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Chair Susan Yake
Susan Yake, RDN, CD, CDE, CLT
Chair

Susan Yake, RDN, CD, CDE, CLT, was a Clinical Dietitian for the U.S. Navy for 28 years in the Pacific Northwest. She is now a member of the Freedom Hero USA Healing Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to healing veterans, first-responders, and their families. Susan won the DCE Legislation Activity Award and the Grassroots Excellence Award for her political activities. She served on the ADA PAC Board and spoke at the Academy's Public Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. several times. She held positions in DCE as Public Policy Liaison, Awards Chair, and Theme Editor for On the Cutting Edge. She is a Certified LEAP Therapist with Oxford Biomedical Technologies. Susan lives with her husband and talking bird Ferdy in Bremerton, Washington. Her hobbies are photography, scrapbooking, weightlifting, snowshoeing, and genealogy.

 

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Chair Elect Liz Quintana
 
Liz Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE
Chair-Elect
Formerly on the faculty of West Virginia University School of Medicine and dietitian for the Dr. Dean 
Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Liz is currently Program Director of Diabetes Services at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Her position supports the development, coordination and delivery of diabetes self-care within a worksite disease management/ program  environment. Her responsibilities include direct patient care, behavioral health interventions, preventive health screenings, assessments, counseling and seminars.
 
Liz received her undergraduate and master's degrees in nutrition from the NY State University College at Plattsburgh and Texas Tech University. She completed her dietetic internship from the Bronx VA Hospital. Her doctoral degree is from WVU in Technology Education with emphasis on adult health care. Certified as a Diabetes Educator and in Adult Weight Management, Liz completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology at WVU. She enjoys gardening, yoga, and back-packing.

 

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Past Chair Betty Krauss
 
Betty Krauss, RDN, CDE
Past Chair / Industry Relations

Betty is a Certified Diabetes Educator employed by Spectrum Health Medical Group as a diabetes educator in their approved program. This is new for her, as for many years, she worked for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as the nutrition services manager and clinician. Her department won the 2010 Quality Improvement Award for innovative best practice in customer service. She served for the medical group as the leader representing the Hospital on the area-wide collaborative team along with all of the acute care hospitals who worked on the mission of improving glycemic control and outcomes in the Hospital. She was the only Certified Diabetes Educator and therefore assisted with many of the hospital's guidelines for education and treatment of the persons with diabetes.

She has been on the DCE Executive Committee as the Public Policy Liaison and, most recently, as the Electronic Communication chairperson. She has served as Michigan's Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, their delegate to the Academy, and on the Commission of Dietetic Registration for 3 years. She graduated from Michigan State University and completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, Michigan. She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and children along with her most precious granddaughters Leanna Mae, Peyton Emma and Adalynn Grace. She enjoys golfing, garage sale shopping, shopping with her sisters, mission trips out of the country, legislative activities, and serving as a Dietetic Preceptor.

 

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Secretary Susan Rizzo
 
Susan Rizzo, RD, LDN, CDE
Secretary

Susan is a dietitian and diabetes educator for AMITA Heath Systems located in the Chicago metro area. Fluent in Spanish,she provides nutrition counseling and diabetes education for diverse population groups with a focus on type 2 and gestational diabetes. She has extensive experience with bariatric surgery counseling. Over the past 30 years, Susan has held consulting positions with various organizations including the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services and numerous drug/alcohol rehab and long term care facilities. Susan is passionate about promoting lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. She is past Professional Development Chair and Awards Chair for the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Susan stays busy with new ventures and always enjoys family time.

 

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Treasurer Paula Kellogg Leibowitz
Paula Kellogg Leibovitz, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
Treasurer
Paula Kellogg Leibovitz is the owner of PKL Consulting, focusing on grant management and the development & delivery of community education programs. She serves as a Technical Consultant for the Connecticut State Department on Aging and Department of Public Health. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, and has managed grants from the Maternal Child and Health Bureau, Office on Woman's Health, and the Robert Wood Foundation. Paula directed the Dietetic Technician Program at Lincoln College of New England (formerly Briarwood College) and now serves on its Program Advisory Board.
 
Paula has served in numerous leadership positions in the Academy, including Commissioner for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and as Dietetic Technician Program Representative on the ACEND Board of Directors. She is immediate past chair of the Examination Panel and Entry-Level Dietetics Practice Audit Committee for CDR. In addition to serving as DCE treasurer, she will be the CDR Representative for the Council on Future Practice.
 
Paula loves gardening and is a Master Gardener. She also loves to cook and travel, and especially enjoys relaxing at Cape Cod. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Peter.

 

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Membership Chair Patricia Davidson
 
Patricia Davidson, DCN, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND
Membership Chair
Patricia Davidson is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and fellow of the Academy. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, College of Health Sciences at West Chester University-PA, and holds degrees from Rutgers University (DCN, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition), Virginia Tech (MS, Nutrition and Food Science), Southern Illinois University (BS, Nutrition and Food Science). For nearly 30 years she has worked as a clinician, researcher, and educator. Her clinical positions include in-patient diabetes education, private practice, and community diabetes education. She has served on various task forces and leadership positions, including the State of Tennessee Standards Committee Diabetes Coalition, President of the New Jersey Dietetic Association, President & Treasurer of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators, Public Policy Coordinator for Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Chair of the Coordinating body of PA-AADE. In 2011 she received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award from NJDA and the Distinguished Service Award of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators.
 
On the national level, she has been active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; she is currently chairing the Prediabetes Workgroup, and has co-authored Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Nutrition Guidelines. Within DCE, she has served as the Awards Chair, and is currently the Membership chair. Her research centers on prevention and management of diabetes for adults and children as well as the development and applications of technology in diabetes management. She has authored or co-authored numerous manuscripts pertaining to diabetes treatment strategies, management, problem-solving, implementation of nutrition guidelines, and prevention.

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DCE Lorena Drago
 
Sandra Parker, RDN, CDE
Print Communications Chair

Sandra Parker, RDN, CDE is a former DCE Chairperson, Treasurer, and Public Policy Chair. She is recently retired having worked in clinical, outpatient and public health positions over her 45 year career.

In addition to serving as the Print Communications Coordinator for DCE, Sandy is a volunteer for the National Diabetes Education Program HealthSense Task Group.

 

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Electronics Comm Chair Theresa Moutafis
Theresa Moutafis, MA, RD, CLC, CDE
Electronic Communications Chair
Theresa Moutafis is a dietitian, lactation counselor, and certified diabetes educator. Theresa has worked at a community health center in the Boston area for almost 6 years. Her work there is divided between outpatient nutrition (with a strong focus on diabetes), WIC, and managing the department's breastfeeding program. She works mainly with low-income Caribbean immigrants, most of whom are Dominican. Theresa also works from home as a dietitian, coach, and lactation consultant with a couple of app-based programs, Nutrimom and Pacify.
 
Theresa has been involved with DCE working the Recipe of the Month and the event calendar. She's also served on the theme team and as a reviewer for some issues OTCE. She's been involved with other DPGs, her local affiliate, and with her community & church.
 
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, her toddler Grace, and enjoying living in Salem. MA.

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Professional Dev Chair Laura Russell
Laura Russell, MA, RD, CDE
Professional Development Chair

Laura is a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Endocrinology Clinic of Minneapolis in Edina, MN, and a Diabetes Coach for Fit4D (www.fit4d.com). She specializes in diabetes technology, such as insulin pumps and sensors, and works with type 1, type 2, and diabetes in pregnancy. She is responsible for accreditation and coordination of the diabetes program in her clinic position. She also recently represented the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Washington, DC for a consesnsus conference on continuous glucose monitoring with AACE. Her past experience in Bismark, ND and Billings, MT also includes weight management for adults and children, bariatric surgery, celiac disease, development of insulin adjustment protocols, and several research projects. Laura was the Website Editor for DCE in 2013 & 2014 and the Electronic Communications Chair 2014 & 2015.  Laura is busy with one young son at home, and enjoys cooking, traveling, and going to sporting events with her husband. 

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Policy Chair Carol Brunzell
Carol Brunzell, RD, LD, CDE
Policy and Advocacy Leader

Carol Brunzell RD, LD, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Minnesota Health, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She works with adult and pediatric patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, pregnancy in diabetes, and many other comorbidities with diabetes requiring specialized Medical Nutrition Therapy. She has written and spoken extensively on Diabetes and Celiac Disease and Cystic Fibrosis-related Diabetes, and contributed two chapters in the American Diabetes Association Guide to Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes on these topics, as well as in the AND Nutrition Care Manual. Carol has given numerous professional presentations to international, national, state, and local audiences, and has authored & co-authored many professional articles and book chapters about diabetes and nutrition therapy.

 

Carol has been the head dietitian for the American Diabetes Association Minnesota Affiliate Camp Needlepoint and Daypoint for the past 18 years. She has traveled with her pediatric diabetes endocrine team to Uganda for the past 4 years, teaching diabetes management to health care professionals and working with pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes in clinics. Carol is currently on the Legislative and Public Policy Committee for AND, has been the Public Policy Chair, Delegate, and President of the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Advocacy Chair for Minnesota-AADE. She plays the viola in the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Orchestra and the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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Delegate Linda Rocafort
 
Linda Rocafort, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE
Dietetic Practice Group Delegate

Linda has been a clinical dietitian for over 10 years, and currently works at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL as the Employee Wellness Coordinator for the North Florida South Georgia VA System. Linda’s previous work experience includes serving as an outpatient dietitian for the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, clinical dietitian for the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Program Co-Manager for the Take Charge Weight Initiative at Guilford Child Health, and managing her private practice Access Nutrition, LLC in Mebane, NC. She has volunteered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics over the years as a member and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity Committee; in addition to serving as the Nominating Committee Chair and Legislative Policy Chair for her local affiliate, the Gainesville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND). She received the Recognized Young Dietitian Award from both GAND in 2013 and from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014. Most recently, Linda became a Certified Diabetes Educator and is dedicated to empowering Veterans in their efforts to manage their diabetes and overall health and wellness. When she is not working, Linda enjoys running outdoors, supporting her alma mater (Go Gators!), and spending time with her husband Jared and two daughters, Emma and Harper.

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Nominating Chair Robin Nwankwo
Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE
Nominating Committee Chair

Robin is a Certified Diabetes Educator dietitian employed with University of Michigan Medical School in community base research. She provides nutrition education and disease management support to primarily adults living with type 2 diabetes Her passion is working with patients to complete their gaps in knowledge for self-managing their diabetes. She has worked in diabetes for over 21 years on several NIH grant funded projects ranging from retinopathy screenings to diabetes self-management education and support based on the empowerment philosophy. She has been a contributing author to several books and journals. 

Robin lives in Michigan while working and in Georgia with her husband. She is active in church, loves to play with her grandson, and spend time with her adult children and friends.

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DCE 2015 Linda
Linda Flanagan Vahl
Administrative Manager

Linda began her career at the Academy as Manager of Professional Development with CDR in 1999, working with CPE Accredited Providers and recertification/credentialing.  Linda has been a DPG Manager since 2007, and enjoys working with volunteer leaders. Linda has a BA in Urban Studies/Public Policy from DePaul University in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, tennis and volunteering in her community. She served on her local high school Board of Education for 8 years, and served on her local H.S. Education Foundation devoted to scholarship fundraising. Linda enjoys time with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons & cat in suburban Oak Lawn, IL, 30 minutes southwest of Chicago.