Leadership

Chair

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Matthew Landry, PhD, RDN

Matthew is a nutrition and health promotion postdoctoral fellow and registered dietitian at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. His current research is focused on examining the overall dietary quality and composition of a healthful diet on obesity, metabolic syndrome, and risk factors for chronic diseases and the utilization of novel, dietary interventions as conduits to promote health at the population level. He has presented his research at national and international conferences.

Matthew received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, a doctorate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and completed his dietetic internship through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UT-Austin

Past Chair

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Dylan Bailey, MS, RD

Dylan is a senior nutrition specialist at Ketchum Public Relations. He works across food and nutrition accounts to ensure accuracy in reporting nutrition science and research communications. Dylan underwent training to conduct clinical trials in graduate school, and has presented his research at conferences including ObesityWeek, Nutrition 2019, Nutrition 2020 and Experimental Biology. His research interests include appetite hormones, obesity, weight bias, diversity in the dietetic profession and feeding behaviors.

Dylan also serves as the social media chair for the early career nutrition group of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

Dylan received a master’s degree from Texas Tech University.

Chair Elect

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Haley Hickman, MS, RD

Haley is an account executive at FoodMinds, a nutrition communications and consulting agency specializing in science, public affairs and food values. Prior to this role, she was a research assistant at the University of Mississippi where she investigated economic, social and physical burdens to food access in the aging population.

Haley received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

Secretary

James Childers

James Childers, MS, RDN

James currently works as a full-time lecturer of nutrition at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As a lecturer, he takes a no-nonsense approach when it comes to nutrition and educating his students: aiming to help tackle nutrition misinformation and misconceptions amongst his mostly freshman students, and helping them build their own food relationships and philosophies.

Providing accurate and actionable nutrition information, as well as serving as a role model for students is a cornerstone aspect of his classes and education philosophy. Outside of teaching, he enjoys hiking and exploring all that southern California nature has to offer and is an avid ice cream lover.

Treasurer

Sandy Parker

Sandra A. Parker, RDN, CDCES, FAND

Sandy is a 50 year member of the Academy and although retired from full time work continues to be involved with public health and diabetes education.  Sandy is a lifestyle coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program and is a leader for diabetes and chronic pain self-management workshops for seniors in her community.

Sandy has served in many volunteer roles at the local, state and national levels.  She has been a district and state president and chair of the Diabetes DPG and the Academy Research committee.  She has served in multiple elected and appointed positions at all levels, most recently on the Academy Nominating committee.  Sandy received the Academy Medallion award in 2017.

With her retirement, Sandy moved to northern Michigan and enjoys the novelty of being a “local” in a tourist area that is known for winter and summer outdoor activities and the beautiful scenery.  Her favorite activities are water aerobics year round in a heated outdoor pool and Tai Chi.

House of Delegates Representative

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Sandra Carpenter, MEd, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES

Sandy is a certified diabetes care and education specialist, and currently teaches nutrition in a number of nursing programs in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She has a variety of work experiences including development and delivery of work-site wellness programming, coordinating and delivering diabetes self-management education for consumers, coordinating and delivery of school nutrition education and food service management.

Sandy previously served as the professional development coordinator for FPIND prior to the merger with the TUND MIG and NOMIND MIG. Sandy is a member of a number of DPGs and has volunteered on a variety of DPG, state and local academy committees.

Membership Committee Chair

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Suzanne ("Suzi") Domel Baxter, PhD, RD, LD, FADA, FAND

Suzi is an (unpaid) affiliate research professor at the University of South Carolina; she had to resign her research professor position late in 2016 due to an acquired disability. Early in her career, she worked with children with disabilities, with adults as an outpatient dietitian, for school foodservice and for the WIC program. For the majority of her career, Suzi worked in research, first at the Medical College of Georgia and then at the University of South Carolina. She served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous competitive research grants funded mainly by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research focused primarily on the accuracy of dietary recalls provided by children, and secondarily on the relationship between childhood obesity and daily participation in school-provided meals. She has 179 poster or podium presentations from accepted abstracts, and 85 invited presentations at the local, state, national (including the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™, or FNCE®) or international levels. She has authored 90 peer-reviewed articles and five book chapters. She received the Monsen Award for Outstanding Research Literature from the Academy in 2017

Suzi's service focuses on research and diversity in the profession of nutrition and dietetics. She is past president of her affiliate, South Carolina, where she also served as foundation liaison and is the current diversity liaison. She is past treasurer and past diversity liaison for the Research DPG and a current mentor. Suzi has served as a member of the Board of Editors since 6/2007 for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND). She was a member of the Academy's 2017–2019 Diversity Leaders Program. She is a member of the Academy Foundation's Philanthropy Council, past member and chair of the Scholarship Committee and past chair of the Task Force Chair that created the Amy Joye Memorial Research Grant.

Suzi received her bachelor's degree and completed the coordinated undergraduate program at Texas Christian University, and later received her master's and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman's University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric nutrition research at the Medical College of Georgia.

Professional Development Committee Chair

Dawna Mughal

Dawna Mughal, PhD RDN LDN FADA FAND

Dawna is Associate Professor Emerita in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, Gannon University, Erie, PA. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist whose marbled work experiences include research, acute care, higher education, nutrition education activities and  volunteer work in professional organizations and community service.  She has held various leadership positions in her employment and volunteer work. Committed to lifelong learning, she is currently a part-time graduate student in health communications.

Dawna is director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation,  board member of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, clinical director of the Health Promotion discipline of Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. and  consultant for certain nutrition projects. She has been involved in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for more than  25 years, working with interdisciplinary national and international groups. She has written book chapters on nutrition and IDD and has delivered numerous presentations nationally and internationally. 

A recent 50-year member, Dawna has served in the House of Delegates, Nominating Committee, Diversity Committee, CADE and ACEND review teams, and in one of the Members Interest Groups. As former director of a tri-institutional  Consortium Program in Dietetics in  Pennsylvania, Dawna has mentored many dietetics students and young dietetics practitioners.

Dawna earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition at Penn State, M.S. in Foods and Nutrition at Southern Illinois University, and B.S.in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) at Central Philippine University, Philippines.  Recognition of her work includes New Researcher’s Award, Outstanding Dietetics Educator, Service recognition  and certification as Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by the former American Dietetic Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, respectively,  and Keystone Award and Outstanding Dietitian by the former Pennsylvania Dietetic Association. She likes travel, music, nature, good books, great sense of humor, simple things, and dogs.

Communications Committee Chair

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Brandon Lee, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT

Brandon Lee is an assistant specialist/study coordinator in the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Brandon currently coordinates and contributes to nutrition research focused on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its effectiveness on treating obesity and metabolic syndrome in women. His research interests include obesity, energy and macronutrient metabolism, nutrition education and behavioral science, and sports nutrition and human performance.

Brandon also has experience in long term care and academic instruction in the area of health and wellness. He is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and regularly collaborates with research exercise physiologists. He also participates as a guest speaker for the UC Davis Diabetes Prevention Program and has been a corporate guest speaker focused on healthy eating and exercise in the Sacramento area.

He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from SUNY Oneonta.

Communications Committee - Social Media Coordinator

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Christina Tursi, MS, RD, CDN

Christina is the lead dietitian at one of Monte Nido’s residential treatment centers for eating disorders. Christina works with adults with various eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorder and avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder. Christina helps clients challenge diet culture ideals and heal their relationship with food and their bodies.

She received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and completed her dietetic internship at Stony Brook University. In August 2020, she will have received her master’s degree with a concentration in Integrative Nutrition from Stony Brook University. Christina is currently working towards her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) credential.

Communications Committee - Website Coordinator

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Andrea Hinojosa, MS, RDN, LDN, CLC

Andrea is working at Allow Wellness and WIC in Chicago. She also volunteers with different organizations throughout Chicago to provide nutrition education to neuro-diverse young adults, leading the National Schweitzer Fellowship Task Force Planning Committee, and holds leadership roles in other DPGs. As part of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapter in Chicago, Andrea has partnered with Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC) and BUILD Inc. to increase the exposure of farmers, nutrition, and locally farmed produce to the Chicago community. At BUILD, Andrea has started teaching children and adolescents about nutrition, culinary, and hydroponics with a sustainability focus. She has also created a strong community garden relationship between NNHSC's WIC clinics and Chicago Lights by initiating interactive garden events and learning activities for WIC participants. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has moved the mini hydroponic gardens from the NNHSC's clinics to the homes of families who are part of the NNSHC's WIC clinic where she has provided ZOOM sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic for families to learn more about the science behind gardening and nutrition.

Andrea completed her bachelor's degree at Dominican University and master’s degree and dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago. She has recently finished her Schweitzer Fellowship within the Chicago Chapter and in the process of obtaining her IBCLC.

Fun facts: born in Bolivia, loves reading, traveling, and animals: has a dog named Zen (half Akita/half Pitbull), a puppy named Estella (Corgi), a kitten named Michi (Calico), and a hedgehog named Raven.

Communications Committee - Newsletter Editor

Ashley DeBerry, DTR

Ashley is a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR) working towards her goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian though Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) Dietitian Nutritionist Program, with a planned graduation date in May 2023. She holds bachelor’s degree in Dietetics with minors in Psychology and Religious Studies from IUP as well. Her most recent work was at UPMC Presbyterian, a level one trauma center located in Pittsburgh, working with patient populations that included with Cystic Fibrosis, LVADs, Pulmonary, and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Before her position at UPMC, she also worked in other roles pertaining to nutrition, such as being an Assistant Food Service Director in a K-12 school district and teaching culinary classes at a community college.

In addition to her diverse background in work and school, she is also involved in the Dietetic Community. Ashley is a member of the Global MIG and Cultures and Religion MIG, as well as a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.

Through her personal and professional experience, Ashley has the goal of helping patients and members of her community feel empowered with food, more confident in their selves, and to have the tools to not only love and understand nutrition. She believes that the work she does by being a nutrition professional has a deep impact in the community and should be available to all.

Nominating/Awards Committee Chair

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Benjamin Weil, MS, RDN, CDN

Benjamin is practice dietitian at Northwell Health (formerly Northshore-LIJ Healthsystem ) Medical Genetics. He works with children and adults with inborn error of metabolism requiring modified diets. He also participated in a clinical trial for a gene replacement therapy for a Urea Cycle Disorder. Prior to that he worked as an outpatient dietitian at Staten Island University Hospital. In that position, he provided nutrition counseling to children, adults and seniors in underserved communities.

Benjamin also serves as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) workgroup.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Touro College and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College.

Nominating/Awards Committee Chair Elect

Michele Sidorenkov

Michele Sidorenkov, RDN is passionate about our profession and has spent her 4-year RDN career carving out an online space for dietitians and loves showing future RDNs how to do the same.

As a 10-year Academy member, Michele started her membership as a Sophomore in college and has worked with both local Phoenix dietetic groups and served the Academy at a national level. Her passion for our profession was rooted as a student from her RDN mentors and connecting at FNCE with fellow nutrition professionals from around the world. Member interest groups, like COGA, elevate our profession by bringing like-minded professionals and future dietitians together. As the COGA Nominating Chair-Elect, Michele encourages the connection of our diverse profession.

Networking Committee Chair

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Hayley Miller, RDN

Hayley is a newly minted registered dietitian after recently completing her internship with Sodexo in Tampa, Florida. Prior to her internship, Hayley worked for the campus dietitian at Florida State University. She is currently searching for a career where she can continue to empower individuals to achieve their nutrition goals. Her interests include nutrition communications, outpatient counseling and corporate wellness.

Hayley received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is currently pursing a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.

IDEA Liaison

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Levin Dotimas, MS

Levin is a graduate student and dietetic intern at Oklahoma State University. He recently completed a human clinical study exploring the effects of wheat germ supplementation on metabolic markers and the gut microbiota. The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Levin was born and raised in Manila, Philippines.

He previously served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Academy.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.