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PA NEN's New Executive Director

Please Welcome PA NEN’s New Executive Director, Serina Gaston


Serina Gaston, M.E.d, CHES, is from Elkins Park, PA.  In 1994, Serina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Chester University. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education with a concentration in Health from Pennsylvania State University. She is a lifelong learner as demonstrated by earning certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) in October 2008 and, most recently, earning a Professional Human Resource Management certificate from Villanova University. 

As the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Compliance for Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) she was responsible for developing and formalizing the company’s human resource policies and procedures, providing education and technical assistance to community health centers and promoting awareness of diabetes prevention programs and strategies to community health centers. She was also responsible for overseeing fundraising activities, and identifying opportunities for collaboration between healthcare organizations and public health entities. Previously, Serina worked as the Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In that role, she oversaw the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs for nutrition, physical activity, obesity, diabetes, and asthma.

Serina is committed to community service and helping others, whether it’s her passion for public health, teaching health and physical fitness, serving on boards or mentoring young girls, she believes in reaching out and improving the lives of others. From its inception until December 2015, she served on the Advisory Committee for Pro Wellness.  From 2011 to 2014, she was the co-owner of Epic Fitness Studio, LLC; a group fitness studio that focused on providing individuals with the opportunities they needed to reach their personal health and wellness goals. She has served on multiple boards, including Bridge of Hope, which focuses on ending homelessness for women and children; and the Capitol Region American Heart Association, which focuses efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke. Serina has also dedicated her time as a mentor for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Pennsylvania State University.

As the Executive Director of PA NEN, Serina hopes to contribute her knowledge and expertise by focusing on sharing SNAP-Ed best practices and expanding the social marketing campaign across the state. She hopes to lead the organization in its efforts to continue to provide nutrition educators with lasting and meaningful information that teaches the families they serve the importance of eating a balanced diet as a vital part of good health and wellbeing.

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Serina's contact information: or 717.233.1791.