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

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.

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 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. 
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 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
Professional Development 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.
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
  Toyin has worked in the field of dietetics for 25+ years. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at East Carolina University, with interest in under-represented and rural population health, food security, and health disparities issues. Prior to her academic career, she practiced in the clinical settings in her home country Nigeria, and the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and The Bahamas. Toyin’s international and diverse cultural experiences contribute to her enthusiasm to serve. She particularly enjoys working with older adults and gleaning from their wisdom.
Tawnee Cunningham
Student EC Member
  Tawnee Cunningham is currently enrolled in the coordinated master’s program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Since starting her career in nutrition she’s worked with older adults in a variety of settings, including research, long-term care, community, and as administrator of her county’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. In addition to older adult nutrition, she’s very passionate about food security, food system sustainability and plant-based nutrition.
Shirley Chao, PhD, RD, LDN, FAND
Nominating Committee
Member at Large
  It is an honor to be back and serving on the HA DPG EC again. In my tenure, I will work with the leadership to identify and encourage dedicated, talented and well informed nutrition professionals to join the DPG  team to provide benefits and resources for members to better perform their jobs
Carol Berg Sloan, RD, FAND
Nominating Committee Chair Elect
Carol Berg Sloan RD 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. She is a member of the Dean’s Council for the Department of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. More about Carol available here @CBSRD @carolbergsloan Living the Dream Nutrition
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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