CV-Well DPG is again pleased to present the slate of candidates for office for the 2022-23 year.
Chair-elect:Sherri N. Stastny, PhD, RD, CSSD, LRDBio: Sherri Nordstrom Stastny, PhD, RD, CSSD, LRD is a Professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University. She has been a full-time member of the dietetics faculty at NDSU since 2002, and has developed and led classes and labs in food science, sports nutrition, and all aspects of foodservice management for over a decade. Dr. Stastny is a gerontologist and studies nutrition as it relates to healthy aging in the Healthy Aging Lab on campus. Recent studies have focused on prevention of sarcopenia and osteoporosis. She has led workshops for dietetic associations and other professional groups, college residence life groups, physician groups, retirement communities, and college faculty. The ability to apply prepare everyday foods, snacks, and beverages using the most current nutrition optimization strategies is emphasized in sessions, and individual participation is encouraged. Use of whole, local, non-processed foods are emphasized whenever practical. Stastny is married, has 2 daughters, and 1 son, and is active in bicycle commuting, and more recently, pickleball, when life allows it.
Secretary:Dara LoBuono, PhD, RDBio: Dara LoBuono is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor of nutrition at Rowan University in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and her combined master’s and dietetic internship, along with her PhD from the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on nutrition and cardiovascular risk assessments and interventions in at risk populations, including those with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and those living with neurological disorders. Along with how technology can better help manage and increase access to nutrition in these populations. Her newest project, funded through the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, is exploring how social media can be used to educate group home leaders and staff members on healthy nutrition to improve the diet quality of foods served in group homes serving adults with IDD. She currently teaches: Basic Nutrition, Lifecycle Nutrition, and Introduction to Nutrition Professions. She has had leadership roles with her state AND affiliates as well as served as the secretary for the Rhode Island American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Before working in academia, she was a community-outreach dietitian at a medically based fitness facility, where she worked with clients one-on-one as well as organized and executed cooking demonstrations and educational lectures.
Secretary:Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATCBio: Dana Angelo White, MS, RDN, ATC is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified athletic trainer, journalist, nutrition and fitness consultant and author of 9 cookbooks, including the best-selling Healthy, Quick & Easy Smoothies, DASH Diet Meal Prep for Beginners and the Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook.
Dana is the sports dietitian and associate clinical professor of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She has been practicing as a dual credentialed clinician for nearly 20 years. She is an ambassador for F45 Training in Fairfield, Connecticut, a member of the USOC Sports Dietitian Registry and National Athletic Trainers’ Association liaison to the Sports and Human Performance Nutrition subgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dana is involved in several research projects and professional publications, covering topics including eating disorders in sport, professional nutrition practice, culinary medicine and dietary supplement safety in sports medicine.
Dana is the nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com and has served on advisory boards for Verywell, Greatist, Applegate, Chobani and the Egg Nutrition Center. She has worked as a spokesperson for Gatorade, NOW Sports, National Honey Board, National Mango Board and Cooking Light Magazine. She has made appearances on Good Day Street Talk, Food Network.com, Access Hollywood, ABC Nightly News, NBC Connecticut, CT Style, GMA Health, New York Live and Great Day Connecticut.
Secretary: Virgilia Zabala Sanabria, MBA, MSPH, RDN, LDN, CPHBio: Virgilia "Vigi" Zabala is an Extension educator with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Central Florida, where she provides nutrition education classes to the community. Her topics focus on general nutrition, food safety, and the prevention and management of diabetes and high blood pressure. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in dietetics at the University of Florida, her Master of Science in Public Health and Dietetic Internship through Johns Hopkins University, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Vigi enjoys working with all age groups within the community and loves to spend time engaging in outdoor activities with her dog Baymax.
Secretary: Jennifer Fleming, Ph.D., MS, RD, LDN (Candidate has withdrawn from election)
Nominating Committee: Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FANDBio: Karen Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist, consultant and writer who focuses on translating current nutrition science related to cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and cardio-oncology. Her trademarked tagline, “Taking Nutrition from Daunting to Doable”, highlights her aim of helping people see beyond headlines, and put complex information in perspective within the “big picture” of overall research.
A Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Karen has previously served as Chair of SCAN, and as co-director of its Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition subunit. Currently, she contributes to CV-Well as a member of the Expert Rapid Response Team, providing insights to the Academy on regulatory and public affairs matters.
Among her consultant activities, Karen has been serving as Nutrition Advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research for over 30 years. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed book chapters and research summaries for health professionals, and over 2,000 nutrition-related articles for the public. Karen also writes reviews of cardiovascular and cancer nutrition research that run on her own website, Karen Collins Nutrition.com.
Nominating Committee: Mark Kern, PhD, RD, CSSDBio: Mark Kern earned his PhD in Foods and Nutrition in the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program at Purdue University where he blended foods and nutrition with exercise science. He was hired at San Diego State University in 1995 to “cross over” between both areas after the foods and nutrition faculty merged with the physical education faculty to form one of the nation’s first departments of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences. Mark taught Advanced Nutrition and the Advanced Nutrition Laboratory for many years, but has been teaching Fundamentals of Nutrition more often recently. He has also taught Nutrition for Athletes and Nutrition and Energy every year since he was hired. Mark was previously highly involved with the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group where he has been a presenter at the annual Symposium, a book reviewer, nominating committee chair, member of the Executive Committee, Editor-in-Chief of SCAN’s PULSE for 18 years and winner of the SCAN Achievement Award. His research usually addresses the interactive and independent effects of diet and exercise on chronic disease risk factors, appetite and body weight regulation, bone health and exercise performance. Mark likes to put his discoveries to the test by competing in triathlons, and although training takes a lot of his time, he admits his favorite way to spend his time when he’s not eating is to ride motocross.
Nominating Committee: Ingrid E Lofgren, PhD, MPH, RDBio: Ingrid Lofgren is a full professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Ingrid's research focuses on 1) cardiovascular health - assessing risk, dietary assessment and analysis, and multipronged interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk, and 2) improving the science communication skills of undergraduate and graduate students - as well as her own science communication skills. Her research is cross-disciplinary, and Ingrid regularly works with colleagues from Kinesiology, Pharmacy, Human Development and Family Science, Psychology, and Writing and Rhetoric. Ingrid teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on nutritional biochemistry and sustainable food systems. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since she completed the Coordinated Program at the University of Connecticut in 1995. Ingrid's passion for nutrition, nutrition research, and communicating about nutrition really grew from her first job as a research dietitian for the Women's Health Initiative. As part of the Nominating Committee for the CV-Well DPG, Ingrid has worked to identify others in the profession who can help guide the practice group into the future.
Nominating Committee:Sharon Lechter Smalling, MPH, RD, LDBio: Sharon Smalling has been in practice since 1980. Her focus has been in the area of Cardiac Rehabilitation, where she provides the nutrition education for all participants in the Memorial Hermann Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. In her private practice, she counsels clients with a variety of medical issues, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, GI disorders, obesity, and diabetes. She is a preceptor/mentor for several dietetic internships in the Houston area. SCAN activities and positions held include: member of the task force to develop the Picture Your Plate nutritional intake assessment survey for use in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs; presenter, co-presenter or moderator for several SCAN sponsored presentations at symposium and webinars; co-director Wellness/ CV RDs subunit (2008-2012); Chair, Pre-FNCE SCAN Workshop committee (2013); Chair, symposium (2013); Nominating Committee member and chair, 2013-2015 and currently serve on the CV-Well Rapid Response Team. It would be a pleasure to work in finding RDNs to lead CV-Well into this new phase of our profession!
2022 National Academy Election
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