The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Announces New Chief Operating Officer

Contact: Juliet Glassroth
P: 301.461.4675

Silver Spring, MD, February 29, 2016 – The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) announced today that Colleen Harper has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer, a position designed to lead the execution of strategic goals and priorities and help drive organizational growth and sustainability. As A.S.P.E.N. continues to increase membership and engage stakeholders in meeting its mission, Harper’s proven track record of facilitating growth and investment, including three years as the organization’s Director of Membership and Marketing, will be invaluable.

“Colleen has been instrumental to A.S.P.E.N.’s growth and its continued efforts to innovate,” said CEO Debra BenAvram. “Her history of cultivating teams, building support in the community, and delivering meaningful results — not to mention the impressive membership growth she has achieved — make her ideal for this position.”

Throughout her career, Harper has demonstrated successful leadership and strategic thinking. At A.S.P.E.N., Harper has worked with internal and external stakeholders to develop strategic membership and marketing initiatives. Under her leadership, the organization saw a higher retention rate and the highest number of members in more than 10 years.

Prior to her work at A.S.P.E.N., Harper held leadership positions in the areas of development and membership at the Geo-professional Business Association; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers; Meeting Expectations; and the National Investor Relations Institute. Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy.

“Colleen has been an invaluable member of the A.S.P.E.N. team and greatly contributed to getting us where we are today,” said Gordon Sacks, Board President, A.S.P.E.N. “Going forward, we are excited to build on this strong foundation as she moves into her new role.”

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About A.S.P.E.N.
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,400 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research, and education. For more information about A.S.P.E.N., please visit