Board of Directors
Heather McCormick is an Account Manager with Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies in Lewis Center, Ohio. She is responsible for the oversight of multiple corporate wellbeing accounts and works directly with clients to develop and implement year long health and wellbeing strategies with programs such as on-site programming, wellbeing challenges, oversight of wellbeing coaching, online portal, and screenings. Heather earned her master's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Bowling Green State University and her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University. In 2011, Heather was voted Ohio's Young Dietitian of the Year. She has served the Columbus Dietetic Association in many capacities, including president and she is the former CPI Chair for the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Jason Roberts currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jason has worked at the VA since graduating from the University of Cincinnati. He now works as an outpatient dietitian where he is a member of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). Jason received the Recent Graduate Achievement Award in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati College Of Allied Health Sciences. He is also a proud recipient of Young Dietitian Award. As a student, Jason served on the CADE board as a student representative as well as the Student Advisory Council.
Heather Butscher MS, RD, LD, CLC is currently an outpatient clinical dietitian at University Hospitals. She has worked at MetroHealth Medical Center with the WIC program, and previously to that was a program facilitator for a weight management facility. Heather has won several awards to include the 2007 Recognized Young Dietitian award and in 2005 Outstanding Dietetic Student award recipient for the State of Ohio. Heathers educational background includes BS in Nutrition and a MS in Public Health Nutrition. While in school, Heather also studied international nutrition in Lima, Peru. Heather is currently perusing her MBA in health care administration..
Assistant Faculty, Dietetic Technology, Cuyahoga Community College
Sharon Doughten, MS, RDN, LD has dedicated her life to nutrition education and working towards expanding the preventative role that nutrition offers towards health for all groups.
To strengthen her education skills in the current environment of college education, Sharon has completed an Online Teaching and Learning certificate and completed master’s coursework in the specialty of Effective Reading skills. She has completed course-work to become a Quality Matters peer reviewer and has one course that meets the Quality Matters standards.
Sharon has been active with the CDR practice audit national task force and as a Registration Examination panel member for the Dietetic Technicians. She believes strongly in the role of the community college to help strengthen communities and bridge gaps in education. Sharon has served the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in many roles, including president.
Vera is the 2016-2017 President for the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GCAND). Her past GCAND positions included the nominating committee and Technical Practices. She was involved in the Academy House of Delegates during the term of 2011-2013. The 100th celebration is an exciting time for the GCAND group as it the birthplace of the Academy was Cleveland, Ohio. She is proud she can serve her term during the Academy’s milestone year.
Vera worked for Nestlé USA with her last position with the Regulatory Affairs team as a nutrition specialist responsible for packaging labels, consumer questions, and USDA compliance. She is a lifelong learner and currently pursuing a second master’s degree from Framingham State University. She holds the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) and Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) credentials. Health Education 4U, LLC is her soon-to-be launched program teaching the CDC prediabetes prevention course.
Chair Elect, Council on Professional Issues (CPI)
Mary-Jon Ludy, PhD, RDN, FAND is an Associate Professor of Food & Nutrition at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Dr. Ludy graduated from BGSU with a BS in Dietetics in 2002 and joined the faculty in 2011. She earned a MS in Clinical Nutrition from Tufts University, interned with a Vitamin A program in Nepal, conducted HIV research in Thailand, taught community development in Costa Rica, worked as an outpatient dietitian in Boston, and earned a PhD in Nutrition from Purdue University. Dr. Ludy’s overall research focus is energy balance through dietary manipulation. She is guided by a desire to conduct research that has practical application in real-life situations and involves students in the research process. Dr. Ludy’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as JAND, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Physiology & Behavior. These findings have been profiled by popular press outlets, such as The New York Times, Real Simple, and Shape. Through the Academy, Dr. Ludy has served as the Research DPG’s Policy & Advocacy Leader and Nominating Committee Chair, as well as Section Editor for JAND’s Topics of Interest in Dietetics Education Series. Additionally, Dr. Ludy has been honored by her students as BGSU’s Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year and by the Dannon Institute as one of 20 early career nutrition scientists believed to have the biggest chance of moving the nutrition field forward.
Delegate Chair, 2015-2018
Bonnie Willis, RD,LD is the manager of Food & Nutrition Services at Wooster Community Hospital, where her responsibilities include the Diabetic Clinic, outpatient and inpatient nutrition and food service operations. Previous professional positions included corporate director of nutrition services for Altercare, Inc. and as the Nutrition Services Manager at Avalon Food service. Bonnie has her degree from the University of Akron. She is currently a member of the advisory board at the University of Ashland and is a past member of the University of Akrons Advisory Board She had been active in GADA where she served as CPI chair until moving to Stark County. Currently Bonnie serves as a preceptor for the University of Akron, the University of Delaware, Ohio University and Cuyahoga Community College.
Along with being a dietitian, Cyndee Stegeman has enjoyed being a dental hygienist and certified diabetes educator. Overall, she has been in health care for over 25 years. She is an associate professor in the dental hygiene program at the University of Cincinnati and is co-author of The Dental Hygienists' Guide to Nutritional Care. Also, she is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction program at UC. In addition to being CPI Chair for ODA, she has most recently served ADA as Chair of Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals Dietetic Practie group and President of the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association.
Delegate Elect, 2017-2020
Andrea Livi, MBA, MS, RDN, LD is the current Delegate Elect for the OAND. She has also served over 11 years on the Columbus Dietetic Association and OAND boards as President, CPI Chair, ByLaws Chair, Strategic Planning Chair, and Awards and Scholarships Chair. Professionally she has experience in management, clinical nutrition, enteral nutrition, parenteral nutrition, food service, and sales. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University, Master of Science in Allied Health Professions with a concentration in Nutrition at Georgia State University, and a MBA with a concentration in Marketing at Capital University. She is currently working as the Regional Sales Manager at Coram CVS Specialty Infusion specializing in home infusion including TPN and tube feeding.
State Policy Representative
Pat has served as OAND, State Policy Chair and Board of Dietetics Liaison for 20 years. She is the Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Mt. Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus. She is a 50 year member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an ANDPAC Board Member.
State Policy Co Representative
Natalie is a clinical dietitian at University Hospital East providing inpatient care in the ICU, PCU, and orthopedic units as well as outpatient counseling. She is also in private practice at Mid-Ohio Nutrition Therapy, Inc. in Gahanna, OH. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, she completed her internship at OSU as well. Natalie has been an active member of the Columbus Dietetic Association since 2001. She has served as Reimbursement Chair 2005-7, Legislative/Policy Chair 2007-2010 as well as Reimbursement Co-Chair for OAND 2005-7, 2009. In 2008, OAND awarded Natalie “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year”. She has 2 small children, Ethan & Eva & a wonderful husband Tim who are the light of her life.
Public Policy Coordinator
Kendra Schmuck RDN LD CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist, licensed dietitian who is certified as a diabetes educator. She has completed her certification of training in adult weight management & Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics with an emphasis in food service management from Bowling Green State University. She did her dietetic internship through Idaho State University. She has worked as a diabetes educator, outpatient medical nutritional therapist, clinical medical nutrition therapist, and in health promotion. She is currently employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the Chief of Clinical Dietetics. In her spare time she is the public policy coordinator for the Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Public Policy chair for the Dayton Dietetic Association.
Akron District President
Cincinnati District President
Bio coming soon.
Cleveland District President
Amy Collins, RD, LD, is the Regional Manager for OH and PA for Armstrong Nutrition Management. As such she provides management, clinical support, and business development for Armstrong, a company that provides RD, DTR and CDM consulting services for long-term care and other healthcare and residential facilities. Amy has been active in the Greater Cleveland Chapter of AND for several years, serving as the COPI chair, President Elect, and is the incoming President. Amy has a background in Food Service Management, Commercial Food Service Equipment Sales & Kitchen Operations Consulting. Amy is also a Massage Therapist, a Chef, an Airbnb property owner, and owns and runs a business called the Lakewood Dish Dash, conducting walking restaurant tours in her town of Lakewood, OH.
Columbus District President
Laura Poland RDN, LD has experience in the dietetics profession for over 25 years and is a graduate of the Ohio State University. Her passion has become working in the preventative health care area, helping individuals achieve optimal health –One Habit At A Time!
Laura is the current President of The Columbus Dietetic Association and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Columbus Dietetic Association, Ohio Nutrition Council and the Nutrition Entrepreneur RDs of Central Ohio.
Laura specializes in weight management and has a certificate in training for both Adult as well as Child and Adolescent Weight Management. Laura is also a NETA certified Personal Trainer and enjoys helping her clients achieve a healthy lifestyle - balancing nutrition, exercise & stress.
Dayton District President
Melanie Schaffer is a clinical dietitian at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio where she provides exceptional medical nutrition therapy for our military men and women, their families, and our veterans. Although her area of expertise and passion is eating disorders, she provides nutrition education for dialysis, heart disease, obesity, pediatrics, geriatrics, GI, and cancer- just to name a few areas! She is currently the co-leader for the base's Body Shop program which works with families in a multidisciplinary class to help children and adolescents at risk for health complications from obesity form healthier lifestyle behaviors. She firmly believes dietitians are not just educators, but also nutrition therapists that must utilize excellent motivational interviewing and listening skills to help patients move forward towards their goals.
Northwest District President
Jane Graffin,MHE,RD,LD,CDE is in her fourth year of serving as president of the Northwest District. Jane is currently the Clinical Nutrition Manager/Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Prior to this job, Jane had worked as a Dietitian/Diabetes Educator at the Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center, Diabetes Youth Services Camps and University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo. Jane has been active in NODA and the local AADE group for over 25 years and received the Member Merit Award from OAND in 2004. In her downtime, Jane enjoys gardening along with freezing and canning a variety of foods along with traveling/attending sports events with her husband, Von. They have two adult children, Michael, who is in Athletic Team Sales at West Point in New York and Kim, a senior at Trine University in Indiana.
Stark District President
Cindy Hunyadi is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She has been active in the Stark County Dietetic Association for over 25 years, having served in the past as secretary, treasurer, and on council on practice. This is her first time serving as President of her district. She is a clinical dietitian for American Renal Associates and works at dialysis centers in Coshocton and Cambridge. She has been married for 38 years and has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Awards & Scholarships Committee
Council on Professional Issues 2016
Council on Professional Issues 2017
State Policy Representative
Ohio Board of Dietetics
Reimbursement & Coverage
State Media Task Force
Membership Services Director
Action for Healthy Kids
OAND Liaison: Karen Bakies
The Ohio Action for Healthy Kids Team is dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of Ohio's children through better nutrition and physical activity by promoting a healthy school environment. The primary focus includes: increased school breakfast participation, ensure that foods and beverages served on school campuses are consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and promote regular physical activity opportunities including a high quality physical education program. Ohio is divided into 10 regional zones with guidance by a mentor from the steering committee and is led by a local AFHK team member.
Ounce of Prevention
OAND Liaison: Karen Bakies
The Ounce of Prevention tool kit includes simple nutrition and activity messages to help prevent obesity through the first 12 well child visits. Addressing the growing epidemic of obesity is top priority for many healthcare providers. Physicians who regularly monitor growth and provide anticipatory guidance related to parenting, eating, and physical activity can perform an important intervention in a child's life. Use the link to Ounce of Prevention to download materials or order the tool likt or CD-ROM.