Board of Directors

2019-2020 SC Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Board of Directors 

 

 *President, Molly Jones Mills, RDN, LD is the bariatric surgery and telehealth dietitian at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has been actively involved with the Charleston Trident District Association as Policy Liaison (2014-15), Education Chair (2015-16), President Elect (2016-17) and President (2017-18).  CTDA honored her with the "Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year" award in 2015 and "Outstanding Dietitian of the Year" award in 2018.  She has served on the SCAND board for 3 years, and is excited for her role as President this year. 

 

 

*President-Elect, Sara Hendrix, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC is a registered dietitian with the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She provides care for adults and pediatric patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, Sara is a commercial speaker for Alcresta, the makers of Relizorb, a newly approved enzyme cartridge, available to her patients to help them improve absorption of their tube feedings in an effort to optimize their nutrition status. Sara graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor’s in Dietetics and completed her Master’s in Nutrition and dietetic internship at the University of Georgia. She has worked in CF for 5 years and as a dietitian for over 12 years. 

Sara finds great value as an active board member in her local dietetic association. She has served multiple positions at both the district and state level. She was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the SCAND in 2017. Sara is also active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Last year she was selected as one of Charleston’s Finest by the South Carolina CFF and raised over $8,000 for the organization. She now serves as a Charleston’s Finest committee member and mentor. 

 

*Secretary / Treasurer, Katie Lybrand enjoys giving back to the dietetics profession by volunteering with SCAND and the Piedmont Dietetic Association for the past 5 years. She works as a Clinical Dietitian at Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, SC. She recently completed her Board Certification as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition in September 2018 and enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with this population. She also works with a wider group of patient types in the clinical setting which helps her to continue learning about nutrition with various disease types. 

 

 

*Delegate, Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn

 

 

 

 

 

*Catawba District President, Karin Evans,has been a Registered Dietitian for 20 years.  She completed a joint Dietetic Internship/Masters in Nutrition Education program through Immaculata University in 2000.  Karin is originally from West Chester, PA and moved to Fort Mill, SC in 2012 with her husband and two children.  Her clinical and outpatient experience has focused on community hospitals.  Karin's private practice experience focuses on eating disorder recovery and body image work.  She is a full-time instructor for the Human Nutrition Department at Winthrop University and has taught there for the past six years.  Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Health Education and Promotion through Walden University.  When Karin is not studying, teaching, or seeing clients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  

*President - Charleston/Trident Dietetic Association/Special Programs Co-Coordinator Amanda Davis, MPH, RD, CHES is a Senior Evidence-Based Practice Analyst in the Value Institute at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  In her role, she supports an organization culture of evidence-based practice (EBP) through clinical staff education and development of clinical decision support tools. Amanda enjoys combining her clinical background as a dietitian and public health professional with her previous health behavior research experience to improve the translation of research into practice at MUSC. She mentors dietitians and dietetic interns at MUSC in EBP and research methods, with a focus on quality improvement and patient outcomes. She also has a passion for improving the shared decision-making process for patients, and is interested in pursuing new avenues to make health research approachable for the general public

 

*Columbia-Midlands District President / State Policy Representative, Jessica Reath, RD, LDN, CNSC , graduated from Clemson University in 2012 and completed Dietetic Internship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL in 2013. In the summer of 2013, I started at PRISMA Health Richland campus and in 2015 began working for the PRISMA Health Trauma Team and PH-USC Medical Group Surgical Specialists as the critical care/surgical nutrition support dietitian. I currently serve on the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board as the State Policy Representative and the current President of the Columbia Midlands District. I also serve on the Clinical Practice Committee for the American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, and have a teaching appointment for the surgery department and University of South Carolina Medical School. This past year I was recognized as the SCAND Young Dietitian of the Year, and have loved getting to serve on the board with some incredible nutrition practitioners! When I am not working, my husband and I are busy with a very active puppy, and love to travel! 

 

*President - Pediment Dietetic Association,  Joanna Smyers

 

 

 

 

*Pee Dee District Co-President, Cindy Gordon

*Pee Dee District Co-President, Maureen Mulholland

 

Past President / Annual Meeting Chair, Wanda M. Koszewski, PhD, RD, FAND, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for Human Nutrition at Winthrop University.  She completed the Coordinate Program in Dietetics at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her PhD is from KansasStateUniversity with an emphasis in nutrition education. 

Her research focus is in the area of nutrition education and food insecurity.  While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she directed two large nutrition education programs for the state of Nebraska; EFNEP and SNAP-Ed.  The Nebraska SNAP-Ed program was recognized nationally for its excellence in partnerships, program delivery, and evaluation.  She hopes to continue her research efforts at Winthrop in the area of nutrition education.

 

Membership Chair/New Member Liaison

 

Nominating Chair, Rachel Hoffman began her career as a registered dietitian in 2013. Originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, she received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Georgia. Rachel currently resides in Greenville and is the Registered Dietitian at RoseCrest Retirement Community.  She loves working with her residents and is also a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. When not at work, Rachel enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Greenville, fostering service dogs, hiking, and of course cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!

 

  

Nominating Chair-Elect, Mickela Mitchell a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, is a senior manager of youth wellness for The Dairy Alliance. In this role, she leads a team working side-by-side with school personnel to improve school wellness environments in the Carolinas and Virginia. Additionally, she manages the organizations' partnership with the Carolina Panthers.

In her 19 years as an RD, Mickela has served as a nutrition educator and child nutrition program director, a nutrition consultant and a fitness professional with a keen interest in sports nutrition for children. Mickela is a mom to two student-athletes who run cross country and wrestle.

 

Public Policy Coordinator, Jennifer Schlub has had a deep passion for policy and public health since an early age. During college, she had the opportunity to be a congressional intern and observe the policy-making process from the inside. She also got really good at giving Capitol tours to constituents! Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Dayton in 2012 and completed her dietetic internship in 2013 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Jennifer works at Department of Health and Environmental Control in the Newborn Screening and Metabolic Formula Programs. She has been in her current role since 2015 and is humbled to be able to impact the outcome of every South Carolina baby with inborn errors of metabolism. 

 

Public Policy Coordinator-Elect, Stephanie Simms Hodges, MS, MPH, RDN, is the founder and owner of The Nourished Principles, a public health and nutrition consulting business. Prior to founding her business, Stephanie provided technical assistance to school divisions to adhere to nutrition regulations, wrote and implemented grants for non-profit organizations, and assessed and developed programs and policies to support nutrition, health, and wellness. Stephanie earned a Master of Science in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition and a Master of Public Health from Tufts University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise from Virginia Tech and she completed her Dietetic Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

 

State Regulatory Specialist, Rebecca Fuller, RD, LD, CNSC earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dayton and completed her dietetic internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.  In her career she has worked in many different roles as a clinical dietitian. Her passion has always been in nutrition support and working with critically ill patients which is what she currently does in her role at the Medical University of South Carolina with the Surgical and Trauma ICU team. In addition, she is part of the Nutrition Support Tube Team, a team of specially trained dietitians that place temporary enteral nutrition access for hospitalized patients. Her passion is further demonstrated in her recent achievement as the first person to complete the Advanced Practice Residency in Adult Nutrition Support with the Dietitians in Nutrition Support chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic. She has served in various roles on both the Charleston Trident Dietetic Association and the SCAND board over the last several years. In her current position she serves as the State Regulatory Specialist. At home she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and dog. 

 

Public Policy Partners, Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, is a Columbia, SC-based nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Clemson University. After completing her dietetics internship at Emory University, she worked as a clinical dietitian and, later, as the outpatient dietitian for a large medical center where she provided individual nutrition counseling and led multidisciplinary disease management programs. In 2014, Rachael opened her private practice, where she specializes in intuitive eating, disordered eating and eating disorders, women's health, and digestive disorders. She also runs the popular food and wellness blog The Joy of Eating. She is active in her field, currently serving as the public policy coordinator of her state dietetic association, and previously served as the president of her local dietetics association and newsletter editor for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group. In 2018, she was named one of Self Magazine’s trustworthy dietitians for nutrition advice. Rachael has trained under dietitians Evelyn Tribole (co-author of Intuitive Eating), Marci Evans and Anna Sweeney. 

 

Reimbursement Representative, Jeremy Ponds, MS, RD, LD is the owner of Path of Life Nutrition, a nutrition practice that provides functional nutrition counseling, diabetes education and health coaching for individuals of all ages. Jeremy is a licensed dietitian nutritionist with extensive undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate training in clinical, integrative, and functional nutrition. He uses a holistic approach to coach clients and families towards better health through nutrition and lifestyle interventions.  Jeremy brings his own experience of personal health struggles with chronic fatigue, “mystery illness” and digestive disorders to every client he serves, offering a unique perspective of savvy, compassion and empathy for clients struggling to find answers and recover good health.

Beyond the walls of his office, Jeremy serves as the Reimbursement Representative for the S.C. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, advocating for improved nutrition coverage and reimbursement for the many talented dietitians in South Carolina. He additionally serves on the committee with SCALE DOWN SC to address state-wide obesity interventions. In his community, Jeremy co-leads youth group at his local church and above all has a passion for seeing people find true life and freedom through faith in Jesus Christ. He is happily married to his best friend and the proud father of four lively girls and a new baby boy! When not studying nutrition or advocating for better health in SC, you’ll find Jeremy serving as a human jungle gym, enjoying the great outdoors, swinging a hammer, tending his garden, training in karate, deep in conversation, or sipping coffee over a good book.

 

Consumer Protection Coordinator, Bob Duffell-Hoffman

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarships & Awards Chair, Lynda Maschek earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Lynda is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and serves as Scholarships and Awards Chairman for SCAND.  She is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Lynda has worked in corporate wellness for 7 years, motivating clients to become advocates for their own health and for sustainable lifestyle changes.  

Lynda is married and has 2 adult children living in Charleston, SC.

 

 

Annual Meeting Past Chair, Olivia Jolly Sullivan is an outpatient dietitian currently working at the University of South Carolina. She spends the majority of her time at work seeing students one-on-one to educate them on basic nutrition and nutrition recommendations for health disorders. She also is part of a treatment team for students who are struggling with disordered eating. She earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Human Nutrition at Winthrop University. During her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, traveling, and restoring furniture. 

 

 

Sponsorship Chair, Lindsay Shazly, MS, RDN, LD, CLC, is an Outreach Dietitian with the University of South Carolina. With a background in media, Lindsay has held roles in corporate, retail, government, academic and healthcare settings. Lindsay is currently employed with Student Health Services at the University of South Carolina and is excited to get back to her passion of promoting public health through strategic communications. As Outreach Dietitian at USC, Lindsay teaches cooking classes for students, faculty and staff; presents on nutrition topics throughout campus, and coordinates and attends outreach events to raise awareness of the importance of health and nutrition. Lindsay has served as SCAND President (2017-2018), Sponsorship Chair (2018-2020), Annual Meeting Co-Chair (2015-2016), and CMDA Public Relations Chair (2011-2013). 

 

Abstracts Chair, Ellen Wingard has served as the SCAND Abstract Chair since 2018. She has previously served as the SCAND Nominating Chair and Treasurer, and has been active in CMDA since 2008. She currently works at the University of South Carolina's Prevention Research Center. She holds a undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting Chair-Elect, Sandra Spann, MS, RDN, LD is the SNAP Education Manager at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University and completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Institutional Management from Kansas State University. Sandy has served as SCAND President, Past President and Nominating Chair. She was awarded SCAND Outstanding Dietitian of the Year and Meritorious Service Award. She has served as a CDR, RD Exam Item writer and on the AND Nutrition Care Process Committee. In her spare time she enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with her dog and two daughters.

  

 Academy Foundation Liaison, Kate Bennett earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University. She went on to complete her dietetic internship through Winthrop University. She currently works full time as a clinical dietitian in both an inpatient hospital system and in outpatient settings. She serves on the board for both local and state dietetic associations. Every summer she serves as camp dietitian for a large summer camp for children and teens with Type 1 Diabetes.

  

 

Marketing/Social Media Co-Chair, Jessica Morrison is a registered dietitian with the SNAP-Education program at the Dept. of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC). She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University and completed her Dietetic Internship with Priority Nutrition Care. Jessica has been a SNAP-Ed dietitian for a year and half. During this time she has taught over 100 nutrition classes and has been a preceptor for 4 interns. She is also active in her field, currently serving on the public relations and marketing board with the local and state dietetic associations, respectively. Jessica also has an interest in and actively advocates for health and nutrition policy. 

 

 

Marketing/Social Media Co-Chair, Erin Castle is originally from New York State and moved to Charleston 5 years ago to complete her dietetic internship.  She received her Bachelor of Science concentration in dietetics from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Erin currently works at Roper Hospital with the Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Services Department. Erin meets with patients pre-operatively, during their hospital stay and post-operatively, either individually or in a class setting, to provide nutrition education and counseling through medical nutrition therapy. In her free time Erin enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants and serving on the local and state dietetic association board. Erin has served as the secretary, president elect, president and currently as the past president for the Charleston Trident Dietetic Association. Erin also currently serves as the Marketing Co-chair for the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Erin has precepted and served as a mentor for current MUSC interns since her graduation from the internship. 

 

Newsletter Editor, Lynn Kline, RD, LD, CNSC is owner of Lynn Kline Nutrition, a nutrition practice for individuals living at home on nutrition support, and she works for Unidine as Clinical Nutrition Manager at Prisma Baptist Easley Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree in Allied Health from Ohio State University and has been working in clinical nutrition for the past 9 years. Lynn has severed on the board in multiple position for both SCAND and the Piedmont Dietetic Association and is an active member of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Lynn lives in Travelers Rest, SC with her husband and son. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Special Programs Co-Coordinator, Brooke Brittain obtained a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University in 2002, a M.S. degree in Nutrition from Florida State University in 2005 and a Culinary Certificate from the University of South Carolina in 2013.  Brooke has worked in community nutrition for over fourteen years.  She is a registered and licensed dietitian as well as a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Lactation Counselor.  Brooke is currently the Program Coordinator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  With this program she provides nutrition education to all ages in a variety of settings in twenty-one different counties in the state of South Carolina.  She has been the Education Chair, President Elect, President and Nominating Chair for CMDA. She has served as a District Leader and the Special Projects Chair for SCAND.  Brooke won the award for Emerging Dietetic Leader in 2017 for SCAND and CMDA and received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award for CMDA in 2014. She is Vice President and the Nutrition Section Chair for the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) and a member of Eat Smart, Move More and the SC Breastfeeding Coalition.  Brooke has been a speaker at various conferences and universities and has also been featured in various media platforms over the years.  She was interviewed by SCETV for a telehealth segment, she was on WACH Fox news conducting a cooking demo and has a monthly radio segment on 96.3 FM with Don Frierson and The Urban Scene. She recently taped cooking segments with local celebrity Marcus Lattimore at First Choice Community Center.
 

Continuing Education Chair, Brittany Jones

  

 

 

 

 

 

Diet Manual Editor, Emily Barrett, RD, LDN is the dietitian for over 500 residents at Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in Charleston, SC for over the last 15 years.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has practiced as a clinical dietitian, Clinical Nutrition Manager, and as Culinary Director at a hospital.  Her background also includes over a decade working in home infusion and past President for MASPEN.  In addition to being a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 25 years, she is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Culinary Institute of Charleston.  Is this role she has been involved with the curriculum development for the Certified Dietary Managers program.  Emily most recently finished her appointment to the Leading Age of South Carolina Leadership Academy where she will use these skills to continue to ensure that the high quality of the QAPI program at Bishop Gadsden as the program leader.

Diversity Liaison, Suzanne Baxter is an (unpaid) Affiliate Research Professor at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work.  As Principal Investigator on research grants funded mainly by the National Institutes of Health, her primary research has concerned the accuracy of dietary recalls provided by children.  She has authored 90 peer-reviewed articles, 5 chapters, 179 poster or podium presentations, and 84 invited presentations.  She resigned her Research Professor position late in 2016 due to a disability acquired in 2010.  As an Academy member, her service includes or has included the South Carolina affiliate (as President-Elect, President, Past-President, Foundation Liaison, and current Diversity Liaison), Research DPG (as Treasurer, Diversity Liaison, and current Mentor), Academy (current Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and 2017–2019 Diversity Leaders Program), and Foundation (current Philanthropy Council, Scholarship Committee and Chair, and Task Force Chair to create the Amy Joye Memorial Research Award).  Dr. Baxter's honors include the 2012 South Carolina Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, 2016 Research DPG First Author Publication Award, and 2017 Monsen Award for Outstanding Research Literature.  She completed the Coordinated Undergraduate Program at Texas Christian University.  She has worked with children with cerebral palsy, with adults as an outpatient dietitian, for school foodservice, and for the WIC program.  She earned her MS and PhD degrees at Texas Woman's University in Denton.  She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Nutrition at the Medical College of Georgia where she then worked for 10 years before moving to the University of South Carolina where she worked for 13 years.  She lives in Lexington, SC with her husband and two Siberian cats.  

 

 

 

 

 

 (*) voting members are marked with an asterisk