DDA Board of Directors

2016-2017

Governance Committee

President

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 fourth year on the Board of Directors, acting in the Membership Committee Chair roles for the previous two years.

Past President

Leanne Ray, RD

Leanne Ray earned her Bachelor's degree through the University of Northern Colorado in  2011 and then completed her dietetic internship the following year. She has worked in a variety of roles including in the clinical setting and in health promotion. She currently coordinates the internal worksite wellness program for Tri-County Health Department where she has been working since July 2015. She enjoys working in public health and encouraging others to focus on healthy living and total wellness. Leanne’s professional interests include intuitive eating, healthy cooking and the food environment, food trends and nutrition communication via social media. 

In her spare time, Leanne enjoys running with friends, cooking and food photography, trying new restaurants and travel.  She is also currently working on her Master's degree through Colorado State University with an anticipated graduation of summer 2017. Her favorite part of being on the board of directors is networking with some of Denver’s most talented dietitians!

President Elect

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 2nd 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.

Nominating Chair

Melanie Morrison, MS, RD

Melanie graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Exercise Science. Then received a Masters of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Bastyr University in Seattle. Melanie is originally from Washington State and moved to Denver in 2012 to complete her dietetic internship. She currently works for Tri-County Health Department in the WIC program providing nutrition counseling to families in Aurora. She enjoys learning about cultural traditions and foods from her clients. In her spare time she volunteers as a garden leader for Beeler Street Community Garden. This is her third year on the DDA board of directors and loves learning about all of the amazing work that dietitians are doing in Denver through the DDA.  For fun, Melanie loves to go snowboarding, running, camping, and hiking.

Nominating Committee

Rachael Pederson

Rachael is currently a senior in the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. After graduation, she plans to become a Registered Dietitian with a focus in community nutrition. Her hope for the future is to work toward increasing access and education so that others, particularly underserved populations, can have the opportunity to realize the many benefits of eating whole, nutritious foods.

Rachael is very active in the community. She has served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association, where she worked to connect nutrition students with local organizations in need of help, andrecently completed Master Community Gardener training with Denver Urban Gardens. She continues to volunteer with DUG while also serving as an Ambassador for Metro Caring Hunger Relief Center. In her free time, Rachael loves gardening, paddleboarding, hiking, camping, and spending time with her fianc√© and their two dogs. Rachael is very excited to take on the new adventure of serving as Nominating Committee for her first year with the DDA. 

Regulatory Chair 

Shane Spritzer

Shane Spritzer is currently completing his dietetic internship as part of the inaugural class of MSU Denver’s ISPP program, after graduating from MSU in May, 2016. He is also pursuing his MPH through Colorado School of Public Health, with concentrations in applied biostatistics and maternal and child health. After passing the RD exam, he hopes to enter the field as a clinical pediatric dietitian. This is his first year on the DDA board, and with a strong interest in politics he is excited to be the regulatory chair to be a voice for positive changes through nutritional policy. In his limited free time, he likes to cook, read, see shows at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and keep up with a few more TV shows than he probably has time for. 

Meeting Planning Committee

Meeting Planning Chair

Carolyn Wahl

Carolyn Wahl is a recent graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she earned her B.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She will be pursing graduate school next term and is practicing holistic health care (incorporating nutrition, massage therapy and physical therapy) in the meantime. Her hobbies include obstacle course 5k's, Zumba, tennis, trivia, hanging out with her three dogs and anything involving creativity.

Nominating Committee 

Esther Hsueh

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.

Membership Committee

Secretary 

Jessica Roberts

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 first year and to become even more active with the local dietetic community.

Membership Chair 

Korynn Hill

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. 

Membership Committee 

Cameron Linden

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.

Maria Arredondo

Madisyn Lindsey

Diet Tech Representative 

Alexa Costillo

JWU Student Rep

Julie Morse

Julie 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.


JWU Student Rep

Alisha Murray

Alisha Murray is a senior at Johnson & Wales University studying culinary nutrition with a concentration in clinical dietetics. She is fascinated about how the nutrients we consume help our bodies function optimally, and address health issues. Alisha uses her professional culinary training and nutrition knowledge to create flavorful nutrient dense meals to meet a variety of dietary needs. She has performed nutrition-related cooking demonstrations for Whole Foods Market, St. Anthony’s Hospital, and Cooking Matters.Alisha is currently working as a Student Laboratory Assistant in the Arts and Sciences Department of JWU. After graduation, Alisha plans to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado.

MSU Student Rep 

Amanda Hogan

Amanda is a senior at MSU Denver pursuing a degree Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree and Spanish minor. Amanda spent nine years in sales and marketing after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), working in both Fortune 500 and start-up environments in marketing and business development roles.  Ultimately, she realized her true passion was in the dietetic field and made the exciting decision to head back to school. Upon graduation, her goal is to become a Clinical Dietitian working with the pediatric and/or oncology patient population.  Amanda works as an Infant Nutrition Technician at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and serves as Co-President on the MSU Denver Nutrition Club. She enjoys volunteering at Metro Caring where she supports their mission of hunger relief in several capacities including Spanish translation, nutrition education, and coordination of their very new and exciting Diabetes Self-Management Education program. As a former Division I college volleyball athlete, nutrition has played a huge role in Amanda's life and she's thankful to have had healthy nutrition habits instilled in her from a young age. She's looking forward to helping others achieve optimum health using nutrition tools and principles.

Sydney Glavin

Financial Committee

Treasurer 

Ann Diker

Ann Diker is a Professor and Chair of the Nutrition Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a Registered Dietitian 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 Chair

Dana Jasick

Dana Jasick is a Senior in the Human Nutrition & Dietetics program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. This is Dana's second year as a board member, for both the ACSDA and 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. She volunteers her time at Metro Caring as the Nutrition Education Administrator, sharing various nutrition topics with participants, and coaching other volunteers in their roles as nutrition educators. Dana is also an Infant Formula Tech at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Fundraising Committee Member 

Tom Williams

Carly Burek

Public Relations

PR Chair 

Bobbi Armould, RDN 

Bobbi Armould is currently a RDN with PlainSmart weight management clinic in Englewood.  Bobbi holds a degree in food and nutrition through Loyola University, Chicago as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing through Iowa State University.  She went onto complete her internship with Tri-County Health Department in the Denver metropolitan area.

Bobbi is committed to helping people by establishing a healthy and balanced approach to nutrition.  She believes that everyone is unique and therefore requires individual attention custom to their needs.  Balanced nutrition is one aspect of a healthy lifestyle and so Bobbi believes in understanding as much as possible about how food is part of her clients journey.

PR Committee 

Samantha Concha

Samantha Concha is currently a Senior at Johnson & Wales University. She has recently earned her Culinary Arts degree and is a candidate for a Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics for Spring 2017. Samantha is involved in the community as a chef instructor for Cooking Matters, grant writer for Commerce City School District and as a dietary assistant at Sloan’s Lake Rehabilitation Facility. Her goal is to make nutrition education accessible to every demographic while highlighting its importance in the clinical setting, but as well in the household and school systems.


In her free time, Samantha enjoys engaging with friends over a good lunch or dinner, cooking and playing with her puppy. She also spends time keeping up with her blog writing and developing practical and nutritious recipes for posts. She hopes to utilize her passion and skills in writing as a new Board member. And as a huge fan of social media, Samantha is extremely excited to be a part of the Public Relations Board for the DDA.

Speaker's Bureau Chair 

Benjamin Tillisch

Ben is originally from Sacramento California and this is his first year on the Board for the DDA. He recently graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Nutrition and is currently working as a dietetic technician in the Inherited Metabolic Diseases Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado. Working primarily with children diagnosed with PKU, Ben enjoys the challenge of creating healthy meal plans that are highly specialized and patient specific. He also loves the opportunity to work with kids everyday and helping to instill healthy habits at an early age. Outside of work, Ben's hobbies include pizza, Amazon Prime, and finding the nearest punk show to jump around in.

Website Chair 

Alicia Cone, RD, CLC

Alicia Cone is a registered dietitian and certified lactation counselor. She recently joined the UCHealth clinical nutrition team as an outpatient dietitian in the Surgical Weight Loss Center. She completed her Dietetic Internship through University of Northern Colorado's Distance Program. She earned her BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2015. She also has a BS in Journalism/Advertising from University of Colorado Boulder and a previous career in marketing and communications. She has served as the Social Media Coordinator for the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for two and a half years before re-joining DDA as the Website Chair. 

Alicia is a Colorado native but lived abroad in New Zealand for 2 years. Beyond nutrition and dietetics, Alicia enjoys rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and playing play-doh, legos, or tackle with her 2-year-old son.

Historian 

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. 

Volunteer Coordinator 

Neha Soni, MS

Neha Soni has a Bachelor’s in Science, a Master’s in Food & Nutrition from University of Rajasthan, and most recently a DPD certification from Colorado State University. This is her second year as a Volunteer Coordinator at Denver Dietetic Association.

She worked as a Clinical Dietitian in India for four years at Monilek Hospital and Research Centre and other health care and community settings. Keeping moderation as my mantra, she provided individualized nutrition care to patients with various diagnosis and managed food and nutrition services.  She is actively involved in community outreach programs including school nutrition and health promotion events. She loves promoting healthful, wholesome foods and volunteering for the cause of disease prevention and management. 

She has been gaining hands-on experiences exploring the globe and understanding different cultures and food. She is interested in becoming a part of healthcare and community settings to educate, empower children and adults to take an initiative and imbibe healthy habits. Her hobbies include yoga, food photography and culinary experimentation. She likes to gaze sunrise for energy, sleep under the stars to remain connected to our mother earth, and spread the message “optimal nutrition for all” through the language of compassion.

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