Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group

PHCNPG Dietetic Practice Group

Member Spotlight

PHCNPG is proud to share the great things our members are doing in public health and community nutrition in their communities, the Academy, and our profession. Read more about our outstanding members!

Share YOUR story! What projects or programs are you working on this year? Have you received an award, scholarship or other recognition? Have you hosted an event or presentation in your community? Or just tell us about yourself! Download the submission form or complete it online! Send your photo, name and credentials, and the completed submission form to!

50 Years of Membership in the Academy

Judith (Judy) H. Bodner, MS, RDN

Bornand raisedin Cleveland,Ohio, Judy received her Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics (Foods and Nutrition) from Ohio Wesleyan University. From her very first college nutrition course, Judy was drawn to the field of nutrition, intrigued by the relationship between science and health and how to effectively educate the public about the benefits of proper nutrition. Read more...

Darlene A. Dougherty, MS, RD, LD
After graduating from the University of Idaho, Darlene completed her dietetic internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during the Vietnam War. Her instructors were called to Vietnam about six months into the internship, so Darlene and her internship class had to fill positions vacated by higher-level officers. Her first assignment was Clinical Dietitian for the Officer Wards. Read more...

Karen Elizabeth Van Hoose, RDN, CD, LD
Born and raised in southern California, Karen earned an Associate’s degree from Glendale College and a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego University in 1965. After college, she began a dietetic internship at the University of Oregon Medical School (later changed to the Oregon Science and Health University) for one year. Her internship class has remained close friends ever since, and they all still get together every few years in various parts of the country! Read more...


David N. Cavallo, PhD, MPH, RDN
David Cavallo is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Nutrition where he teaches the next generation of nutrition professionals through courses in public health nutrition and community nutrition. David has an active research program with an emphasis on social media use in the context of dietary behaviors and physical activity. Read more…

Amy Headings, PhD, RD, LD
Amy Headings is currently the Director of Nutrition and Research for Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a member food bank of Feeding America. Since 2011, she has coordinated multiple nutrition-related initiatives from the development of a crock-pot cooking curriculum to a produce prescription program in partnership with Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers. Read more...

50 Years of Membership in the Academy
Frances H. Cook, MA, RDN, LD
During her career as a registered dietitian nutritionist, Frances served for four years in clinical nutrition and 34 years in public health. As Director of the Office of Nutrition at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Frances developed and implemented a statewide public health system that provided nutrition information and services to citizens within Georgia’s 19 public health districts, including participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Read more…

Medallion Award
Gloria Stables, PhD, MS, RD, LD
Gloria Stables is a partner at Catalyst Research & Communication, a firm offering strategic planning for health promotion and communications, located in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked for more than 25 years at the National Institutes of Health, specializing in public health and disease prevention. Gloria was awarded the 2014 Medallion Award in recognition of her dedicated service to the profession and the Academy, her exceptional leadership in public health and community nutrition, and her insightful collaboration with allied health organizations. Read more…

Medallion Award
Katrina Holt, MPH, MS, RD, FAND
Katrina Holt has over 25 years of experience in public health and community nutrition. She is currently a project director at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Throughout her career, she has worked on numerous nutrition, oral health, and physical activity initiatives focusing on health promotion and disease prevention for pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Read more… 

PHCNPG Excellence in Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice
Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
Marsha Spence is the Director of Public Health Nutrition and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Nutrition at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, Marsha is the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Public Health Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on school and community-based interventions to prevent childhood overweight/obesity, and to promote healthy environments, youth leadership, and advocacy development to improve school and community health environments. Read more…

PHCNPG Outstanding Member of the Year
Kay Sisk, MS, RD, LD
Kay Sisk is a registered dietitian in Saint Louis, Missouri. She currently serves as Newsletter Editor for the Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG), as well as Liaison to the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and project co-chair for the revision of the Guidelines for Community Nutrition Supervised Experiences. Kay previously worked as an Instructor in the M.S. in Public Health Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, where she also served as the campus dietitian. Read more…

Jennifer R. Walsh, PhD, RD
Jennifer Walsh is currently the Nutrition Education Coordinator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. In the field of public health and community nutrition, she is a leader at the national level taking on key roles in nutrition education evaluation work. Read more...

Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Angela (Angie) Tagtow was appointed the Executive Director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at the USDA in Washington, D.C, in July 2014. She is thrilled about the opportunity to work with a very dynamic team and to advance healthy nutrition messaging and dietary guidance across the country. Read more...

Lisa Mays, BS

Lisa Mays is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and is a currently student in the Public Health Nutrition MPH Program at the University of Minnesota. Lisa feels that the opportunity to work in a variety of settings through her dietetic internship, particularly those which serve low-income populations, has been most beneficial to her professional growth. Read more...

Amanda Oakley, BS
Amanda Oakley is a graduate of Kansas State University where she earned a B.S. in Dietetics. She will begin graduate school in Fall 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition where she will study obesity prevention through nutrition education in middle school students. Read more...


Alix Small, MS
Alix Small will graduate from her dietetic internship at Long Island University–Post in Long Island, New York, in June 2014. As part of her dietetic internship, Alix recently completed a five-week community rotation in Trujillo, Peru, where she had the opportunity to apply the nutrition counseling skills she has learned throughout her internship in a number of ways. Read more...

Anita Jensen Thibodeaux, RD, LDN
PHCNPG is pleased to recognize Anita Jensen Thibodeaux for 50 years of membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! After completing her dietetic internship in 1964, Anita began working as a public health nutritionist in Southern Mississippi. Read more...

Tyronica Dowdy, BS
Tyronica Dowdy is a recent graduate of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. Tyronica currently participates in the Community Research Fellows Training Program at the Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences, where she will learn to identify and address health disparities in the St. Louis community. Read more...

Dr. Glenna McCollum, MPH, RDN
Glenna McCollum currently serves as the 2013-2014 President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Through her leadership with the Academy, Glenna has enjoyed the many networking opportunities at meetings and events across the nation and around the world where she represents our 76,000+ members as the food and nutrition experts and leaders. Read more...

Sonja L. Connor, MS, RDN,

Sonja Connor currently serves as the 2013-2014 President-Elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Research Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University where she teaches nutrition courses to medical and physician assistant students, participates in the graduate nutrition program, and heads efforts to stimulate outcomes research. Read more...

Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RDN, FADA
Nancy Lewis is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she held a teaching and research appointment for 25 years. In her retirement, Nancy focuses her efforts on her roles in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she currently serves as the 2013-2014 Speaker of the House of Delegates. Read more...

Karin Pennington, MS, RD, LD,

Karin Pennington is a registered dietitian in St. Louis, Missouri, where she uses motivational interviewing techniques and behavior change theories every day to help individuals take steps toward better health. She has a passion for wellness and disease prevention, and believes that “an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!” Read more...

Dianne K. Polly, JD, RDN, LDN
Dianne Polly has over 20 years of experience in community nutrition. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, where she helps provide funds to schools for “the extras not often funded by the government”. Read more...

Lauren Landfried, MS, RD, LD
Lauren Landfried is an Instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University where she teaches undergraduate nutrition classes and serves as a Nutrition Coordinator with the City of St. Louis Department of Health where she provides nutrition services to residents in the St. Louis region. Read more...

Nancy Becker, MS, RD, LD, FAND
Nancy Becker is a registered dietitian in Oregon where she enjoys blending her passions for social justice and nutrition in her career. Her goal is to advocate for a food system that is healthy, clean and accessible to all by, “making the healthy choice the easy choice.” Read more...

Karen K. Ehrens, RD, LRD
Karen Ehrens is a health, nutrition and food consultant in North Dakota. She works primarily with the North Dakota Department of Health’s state prevention initiative, Healthy North Dakota, and coordinates statewide partners working to end hunger through the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota CoalitionRead more...

Shannon Ebron, BS
Shannon Ebron is a recent graduate of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. She joined PHCNPG for the networking and volunteer opportunities, as well as access to professional resources and the latest information in public health and community nutrition. Read more...

Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD
For over 27 years, Dr. Stang has contributed to the profession through her exceptional service to the Academy at the national, state, dietetic practice groups (DPG), and district/local levels, as well as other related food and nutrition organizations. Read more...


The Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group is pleased to recognize the following members for 50 years of membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! Read a message from the Awards Committee Chair.

Clare Miller, MS, RD
Clare Miller has had an incredible career as a registered dietitian and has been very influential in child nutrition. Clare is from Louisiana and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University. Read

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Winter 2018
Volume 1 No. 1

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Professional Development

Throughout the year, PHCNPG features webinars as opportunities for Continuing Professional Education. 


Spotlight on Members

PHCNPG is proud to share the great work our members are doing in public health and community nutrition in their communities, the Academy, and our profession. Read more about our outstanding members!

  • Webinars Update

    TITLE: The Expansive Roles of Registered Dietitians in the Face of Disaster

    PRESENTERS:  LT Tara Lemons, LCDR Stephanie Magill, LT Brenda Riojas, LCDR Faye Scott

    DATE: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 EST

    click here to access this webinar! 

  • HOD Fall Update

    Public health nutrition leadership is at the forefront of HOD discussion this Fall. Learn more here.

  • Newsletter Update

    Our Fall/Winter 2018 Newsletter is now available

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