Healthy Aging Leadership

Healthy Aging Executive Committee members serve from June 1 through May 31.
The 2020 - 2021 members include:


Melanie Betz,

  Melanie Betz MS, RD, LDN, CSG is a dietitian at University of Chicago Medicine.  Melanie specializes in nutrition therapy and research for chronic kidney disease, nephrolithiasis and genetic disorders that impact the kidney.  She has a special interest in geriatrics and the intersection of nutrition therapy for both chronic disease and healthy aging.  Melanie received her BS from Michigan State University and then completed her MS in Clinical Nutrition and dietetic internship at Rush University Medical Center.

Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, FAND
Chair Elect


Dr. Munoz holds a doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers State University of NJ, a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s in food and nutrition from Marymount College in New York. She is a director on the board of the National Pressure Ulcer advisory panel. Nancy has authored and served as expert reviewer for books and manuscripts for numerous professional publications. She is a lecturer for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Nutrition Department, and the Assistant Chief for Nutrition and Food Service at the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System.

Margery Gann
Past Chair

  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 2.1 million 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.
Andrea Dunn 

Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDCES is an Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She serves on the Academy’s Nutrition Care Process Terminology Work Group and is an Associate Editor for Diabetes Spectrum Journal (American Diabetes Association). She is past chair of the Diabetes DPG. Andrea has a strong interest in prevention and treatment of diabetes and malnutrition in the aging population.

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.  


Jacob T. Mey
Communications Director

Dr. Jacob T. Mey, PhD, RD completed nutrition and dietetic training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He completed doctoral training in Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he investigated skeletal muscle in diabetes. Jake is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. John P Kirwan at Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he investigates ketones and protein synthesis in skeletal muscle and whole-body metabolic health. He is a passionate advocate for the RD profession and encourages all health professionals to be active members on social media.

Mary Herrstrom

Membership 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

  Maureen Janowski is the Corporate Director, Malnutrition Program 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, RD, LDN
Director of Professional Development

  Lynnsey lives in Chicago, IL and works at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center as the MOVE! Coordinator. She recently received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR and developed an interest in geriatrics while receiving her BS from Arizona State University (ASU). She also serves as the Media Co-Chair and Social Media Chair for the Illinois Academy.
Ashley Chrisinger

Nominating Committee

Ashley completed her MS in Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She continued to teach within the dietetics program here while mentoring students through community nutrition programs, and nutrition counseling in the student health center. She began working with Nutrition Care Systems, Inc. (NCS) part-time, but fell in love with the company and moved into a regional manager position mentoring dietitians working in long term care, and honing relationships with the LTC contracts throughout Wisconsin. In 2019, Ashley moved to Chicago where she continues to work par- time with NCS while starting up her passion project: Homegrown Nutrition LLC.

Mary Ellen Camire
PhD, CFS Nominating Chair-Elect

   Information coming soon
Claire Schmelzer, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD
Sponsorship Chair

Claire retired in December, 2012 from the dietetics program at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Her focus was Nutrition and Aging.  Her university teaching career also included many years teaching and directing programs in Food Service and Hospitality Management. Currently, she is a part-time instructor at EKU. She develops and teaches online introductory nutrition courses. Claire has been a Registered Dietitian for over 40 years. Prior to becoming a university professor, she worked with the aging population in hospitals and long term care.


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.

Emily Schilling, RD, LDN, CDE
Newsletter Managing Editor


Emily is the nutrition manager for Upham's Elder Service Plan, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly in Boston, MA. She graduated from Indiana University and completed a clinically-focused dietetic internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Emily has spent over a decade working with older adults in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home-care agencies. Professional interests include therapeutic cooking, innovations in diabetes care, and malnutrition prevention among community-dwelling older adults.

Kellie A Kirschbaum
Student EC Member


Kellie is currently studying to be a registered dietitian. She has been accepted into a combined Masters program and Dietetic Internship at Loyola University.



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