Nutrition Entrepreneur Leaders

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

Rosanne is a registered, licensed dietitian-nutritionist with nearly 30 years experience across a broad scope of practice in the nutrition field. As a Nutrition Communications Consultant and owner of Rust Nutrition Services, Rosanne aims to help consumers make sense of science by creating reasonable messages that can help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Rosanne provides nutrition coaching services for, and also develops and delivers social media strategies for the food industry. She blogs at and sh’s the co-author of several consumer books in the John Wiley & Sons For Dummies® series, including DASH Diet For Dummies®, Hypertension Cookbook For Dummies®, Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies® and the Calorie Counter Journal for Dummies®. A wife, and mother of 3 boys, she practices what she preaches, enjoying regular exercise, good food and enjoys festive entertaining.

Elana Natker, MS, RD

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.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

Past Chair & Nominating Committee Chair

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 books, 365 Snacks for Every Day of the Year and 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.

Patti Landers, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Patti Landers is an associate dietitian and the dietetic internship director at Keith & Associates in Tulsa, OK. She comes to the consulting dietitian business after an academic career at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences. She is an avid listener to audio books and dotes on her three grandchildren, husband and dog Cissy.



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.

Abigail Dougherty, RDN
Director 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.

Kerri Hawkins, MS, RDN, LCD, cPT
Director Elect of Member Services

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Sarah Lewis, RDN
Member Resource Manager

Sarah is a registered dietitian nutritionist working in communications for Porter Novelli and is based in Los Angeles, CA. With her unique at a public relations agency, Sarah provides strategic nutrition communications counsel to her clients across the company’s Food and Nutrition Practice and has worked with a variety of commodity boards and food industry clients. She helps translate the latest nutrition research and science into meaningful campaigns for health professional and consumer audiences, and stays well-connected with key media-savvy and supermarket registered dietitians. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Tennessee and completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She additionally holds a Certificate in Culinary Techniques from the International Culinary Center in Manhattan. Connect with her on Instagram: @SarahLewisRD and Twitter: @SarahLewisRD

Edwina Clark, MS, RD, APD (Aus), CSSD
Education Coordinator

Edwina is the Head of Nutrition and Wellness at Yummly, where she is responsible for developing new nutrition solutions for over 20 million Yummly users. She holds her Bachelors and Masters degrees in nutrition from Boston University, where she graduated with highest honors and captained the track and field team. Edwina is dually credentialed as a Dietitian in both the US and Australia, and certified as a specialty sports dietitian. Prior to working in tech, Edwina worked in corporate wellness for EXOS, serving clients such as State Street Bank, Google Europe, and Intel. She has worked as a wellness coach, spokesperson, writer, and consultant for everything from Fortune 500 companies to high performance athletes and early stage startups. Edwina regularly contributes to the media, and has been featured in SELF magazine, Women's Health, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and others! Edwina also maintains her own health and wellness blog,

Elizabeth Shaw,MS, RD
Mentor Services Coordinator

Elizabeth is a nutrition communications consultant for national and local brands, organizations and universities. She works on health messaging to disseminate key messages to other HCP's and the public at large. She authors a blog, Shaw’s Simple Swaps, which highlights recipes and ingredients as nutritious alternatives; and is the founder of Bumps to Baby, a community for women trying to conceive. Her recipes have been featured in Weight Watchers, Men's Fitness, Yahoo, Shape, Fitness, Self, and Redbook Magazine. She is a published author and a freelance contributor for Shape, Fitness, Oxygen and Fit Pregnancy. Elizabeth has also been featured in frequent segments on the CW San Diego 6 and LA KNBC New stations. She is 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!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’s had a love for food, fitness and health her entire life. 

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
NE Delegate and Policy Advocacy Leader

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is the co-author of Energy to Burn:  The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011). She was the Chair of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Today’s Dietitian. She is an international presenter and her writing and expertise have been featured in a variety of media outlets and scientific journals. As a Senior Vice President, Director of Food and Wellness for Pollock Communications, Jenna helps healthy brands translate science for consumers and connect with the nutrition experts. Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher, (former) marathoner and Mom of two little ladies. She earned her doctorate Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Masters Degree in Nutrition and dietetic internship at UNM, and Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire.  

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.  

Kristina Todini, RDN
Director of Communications

Kristina Todini, RDN is a nutrition communications and sustainability consultant at a leading agency by day, and writes about food and travel at by night. She serves as the President Elect of the California Academy Bay Area District in addition to her role as Director of Communications for NE. She began her service with NEDPG as a student and joined the Executive Committee in 2016. Her areas of expertise include sustainable nutrition and strategic communications. Follow her adventures on Instagram ( and Twitter (

Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT
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 practical, diet-free eating advice, nutritious and delicious recipes, and partners with like-minded brands. Rachael is certified in health coaching, LEAP therapy and is a certified diabetes educator. She is also active in her local dietetics association as the education chair and was recently names Young Dietitian of the Year by her local board. She takes time to travel whenever she gets a chance and dreams of one day taking a year off to explore the world. Connect with her on Instagram (@avocadoadaynutrition) or Twitter (@RHartleyRD)

Julie Harrington, RD
Assistant Newsletter Editor

Julie Harrington is a registered dietitian and culinary expert behind her blog RDelicious Kitchen. She works as a recipe developer, freelance writer, and consultant dietitian/chef. She also works at Living Plate, a private practice in NJ as the culinary nutrition programs coordinator, teaching culinary nutrition cooking classes, corporate wellness programs, and community outreach. With "food first" being her nutrition philosophy, her strong culinary background helps bring nutrition education to life through food. She is a contributing writer for Luvo's Fresh Blog and Healthy Aperture. Her recipes have been in SHAPE, Huffington Post, Women's Health Magazine, Everday Health, US News & World Report, plus more. She earned her undergraduate degree at Johnson & Wales University and completed her dietetic internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth. She previously served as the Region 3 Co-Chair for the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association and continues to be an active member. Connect with Julie on her blogFacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest

Larissa Farnam, DHSc RD LD IBCLC
Newsletter CPE Coordinator
Dr. Larissa Farnam is a registered, licensed dietitian based in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is the founder of Lull-a-baby Lactation Consultants through which she provides prenatal and postnatal support and counseling to help new mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. She also serves as a Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager with Morrison Healthcare, overseeing clinical nutrition teams throughout the Southeast. Larissa received her undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Spanish at Simmons College in Boston, her Master of Science in Nutrition Education at Rosalind Franklin University, and her Doctorate of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. Larissa is a freelance writer and makes frequent appearances on the health segments of the local news channels. You can follow Larissa at and on Facebook: lullababyLC. 
Jennifer Watson, MS, RD
Website Coordinator

Jennifer Watson is a Registered Dietitian that has loved food, cooking, and technology since she was a kid. After completing a bachelor's degree at Kansas State University and a culinary arts degree at Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Jennifer has fed student athletes, catering clients, and K-12 students in Manhattan, KS and Scottsdale, Arizona. Jennifer has also taught community college students healthy and gourmet cooking, and currently has a blog focusing on basic culinary skills called Cooking Practicum. Jennifer holds a master's degree in Foodservice and Lodging Management from Iowa State University; her thesis focused on defining pleasurable eating competencies for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.  

Erin Hendrickson, RDN
PR & Marketing Coordinator

Erin is a health and wellness focused Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Nashville, Tennessee area with 7 years of corporate experience. She works with major healthcare companies and employers in the middle TN area to develop cultures of health, engaging and inspiring their employee population, and ultimately the community, to live healthier. Her creative space is, in which she sorts through life’s physical and mental clutter to promote slowing down, sustainable practices and responsible consumerism. The Food and Nutrition Magazine, as well as other local media outlets have recognized her social media efforts and contributions. Erin has served on the Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board for several years, and most recently volunteers as an Urban Farm Leader for a local nonprofit organization. 

Tara Condell, MS, RDN
Social Media Coordinator
Tara Condell is a private practice dietitian in New York City. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and completed her internship at James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Tara was a contributor to NE's student newsletter, was the former president of her undergraduate Student Dietetic Association, and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, including Nutrition Entrepreneur DPG’s very own student award. Tara came from a family of entrepreneurs and started her journey when she created a restaurant blog detailing her dining escapades in San Francisco. The site quickly gained momentum, and she was able to secure sponsorships and attend dining events with local and international Michelin chefs. After relocating to the Big Apple, Tara gained experience while working with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and hopes to continue finding ways to fuse nutrition and the restaurant industry. 
Sara Haas, RDN, Chef
Director of Meetings

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.

Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN
Director of Meetings Incoming

Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN is a New York City-based Registered Dietitian and Chef. She is the owner of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine, a consulting and counseling company. Abbie has over ten years of Wall Street and hospitality/food and beverage consulting experience and nearly ten years of nutrition-related experience. She works as a recipe and menu developer, foodservice consultant, culinary and nutrition instructor, private chef for clients with a variety of health issues, and counsels and educates patients and groups in a private practice setting. She earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, her culinary degree at Peter Kump’s (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education), and her graduate degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. You can find her at, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 

Lisa Jones, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND
Member Awards

Lisa Ann Jones is a Philadelphia-based award-winning registered dietitian and nutrition communications consultant. Lisa has a master’s degree 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 as the past chair for the Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee. She has previously held several other leadership roles including Delegate for Nutrition Entrepreneurs and past-president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She serves on the advisory board for the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics. In 2014, Lisa was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy, the highest honor bestowed upon a Pennsylvania Dietitian.  

Kimberly Denkhaus, MS, RD
Director of Sponsorship

Kim Denkhaus, MS, RD is founder of Farm Haus Nutrition, a health and lifestyle brand inspiring others to reconnect with food in a sustainable, healthy way while living in a modern, fast-paced society. Kim is Salesforce's in-house corporate wellness dietitian, CareZone’s contributing nutrition writer, a consultant for the Weight Management Program at John Muir Health, and privately counsels clients in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. Kim received her Masters 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 has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a minor in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Kim loves inspiring other entrepreneurs, and is passionate about elevating the profession of dietetics! Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter: @KimsHealthyLife or Facebook: FarmHausNutrition

Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Director of Sponsorship Incoming

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. She has a whole foods approach to nutrition, but believes in flexibility and intuitive eating to optimally fuel one's body and mind. As a speaker, consultant and nutrition coach, she aims to optimally fuel the bodies and minds of athletes, active individuals, and those dealing with stress and anxiety. Kelly is also an Associate Professor at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. Kelly has been featured in national print and digital publications and is often seen in the 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.

Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
Director of Specialty Groups


Today’s Dietitian, RD Lounge listed Dr. Susan as an RD to watch in 2017. US News & World Report listed the Breaking Down Nutrition podcast as one of the 10 nutrition podcasts to add to your playlist. Susan is host of three podcasts: Breaking Down Nutrition for Medical Professionals, Breaking Down Nutrition (consumers) and Beyond Bariatric Surgery: Everything You Need to Move On in partnership with Australian dietitian Amanda Clark. Along with RDN Dr. Catherine Christie, Susan 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). An avid football fan, Susan earned her PhD from the University of Tennessee. She serves on both The University of North Florida Department of Nutrition & Dietetics Advisory Committee and the Family Circle magazine advisory board. A recipient of Florida’s Distinguished Dietitian award, the 2015 Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Award and the President’s Mentor Award, Susan loves our profession and believes mentoring is crucial for the success of future RDNs. In the digital space, find Susan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or stop by the Breaking Down Nutrition website.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD
Authors and Writers Specialty Group Leader

With over 15 years experience in the food and nutrition industry, Toby Amidor, MS, RD is a leading dietitian and recipe developer who believes that healthy and wholesome can also be appetizing and delicious. In her first cookbook, THE GREEK YOGURT KITCHEN, Toby shows readers how to cut back on fat and calories without compromising flavor. She shares how Greek yogurt is one of today’s most versatile and nourishing ingredients and how it can be used in unexpected ways, making even the most bad-for-you foods healthier, tastier and more satisfying. Toby is currently working on her second cookbook due out at the end of 2017. Toby is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, where she provides nutrition and food safety consulting services for individuals, restaurants and food brands. She is a nutrition expert for, writing for their Healthy Eats Blog, a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report Eat + Run blog,, and an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has her own “Ask the Expert” column in Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Toby trained as a clinical dietitian at New York University. Previously, Toby was a consultant on Bobby Deen’s cooking show, “Not My Mama’s Meals.” Through ongoing consulting and faculty positions, she has established herself as one of the top experts in culinary nutrition, food safety, and media.  

Ellen Albertson, PhD, RDN, CD
Coaches Specialty Group Leader

Coach Ellen is a RDN, PhD Psychologist, Certified Wellcoach®, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Reiki Master. Known as the Grow & Glow Coach, Ellen is a women’s wellness advocate and expert, who has spent her career helping women achieve their personal and professional goals while enhancing their health, wealth and happiness. Ellen has appeared as an expert health and wellness commentator on Extra, the Food Network and NBC World News and been quoted in Psychology Today, Eating Well and USA Today. Ellen has written for SELF, Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping and was the online Nutrition Expert for Women’s Health, Men’s Health and The Abs Diet. She’s also the co-author of three books: Food as Foreplay: Recipes for Romance, Love and Lust; Temptations and The Diabetic and the Dietitian: How to Help Your Husband Defeat Diabetes Without Losing Your Mind or Marriage.

Caroline Susie, RDN, LD
Corporate Wellness Specialty Group Leader

Caroline Susie is a corporate health risk management professional and currently manages the internal wellness program to improve the health of Methodist Health System's employee and dependent population. Caroline is a Univeristy of Oklahoma graduate with 12 years experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist. For the past decade, Caroline has specialized in corporate wellness. Personally Caroline is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys running, yoga and tennis. She is a mom of two Jack Russell Terriers and a lover of all things food and wine.  

Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND
Speakers and Media Specialty Group Leader

As president of Wellness Press for 25 years, Denice Ferko-Adams is a recognized expert in health campaigns and worksite wellness services. She has provided strategic management and program development services for companies regionally and nationally. Denice is proficient in designing wellness programs, presenting to professionals and consumers, and managing health campaigns and cooking demonstrations. She is passionate about teaching people practical ways to adopt behaviors required to improve health. Recipient of the 2012 Medallion Award, Denice was recognized for her contributions to the field in worksite wellness and business skills. A national leader, she has served as a former chair of the NE DPG and most recently, as Director-at-Large on the Academy’s Board of Directors. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Denice earned a master of science in public health from East Stroudsburg University. Originally from Pittsburgh, she resides in Nazareth, PA.  

Karen Kiver Patalano, MBA, RD, LDN, CDE, NHA
Private Practice Specialty Group Leader

Karen has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 30 years acquiring a diverse level of expertise in clinical nutrition and management. She has a BS Degree from the University of Massachusetts @ Amherst, trained at Emory University School of Medicine Internship and Master of Medical Science program and completed her Master of Business Administration in the Management of Technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Karen is currently in private practice as a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetic Educator in Westford and Boylston, MA. She was one of the founding members of the Nutrition Support Service at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, has worked for Marriott Healthcare and Sun Healthcare Group as both a Regional Manager and Healthcare Administrator. She founded KaiZen® Healthcare Solutions in 2004, which specializes in using technology to achieve excellence in healthcare. She is the owner and developer of the EMR for dietitians in private practice, KaiZenRD EMR.   

Erin Healy, MS, RDN, LDN
Second Career Dietitians Specialty Group Leader

Erin’s one-of-a-kind recipe for success is a unique blend of political experience, communications skills, nutrition knowledge, and natural instinct. As a former spokesperson for the President of the United States and communications advisor at the Pentagon, she traveled from St. Louis to San Diego and from El Salvador to Iraq representing America’s interests and values. Along the way, Erin honed her public speaking and listening skills and discovered her ability to connect with people and empower change. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she uses her insight and expertise to help military and civilian audiences honor their wellbeing by making healthy lifestyle choices that boost energy and build confidence. Erin also serves as an instructor at Framingham State University where she teaches the next generation of dietitians who will lead our profession into its second century. 

Nicole Rodriguez, RDN, NASM-CPT
Technology & Social Media Specialty Group Leader

Nicole Rodriguez, RDN, NASM-CPT is a registered dietitian and personal trainer in Long Beach, NY. Formerly a sales/education executive in the beauty industry and freelance journalist, she holds a BA in Communications from Fordham University, a BS in Nutrition from Lehman College, and completed her dietetic internship through Queens College. Nicole’s varied experience and current career come together at Enjoy Food. Enjoy Life, where she writes about beauty, fitness, food, and occasionally, motherhood. Serving clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, she is committed to doing so with cultural competence and a global perspective. Nicole is passionate about utilizing her social media presence to stand for science, discourage food shaming, and showcase affordable meal ideas. She might teach you a little something about 1970s soul music, too. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.  

Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD
Nominating Committee Member

Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD living in Austin, Texas specializing in helping RD’s start their private practice and leading expert eating disorders & mental health nutrition. Adrien is founder iLiveWell Nutrition , a clinic of numerous dietitians serving central Texas, and iLiveWell Business Academy, and online academy guiding dietitians how to create their dream private practice though courses and on-line community for support. Adrien has been active in the local, state and national dietetic association volunteering and holding board positions. She is currently the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Representative, which has allowed her to educate more Texans on the power of food. Adrien’s number one passion is building up dietitians and our community to create better access to dietitians. Connect with her on Twitter: @AdrienPaczosa or Instagram: @AdrienPaczosa or Facebook: /AdrienPaczosa  


Amanda Sauceda, MS, RDN, CLT
Nominating Committee Member

Amanda is a lifestyle-focused Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has a private practice in Long Beach, CA. In her private practice she guides and supports her clients to identify and enjoyably pursue their personal wellness vision. Her approach is based on mindful and intuitive eating principles as well as integrative and functional nutrition. She also is a full-time lecturer at CSU Long Beach where she teaches Introductory Nutrition as a hybrid format.


Minh Nguyen, MS, RD
Nominating Committee Member

Minh is a registered dietitian based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she leads growth and community outreach at a nutrition technology startup called EatLove. She has worked with several other startups as a nutrition consultant, performing duties ranging from health coaching to product development. She earned a Masters in Nutritional Science while completing a coordinated dietetic internship at Cal State Los Angeles, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of California at Los Angeles. Currently, she serves as Nominating Committee Member for her local dietetic association chapter, helping connect dietitians and dietetic students all over the Bay Area. She also volunteers with the Center of Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). In her free time, she enjoys reading cookbooks, discovering new restaurants, and experimenting in the kitchen. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @gastroexplorer.  

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

Lauri Egan, RDN, CPT
Executive Director
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.