President Jennifer Assael, RD Jenny completed her B.S. in Dietetics at Queens College and her internship through the Northwell Health system. She currently works as a clinical dietitian at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. She is working towards attaining her CDE credentials, hoping to better foster an expertise in the focus of diabetes management. Jenny has been serving on the LIAND board of directors for the past 6 years as PR chair and President Elect. This year, Jenny is very motivated to take on the role of President and with the help of the board; she plans to do many exciting things for the 2017-2018 year. Pushing for nutrition outreach in the community and clinical setting, she hopes to encourage and educate people on how to achieve and maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
President Co-Chair/Immediate Past President Michelle Hill, RD, CDN, CDE, CLC Michelle Hill received her bachelors of science in nutrition and dietetic internship training from LIU Post. She has been a board member of the LIAND since 2008 starting as a Student Representative. She continued to serve the community by holding positions as the Community Relations Liaison in 2009-2010, Public Relations Chair in 2010-2011, Career Guidance Chair 2013-2014, Co-president elect 2014-2015, and co president 2015-2017. She is currently working as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Michelle has a love for nutrition and a passion for helping members in the community.
President Co-Chair/Immediate Past President Tracey Giambertone, RDN, CDN Tracey completed her bachelor’s degree and dietetic internship at LIU Post. She has been involved with the LIAND since 2010; starting as Student Representative, followed by Nominating Chair, Public Policy Co- Chair and Community Outreach Chair. She is currently studying Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. Tracey believes in living a life of service and she aims to help the greatest amount of people with the greatest need. Tracey gives her time to speak to different groups on a variety of nutrition-related topics with a common theme of imparting knowledge so individuals can make educated decisions for themselves. She believes individuals need to take an active role in their health and in order to do so they need reliable unbiased information. It is her goal to be a resource and a guide.
Treasurer Shirley Fu, RDN Shirley recently graduated from her dietetic internship at North Shore LIJ. After passing her RD exam, she is currently working as a consulting dietitian at two offices in Chinatown and Flushing. Shirley's short term goal is to become a CDE, although she is also interested in pediatric and pregnancy nutrition. Shirley first became involved with LIAND when she was a student studying at LIU Post, participating and volunteering in many of its events. She is therefore very excited to become a board member and hope to advocate good nutrition to the Long island community.
Website Co-Chair Christina Lombardi, MS, RD Christina Lombardi is a dynamic, results-oriented to-be dietitian nutritionist with a strong science foundation, and deep understanding of the relationship between food and the body. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Fordham University and later went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Nutrition from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Stony Brook Medicine and will be taking her licensing exam this summer. Christina has a strong business background, with 8 years of experience working as a paralegal and recent ownership of a gym with her husband, Elevation Fitness in Babylon Village, where she designs marketing materials, leads charity events, and creates nutrition related newsletters. She is also working with the web developers to create a new exciting website for the business. This is Christina’s first year as a board member and she is very excited to play a roll and be apart of her community.
Website Co-Chair Paige Illiano Paige is excited about her first year serving on the LIAND board and is thankful for all the new relationships that this experience has already provided! Paige received her Bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama and recently completed her Dietetic Internship at LIU Post. Paige's next goals include passing the RD Exam and acquiring a position as a Clinical Registered Dietitian in the hospital setting. Paige is especially interested in renal nutrition as well as weight management. As someone new to the field, she is looking forward to gaining experience and further discovering her passions!
Website Advisor Jacqueline S. Gutierrez, MS, MSEd, RD, CDN Jacqueline has been a member of LIAND for several years and is happy to serve on the LIAND board. She received her Master's degree in Medical Biology and Nutrition Science from LIU/CW Post and a MSEd in Secondary Education from Queens College. She currently teaches culinary and nutrition classes for the Art Institute Online and the University of Phoenix, writes articles, and has a small nutrition business Red Apple Concepts. She is the webmaster of her own websites and is happy to help the LIAND with their website.
Recording Secretary Charlene Quinn, DT-R Charlene Quinn is a DTR currently working as a Professional Assistant to the Director of the Dietetic Technician Program at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. She has been involved with The Long Island Dietetic Association (LIAND) since she was a Dietetic Technician student and has served as both a Student Representative and Recording Secretary. She is returning to the LIAND Board of Directors after having completed her term as a Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates, representing the Dietetic Technicians in Practice, Dietetic Practice Group Before returning to the workforce and embarking on her career in nutrition, Charlene was a successful stay at home mom and an active member of her community. Her passion for healthy cooking and her belief in the healing power of food drew her to the field of dietetics. In her “pre-mom” life, Charlene received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University, located in Uniondale NY, and worked in the field of information technology sales and client education. Charlene and her family live on the north shore of Long Island in the Village of Old Field.
Wilda Souffrant is a registered dietitian and certified fitness instructor. She has over ten years experience in health and wellness, complimentary medicine and disease prevention. Wilda has spent the majority of her career working with underserved populations throughout the Greater New York Area. Growing up in Queens, the most ethnically diverse town in the entire country, stirred Wilda’s passion to make her health and wellness interventions reflect the clients she serves, honoring their cultural beliefs and tying them in with their health goals. Wilda completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Dietetic Internship at Queens College, CUNY. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Long Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America and CISTA Girls Environmental Group. She holds over nine fitness certifications including Zumba, Spinning and Kickboxing. In addition to her work as a clinical dietitian at St. John's Hospital, Wilda is currently working on a book and starting her own health and wellness show entitled "Wellness with Wilda."
Bylaws and Handbook Chair Annemarie Ng, MS, RD, CDE, CDN My name is Annemarie Ng and I am currently serving my second term as the Bylaws and Handbook Chair. This is my second position on the Board of Directors. I previously served at the Nominating Chair. I received my bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. I went on to complete the dietetic internship at Stony Brook University Hospital and also received my Masters degree from Stony Brook University. After completing my masters and internship, I worked as a clinical dietitian at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. From here, I was hired as the coordinator for the dietetic internship program for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Currently, I am the owner of, Nutrition First, Inc., a private nutrition counseling practice in Setauket. I specialize in Diabetes management and successfully completed the examination to become a certified diabetes educator. On a personal note, I am the Mother to 3 year-old twins and a 3-month old baby boy. I have really enjoyed my time working with LIAND and I am looking forward to another great year!
Membership Chair Jennifer Heinz, RDN, CDN Jennifer completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, followed by a dietetic internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in hospitals, a bariatric surgery program, long-term care, and a community clinic. This is her first year on the LIAND board, and she is excited to become more involved in promoting wellness to the Long Island community. Jennifer is a member of the AND practice group, “Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine,” and is always looking for ways to promote healthy food and healthy living.
Council on Professional Issues Development Chair Mary Ellen Grimes, MSRD,CDN Mary Ellen had been a LIAND board member years ago and is pleased to serve once again! Mary Ellen currently works as a community dietitian at Island Harvest Food Bank. Mary Ellen also holds a K -12 certification in Family and Consumer Science and has developed curriculum and taught Nutrition and Culinary classes at the middle school and high school level. She also is an adjunct at Suffolk Community College. Various experiences include work as a clinical dietitian in a hospital and nursing home as well as private practice. Mary Ellen obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Queen College. Working at Island Harvest Food Bank has provided Mary Ellen the opportunity to work with food insecurity and hunger on Long Island – helping to bridge the gap between food insecure individuals and access to healthy food. Mary Ellen provides nutrition education and training to Island Harvest agencies which include emergency shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare and senior citizen centers. Mary Ellen’s interests include developing recipes that are simple, nutritious and budget friendly. Yoga, running, gardening and any event outside are treasured activities.
Council on Professional Issues Development Co-Chair Cathleen Coughlin Davis, MS, RD, CDN I have the privilege of working as the Registered Dietitian at the Good Samaritan's Pediatric Specialty Care Center since 2009. Our Center has Pediatric doctors that specialize in Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Neurology and we also have a Child Development Specialist, Nephrologist a Hematologist and a Psychiatrist. I have also been the Nutritionist for our CFF fully accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center for over 20 years. I offer Nutrition assessment, counseling, education, and support to all of the Center's specialists. I also assist our pediatric Surgeons with pre or post op nutrition counseling. Along with working full time at the Good Sam Pediatric Specialty Care center I am also currently working with the Bayshore Wellness Alliance. In a wonderful partnership with Good Samaritan Medical Center, Bayshore School District and the Alliance, we have started the after school "Healthy Kids" Program. I teach weekly nutrition lessons to 3rd through 5th grade students and their caregivers in conjunction with the physical education teachers who provide twice weekly 1 hour sessions of age appropriate fun physical fitness. The Healthy Kids Program was started in 2012, and we have just started our 4th year with over 20 children and their families! I feel privileged to work with such wonderful people!
Legistlation Chair/Public Policy Coordinator Linda Folken, MS, RD, CDN, CNSD Linda Folken is a Registered Dietitian certified in Nutrition Support and Adult Weight Management. Linda has been in practice for more than 25 years, specializing in Critical Care and Bariatrics. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk County Community College
Reimbursement Co-Chair Maryann Gallucci, MS, RD, CDN, HFS Maryann Gallucci, MS, RD, CDN, HFS works in Private Practice providing nutrition counseling and fitness training. Maryann completed her dietetic internship at Queens College, where she is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department. While earning her Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences from Queens College and her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, Maryann worked in a corporate setting where she developed and managed a health and safety program. Maryann serves as the Reimbursement Co-chair for the Long Island Dietetic Association. She is a member of multiple dietetic practice groups of the Academy, including Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Weight Management, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition). Maryann is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine as well as a First Aid / CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross.
Reimbursement Co-Chair Rita Kashi Batheja, MS, RDN, CDN Rita Kashi Batheja, MS RDN CDN is an Internationally recognized Registered Dietitian, Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist in Private Practice in Baldwin Harbor, Nassau County, Long Island. She is a holistic practitioner utilizing food as a medicine with mind body principles for pediatrics to geriatrics. She is the author of Standard of Practice and Standard of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM). Rita has been serving at the District, State and National organizations. She has served on the American Diabetes, American Cancer and American Heart Association. She is the founder and Online Community Leader of the Asian Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics Member Interest Group (AINDMIG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Reimbursement Representative of the Women's Health DPG, Nominating Committee Member of the DIFM DPG, Reimbursement Co-Chair of the Long Island Dietetic Association and member of the Public Policy Panel of The NY State Dietetics Association, also reaching out to legislators to advocate for Expansion of Nutrition Services Coverage and Expand Reimbursement. Rita was one of the 7 members from 72,000 members appointed by the president of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest nutrition professional organization, to serve on state issue task force. She has served on Long island Dietetic Association's board since 1994 in various capacities like Public Relations Chair, Reimbursement Chair and program planning committee member of the Annual Meeting and Expo of New York Dietetic Association. She is the Past Reimbursement Chair of the New York State and Greater NY Dietetic Association, Public Policy / Reimbursement Chair of DIFM DPG. Past NY State Network Coordinator of the Vegetarian Nutrition DPG, Rita is a speaker and recipient of many awards and honors. She has been mentioned in the Academy journal, Today’s Dietitian, Weight Watchers Magazine and several print, radio and TV media. Rita is originator of AAPI's Nutrition Guide to Optimal Health: Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics eBooks part 1 and part 2 which can be accessed at NO COST from Indian physicians website www.aapiusa.org, Click on "resources." Contact Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Relations Chair Marissa Hellermann, DTR I have always enjoyed participating in nutrition outreach programs for the local community, including health fairs and various events with the LIAND over the past few years. This will be my first year as Public Relations Chair (for the 2016-17 year) and I am looking forward to working with everyone to make a difference in our community. I completed my A.A.S in Dietetic Technology at Suffolk County Community College and completed my B.S. in Dietetics last year at Queens College. Currently I am working full-time as a Clinical Dietetic Technician at a nursing home in Huntington and per-diem as a Dietary Supervisor at a nursing/rehab center in Melville. I am pursuing my masters in clinical and preventative nutrition at Stony Brook University. I plan on applying for the Dietetic Internship in hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian. I enjoy working in a variety of nutritional settings as it has made me well rounded in all areas of the field. Nutrition outreach has always been a passion of mine. Reaching out to people in need is rewarding. Educating and encouraging is important in disease prevention. My goal is to make a difference in lives one person at a time, to challenge them to reach their nutritional goals through positive thinking, eating well, exercising, and feeling better to live a healthy lifestyle.
Scholarship Chair Lynne Chimon, RD, CDE Lynne Chimon, MS, RD, CDE, CDN specializes in diabetes nutrition education providing both individual and group diabetes education. She is the director of the Winthrop University Hospital Diabetes Education Center and its ADA recognized diabetes self management program. Ms. Chimon has lectured both locally and nationally and is the LIAND Scholarship chair. In 2006, she was awarded the LIAND Excellence in Clinical Nutrition award.
Sponsorship Chair Jasmine Nazarieh, RD, CDN Jasmine is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She is involved with several professional organizations and is a member several AND practice groups, including Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine and Nutrition Entrepreneurs. She also has a passion for writing and works as a nutrition content for contributor for Demand Media Studios; she has contributed articles to many websites including eHow.com and LIVESTRONG.com. Jasmine is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and is currently completing her thesis, which focuses on the effect of inadequate sleep on obesity and factors that affect weight gain.
Sponsorship Chair Stephen Della Croce, MS, RD, CDN With over 10 years of experience in the Nutrition & Wellness field, Stephen has specialized in kidney disease, weight management, diabetes, Vitamin-D and heart disease. Past leadership positions include Chair of the Greater NY Council on Renal Nutrition (2007-13). He has both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Nutrition Science from Brooklyn College and completed his Dietetic Internship at LIU. He now coaches private clients to health as a Certified Health Coach through Villanova University and Take Shape For Life. To contact Steve, please visit www.SteveDellaCroce.com.
Parliamentarian Eileen Kane-Gemmel
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Nominating Chair Pam Bonney, MS, RD, CDN Pam has been helping clients achieve their nutrition and fitness goals since 1994 first as a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise and then after graduating from New York University with a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition. While at NYU, Pam began as a Teaching Fellow with the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and continued to teach at various colleges, including Hunter College and Phillips Beth Israel College of Nursing where she taught Nutrition and Diet Therapy for 9 years, both in the classroom and online. Pam has worked at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC since 1999 as Clinical Nutrition Supervisor for an outpatient clinic that includes pediatric, adolescent and adult patients, and a long-term care facility, where she supervises and provides medical nutrition therapy for patients with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, liver and kidney disease. She has also been providing group education through wellness programs throughout the tri-state region as an invited speaker and Nutrition Consultant with healthy cooking and healthy lifestyle nutrition and fitness groups since becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and licensed New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. Pam is a New York City and State advocate and spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and board member of the Long Island Dietetics Association. Her postgraduate coursework includes courses in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and she obtained her Plant-based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell in 2013.
Pam is co-founder of Tried and True Nutrition, Inc., (www.triedandtruenutrition.com) with offices in Manhattan and Long Island, and has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Long Island Pulse Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine and on News12 Long Island, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, Bustle.com and at the American Heart Association.