Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, Boise, Idaho
Barbara Gordon is the Director of Dietetic Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University. She is also chair-elect for the Research Dietetic Practice Group and for several years has been a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group. Thus, she looks at functional nutrition from the lens of a researcher. Today, she’ll introduce us to the practice of functional medicine and discuss the benefits and challenges of this emerging specialty.
Carol Kirkpatrick, PhD, MPH, RDN, CLS, FNLA, Pocatello, Idaho
Carol Kirkpatrick, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, CLS, FNLA, is the Idaho State University (ISU) Wellness Center director and a clinical associate professor in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at ISU. The ISU Wellness Center provides services to the ISU community to promote academic and lifelong health. Dr. Kirkpatrick is the chair of the Healthy Bengal Coalition, a campus-wide wellness coalition at ISU that has a mission to increase the awareness and practice of behaviors that contribute to health and wellness for the ISU Bengal Community.
Dr. Kirkpatrick returned to Idaho State University from Pocatello Cardiology where she was the coordinator of the Cardiovascular Risk Management Clinic from 2007 – 2013. During that time, she earned a certification as a clinical lipid specialist. As a clinical lipid specialist and a member of the National Lipid Association (NLA), Dr. Kirkpatrick has been involved in the NLA Nutrition Task Force and contributed to many NLA projects. She is currently serving on the NLA Board of Directors as an At-Large member and on the Pacific Lipid Association Board as the secretary. Dr. Kirkpatrick was a member of the NLA Expert Panel for the Lifestyle Therapies—Nutrition section of the NLA Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia—Part 2 that were published in December 2015. Dr. Kirkpatrick is a co-chair of the Clinician’s Lifestyle Modification Toolbox that includes patient education material based on the NLA Recommendations—Part 2. Because of her contributions, Dr. Kirkpatrick was honored as a fellow of the NLA in June 2015.
In June 2018, Dr. Kirkpatrick accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Lifestyle Nutrition Committee for the American Heart Association’s Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. She hopes to work with the members of the Lifestyle Nutrition Committee to educate professionals and the public on nutrition and lifestyle habits that promote overall health, but specifically cardiovascular health.
Chef Cheryl Forberg, RDN, Napa, California
Cheryl Forberg, RDN, is a James Beard Award-winning chef, New York Times bestselling author, and now, an urban farmer. Cheryl is the go-to source for healthy cooking, from soup to nuts, literally. She brings and delivers expertise to all her engagements — whether as an exclusive spokesperson, keynote speaker, or nutrition advisor — and. effortlessly speaks to and about all the ingredients of nutritious diets.
A Small Guide to Losing Big, Cheryl’s most recent book, reveals her cooking and weight-loss secrets from 17 seasons of The Biggest Loser where she has helped over 300 contestants transform their bodies, and their lives since the show’s inception.
Christine Kline, RDN, CNSC, Phoenix, Arizona
Christine Kline is a certified nutrition support dietitian, specializing in parenteral and enteral nutrition. She currently works as a therapy manager with Coram/CVS Specialty Infusion Services. Prior to working with Coram, Christine worked as an Area Dietitian with Preferred Homecare for 5 years, Area Nutrition Manager for Apria for 6 years and Nutrition Manager/Nutrition Support Dietitian at Banner University Medical Center for over 10 years. Part of her responsibility in these roles has been to develop and present continuing education programs which she enjoys very much. Christine has presented over 50 continuing education programs in the last 10 years!
Connie J. Liakos, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, Portland, Oregon
Connie is a pediatric and sports dietitian. In her position at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest in Portland, Oregon, she teaches classes and counsels children, teens and families from birth through college age. She has authored three books, including the bestselling How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, 4th ed. In addition, she works as a nutrition consultant and speaker throughout the nation, developing programs, writing materials and providing hands-on training to educators, health care providers, school nutrition professionals and parents. She is also a team nutritionist for the United States Figure Skating Association. Her website is located at
Elizabeth Sanders MPH, RDN, Washington, DC
Liz is an improviser, teacher, registered dietitian, and speaker from Washington, DC. Seven years ago, Liz started her improv training as a way to make new friends in a new place. Now she is officially obsessed with the art form. You can find her performing, teaching or practicing improv nearly every night of the week with Washington Improv Theater (WIT). When Liz is not improvising, she is applying the concept of “yes, and” in her day job as Strategic Partnerships Manager at Food & Friends.
Liz received a BA in Biology from Oberlin College, and an MPH with requirements for RD certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Eric Collett, BS, RCA, Boise, Idaho
Eric Collett, Principal and CEO of A Mind For All Seasons, LLC, is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and dementia expert, a licensed residential care administrator, and a teacher at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. Prior to starting A Mind For All Seasons, Eric spent 16 years in assisted living leadership, including ten years as an administrator- seven of which were as the Executive Director of a memory care community where he developed innovative approaches to person-centered care that made a significant difference in how persons living with dementia experience the world. He now spends his time working with hospitals, assisted living & skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice & PCS agencies and families caring for persons living with dementia. Eric passionately believes that lifelong learning is a key to finding powerful new solutions to significant challenges and has spent almost 19 years changing lives through innovative dementia care techniques, keen organizational insight, and cutting-edge leadership strategies.
Kelly A. Tappenden, RDN, PhD, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Kelly Tappenden is Professor and Head of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tappenden’s research program focuses on intestinal failure, mechanisms of intestinal adaptation and patient malnutrition. For these contributions, she has received multiple awards, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and delivered over 400 invited lectures. Dr. Tappenden served as the 33rd President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2008-09, Chair of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Obesity section of the American Gastroenterology Association Institute from 2009-13, and represents the American Society for Nutrition on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Michelle Amundson, Boise, Idaho
Born down the road at St. Luke’s, Michelle is a proud Idaho native who is thrilled to be back in the Gem State after several years of corporate adventures. Michelle spent 12 years in consumer goods with Newell Rubbermaid (now Newell Brands) moving around the country and working in various areas of sales, marketing and training. Upon returning to Idaho, the opportunity arose to grab life by the potato and join the J.R. Simplot Company in 2013. Michelle is now happily fulfilling her childhood dreams of playing with her food and spending all day surrounded by outstanding people, including her advertising pro husband and two extra adorable dogs.
Robert E. Ward, PhD, Logan, Utah
Robert Ward is an Associate Professor of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences at Utah State University. Dr. Ward received his BA from the University of Vermont, and MS and PhD degrees in Food Science and Technology from the University of California Davis. At Utah State, Dr. Ward’s lab focuses on the intersection of food chemistry and nutrition with an emphasis on lipid metabolism and gut health.
Ryan Vance, RDN, LD, Idaho Academy President-Elect, Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair, Boise, Idaho
Ryan is a consulting dietitian for S&S Nutrition Network and business owner of Mountain States Nutrition Consultants. In his position with S&S Nutrition he provides consultative nutrition services for long-term care facilities across the state of Idaho. In addition, Ryan works at Center for Lifetime Health providing outpatient nutrition education for his clients.
Sarah Renaldi, RDN, LD, Idaho Academy President, 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.
Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND, Greenville, North Carolina
Sylvia Escott-Stump is Clinical Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. She has authored 9 editions of Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care; 5 editions of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process; and 2 editions of Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications: A Nursing Approach. Sylvia served on the Board of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. At the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she served as President; Speaker of the House; Chair of the Standardized Language task force, Nutrition Educators and Preceptors Council, and the Clinical Nutrition Management practice group. Her honors include the Academy’s Medallion Award, Fellow of the Academy, Lenna Frances Cooper Lecturer, Outstanding Dietitian from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, New York, New York
With close to 20 year’s of experience in the food and nutrition industry, Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN is a Wall Street Journal best-selling cookbook author, leading dietitian and recipe developer who believes that healthy and wholesome can also be appetizing and delicious. Toby is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, where she provides nutrition and food safety consulting services for individuals, restaurants and food brands. Her four cookbooks include Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook, and The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. For 10 years she has been the nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com, writing for their Healthy Eats Blog, and is a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report Eat + Run blog, and MensJournal.com, MuscleandFitness.com, Shape.com and has her own “Ask the Expert” column in Today’s Dietitian Magazine. She has been quoted in publications like FoxNews.com, Self.com, Oxygen Magazine, Dr. Oz, The Good Life, Reader’s Digest, and many more. She has appeared on television including shows like The Dr. Oz Show and Coffee with America. For the past 10 years she has been an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and is also an adjunct at Hunter College in New York City teaching food service management.
Toby trained as a clinical dietitian at New York University. Through ongoing consulting and faculty positions, she has established herself as one of the top experts in culinary nutrition, food safety, and media communications. In 2018, Toby was awarded by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics the coveted Media Excellence Award.