DDA Board of Directors
Kristina Comer, MS, RD
Kristina is a Registered Dietitian working at University of Colorado Hospital, specifically with solid organ transplant. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from the University of Georgia in 2012, she moved out to Colorado for the Master’s in Sports Nutrition program at UCCS. While finishing graduate school, she matched to Children’s Hospital Colorado and completed the adult concentration dietetic internship in 2015. Along with clinical nutrition, she enjoys teaching barre fitness classes at Xtend Barre in Highlands Ranch. She also volunteers her time with the Colorado Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Slow Food Denver. This is her 3rd year on the board with DDA and she loves being involved in the dietetics community! In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, running and enjoying the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Jesse Adam Lunsford, RD
Jesse is a Registered Dietitian who currently works in both Academic Advising at Metropolitan State University of Denver and at a local Skilled Nursing Facility as the RD there. Jesse enjoys working with students during the day, helping them reach their goals. At the SNF he works mostly with dementia patients and works to maintain weights and lab values.
Jesse graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a degree in Speech Communications. He went back to school and graduated with his nutrition degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He completed his dietetic internship through Iowa State University, and is now working on his masters program through the GP-IDEA program hosted through North Dakota State University.
In his free time Jesse enjoys going to concerts, snowboarding, playing pool, and traveling.
This is his fifth year on the Board of Directors, acting in the Membership Committee Chair roles for the previous two years.
Nominating Committee Chair
Esther is a Senior at Metropolitan State University in the Department of Nutrition. She also serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Auraria Campus Student Dietetics Association. Esther volunteers for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes in the Pediatric Clinic and works as a Research Assistant in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado. Upon graduation, Esther plans to pursue a dietetics internship and is interested in working in clinical pediatrics with a focus of special needs. As a Korean-American, Esther hopes to use her experiences to promote health and nutrition education to Asian communities experiencing language and cultural barriers. Esther shares the love for cooking with her kids and enjoys long bike rides with her husband.
Stephanie is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, working towards her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Stephanie is the BeWell Auraria Liaison on the board of the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association. Stephanie also works as an intern at the Health Center on campus doing Nutrition Counseling. She enjoys volunteering in her spare time, with Colorado Feeding Kids, Open Door Ministries and We Don’t Waste. She was previously in banking for 12 years and then decided to go back to school to pursue her passion, helping people through nutrition. After graduation, Stephanie plans on pursuing a dietetic internship and going on to become an RDN. After that her plans are to work at Tri-County Health Department in the WIC program.
Cayla Jablonski is finishing up her last semester at Metropolitan State University in the DPD program with the intention of doing a Dietetic Internship in the Spring. She also serves as Treasurer for the Auraria Campus Student Dietetics Association. Helping people eat healthy as well as affordably is her passion and gets to promote that by volunteering at Food for Thought and Metro Caring throughout the week. Until she can call herself a RDN, Cayla works at Wells Fargo Energy Group where she gets to practice her first degree in finance. When school and work are done, she loves playing intramural sports and spends as much time outside with her boyfriend and girl golden retriever, Carter.
James was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He attended UC Davis and while earning a B.S. in Clinical Nutrition and completed his Dietetic Internship at Cal Poly Pomona. As a Registered Dietitian, James has worked clinically in an acute setting and in long-term care for about two years.
James is currently attending CU Denver to earn his MBA. After finding his passion in nutrition, health care and management, it became apparent that a MBA would provide him with the appropriate credentials to make a larger impact. He is currently interested in becoming a hospital administrator and starting a Registered Dietitian consulting company. He spends most of his time exercising, reading and socializing with others. He also enjoys traveling to explore new places and experiencing new adventures. Moving to Colorado has made him very excited for the ski/snowboard season!
Meeting Planning Committee
Shane Spritzer is a Registered Dietitian working at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s & Rocky Mountain Hospital for children as well as Rose Medical Center. He completed both his undergraduate degree and dietetic internship through Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is currently working towards his Masters of Public Health with concentrations in Applied Biostatistics and Maternal & Child Health. His free time is usually spent cooking, listening to a podcast, watching TV, or seeing a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This is his second year on the board of directors, and he is excited to help strengthen Denver’s dietetic community.
Meeting Planning Committee
Christine Caruso is a Human Nutrition & Dietetics major at MSU Denver, graduating in May 2018. An avid cook since she was a teenager, she’s enjoyed sharing food and the health benefits of cooking and sharing meals with others for most of her life. Upon moving to Denver two years ago, she decided to make a career change, and pursue Nutrition to find a way to share the power of food with others. As the Coordinator for the Denver based co-op Walk2Connect, she organizes and leads food-focused walks, to educate her community on food and wellness. She also serves on the Board of the Auraria Campus Student Dietetics Association, where she enjoys connecting students to each other and to the world of Nutrition. After graduation, she looks forward to becoming a Registered Dietitian, and continuing to bring health and wellness to her neighbors in Denver.
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian who loves everything related to food and nutrition. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in April 2013. She came back home to Colorado to complete a distance internship through The Sage Colleges (located in Albany, NY). After becoming an RD, Jessica went on to complete a Master’s in Applied Nutrition through Sage, graduating in 2015.
Jessica has a strong passion for helping others, and is currently a full-time care taker. She has helped others with nutrition counseling and group nutrition classes. She is also a merit badge counselor for BSA to help Boy Scouts learn about MyPlate and proper nutrition, as well as basic cooking skills.
Jessica loves cooking and baking, and is also very musical. She currently plays the piano, organ, and harp. Jessica is excited to be on the board of directors for her second year and to become even more active with the local dietetic community.
Korynn Hill graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology in 2008. She spent 6 years working as an Account Manager in sales and marketing for the beverage & brewing industry. She decided her real passion was in nutrition and decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is working on becoming a Registered Dietitian when she graduates next fall. Korynn's focus is to become a Clinical Dietitian and later a Diabetic Educator. She volunteers at Metro Caring Hunger Relief as a Nutrition Educator and enjoys sharing nutrition knowledge within the community. She is looking forward to her first year serving on the DDA board and getting to know the Denver Dietetic Professional community. In her free time she enjoys hiking, working out, cooking, paddle boarding, camping, and traveling with her husband.
Cameron Linden is currently a student at Johnson & Wales University. She recently earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and is planning to graduate in the Spring of 2018, with a Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. After graduating, Cameron plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian. She wants to use her background in culinary to help improve the food in clinical settings, such as hospitals and retirement communities.
Diet Tech Representative
JWU Student Rep
MSU Student Rep
MSU Student Rep
Ann Diker is a Professor of Nutrition at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with doctoral and masters degrees in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and bachelors degrees in Accounting and Business from Briar Cliff University in Iowa. She has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2001. She also has experience in breast cancer research, qualitative evaluation, and nutrition education with low-income populations.
Fundraising Committee Chair
Dana Jasick is a dietetic intern for Sodexo, working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. This is Dana's third year as a board member for the Denver Dietetic Association. Dana's interest in nutrition began a few years ago when she started learning to cook, and realizing the impact that food has on how you feel. She loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them make healthier choices.
Fundraising Committee Member
PR Committee Chair
Dana Eshelman, RD
Dana is a newly Registered Dietitian at InnovAge. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in May 2015. One year later, June 2016, she completed her dietetic internship at UCCS.
In her free time she enjoys lifting weights, trying new, one of a kind restaurants, cooking, running, hiking, going to concerts & yoga. She is thrilled to a part of the DDA Board of Directors and help spread her passion for food and nutrition.
PR Committee Member
Sara completed her internship at Tri-County Health Department and works as a Clinical Dietitian at Rose Medical Center. She enjoys clinical nutrition because there is always something new to learn. Her favorite part of her job is precepting interns and seeing the progress they make each day. Her goal is to pursue a Master's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU and teach undergraduate nutrition classes. Sara offers freelance writing and editing services for nutrition-based companies and private practice dietitians. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and loves the sun and snow in Colorado. You can contact her at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
PR Committee Member
Greta completed her dietetic internship with Tri-County Health Department and recently became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in August 2017. Greta hopes to enter the profession as a public health dietitian and be involved in public policy work. In the position of Regulatory Chair, she hopes to increase her knowledge of politics and policy surrounding nutrition and in turn, help DDA members remain informed. Greta is also part of the PR committee and looks forward to creating a larger social media presence for DDA. When her RDN hat is off, Greta enjoys being a certified pilates instructor, training for half marathons, hiking, and the occasional Netflix binge.
Speaker's Bureau Chair
Nicole is finishing up her second Bachelor's degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Nicole's passion for nutrition and the benefits it has on our overall health stems from 15+ years of personal research and cooking. After being pregnant and having two little ones, her nutrition focus shifted greatly toward prenatal, maternal and child nutrition confirming even further that working and helping others in the nutrition field is where she needed to be. After graduating, Nicole plans on obtaining a dietetic internship in pursuit of becoming a registered dietitian. Currently, Nicole works as a freelance photographer, and has had work published in Colorado Parent Magazine, Catholic Register News Paper and on the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation website. www.nicoledawnphotography.com
Sara McCarthy, RDN
Born and raised in Chicago, Sara took a risk and recently moved to Denver for the sun, mountains, and active lifestyle found in the beautiful state of Colorado. She is excited to be a part of the Denver Dietetic Association and to serve on the board this year.
Before moving to Colorado, Sara was the Corporate Dietitian for a K-12 school food service company for over five years, specializing in nutrition education, program development, nutrition marketing, and employee training. Working with a population at a different end of the age spectrum, she is currently working for Healthcare Services Group as a Long Term Care Clinical Dietitian. From adolescents to older adults, Sara loves to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle.
Combining her passions for counseling and weight management, Sara received her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management and is currently completing the American Council of Exercise Certified Personal Trainer program.
With a slight obsession with food and flavors, you will often find Sara in the kitchen testing new flavor combinations, or taking pictures of them for her Instagram account. Sara loves to laugh, sing, create food with friends, explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and inspire people.
Julie MorseJulie Morse is a senior in the Culinary Nutrition program at Johnson & Wales University with the goal of becoming a registered dietician and working with cancer patients. She volunteers at Brent’s Place cooking nutritious meals for the families of children with cancer. She enjoys the process of preparing the menus meeting the nutritional guidelines, such as gluten free and food allergies, provided to her by the staff at Brent’s Place.