Barbara Gordon, EdD, RDN, FAND, Boise, Idaho

Barb Gordon is an Associate Professor in the ISU Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and co-investigator on the study evaluating the phenomenon of food insecurity among student-athletes. Dr. Gordon has been involved in food security research issues for over six years. She has published two papers investigating the prevalence of food insecurity on college campuses and among patients with cystic fibrosis. She is active with the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force and Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger.

Curtis Rowley, Agriculture Representative, Santaquin, Utah

Curtis Rowley grew up in Santaquin Utah on his family farm. He is the youngest of 8 kids. He graduated from Payson High School in 1990. After high school, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portugal. He attended college at Brigham Young University and Utah State University, graduating from USU with a BS degree in Agri-Business in 1997. He continued his schooling at Michigan State University graduating with a MS degree in Agriculture Economics in 2000.

Returning to the farm to work with his older brothers where they grew tart cherries, apples, and with his addition started to grow peaches. Cherry Hill Farms is vertically integrated, and with other fruit growing partners formed 2 cooperatives to handle all the processing and packaging. The fresh fruit, apples and peaches all make it to the grocery stores under the Mountainland Apples label, while the tart cherries are dried and sold separately and in trail mixes through many different labels as an ingredient item. Recently, the tart cherry coop has entered into the juice world and is selling under the CherriBundi label.

Cherry Hill Farms is a family operation currently transitioning to the 4th generation. They have orchards in St. George and Santaquin, Utah, and Caldwell, Idaho. They also have three farm stores and are looking to get closer to the end consumer.

Diana D. Monaco, RDN, CDN, FAND, Buffalo, New York

Diana has been a registered dietitian for 32 years. Currently Diana is the Media Officer in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, covering human and animal foods. She is also a Health Communications Specialist in the Division of Communications where she does educational outreach, public health campaigns, presentations, and exhibits. For 25 years she was an adjunct professor for Buffalo State College and 1 year with Hilbert College. Within a few months she will assigned to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition – Division of Public Engagement and Information.

She has been very active with her local and state nutrition organizations, having been President for the New York State Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) where she also served as State Delegate for 2 terms. In May 2018 she was awarded the NYSAND 2018 Distinguished Dietitian/Nutritionist of the Year Award.

Erin Green, MS, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho

Erin Green is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, former Professional Triathlete, podcast host and an enthusiastic voice in the sports nutrition world.

Erin graduated from the University of Idaho in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science. She quickly realized that the field of physical fitness often overlaps with nutrition and wanted to fill that void. In 2007 she completed her Master’s in Dietetics and began her career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in many diverse settings. Over her 16 years as a practicing RDN, Erin has pursued specialties in weight management, sports nutrition, childhood nutrition, lactation education, motivational interviewing, Intuitive Eating, media relations, and brand representation. She holds an advanced certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

Though she is retired from a 7-year career in professional triathlon, her involvement in sport remains ardent. Despite competing at an elite level, Erin has a gift for translating sound, evidence-based practices to any level of athlete. She is currently developing a sports nutrition and body positivity program for high school athletes in order to cultivate healthy eating and joy of movement in the next generation. Erin is an assistant coach for the local TRIBE gravel and mountain bike development team and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of athletes.

Erin currently runs her own private practice, Erin Green Racing and Nutrition, in Boise, Idaho. You can find her at www.eringreenracing.com, or hear her on her podcast, Middleish. She was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2022 by her cohorts and currently serves as the President of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

J. Earl Creech, PhD, Agriculture Representative, Logan, Utah

Earl Creech is a Professor and the Extension Agronomist at Utah State University. Earl grew up on a family dairy and crop production farm near Logan, Utah and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from USU before earning his Ph.D. at Purdue University. He spent three years at the University of Nevada, Reno as the Extension Weed Specialist before accepting his current position at USU. In his research and Extension efforts, Earl works to address critical agronomic issues facing farmers and ranchers in Utah and throughout the western U.S.

Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD, Pocatello, Idaho

Jenifer Reader has developed a passion for community nutrition while working as an RDN over the past 15 years. She enjoys collaborating with community partners to teach future dietitians about food insecurity and the programs and services available to help. She is a founding member and current chair of the Bengal Basic Needs Collaborative at Idaho State University. Jenifer and her research team published a study on the prevalence of food insecurity among student-athletes in 2022, and they are currently conducting grant-funded research on the factors that contribute to food insecurity among Division I student-athletes. Jenifer served as a speaker for the 2023 Summit on Idaho Hunger and Food Security and is working with the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force to enhance nutrition and food security research in Idaho. She also serves as a Convener for the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger. For her doctoral dissertation, Jenifer is evaluating the institutional response to food insecurity among colleges in Idaho. In her spare time, Jenifer enjoys spending time in her garden, hiking, and getting into shenanigans with her adolescent son and daughter.

Joseph Kuhl, PhD, Moscow, Idaho

Dr. Kuhl received his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University, and Master of Science and PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison. He conducted post-doctoral research at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Cornell University) and Michigan State University. He was employed by the USDA, Agricultural Research Service as a Research Geneticist for four years in Palmer, Alaska.mIn 2009 he joined the University of Idaho where he is a Professor of Plant Genetics, specializing in potato genetics.

Josh Webb, Idaho Dairy Farmer, Declo, Idaho

Josh grew up in south central Idaho on his family’s dairy and farming operation. After high school graduation, he received his bachelors degree in agribusiness and began his career in ag lending. He returned to his family operation as the CFO in 2012. In 2018 he and his brothers purchased the business and have now expanded into custom feedlots, electric contracting, plumbing, custom home buildings, cow/calf ranch, sod farming, trucking, and real estate investing. He and his wife Tara have 5 children and enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding.

Kimberley Rose-Francis, RDN, CDCES, CNSC, LD, Sebring, Florida

Kim is a dually certified diabetes care & education specialist and nutrition support clinician who blends evidenced-based practice with lived experience and cultural inclusivity. After graduating from Florida State University, Kim volunteered for one year, living and working amongst underserved populations in various areas of Alabama. With over a decade of experience, Kim has taught thousands of clients, patients, and their family members how to enjoy the foods they love without compromising their health. She does this by uprooting common food-related misconceptions in her private nutrition practice and empowers her clients to build sustainable (and tasty) eating patterns for better blood sugar management.

Laura Laski, MS, RDN, CNSC, CCTD, Denver, Colorado

Laura has worked for over twenty years as a dietitian in academic hospitals and clinic settings. She has an intensive background in providing enteral and parenteral nutrition support for a variety of disease states. Laura specialized in transplant nutrition which required a vast knowledge of end stage disease management, surgical recovery, and managing long-term nutrition complications. She has been a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician since 2004. Laura joined Kate Farms in fall of 2023 where she utilizes her clinical experience and expertise to develop and provide educational presentations.

Marissa Watson, MS, Vice President of Sustainability, Meridian, Idaho

Marissa fell in love with food and agriculture in the four years after college, when she was working for National Geographic Television in Washington, DC. Having studied Rangeland Management and Television & Film at the University of Arizona, she had gained an appreciation for preserving natural resources and was further inspired by the Eat Smart, Move More campaign, as well as the Farm to Table resurgence. After receiving an M.S., in Agricultural Economics at the University of Georgia, where she completed thesis research on Farm to School with Georgia Organics and the Centers for Disease Control, she began farming. Marissa served as the Farm Manager for a small, 2-acre urban vegetable farm in South Carolina, as well as the Assistant Organic Farm Manager for the largest kale and collard producer in the country, Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc. From there, she moved to Vermont to gain experience in Farm to School implementation with the Northeast Organic Farming Association in Richmond, VT. Most recently, she has been working with Sodexo at the University of Vermont as the Sustainability Manager. That role focused on working with chefs and students to improve local sourcing and reduce plastic waste reduction as well as food insecurity, among other initiatives.

Professionally, she enjoys systems thinking and solving issues in supply chain management. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking and skiing, both which keep her humble, as well as hiking with her dog, Wilson.

Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD, Keene, New Hampshire

Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD, is an integrative registered dietitian and owner of The Hormone Dietitian LLC, a virtual private practice specializing in women’s health and hormone issues, including PCOS, fertility, and perimenopause. She uses a functional medicine, food-first approach that combines holistic lifestyle changes with evidence-based medicine. Melissa is a second-career dietitian, having worked as a copywriter and editor in medical advertising in NYC for 15 years before going back to school for nutrition. She has a BA in English and Dance from Hofstra University and completed her BS in Nutrition/Dietetics and Dietetic Internship at the University of New Hampshire. Melissa was awarded the Emerging Women’s Health Dietitian of 2019 by the Women’s Health DPG and an UpwaRD Award from FoodMinds in 2019. She writes and contributes to several food and nutrition blogs and is the author of A Balanced Approach to PCOS (2020). She hosts the podcast Hormonally Yours with The Hormone Dietitian. She is the Past-Chair and current Communications Chair of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group.

Natalie Christensen, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, Pocatello, Idaho

Natalie is Idaho State University’s Sports Dietitian. She is one of the few Board Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics located in Idaho. As a former athlete and graduate of ISU, Natalie has been able to reach out to athletes, trainers, coaches, and administrators to educate them to the impact of nutrition on competitive performance. She provides nutrition education in a variety of settings: team talks, cooking classes, grocery store tours and one-on-one counseling. Natalie loves guiding athletes through such challenges as diet restrictions, IBS, fatigue, chronic injuries, weight changes, eating disorders, and lack of time, money, or cooking skills. Natalie encourages mindful eating techniques and health at every size principles in all of her nutrition education. She and her husband are happy parents of six children who all enjoy sports, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, Dallas, Texas

Neva Cochran is a Dallas-based registered dietitian nutritionist who has served as a nutrition communications consultant for a variety of food, nutrition and agricultural organizations for over 30 years. She is passionate about promoting fact-based food and nutrition information to help people eat beyond the headlines and enjoy a variety of nutrient-rich foods. An active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has served as President of both the Dallas and Texas Academies, national media spokesperson, Chair of the Academy Foundation, on the House of Delegates Executive Committee. member of the Board of Directors and co-founder and current Communications Director of the new Academy Member Interest Group, Disabilities in Nutrition and Dietetics. She was a 2012 recipient of the Academy’s Medallion Award, the 2016 Texas Academy’s Outstanding Preceptor Award and the 2021 Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG Founders Award.

Sara Patterson, Agriculture Representative, Cedar City, Utah

Sara, a farmer, chef, activist, and entrepreneur who started a CSA at 14, is the owner of and runs Red Acre Farm CSA, a successful year-round diversified 2-acre biodynamic and certified organic farm, farm stand, farm kitchen, full-diet csa, and farm stay. At the forefront of soil health practices, the farm has been no-till since 2015, certified biodynamic in the past, and certified organic by CCOF since 2023. With her mom, she established Red Acre Center for Food and Agriculture in Cedar City, Utah. Since 2015, she has helped pass more than 19 bills directly related to small agriculture and artisan producers. The Center hosts the Utah Farm and Food Conference which is in its 8th year. She advocates that everyone should be able to start a small business and have access to local nutrient-dense food.

Sharon Davis, B.S., Secondary Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Manhattan, Kansas

Sharon Davis currently serves as “Baking STEAM” author and professional educator for the Home Baking Association (HomeBaking.org). With experience as a test kitchen home economist, family and consumer sciences (FACS) extension educator and junior high teacher, child and family home visitation professional and professional development workshop educator, Sharon Davis offers a rich network of skills that promotes community foods and nutrition collaboration. With over 1500 educational sessions across the U.S. focusing on wheat, soy, and baking education, Sharon has observed over and over how baking is a catalyst for Americans to eat together more often and how dietitians and FCS professionals can promote improved, affordable nutrition in homes, schools and communities.

“Above all, I just keep working on teachable moments with consumer educators to expand opportunities for their audiences to gain food skills and resources so they can prepare food and engage in the entire process of food– from field to table.”

Shelley McGuire, PhD, Moscow, Idaho

Dr. Shelley McGuire is a professor of nutrition and director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho. Having received her MS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois and her PhD in Human Nutrition from Cornell University, she has studied the nutritional wellbeing of mothers and infants for nearly 40 years. While a faculty member at Washington State University, Dr. McGuire taught thousands of students enrolled in introductory nutrition, and she is author of 2 college-level introductory nutrition textbooks used by students around the globe. Shelley’s expertise and research focus on the period of breastfeeding, and she is an internationally recognized expert in human milk composition and breastfeeding. The McGuire research team, co-led by Shelley’s husband and primary research partner Dr. Mark McGuire also at the University of Idaho, has studied a wide variety of milk components including (but not limited to) lipids, hormones, minerals, protein, pesticides, and most recently microbes. In 2022, Dr. McGuire became the first Idahoan elected to the vaulted National Academy of Medicine, tasked with providing evidence-based health information to the nation. In 2023, she was awarded University of Idaho’s Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award.

Tim McGreevy, Moscow, Idaho

Tim McGreevy is the CEO of the American Pulse Association (APA), USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC), U.S. Pea and Lentil Trade Association, Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission, Washington Pulse Crops Commission and the Western Pulse Growers Association. These organizations are tasked with increasing awareness, research, and consumption of US pulse crops. In his role, Tim is responsible for international and domestic market development, research, policy development, and expanding the pulse crop coalition. Tim’s work with the American Pulse Association is focused on initiatives in pulse crop research, school feeding programs and increasing domestic consumption of pulse crops in the US. Tim serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Global Pulse Confederation, an international organization representing the global pulse crop value chain.