Nutrition Entrepreneur Leaders

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN


Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, is an award-winning registered dietitian specializing in weight management and sports nutrition. Sarah is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. providing families with delicious, healthy recipes, meal plans, and kid cooking videos in order to optimize one’s performance and nutrition. Sarah coaches adults, pediatrics, and entire families towards their health and wellness goals. She has a monthly column in UltraRunning Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, NutritionJobs, ExerciseJobs, and more. She is author of the book, 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, and co-author of the book, Brain Foods: 10 simple foods that will increase your focus, improve your memory and decrease depression. Sarah LOVES connecting with RDNs, DTRs, and Dietetic Students. She is always interested in enhancing our profession, raising our worth, and building a strong community. Connect with her on Twitter: @SarahKoszykRD or Instagram: @SarahKoszyk or Facebook: /FamilyFoodFiesta.

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

Rosanne is a registered, licensed dietitian in Pennsylvania with over 25 years experience, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. As a Nutrition Communications Consultant, she works with industry to help them create key nutrition messages, including social media strategies and freelance writing. She is co-author of several books in the For Dummies® series including DASH Diet For Dummies®, Hypertension Cookbook For Dummies®, Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies®, and Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies®. She is passionate about sharing evidence-based nutrition messages, and provides well-reasoned dietary advice to the public at her blog - Chew the Facts, helping people avoid fear of food and eating. A wife, and mother of 3 boys, she practices what she preaches, enjoying regular exercise, and good food and festive entertaining. She's past chair of the Technology/Social Media NE Specialty group.  

Penny Wilson, PhD, RDN, LD
Past Chair & Nominating Committee Chair

Dr. Penny Wilson is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She works with athletes to perform their best in racing and in life. She also enjoys working with non-athletes to help them learn to use the eating and food tricks of athletes to fit healthy food and eating habits into their lives. Through her private practice – Eating for Performance – she works with endurance athletes across the nation and internationally to help them reach their goals and personal best. She was the Dietitian for the Houston Rockets and the Sugar Land Skeeters. In addition to her work with athletes, Penny taught Sports Nutrition at the University of Houston for six years. Penny is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association. One of her signature speeches is: Easy Healthy Eating: Fitting Healthy Eating into Your Busy Life.

Jacqueline Marcus, MS, RDN, LDN CNS, FADA, FAND

Jacqueline B. Marcus, MS, RDN, LDN, CNS, FADA, FAND is President/Owner of Jacqueline B. Marcus and Associates Food and Nutrition Consulting in Highland Park, Illinois. Jacqueline is a prolific speaker and writer who specializes in the interrelationships of nutrition, food science and the culinary arts as they affect taste throughout the lifecyle.  As a former food magazine writer, editor and photo stylist with a degree from Northern Illinois University in Consumer Science and Instructional Technology, Jacqueline aspired to work for the Chicago Tribune as a food editor.  Not having a mentor, Jacqueline returned to Northern for a degree in nutrition; first as student-at-large due to all of the science perquisites.  Three years later with a thesis and Master’s degree--but no internship, Jacqueline joined the first community hospital wellness program in the country as a food and nutrition educator.  Five years later, Jacqueline started her private practice and the long and winding years that followed all contributed to her abilities today. Jacqueline credits her membership in NE with indispensable support during the formative stages of her career. She won the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) Award for Excellence in Private Practice and Consultation, was honored as a Charter Fellow of ADA, served as Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Food and Culinary Professionals (FCP) Chair, President of the Chicago Dietetic Association, was recently Dietitians in Busniess and Communications (DBC) Nominating Chair and is currently an appointed member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Committee for Professional Development. The culmination of Jacqueline’s career is her recent text, "Culinary Nutrition: The Science and Practice of Healthy Cooking" (Elsevier, 2014), which won the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Award: USA, Best Author or Chef for Professionals and the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology Global Food Industry Award: Special Mention, Communicating Science-Related Knowledge to Consumers Aimed at Improving their Lifestyle. Connect with her at, Twitter, Facebook, and her Blog.

Maria McConville, MS, RD, CWC

Maria McConville is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the founder of Balanced Body Nourishment, LLC and is often called “the Un-dietitian.” In her nutrition coaching practice, she shuns traditional weight loss diets and helps clients make peace with food.  Maria is the author of the weight loss workbook: "Lose the Diet; Find Yourself," a self-guided weight-lose workbook that guides readers through a 5-step process of self-discovery.  She is passionate about helping clients change their thought processes to become victors over their circumstances in order to change their health and wellness.      Maria is a Certified Personal Trainer and Wellcoach. Maria started her dietetics career as an Army dietitian and continues to serve as an Army spouse and mother.  She is a certified Spouse Master Resilience Trainer through the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program and mentors army spouses on living life in balance.   She loves being active with hiking, tennis, yoga, and long walks on the beach.

David Orozco, MS, RDN, LD
Director of Member Services

David is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s in Health Science from Georgia State University. He holds certifications as a Health Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Quit Smart® smoking cessation counselor, and is fluent in Spanish.  David owns TD Wellness, LLC, a nutrition and health consulting business, providing solutions for healthy living for individuals, organizations, and corporations such as City of Smyrna, City of Avondale Estates, Cobb County, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta Gas Light and OFS Fiber Optics. David also works with organizations such as the Emory Latino Diabetes Program, the Diabetes Association of Atlanta, and is spin instructor for Exhale Spa and Core Body Fitness in Atlanta GA. He also offers nutrition and menu consultation to the restaurant industry. David loves enjoying time with his wife, daughter, and dog. He loves to cook, being active out doors, biking, hiking, camping, and holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt) in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

Abigail Dougherty, RDN
Director Elect of Member Services

Abigail Joy Dougherty is a registered dietitian based in Tampa, FL and the founder of The Soul of Health Nutrition where she focuses on bringing joy into the world of food and nutrition through mixing science based information with real life experience. She believes that people take nutrition way too seriously and wants to enable her clients, whether they be 22 year old baseball players, 72 year old women or viewers of her television segments to see that small changes and the way they look at food can make a lasting impact on their overall health. Abigail has also ventured out into the unknown world of business consulting to expand her abilities and to further connect beyond the world of dietetics. Abigail enjoys travel, her husband, peanut butter and new adventures, but not necessarily in that order.

Lisa Ann Jones, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND
DPG Delegate
Lisa Ann Jones is a Philadelphia based award-winning registered dietitian and nutrition communications consultant and owner of PRN Dietitian, LLC. Lisa has a Masters in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Service from West Virginia University.  She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Lisa is also a member of many practice groups such as Dietitians in Business and Communications and Nutrition Entrepreneurs. Lisa is currently serving on the Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee and has previously held several other leadership roles including President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In 2014, Lisa was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy.
Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN
Director of PR and Marketing

Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN, owner of KUcumber Nutrition Communications, creates and implements marketing, communications and public relations programs for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN), health and wellness professionals, and food and beverage companies. Writing that attention-grabbing pitch that gets results; seeing clients’ names in print; generating new social media content; helping clients advance their businesses – these are things that excite her about her business. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Krista spent nearly 10 years in the world of advertising and PR, working at national firms based in Minneapolis and Seattle. Her clients were major names in the grocery, healthcare, medical device, consumer and technology industries. Krista holds her Masters in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her BA in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin. Connect with her on TwitterFacebook, her blog and LinkedIn.

Kristina Todini, RDN
Incoming Director of PR & Marketing

Kristina Todini lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. On top of founding Nutrition Entrepreneur’s former student newsletter, she serves on the Executive Board of the Bay Area Dietetics Association and was named 2016’s Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year by the California Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Kristina’s work as a volunteer with Nutrition Entrepreneurs inspired her to create Fork in the Road Nutrition, where she writes about adventure, travel and foods from around the world. Kristina manages social media for many registered dietitians in private practice, serves as a coach for All Access Internships, and has been featured on the Food & Nutrition Magazine Stone Soup blog. When not actively working toward becoming a dietitian, Kristina loves to travel, read and experiment in the kitchen. Connect with Kristina on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

Elana Natker, MS, RD
Director of Awards and Networking

Elana is a nationally recognized food and nutrition communications expert and spokesperson with nearly two decades of experience working in communications. Her first job was as an on-camera spokesperson, which then led to a rewarding career in public relations, working for major agencies in Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C. Along the way Elana earned her master’s degree and became a registered dietitian, which allowed Elana to specialize in nutrition communications. Elana is an expert in communications strategy, writing, relationship-building, and contract negotiation, specializing in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness. Among her accomplishments is being named one of six “Local Nutrition Bloggers to Follow” by Washingtonian magazine within six months of launching her blog. She has also been quoted in the Washington Post, Washingtonian Mom, WebMD and other major media outlets.

Sara Haas, RDN, LDN
Incoming Director Awards & Networking

Sara is a food and nutrition expert with formal training in the culinary arts. She works as a freelance writer, recipe developer, media authority and consultant dietitian/chef. She is a former culinary and nutrition instructor and has led several live and recorded cooking demonstrations on WGN-TV, at the Taste of Chicago, and for the Academy and its Kids Eat Right program. She is a National Academy Spokesperson as well as a contributing writer for Food & Nutrition Magazine and the Stone Soup blog. She has created recipes and content for Kids Eat Right, Eating Well Magazine, and the Hass Avocado Board. Sara is the voice of the "Eating Right Minute” nutrition messages on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM. She earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and received her culinary degree from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. You can find her at, TwitterInstagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT
Newsletter Editor

Alexandra Caspero MA, RD, CLT, RYT is owner of Delish Knowledge and author of Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation. As a consultant and spokesperson, she works with like-minded companies to develop nutrition communication strategies, corporate wellness programs and recipes. Her award-winning blog, Delish Knowledge, focuses on making whole-food eating deliciously simple.   As a Certified LEAP Therapist, Alex helps clients optimize their health and restore their quality of life. She approaches nutrition from an integrative, functional perspective and uses nutrition to unlock the body's potential to heal.  Additionally, she is the co-author of Joyful Eating, Nourished Life, a six-week program that helps others discover a happier, healthier relationship with food and their body.

Rachel Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT
Incoming Newsletter Editor

Rachael Hartley is a Columbia, SC based private practice dietitian and food/wellness blogger. Through her practice she helps men and women improve their health and wellbeing and rediscover the joy of eating with nourishment, not deprivation. Through her blog, Avocado A Day Nutrition, she shares nutritious and exciting whole food focused recipes, diet free eating advice and partners with like-minded brands. In June 2016, she launched Joyful Eating, Nourished Life, a 6-week Intuitive Eating centered online program along with 2 other dietitians.   Rachael is certified in health coaching, LEAP therapy and is a certified diabetes educator. She is the education chair of her local dietetics association. Connect with her on Instagram or Twitter

Megan Ware, RD
Director of Sponsorship

Megan is the owner of Nutrition Awareness, a private practice in Orlando, FL where she works as a personal nutrition consultant to help her clients optimize their lives with food. Megan writes for several media outlets on trending nutrition topics and has written over 50 articles on the health benefits of various foods. She is a wanna-be farmer and passionate about supporting small local business. Megan is the President-Elect for the Orlando Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Outside of food (wait, there are other things in life?), Megan likes volunteering at the local animal shelter and traveling (she is on her 23rd state and 23rd country).

Kimberly Denkhaus, MS, RD
Incoming Director of Sponsorship

Kim is the founder of Kim Denkhaus Nutrition, a Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Virtual based private practice. Kim has great enthusiasm for her work, and is passionate about translating the confusing and ever-changing science of nutrition into simplistic, fun, and meaningful information! By coupling nutritional counseling with her diverse background in business, fitness, and the performing arts, she provides a unique outlook on nutrition. Kim holds a Masters degree in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and completed her dietetic internship in San Francisco, California through Iowa State University’s distance program. She earned dual degrees in Business and Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.    Kim Denkhaus Nutrition transpired from Kim’s love of healthy food, the arts, education, and her eagerness to help clients achieve a whole body solution to optimal health! Kim loves inspiring other entrepreneurs, and is passionate about elevating the profession of dietetics! Connect with her on Instagram: @KimsHealthyLife Twitter: @KimsHealthyLife or Facebook: KimDenkhausNutrition

Alicia Smith, MED, RD, LD, CLT
Mentor Coordinator

Alicia is a registered and licensed dietitian in private practice, located in Dallas, Texas. She completed her degree in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University and her Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas- Dallas. After working in clinical nutrition and home infusion for 4 years, she launched her own practice and received her certification in LEAP therapy, specializing in chronic inflammatory conditions and food sensitivities. She also partners with local athletic training facilities and mental health groups to educate staff and clients on role nutrition plays in these populations. In her free time she volunteers with a non-profit organization, Girls on the Run, whose mission is to empower young girls, teach healthy habits, and working towards the goal of running a 5K. She is a member of the Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as a mentor for the Mentoring Program of Nutrition entrepreneurs.

Elizabeth Shaw,MS, RD
Incoming Mentor Program Coordinator

Elizabeth has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over five years. She received her Master’s in Nutrition as part of dual program while completing her Dietetic Internship at Northern Illinois University outside Chicago, Illinois. She also completed a Graduate Program in Eating Disorders & Obesity while there as well. She recently finished her training to become a CLT (certified lifestyle eating and performance therapist) to assist those with food allergies and intolerances. She’s an active member in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and National Association of College and University Foodservice (NACUFS) Organization.       She’s had a love for food, fitness and health her entire life.  She has been lucky enough to turn her passion into a career and owns a nutrition communications and wellness consulting company in San Diego. Elizabeth works with national and local brands, organizations and universities on nutrition communications to disseminate key health messages to the public at large.  She authors a blog, Shaw’s Simple Swaps, which highlights recipes and ingredients as nutritious alternatives. Her writing and recipes have been featured in Weight Watchers, Men's Fitness, Yahoo, and Redbook Magazine. She is currently co-authoring a book on nutrition and fertility, set to launch in 2017! Elizabeth has also been featured in frequent segments on the CW San Diego 6 and LA KNBC New stations. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition for the San Diego Community College District. When away from work, she loves to cook and explore the beauty of nature- hiking, biking, and rollerblading!

Patricia Becker, MS, LDN, CNSC
Policy Advocacy Leader
Patricia Becker is a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition and a board certified nutrition support clinician. Pat has held numerous volunteer positions with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including member of the Pediatric Malnutrition Work Group, past president of the North Carolina Dietetic Association (NCDA), past liaison to the North Carolina Board of Nutrition and Dietetics, past professional development chair for the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Groups (PNPG) and past chair of the Dietitians in Rehabilitation Medicine DPG. Pat is the book review editor for the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN), author of numerous articles and has presented at national, state and local educational conferences including; Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition (FNCE®), NCDA Annual Meeting, and PNPG Pediatric Nutrition Symposium. Pat is the owner of, a private practice that specialized in nutrition therapy for children from conception to adulthood and is on staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 
Mandy Unanski Enright, MS, RYT, RDN
Reimbursement Chair

Mandy Unanski Enright, MS, RDN, RYT is a registered dietitian in private practice at the Jersey Shore in NJ. A former NYC advertising executive, Mandy found her second career in dietetics and hasn’t looked back. She loves combining her communications background and nutrition expertise. Mandy has a passion for corporate wellness and helping busy professionals find simple healthy solutions in the office and at home.  Mandy is the creator of the couples nutrition blog, Nutrition Nuptials, which was inspired through her work as a fitness instructor encountering couples before and after their weddings.  She became determined to help couples maintain healthy lifestyles while starting their new lives together. Nutrition Nuptials has been featured in Bridal Guide and Inside Weddings.  In addition to NE, Mandy also serves as the NJ dietetic association media representative. Mandy’s hobbies include yoga, SUP, and cooking. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.  

Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD
Website Coordinator

Joanne Larsen, MS, RD, LD, dietitian entrepreneur, has worked at four technology companies. As owner of Nutritional Data Services, a consulting B2B company, she develops websites, software, phone apps, marketing health products, and creating web content.  Since 1989, she has designed nutrition software for consumers and dietitians. Starting in 1995, she created web based software and nutrition content including Ask the Dietitian® , launched in July 1995. Since 2000, she has developed nutrition apps for smart phones. As the online development editor for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she created the Nutrition Care Manual, a web based nutrition practices manual which is the gold standard for hospitals, clinics, long tern care, dietitians and other healthcare professionals. In 2010, Joanne acquired NAT (Nutrition Analysis Tool), free diet analysis software, from the University of Illinois. Follow Joanne on Facebook and Twitter to learn what to eat for people who want to make healthier food choices based on nutrition science.  In September 2010, Joanne's article "Ownership of Copyrighted Materials" commissioned by the Academy's Ethics Committee was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. She reviews technology products for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Julie Beyer, MA, RD
Authors and Writers Specialty Group Chair

Julie Beyer is the owner of NutraConsults, LLC, a nutrition education and communication company.  A duel graduate of Michigan State University with a master’s degree in health communications, she currently serves on the faculty of University of Phoenix. Julie is a dynamic nutrition educator and expert on interstitial cystitis, providing wellness and nutrition education to individuals and groups using a tapestry of communication techniques. Realizing that dietitians were quickly losing their share of the nutrition education pie to self-anointed celebrity "experts," Julie intensified her mission to nurture the communication skills of dietitians so they can shout to the world that THEY are the nutrition experts. In addition to You CAN Write a Book: The No-Nonsense Guide to Self-Publishing, Julie has written three books about the puzzling bladder disorder, interstitial cystitis, including a reference guide for nutritionists, Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition Educators.

Lesli Koskela, MBA, RDN, LDN
Coaches Specialty Group Chair

Lesli Koskela, MBA, RDN, LDN, is president and founder of Harmonic Nutrition & Wellness, LLC, where she integrates business, life and wellness coaching services for professionals and entrepreneurs. She is especially passionate about inspiring and guiding women to thrive in all facets of their lives – by maximizing success in the workplace and attaining business goals while optimizing self-care and wellbeing. In addition to her coaching practice, Lesli has multiple specializations including intuitive and mindful eating, anti-inflammatory lifestyles, and DNA-based nutrition programs. In her work, she draws from a wide range of healthcare experience including clinical dietetics, integrative nutrition, and corporate wellness programs and over a decade as an executive within the pharmaceutical industry. Lesli is a licensed Wellcoach® and recently completed Wellcoaches advanced coach training program. She holds bachelor's degrees in both Dietetics and Health Fitness Promotion in Hospitals / Corporate Settings and an MBA in Global Business.

Carolyn Zisman, MS, RDN
Corporate Wellness Specialty Group Chair

Carrie Zisman is a Senior Health Communications Specialist in the Health & Wellness Department at Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for developing and implementing corporate-wide programs on weight management, nutrition, and other health behaviors as well as providing strategic direction to the Health Promotion team. Prior to this, Carrie worked for over 17 years on developing and implementing award-winning health communication and education programs within both the public and private sector. Carrie received her dietetics degree from the University of Vermont and completed a combined dietetic internship and master's at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at New England Medical Center at Tufts University.

Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD
Private Practice Specialty Group Chair

Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD/LD, CEDRD is an award-winning registered dietitian who is both a seasoned nutrition counselor and successful business owner. Rebecca's passion includes empowering clients, registered dietitians, and nutrition interns.  She employees six registered dietitians and six nutrition interns in her private practice Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD & Associates.  In 2011, Rebecca launched the Empowered Eating program, designed provide hope for people struggling with eating disorders. She is on the leadership committee for Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition's (SCAN) Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED) sub-unit and is excited to be the private practice chair of NE. In 2014, Rebecca co-authored a workbook for Registered Dietitians called Welcome to the REBELution: Seven steps to creating the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams.  In 2015, Rebecca co-authored a workbook for clients titled: Taste the Sweet Rebellion: REBEL against diets. 

Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN
Second Career Dietitians Specialty Group Chair

Barbara Spalding is a Second Career Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  She is a culinary dietitian and writer with a mission to empower readers to achieve their goals for better nutrition, a healthier lifestyle and feel more energized by eating healthier foods, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in physical activities they enjoy.  In her first career Barbara founded, grew, and managed an employee benefits and health insurance agency and consultancy with extensive experience working with small to mid-sized companies in the greater NY/NJ metropolitan area.   She  sold her first business to a large regional insurance agency and followed her passion for food and nutrition.  Barbara has two Masters and two Bachelor degrees.  She earned a B.S. in Dietetics and M.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Barbara writes, edits and curates a popular food and nutrition blog Second Act Kitchen, which offers down-to-earth nutrition advice and recipes. You can also find Barbara on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE
Speakers and Media Specialty Group Chair

Melissa Joy Dobbins is a media trainer, spokesperson, speaker, blogger, and podcaster with more than 20 years’ experience. She promotes “sound science, smart nutrition and good food” through her communications business, Sound Bites, Inc. Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery and healthcare industries. Through her media trainings, social media workshops and speaker coaching, Melissa shares insider tips and resources to help dietitians enhance their communication skills and gain more visibility, influence and success. She shares free tips and resources on her blog and interviews dietitians and other food experts on her podcast. You also can find Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
Technology & Social Media Chair

Dr. Mitchell took her RD and turned it in to a 20+ year successful small business. By developing leadership skills, professional speaking skills, learning and honing media skills, and acquiring business skills including strategic planning and contract negotiation, Susan has worked with some of the top food companies and PR firms.    Susan is producer and host of the podcast Breaking Down Nutrition: Your Digest for What Works, What Doesn’t available in both medical professional and consumer versions. She received the 2015 Media Award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.    Dr. Mitchell is co-author of three books including, Fat is Not Your Fate (Simon & Schuster), Eat to Stay Young (Kensington) and I’d Kill for a Cookie (Penguin).   A Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Susan earned her PhD from the University of Tennessee. She serves on The University of North Florida Department of Nutrition & Dietetics Advisory Committee, and Family Circle magazine advisory board. She is the recipient of Florida’s Distinguished Dietitian and Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Mentor Award.  

Linda S. Eck Mills, MBA, RDN, LDN, FADA
Second Century Liaison

Linda gives others “Confidence” as a career coach, international speaker, and freelance writer in her business Dynamic Communication Services.  Since graduating from Coach U, Linda partners with coaching clients to get them from where they are to where they want to be with their career. Linda is an engaging, high energy, international speaker on the topics of time management, communication skills, public speaking, staff training, and non-traditional careers.  She guarantees to keep an audience involved, even after lunch, or you don’t pay her speaking fee, only the travel expenses! Linda has published over 220 articles, and authored, co-authored, or contributed to 11 books, including Flavorful Fortified Food – Recipes to Enrich Life.  Since 2010, she is also responsible for 38 secure and community correctional facilities in 11 states across the country as the full time Corporate Dietitian for Community Education Centers. Linda has previously served NE as a mentor, member of the Nominating Committee, and Secretary. She is responsible for spearheading the approval for the Second Career Dietitians Specialty Group from the Academy. She is currently serving as Secretary of the Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates International Board. Linda was President of Central Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, honored as the 2001 Outstanding Dietitian in Pennsylvania, and is a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Level II archery instructor, sings in a Praise choir, and is restoring a one-room Stanhope Schoolhouse for the local historical society.  Contact Linda at  or

Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Nominating Committee Member

As a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Kelly Jones is passionate about educating and empowering others to make positive changes for their physical and mental health. Kelly is an Assistant Professor at Bucks County Community College and Director of Nutrition at the Newtown Athletic Club. In private practice, Kelly is a speaker, consultant and nutrition coach working primarily in sports nutrition and corporate wellness.   Kelly has been featured in Club Solutions Magazine, Running Times, and Shape. She is often in local media in Greater Philadelphia. You can follow Kelly’s blog, Eat Real Live Well, as well as her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.    Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Connecticut where she also completed a minor in Exercise Science. Her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition with a concentration in Exercise Science was completed at the University at Buffalo.

Ashvini Mashru, RDN, LDN, CPT
Nominating Committee Member

Ashvini Mashru, MA, RD, LDN is the Owner of Wellness Nutrition Concepts, LLC. Wellness Nutrition Concepts helps high achieving executive and entrepreneur moms unlock their energy, youth and confidence through our unique tailored nutrition and lifestyle approach. By breaking free of the obstacles that hold them back, our clients are able to embrace their best selves without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, allowing them to transform their lives with more ease and joy.   She is an award winning Registered Dietitian and has been featured in many international, national and local publications via, magazines, TV and radio such as The Huffington Post Canada, Women’s Health, SELF Magazine, Main Line Today, The Active Times, Main Line Times, The Town and Main Line Dish and more and on local television and radio, including FOX 29 Philadelphia and WCHE 1520 AM. She was awarded “The Best of” Philly Current, PC picks 2016,  The “Best of Main Line”, Best Dietitian/Nutritionist 2015 by Main Line Times and was a nominee for Philly Health Hero Challenge 2014. Her work is recognized by the State Senator and State Representative and was recognized as People on The Move 2015 by Philadelphia Business Journal.   As an award-winning dietitian and author, she presents at a variety of high level events, conferences and conventions on topics including but not limited to around her unique, signature nutrition and lifestyle system.  She is also a proud Author of her book Small Steps to Slim. Her book provides busy moms with an almost effortless approach to change their lifestyle that is achievable by even the busiest of women. It breaks the process into simple steps so that they don’t feel overwhelmed or frustrated. And it’s a quick read so they can get started today with the program.  Connect with her on Twitter: @AshviniMashru or Instagram @Ashmashru.

Barbara Baron, MS, RD, CDN
Nominating Committee Member

Barbara Baron is a registered dietitian nutritionist, aka Family Meals Dietitian, working with healthcare organizations, individuals, and families to realize the benefits of healthier food choices and bonding at the table! “She is the founder of “Be your own MVP™”, a personalized nutrition platform based on Moderation, Variety and Planning, and is currently writing the Family Meals MVP Guide to build healthier you- one meal at a time™!   A former President of NYSAND, VP of Nutrition Affairs for dairy farmers of NYS/NJ/PA, and Medical Nutrition Therapist for the Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, Barbara continues sharing her expertise in heart and bone health from young to the elderly while advocating for nutrition professionals. She is a member of the advisory committee of the NJ Interagency Council on Osteoporosis, speaker for Mentoring In Medicine Program for minority youth, an adjunct professor at Monmouth University, NJ and a professional member of the National Speakers Association. One of Barbara’s signature presentations is for moms to become their own MVP” while struggling to be the ‘Hero’ living in a “sandwich generation” between teens and aging parents! 


Lauri Egan, RDN, CPT
Executive Administrator
Lauri Egan, Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer, has been helping people develop a healthy way of life that they love for over ten years. She uses her experience in nutrition, fitness, yoga, and life to help others identify their roadblocks to Loving Life Healthy. After building her own website for Egan Wellness, she started to become more involved with the web design for other health organizations. She found an interest in the organization and internet presence of groups promoting health including the website design of the Nevada Dietetic Association. Her passions in life revolve around spending time with her family, making the most of every day and Loving Life Healthy.