Brad Greenway, A.A. Ag Mgmt, Mitchell, South Dakota
Brad and his wife, Peggy, own a diversified farming operation near Mitchell, South Dakota, where they raise pigs, have a cow/calf operation and grow crops on 2,200 acres. Brad is a third generation farmer and his family has been farming the same land for 100 years.
Brad is active in agriculture-related programs that focus on making consumer connections. Brad is the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year – an award which recognizes excellence in all aspects of pig farming, including animal care, environmental stewardship, employee work environment and outstanding community service.
Brad also currently serves a Chairman of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, a farmer-led organization representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised.
Carla Prado, PhD, RDN, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, and a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is also the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of abnormal body composition.
Dr. Prado received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, and serves as a member of the Body Composition Clinical Guidelines group for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Dr. Prado has recently been a recipient of Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40, an award that celebrates Alberta’s most exceptional young community and corporate leaders.
Crystal J. Wilson, EdS, MS, RDN, LD, Idaho Academy President, Boise, Idaho
Crystal Wilson leads nutrition and education programming for the Idaho Dairy Council. She is responsible for the strategic planning, development and execution of programs for health professionals and educators in Idaho. Crystal has worked in the field of child nutrition for over 16 years. She is a registered dietitian, maintains her Occupational Specialist teaching certificate and completed her course work and internship to be an educational administrator.
Dave Zino, Chef, Evanston, Illionois
Dave Zino is the executive chef the Beef It’s What’s for Dinner Brand, representing the Beef Checkoff. Dave has been with the organization for 17 years. Dave is a noted expert on all things beef and umami. He is excited to present to you today.
Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics President, Waynesboro, Georgia
Donna Martin is the 2017-2018 President of the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics. Donna is the first School Nutrition Director to be President of the Academy. Currently, Donna is the Director of the School Nutrition Program for the Burke County Public Schools in the state of Georgia. Her motto is that healthier children make for a healthier nation. In her district they serve breakfast, lunch, afterschool snack, summer feeding and would you believe supper! Donna got her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her Education Specialist at Augusta University.
Emily Fonnesbeck, RDN, CD, St. George, Utah
Emily Fonnesbeck has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for 13 years. For the past 6 years she has been in private practice, located in southern Utah. Prior to opening her own practice, she worked for The Biggest Loser Resorts which she credits for teaching her the importance of a non-diet, weight-neutral approach for best health outcomes. Her current treatment specialties include disordered eating, eating disorders, poor body image and digestive issues. She is also a mom of 4 children and lives with her family in St. George, Utah.
Erin Green, MS, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho
Erin Green is a Registered Dietitian and Professional Triathlete. Since graduating from University of Idaho with her Master’s in Dietetics, she has gained experience in a variety of aspects of nutrition, including wellness, sports nutrition, maternal and child health, disease management and multicultural practice. Erin’s passion for health is evident not only by her profession, but her involvement in wellness events as part of her energetic lifestyle. She is a devoted triathlete, having worked her way up to the elite ranks and has recently launched her fifth season racing in the pro field. While these events take physical activity to the extreme, Erin realizes that each individual has his or her niche. Her favorite activity is “anything outside,” which not only serves as a venue for her athletic endeavors, but also as a basis to encourage others to infuse their lives with a little more movement. Part of Erin’s philosophy is based on the notion that people must find enjoyment in their lifestyles in order to perpetuate positive changes.
Gary Fornshell, M.Aqua., Twin Falls, Idaho
Gary Fornshell received his Master of Aquaculture degree from Auburn University. Before coming to Idaho, he spent two years in Zaire, Africa working in the Peace Corps teaching farmers to grow tilapia and over five years managing an aquaculture research facility at Mississippi State University. An Aquaculture Extension Educator with the University of Idaho for the past 25 years he’s worked on a variety of issues affecting Idaho and U.S. aquaculture, including seafood education. He and a former colleague published the University of Idaho peer-review Seafood At Its Best curriculum. This curriculum is designed to educate clientele about seafood, often poorly understood in terms of selection, handling, storage, preparation, health benefits, and actual risks relative to perceived risks.
Jennifer Beazer, RDN, CSP, LD, Boise, Idaho
Jennifer has been a pediatric dietitian for 13 years. She has experience in essentially all differing sub-specialty areas within pediatrics. This includes failure to thrive, food allergies, tube feeds, TPN, cystic fibrosis, genetic conditions, intestinal dysfunction / rehab, and a focus on inborn errors of metabolism and ketogenic diet.
Katie Brown, EdD, RDN, Chicago, Illinois
Katie Brown joined Dairy Management Inc. in June 2017, as the Senior Vice President, Sustainable Nutrition. In this role, Dr. Brown supports the advancement of sustainable nutrition as a strategic priority for the organization. She leads thought leadership and education efforts to engage traditional and emerging influencers on the benefit of dairy in sustainable food systems across the lifespan. She also provides strategic oversight and direction for the global sustainable nutrition and research team which includes public health, environment, and sustainability researchers and registered dietitians.
Katie is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition and a Doctorate degree in Education. Prior to joining DMI, she served as the Chief Global Nutrition Strategy Officer and National Education Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. In these roles, she led the planning for a new vision and strategic direction for the profession, as it reached its 100th year centennial in 2017. Brown was also responsible for the Academy Foundation’s Future of Food and Kids Eat Right public education and community-based nutrition research initiatives.
Katie has been an author on numerous manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, and has spoken at many national and international professional conferences on topics ranging from food and nutrition security, quality nutrition education, and community-based food and nutrition interventions.
Ken Overturf,PhD, Hagerman, Idaho
Dr. Ken Overturf received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada-Reno. His post-doctoral work was in Medical and Molecular Genetics at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and then he served as Associate Research Scientist in the Gene Therapy Department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before accepting a research geneticist position with the USDA Agriculture Research Service. Dr. Overturf was the first to demonstrate the ability to genetically select fish species for enhanced utilization of specific dietary components. His research has contributed to the understanding of fish muscle growth and the biology behind enhanced growth and tolerance to plant-based feeds in salmonids. His current research involves a holistic approach to understanding nutrient utilization and growth in fish.
Leah Clark, Program Manager, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Boise, Idaho
Leah joined the Marketing division of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2004 to manage the Idaho Preferred® program. Idaho Preferred® is a program designed to identify and promote Idaho food and agriculture products through advertising, public relations, farm-to-school programs and retail and foodservice promotions. Leah serves on the Idaho Agriculture in the Classroom Advisory Board and the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Leah served as the Executive Director of the Idaho Beef Council for 15 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Agribusiness Management from Arizona State University and a Master of Agriculture degree in Marketing and Finance from Oklahoma State University.
Melissa Taylor, MS, LMFT, CEDS, Orem, Utah
Melissa Taylor received her master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Marriage and Family Therapy, discovering early in her career that she had a passion for eating disorder recovery work. Melissa is the Outpatient Clinical Director and runs the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the Independent Living Program and the Outpatient Clinic. She also manages the Outpatient, PHP and IOP Programs at our Cottonwood Heights and Boise locations. Melissa has her own caseload and enjoys meeting with families and individuals in therapy as well as speaking around the country and locally, educating therapists and the community on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. An avid reader, she loves the outdoors and traveling.
Nancy Buffington, PhD, Boise, Idaho
Nancy Buffington is a former English professor turned public speaking trainer. Whether she’s training in a corporate environment or coaching a private client, she uses a range of psychological, physical and practical approaches to helping people find their voices and share their stories. She has worked as head speaking coach at TEDxBoise since the event started four years ago. Her diverse menu of communication trainings features presenting to executives, leadership presence for women, and storytelling for business.
Networking & Fundraising
Idaho Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 70th Birthday Bash!
Thursday, April 19 at 5pm
This is a celebration of the Idaho Academy, which really means, it’s also a celebration of you! Throughout the years, dedicated members have volunteered time, talents, and energy to achieving the mission of our organization. This is a time to recognize and honor past achievements, as well as look toward the future with optimism and excitement.
Fabulous FUNdraisers! Help us reach our goal of raising $2000!
Tickets will be available for purchase Thursday & Friday
Since we are having a birthday party, then we had better have cake! The fundraising committee will be selling candles to top the birthday cake at $5.00 a piece! Each person that donates will also take home a delicious birthday cake candle for their home. Look for the donation button when you register online to secure your candle.
And with a party comes fabulous gifts! Make sure to bring $20.00 for a strip of tickets and your chance to win any of the following prizes: Kitchen Aid Mixer, Insta Pot, $250.00 Target Gift Card, Fit Bit Alta HR and MUCH MUCH MORE! Excited to party with all of you in April.
Your donations to the fundraisers at the Annual Meeting will help advance the mission and vision of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as we continue to focus on enhancing skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities to empower Idaho RDNs to be the food and nutrition experts.
Robert C. Post, Ph.D., MEd., MSc., New York, New York
Dr. Robert C. Post is the Senior Director, Chobani Nutrition Center/Corporate Affairs, at CHOBANI, the leading yogurt manufacturer. He drives nutrition, health, and wellness strategies around the brand’s current and future offerings, and navigates critical H&W issues toward the goal of improving community health through access to better food for more people. He leads initiatives in government affairs related to agriculture, food, and nutrition policies. As the director of the Chobani Nutrition Center, he leads research to support innovation and partners with organizations toward improving trends in diet-related health.
Dr. Post previously served as key nutrition advisor to the former White House/First Lady’s Office and collaborator on the White House Let’s Move! initiative. He was the senior executive leading USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion where he established national dietary guidance, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, created USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library, as well as directed Federal nutrition promotion, creating the MyPlate (ChooseMyPlate.gov) initiative. Previously, he was an administrator at Federal food and nutrition regulatory agencies and an R&D scientist in the food sector.
He currently serves as an appointed advisor to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research; as a member of the National Academies of Medicine Food Forum Advisory Board; on American Society for Nutrition research advisory groups; on the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Trustees; and on the Board of Directors for the International Food Information Council. From 2004 until 2012, Dr. Post was an adjunct professor in the Nutrition and Food Science Department
at the University of Maryland.
Sarah Renaldi, RDN, LD, Idaho Academy President-Elect, Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair, Twin Falls, Idaho
Sarah Renaldi is the current President-Elect of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to this position, she served as State Reimbursement Representative and the Magic Valley Liaison. She has also been involved in re-organizing the Magic Valley Dietitians Group. Sarah has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian since she graduated from the University of Idaho (go Vandals!) in 2002. She then went back to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Idaho from 2003-2004. Sarah has worked in many areas of the Dietetics Field over the last 15 years including the WIC Program in Washington State and California; long-term care consulting; as a Clinical and Outpatient/Wellness Dietitian for St. Luke’s and now in her new role as an Allied Health Instructor at the College of Southern Idaho. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son in the beautiful Idaho outdoors. She also enjoys cooking, reading, shopping and dinners with her girlfriends.
SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho
SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD, is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Idaho. She is a nutrition communications professional, a registered dietitian nutritionist and educator. Her current research focuses on investigating the dietary practices of centenarians from around the world, chronic disease prevention and diabetes. She is a 2014 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietitian Award and the University of Idaho Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award 2015.
Dr. Waite’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) several years ago. She has experienced firsthand all of the horrible stories people tell you about AD. Her mom who was the sweetest person, never swore in her life, became mean and ornery, often hitting her care givers. It is her passion to help prevent this disease as much as possible through what she has learned about the link of AD to diet.
Sue Linja, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho
Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in geriatric nutrition. Sue has spent the past 28 years of her nutrition career working with those living the later years of their lives, both individuals in pursuit of nutritional health and longevity and those at life’s end. Nutrition and aging is her passion. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, Sue has had a special interest in helping others find ways to ward off this mind-and-body debilitating disease. Sue is popular on the media circuit as a speaker for nutrition and aging seminars in the northwest and has worked on multiple nutrition publications and articles on this topic. She thoroughly enjoys meeting and working with her clients, especially those living into their 8th, 9th and 10th decades of life. Sue learns valuable life lessons from her oldest clients that she is fortunate enough to meet.
Wendy West, BA, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wendy brings a solid background in sales and marketing for healthcare and food service companies. Wendy has represented SimplyThick for 10 years. Prior to SimplyThick, Wendy represented healthcare and food service equipment, small wares and tabletop manufacturers. Wendy has a BA in English and Education from the University of Michigan.