2018 National Nutrition Month Reception
Our National Nutrition Month Reception Guest Speakers:
|Valerie Ervin has spent her life in service to others. She has been a union member since she was 16, and began her career in grassroots activism as an organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).
An active PTSA member and a founding member of both the Montgomery County Education Forum and Blacks United for Excellence in Education, Valerie was encouraged by parents across Montgomery County to run for the Board of Education and became the second African American woman to ever serve.
In 2006 she became the first African American woman to serve on the Council. For seven years, Valerie represented District 5, which includes Silver Spring, Kensington, Takoma Park and Wheaton, and was elected president of the Council in 2011.
After nearly a decade of service as an elected official in Montgomery County, Valerie was named executive director of the Center for Working Families, and most recently served as senior adviser for the Working Families Party, where she helped direct the progressive coalition’s efforts to expand economic and educational opportunities for families across the country.
She holds a degree in labor studies and an M.P.A. from University of Baltimore.
As an expert on insurance reimbursement, Beseler created a billing and practice management company created specifically to advance reimbursement for nutrition services. Beseler is a consultant to various programs at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and author of Nurturing with Nutrition: The Essential Guide for Feeding Infants and Toddlers (Bazarte and Beseler 2003), as well as many articles and publications. She receives high marks as a professional speaker with her entertaining style. She received Florida International University's 2009 Paths of Public Health Award in Nutrition and Dietetics for community work in the area of childhood obesity. Beseler served as the Academy's president in 2016-2017.
She is a past chair of the Academy's Political Action Committee and a member of its Childhood Obesity Coalition. She served for nine years as chair of the Florida Dietetics Nutrition Practice Council – the state licensing board for dietitians and nutritionists – and received a public service award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a past FAND president and received the organization's Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award in 2007 and 2010.She is a graduate of Queens College – City University of New York and earned a master's degree from New York University.