Healthy Aging Leadership

Healthy Aging Executive Committee members serve from June 1 through May 31.
The 2018 - 2019 members include:

Katie Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
  Katie lives in Medford, OR and works at VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics. She is a Home Based Primary Care Dietitian, providing nutritional care in homes of Veterans. Katie is Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Nutrition and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She received her MS from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and her BS from California State University, Chico.  She is mom to Gavin and Emily.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and going to church.

Margery Gann, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND

Chair Elect


Margery Gann, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND has been a registered dietitian for over 40 years.  She has worked  in foodservice management, as an instructor in foodservice management,  a community nutritionist with meals on wheels and in her current position oversees a variety of community-based programs including: a nutrition program serving over 300,000 meals per year, case management programs serving 4000 older adults and people with disabilities, the long term care ombudsman program for the City of Boston and a nursing assessment function.

Claire Schmelzer, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD
Past Chair
  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.
Tara Hammes, RDN
  Tara is the Director of Nutrition Advocacy and Planning for the City of Boston's Commission on Affairs of the Elderly. A member of the Massachusetts Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults, she received her Master's degree from Syracuse University. For 20 years she’s worked on emergency feeding and community nutrition programs. As Secretary, Tara will provide clear and concise communications of official meetings while assisting additional subcommittees on special projects and communications. Her career has focused on community nutrition projects and conveying nutrition information to a variety of audiences. 
Kathryn Tucker, MS, RD, CSG, LD
  Kathryn Tucker has been the State Dietitian for the Kentucky Aging Program since 2015.  Where she administers the Nutrition Program to the Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living and their Senior Centers in the 120 counties within Kentucky.  She also works with the Department of Medicaid Services in the Home Community Based Waiver for Home Delivered Meals within Kentucky, where she certifies the HCB home delivered meal providers and monitors the program.  Currently, she also is an independent consultant for Dietary Consultants, Incorporated.  Prior to working in the Aging program, Kathryn worked at rural hospital for 20 years as the Food and Nutritional Services Director where her focus included, clinical, foodservice, community and outpatient MNT.  
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 University of Chicago Medicine.  Melanie specializes in nutrition therapy for chronic kidney disease, nephrolithiasis and genetic disorders that impact the kidney.  She has a special interest in geriatrics and has performed research investigating aspects of malnutrition in geriatric patients.  Melanie received her BS from Michigan State University and then completed her MS in Clinical Nutrition and dietetic internship at Rush University Medical Center.
Mary Herrstrom, RDN, LD
Sponsorship Director

Mary is the Corporate Dietitian for Acts Retirement Life Communities and has over 25 years of experience in long-term care,rehabilitation and food service management. Mary holds a bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University (1991) and an MBA from DeSales University (2017).  She has 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.

Lynnsey Bogash
Student EC Member

  Info coming soon!

Claire Bell, MSPH, RD, CSG    Professional Development Director


  Claire has been dietitian since 2001 and has experience in the non-profit, private and federal sectors.  For the majority of her career, Claire has worked for the VA, in a variety of settings, and has a special interest in the Veteran population. While obtaining her Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of South Florida, Claire conducted research on nutrition appointment attendance in the Veteran population.  For the past 5 years she has worked as a Home Based Primary Care dietitian and her clinical work has become specialized in geriatric nutrition.  Claire lives in Tampa, FL . 
Kristin Gustashaw, MS, RDN, CSG, LDN
Nominating Committee
Member at Large

Kristin is a master’s prepared advanced clinical dietitian at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), Chicago, IL.  She is a Certified Specialists in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), an instructor at Rush University and member of the RUMC Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Movement Disorder Clinic. She enjoys working with CDR to advance the dietetic profession. Her passion is translating complex nutrition research into usable information and presenting it to various media outlets, groups, organizations and at national conferences.

Carol Berg Sloan, RD, FAND
Nominating Committee Chair 

Carol Berg Sloan RDN is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and independent consultant with expertise in food and nutrition communications. Carol is currently the Health Research Director for the California Walnut Commission. She is also a member of Monsanto’s Leaders Engaged in Advancing the Dialogue (L.E.A.D.) Initiative and a consultant with various board and care facilities in southern California. Carol serves as a preceptor to the Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway Program at California State University, San Bernardino and the Master’s Dietetic Internship at California State University, Long Beach. She is a member of the Dean’s Council for the Department of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. Carol received her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from California State University at Los Angeles and lives in Long Beach.


Rebecca Kerkenbush, MS, RD-AP, CSG, CD
Nominating Chair Elect


Born and raised in Wisconsin, Becky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  After practicing in long-term care, acute care and the outpatient setting, she obtained her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Northeastern University in Boston.  Her passion for clinical nutrition and gerontological nutrition led her to earn the Advanced Practice and Specialist in Gerontological nutrition certifications.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, movies, singing in her church’s choir, running and weight lifting.  The combination of nutrition and fitness gives her the tools she needs to keep up with her two energetic boys, ages ten and eight.


Candace Johnson, RDN, CSG, FAND
Policy and Advocacy Leader


Candace S. Johnson, RDN, CSG, FAND is the Policy and Advocacy Leader and has been a dietitian for over 40 years.  She has worked in food service management, clinical nutrition and community services and has served on many national and state boards and committees.  She owns CS Johnson and Associates, and Rocky Mountain Nutrition Systems consulting firms which serve senior living communities.    She lives in Estes Park, Colorado.



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