Virginie Zoumenou Ph.D CNS.
Dr. Zoumenou, Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Certified Program Evaluator, is the Director of the 1890 Nutrition and Health Programs at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Zoumenou earned a Doctorate in Biochemistry and Nutrition (1994) (National University of Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire) and a PhD in Dietetics and Nutrition (2006) (Florida International University, Miami, Florida). She develops and conducts Cooperative Extension outreach programs and research projects emphasizing the nutritional needs throughout the life cycle with a particular target on chronic disease prevention. For the past 16 years, she has provided leadership for three outreach nutrition and health programs: the 1890 Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), the 1890 Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Initiative: the Well Connected Communities, in the Tri-county area of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Dr. Zoumenou also developed and implemented a successful replicable two-year longitudinal Childhood Obesity Project, “Mr. Eagle’s Kids Project”, among Head Start preschoolers and their caregivers at home and at school. She created the UMES Center for Obesity Prevention Serving Preschoolers, their Siblings, and Caregivers (COP-SPSC). Dr. Zoumenou built a strong collaboration with underserved communities, social services, and community-based organizations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Zoumenou was honored: with the 2015, 1890s Region Excellence in Extension Award by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and NIFA; with 2015, 1890 Excellence in Extension Award in the area of the Family and Consumer Sciences by the 1890 Association of Extension Administrators; with the 2013 Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People through Empowerment); and twice with the White House President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award (2010-2012). For the past 16 years, she was awarded more than $6,000,000 through competitive and/or non-competitive external funding opportunities. Dr. Zoumenou is also a consultant in nutrition program development and evaluation in the US and in developing countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Republic Democratic of Congo, etc.).