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 Join us for DCHDA's April Member Virtual Event on

Tuesday, April 13, 2021!


Linda Steinhardt & Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan

Topic: Baking Demo/Bake-a-long and Speaker: Sports Nutrition

Join us for an evening with Linda Steinhardt, Sports Dietitian Fellow at UNC, and Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan, a leading sports nutrition and applied physiology researcher at UNC. Dr. Smith-Ryan, a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, directs the Applied Physiology Lab in the Exercise and Sports Science Department at UNC. 

Agenda details: 

The science of nutrient timing has evolved over the past few years; timing of nutrients plays a key role in performance, recovery, and body composition. Linda Steinhardt will share a baking demo/bake-along from 6-6:45 (get the recipe for trail mix oat bars when you register!), and while her nutrient-dense and delicious treat is in the oven, she’ll talk about good pre- and post-exercise snacks. From 7-8:15, Dr. Smith-Ryan will discuss the most recent literature on how to apply nutrient timing, considerations for the impact on exercise, as well as key sex-based considerations. 

Cost: Free to members; $5 to non-members | 2 CEUs
Register here
Registered participants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for this meeting.  



Melissa Walter, MPH, RDN, LDN
Melissa is a Program Specialist in the Nutrition Department within UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She oversees competency tracking and management for the program’s Future Education Model graduate program, manages development of a growing internship and competency management application for use by universities and dietetic internship programs, manages the school’s Foodservice Management internship experience for students in the Registered Dietitian program, and works with and develops interprofessional programs at the University. Melissa also has a private practice in which she works with older adults related to aging, brain health, and women’s health. In her spare time she teaches classes at the Orange County Senior Centers, spends a lot of time in her garden, and hangs out with her pups, Birdie and Roo.


Raina Goldstein Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN
Past President
Raina is an elementary school nutritionist at the Durham County Department of Public Health. In this role she teaches nutrition and partners with school and community groups to create healthier school environments.  She thinks she has the coolest job in the world! Raina is passionate about helping to create policy, systems and environmental changes to help make the healthy choice the easy choice where people live, work, learn and play. Raina was on the board of DCHDA as President, President-elect, and the Legislative Chair.


Jasmine Burroughs, MS, RD, LDN
Jasmine is the owner of Food That Fits U, a nutrition counseling practice in Durham, and she also works as a research dietitian at the Duke University Digital Health Science Center. Jasmine earned her master's from North Carolina Central University and began her own private practice aimed at promoting healthy eating practices in communities of color. While at Duke she has been working on various behavioral intervention trials that focus on weight and chronic disease management in medically vulnerable populations. Jasmine is also involved with various community groups supporting healthy eating, food access, and food security. Outside of work Jasmine enjoys hosting a monthly, plant-based community cooking series called Family Dinner as well as spending time with her son, gardening, and hiking. 


Braedyn Mallard, BS
Braedyn was born in Georgia but considers NC home. Many years ago he earned a bachelor's degree in History from NC State University and subsequently worked in the grocery industry for almost a decade, learning so much about food and the food system along the way. He recently returned to school to earn a second bachelor's degree in Nutrition at NC Central University, where he also completed his dietetic internship and will be earning a Master's of Science in Nutrition in December 2019. Braedyn is the Donation Station and Food Ambassador Programs at Farmer Foodshare in Durham, NC. He lives in a little blue house in Durham with his partner, their coonhound Finnegan, Maggie the cat, and a very large (and ever expanding) vegetable garden.


Christine Tenekjian, MPH, RD, LDN
Communications Chair 
Christine is a clinical dietitian at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center, a 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 livesOutside of work Christine enjoys singing, cooking, and staying active with gardening, hiking/camping, jogging, and yoga. Her mantra: Enjoy what you want, in moderation and mindfulness, and always consider the resources it cost to get the food to your plate.



Julie Ives, BS, RD, LDN 
Newsletter/Email Communications 
Julie is a Clinical Dietitian with Duke helping to empower individuals and families with healthy lifestyle and nutrition behavior changes for weight loss. She earned a BA in Biology from UNC Asheville, a BS in Nutrition from NCCU and completed her Dietetic Internship at Duke University Hospital in 2019. This is Julie’s fourth year as a board member for DCHDA serving as previous Student Liaison and now in communications. She also loves spending time with her family, learning something new everyday, cooking, staying active in nature and gardening.


Laura Niederer, RDN, LDN
Social Media Communications
Laura is a Clinical Dietitian at Duke University Hospital and a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Duke School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University in 2018 and is a recent graduate of Duke University Hospital's Dietetic Internship program. Laura is on DCHDA's social media team and enjoys engaging with members through colorful graphics and photos. In her free time, Laura enjoys serving at her local church, kayaking on Jordan Lake, hiking throughout the Triangle, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles. Laura aspires to continue building a career in research while maintaining a strong foundation in clinical dietetics. 


Olivia Dong, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN
Web Communications 
Olivia is a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine where her research is focused on evaluating precision medicine initiatives in the VA health system. 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. Olivia is looking forward to another great year with DCHDA! 


Judy Lester, MS, RDN, CSG, LDN
Nominating Chair
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. Judy is an outpatient dietitian at UNC Health Care working with renal patients in pre- and post-transplant as well as in the nephrology clinic. 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 held various positions on the DCHDA board, including President, Nominating Chair, Treasurer, Career Guidance Chair, and Food Security Chair. When not at work, you can find Judy busy with her family, happily cooking, gardening, playing bridge, reading, needle pointing, knitting or attending Auburn football games. 



Lana Nasrallah, MPH, RD, LDN
Awards Chair
Lana Nasrallah is a clinical dietitian with UNC Hospitals and is a specialist in providing nutrition care in the primary care practice setting. She works with interdisciplinary teams that aim to provide therapeutic interventions in the management of chronic conditions. She enjoys educating and counseling about the importance of diet and nourishment in meeting individuals’ health care needs, including prevention and management of chronic health conditions. The areas of medical nutrition therapy she is most interested in are diabetes, malnutrition, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and maternal health. Outside of providing direct patient care, she participates in quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving the quality, safety and access of health care.


Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN
Membership Chair
Jessica is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill and works with No Kid Hungry NC at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her work focuses on food insecurity, federal nutrition programs, and cooking/nutrition education. She is also adjunct faculty with the [email protected] program and teaches nutrition policy. 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. 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.



Lauren Fiabane, MPH
Journal Club Coordinator
Lauren is a recent graduate of the MPH-RD program at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research is in omega-3 fatty acids and she is completing her advanced internship at Duke Health & Well-Being. She has a background in design and business development. Lauren is devoted to finding creative solutions to empower the world to heal itself through a mindful approach to public health and nutrition.


Lisa Richardson, MS, RD, LDN  
Community Outreach Chair
Lisa’s science education began in the first grade when she learned about nutritional deficiencies. She was amazed by the idea that you could get sick from something you didn't eat! She followed her interest in nutrition all the way to Case Western Reserve University where she earned her Master of Science in Nutrition with a focus in Maternal and Child Health and became a registered dietitian nutritionist. For the past twenty years she has stood at the intersection of science and service working in both public health and clinical dietetics.



Frank Muntis, MS, CSCS
Frank is a recent graduate of the MPH/RD program at the Gilling's School of Global Public Health and a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Frank received his undergraduate degree in health and human performance and a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Louisville and was a strength and conditioning coach prior to discovering a passion for nutrition and dietetics. He currently works with the Mayer-Davis Diabetes Research Team investigating the role of nutrition and exercise on weight management and glycemic control for people with type 1 diabetes.


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