Board Members

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Voting Members


Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN

Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN
President

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.


Sarah Heinz, MS, RDN

Sarah Smith, MS, RDN, ACE-CPT
President-Elect

Sarah is an Outpatient Dietitian at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. She counsels outpatients in regards to their nutritional issues and needs, teaches numerous classes in the Demonstration Kitchen, teaches lecture classes to patients about cardiac nutrition and pulmonary nutrition, and is the Clinical Dietitian for Sparrow Homecare. Sarah has served as the Secretary-Treasurer, Membership Director, a member of the nominating committee, and a member of the conference planning committee for the Michigan Academy.


Linda Harrison, BS, RDN
Secretary-Treasurer

Linda is both a Registered Dietitian and an Anthropologist. She is currently a Lead 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 MiAND’s first webmaster and led the project to develop the academy’s inaugural website.


Emily Ostrowski, MS, RD
Secretary-Treasurer-Elect

Emily is a pediatric dietitian at Sparrow Health System in Lansing.  She has her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Emily has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and being outdoors with her husband and 3 sons. 


Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN

Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN
Delegate

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 Co-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.


Alex Verloove, BS, RDN, CNSC
Membership Co-Director

Alex is a clinical dietitian for Pomeroy Living  She completed her undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University and has been a dietitian for three years. She earned her Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) credentials last year, and looks forward to being able to focus her career as an RD on this type of work. 


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.


Julie Poole, MS, RD

Julie Poole, MS, RD
Newsletter Co-Director

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.


Kristi Chipman, DCN, MS, RDN, FAND
State Policy Representative

Kristi has been a Registered Dietitian for almost 15 years and her passions include weight management and sports nutrition.  Kristi is the owner of Nutrition Force, LLC in Big Rapids.  She holds an Associate in Science degree from Black Hawk College, a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Iowa State University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from the University of North Florida.  She currently serves on Michigan’s Licensure Task Force.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and running.


Deanne Kelleher, MS, RDN
Public Policy Coordinator

Deanne is an Academic Specialist at Michigan State University.  She holds a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University, a MS in Clinical Investigation from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions and is a doctoral candidate in Human Nutrition at Michigan State University.  Her areas of interest include the association social media has on dietary quality, clinical outcomes, and disordered eating behaviors; and food insecurity and disordered eating.  She is a past trustee for MNDI and treasurer of the Lansing Dietetic Association. 


Takara Page, MS, RDN, CNSC

Takara Page, MS, RDN, CNSC
Public Policy Coordinator

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.


Shelby Miller, RD
PR/Marketing 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.


Lindsey Fick, RD
PR/Marketing Co-Director

Lindsey is a psychiatric clinical dietitian at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has held leadership positions with the Dietitians of West Michigan as National Nutrition Month and PR coordinator and now President-Elect. Lindsey enjoys living on the west side of Michigan and hiking the many trails with her husband, 1-year-old and dog, Mowgli. 


Heather Dover, MS, RDN
Professional Development Co-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.


Diane Delhey

Diane Delhey, MS, RDN
Professional Development Co-Chair

Diane has worked at Bronson Methodist Hospital for the past 27 years as a cardiovascular/critical care dietitian and helped establish the outpatient HF Clinic.  She received her BS from MSU and went on to do her dietetic internship and MS at MGH in Boston Massachusetts.  Diane has been active in both the district and state levels of MiAND for the past 25 years and also has served as a trustee and President of MNDI.  


Laura Kull, MS, RDN

Laura Kull, MS, RDN, FAND
Nominating Chair

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 the 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.


Non-Voting Members


Susanne Consiglio, RDN

Susanne Consiglio, RDN
Executive Director

Susanne has managed a successful private practice for 33 years and is in her 16th year as the Executive Director for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Amanda Gallaher, MPH, RD
MNDI President

Amanda is a Public Health Consultant with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative and Public Policy Committee, and she previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer of MiAND and Delegate for the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.


Peggy Kartz
Student Board Member

Peggy is currently enrolled in Wayne State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University and her master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Wayne State University. Her areas of interest include gastroenterology, gut health, agriculture, and sustainable food systems. During her free time, Peggy loves traveling, photography, cooking, and spending lots of time with her fur babies.


Jaelin Lockwood
Student Board Member

Jaelin is currently enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetic program at Central Michigan University. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a dietetic internship in 2023 and specialize in sports dietetics. She would love to work in a gym setting and help coach athletes regarding nutrition. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, working out and spending time with friends and family.