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Paula Kellogg Leibovitz, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES is the owner of PKL Consulting, which focuses on grant management and the development and delivery of community education programs. She serves as a Technical Consultant for the CT State Department on Aging and CT Department of Public Health. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, and has managed grants from the Maternal Child and Health Bureau, Office on Woman's Health and the Robert Wood Foundation. Paula is the former Director of the Dietetic Technician Program at Lincoln College of New England (formerly Briarwood College).
Paula served as treasurer of the DDPG Practice group and in numerous leadership positions for the Academy, including Commissioner for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Dietetic Technician Program Representative on the ACEND Board of Directors and the CDR Representative for the Council on Future Practice. She is immediate past chair of the Examination Panel and Entry-Level Dietetics Practice Audit Committee for CDR. She also served as CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President and was CT delegate for 6 six years.
Paula was appointed to the CT Diabetes Advisory Board and to the Connecticut Diabetes Partnership, Department of Public Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Additionally, she was one of the founders of the Southington Community Garden and serves as a mentor and volunteer for the garden program. The project received the 2019 YMCA Healthy Living Award.
She received the prestigious Academy Medallion Award in 2018.
Paula loves traveling, cooking and gardening and is a Master Gardener. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Peter.
Janice Macleod is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist currently leading clinical advocacy initiatives at Companion Medical. Previously Janice served as the Director, Clinical Innovation in a pioneer digital health company, Welldoc and in various roles with Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care including product representative, sales trainer, clinical affairs manager and Diabetes Medical Science Liaison. Janice began her career as a diabetes dietitian for Carilion Health System in Virginia and more recently served at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Baltimore, MD. Janice Macleod is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist currently leading clinical advocacy initiatives at Companion Medical. Previously Janice served as the Director, Clinical Innovation in a pioneer digital health company, Welldoc and in various roles with Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care including product representative, sales trainer, clinical affairs manager and Diabetes Medical Science Liaison. Janice began her career as a diabetes dietitian for Carilion Health System in Virginia and more recently served at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Baltimore, MD.
Janice has authored and edited multiple publications, contributed to book and curriculum manuals on diabetes, and has developed numerous education programs and presentations in the areas of diabetes nutrition, glucose monitoring, digital health, and practice transformation. Janice collaborates with a large network of international diabetes experts and thought leaders and is actively involved in leadership roles with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists and the American Diabetes Association. Her passion is developing business savvy solutions leveraging technology to transform diabetes care.
Janice lives in Maryland with her husband where they enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Janice also enjoys writing, reading, growing and cooking with herbs, hiking and being involved with her church and community.
Connect with Janice on Twitter @janicerdcde and on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janicemacleod/
Past Chair / Industry Relations
Constance Brown-Riggs—a former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of the Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World; The African American Guide to Living Well WithDiabetes, which received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes.Constance Brown-Riggs—a former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of the Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World; The African American Guide to Living Well WithDiabetes, which received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes.
Over the course of her career, Constance has established herself as an expert in nutrition, diabetes, and the cultural issues that impact the health and health care of people of color. Her work has appeared in books for health professionals and health care consumers, and she has been a featured expert in national magazines, and in newspapers across the country. She also is a regular contributor to Today's Dietitian Magazine, also serving on the magazine's advisory board, and to BlackDoctor.org.
Constance is a former member of the board of directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, DCEs’ first social media and diversity chair, former member of NDEPs Promotion Taskforce, past president of the New York State Dietetic Association and the Long Island Dietetic Association. Her professional honors include the Health Education Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Suffolk County Chapter, Inc., Award for Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Distinguished Dietitian Award from the New York State Dietetic Association, and the Diabetes Educator of the Year award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group.
Learn more about her work at www.constancebrownriggs.com, follow her on twitter www.twitter.com/eatingsoulfully, and instagram www.instagram.com/eatingsoulfully, and on Facebook become a fan of Living Well With Diabetes www.facebook.com/livingwellwithdiabetes.
Diana L. Malkin-Washeim, PhD, MPH, R.D.N, CDCES is the Director-Nutrition and Diabetes at the BronxCare Health System; runs the BronxCare Diabetes Program of Excellence which has been accredited with the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) [former AADE] since 2011(address: 199 Mt. Eden Parkway, Bronx, NY 10457); a consultant for Marjorie’s Fund for the Marjorie’s Fund Uganda Type 1 Diabetes Education Center/Health Care Provider Training Conference (08/26-27/2016); an Adjunct Professor in the CUNY system that includes Hunter and Queens Colleges; has over 25 years of medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management experience that expands throughout pediatrics, adults and pregnant women with an emphasis in nutrition, diabetes and food security; is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer where she served in the Dominican Republic, and has volunteered with Life For a Child (LFAC) targeting children with type 1 diabetes globally; is a dietetic mentor; and has two beautiful young adult children, travels globally; volunteers by cleaning up beaches, trail runs, kayak, hikes, and loves animals. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com;
David Trinkle is a Registered Dietitian who helps working people to live without a fear of diabetes.
Before starting as a Clinical Nutrition Manager, David worked 3 years as a Diabetes Educator and 5 years as an instructor for University of Phoenix. After a successful career helping people with Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2 Diabetes) and educate young minds in collegiate level education, David now educate people on how to live without fear of diabetes. David is pursuing his doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition and has Certified Diabetes Educator Certification.
David’s philosophy is “what you do (and eat) is who you are”. David embraces healthy eating habits with a touch of common sense to “live a little”.
David enjoys spending time with his new born daughter and paddleboarding.
Dietetic Practice Group Delegate
Jennifer is the Founder of Nutrition & Weight Management Centers in which her focuses are on diabetes, weight management and disordered eating. Prior to her practice medical nutrition therapy practice, Jennifer worked at Christiana Care Health System for 14 years as a Manager of a federally funded program called Moving Moms Forward, a statewide maternal child health initiative. Her many professional accomplishments include Past President, Delaware Dietetic Association, Young Dietitian of the Year and Outstanding Dietitian of the Year. Jennifer also is an Adjunct Instructor at West Chester University..
Jennifer has worked in community nutrition and weight management for over 18 years and is committed to improving the health of the community and eliminating barriers to care. Her work in community nutrition and weight management has earned her esteemed honors at the federal and state levels, leading to numerous grants that have allowed her to conduct important work in the public health sector.
Melissa is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, media trainer, podcaster, speaker and spokesperson with 25 years of 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!”
Melissa’s background includes nearly a decade of clinical nutrition and outpatient counseling as well as corporate wellness, public speaking, academia, and research. She’s a former supermarket dietitian and has been a certified diabetes educator for 20 years. Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery and healthcare industries, and received the 2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Media Excellence Award. She has conducted over 200 live TV interviews in Chicago and has been quoted in countless publications including the Wall Street Journal, Shape Magazine, and Men’s Fitness. She was recently named one of “10 Dietitians You Need to Follow on Social Media” by U.S. News & World Report.
Utilizing her communications expertise, Melissa enjoys coaching other dietitians and diabetes educators on media, social media and public speaking skills, with an emphasis on creating and delivering meaningful messages that engage and empower audiences.
Melissa currently serves as a volunteer spokesperson for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (formerly the American Association of Diabetes Educators), conducting media interviews to promote credible diabetes information and resources. Her Sound Bites® Podcast was named “one of 8 podcasts worth listening to” by Diabetes Forecast Magazine.
Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and her daughter is in college. Melissa enjoys weight lifting and all kinds of dancing from ballet to ballroom.
Mary Angela Niester, MPH, RD obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University, completed an AP4 dietetic internship at the Oakland County Health Division, and received a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently working with the St. Joseph Mercy Health System on a number of projects related to diabetes prevention. Mary has been a long time member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving in leadership positions with the Religion Member Interest Group and at the affiliate level, with the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her spare time, she loves to do any activity outdoors and travel with her family.
Professional Development Chair
Anna Parker DCN, MS, RD, CDCES, CCRC is a research dietitian with Anaheim Clinical Trials in Anaheim, California. She is team leader for all clinical trials for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. She is passionate about diabetes and devoted to diabetes research to help patients improve their diabetes control and live a better quality of life. Anna is a graduate of Rutgers University where she received her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition.
During her graduate studies, she obtained grant funding from the Diabetes Dietetic Practice Group (DDPG) Karen Goldstein Memorial Grant for Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy to pursue a randomized clinical research trial to investigate the effect of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) compared with usual care on fasting plasma glucose values, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), serum lipid levels, and Diabetes Risk Score, from baseline to the end of a 12-week intervention in overweight or obese adults with prediabetes. Seventy-six subjects participated and the results were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also published in the area of Evidence Based Practice in Dietetics.
Dr. Parker is also currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the clinical nutrition department. She has taught classes in preventive nutrition, advanced clinical nutrition, pharmacology, vitamin and mineral metabolism and human metabolism. She is dedicated to being a mentor for students and has also published articles with her graduate students. Dr. Parker promotes research and encourages her students to use evidence analysis.
Dr. Parker has served on the joint Diabetes Care and Education/Dietetics Practice Based Research Network (DCE/ DPBRN) for the past two years to develop and launch a survey to identify current RDN knowledge/skills in diabetes care. This work has recently lead to another publication in April 2018 regarding “Identification of Generalist Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Knowledge Gaps in Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy Compared to Diabetes-Credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionists: Results of a Survey to Inform Educational Opportunities” in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also served as research chair for DCE for the past two years and has accepted another two year term as Professional Development Chair. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; DCE; and the Dominican University Alumni Association.
She has received various honors and awards as the: Diabetes DPG Publication Award, Huddleson Award, California Dietetic Association Excellence in Research Award, and the Pharma Times award for Beardsworth Citation for Patient Focus. Dr. Parker has also served as a National Study Coordinator for Novo Nordisk contributing to the area of clinical research trials.
Patricia Davidson is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and fellow of the Academy. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, College of Health Sciences at West Chester University-PA, and holds degrees from Rutgers University (DCN, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition), Virginia Tech (MS, Nutrition and Food Science), Southern Illinois University (BS, Nutrition and Food Science). For nearly 30 years she has worked as a clinician, researcher, and educator. Her clinical positions include in-patient diabetes education, private practice, and community diabetes education. She has served on various task forces and leadership positions, including the State of Tennessee Standards Committee Diabetes Coalition, President of the New Jersey Dietetic Association, President & Treasurer of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators, Public Policy Coordinator for Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Chair of the Coordinating body of PA-AADE. In 2011 she received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award from NJDA and the Distinguished Service Award of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators.
On the national level, she has been active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; she is currently chairing the Prediabetes Workgroup, and has co-authored Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Nutrition Guidelines. Within DCE, she has served as the Awards Chair, DPG Delegate, and is currently the Print Communications Chair. Her research centers on prevention and management of diabetes for adults and children as well as the development and applications of technology in diabetes management. She has authored or co-authored numerous manuscripts pertaining to diabetes treatment strategies, management, problem-solving, implementation of nutrition guidelines, and prevention.
Shamera is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) dedicated to empowering individuals to prioritize wellness. As an outpatient dietitian, Shamera uses a patient-centered approach to counsel, educate, and deliver medical nutrition therapy needed for clients to reach their personal health goals. The only thing she enjoys more than nutrition education/counseling is translating complicated science into easily digestible (post-worthy) tips. Don’t forget to interact with Shamera on social media!
Nominating Committee Chair
Prajakta Khare-Ranade works as an outpatient Certified Diabetes Educator and Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach at St Luke’s hospital in St. Louis, MO. Her past experience involves working as a research program coordinator and dietitian at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO. Prajakta has managed the operations of the large multicenter clinical trial Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study of which Washington University was one of the centers. She has also worked as the lifestyle coach for study participants, and this role involved delivering a series of one on one and group nutrition education sessions. Prajakta has served as a dietitian for various research studies and has co-authored scientific papers at Washington University in St Louis. She has also actively participated on various committees in the St Louis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Currently she serves as the diversity liaison on the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board. In 2017 Prajakta was selected as one of the four diversity leaders by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as part of the two year Diversity Leaders Program. Prajakta was the recipient of the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Award for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management in 2014 for her work with designing a novel distance nutrition education program for healthcare workers and patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes in Haridwar and Vrindavan, India. She was also the recipient of the Gephardt Institute Civic Engagement Fund Award from Washington University in years 2013 and 2014. Prajakta has been invited as a guest speaker at conferences, universities and corporate wellness programs. Prajakta has completed her dietetics internship from Saint Louis University and has earned a master’s degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics from Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai, India.
Policy and Advocacy Leader
Amanda is the owner of Nutrition Perspective, LLC a private practice in New Jersey serving people with diabetes, eating disorders and cardiometabolic conditions with a focus on simplifying management and improving relationships with food. Amanda is also a certified pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer. She is passionate about helping people with diabetes and has been fortunate to speak on this topic both nationally and internationally.
Prior to having her own practice, Amanda gained a wealth of experience working in diabetes at Columbia University in New York and Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
Amanda served as the chair of the Massachusetts chapter for the Association of Diabetes Educators from 2013-2014
Jason Roberts, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND is an outpatient dietitian with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is honored to work with our nation’s heroes to help them meet their nutrition and health related goals. He especially enjoys teaching Veterans cooking skills in the VA’s Healthy Teaching Kitchen.
Jason severed as affiliate president of the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND) during the 2018-2019 membership year. Most recently he served as the co-chair of the diversity task force and nomination chair for OAND. His first nutrition related volunteer position was with CADE (now ACEND) as a student representative.
Jason is a proud recipient of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2014. He also received the Recent Graduate Achievement Award from the University of Cincinnati in 2012.
Jason loves spending time outdoors, running, biking, hiking or just being with loved ones.
Social Media Chair
Toby Smithson dynamically combines her knowledge as a certified diabetes care and education specialist and registered dietitian nutritionist with her life experiences successfully managing type 1 diabetes for more than five decades. She is a speaker, vlogger, writer, coach and consultant dietitian.
Toby is a columnist and advisor for Diabetic Living Magazine, a regular blogger for U.S. News & World Report, covering health and nutrition topics connected to diabetes, and is a monthly contributor to Type2diabetes.com, writing on nutrition and lifestyle issues related to diabetes She is the principal author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies (Wiley 2013).
Toby has a YouTube channel http://bit.ly/DiabetesEveryDay vlogging credible information about diabetes management on this frequently used social media venue. She founded DiabetesEveryDay.com, an online technical and lifestyle support resource for people with diabetes, offering constant access to her unique professional and personal diabetes management insights, primarily through original video segments.
Toby serves as a volunteer media spokesperson for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) and had served as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics media spokesperson for nine years, representing the voice of sound nutrition and science on behalf of the 75,000 members of the Academy. She has conducted hundreds of media interviews about diabetes management and wellness. Reporters seek out Toby for her unique perspectives on diabetes management and wellness. She leads a healthy lifestyle by example.
She is a diabetes educator for Livongo, an organization that has reinvented how chronic conditions are managed. Her responsibilities include coaching people about diabetes management via phone.
Toby Smithson received a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University. To learn more about Toby Smithson, you can visit her website http://diabeteseveryday.com/ or connect with her on linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobysmithsonmsrdnldcde/
Cathy graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and completed her dietetic internship and Master of Public Health at the University of Washington. She began her involvement with this DPG during her dietetic internship and had been the Web Editor for several years. She is excited to now be serving her first year as the Web Chair. Cathy currently works as a consultant dietitian in California throughout various areas of nutrition, including post-acute care, long-term care, and community nutrition. Outside of dietetics, Cathy enjoys travelling and spending time with loved ones. Some of her travel highlights in the recent years include scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, caving in a glow worm cave, taking a paella cooking class in Spain, and bungy jumping at the "World Home of Bungy."
Rachel Stahl is a Clinical Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist for the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. In this role, she is actively involved in both patient and interdisciplinary education, especially as it relates to diabetes self-care management and technology.
Rachel earned her BA from Colgate University graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.
Rachel has served in numerous leadership positions in the dietetics community including Public Relations Coordinator for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND), and President of the Greater New York Dietetic Association. She is a proud recipient of the 2016 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year through NYSAND and was awarded the 2017 Samuel Eshborn Award at New York University for outstanding leadership and dedicated service.
In her free time, she enjoys biking, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Corporate Relations Manager
Cassie is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition communications, public health programming, health professional education, and culinary nutrition. In her current role, she works closely with DDPG’s leadership team to build relationships with industry collaborators, and to secure sponsorships that support the practice of DDPG’s membership.
Her previous work experience includes several years at FoodMinds, a division of Padilla, where she managed and implemented nutrition communication programs for food and beverage clients. Prior to working at Padilla, she was the Associate Director of Nutrition at the American Diabetes Association. She is the co-author of two books published by the American Diabetes Association: 21 Things you Need to Know About Diabetes and Nutrition and The Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner. She is currently working on her third book.
Cassie completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Miami University, and she completed her Dietetic Internship and Master of Public Health degree at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Outside of her work in nutrition, Cassie is busy at home with her three little girls. When she has the time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, trying new restaurants, long-distance running, cycling, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Linda began her career at the Academy as Manager of Professional Development with CDR in 1999, working with CPE Accredited Providers and recertification/credentialing. Linda has been a DPG Manager since 2007, and enjoys working with volunteer leaders. Linda has a BA in Urban Studies/Public Policy from DePaul University in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, tennis and volunteering in her community. She served on her local high school Board of Education for 8 years, and served on her local H.S. Education Foundation devoted to scholarship fundraising. Linda enjoys time with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons & cat 30 minutes southwest of Chicago.