GENYOUth, the national nonprofit organization that creates healthier school communities, announced the appointment of Ann Marie Krautheim, M.A., R.D., L.D., to Chief Executive Officer by its Board of Directors, effective July 1.
Krautheim, who joined GENYOUth in 2012 and has served as president and chief wellness officer for the past decade, succeeds Alexis Glick, the organization’s first CEO. Krautheim will lead GENYOUth’s strategic vision, partnerships, and programs in support of the organization’s mission of creating healthier school communities and empowering youth to lead change. Her work in building partnerships with corporations, schools, professional sports leagues, education, government, health professional, and nutrition and fitness organizations has been instrumental in driving GENYOUth’s growth from a start-up to a leading non-profit -- raising over $200 million to support and generate measurable results nationwide for youth and school wellness programs.
“On behalf of the GENYOUth Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ann Marie Krautheim as our new CEO,” said Barbara O’Brien, GENYOUth Board Chair; President & CEO, Dairy Management Inc.; and President & CEO, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “Ann Marie has the vision and commitment to take GENYOUth’s critical work to the next level. In particular, hunger and food insecurity are causes that are near and dear to the hearts of America’s dairy farmers, and the ongoing work of GENYOUth to end student hunger is of growing importance,” added O’Brien.
“The NFL is proud of our partnership with GENYOUth over the past decade, which continues to have an extraordinary impact on the well-being of millions of youth across the nation through Fuel Up to Play 60, the largest school-based health and wellness program in the country, and NFL FLAG-In-Schools. Ann Marie's leadership as CEO will further ensure that GENYOUth remains integral in our shared commitment to champion physical activity, sound nutrition and healthy lifestyles for children,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I am honored to be named CEO of GENYOUth. GENYOUth has made great strides in our first decade with the incredible support of our founding partners, America’s Dairy Farmers and the NFL, and additional purpose-minded partners who share our mission. As this is such a pivotal time for youth and schools, I am committed to continued action to ensure that students, particularly those in high-need communities, are nourished, active and supported,” said Krautheim.
A registered dietitian, and the mother of two sons, Krautheim has a high regard for science, agriculture, food and fitness, and their connection to health and wellness among youth. An authority on child wellness, she serves on the boards of state and regional professional associations and is an advisory board member for YMCA Storer Camps. She has received numerous honors including the prestigious Anita Owen Award for Innovation in Nutrition Education from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Krautheim has been pivotal in generating grant funding support for GENYOUth’s flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60, which reaches 73,000 schools and over 38 million kids. She helped facilitate GENYOUth becoming a founding partner in former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Active Schools” initiative. Krautheim has also led GENYOUth’s multi-tiered fundraising efforts and initiatives to End Student Hunger to increase access to and participation in school meals for the 30 million U.S. students who are reliant on school nutrition programs.
“Ann Marie has a deep expertise in critical areas of youth wellness, and a passion for youth leadership. Her vision and expertise will take GENYOUth into its next chapter of building healthier school communities,” said Dr. David Satcher, 16th U.S. Surgeon General, and an Emeritus Member, GENYOUth Board of Directors.
“I am thrilled to work with Ann Marie as she begins her new role as GENYOUth CEO. Ann Marie’s passion, insight and support for dairy nutrition is refreshing, and as a dairy farmer, it is exciting to see her move into this position. Dairy is in good hands as she will strive to find solutions as we nourish children in our schools,” said Marilyn Hershey, Co-Owner, Ar-Joy Farm, Cochranville, Pennsylvania; Chair, Board of Directors, Dairy Management Inc.
“MilkPEP and GENYOUth share the mission of providing kids with the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies. I value Ann Marie’s leadership and our continued partnership to drive impact and build healthier school communities together,” said Yin Woon Rani, CEO of MilkPEP.
“I am thrilled to have Ann Marie become our new CEO of GENYOUth. With so many years of dedication to dairy farmers, and her profound knowledge of the importance of milk and dairy products, she is a great leader for the important work GENYOUth does in serving our nation’s youth!" said Audrey Donahoe, Proprietor of ATRASS Farm, Clayville, New York; Board President of American Dairy Association North East; Chair of National Dairy Council; and Member, GENYOUth Board of Directors.
For more information on GENYOUth, visit www.genyouthnow.org.