Oregon Board Info

Learn more about our 2019-20 Board members!


Anne Goetze,
RDN, LD, FAND
President

Anne is the Senior Director, Nutrition and Business Development for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.  Since becoming a dietitian almost 30 years ago, Anne has cultivated her love of food and nourishing people to develop expertise in nutrition programming and partnerships.  She has served in many leadership positions and as a preceptor for both internship programs in our state.  In 2015, she was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
 

Whitney Ellersick,
MS, RDN
Past President
 

Whitney is the Nutrition Services Senior Director at Portland Public Schools, where for 12 years she has supported and led a team in serving over 30,000 meals each day in Oregon’s largest school district.  Whitney’s expertise includes food service management, local procurement and farm to school programs, and USDA Child Nutrition Programs.  Whitney is dedicated to providing students with delicious, high quality, nutrient-rich meals while educating palates, inspiring culinary curiosity and nourishing the health of the community through school meals.  Whitney enjoys being a mentor to students whether it be school age, undergraduate or graduate, and has been a dietetic intern preceptor for 11 years.


Meredith Kelinhenz,
RDN, CSG, LD
President Elect

Meredith Kleinhenz is a Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition and practices at Providence ElderPlace, a Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE). She is privileged to work as part of an interdisciplinary primary care team that serves some of the most frail elders in the community. Her other passions include learning about and sharing the  Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size philosophies, as well as teaching her 13 and 10 year old children to cook so she can get a night off every once in a while!

Taylor Kayfes, RDN
Secretary

Taylor Kayfes currently works as a full-time, inpatient dietitian at PeaceHealth in Vancouver, WA working with a wide variety of patients. Taylor is currently serving on the Portland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board, and this will be her first year serving on the Oregon Academy board. In her spare time, she likes to hike, golf, watch murder mysteries, spend time with her dog, friends and family and explore new places and restaurants.


Amy Frasieur,
MS, RD, LD
Treasurer

 



Jenny Jackson,
PhD, MS, RDN
Delegate

Jenny is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. In this position, she is responsible for developing experiential learning opportunities to help students learn about food and nutrition through hands-on and service-based experiences. Jenny’s research is focused on the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity behaviors across the lifespan. Recent projects include a community-based study with the aim to understand barriers and opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity among children and families living in rural Oregon communities. Currently, she is working with colleagues to examine associations between food insecurity and physical functioning among U.S. older adults and among people living with HIV. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, cycling, gardening, and eating well.



Christina Lowe,
RDN, LD, CEDRD
Director, Member Services

Works as the inpatient dietitian at the VA Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) in Southern Oregon. I completed my dietetic internship from OHSU and am currently working towards getting a certification in eating disorder treatment. My interests are working with nutrition and mental health/addictions and I find educating Veterans to be extremely rewarding.  Additional, I enjoy listening to podcasts, hiking with my husband & dog Kodi, and cooking new recipes in my instant pot.


Sarah McCormick,
MS, RD
Director, Communications & Publications

Sarah’s professional expertise is in developing team based behavior change programs including HEALTHY, a national middle school program for diabetes prevention and Healthy TEAM Healthy U, a worksite wellness program. Currently, Sarah spends her days advocating for the RDN through her service with the Oregon Academy, chairing school fundraisers, and feeding her two children with love and good sense. In 2017, she was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Oregon Academy.  


Rochelle Kirwan Inwood, MS, RD, ACSM EP-C
Director, Policy and Advocacy

Rochelle has been a Registered Dietitian since 2009 where she completed her Dietetic Internship at Hines VA Hospital.  She is proud to continue to serve Veterans on several Interdisciplinary Teams at the Salem VA Outpatient Clinic.  Through her daily practice, she finds fulfillment in practicing within the Whole Health model to assist Veterans in identifying their health priorities.  In the outpatient setting Rochelle is experienced in program development and management (MOVE! weight management and MOVE! gym), grocery store tours, cooking classes and food demos, as well as Chronic Disease Management Classes focusing on hypertension, diabetes, CHF, COPD, Pain, and Depression.  In her free time she loves spending time with her husband and daughter laughing/being silly, exploring Oregon, cooking, eating, and reading.



Michelle Bump,
 MS, RD, CSR, LD
Nominating Chair
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and completed my bachelor’s degree, internship, and master’s degree all in Texas.  My professional dietitian experience includes past work as a clinical dietitian at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and as a lead renal dietitian at DaVita dialysis in Dallas.  Since 2014, I have enjoyed my position as the clinical coordinator for the dietetic internship program at Oregon State University, training future RDN colleagues.

Erin Audiss, RDN, LD
Nominating Committee
 
Erin Audiss is a registered dietitian based in Roseburg, Oregon. She spent the first three years of her dietetics career specializing in diabetes care at the Cow Creek Health & Wellness Center. She now works as an independent entrepreneur, managing two small businesses. Erin is passionate about building positive connections through community and creativity. She is devoted to photography and graphic design and is eager to use her talents in these areas to grow and add value to what we do as dietitians. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.
 

Claire Nichols, RDN
Nominating Committee

 Claire is the Statewide Education Programs Coordinator for the Oregon Food Bank. She oversees nutrition and gardening education programming and partnerships, serving low-income families throughout Oregon state. Working in community nutrition since 2012, she is passionate about food, particularly cooking and gardening, and views it as a vehicle for connection in our community. Claire currently serves as the President of the Portland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and received the Oregon Academy's 2018 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award. Outside of work, she spends her time exploring the outdoors through hiking and photography, and feels more joyful when practicing yoga.


Nicole Moore, RDN
Nominating Committee
2nd year

Nicole is currently an inpatient RD with Providence St. Joseph Health. She completed both her Bachelor and Master degrees in nutrition at CSU Chico and moved to Portland for her dietetic internship which she completed at OHSU. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and exploring the Portland metro area. She is excited to be a member of the Oregon Academy nominating committee and hopes to bring on innovative prospective leaders. 

   


Robyn Velander, RD
State Regulatory Specialist

Robyn Velander has been an RD in Oregon since 2001.  Her passion is advocating for and elevating the role of the hospital dietitian.  She currently works as the Acute Care Representative for Abbott Nutrition, supporting hospitals in OR, SW WA, and ID.  After work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

   


Rachel Berton, RD, LD
Public Policy Coordinator
 Rachel grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Salem, Oregon to complete her internship through Oregon State University. She currently works as a clinical dietitian at Salem Hospital to meet the nutrition needs of her patients. She is pursuing her MS in Food Systems and Society through Oregon Health and Science University. When she is not working you can find her sipping wine and playing with her cat, finding an unexplored hiking trail or restaurant, or attempting new yoga poses. Her passions in nutrition include helping people that are food insecure have healthy relationships with food.
   

Sandy Pagan, RD, LD
Educational Conference Chair

Sandy enjoys working at the intersection of technology and dietetics. She is currently a Nutrition Systems Consultant for Legacy Health, administrating the software programs in the food and nutrition department. With a desire to help dietitians and dietetic technicians find meaningful continuing education opportunities and propel their careers, she founded Dietitian Hub, an online platform connecting RDs and DTRs with CPE programs. Outside of work, Sandy is an avid bread baker and pizza maker.

   

Becky Johnson, MS, MA, RDN, LD
State Policy Representative

 Becky works as a dietitian with the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians. In this role, she provides medical nutrition therapy, counseling, and nutrition education to tribal members across the lifespan. Her primary interest areas are diabetes, nutrition education, and addressing the social determinants of health. Becky is a recent graduate of the combined MS in Human Nutrition/Dietetic Internship program at OHSU and also holds an MA in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, karate, and traveling with her husband.
   

Tobi Page, MS, RDN, LD
Newsletter Editor

Tobi Page is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Education. She is the owner and founder of Eating is a Lifestyle, a nutrition counseling practice in Portland, Oregon where she brings an intuitive eating approach to the management of chronic disease. Tobi also volunteers as a Board member with the start-up, Hillsboro Food Co-op. Her insatiable interest in food, nutrition, and eating fuels an enthusiasm for exploring food and discovering greater health through diet.
   

Amy Floreen, RD, LD
Awards & Scholarship Chair

Amy has dedicated her career to helping others do well. She has contributed professionally to the areas of Healthcare and Food service management, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Regulatory Compliance, Best Practice Quality Assurance initiatives, Teaching and most recently Behavioral Change Promotion.
She advocates for Dietetics professionals to think outside the box and apply dietetics skills to a variety or arenas. Breaking barriers in the field of Dietetics, opening doors for future professionals, offering opportunities to better promote health and wellness.
Her current role as a Treatment Specialist at Oregon State Hospital allows her to support both clientele and providers in the quest of better mental health and wellness outcomes.
Her belief in the power of a balanced lifestyle keeps her motivated to find personal wellness so that she may lead by example.
   

Mayra Crespo Bellido, RDN
Diversity Liaison

Mayra S. Crespo-Bellido, RD is the Diversity Liaison for the Oregon Academy.  Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Nutrition Sciences with a minor in Epidemiology at Oregon State University. She works as a research assistant examining Latino farmworkers experiences with food insecurity, and a teaching assistant for nutrition courses at OSU. Her research interests include: minorities health disparities, and the dietary quality of public and private food assistance available to food insecure households. 

   

Carrie Beck, MPH, RDN, LD
Reimbursement Chair

 Carrie Beck received an M.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Washington, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  Carrie has held several positions in the fields of public health and health promotion/chronic disease prevention program planning.  Her most recent positions include a Project Manager with the health care Quality Improvement Organization, Comagine Health.  In this position, Carrie led and supported multi-state teams coordinating quality improvement initiatives for clinician offices, home health agencies, hospitals and pharmacies on national priorities including cardiac health and the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Other previous positions include a public health nutritionist with FamilyCare Health, an Oregon coordinated care organization, a program manager for the Clark County, Washington WIC Nutrition Program, and as the Diabetes Coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority. 
   

Suzanne Watkins, MSCHN, RD, LD
Consumer Protection Coordinator

 
Suzanne works as an inpatient clinical dietitian at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. She finds satisfaction in addressing the acute nutrition needs in the inpatient population, and problem-solving long-term solutions. While she has a Master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, she also has the opportunity to use her Bachelor’s degree in public health on a daily basis by working with community health gatekeepers to address food insecurity in Linn County. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys hiking, playing music in her indie rock band, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two boys.
 
   

Josie Olesen
Student Member - OHSU

Josie is a native Oregonian who is completing the second year of OHSU’s Masters in Human Nutrition in Portland. Her master’s thesis is examining changes in leptin after bariatric surgery and how and why levels vary between individuals.  She is eager to become an RD and begin her professional career. Some of her professional interests include pediatrics, long-term care, and diabetes. She is very excited to be able to represent her fellow OHSU students for the Oregon Academy this year!

   
Student Member - OSU
 
   

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