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Officers

Kyle LamprechtKyle J. Lamprecht, MS, RD, CSP, CSR, CD-N
Chair

Kyle received his B.S. degree in Dietetics from State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta and M.S. degree in Human Nutrition with a concentration in Nutritional Genomics from University of New Haven. He is working for the Pediatric Nephrology specialty group at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a Pediatric Renal Dietitian and is passionate about nutrition education for children with chronic kidney disease. Kyle also works at Yale-New Haven Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian. He became a Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR) in Fall 2015. In addition to being a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and on the board for RPG, Kyle serves as the Treasurer for the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and is also a member of PNPG, NKF and CRN of New England. In his time outside of his nutrition career, Kyle enjoys dancing and teaches Zumba® Fitness classes as a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor.

 

Sara EricksonSara Erickson, RD, CSR, LDN
Immediate Past Chair

Sara has worked as the Pediatric Renal Dietitian for the past 11 years at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.  As the Lead Outpatient Pediatric Dietitian she specializes in dialysis and inborn errors of metabolism, providing coverage in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.   Along with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, she is a member of the National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International.

 

Jennifer Rose ParkerJennifer Rose Parker, RDN, CSR, LDN
Chair-Elect

Jennifer completed a B.S. at Florida State University & Internship at Barnes-Jewish College at Washington University. She has been working as a RDN in Renal & Diabetes since 2005. She is employed by FMC as a Lead Dietitian for the North Florida Region. She strives to help her dietitians reach their full potential. Jennifer is passionate about nutrition education and has presented at NKF's Renal Professional Forum and ANNA.  In her free time, she and her husband love traveling and investing in their community and friendships through their local church.

 

Elizabeth J. Sussman, PhD, RD
Treasurer

Bio coming soon!


Sue SteinerSue Steiner, RD, CSR, LMNT, CDE
Secretary

My name is Sue Steiner. I live in Papillion, Nebraska. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings over the years, including general clinical, long term care, rehab and diabetes education. I have been a CDE for over 20 years. I am currently a renal dietitian for Dialysis Clinics, Inc. I have been with DCI about 12 years, and absolutely love my job. I cover several HD clinics in Nebraska and Iowa along with peritoneal dialysis and some CKD. I received my CSR in 2010 and I am a member of the Academy and NKF. I have 2 grown (but not out of the house) daughters. I love to walk, garden and be outdoors (but only when the weather is nice). I am very happy to serve as Secretary for the RPG.

 

Michele DamonMichele Damon
Nominating Chair

Nutrition is a second career for Michele, she was introduced to renal nutrition while working as a research assistant on a clinical study. Graduating in 2002 she has been working as a renal dietitian ever since.  She enjoys learning about the uniqueness of each of her patients and helping them continue to enjoy food within the constraints of their diet. She currently works for DaVita and is a frequent contributor to the Davita.com website with original vegetarian and vegan kidney friendly recipes as well as blog articles. She has been a board member for her local farmers market and is passionate about keeping farming alive in her home state of New Jersey. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, Jazzercise and perusing flea markets for treasures with her husband and two boys.

HOD Delegate

Mary Kay HensleyMary Kay Hensley, MS, RD, CSR
HOD Delegate (Historian)

Mary Kay Hensley has provided renal nutrition therapy for many years starting in Nebraska & then in Indiana (IN). She is employed by Davita, Inc. in IN. She has served as the NKF-CRN Chair. She was instrumental in the launch of JREN during her tenure & served on the first editorial board. She serves on the Board of Directors for NKF of Indiana & is a past-President. She is an active member of the International Congress of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism. Mary Kay served on the Academy Specialty Practice Board and was a member of the work group to develop the Renal Specialty Certification exam.

Editorial Board

Michelle Bump, MS, RD, CSR, LD
RNF Managing Editor, Renal Nutrition Forum

Bio coming soon!

 

Lynda MarchLynda March, PhD, RD, LD
RNF Lead Editor

Lynda March is a Renal Dietitian with Fresenius Kidney Care in Southeast New Mexico.  She also has a consulting firm serving rural long-term care and correction facilities in Texas. Lynda has been with Fresenius for 9 years and was with BMA from 1989 through 1991.  She has held positions as Clinical Manager at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Internship Manager/Director at Texas Tech University and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas as Assistant Professor in Human Sciences at Texas Tech and as Clinical Dietitian at the Lufkin (Texas) State School. Lynda earned her doctorate at Kansas State University in Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management and Dietetics and worked with the initial development of the online dietetics degree plan.  She also has a Master of Science in Nutrition from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University. She has published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (now JAND) and in other journals related to education, hospitality management, quality analysis and cost.  She has also presented at FNCE meetings.  She served on the Board of Governors to the Hospitality Program at University of North Texas and advisor to the Hospitality program at Southwest Missouri State University. She serves in her community as part of the Texas Scottie Rescue and as a grant writer/advisor for the Lubbock (Texas) Animal Shelter.


Jackie HankinsJackie Hankins MS, RD, CSR, LDN
RNF Co-Editor

Jackie Hankins is an advanced level dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to adult nephrology patients in the outpatient setting at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Her interests with renal patients is to identify correlations between biochemical markers and improving nutrition status as well as improving compliance and lab values through education in this population. The biggest challenge with her patients is phosphorus control thru diet and binder compliance and understanding the importance of fluid control especially in the younger dialysis patients. Jackie has served as editor to The Reference Guide to Clinical Nutrition Handbook, a Rush publication. She is a clinical instructor and  preceptor for the renal clinical rotation for the students of the Rush Nutrition Graduate Program. She enjoys working with the students and introducing them to their renal experience, providing more insight and interest in this population while working with faculty that are nationally recognized experts in this field. Her current role at RPG is to serve as co-editor for the Renal Nutrition Forum. Jackie takes part in different activities during the changing seasons of the Midwest from gardening, and hiking to cross country skiing, spending time with family, going for long walks with her dog and reading books on the commute back and forth from the city.


Brandon Kistler PhD, RD
RNF Co-Editor

Bio coming soon!

 

Clarina KennedyClarina Kennedy, RDN, CDE
RNF Electronic Ad Editor

Clarina has experience working in renal nutrition, acute care, as well as with eating disorders and health/wellness in the private setting. She is passionate about caring for her outpatient HD and PD patients at San Francisco General Hospital. She is also committed to strengthening her clinical skills at Marin General Hospital where she participates in chronic disease treatment and prevention in heart health, diabetes and renal, as well as in nutrition support. There she is also able to give back by serving as a preceptor for dietetic interns.  She loves food and nutrition and strives to devote more time to her creative side, including her website and blog. Her two little girls, husband and chocolate lab keep her household bustling with love and life.

Website


Melissa Ann PrestMelissa Ann Prest, DCN, RDN, CSR, LDN
Electronic Media Manager

Melissa Prest, DCN, RDN, CSR, LDN completed her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from Rutgers University and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Melissa has presented both locally and nationally on her research, physical assessment skills for Registered Dietitians, mobile technology for health professionals, and a variety of additional topics.  Melissa is currently serving on the Journal of Renal Nutrition editorial board. In addition, she is the CRN Program Chair-Elect.  Melissa has worked in a variety of practice settings with a focus on clinical nutrition.  For the past decade she has provided medical nutrition therapy to patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.  Melissa also owns a private practice which specializes on helping persons living with chronic kidney disease.  Melissa is an active member in many professional organizations including the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Kidney foundation and the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition.

 

Amme ChenAimme Chen, RD, LDN
Social Media Chair

Aimme received her B.S. degree in Dietetics from James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA. She completed her dietetic internship through Sodexo and has been working as a Clinical Dietitian at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD, covering a diverse range of patients, including renal, cardiac, and psychiatric. She is currently working towards obtaining the Board Certification as a Specialist in Renal Nutrition. Aimme is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD). She has worked with several private practice dietitians to help Aimme social media presence and create nutrition education presentations and materials for clients. Aimme serves as a volunteer dietitian at Rock Recovery, a non-profit organization that supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating. In her free time, Aimme enjoys playing the piano, painting, writing letters to penpals, and calligraphy. She also owns a bakery business and loves to dream up innovative sweet treats and experiment with different culinary techniques.

Committee Chair

Michele DamonMichele Damon
Nominating Chair

Nutrition is a second career for Michele, she was introduced to renal nutrition while working as a research assistant on a clinical study. Graduating in 2002 she has been working as a renal dietitian ever since.  She enjoys learning about the uniqueness of each of her patients and helping them continue to enjoy food within the constraints of their diet. She currently works for DaVita and is a frequent contributor to the Davita.com website with original vegetarian and vegan kidney friendly recipes as well as blog articles. She has been a board member for her local farmers market and is passionate about keeping farming alive in her home state of New Jersey. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, Jazzercise and perusing flea markets for treasures with her husband and two boys.

 

Lynn Oehler, MS, RD, CSR, ScD
Nominating Chair-elect

Bio coming soon!

 

Gloria BisslerGloria Bissler
Membership Services Chair

Gloria Bissler is a renal dietitian with Dialysis Clinic, Inc., the largest non-profit dialysis company in the United States. DCI’s motto ‘the care of the patient is the reason for our existence’ is fundamental to her work. Gloria also enjoys her role as Nutritionist for the REACH Kidney Care program, which aims to delay or prevent the need for dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease. She has held multiple offices in professional as well as community organizations, including Secretary and Treasurer of the Oncology Nutrition Practice Group, Cincinnati/Dayton Council on Renal Nutrition Chair, and Akron Dietetic Association President. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where she received the Mary Eliza Parker Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

 


Kathy WongKathy Wong, RDN
Volunteer Coordinator

Kathy Wong, RDN is a Renal Dietitian with DaVita Kidney Care in California. Previously, she worked in community nutrition as a WIC nutrition assistant, and later a dietitian for over 5 years. She went on to work in long-term care and adult day care facilities. For the past 2 years, she has been with DaVita. She finds much fulfillment working with her patients as she gets to apply her experience in community nutrition providing adult centered education, as well as tackling/managing the clinical aspects of renal nutrition (labs, meds, etc.). She enjoys spending time with her husband and her little boy - and together going to the community library, cooking/baking, and making make-shift forts.

 

Melissa Young MS RD LD
Awards/Scholarship Chair

Bio coming soon!

 

Stacey PhillipsStacey Phillips, MS, RD
Marketing Communications Chair

Stacey received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition and completed her master’s degree at Central Michigan University. She has been working as a clinical dietitian dealing primarily with renal patients. In addition, she is a preceptor for nutrition students and interns for renal rotations at her work site. Stacey has also developed numerous patient education materials.

 

Valarie HannahsValarie Hannahs, MS, RD, LD
Patient Education Chair

Valarie has her B.S. in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University and M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal U Penn. She has been an RDN in Renal & Wellness for over 12 years.  She currently works for American Renal Associates as Corporate Manager of Renal Nutrition, where her focus is providing professional education and training to renal dietitians as well as developing patient education. Val has served on work-groups for revision to Renal Nutrition Practice SOP/SOPP, as RPG Nominating Chair and has spent the last few years working on the RPG Patient Education Committee developing patient education resources. She is passionate about nutrition and healthy lifestyle education. Val has presented to several local professional groups on Renal/ Co-morbid nutrition, Nutrition Coaching and her personal passion, sports nutrition. Above all, Val is a mom and wife and enjoys spending time with family and friends and participating in a variety of sports including sprint level triathlons.

 

Susanna SlukhinskySusanna Slukhinsky, RD, CSR, CDN
Patient Education Committee Member

Susanna Slukhinsky is a Registered Dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Brooklyn College, a degree in Classic Culinary Arts and Molecular Gastronomy from the French Culinary Institute, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition. She specializes in Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is the main focus of her private practice. With a lifelong interest in cooking and wellness, Susanna incorporates culinary techniques and plant-based diets into nutrition interventions for her patients and clientele.

 

Emily Sue HicksEmily Sue Hicks, MS, RD, RDN, LD
Patient Education Committee Member

Emily Sue Hicks completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and went on to complete her master degree in nutritional sciences and her detetic internship at UCO as well. Once she started her career as a dietitian, she found a passion for helping people get healthy and began a private practice to counsel patients on her own. Emily hopes this will further her dream of changing the public health for the better, one plate and one person at a time. Before this, Emily worked at Mercy Hospital as a clinical dietitian and covered the inpatient oncology unit, she spent some time managing food services at local nursing homes, and she also worked with Fresenius Kidney Care as a renal dietitian, where she still spends her time helping empower patients with the tools and knowledge to make the best choices for their health. Fresenius Kidney Care ignited in Emily the passion for kidney disease management and nutrition therapy back in her internship, and she is proud to continue working in that arena today, both as a facility dietitian and in her private practice, which was recently partnered with Banister and Associates in Oklahoma City. Emily has been a guest speaker at a local university, presenter at the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics professional symposium, and has written and published research in the Renal Nutrition Forum, a publication of the renal practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also volunteers on the patient education committee for the renal practice group to develop new educational tools for professionals and patients. For her contributions to research and education development and her leadership in the field, Emily was awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for the state of Oklahoma by OkAND in 2018. She plans to continue to work in every possible way to promote nutrition in the community and help people with kidney disease live their best lives.

 

Beth EganBeth Egan
Patient Education Committee Member

After a career in medical technology, Beth began her second career by receiving her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Memphis State University and then attending the University of Memphis (UM) combined dietetic internship/master’s degree program.  After working 7 years as a consultant and renal dietitian, she took a position as the Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the UM Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree program where she coordinated internship rotations and taught clinical classes including pharmacology for over 15 years.  Since retiring from the University, she has been working for Dialysis Clinic, Inc. in Cuba and Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico.  She is a board member of Network 15 and has had a love of writing patient education materials since she attended a conference on writing low-lit education materials during her undergraduate days.

 

Rachael MajorowiczRachael Majorowicz, RDN, LD, FNKF
Patient Education Committee Member

I have over 16 years of experience in dialysis, including writing numerous patient education materials, writing medical nutrition therapy protocols, creating a phosphate binder protocol, and educating dietetic interns, renal RDs, medical students, Nephrology nurses, fellows, and physicians.  I have been involved on the Renal Practice Group executive committee for over 10 years.  I am currently writing patient education handouts for RPG, overseeing the revision of the National Renal Diet and Dish Up a Kidney-Friendly Meal handout, as well as creating a Dish Up a Dialysis-Friendly meal handout.

 

Sarah CunninghamSarah Cunningham, MS, RD
Professional Education Chair

Sarah Cunningham, MS, RD got her BS in Dietitics from Michigan State University and her MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve. She practiced renal nutrition at Renal Advantage Inc and started her own CKD practice in 2006. Sarah worked for Abbott, and then AbbVie, as a clinical specialist and marketing manager from 2007-2013. At that same time, Sarah was involved with RPG as Scholarship Chair, Treasurer, and Chair. She also helped develop the Council on Renal Nutrition of Michigan in 2007. Sarah now works for AbbVie as an Account Executive for Parkinson’s Disease selling Duopa. In 2017, Sarah got married to the love of her life and in 2018 gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Rose. She loves barre, food, and hanging with friends. Sarah is excited to be back on the RPG’s Executive Committee.

 

Anna Roh, MS, RD, LDN
Webinar Chair

Bio coming soon!

 

Nancy Giles Walters, MMSc, RDN, FAND, LDN
Professional Ed CPEU Chair

Bio coming soon!

 

Lois HillLois Hill, MS, RD, LD, LDE
Policy & Advocacy Leader (PAL)

Lois is based in Lexington, Kentucky.  She provides nutritional services for hemodialysis and PD patients at Dialysis Clinic, Inc. and is owner of Nutrition Solutions, a private practice where she provides renal nutrition therapy to clients.  Lois has maintained a career long interest in legislation and reimbursement for renal nutrition therapy and chronic kidney disease.  She was appointed by the Governor of  Kentucky,  as the inceptive Chair of the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists. She has also served on the Specialty Practice Board as a member of the work group that developed the Renal Specialty Certification (CSR).

 

Donna GjesvoldDonna Gjesvold, RDN, LD
MNT/Nutrition Services Chair

Donna is a native of South Carolina, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the areas of food and nutrition since 1988.  She currently works in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a clinical dietitian at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Kidney Transplant Program and their Bone & Mineral Metabolism Clinic since 2008.  Previously, she worked in a variety of settings including food industry, community health, long term care, and acute care. She currently sees kidney transplant patients, living donors, and kidney stone patients for assessment, education, and counseling in the outpatient setting.  Donna is interested in all issues regarding reimbursement for nutrition services as it impacts access to care and the future viability of the profession.  At home, she keeps busy with family, pets, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors whenever possible.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Susan Dupraw, MPH, RDSusan DuPraw, MPH, RD
Academy DPG Relations Manager

Susan works on the Practice Team at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Chicago, IL. My role at the Academy is to promote and assist in coordinating activities of five dietetic practice groups. My previous positions included clinical nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition marketing.

Renal Dietitians (RPG) includes Registered Dietitians who provide renal nutrition therapy interventions and nutrition education/counseling in dialysis facilities, freestanding clinics, hospitals, private practice and community education.

Renal Dietitians is a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.