleviate Food Access and Insecurity challenges in our community. She currently serves as a board member for DC Greens—A Food Justice organization located in the District. Amy holds an MS in Management and Public Relations in addition to an MBA both obtained from the University of Maryland. Her undergraduate degree is in Healthcare Administration from the Washington Adventist University.

Marla Caplon, R.D., L.D.

Marla is currently the Director of Student Wellness Initiatives for Montgomery County Public Schools.   She has been with Montgomery County Public Schools since 1988 and has worked with the Division of Food and Nutrition Services as an area supervisor as well as the Director of the division.   Marla is a registered and licensed dietitian and completed her studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.   Marla was named the 2017 Outstanding Dietitian of the year by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Marla’s passion has been to creatively think out of the box to support children, school staff and the community.   Recognizing the numbers of students that are impacted by hunger, Ms. Caplon has been especially passionate in expanding after school meal programs and summer feeding programs accommodating student special needs.

Ms. Caplon has devoted her career to the elimination of hunger as well as promoting health and wellness among all populations. She currently is past chair for Manna, Montgomery County’s food bank.

Marilyn Lynk, PhD

Dr. Marilyn Lynk, Executive Director at the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness, ensures that the Center’s programs to improve community health align with enterprise-wide strategic imperatives and meet community needs. She is responsible for developing and executing mission-driven strategies to promote health equity and community wellness approaches that improve population health; developing and implementing disease detection, prevention, and health education programs for at-risk populations; providing oversight of programs to increase organizational cultural competence and expand capacity to care for diverse populations; and providing expertise to ensure compliance with federal/state standards and requirements. She has extensive experience successfully incorporating best practices for data collection and needs assessment that result in improved organizational cultural competence, diversity management, community health, community benefit, and collaboration across multidisciplinary sectors. She has been with Adventist HealthCare for over 10 years, having served as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant to leadership, as well as Manager for Research and Education and Director of Operations at the Center. She serves as a preceptor to graduate and undergraduate students on projects related to population health and health disparities, literature review, and data analysis and reporting.

Before joining Adventist HealthCare, Dr. Lynk was a program officer at the National Academies of Science and is co-editor of Measuring Racial Discrimination, a scientific report of the National Research Council on methods for measuring racial discrimination in various domains. She has published in other areas including cultural competence and linguistic access in health care, leadership development and organizational behavior, and workplace diversity. She received her degrees in psychology from University at Albany, State University of New York (B.A.), and Yale University (M.S. and Ph.D.).

Shondra Jenkins

Shondra B. Jenkins is the co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, a new coalition of corporate citizens whose goal is to make strategic investments over the next four years to improve food security in Montgomery County, MD.
Shondra spent more than 18 years leading Sodexo’s Stop Hunger strategy dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America and investing in youth leaders and their innovative ideas because they will be the generation to end childhood hunger. Shondra also developed public private partnerships where companies leveraged their influence, innovation and abilities to unlock creative solutions and build political will to end hunger.
Shondra served two terms on the board of directors for Manna Food Center in Rockville, MD. Shondra is a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Montgomery, where she currently serves on the board.

Heather Bruskin

As Executive Director, Heather oversees the day-to-day function of the Food Council, supporting the Council Members, Working Groups and Internal Committees in their efforts as well as connecting with local food system stakeholders. Heather spent the first decade of her career in higher education administration and student services, including roles as the Director of the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program at MIT, a financial aid counselor at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and a Premed and Prelaw Advisor at the University of Virginia.  Prior to her work with the Food Council, Heather also served as President of a number of local volunteer-driven community based organizations in Montgomery County. Heather holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M. Ed. from the University of Virginia. Heather serves on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, CKC Farming Advisory Board, and the Nonprofit Montgomery Advocacy Committee, and she is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Coach for Girls on the Run, Vice Chair of her local elementary school Education Foundation Board, MCCPTA Delegate, and active PTA parent.

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