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President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Executive Director & Staff

The President's Council's Executive Director and staff carry out the mission of the President's Council to educate, empower, and engage all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Don Wright, MD, MPH

Acting Executive Director

Dr. Don Wright has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) since January 2012. In this capacity, he leads the coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Director of ODPHP, Dr. Wright provides leadership for Healthy People 2020, a framework for public health priorities and actions comprised of a comprehensive set of ten year national health objectives; oversees the development of evidence-based health policies such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and national action plans that address adverse drug events and health care-associated infections; and serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for healthfinder.gov. Dr. Wright also serves as the acting Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

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Shannon Feaster, MS

Chief of Operations and Management
Shannon.Feaster@hhs.gov

Shannon Feaster was named Chief of Operations and Management at the President’s Council in December, 2016. She previously served as Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in the Health Resources and Services Administration from 2014 to 2016. At BHW, she oversaw the development of communication and partnership strategies to strengthen the nation’s health workforce and connect skilled professionals to communities in need.

Shannon originally joined the President’s Council as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in May, 2010. Prior to that, she was Director of Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. From 2005 to 2011, she also served as Commissioner of the Women’s Professional Racquetball Organization.

Shannon earned a Masters of Science degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University. To stay active, she enjoys chasing her young daughters and playing competitive racquetball with people she can beat.

Ebony Andrews, MPH

Director of Sports Initiatives
Manager of Digital Communications
Ebony.Andrews@hhs.gov

Ebony joined the President’s Council in November 2014 to develop and promote fitness and sports initiatives to motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives. She currently serves as the Director of Sports Initiatives. In this role, Ebony leads the Sports for All initiative to uplift the benefits associated with sports participation and shares strategies that can help increase access to sports for youth. She also serves as the Manager of Digital Communications, strategically managing the President’s Council’s social and digital media platforms to empower and engage the public around priorities and initiatives. Prior to joining the Council, she worked in the Office of the Surgeon General. Ebony earned her Masters of Public Health in Health Education and Health Promotion from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Syracuse University. Ebony is a former track and field athlete and continues to stay healthy and active through maintaining a balanced diet, running, weightlifting, and recreational sports.

Lauren Darensbourg, MPH

Program Director, I Can Do It, You Can Do It!
Manager, Strategic Partnerships for Minority & Underserved Populations
Lauren.Darensbourg@hhs.gov

Lauren joined the President’s Council in April 2010 to cultivate and manage strategic, health-lucrative partnerships to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities as well as individuals with disability. In this role, Lauren leads all disability and minority health-related activities and initiatives including coordination of I Can Do It, You Can Do It!, a national health promotion model that empowers children and adults with disability to be healthy and active; establishment of public and private partnerships which support inclusion and improve access to physical activity and sport opportunities; participating in speaking engagements; and frequently leading physical activity segments on behalf of the Council. Lauren joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in May 2008 as an Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Office of Minority Health, where she contributed to the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, and the A Healthy Baby Begins With You initiative. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry as well as a Masters degree in Public Health from Florida A & M University. She is committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and does so by playing recreational sports, working out regularly, and eating lots of fruits and veggies.

Joey King

Deputy Director of Communications/Webmaster
Russell.King@hhs.gov

Joey King joined the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in November 1991. As the Deputy Director of Communications, he crafts messages and talking points, coordinates media efforts for Council events, initiatives and programs, and manages logistics for speaking engagements for Council members and the Executive Director. He also serves as Webmaster for the Council's website: www.fitness.gov. He received his BA in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a proud car-free citizen, he enjoys walking, biking, and in-line skating not only as alternative methods of transportation, but also as fun forms of recreation and physical activity.

Annette Wright

Executive Assistant
Annette.Wright@hhs.gov

Annette Wright joined the President’s Council in June 2015 as the Executive Assistant. She provides a wide range of administrative support to the staff and enjoys the challenges of learning new things. Annette holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She proudly served 14 years with US Marine Corps Reserves. Annette’s healthy lifestyles centers on activities with her son, including sparing, soccer drills and more. She also loves Zumba, other fun fitness classes and is a black belt in Kung-Fu!

Victoria Jarzabkowski, MS, RD

ORISE Fellow - Strategic Partnerships & Communications
Victoria.Jarzabkowski@hhs.gov

Victoria Jarzabkowski joined the President's Council in September 2016. As an Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow, Victoria oversees programming and partnerships that focus on youth physical activity, and supports the implementation and communication surrounding the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and Let's Move! Active Schools. She also brings her nutrition expertise as a registered dietitian to the Council, and is excited to promote healthy eating across the lifespan. Victoria completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutritional Sciences and in Dietetics at Michigan State University, and her dietetic internship and Masters of Science degree in Human Sciences from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Prior to joining the Council, Victoria worked as a clinical dietitian and as a nutrition program coordinator and faculty member at the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin. She stays healthy by hiking, running, practicing yoga, and experimenting with healthy recipes.

Ross Schwarzber, MA

ORISE Fellow - Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Ross.Schwarzber@hhs.gov

Ross Schwarzber joined the President’s Council in November 2014. As an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow, Ross directs operations of the Council's physical activity and nutrition awards programs, supports the programming of I Can Do It, You Can Do It!, assists with the management of Council events, is a member of the communications staff, and webmaster of Fitness.gov. Ross earned his B.A. in Journalism and Sport Management from Rutgers University and his M.A. in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between degrees, Ross worked as a Production Assistant at NBA Entertainment and also worked in the athletic departments at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Delaware. Ross stays active by playing recreational sports and enjoys learning to cook new healthy foods.