Certification Board for Obesity Educators


Joyce Bohren, M.Ed.
After 16 years of service, Joyce Bohren retired December 31, 2008, as Chief Executive Officer of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. In that capacity, she was responsible for management and operation of the organization and the certification program for diabetes educators.

With more than 40 years in the health care industry, her experience includes medical record administration at two Chicago area hospitals; director of a medical record technology academic program; serving as a senior staff member of the American Medical Record Association (currently known as the American Health Information Management Association) responsible for development and accreditation activities of academic programs, in collaboration with the American Medical Association; responsibility for development and implementation of continuing medical and nursing education programs for Baxter, formerly Travenol Laboratories; and serving as consultant to foreign countries interested in establishing certification programs for diabetes educators. She has also authored articles on certification in diabetes education.

Ms. Bohren received her bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and her master's of education degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Since retirement, she has continued volunteer activities in hospice care.

image  Morgan Downey
From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Downey was the executive director of the American Obesity Association (AOA), an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting understanding of obesity and advocating public policies to combat the epidemic. From 2006 to 2008 he was the executive vice president of the Obesity Society, the medical and scientific society for obesity. While at the Obesity Society, Mr. Downey initiated a program to develop a credential to recognize physicians specializing in the treatment of obesity and established a section of the Society dedicated to Health Services Research. During this time Morgan was especially helpful to the CBOE as it sought to reconcile its certification initiative with the credential initiative of The Obesity Society. Morgan is currently consulting with several organizations on obesity issues and serves as the Policy Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. Morgan hosts The Downey Obesity Report.

image Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Margaret Grey is the Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to assuming the Deanship on September 1, 2005, she served as Associate Dean for Scholarly Affairs. A pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Grey's research has focused on the adaptation of children with diabetes and the study of behavioral interventions that improve both metabolic control of diabetes and the quality of life in young people and their parents. She has conducted clinical trials with youth with type 1 diabetes and those at risk for the development of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Grey has been the principal investigator for grants totaling over $20 million, is the author of nearly 200 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and has received numerous regional and national honors for her research.

image James O. Hill, PhD
James Hill is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology. He is President of the America Society for Nutrition and a Past President of the Obesity Society (TOS). He served as Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997 and was a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. Dr. Hill has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity. He is the recipients of the 2007 TOPS award from The Obesity Society. Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry and a co-founder of America on the Move.

image Edward Horton, MD
Dr. Horton is Vice President of Joslin Diabetes Center and heads the Section on Clinical Research and also directs the outpatient Clinical Research Center. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Horton is also the Principal Investigator of the Diabetes Prevention Program, a national study designed to compare the effectiveness of various treatments for impaired glucose tolerance (a risk factor for type 2 diabetes). He and his colleagues hope to develop protocols that will be useful in measuring and monitoring CVD risk in patients with diabetes. Another goal is to better understand how the interaction of diet, weight loss and increased physical activity can reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, and thus decrease both morbidity and mortality in this population.

image Christine Hunter, PhD, ABPP (Government Liaison to the CBOE)
Christine Hunter is the Director, Behavioral Research at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Hunter obtained her Ph.D. Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis and completed her psychology internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in 1997. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in 2001 and in 2005 was Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining NIH in 2006 she served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for ten years in a variety of clinical, management, research and policy positions. Currently she manages the extramural behavioral research at NIDDK in the areas of diabetes and obesity. Her research portfolio includes a broad range of behavioral research including investigator initiated research, small business research, and translational research. Additional areas of interest include health disparities health care systems research, integrated models of behavioral health in primary care and tobacco cessation.

image David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
David L. Katz is Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Public Health, and the Director and founder of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. He earned is BA form Dartmouth College, his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health. He is a former Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers and chapters, and 12 books to date; he has acquired and managed some $25 million in research funds. He is known internationally as an authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease.

image Daniel Kirschenbaum, PhD
Daniel Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP Dr. Kirschenbaum, a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois, California, and Hawaii was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also the Clinical Director and Vice President, Clinical Services, of Healthy Living Academies - a division of CRC Health. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has published 10 books and more than 100 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. In 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed The 9 Truths About Weight Loss as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

image Jeffrey P. Levine, MD, MPH
Dr. Jeff Levine is an Associate Professor, in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is the Director of Women's Health Programs in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Levine has been very active in women's health research and education. He has participated in over forty clinical trials as both a principal and co-investigator for various women's health related therapies

In the Spring of 2005, Dr. Levine took a bold step to improve his health by becoming a participant in the second season television production of "The Biggest Loser," a Survivor-like weight loss reality series on NBC. By losing a total of 183 pounds through diet and exercise, Dr Levine has inspired his family members, patients, peers, and thousands of fans to make healthier lifestyle changes. He now works with local schools, community groups, and national organizations to help address the epidemic of obesity in this country. Dr. Levine has partnered with the American Heart Association, National Dairy Council, and the American Academy of Family Physicians' Americans in Motion initiative, to promote healthy families.

image Keith McGuinness, MS, CPA
Keith McGuinness is President and CEO of CalorieKing. CalorieKing's mission is to help reverse the continuing unhealthy American trend toward obesity, diabetes and other undesirable health conditions. Keith's career in healthcare began in 1994 as Business Development VP for PHIT, Inc. The acronym is for Personal Health through Interactive Technology. This venture led to an opportunity to apply emerging Internet technology to weight management at Lindora Medical Clinics in California beginning in 1995. While at Lindora, Keith designed and launched the Lean for Life Online program and served as General Manager of Lindora's Internet Services Division. He also served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and as Chief Information Officer. Keith is president of the Certification Board for Obesity Educators and serves on the Obesity Work Group of DMAA, The Care Continuum Alliance.

image Thomas L. McKnight, MD, MPH, MDIV
Thomas McKnight is boarded in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He currently works as a civilian in a military primary care setting rendering both family medicine and preventive medicine care, with special emphasis on treating obesity. He is the author of Obesity Management in Family Practice (Springer) and is the medical director for CalorieKing, Inc. After serving on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years in various capacities to include teaching residents for 8 years, he retired and now serves as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves with special assignments involving preventive health care. His passion is to educate and encourage healthcare providers' of all specialty backgrounds to empower their patients to take control of their health, especially in terms of weight management.

image  Patrick Mahlen O'Neil, PhD
Pat O'Neil is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Director of the Weight Management Center. He received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. O'Neil has been professionally involved in obesity since 1977 in numerous clinical, teaching, research and public education roles. He is a longstanding active member of The Obesity Society, presently serving as a member of Council. O'Neil serves on the Editorial Boards of several obesity-related scientific journals and is a member of the Scientific Council of the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium. He is a former member of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research of the Institute of Medicine and a former member and Chair of the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology. Since 2001, he has been a member of Town Council of the Town of Sullivan's Island, and before that was a member and Chair of the Town's Planning Commission.

image Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA
Rebecca S. Reeves completed her MPH. and DrPH. degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. For the past 30 years she has conducted clinical trials in nutrition and obesity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As the Managing Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Dr. Reeves combines supervision with her research skills. She has focused on heart disease and the behavioral treatment of obesity which has included trials on weight loss treatments for African American and Mexican American women.. Currently she is the project director for Look AHEAD study at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reeves has over 40 publications and has addressed many audiences on the topic of weight management.

In 1994, Dr. Reeves was selected as the Distinguished Dietitian of the Texas Dietetic Association and in March 2000 her state dietetic association honored her with title of Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Reeves was named a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association in 1995. Dr. Reeves served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Dietetic Association from 1999-2000.In October 2001, the American Dietetic Association selected Dr. Reeves to receive the Medallion Award, a prestigious award bestowed on members for meritous service to the profession and significant contributions to their professions. Dr. Reeves was elected to the office of President-elect of the American Dietetic Association in 2004 and served as the President of the American Dietetic Association from 2005-2006.

image  Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RD, LDN FADA
Eileen Stellefson Myers received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She is a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. A registered dietitian for over 25 years, her work consistently focused on wellness, weight management and eating disorders working in outpatient hospitals and grocery store settings.

Eileen founded a successful wellness department at Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She later served on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the position of Nutrition Specialist for the Eating Disorders Program and as the Associate Director of the Weight Management Center. Eileen is currently the Director of Prevention and Health Management for The Little Clinic LLC.  She serves on the executive committee of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the Nominating Committee Director-Elect.


John Zrebiec, MSW, CGP, CDE
John Zrebiec received his M.S.W. in Social Casework from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He is the Chief of Behavioral Health Services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and a Lecturer on Group Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

John is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Diabetes Educator, as well as, past-chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. His clinical interests focus on the psychological and behavioral aspects of diabetes and obesity, and he has lectured extensively on the motivational challenges of diabetes self-management. His research interests include behavioral interventions to help adults and children improve detection of blood glucose levels, and the use of internet technology to engage patients around chronic disease care.