Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES

Acting Assistant Director of Food, Families, and Health Programs


Nutrition Links:
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
PA Nutrition Education TRACKS (SNAP-Ed)



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Elise has experience overseeing and implementing multi-year community-based programming and institutional partnering projects. Currently, she is the acting Assistant Director of Food, Families and Health programs, and state program coordinator for Penn State Extension’s Nutrition Links program. Nutrition Links is federally funded by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed) to provide nutrition education to Pennsylvania residents with limited incomes. Nutrition Links reaches eligible audiences across the lifespan. Elise provides administrative oversight to 85 nutrition educators, comprised of professionals and paraprofessionals, in fulfilling the requirements and delivery of the federal programs. She has fiscal responsibility for annual budgets totally over 3.5 million annual allocations. She has served in the role for 15 years.

Elise is also currently the Chair for the SNAP-Ed Project Directors’ Committee in Pennsylvania.

Her previous experiences include working with community-based agencies on health education awareness campaigns and coordinating a multi-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation national Food System Professions Education initiative. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 1991.


B.A. Philosophy, University of Arizona MPH Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan PhD Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University