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Board of Directors
Mary-Jon Ludy, PhD, RDN, FAND is an Associate Professor of Food & Nutrition at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Dr. Ludy graduated from BGSU with a BS in Dietetics in 2002 and joined the faculty in 2011. She earned a MS in Clinical Nutrition from Tufts University, interned with a Vitamin A program in Nepal, conducted HIV research in Thailand, taught community development in Costa Rica, worked as an outpatient dietitian in Boston, and earned a PhD in Nutrition from Purdue University. Dr. Ludy’s overall research focus is energy balance through dietary manipulation. She is guided by a desire to conduct research that has practical application in real-life situations and involves students in the research process. Dr. Ludy’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as JAND, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Physiology & Behavior. These findings have been profiled by popular press outlets, such as The New York Times, Real Simple, and Shape. Through the Academy, Dr. Ludy has served as the Research DPG’s Policy & Advocacy Leader and Nominating Committee Chair, as well as Section Editor for JAND’s Topics of Interest in Dietetics Education Series. Additionally, Dr. Ludy has been honored by her students as BGSU’s Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year and by the Dannon Institute as one of 20 early career nutrition scientists believed to have the biggest chance of moving the nutrition field forward.
Bonnie Willis, RDN, LD, FAND is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Wooster Community Hospital. She graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Dietetics and has been at Wooster Community Hospital for the last 13 years. Bonnie previously specialized in food systems management and software support for long term care facilities for more than 20 years. Recent recognitions include being recognized as Dietitian of the year in 2019 and received the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Award in 2020.
Bonnie has served on the OAND Board for the past 8 years in various capacities that have included the House of Delegates, Council on Professional Issues, District President and District Reimbursement Chair.
Lisa Andrews started her career at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati and is currently the owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and provides individual counseling, lectures and cooking demos. She has experience as an adjunct instructor and community dietitian and has recently designed a line of food pun T shirts. Lisa has served at the national level as the editor for the NEHP DPG practice newsletter as well as CPI and media chair for OAND and GCDA. She is a nutrition expert for Netwellness.org, Dietitiancentral.com, Food and Health Communications and Phoenix Magazine. Lisa has done several TV interviews and has been quoted in a variety local and national publications. In 2002, she won the Ohio Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award and in 2017, received the Ohio Recognized Dietitian of the Year Award. In 2016, Lisa was recognized as the Arthritis Foundation’s Adult Honoree and also received a People’s Liberty Project grant award for her project People’s Pantry Cincy.
Julie Kennel is an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kennel received her PhD from Indiana University in Health Behavior and started her position as Program Director for the Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship at OSU prior to joining the faculty. Dr. Kennel has over 10 years of experience applying medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling in wellness and prevention settings. Her research program is dedicated to discovering new knowledge about the behavioral and environmental factors driving children and youth’s food choices and thus diet quality. She has authored or co-authored 12 peer-reviewed journal articles for projects that are supported by competitive grants from the public and private sectors. She has been elected or appointed to leadership positions in her professional organizations, such as Chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Council on Future Practice, Regional Director for the Academy’s Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Council, and President of the Columbus Dietetic Association. She has also served on the board of editors for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
I am in my second term as the Treasurer for OAND and have found working closely with the OAND President(s) and Executive Director provides insight and ensures the present and future of the OAND organization’s financial health is secure. The team approach has worked well to achieve the correct financial decisions along with reaching out to other professionals including bankers, financial advisors and the OAND CPA. I find providing a summarization of the finances provides the OAND Board, membership and me financial transparency of the organization. Working with the finance committee to allocate funds for future projects that align with the President’s Plan of Work and the Strategic Five Year Plan is helpful for the financial health of OAND. I enjoy working on the board and ensuring the OAND organization continues its stable financial strength.
As a former staff accountant and finance supervisor in the food industry, I developed my love for numbers along with detective skills for reviewing financial accounts. Volunteer opportunities have included auditing, revamping and suggesting changes for several non-profit organizations as their Treasurer. I am currently in private practice providing health and nutrition education to a variety of settings including corporate wellness, community and social organizations.
Chair, Council on Professional Issues (CPI)
Rosa K Hand is a registered dietitian nutritionist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Hand is the CWRU director of the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program, serving as academic advisor to each cohort and teaching their required research courses. Dr. Hand earned her BS and MS in Nutrition at CWRU, completed her Dietetic Internship at University Hospitals, and her PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at CWRU. Prior to joining the CWRU faculty, Dr. Hand was director of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 5 years. Her research on renal nutrition, RDN staffing and patient outcomes, and malnutrition assessment and diagnosis has led to publications in journals such as Journal of Renal Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was Ohio Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2015.
Chair Elect, Council on Professional Issues (CPI)
Carrie Hamady is a registered/licensed dietitian in the state of Ohio. She has a Master of Science in Health Promotion and a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies. She is an associate clinical professor in the department of Public and Allied Health as well as the coordinator of the Food and Nutrition Program and the Director of the Undergraduate Dietetics Program at Bowling Green State University. Her interests are in clinical nutrition, sustainability, food insecurity, innovative teaching techniques in dietetics education, informatics, and the use of programmatic learning outcome. She serves as the Faculty Affiliate on campus for the BGSU Ending Hunger initiative and with the Office of Academic Assessment. She won the award for best innovation in dietetics education at FNCE, the Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Teaching at BGSU, the 2018 Ohio and North Central Region of NDEP Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award in the DPD Program category, and the 2020 BGSU Mentoring Excellence Award. She is also the former Chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Delegate Chair, 2018-2021
Jane Korsberg is the Owner/President of Nutrition Reality LLC, private practice and Adjunct Senior Instructor, Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University. She has served in various positions (including President) on the Boards of Cleveland Dietetic Association (CDA), Flint District Dietetic Association, Ann Arbor Dietetic Association, Michigan Dietetic Association, Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the AADE Choose Your Foods booklet committee, just to name a few. Jane holds a MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Early in her career she was awarded the ADA's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award and received the Distinguished Service Award from the CDA. More recently, she received the OAND President's Award/AND Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award in 2018 and the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award from the combined dietetic internship/master's degree program at CWRU and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Dietetic Internship.
Heather McCormick's background is in community and corporate wellness. She currently works with Mt.Carmel Health System in Columbus working in workplace health and cardiopulmonary rehab. She earned her master's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Bowling Green State University and her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University. In 2011, Heather was voted Ohio's Young Dietitian of the Year. She has served the Columbus Dietetic Association in many capacities, including President, and she is the former President and CPI Chair for the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Delegate Elect, 2020-2023
Lorna Fuller is a Training and Sr. HR Manager for Sodexo, Inc. in the Greater Cleveland area. She supports two Vice-Presidents for technical training in both Food and Environmental services covering several states in the mid-west, in addition to her Human Resources responsibilities. Most recently, Lorna was employed as a Recruitment Manager for Sodexo’s clinical needs covering the Midwest with oversight of seven (7) Clinical Sr. Recruiters responsible for recruiting registered dietitians throughout North America. Lorna has an A.A.S. degree from Cuyahoga Community College, a B.S in Dietetics from the University of Akron and a M.S. in Dietetics from Kent State University. Lorna has been active in health & wellness activities since the mid 90’s serving as President of the Cleveland Dietetic Association and former board member of the Ohio Board of Dietetics (OBD).
Other positions Lorna has held in dietetics included serving as Chair, Council on Professional Issues (OAND), and Secretary. Her involvement within the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is vast, and they include Diversity Leader, Chair of the National Organization of Blacks in Nutrition & Dietetics (NOBIDAN), and most recently serving on the National Nominating Committee.
Lorna Fuller is a native Clevelander and is active in various church activities ranging from Sunday School Teacher to past District Choir President. An avid reader, and traveler, she enjoys giving back to the community, which served her well. Her favorite positive affirmation borrowed from Les Brown is ‘if you want to soar like eagles, leave those pigeons alone. “
State Policy Representative
Pat has served as OAND, State Policy Chair for more than 20 years. She is Assistant Professor, Nutrition at Mt. Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus. She is a 50 year member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
State Policy Co Representative
Elizabeth Douglass, MPA, RD, LD is an Education Program Specialist (Child Nutrition) for the Ohio Department of Education and a clinical dietitian for The Buckeye Ranch. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University Medical Dietetics Coordinated Undergraduate program, and a Master of Public Administration and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs with a focus on food policy. Professional areas of interest center on food and hunger policy, food apartheid, healthy foods access, and expansion of medical nutrition therapy for vulnerable populations. Actively engaged within the community, she is the current Board President for the Clintonville Farmers’ Market and an enthusiastic gardener on Columbus’ west side.
Public Policy Coordinator
Kendra Schmuck RDN LD CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist, licensed dietitian who is certified as a diabetes educator. She has completed her certification of training in adult weight management & Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics with an emphasis in food service management from Bowling Green State University. She did her dietetic internship through Idaho State University. She has worked as a diabetes educator, outpatient medical nutritional therapist, clinical medical nutrition therapist, and in health promotion. She is currently employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the Chief of Clinical Dietetics. In her spare time she is the public policy coordinator for the Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Public Policy chair for the Dayton Dietetic Association.
Cincinnati District President
Carolyn Peterman, RDN, LDN is currently a dietitian at Figure Weight Loss in Northern Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Dietetics in 2009 and then moved to the Cincinnati area to complete her dietetic internship at Good Samaritan Hospital. Her previous work experiences include food service management, clinical and long-term care. She served as Secretary of the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association in 2014-2015 and was awarded OAND's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 2015.
Cleveland District President
Jennifer Kerner, MS, RDN, CCTD, LD, is a transplant dietitian at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) in Cleveland. She has been active in volunteering with GCAND since becoming a dietitian in 2008, this is her second time being elected as the GCAND president. She was awarded Ohio Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2013 and was awarded Outstanding Preceptor by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators & Preceptors Practice Group in 2015. She is involved in precepting interns at UHCMC through their transplant rotation and also as a research preceptor. She also is a trainer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Focused Physical Exam program.
Columbus District President
Christine Zachrich MS, RD, LD is holding her second term as the Columbus Dietetic Association District President (previous term was 2010-2011). She has previously served on the Columbus Board as the Council on Professional Issues Chair in 2018-2019. Christine is the Assistant Director for the Ohio University Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship Program/ Assistant Clinical Faculty. This internship program has a concentration in community nutrition and students gain supervised practice experiences in both the urban Columbus area as well as the rural Southeastern Ohio region. Christine collaborates with preceptors and local organizations to provide dietetic interns with unique community nutrition experiences.
Mahoning District President
Dema Halasa-Esper MS, RDN, LD started her career as a clinical dietitian and specialized in nutrition support and trauma. She worked at tertiary care hospitals in Michigan and at the University of Pittsburgh during her career. She is currently faculty at Youngstown State University's Department of Health Professions, a position she has held for the past twelve years. Her interests and research efforts are in nutrition assessment and applying physical assessment skills into the Nutrition Care Process. She has served and volunteered on several committees within Academy DPG, Dietitians in Nutrition Support (DNS) during her career, including chair of the DNS group in 2013-2014. She has written and spoken at local and national conferences on various nutrition topics, mostly focusing on using NFPA/E within dietetic education and preceptors training.
Stark District President
Awards & Scholarships Committee
Council on Professional Issues 2021
Council on Professional Issues 2022
Diversity Task Force
Diversity Task Force
State Policy Representative
Reimbursement & Coverage
State Media Task Force
None at this time.