Mary Louise Zernicke retired as the Senior Nutritionist for Alameda County in July 2022 but is still passionate about supporting the health of older adults. She served as the Senior Nutritionist for Alameda County for over 20 years. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and oversight to all the senior meals programs, including over 2,500 meals on wheels daily and over 40 senior dining site programs. She also supported health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Mary Louise has a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a Master in Science from University of New Haven. She is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and is a Certified Specialist in Gerontology (CSG). In addition to her job as the Senior Nutritionist for Alameda County she served as Department Chair and Program Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics department at Merritt College for 14 years. Prior to that, she managed several WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Programs in the Bay Area.

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