Durham Chapel Hill District

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Join us for our March Meeting!  


Motivational Interviewing for the Reluctant Client
 Speaker: Steve Bradley-Bull
When: 5:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 
Where: Duke’s Center for Living Campus, Stedman Nutrition Building, 3475 Erwin Rd, Durham

 Cost: FREE for members; $10 for non-members

Register here for the event!   

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MEET OUR 2016-2017 BOARD MEMBERS:

 

Susan Wyler, MPH, RDN LDN
President
Susan Wyler is an integrative nutritionist, who offers individualized nutritional counseling and medical nutrition therapy at her company Triangle Nutritional Wellness at Chapel Hill Doctors Healthcare Center.  Wyler is a culinary professional, who has published half a dozen cookbooks and co-authored three wellness books with recipes; the latest is The Diabetes Solution: How to Manage Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes with Simple Dietary and Lifestyle Changes. She teaches Food Science and Culinary Arts in the graduate nutrition department at UNC Chapel Hill.

 

 

Kenlyn Young, MS, RD, LDN
President-elect
Kenlyn Young, a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, works as a research dietitian for Duke University Medical School, where she serves as the interventionist for two NIH-funded studies. Both studies focus on implementing the DASH diet and exercise with one examining the effects of diet and exercise on brain health and cognitive function, and the other the effects on Resistant Hypertension. Kenlyn has served on the local DCHDA board in several different roles, including Treasurer for two years. She also serves as a volunteer member on the PORCH Board. Kenlyn has a passion for the culinary arts and creating healthy, colorful, and simple meals. She enjoys helping others navigate our confusing world of food choices, new research, and frequent health challenges. She believes that awareness is the first step to wellness and that starting with small dietary and lifestyle changes empowers an individual to achieve a healthy, balanced, and sustainable life.

 

 

Jamie Rincker, MS, RDN, LDN
Treasurer
Jamie Rincker is a research dietitian clinician at Duke University Health Systems in the Center for Aging.  Her current work focuses on weight loss in obese, frail, older adults.  Jamie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and earned her Master Degree of Human Nutrition from Drexel University 2014.  Her internship pursuits took her to Israel to work with professional and recreational athletes to reach their health and fitness goals in an interdisciplinary setting.  Jamie was inspired to become a dietitian by her grandfather’s work as a physician and her previous career in environmental and human rights politics. For Jamie, the combination of our health care system, our food systems, and the political landscape are deeply intertwined in the overall health of individuals.  Jamie aims to empower people to navigate their health through the modern world.

 

 

Ben White, MPH, RDN, LDN
Secretary
Ben works as a clinical dietitian at Structure House, a residential weight loss and wellness center in Durham. He teaches classes, runs workshops, leads outings in the community, meets individually with participants, and develops activities and demonstrations. Ben has a science and teaching background, and is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to stay healthy and lose excess weight.

Ben received his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2015. He has experience in cancer and nutrition, vegetarian diets, motivational interviewing, teaching, and science research. Ben’s interests include running and competing in local races, traveling, cooking, golfing and reading.

 

Raina Goldstein Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN
Legislative Chair
Raina Goldstein Bunnag is a graduate of UNC’s Master’s in Public Health Nutrition Program.  She currently works as market manager of Western Wake Farmers Market in Cary.  Her nutrition interests are sustainable agriculture and local food systems as well as food policy. She’s excited to be involved in DCHDA this year!

 

Christine Tenekjian, MPH, RD, LDN
Communications Chair
Christine is a clinical dietitian at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center, a residential style, multidisciplinary obesity treatment facility.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Virginia and completed her Master of Public Health and Dietetic Internship at UNC Chapel Hill. She holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Christine became a dietitian because she wanted to help people learn how to eat for a healthy and energized life. She works with clients for weight management, lipid modification, blood sugar and diabetes control, gastrointestinal issues, sports nutrition, sustainable eating, and general wellness. She loves to empower and educate individuals and groups to create practical solutions for better eating in the context of their busy lives. Outside of work Christine enjoys hiking, jogging, bicycling, camping, yoga, reading, watching live music, and singing. Her mantra: Enjoy what you want, in moderation and mindfulness, and always consider the resources it cost to get the food to your plate.

 

 

Amanda Holliday, MS, RD, LDN 
Nominating Chair
A native of North Carolina, Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University, completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree at Rush University medical Center.  She has experiences in healthcare, dietetic education, aging, dementia care and management.  She is currently the Program Director of the Coordinated Master’s Program at The University of North Carolina and a Clinical Assistant Professor. She enjoys being with family, walking, yoga and trying new restaurants with friends.  

 

 

Renee A. Stasko-Bailey, RD, LDN
Awards Chair
Renee is a graduate from Indiana University of PA with a BS degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management.  In her professional career, she held positions in Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Facilities as a Clinical Dietitian and then advancing to Divisional Dietitian and then Corporate Dietitian. Renee also did consulting work and is now employed for Cigna as a Health Care Educator doing telephonic coaching. She has her certification in Weight Management and is currently working towards obtaining Certification for Diabetes Educator. She has been involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for over 30 years, holding numerous board positions from Chair Elect to Chair in the state of MD and also Nominating Chair and Teller. She also has been involved in practice groups, holding positions of Chair and Chair Elect for the Consultant Group in PA and also served as past Secretary for DCHDA. Renee and her husband moved to NC from Pittsburgh, PA 4 years ago. Her hobbies include running, reading, walking and taking care of all animal creatures, especially their two Bella and Vito.

 

Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN
Membership Chair
Jessica is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. She completed a BS in nutritional sciences – dietetics from UC Berkeley, MPH from UCLA, and dietetic internship through the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Jessica currently works for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, Jessica worked for a local health department on a nutrition education and obesity prevention program and breastfeeding promotion project.

 

Judy Lester, MS, RD, LDN
Newsletter Editor
A native of North Carolina, Judy graduated from Auburn University, completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and obtained a Master's degree in Nutrition from Meredith College. She is employed at UNC Hospitals as a Clinical Dietitian at Chatham Hospital and WakeBrook. Judy has served as NCDA Treasurer, Co-Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting, Webmaster, Chair of several Presidential appointed committees, was awarded in 2011 the Just Do 2. Judy has served DCHDA, as Treasurer for three years, Career Guidance Chair for two years, and Food Security Chair. When not at work, you can find Judy busy with her family, happily cooking, gardening, playing bridge, reading, needlepointing, knitting or attending Auburn football games.
 

 

 

Olivia Dong, MPH, RD, LDN
Webmaster
Olivia is a third year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Olivia's research primarily focuses on precision medicine (pharmacogenetics and nutrigenetics), ways the nutrition and pharmacy fields can work synergistically together, and the implementation of pharmacogenetics in the clinical setting. In particular, Olivia is studying genetic variations in the metabolism of nutrients and drugs and ways these variations can be translated into clinically relevant interventions. Olivia has worked at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute as a research dietitian and interned with Nutrition in Medicine, an international online education initiative at UNC that creates pertinent nutrition instruction for medical professionals. She co-authored instructional modules on celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and cholesterol lowering, and helped develop a module on dietary supplements for the US Department of Defense. Olivia is looking forward to another great year with DCHDA!