Member Spotlight

Allison Childress, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD


Allison Childress PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Online Master's Program at Texas Tech University and Chief Clinical Dietitian at the Nutrition and Metabolic Health Institute. She is a licensed dietitian in Texas and New Mexico and maintains a consulting practice as well. Allison is board certified in Sports Dietetics as well as a certified personal trainer. She has experience as a clinical and consultant registered dietitian specializing in cardiac, women's health, bariatric, pediatric and geriatric nutrition as well as weight management. To learn more about Dr. Childress, click here.

Click here to read Allison's article entitled Is Your Mentorship Actually Working?  Here's How to Tell.


Bec McDorman, MS, RDN

Meet Bec McDorman, MS, RDN who was recently promoted to Clinical Nutrition Manager at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Bec is enjoying the challenges of the management aspects of our profession, which for her involves developing a team with four different generations of dietitians. She is excited to have this opportunity as a young dietitian who just received her RDN credentials two years ago. In her free time, Bec likes to watch scary movies and cuddle with her two cats.



Antonia Ahlgrim, RDN, LD

Meet Antonia Ahlgrim RDN, LD a busy dietitian from Burlington, Kansas. Antonia is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Coffey County Hospital who also supports their long term care facilities. Antonia is a preceptor to students in the Certified Dietary Managers program and she presents at community health events. Antonia has also worked with the Kansas State Research and Extension office teaching: "Dining with Diabetes."

Antonia's Motto:

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates



Thomas Venezia


Thomas M. Venezia graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Dietetics and Minor in Health and Wellness, and is currently an intern enrolled in the Dietetic Program at The Ohio State University. Prior to working with Ohio State, Thomas was both a nutritionist and supervisor for various WIC local agencies in southern New Jersey. In addition, he was a former EMT and EMS volunteer for the state of NJ.

Click here to read Thomas' article entitled Career Path Crossroads: Exploration of Various Layers of Professional Diversity Within the Dietetics Industry.


Omar Guerrero


Omar Guerrero is a dietetic intern and graduate student at Florida State University, majoring in exercise physiology with a major in sports nutrition.  He has recently developed a passion for writing and sharing credible information to the public and fellow dietetic students and interns.  He hopes to spread his passion for nutrition and wellness through his writing.

Click here to read Omar's article entitled The Capacity of Diversity.


Lynnette Jones, MS, MBA, RDN

After a five year retirement from her position as Director of Nutrition and Food Service at a community hospital and part-time instructor at a community college teaching nutrition to culinary students, Lynnette Jones, MS, MBA, RDN, joined other dietitians and food safety experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk Line in 2017. Lynnette developed extensive food safety practices in her career and is looking forward to sharing her expertise in this new endeavor.






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