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DCHDA Ballot 2019 

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Jamie Rincker, MS, RDN, LDN
Jamie owns and runs Fork Nutrition Counseling LLC and is also a research dietitian clinician at Duke University Health Systems in the Center for Aging. In her practice Jamie works one-on-one with individuals on weight management and disease management. At Duke she focuses on weight loss in obese, frail, older adults. Jamie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and earned her Master of Science in 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. Jamie has been on the DCHDA board for two years as Treasurer and President-elect and aims to guide DCHDA through a stimulating year of learning and making connections for the members of DCHDA.


Raina Goldstein Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN
Raina is an elementary school nutritionist at the Durham County Department of Public Health. In this role she teaches nutrition and partners with school and community groups to create healthier school environments.  She thinks she has the coolest job in the world! Raina is passionate about helping to create policy, systems and environmental changes to help make the healthy choice the easy choice where people live, work, learn and play. Raina has been on the board of DCHDA for three years as the Legislative Chair and is very excited for her new role as President-elect.


Jasmine Burroughs, RD
Jasmine is a graduate of the dietetics program and dietetic internship at North Carolina Central University. Currently, she works in research at the Duke University Digital Health Science Center. Jasmine has interests in biology, nutrition, and research and has been working on behavioral intervention trials for the past 6 years at Duke. She is also involved with local community groups supporting food access and food security. Outside of work Jasmine enjoys spending time with her infant son as well as cooking and hiking. 


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 livesOutside of work Christine enjoys singing, cooking, and staying active with gardening, hiking/camping, jogging, and yoga. 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
Awards Chair
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.


Judy Lester, MS, RDN, LDN
Nominating Chair
A native of North Carolina, Judy graduated from Auburn University, completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and obtained a Master's degree in Nutrition from Meredith College. Judy is an outpatient dietitian at UNC Health Care working with renal patients in pre- and post-transplant as well as in the nephrology clinic. Judy has served as NCDA Treasurer, Co-chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting, Webmaster, chair of several presidential appointed committees, was awarded in 2011 the Just Do 2. Judy has held various positions on the DCHDA board, including President, Nominating Chair, Treasurer, Career Guidance Chair, and Food Security Chair. When not at work, you can find Judy busy with her family, happily cooking, gardening, playing bridge, reading, needlepointing, knitting or attending Auburn football games. 



Kenlyn Young, MS, RD, LDN
Communications Chair, Past President
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 for one year, 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.


Julie Sundermann, MPH, RD
Legislative Chair
Julie Sundermann is a newly minted MPH, RD, fresh out of graduate school from UNC at Chapel Hill. Before and during grad school, Julie worked in a variety of settings including education, the non-profit sector, and nutrition research. She is passionate about promoting equitable access to optimal nutrition in the first 1,000 days and just began a job as a Nutrition Program Consultant with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also has an adorable 6-month-old lab mix puppy!


Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN
Membership Chair
Jessica is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill and works with No Kid Hungry NC at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her work focuses on food insecurity, federal nutrition programs, and cooking/nutrition education. 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. 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 
Julie has a BA in Biology from UNC Asheville, and in spring of 2018 completed her BS in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Food and Nutrition from NCCU. She is currently a Dietetic Intern at Duke University Hospital. This will be Julie’s second year as the Student Liaison for the DCHDA! She has enjoyed working at Duke University Hospital as a Dietetic Technician for Pediatric and Infant Nutrition, as well as in the fields of early childhood education in the Durham community and primatology at the Duke Lemur Center. Julie began her pursuit in dietetics to learn more about nutrition and its impact on health and disease after she and her daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease. She hopes to merge her passions for science, nutrition, and education with the goal of becoming a dietitian to improve nutrition therapy, nutrition education, and food access for children and families.



Olivia Dong, MPH, RD, LDN
Olivia is a 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. Olivia is looking forward to another great year with DCHDA!