Healthy Aging Leadership

Healthy Aging Executive Committee members serve from June 1 through May 31.
The 2019 - 2020 members include:

Margery Gann, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND



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.

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 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.

Katie Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
Past Chair
  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.
Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE

Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE is an Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 15 years. Andrea currently serves as liaison for the Academy to the National Diabetes Education Program and serves on the Academy’s Nutrition Care Process Terminology Work Group. She is an Associate Editor for Diabetes Spectrum Journal (American Diabetes Association). Andrea has a strong interest in malnutrition prevention in the aging population. 

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.  


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, 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, RD, LDN
Professional Development Director

  Lynnsey is a newly registered dietitian and will be completing her MS at Oregon Health & Science University in June 2019, with a capstone emphasis on dietitian involvement in pancreatic cancer care post pancreatic resection. Upon completing her degree, Lynnsey will be moving to Chicago, IL to begin her career as a registered dietitian. She developed an interest in geriatrics when receiving her BS from Arizona State University while working in a long term care facility and teaching a nutrition course to older adults. Previously, Lynnsey served as the student member of the Healthy Aging Executive Committee.
Ashley Chrisinger, MS, RD, CSO
Nominating Committee
Chair Elect

Information coming soon!

Claire Schmelzer, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD
Nominating Committee 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.

Johnathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, ACE-CPT
Policy and Advocacy Leader



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.

Ronna Robbins, RD, LD
Student EC Member


Ronna Robbins is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Briley in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to returning to graduate school, Ronna specialized in high volume, multi-unit food service and clinical operations. She has over thirteen years of experience working as a Field Consultant Dietitian for long-term care (TLC) communities across Texas. Ronna’s academic and research interests include investigating the aging process, cognitive decline, LTC medical nutrition therapy, and preventative healthcare.  Her current research examines health implications related to vitamin D deficiencies in older adults living in LTC.



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