Durham Chapel Hill District

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Join us for our April Meeting!

Endocrine Disruptors and the Health Effects throughout Pregnancy and the Lifespan

Presented by:

Dr. David Collier
Director of the Pediatric Obesity Treatment Center in Greenville


When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Duke Center for Living Stedman Center (3475 Erwin Rd, Durham)
Free for DHCDA and RDA members; $10 for non-members
Register here


Join us for our March Meeting!

Pharmaco-nutrigenetics in Patient Care: The Impact of Genetics on Nutrient-Drug Interactions
Presented by:

Olivia Dong, MPH, RDN, LDN

PhD Candidate,
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the UNC Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Duke Center for Living Stedman Center (3475 Erwin Rd, Durham)
Free for DHCDA members; $10 for non-members
Register here





Kenlyn Young, MS, RD, LDN
Kenlyn, a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, works as a research dietitian for Duke University Medical School, where she serves as the interventionist for two NIH-funded studies. Both studies focus on implementing the DASH diet and exercise with one examining the effects of diet and exercise on brain health and cognitive function, and the other the effects on Resistant Hypertension. Kenlyn has served on the local DCHDA board in several different roles, including President-elect for one year and Treasurer for two years. She also serves as a volunteer member on the PORCH Board. Kenlyn has a passion for the culinary arts and creating healthy, colorful, and simple meals. She enjoys helping others navigate our confusing world of food choices, new research, and frequent health challenges. She believes that awareness is the first step to wellness and that starting with small dietary and lifestyle changes empowers an individual to achieve a healthy, balanced, and sustainable life.



Jamie Rincker, MS, RDN, LDN
Jamie is a research dietitian clinician at Duke University Health Systems in the Center for Aging.  Her current work focuses on weight loss in obese, frail, older adults. Jamie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and earned her Master Degree of Human Nutrition from Drexel University 2014. Her internship pursuits took her to Israel to work with professional and recreational athletes to reach their health and fitness goals in an interdisciplinary setting.  Jamie was inspired to become a dietitian by her grandfather’s work as a physician and her previous career in environmental and human rights politics. For Jamie, the combination of our health care system, our food systems, and the political landscape are deeply intertwined in the overall health of individuals.  Jamie aims to empower people to navigate their health through the modern world.


Christine Tenekjian, MPH, RD, LDN
Christine is a clinical dietitian at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center, a residential style, multidisciplinary obesity treatment facility.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Virginia and completed her Master of Public Health and Dietetic Internship at UNC Chapel Hill. She holds a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Christine became a dietitian because she wanted to help people learn how to eat for a healthy and energized life. She works with clients for weight management, lipid modification, blood sugar and diabetes control, gastrointestinal issues, sports nutrition, sustainable eating, and general wellness. She loves to empower and educate individuals and groups to create practical solutions for better eating in the context of their busy lives. Outside of work Christine enjoys hiking, jogging, bicycling, camping, yoga, reading, watching live music, and singing. Her mantra: Enjoy what you want, in moderation and mindfulness, and always consider the resources it cost to get the food to your plate. 



Ben White, MPH, RDN, LDN
Ben works as a clinical dietitian at Structure House, a residential weight loss and wellness center in Durham. He teaches classes, runs workshops, leads outings in the community, meets individually with participants, and develops activities and demonstrations. Ben has a science and teaching background, and is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to stay healthy and lose excess weight.

Ben received his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2015. He has experience in cancer and nutrition, vegetarian diets, motivational interviewing, teaching, and science research. Ben’s interests include running and competing in local races, traveling, cooking, golfing and reading.


Raina Goldstein Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN
Legislative Chair
Raina is a graduate of UNC’s Master’s in Public Health Nutrition Program.  She currently works as market manager of Western Wake Farmers Market in Cary.  Her nutrition interests are sustainable agriculture and local food systems as well as food policy. She’s excited to be involved in DCHDA this year!


Susan Wyler, MPH, RDN LDN
Nominating Chair, Past-President 
Susan is an integrative nutritionist, who offers individualized nutritional counseling and medical nutrition therapy at her company Triangle Nutritional Wellness at Chapel Hill Doctors Healthcare Center.  Wyler is a culinary professional, who has published half a dozen cookbooks and co-authored three wellness books with recipes; the latest is The Diabetes Solution: How to Manage Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes with Simple Dietary and Lifestyle Changes. She teaches Food Science and Culinary Arts in the graduate nutrition department at UNC Chapel Hill.



Renee A. Stasko-Bailey, RD, LDN
Awards Chair
Renee is a graduate from Indiana University of PA with a BS degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management.  In her professional career, she held positions in Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Facilities as a Clinical Dietitian and then advancing to Divisional Dietitian and then Corporate Dietitian. Renee also did consulting work and is now employed for Cigna as a Health Care Educator doing telephonic coaching. She has her certification in Weight Management and is currently working towards obtaining Certification for Diabetes Educator. She has been involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for over 30 years, holding numerous board positions from Chair Elect to Chair in the state of MD and also Nominating Chair and Teller. She also has been involved in practice groups, holding positions of Chair and Chair Elect for the Consultant Group in PA and also served as past Secretary for DCHDA. Renee and her husband moved to NC from Pittsburgh, PA 4 years ago. Her hobbies include running, reading, walking and taking care of all animal creatures, especially their two Bella and Vito.


Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN
Membership Chair
Jessica is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. She completed a BS in nutritional sciences – dietetics from UC Berkeley, MPH from UCLA, and dietetic internship through the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Jessica currently works for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, Jessica worked for a local health department on a nutrition education and obesity prevention program and breastfeeding promotion project.


Melissa Walter, MPH, RD, LDN
Newsletter Editor
Melissa has a background in psychology and sustainable design; however, she chose to explore a long-time passion for nutrition and recently completed nutrition degrees at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina, while studying and volunteering in oncology and integrative medicine. Melissa most recently developed a corner store food access initiative for the NC Department of Agriculture. She is now working on nutrition projects within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is involved in community outreach for the School, teaching primarily on brain health and aging. In her spare time, you'll find Melissa and her her pup, Birdie, working to become a therapy team--and using this as an excuse to sit outdoors at LOTS of local restaurants and sample foods from LOTS of local farms!


Amy Crisp, RD, LDN, CDE  
Journal Club Chair
Amy has been a dietitian for 10 years working in a variety of settings in the Washington DC area as well as the Triangle. Most of her experience is in outpatient diabetes education and nutrition both with children and adults. Currently she is pursuing her Masters at North Carolina Central University with plans to graduate spring of 2018. 


Julie Ives, BS 
Student Liaison (NCCU)
Julie has a degree in Biology from UNC Asheville and is currently a student at NCCU in the Foods and Nutrition Concentration in Dietetics degree program. She plans to graduate in 2018 and apply for a dietetic internship. At NCCU for the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be serving as the Student Nutrition Association President. Julie has enjoyed working in the fields of primatology at the Duke Lemur Center as well as in early childhood education as a preschool teacher. Julie has become more interested in nutrition from a personal level. Her and her daughter were diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After years of navigating the gluten free diet, she began to realize and learn more about the importance of foods and nutrition and their impact on health and disease. Julie is interested in merging her passions for science, education, and nutrition together, and she hopes to work as a dietitian to improve nutrition education and access to foods for children and families.



Olivia Dong, MPH, RD, LDN
Olivia is a fourth year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Olivia's research primarily focuses on precision medicine (pharmacogenetics and nutrigenetics), ways the nutrition and pharmacy fields can work synergistically together, and the implementation of pharmacogenetics in the clinical setting. In particular, Olivia is studying genetic variations in the metabolism of nutrients and drugs and ways these variations can be translated into clinically relevant interventions. Olivia has worked at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute as a research dietitian and interned with Nutrition in Medicine, an international online education initiative at UNC that creates pertinent nutrition instruction for medical professionals. She co-authored instructional modules on celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and cholesterol lowering, and helped develop a module on dietary supplements for the US Department of Defense. Olivia is looking forward to another great year with DCHDA!