Dorothea K. Vafiadis, M.S., FAHA, is Director of Healthy Living for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she directs the Center for Healthy Aging, a resource center focused on chronic disease self-management and falls prevention. She leads development efforts with public and private organizations at the national, state, and local levels with a mission to enhance quality of life for the aging population. Her portfolio includes launching NCOA’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Aging Hub, a collaboration of public and private partners. Prior to joining NCOA, Ms. Vafiadis served as the National Director of Healthy Living for the American Heart Association (AHA), where she directed strategy for systems change at the program and policy level. She launched and directed the Healthy Food Leadership Summit, an annual stakeholder engagement program bringing together thought leaders and food influencers to improve the food environment. She led the Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel, a membership of more than a dozen multinational corporations and private sector food companies working to drive systemic change and increase the supply of healthier options in the marketplace. She also played a major role in the creation of the HEALTHY FOR GOOD initiative, a new campaign delivering science-based recommendations to drive behavior change with consumers. In her first role at AHA, as a Science and Medicine Advisor, Ms. Vafiadis convened more than 200 cardiovascular scientists and researchers developing scientific, peer-reviewed publications and scientific programs. She also oversaw and implemented strategic frameworks for programs such as Start (walking program), Heart of Diabetes, Heart 360, Heart Check Food Certification Program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint effort with the Clinton Foundation. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Vafiadis served as a Nutritionist in the Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she co-led a team of scientists deliberating on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and participated on the federal project team for the Food Guidance System and MyPyramid.gov. Ms. Vafiadis holds a master’s degree in animal science, food, and nutrition from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.