Oregon Board Info

Learn more about our 2018-19 Board members!

Whitney Ellersick,

Whitney is the Nutrition Services Senior Director at Portland Public Schools, where for 11 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 10 years.


Anne Goetze,
President Elect
Anne is the Senior Director, Nutrition Affairs for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.  She directs nutrition  programming and partnerships with health professionals, child health and nutrition leaders.  A Registered Dietitian  Nutritionist, Anne and has worked for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council since April of 1990. Anne has served  in many leadership positions in state-level dietetic and nutrition associations. In 2015, she was recognized as a  Fellow of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her leadership, service and nutrition expertise.  

Jeri Finn,
Past President
Jeri serves on the faculty of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University. Since joining OHSU in 2010, she has served in the roles of Clinical Coordinator and Dietetic Internship Director, and is currently a part-time Instructor. Raised in rural Oregon, Jeri has a strong appreciation for agriculture and enjoys exploring the region’s bounty with her husband and son. Jeri’s professional interests include community and public health nutrition and adult education principles.

Taylor Kayfes, RDN

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.


Meredith Kelinhenz, RDN, CSG, LD

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!


Jenny Jackson,

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
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.


Amy Frasieur,
Director, Communications & Publications
 Info coming soon!



Rochelle Kirwan Inwood, MS, RDN
Director, Policy and Advocacy

Rochelle has worked as a MOVE! co-coordinator, developing nutrition and exercise curriculum.  She led the expansion of the Hines VA fitness areas, including gym and walking trails, while enjoying her involvement with employee wellness. Since 2013, Rochelle has been working as an outpatient RD with the VA in Chicago, and now in Salem, where in addition to nutrition therapy, she is experienced in group nutrition and exercise classes, grocery store tours, and cooking classes.  


Michele Guerrero, RD
Nominating Chair
 Michele is the Enabling Services Manager at One Community Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Hood River. She oversees Community Health Workers, RN/CDEs, interpretive services, migrant outreach, and social determinants of health programs. Prior to her work at OCH, Michele was the Primary Care Nutrition Services Supervisor at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, where she built and supervised a nationally-renowned integrated Registered Dietitian program. Michele is active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is currently the chair of a workgroup with HRSA which is developing a national model for integrated Registered Dietitians in health centers. Her interests outside of work include exploring the Scottish Highlands, Oregon berry season, rainy days, and elaborate nail art.

Andrea Hamilton,
Nominating Committee
Andrea completed her nutrition degree at California State University, Chico and then underwent a combined dietetic internship and master’s program in health care policy and management at Stony Brook University in New York. Andrea works as the dietitian for Compass Oncology, a comprehensive community cancer clinic with several sites in the Portland and Vancouver, WA area. Andrea enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking and trying new plant-based recipes, and quality time with family and friends.

Michelle Bump,
Nominating Committee

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.


Nicole Moore, RDN
Nominating Committee

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.


Ansley Hill, RDN
Public Policy Coordinator
Ansley is a registered and licensed dietitian based in Portland, Oregon. She works primarily as an inpatient clinical dietitian, but also teaches group nutrition classes, leads grocery store tours, and creates content for several web-based food and nutrition-focused publications. Ansley is actively developing a passion for political advocacy through her role as Public Policy Coordinator. When she’s not working, you can probably find her sipping red wine and reading true crime novels with her cat.

Rita Giles,
Educational Conference Chair

Rita works as a clinical inpatient dietitian at Salem Hospital. She hopes to one day work with women’s health, Health at Every Size, and Intuitive Eating, but for now she loves the fast pace of clinical nutrition. In her free time Rita enjoys cooking, writing, reading, and a variety of outdoor activities. 


Shannon Stember, RDN, LD
State Policy Representative
Shannon is a retired Child Nutrition Specialist formerly with Portland Public Schools (PPS) Nutrition Services and San Francisco Bay Area districts. Her interest in federal and state food policy began in 2002 as the PPS team proactively implemented higher nutrition standards, started Breakfast After the Bell programs and After School Supper programs, and expanded USDA Summer Food and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs. Shannon is an advocate for Farm to School, school gardens and student-grown salad greens served on cafeteria salad bars!

Tobi Page, MS, RD
Newsletter Editor

Tobi Page enjoys using her expertise in dietetics in a variety of settings. Part-time, she works with the OSU Extension Service and the Moore Family Center. Tobi also operates a private nutrition counseling practice in Lake Oswego where she works with individuals to develop personalized meal plans that fit their lifestyle. Tobi contracts with businesses to educate employees on how to fit healthy meals into busy schedules. Tobi is also a pediatric dietitian with Providence.

Amy Floreen, RD, LD
Awards & Scholarship Chair

Amy has spent the majority of her professional career as a Food and Nutrition Manager. In her current role as a clinical dietitian at Oregon State Hospital, she is excited to work in the field which originally led her down the path of becoming a Dietetics professional: behavioral health. In addition to work hours, Amy has dedicated her time to advancing the Dietetics profession to one of integrity and value. 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. 


Amy Allen, MPH, RD
Reimbursement Chair

Amy’s background includes creating and implementing an innovative primary care nutrition services program at the largest community health center in the Pacific Northwest, developing community and clinical partnerships to address food insecurity of high risk members at a nonprofit health plan, and overseeing wellness programming for 6,000+ employees in the public sector. 

Open position
Consumer Protection Coordinator

 If you are interested in this position, let us know!

Josie Olesen
Student Member

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!

Sydney Marie Cooper  

Claire Nichols, RDN
Portland Academy

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.