Caron Gremont, Founder
Caron Gremont founded First Bites in 2012. Caron has spent most of her career working in the food and nutrition world and has long been interested in the health habits of young children.
Caron holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and was a Vice President at Porter Novelli, the global communications firm, where she developed and implemented food and nutrition behavior change campaigns. Her clients have included private, non-profit and government programs, including: United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Almond Board of California. She is also a contributer to the Huffington Post.
Caron is a mother to two young children and lives with the joys and challenges of feeding young children every day. She lives with her husband and children just outside of Washington, D.C. in Bethesda, MD.
Lysette Cohen, Deputy Director
Lysette Cohen is from London and studied Journalism at the London College of Communications. She went on to work in Media Relations and Communications, running the Media Relations team for Channel 4 Television, a major British broadcaster, for several years. Lysette had also spent several years working in Media Relations for the Film and Music industries.
She moved with her husband and two young children to Israel in 2007 and advised Headline Media, a leading communications company, in the establishment of an International PR Division, alongside working with an internet start up and an inspiring charity, Save a Child’s Heart.
Lysette and her family moved to the USA in 2012 and they are living happily in Bethesda, MD. She was immediately surprised by the types and amounts of snack foods being given to her children and other kids, especially in school. Lysette is well versed in the constant process of thinking about and making healthy fresh food for all her family on a daily basis and is often to be found staring into her fridge wondering what on earth everyone is going to eat.
Sheila Weiss, RD, LD
Sheila Weiss, RD, LD, consults for First Bites. She has more than 13 years of nutrition communications, promotion and policy experience. Sheila currently works with food and beverage clients to help them leverage and translate their scientific research into useful and meaningful messages, educate health professionals and build strategic relationships. Sheila is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she founded the Restaurant and Foodservice Subgroup and is the Chair-Elect of the Nominating Committee of the Food and Culinary Professionals Dietary Practice Group. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Utah State University – Extension in Clearfield, Utah.
Christina Jaimes, MS, RDN
Christina Jaimes, MS, RDN, consults for First Bites and currently works at a Head Start program in Virginia where she serves children from birth to age 5 and their families. Christina obtained a dual degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute followed by her master’s in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College in Boston. She completed her dietetic internship through Michigan State University and has been working as a community dietitian since.
Heather Statzer interns with First Bites. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Health Promotion from Appalachian State University, and is currently working towards her Masters of Public Health degree with a focus in Nutrition. Heather became interested in working with nutrition through working in various health related positions and seeing the impact nutrition has on overall health, and believes that good nutrition should begin in childhood.
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