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Sarah is the System Manager of Clinical Nutrition at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo. She has extensive experience in several areas of dietetics including acute care, diabetes education, community nutrition, food service, and consulting. She has a lifelong passion for helping others and thoroughly enjoys working with patients and professionals to achieve their goals. She holds a master of science degree from Central Michigan University.
Leatta Byrd, MA, RDN - Secretary-TreasurerLeatta works for the Michigan State University Extension, Health and Nutrition Institute. She is experienced in clinical, public health and community nutrition with in-depth knowledge of modern principles and practices in nutrition education designed to promote behavior change. Leatta is a preceptor for Michigan State and Western Michigan University dietetic interns and she teaches food safety education. She is a past President of SWMDDA.
Michele Nikolai, MS, RDN, CSP — DelegateMichele is the clinical nutrition manager at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, and also a consultant dietitian with the Michigan State University Cystic Fibrosis Center. She is active in clinical research in cystic fibrosis and with ketogenic diet therapy and cancer. She graduated from MSU with her BS and MS degrees and is a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Michele enjoys hiking, running, cooking, travel and spending time with her family.
Mary Angela Niester, MPH, RD — Delegate-ElectMary is currently a Nutrition Consultant and Health Educator for a number of health care organizations; her interest being diabetes and chronic disease prevention and program coordination. She is also the Treasurer of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group and past-President of the Michigan Academy.
Amy Viselli, RDN — Newsletter DirectorAmy is the manager of nutrition outreach for United Dairy Industry of Michigan. She serves as a media spokesperson dedicated to improve the health of Michigan families and works on programs focused on school nutrition, Fuel Up to Play 60, general health and wellness, and sports nutrition.
Lily Doher — State Policy Representative
Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN — Public Policy CoordinatorSara is a program analyst for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at the Michigan Department of Education. She is responsible for training and auditing schools and institutions that participate in the CACFP. Additionally, she works contingent as a clinical dietitian at Allegiance Health, in Jackson MI. Sara served as the Professional Development Chair for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and previously served as the Poster Session Chair and member of the conference planning committee.
Tina Guajardo — Public Policy Coordinator Elect
Danielle Fiskars-Byers — PR/Marketing Director
Rubina is an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. She has served as, Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer: Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Practice Group (MiNDEP); President, Vice-President, and Trustee: Michigan Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (MNDI); and Membership Director and Scholarship subcommittee: Michigan Dietetic Association.