Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN, New Albany, Ohio
Ainsley Malone is a Dietitian member of the Nutrition Support Team at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she is involved in the management of patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition. In addition, Ms. Malone serves as a Clinical Practice Consultant to the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.). She is a certified nutrition support clinician and has given international, national and local presentations on many nutrition topics including malnutrition. In addition to her clinical practice activities, Ms. Malone has served A.S.P.E.N. in many capacities including Chair of the Malnutrition Committee and most notably as President in 2013. She also was A.S.P.E.N.’s representative to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Malnutrition Workgroup.
SessionsAddressing Malnutrition: Best Practices in Nutrition Screening and AssessmentIncorporating Malnutrition Focused Physical Examination into Your Practice
Amy Walters, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Boise, Idaho
Amy Walters, PhD is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for St. Luke’s Humphreys Diabetes Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Walters works with patients to overcome barriers to behavioral change, learn to cope with chronic illness, and address issues of anxiety and depression which often coincide with diabetes and other chronic conditions. She provides professional presentations on Motivational Interviewing and psychological factors in chronic disease management and is a clinical consultant to integrated behavioral health providers in rural clinics. She received her Ph.D. from Utah State University and has 20 years of experience working in clinical and community settings with children and adults with a variety of mental health issues. She is a long standing board member of the Idaho Psychological Association and serves as the APA Public Education Campaign Coordinator for Idaho. Dr. Walters has been the staff psychologist for Camp Hodia for 20 years and also has a daughter with type 1 diabetes.
SessionsThe Impact of Psychosocial Factors on Chronic Disease Management
Anne Boney, MED, RD, LDN, Raleigh, North Carolina
Anne Boney, MED, RD, LDN received a BS in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina in Chapel
Hill, NC and a Master of Education in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. She completed
an internship at Duke University Medical Center and worked there for 22 years; first in the General Clinical Research
Center (GCRC) and then as the Pediatric – Genetic/ Metabolic dietitian. Three years ago, Anne took a new position
with QOL Medical, LLC, the company that makes Sucraid®, the oral enzyme replacement for sucrase for the treatment
of Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID).
SessionsWhat Every Dietitian Needs To Know About Genetic Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (GSID)
Anne Cundiff, RDN, LD, FAND, Waukee, Iowa
Anne Cundiff, RD, LD, FAND, is a nutrition expert with more than 15 years of living her passion as a registered dietitian. She thrives in helping other registered dietitians find their own purpose and passion. As a member of the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has served as President, Marketing Chair, Media Spokesperson and was recipient of the 2013 Medallion Award and of the 2016 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award. Anne is grateful for her passions of writing, speaking, wellness and, of course, food. Her creative and inspirational outlet is her book, I’m a Registered Dietitian…Now What?, blog and podcast, Conversations with Anne Elizabeth. Most importantly, she is a daughter, a sister, a godmother, a horrible golfer, a BFF, a skin-care-obsessed, music-loving and hardworking woman.
SessionsI’m a Registered Dietitian, Now What? Creating a Passionate Conversation About Your Career
Annie Roe, PhD, RDN, Moscow, Idaho
Annie Roe is an Assistant Professor of Extension at the University of Idaho and the Director of Eat Smart Idaho, which provides nutrition and physical activity programming to low-resource Idahoans statewide. Annie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho before going on to earn a PhD in nutrition, specializing in nutritional cognitive neuroscience, from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Annie’s research agenda focuses on projects designed to better understand how nutrients, whole foods, and dietary patterns influence brain development, maintenance, and disease prevention for optimal learning, memory, attention, and executive function across the lifespan.
SessionsDietary Guidelines for Americans: Focus on Fat
Becky Sulik, RDN, LD, CDE, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Becky Sulik is currently the Director of Education at the Rocky Mountain Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since her days as a student (we won’t say how many years that is). She served on the Idaho affiliate board in the past in various positions including affiliate president, reimbursement rep, and public policy coordinator. She has served as the chair of the Academy’s Nutrition Services Payment Committee and is currently a CDR Commissioner. She is part of an implementation team for her clinic’s patient centered medical home. She designed and implemented a model for using the shared medical appointment with children and teens who have type 1 diabetes. Because of the positive outcomes collected, this group medical visit program remains profitable and effective. In addition to patient care, she is active in the clinic’s efforts to obtain and expand reimbursement for diabetes and other nutrition services. She and her husband Mark have three children. When they are not working, they are busy supporting their children who are on competitive ballroom dance teams.
SessionsYou Are Valuable…Now Prove It!
Cynthia Reddick, RDN, CNSC, Sacramento, California
Cynthia has worked in nutrition support for 21 years and has focused on home tube feeding for the last 17 years working to facilitate tube feeding patients’ successful transition from hospital to home and provide positive clinical outcomes for patients at home on tube feeding. She developed her passion of nutrition support during her internship at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Southern California and continued to develop her expertise with experience at major teaching hospitals such as Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. She is currently the National Nutrition Manager for Tube Feeding at Coram CVS/Specialty Infusion Services and has presented round tables, clinical posters, webinars, and case studies in the area of home care tube feeding.
SessionsTube Feeding Shouldn’t Hurt
Donna Dolan, MBA, MS, RDN, LDN, Boise, Idaho
Donna is the Wellness Services Project Manager for Albertsons Companies. She is actively engaged in bridging food and pharmacy by bringing wellness services to all 18 banners and 2300 plus stores. Donna works closely with pharmacy, marketing, and merchandising teams. Currently she is developing Answers in the Aisles™ a customer-facing in-store dietitian program focused on media, in-store experiences and community outreach. Donna has extensive experience in the retail world. Previously she was the Corporate Dietitian for Hy-Vee, Inc. a Midwest supermarket food and drugstore chain. During her tenure, she spearheaded many of the health and wellness initiatives to include the Hy-Vee in-store dietitian program which now has a dietitian in all 225 plus stores. In addition to her career in retail, Donna served in the US Army as a registered dietitian, retiring in October 2013 at the rank of Colonel. Donna moved to Boise in the summer of 2015 and truly enjoys the outdoorsy lifestyle Idaho offers to include biking, skiing, hiking, rafting, and soaking in hot springs.
SessionsIn-Store Dietitians Making a Difference in Stores and Neighborhoods
Heather Leidy, PhD, Columbia, Missouri
Dr. Leidy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. She completed her MS and PhD in Physiology at Penn State University and a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Foods & Nutrition and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University. As a nutritional physiologist, Dr. Leidy explores the benefits of protein quantity, quality, and timing of consumption on appetite control satiety, and weight management across the lifespan. Her most recent works examines the negative impact of skipping breakfast and the benefits of consuming a high-protein breakfast on appetite, satiety, and unhealthy snacking in young people. Dr. Leidy has over 60 original research publications and has given over 100 research talks in this area.
SessionsTick Tock – Does Timing of Food Consumption Matter?
Irana Hawkins, PhD, MPH, RDN, Seattle, Washington
Irana W. Hawkins earned her PhD degree in Health Professions Education in 2013 where her dissertation focused on Registered Dietitians’ concern and actions regarding climate change. She is a contributing faculty member in the PhD program in Public
Health at Walden University and an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Riverside. A dietitian-educator, Dr. Hawkins has over 20 years of experience in dietetics and public health ranging from training healthcare providers to establishing nutrition education programs in underserved communities. Dr. Hawkins is a Review Editor in Nutrition and Sustainability for the academic journal Frontiers in Nutrition. Her scholarly work focuses on learner-centered teaching as well as pro-environmental behaviors and is editing the forthcoming textbook Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems. She became a Registered Dietitian in 1993 and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health (Health Promotion/Disease Prevention) from The George Washington University in 1998. Lastly, Irana is Native Plant Steward and a
SessionsPutting Zero Waste Into Dietetics Practice
JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, Haddonfield, New Jersey
JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and Past President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Dr. Gurenlian maintains a column entitled “Looking Ahead” in RDH magazine, and is the co-author of a textbook “Preventing Medical Emergencies”. She has conducted over 550 presentations and published over 220 papers. She has been active in dental hygiene for over 35 years as a leader, educator, clinician, administrator, researcher, and international speaker.
SessionsDon’t Forget to Brush!–A Closer Look at the Affects Diabetes Can Have on Oral Health
Kelee Hansen, MBA, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho
Kelee Hansen grew up on a farm in Southern Utah and began working at restaurants at a young age. This led to a keen interest in food and she attended Utah State University to study Nutrition and Dietetics and become an Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She earned an Masters in Business Administration. Since then, Kelee has worked as an Administrative Dietitian at Primary Children’s Medical Center, a Food Service Director at St. Luke’s Magic Valley, and is now the Vice President of Operations at Thomas Cuisine Management. Kelee is passionate about food and service.
SessionsA Week in the Life of a Food Service RDN
Kim Young, MS, RDN, LD, Hayden, Idaho
Kim Young is the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Coordinator at Panhandle Health District (PHD), serving the five northern counties in Idaho. Prior to her position as WIC Coordinator, Kim held the position as Registered Dietitian in Health Promotion at PHD, in which she worked with child care centers and worksites to evaluate and improve their wellness policies and practices. Aside from her position at PHD, Kim teaches Community Nutrition to senior dietetic students at the University of Idaho. She has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition; and earned her Master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences, all from the University of Idaho. Kim serves on the Board for the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and she enjoys advocating for and living a healthful life through nutrition and physical activity with her husband and family.
SessionsCommunity Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children in Bonner County
Marni McDowell, MS, RDN, Boise, Idaho
Marni McDowell is the Global Team Member Programs Manager at Micron Technology working with the wellness, rewards and recognition programs and other employee perks. A graduate of Montana State University and California College for Health Sciences, she is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science in Wellness Promotion. She is an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University. She has worked in a variety of health care settings and has spent the past 10 years in corporate wellness. Outside of work, Marni and her husband can be found exploring the mountains of Idaho, competing in triathlons and indulging her love of food.
SessionsWellbeing From The Workplace
Megan Williams, MDA, RDN,CDE, Idaho Academy President, Jerome, Idaho
SessionsIdaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Business Meeting & Presentation of Awards
Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE, Wilmette, Illinois
Melissa is an award-winning, nationally recognized dietitian, speaker, blogger, podcaster and media trainer with more than 20 years’ experience. She is the founder of Sound Bites, Inc. where she promotes “sound science, smart nutrition and good food” and she is known as ‘The Guilt-Free RD’ – “because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” A certified diabetes educator and former supermarket dietitian, Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery and healthcare industries. She is a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and received the Academy’s Media Excellence Award in 2016. Recently named as one of “10 Dietitians You Need to Follow on Social Media” by U.S. News & World Report, Melissa helps people digest food and nutrition information so they can make their own, well-informed decisions based on facts, not fear.
SessionsBecoming an Expert Communicator: Be Clear, Concise, and CompellingThe OOOh! Factor – Making Your Messages Memorable and Meaningful
Mimi Cunningham, MA, RDN, CDE, Eagle, Idaho
Mimi is a dietitian-nutritionist and diabetes educator. Currently she is a contractor with S&S Nutrition working for Intermountain Hospital in Boise with behavioral health patients who have diabetes. Most recently she was the Program Manager for the Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the Idaho Oral Health Program. She has worked for the H.J. Heinz Company test kitchens, taught French cooking and has been a supermarket dietitian and out-patient dietitian. Currently she is exploring a focus in culinary medicine. Mimi is on the board of directors of the Idaho Food Bank and is passionate about addressing food insecurity and nutrition. You can find her in the kitchen or with her husband photographing the outdoors and travel adventures.
She holds a BS in Food and Nutrition Science from Carnegie-Mellon University and masters degrees in nutrition education and counseling psychology from Immaculata University.
SessionsDiabetes Standards of Medical Care 2017: How the RDN Can Translate the Standards into Successful Patient Outcomes
Zonya Foco, RDN, CHFI, CSP, Onsted, Michigan
As America’s Nutrition Leader, Zonya is a master of inspiration, motivation and visual humor, providing high energy presentations crossed with low maintenance solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy.
If you’re expecting a lecture-style presentation from this “energizer health bunny” – DON’T! Zonya pulls out all the stops in her live presentations, video seminars and TV show – delivering equal parts entertainment and education all the way. Zonya helps people laugh at their bad habits and break down the barriers that turn knowing into doing.
In fact, she has identified eight core habits that create the acronym DIET FREE, published in her co-authored DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon. In 2010, Zonya launched her DIET FREE video seminar lifestyle program for individuals and worksite wellness programs, and produced the two-hour DIET FREE with Zonya Foco, RDTV program aired on national public television. Zonya has also hosted a weekly television series, Zonya’s Health Bites, on national public television.
She has collaborated with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan to develop and present its distinguished Weight Wise member programs based on her DIET FREE habits. Zonya has also worked with Bob Greene as a guest presenter for “Oprah & Bob’s Best Life Challenge,” providing entertaining and educational cooking presentations.
Zonya received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1987 and then worked as a clinical nutritionist for the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. It is from these clients that she discovered the need for a “countertop coach” cookbook and in 1998 wrote Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, filled with easy recipes and healthy tips for everyday families. In 2008, Zonya reworked the recipes and tips and created Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals (published by American Diabetes Association) to help those with diabetes in their quest for a healthier, happier life.
In addition to spreading the word through her speaking platform, books, TV show and wellness program, Zonya has appeared on local newscasts across the country, nationally syndicated daytime talk shows and QVC. She has been published in the popular magazines Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking.
Most recently, Zonya has partnered to bring EatRealAmerica.com to individuals and worksites as inspiration to “replace processed food with wholesome” by featuring recipes, tutorials and coaching all focused on real food ingredients.