Healthy Aging Leadership

Healthy Aging Executive Committee members serve from June 1 through May 31.
The 2017 - 2018 members include:

Claire Schmelzer, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD
  Claire retired in December, 2012 from the dietetics program at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Her focus was Nutrition and Aging.  Currently, she is a part-time instructor at EKU. She develops and teaches online introductory nutrition courses.
Claire has been a Registered Dietitian for 46 years and is licensed to practice in Kentucky. Prior to becoming a university professor, she worked with the aging population in hospitals and long term care.
Katie Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
  Info coming soon!
Judy Simon, MS, RD, LDN
Past Chair
  Judy has been working in Community and Long Term Care settings for most of her career.  Currently, she is the Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs Manager at the Maryland Department of Aging.  State policy development, innovative community-healthcare partnerships and creative approaches to health promotion are her professional passions.
Tara Hatala, RDN
  Info coming soon!
Stephanie Goodwin, PhD, MPH, RD
  Stephanie Goodwin joined the Nutricia North America team as the Manager for Specialized Adult Nutrition in Medical and Scientific Affairs in 2014.
Previously, Stephanie worked within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She also worked as a Clinical Dietitian with Carilion Health System and as an independent consultant at several Skilled and Long Term Care Centers in Virginia. 
Amy Sheeley, PhD, RD, LDN
  Amy Sheeley, PhD, RD, LDN has been a  Nutrition Specialist at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Boston for the past 10 years.   Prior to that she was a research and clinical dietitian in the Boston area.   She has also taught courses as adjunct faculty at Simmons College as well as produced and directed a cable access TV show aimed at educating seniors about nutrition.  Amy has previously served as the Treasurer, Director of Professional Development, and Social Media Manager for Healthy Aging DPG.  
Melanie Betz, MS, RD, LDN, CSG
Communications Director
  Melanie Betz MS, RD, LDN, CSG is a dietitian at US Foods in Rosemont, Illinois. Melanie helps long-term care facilities with menu planning, nutrition analysis, production and purchasing utilizing the BluePrint Menu Management™ system.  Prior to US Foods, Melanie spent four years at Rush University Medical Center specializing in geriatric nutrition and acute rehabilitation.  Melanie received her BS from Michigan State University and then completed her MS and dietetic internship at Rush University Medical Center.
Mary Herrstrom, MBA, RDN, LD
Professional Development Director
  Mary is the Corporate Dietitian for Acts Retirement Life Communities.  Before Acts, she worked in long-term care and rehabilitation for 15 years as a facility dietitian and food service director. Mary holds a bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University (1991) and is currently in the MBA program at DeSales University.  She served on various local, state and national committees and boards during her career. 
Maureen Janowski, RD, LDN, CSG, FAND
Membership Director
  Maureen Janowski is a Director of Clinical Support with Morrison Healthcare.  Prior to her recent position change she had spent over 20 years working exclusively with older adults in the CCRC and Skilled Care environment.  Maureen has a passion for nutrition and wellness for older adults. She played a key role in the development of EmpowerU, a Morrison resident focused wellness initiative. Maureen has published articles as well as presented at many professional conferences on the topic of Nutrition and Wellness for Older Adults.
Maureen is a Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition and also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Martha Peppones, MS, RDN, CSG, CD
Sponsorship Director
  A longtime member of HA DPG, Martha recently celebrated 25 years at Senior Services of Snohomish County (WA). As Director of Nutrition, Social Services, and Wellness Programs she has a passion for home and community-based services including home-delivered and congregate meals, family caregiver support, aging and disability resources, mental health, and chronic disease self-management education programs.  A former chair of HA DPG, Martha also served on the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Nominating Committee.
Toyin Babatunde, PhD, MPH, RDN
Nominating Chair
  Info coming soon!
Tawnee Cunningham
Student EC Member
  Info coming soon!
Shirley Chao, PhD, RD, LDN, FAND
Nominating Committee
Member at Large
   Info coming soon!
Carol Berg Sloan, RD, FAND
Nominating Committee Chair Elect
   Info coming soon!
Robin Dahm, RDN, LDN
The Spectrum
  Robin B. Dahm, RDN, LDN, has an extensive background in technical writing, technical editing, and publishing. Robin has been the editor in chief of The Spectrum since 2012. Additionally, Robin is a freelance editor of continuing-education self-study courses for dietetics professionals. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in numerous long-term care facilities.




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