Leadership

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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Matthew Landry, PhD

Matthew is a nutrition and health promotion research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He is currently completing a one-year dietetic internship at UT-Austin and is expected to sit for the registered dietitian examination in August 2020. His current research is focused on examining 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 and a doctorate degree from UT-Austin.

Past Chair

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Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN

Kathryn has been working in regulatory affairs for the past six years, and currently works at Nestlé USA, Inc. in Washington, D.C. In this role, she translates science into consumer products as well as helps coordinate public policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of Nestlé in the U.S. Kathryn has also worked in school foodservice management, long term care and oncology nutrition.

Outside of work, Kathryn is heavily involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and currently serves as vice-chair of the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) and chair of the exam panel for CDR. She has also served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee (ANDPAC) board and is a past president of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past chair of Thirty and Under in Nutrition and Dietetics (TUND) Member Interest Group (MIG).

Kathryn completed her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and her combined master’s degree and dietetic internship at the University of Vermont.

Treasurer

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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 (DPP) 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 Dietetics Practice Group (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 year-round water aerobics in a heated outdoor pool and Tai Chi.

Secretary

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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.

Professional Development Committee Chair

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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.

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, 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, CLC, CET

Andrea works in the WIC department at Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC) in Chicago. She also volunteers with Urban Autism Solutions to nutrition educations to neuro-diverse young adults, and she leads the National Schweitzer Fellowship Task Force Planning Committee. Through her work at the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapter, Andrea partners with the NNHSC and BUILD Inc. to build awareness of farmers, nutrition and locally farmed produce among the Chicago community. For example, Andrea teaches children and adolescents about sustainable nutrition, culinary and hydroponics at BUILD. And she initiated interactive garden events and learning activities for WIC participants by connecting the NNHSC WIC clinics and the Chicago Lights organization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea helped move the mini hydroponic gardens from the NNHSC clinics to the homes of families she serves, and she led video sessions for families to learn more about the science behind gardening and nutrition.

Andrea completed her master’s degree, dietetic internship and Schweitzer Fellowship at the Loyola University Chicago.

Nominating/Awards Committee Chair

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Luis Gonzalez, MS, RD, LDN

Luis is the creator behind @nutritionbyphoto and enjoys creating visual content for brands and social media. He began working in communications and with public relations agencies in 2018. Prior, he worked as a dietitian for long-term care facilities and as a food service director for a 200-bed facility, overseeing all food and nutrition operations.

Luis received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Florida International University.

Nominating/Awards Committee Chair Elect

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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.

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.

Diversity Liaison

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Levin Dotimas

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.