Board Members

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Voting Members


Heather Dover, MS, RDN
President

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 the Lansing Dietetic Association.


Mark Thiesmeyer Hook, MPH, RD, ACE-CPT
President-Elect

After 25+ years running companies, you learn that you can only accomplish so much on your own. Big dreams require a lot of talented people working as a team for a common vision. I dream about changing the overall health of Michigan. My strengths as a leader are building cohesive teams, communication, and public relations.


Emily Ostrowski, MS, RD
Secretary-Treasurer

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. 


Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN, CHWC
Secretary-Treasurer-Elect

I am honored to serve as your newest Secretary-Treasurer! I am an experienced leader, previously serving as President of the Dietitians of West Michigan, with a heart for building up other RDNs. Prior to this position, I was a student liaison to our State Board, then Assistant to the At Large Director of Membership, PR Committee Officer, before finally serving as the Director of Marketing and PR. My performance record and relationships built within each role, is evidence I am a dependable, decisive and detail-oriented leader who is more than capable of fulfilling the position of secretary well.


Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN

Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN
Delegate

Cassie is the Wellness Manager for Eurest at DTE Energy and 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.


Julie Orth, MS, RDN, CSP
Delegate-Elect

I’m dedicated to improving our profession by connecting with dietitians from all areas of practice, listening, and encouraging professionals and students to achieve their professional goals, as well as encourage involvement in the Academy at all levels including local and state as they are able to serve.


Lorraine Bonkowski, RDN
Membership Director

Lorraine is currently an outpatient dietitian for Michigan Medicine’s Hepatology and Liver Transplant clinics in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University, received her dietetics verification statement from Madonna University, and completed her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital. She was an active volunteer for MiAND as a student and has continued to be a member ever since. She is looking forward to her new role as membership director.


Sara Tutor, RDN
Membership Co-Director

Sara is the Director of Nutrition Services at Beaumont Health in Dearborn, Michigan. She holds a BS in Dietetics and an MS in Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. Sara has over 10 years of food and nutrition services leadership experience and has served on MiAND as a member of the Nominating Committee and a volunteer for the Membership Committee. Additionally, Sara is a Realtor with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty.


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 works as a nutrition educator in the Traverse City Area Public Schools. She has previous experience as a clinical dietitian at the University of Michigan Medical Center and as a dietitian/health educator at a school-based health center in Ann Arbor.  Julie previously served as the MiAND professional development chair for 5 years and is currently enjoying her role as the newsletter co-director.  Additionally, she serves as the secretary and newsletter editor for the Northern Michigan Dietetic Association.  Julie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University and completed the combined internship and Master’s degree program in clinical nutrition at Rush University Medical Center.   


Randalynn Hajek, MPH, RDN
State Policy Representative

Randalynn is a registered dietitian and faculty at GVSU for the Clinical Dietetics and Applied Food and Nutrition programs. Previously, she worked as a clinical dietitian working in a variety of settings, but primary oncology from 2010-2020. Randalynn has a passion for public health and enjoys yoga and snuggling her two rescue pups.  


Mia Owen, MS, RD
State Policy Representative-elect

Mia is an acute care dietitian who works at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She works on the Blood and Marrow Transplant floor as well as the Advanced Heart Failure unit. She obtained her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Western Michigan Michigan University as well as her master’s degree in clinical dietetics from Grand Valley State University. In her free time, you can find her outside, enjoying the company of others. 


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. 


Tina Guajardo, MA, RD
Public Policy Co-Coordinator

Tina is a Clinical Dietitian at Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes & Endocrinology Center and Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Nutrition Services. She is a past PPC with MiAND and has served as Secretary and Public Policy Chair for SWMDDA. She also serves on the newly formed Chronic Disease Workgroup for Albion with the Albion Healthcare Alliance. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees and completed her internship at Western Michigan University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Chen Du, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD
Consumer Protection Coordinator

Chen currently works at IQVIA as a clinical data scientist. Her Ph.D. in human nutrition is from MSU and her research focuses on exploring the relationships between eating behaviors, dietary intake, sleep, and health outcomes. Chen graduated with her BS in dietetics from Iowa State University, her MS in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University, and her MPH from Baylor University. She practiced as a clinical dietitian in neonatal intensive care for 4 years in Texas and transitioned to working in research and development. Chen also taught at the University of Dallas as an adjunct nutrition faculty for 3 years. She served as Treasurer for the Texas Academy of ND Foundation and Legislative Coordinator and District Liaison for the Texas Academy of ND. In her free time, she enjoys CrossFit and building friendships.


Shelby Miller, RDN
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.


Ellen Smart, RDN
PR/Marketing Co-Director

Ellen completed her MS in Clinical Dietetics and BS in Clinical Exercise from Grand Valley State University. She has 5 years of experience in nutrition counseling and education for the general and athletic populations. She is passionate in the areas of nutrition counseling, growing local sustainable food systems, and community nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, growing vegetables, and visiting local farmers’ markets. 


Diane Delhey

Diane Delhey, MS, RDN
Professional Development 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.  


Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN

Sara Harmon, MPH, RD
Nominating Chair

Sara is a consultant at the Michigan Department of Education working with School Breakfast Expansion and food insecurity in select school districts. Sara has served as the PPC, SRS, Professional Development Chair, Poster Session Chair, and a member of the conference planning committee, licensure task force and IDEA committee for MiAND. Sara has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from MSU and obtained her MPH from U of M – Flint.


Non-Voting Members


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.


Barbara Saulter, MA, RDN
MNDI President

Barbara is a Nutrition Specialist for Focus: Hope Early Learning Programs, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Wayne County Community College District in the Food and Nutrition Department of the Allied Health Division. She holds a BS from Michigan State University in Dietetics, and a MA from Wayne State University in Foodservice Systems Management. Barbara has served previously on the Board of the MiAND as Membership Chair, and with the SEMDA as Past President and now Historian. She loves watching movies, listening to music, and going out to eat at new and different cultural restaurants in the area.


Mary Width, MS, RD
Website Manager

Mary is the director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Wayne State University, and co-course director of Nutrition Education at the WSU School of Medicine. She has managed the website for MiAND for over 12 years and has held many leadership positions in SEMDA including president, membership chair, and website manager. She is the co-author of two books, The Essential Pocket Guide for Clinical Nutrition and The Essential Guide to the Nutrition Care Process.


Lindsey Fick, RD
Social Media

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. 


Michelle Buggs
Student Board Member

Michelle is in her first year of the master’s program in dietetics at Eastern Michigan University. She has a strong passion for diabetes nutrition and education and plans to acquire her CDCES after becoming a registered dietitian. Michelle loves to golf, travel, and complete puzzles in her free time. She is an avid Peloton strength training and indoor cycling participant and she is passionate about giving back to her community. All of the above contribute to her value of self-care, love, and acceptance. 


Suzy Gadd
Student Board Member

Suzy is in her final year in the Michigan State dietetics program. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her research abroad, and then attend a combined dietetics master and internship program. She is very interested in clinical dietetics, particularly working with eating disorders. In her free time, Suzy enjoys running, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.