Audrey Rowe and Dr. Idonia L. Trotter to Speak at Rural Life Conference

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences              

rlc-comp2014PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will deliver the S.A. Haley Memorial Lecture at the 58th Annual Life Conference, Friday, Feb. 28, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Dr. Idonia L. Trotter, Executive Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, will be the luncheon speaker.

As Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs at FNS, Rowe led the effort to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.

Rowe brings to the Federal government more than 20 years of experience in human services policy development, fiscal management, program design, service delivery and marketing with a focus on vulnerable populations, low-income women, children and youth.

In private industry, Rowe was senior vice president and managing director for the Children and Family Services division for Affiliated Computer Service (ACS), formerly Lockheed Martin IMS. She spearheaded industry leadership in the realms of child support payment processing and enforcement of the electronic dissemination of public assistance benefits. As senior vice president for public affairs, she managed the corporation’s government relations, philanthropy and community relation programs.

A graduate of Federal City College in Washington D.C., Rowe was a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Under Dr. Trotter’s leadership during the 2011 Arkansas legislative session, the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium, played pivotal roles in ensuring the passage of several important pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of minority children, sickle-cell and HIV/AIDS consumers.

From 2001 through 2007 Dr. Trotter was a community organizer and grassroots specialist consultant for the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas where she educated city councils, legislators and citizens about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Trotter earned a Juris Doctorate of Law and a Master’s of Public Service degrees simultaneously when she graduated from both the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in May 2009.

Dr. Trotter, a native of El Dorado, serves on the Arkansas Minority HIV/AIDS Taskforce, the Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Sickle Cell Disease and the Affordable Care Act State Health Technology Consumer Advisory Committee. Last year, she was honored as one of five Women of Excellence for her contributions to Arkansas in the areas of health and social services.

The Rural Life Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:45 a.m. It features 11 workshops, 14 exhibits and 14 posters. The conference theme is Facing Change: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Sustainable Communities.

Registration is requested of everyone even though the conference is free to farmers, ranchers, homemakers and retirees. The cost to professionals and agency personnel is $75. To preregister or for more information, contact Tamara Ford at (870) 575-8806.

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