February 2 2017
NANCY MEARS is an Extension Agent for the Family & Consumer Sciences Department with the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Service. Nancy’s time at UD is equally shared between the development and implementation of comprehensive nutrition, health promotion and food safety programs in Sussex County while providing statewide leadership on the policy, systems and environment (PSE) component of the SNAP-Ed program.
Prior to joining the University of Delaware team, Nancy held School Nutrition management and administrative positions with the Laurel and Seaford School Districts. Through her work with Nemours Health & Prevention Services and the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition, Nancy provided healthy eating and physical activity technical assistance to Sussex County organizations who serve children and their families. Nancy still maintains a part-time health education and promotion consulting business.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, with a concentration in Health Fitness, from Salisbury University, and a Master of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. She is credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist and by the School Nutrition Association as a School Nutrition Specialist. She is passionate about the creation of healthy environments for children, families and communities through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and food safety practices, programming and policy.
ROBERT C. FERBER, MD, SFHM has been a Sussex County physician for the last thirty years, having moved here from New Jersey right after his residency training in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ferber started out by opening a private practice for general adult medicine in Delmar, and continued there for the next 17 years, adding two partners along the way. He then left private practice to work in the newly developing field of Hospitalist Medicine, beginning the program at Nanticoke Hospital in 2004.
Over the past couple of years, Dr. Ferber’s role has changed, and he is now serving a mainly administrative role as Chief Clinical Innovation Officer. He is responsible for Nanticoke’s Population Health and Clinical Integration strategies focused on the "triple aim” of improving patient experience, clinical quality, and the total cost of care. In this new role, Dr. Ferber is very excited to be working with the Sussex County Health Coalition in trying to expand these goals for the population of all of Sussex County.