Leadership

Leadership

Organizational Chart

Co-Chair

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Dixie Havlak, RDN
Email: havlakrd@comcast.net

Dixie Havlak retired from thirty years of private practice in 2013. She took her first trip to Latin America in 2007 and has been on 8 nutrition missions to Honduras and Nicaragua since that time. She connected with other dietitians through these missions and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation as they shared experiences and resources. Dixie collaborated with Diane Stadler and Laurie Sauerwein to help create the Global Food and Nutrition Resource Hub on the Academy Foundation website. A recipient of the Alice Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange Essay Award and an American Academy of Pediatrics I-CATCH grant, she has specialized in mobile health education kits for use in remote rural areas of Latin America. Her interest led her to a leadership role in forming the Academy’s Global Member Interest Group. She is planning a nutrition mission to Bolivia in 2019.

Co-Chair

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Jen Brewer, MA, RD
Email: jenb@mycookkitchen.com

Jen Brewer, MA, RDN has a home in Minnesota, but her heart lives Guatemala. She works with several NGO's in various parts of the country, helping to implement programs that utilize family gardens to help sustainable nourish families and fight the cycle caused by malnutrition and poverty. Having lived in Guatemala twenty years ago, Jen got a first hand look at the lifelong physical and mental devastation caused by lack of adequate nutrition, especially during the early years of life, and always wanted to return once she completed her education and could really help make a difference. She did return in 2014, while pregnant with her seventh child, and turned her passion into a family affair, taking her husband and children with her to various projects throughout the country.

Jen is over the moon to be a part of the GMIG and is excited to rub shoulders with other like minded people in this group! When not traveling you will find her taxi driving her kids all over town, cheering like crazy at their events, and basically trying to survive life as mom.

Treasurer

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Janice Giddens, MS, RDN
Email: janicegiddens@gmail.com

Janice Giddens is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and serves as the Director of Health and Wellness Partnerships at National Dairy Council. She leads collaborations with thought leaders to promote awareness of the link between agriculture, sustainable food systems and health.

Janice has over 12 years of experience in global and domestic sustainable nutrition and agriculture-focused program development. She intimately understands the important role that agriculture plays in nourishing people, the planet, and communities from her work on farms and with farmers in the U.S., Ecuador, Mozambique and Rwanda. Janice was awarded the first applied international nutrition research fellowship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation which took her to Rwanda to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition-focused agricultural programming that targeted smallholder farmers, women and children within the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life. In the U.S., she’s worked with refugee farmers to secure land and resources needed to grow culturally appropriate foods and started farmers markets to improve their livelihoods and access to healthy foods. As the nutrition program manager at a food bank, she designed and implemented their inaugural nutrition programming, including the rollout of a system that assessed nutritional adequacy of 70 million pounds of food annually, a teaching kitchen for culinary nutrition classes, and educational programming that was delivered at community partner sites.

Janice received a dual B.S. in Dietetics and Consumer Foods as well as a Certificate in International Agriculture from the University of Georgia. She obtained her M.S. in Human Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Mississippi State University. Her graduate work at Mississippi State focused on the relationship between food insecurity and weight status among women.

Secretary

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Jaylin Kellogg, MS, RD, LDN
Email: jkellogg93@gmail.com

Jaylin Kellogg works as a clinical dietitian at multiple acute care hospitals throughout the Philadelphia area. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University and earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Following graduate studies, she spent five months as a Nutrition Ambassador in the Dominican Republic with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, developing various nutrition programs and training hospital staff on how to identify signs of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies using the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam. In addition, her work included developing a breastfeeding support group for local women and creating the nutrition component of the diabetes and hypertension home visitation program. Her areas of interest include micronutrient deficiencies and anemias and maternal and child health. She plans to continue working in acute care to sharpen her skills as a clinician in order to better utilize them in the international setting.

Advisory Chair

Tatyana el Kour
Email: Tatyana.elkour@gmail.com

Communications Committee Chair

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Lisa Littrell, MPH, RD, LDN
Email: lisalittrell@hotmail.com

Lisa Littrell is the Health and Nutrition Coordinator for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Head Start Program where she manages the nutrition and health education services for close to 500 families with children under the age of 5. Lisa began her nutrition career in 2010 where she worked as a Clinical Dietitian for LBJ Hospital in American Samoa, an unincorporated U.S. territory in the South Pacific, for 4 years. It was during her time there that Lisa’s passion for community level interventions in resource poor areas began, and she went on to earn her Master’s in Public Health in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences from Tulane University – School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2016. In addition to her current position, Lisa has also spent time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working on a malnutrition and gardening program, and in Romania partnering with local organizations to provide health education to orphaned and underprivileged youth. In her free time, Lisa loves to live an active and adventurous lifestyle, always looking for a new sport to tackle. Currently Lisa trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and runs marathons and ultra-marathons. Recently, Lisa’s ultra-marathon training opened up an opportunity to create and pilot a nutrition and sports education curriculum for young women in Afghanistan.

Education Committee Chair

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Laurie Sauerwein, MS, MSPH, RD
Email: lsauerwein.nutritionist@gmail.com

I have been a Registered Dietitian since 1982, working in outpatient MNT and WIC clinics after a three year stint in inpatient clinical. Much of the patient population I have served has been first and second generation immigrants, including many Spanish speakers. My international experience includes volunteer work in seven countries with a number of different organizations, including a total of 18 months in Africa. Overseas, I have worked with and provided education for diabetes programs, hospital nutritionists, medical doctors, and community health workers. I’ve created educational materials, consulted on food assistance programs and managed a World Food Program contract in a disaster area. I am currently a member of two international disaster relief teams. My formal education includes a Master’s degree in nutrition from Central Washington University and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I’m always working to upgrade my French and Spanish language skills and wish I could speak all six UN languages fluently.

Membership Committee Chair & Member Directory Coordinator

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Joanna Cummings, MS RD CNSC
Email: cummijoa@ohsu.edu

Joanna Cummings is the Director and Clinical Nutrition Instructor for Oregon Health & Science University, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and SouthEast Asia programming. Currently, she is the director of the Clinical Nutrition Specialist course in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She works collaboratively with the Lao Ministry of Health to build capacity within the government and hospitals around clinical nutrition. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with advanced certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). She has collaborations and partnerships in Lao, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Indonesia. Joanna is also a Global Mentor for the SouthEast Asia Youth Leadership Initiative, YSEALI-ENGAGE, hosted by the United States government. Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Additionally, she has worked extensively on the development of nutrition education tools as the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at OHSU, Research Dietitian at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Dietitian in Oncology at the University of Colorado and as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Network and Relations Committee Chair

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Charlotte Block, MS, RD
Email: charblock@gmail.com

Charlotte Block is a registered dietitian and international nutrition expert with a focus on nutrition-sensitive approaches and chronic disease. Currently, she is Technical Specialist for Nutrition and Resilience at the non-profit NCBA CLUSA ensuring nutrition-sensitivity to development projects in Africa and Asia. Previously, she was Technical Director of Nutrition at ACDI/VOCA, providing technical assistance on international nutrition-sensitive agriculture, value chain, and market system projects. Charlotte also served as Senior Program Manager at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has managed nutrition and chronic disease programs for Project HOPE, and at Mercy Corps worked across sectors supporting projects from Kosovo to Mongolia. Charlotte began her career as a pediatric diabetes educator after completing the coordinated dietetic program at the University of Minnesota. She holds a MS degree from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Nominating Committee Chair

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Ethan Bergman, PhD, RDN, CDN, FADA, FAND
Email: Ethan.Bergman@cwu.edu

Bergman is Chair of the Health Sciences Department in the College of Education and Professional Studies and professor of food science and nutrition at Central Washington University, Ellensburg. Bergman was president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012-2013 and was presented with the Academy Medallion Award in 2017.  He was named CWU Distinguished University Professor in 2001-2002 and was named by the Washington State Dietetic Association as Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year in 2000.

Bergman is a board member with the Alliance to End Hunger and has been an active researcher in the area of School Meals for the last 20 years.  Bergman currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Education Collaborative with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Washington State University Yakima, and Heritage University representatives.

He is a past delegate and past speaker of the Academy's House of Delegates. He has served on the Academy's Educator's Task Force on Education Reform in Dietetics Education and on the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. Bergman earned his doctorate from Washington State University.