Meet the Team

Program Staff

Annie Hardison Moody

Annie Hardison-Moody, PhD

Faithful Families Program Director
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Email: annie_hardison-moody@ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-8478

Annie Hardison-Moody, PhD

Faithful Families Program Director
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University


Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University and Director of Faithful Families. Her background and passion is studying the intersections of religion and health, and she was the original lead writer for the Faithful Families curriculum and program. In addition to serving as the Faithful Families Director, she is co-Principal Investigator for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project and works on several projects related to gender, food, religion, and health. Her work with Faithful Families garnered an invitation to the White House, through the Let's Move initiative. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter Sophie, and their dog, Maryland.

Email: annie_hardison-moody@ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-8478

Julia Yao

Julia Yao, MPH

Faithful Families Program Specialist
Clinical and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch
North Carolina Division of Public Health

Email: Julia.Yao@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: (919) 707-5226

Julia Yao, MPH

Faithful Families Program Specialist
Clinical and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch
North Carolina Division of Public Health


Julia Yao serves as the Program Specialist for the Faithful Families program. She received her MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and a certificate in Health Policy and Practice. During her studies, she completed her graduate practicum with Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., evaluating child health policies at the federal level. Prior to her degree, she resided in Seattle, where she worked with several non-profit organizations implementing programs to address community hunger, nutrition education, and chronic disease management. In her free time, Julia likes to spend time exploring the outdoors and trying to keep her small apartment garden alive.

Email: Julia.Yao@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: (919) 707-5226

Kim Eshleman

Kim Eshleman

Special Projects Manager
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Email: keshlem@ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-0244

Kim Eshleman

Special Projects Manager
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University


Kim Eshleman is a Special Projects Manager with the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University. While her background is in the legal field, she has a deep interest and passion for work that will help to build and support healthy and thriving families and communities. In her role at NC State, she has had the opportunity to work on several different projects related to food, nutrition and health. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Johnathan and two children, Aidan and Sumner. Family life keeps her busy, but she is an avid reader and loves cooking and gathering around a shared table with family and friends as often as possible.

Email: keshlem@ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-0244

Lareissa Stumm

Lareissa Stumm

Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Lareissa Stumm

Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University


Lareissa Stumm works as a Research Assistant for the Department of Health and Human Services at North Carolina State University. She received her MSPH degree in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, followed by a fellowship in Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Lareissa has enjoyed many aspects of public health, from conducting research studies at the state and national level to teaching biostatistics and epidemiology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Lareissa and her husband have six year-old twin boys and a beautiful little girl and happily reside in Apex, North Carolina.

Development Team

Carolyn Dunn

Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RDN, LDN

Professor and Head
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RDN, LDN

Professor and Head
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University


Dr. Carolyn Dunn is a professor and head of the Department Agricultural and Human Sciences, NC State University. She provides program expertise and statewide leadership for nutrition and wellness for families and communities. She has 25+ years of experience in nutrition education and develops nutrition education materials that are used across the country to help people eat smart and move more. Carolyn is the author/developer for numerous programs and tools that address healthy eating and physical activity. She is the lead author of the award-winning Color Me Healthy, a curriculum that helps young children eat smart and move more. She and colleagues created Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, a 15-week evidence-based weight management program that is being used across the country in both in-person and online formats.

Dr. Dunn and colleagues have published their work in Obesity, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and others. She is the past chair of Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, a 90-agency coalition that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray. She is a member of Sigma Xi the scientific research society and the Academy for Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. She currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force.

Dr. Dunn earned her BS in nutrition from Meredith College and her MS and PhD in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a lifelong fitness advocate and enjoys walking, weight training, and yoga. She has a passion for cooking, food, travel, art, and design.

Cathy Thomas

Cathy Thomas, MAEd

Manager
Clinical and Community Connections for Prevention and Health Branch
North Carolina Division of Public Health

Cathy Thomas, MAEd

Manager
Clinical and Community Connections for Prevention and Health Branch
North Carolina Division of Public Health


Cathy Thomas is the Manager for the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch with the Chronic Disease and Injury Section, NC Division of Public Health. Cathy has experience in school health and public health. She has been a classroom teacher, school health coordinator, and assistant principal. In her public health role, she served as Executive Director for the North Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health as well as Manager for 10 years for the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch, both with the NC Division of Public Health. She also worked as a local health educator in Greene and Wilson Counties. Cathy was a founding member of Eat Smart, Move More, North Carolina, a statewide movement that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for all North Carolinians. She employs the motto that "none of us is as strong as all of us" and seeks every opportunity to form partnerships with a variety of agencies to promote programs, projects and initiatives focused on increasing healthy behaviors.

Cathy is the co-author/developer of a host of programs and tools to enhance physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for early childhood, school, community, faith, home and health care settings. She is the co-author of the national award winning Color Me Healthy, a curriculum that helps young children eat smart and move more. She and colleagues created Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, a 15-week evidence-based weight management program, that is being used across the state and nation in both in-person and online formats. A native of North Carolina, Cathy received her Bachelor of Science in School and Community Health Education and her Masters of Education with a Supervisor's Certification from East Carolina University.

Lorelei Jones

Lorelei Jones

Coordinator
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University

Lorelei Jones

Coordinator
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University


While not holding a research appointment, Lorelei Jones works with researchers interested in addressing the nutrition, physical activity, chronic disease prevention, and food access needs of low-income families and youth through or in collaboration with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education. Research is also conducted with universities across the nation implementing EFNEP to address participant recruitment, programmatic content, delivery strategies and evaluation for EFNEP.

Lorelei Jones provides statewide leadership for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in North Carolina through NC State University. She has provided leadership to the program on regional and national levels including serving as Co-Director of the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence for the Southern Region and multiple national committees to inform programmatic strategies and evaluation. She is the lead author of the curriculum, Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FESMM) and a co-author of the Faithful Families curriculum. Both curricula are widely used with FESMM being one of the top three curricula used by EFNEP nationally. As co-investigator on a number of different funded grants, she has successfully demonstrated the ability to work with researchers from multiple disciplines connecting the research design to practical applications in the community.