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Laura Kull, MS, RDN — President
Laura is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Madonna University. She holds a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University and an MS in Human Nutrition from University of Michigan. Her areas of interest include food system sustainability, community nutrition and food insecurity. Laura has served previously on the Board of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association.
Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN — President-Elect
Sara is a consultant for the Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program at the Michigan Department of Education. Sara helps manage the SFSP, statewide training and sponsor reviews. She works closely with community partners to expand the SFSP and has helped connect local libraries with SFSP sponsors as part of Michigan’s Meet Up, Eat Up and Read Up initiative. Sara has served as the State Regulatory Specialist, Professional Development Chair, Poster Session Chair, and a member of the conference planning committee for the Michigan Academy.
Karen Host, MA, RD, CDE – Secretary-Treasurer
Karen is the Clinical Outpatient Dietitian at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Outpatient Clinic in Wyoming, MI for the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. She has held leadership roles with the Dietitians of West Michigan including Treasurer, Membership Co-Chair, and Membership Chair, and with the MI Academy including Continuing Education Chair, and Membership Director. Karen lives with her husband and two children in Walker, MI. She enjoys jogging, working out, dancing, golfing, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Linda Harrison, RDN — Secretary-Treasurer-Elect
Linda is both a Registered Dietitian and an Anthropologist. She is currently a Health System Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation. She has held various leadership roles with the former Ann Arbor Dietetic Association, including Past President. Linda also served as MAND’s first webmaster, and led the project to develop the academy’s inaugural website.
Mary Angela Niester, MPH, RD — Delegate
Mary 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.
Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN — Delegate-Elect
Cassie is the Wellness Manager for Eurest at DTE Energy as well as Adjunct Lecturer for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Madonna University. She holds a BS and MS in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University. Cassie’s career has focused on clinical acute care, foodservice and clinical nutrition management with her most recent area of focus being in corporate wellness. Cassie has experience serving as the Communications Chair for the Clinical Nutrition Management Dietetic Practice Group where she focused on improving social media presence and streamlining communication within the DPG.
Ashley Widdis, RD — Membership Director
Ashley is an outpatient diabetes educator at Spectrum Diabetes and Endocrinology in Grand Rapids. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and completed her dietetic internship at Michigan State University.
Amy Viselli, RDN — Newsletter Director
Amy has been a dietitian for over 10 years, and her passions include nutrition education focused on the community and the child. She has worked as an inpatient and outpatient clinical and community dietitian, and she currently serves as a consultant for a variety of organizations that focus on health and wellness as a whole. Amy holds degrees in both dietetics and exercise physiology.
Kari Barden, RDN — Newsletter Co-director
Kari is a registered dietitian working as the corporate dietitian/program manager at MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Downtown Detroit. She also works part time giving sports nutrition presentations to local teams, as well as police and fire departments. In her free time, she enjoys camping, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with her boyfriend and family.
Jill works as a Registered Dietitian at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support for patients in pediatric, neonatal and adult populations. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Dietetics from Michigan State University and Loyola University Chicago, respectively. She is passionate about education of undergraduate dietetics students and dietetic interns, as well as mentorship of entry-level RDs.
Deanne Lynch, RDN — State Policy Representative-Elect
Deanne is currently an inpatient dietitian at McLaren, working in Flint and Macomb. She has a Bachelor’s in Dietetics from Madonna University and is working towards her Master’s with Iowa State University. Deanne is a second career dietitian with a background in the military, culinary arts, and marketing. She has previously served as Corresponding Secretary for SEMDA and is enthusiastic about her new role with the Michigan Academy.
Tina is a dietitian in the Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Education Center. She has previously served as Secretary for the Southwest Michigan District Dietetic Association. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree and completed her internship at Western Michigan University.
Takara Page, MS, RDN, CNSC — Public Policy Coordinator Elect
Takara Page is the Director of Nutrition Systems at Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is currently serving as the SWMDDA President-Elect and has previously served as Public Relations Chair. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and completed her Master’s and internship at Case Western Reserve University.
Claire Hammer, RDN, CDE — Consumer Protection Coordinator
Claire is a consultant RDN with Head Start in Branch County. She is retired from the State of Michigan (Department of Community Mental Health and Department of Corrections) and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Claire continues to mentor students and dietetic interns who are interested in policy.
Danielle is a consulting dietitian working in the food and wellness industries. In addition, she also co-owns and operates a kombucha company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Danielle has spent time working in community, clinical and sports nutrition. She enjoys boating with her husband on the weekends.
Shelby Miller, RD — PR/Marketing Co-Director
Shelby currently works for Trinity Heath, building menus and coding allergens for safe patient feeding. Previously, her focus was clinical, working in neuroscience, psychiatric medicine and oncology, also covering the outpatient ALS and ketogenic clinics. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and finished her internship at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and exploring Michigan.
Heather Dover, MS, RDN — Professional Development C0-Chair
Heather is the Coordinator for Undergraduate Research in the Provost’s Office at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a Master of Science in Food Safety from MSU. Prior to her work in undergraduate research, Heather served as a research assistant / laboratory manager in several departments across the MSU campus. She has also served as a dietitian for community mental health services in Michigan and Texas. Heather has been a member of the Michigan Academy’s annual conference planning committee for over 5 years and is a past-President of Lansing Dietetic Association.
Julie previously worked as a clinical dietitian at the University of Michigan Medical Center in various areas including renal. She also has provided outpatient counseling to students at Michigan State University, as well as worked at a school-based health center in an Ann Arbor middle school and high school where she provided nutrition counseling to students and led fitness groups. She is currently enjoying her role with MAND, as well as serving as the secretary and newsletter editor for the Northern Michigan Dietetic Association, while taking time to care for her three young children.
Michelle Naylor, RD — Nominating Chair
Michelle has been active in various roles in the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served on the board of SouthWest Michigan District Dietetic Association. She has enjoyed a varied career as an RD with experience in food service management, clinical acute care, long term care consulting, and community service (WIC, Area Agency on Aging). She enjoys mentoring interns and new dietitians by encouraging them to network with others and promote diversity of the profession.
Cynthia Rutkowski, MA, RDN, FAND — Academy Foundation/Fundraising
Cinde is a Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist at Walter P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland, and part-time Faculty at Wayne County Community College District. She is a Fellow of the Academy, served 10 years in the House of Delegates, was on the Boards of the Behavioral Health Nutritionists & the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals Dietetic Practice Groups, and is a Past President of the Michigan Academy.
Susanne Consiglio, RDN — Executive Director
Susanne has managed a successful private practice for 32 years and is in her 15th year as the Executive Director for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Michaeline Raczka, RD — MNDI President
Michaeline is the Director of Community Health at St. Mary Mercy Livonia and, as a certified lifestyle coach; she started Clutter Busting Coach, LLC in 2007. She has held a variety of positions ranging from a foodservice director to an instructor of nutrition education to leadership roles in community outreach and health improvement. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to become unstuck and conquer chaos. Michaeline has served in a variety of Board positions including as SEMDA and Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Presidents.