Dianne Ward, EdD

Principal Investigator

Dianne has served as principal investigator for each phase of the NAP SACC project. She is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with over 30 years’ experience in childhood obesity prevention and physical activity promotion. As a Research Fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dianne also leads the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group. Her research focuses on how child care and other settings shape young children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits. Dianne likes being active and has three active grandsons.



Christina McWilliams, MPH

Educational Consultant

Christina is an Educational Consultant at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She has a master’s degree in public health and a special interest in physical activity promotion for children. Christina has a long history with NAP SACC. She worked on the NAP SACC evaluation studies and has led several NAP SACC trainings for interested groups across the country. In her spare time, Christina enjoys teaching adult group fitness classes and being active outdoors with her husband and children.



Ellie Morris, MPH

Project Manager

Ellie is the Project Manager for Go NAP SACC. She has helped translate NAP SACC’s original tools into the new online format and will help with evaluation of the program. With a master’s degree in public health, Ellie is interested in how the settings where we learn and work can help us be healthy. Ellie likes to garden and is a yoga teacher for kids and adults.

The Go NAP SACC Team is a part of the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Additional staff members, faculty, and students from this group contribute to Go NAP SACC, including: Amber Vaughn, MPH, RD; Temitope Erinosho, PhD; Margaret Stebelton, MPH; and Stephanie Mazzuca. For more information about Go NAP SACC and other CHWR projects, please visit http://chwr.web.unc.edu.

Go NAP SACC is a continuation of the great work of NAP SACC. Contributors to the original NAP SACC include: Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD; Sarah Ball, MPH, RD; Sara Benjamin, PhD, MPH; Janice Dodds, EdD, RD; and Janice Sommers, MPH.