Senior Vice President - Dole Nutrition Institute
At Dole, Jennifer Grossman promotes the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. She chiefly channels nutrition information to the public through the award-winning Dole Nutrition News (an electronic newsletter reaching 2.5 million subscribers) as well as brochures, videos, cookbooks and www.dole.com. A graduate of Harvard University, Jennifer has served as Director of Education Policy at the Cato Institute and as speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush, then continued to provide communications support for leading politicians and businessmen. Jennifer has been a frequent television commentator, with guest appearances including Larry King Live, the O'Reilly Factor, the Today Show and Politically Incorrect. Her opinion editorials have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Women's Quarterly, and thousands of local publications around the country.
Nicholas Gillitt, Ph.D.
Director of Nutrition Research - Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory
As Director of Nutrition Research, Nicholas Gillitt, Ph.D. provides scientific support to Dole divisions regarding new product development, coordinating with the DNI in publishing new scientific discoveries. Previously, Dr. Gillitt served as Senior Nutrition Research & Labeling Manager at the DNI, where he provided scientific backup for all educational content. Dr. Gillitt graduated from the UK’s Newcastle Polytechnic in 1990, received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and co-authored over 35 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. He completed his post doctoral study at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Executive Assistant - Dole Nutrition Institute
At the Dole Nutrition Institute, Joan Luebbert is Executive Assistant to Senior Vice President, Jennifer Grossman. Joan joined the DNI team in 2005 after 18 years of providing administrative support to top-level executives in county, social service and education environments. In addition to providing executive administrative support, Joan serves as coordinator for the Employee Wellness fitness classes and editor of the online Dole Nutrition News. In her “off hours” she enjoys hiking the trails around Westlake Village and cooking for her large family and many friends.