Appointed

FCP's 2021-2022 Appointed Leaders

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Lisa Underwood, MBA, MS, RD
Communications Chair

Lisa Underwood, MS, MBA, RDN is private practice dietitian and healthcare marketer with a successful career consulting with long term care and nutrition related services. After her marketing career working with global public healthcare companies, Lisa started her private practice providing corporate wellness programs, telehealth and quality assurance food service audits. With past volunteer experience as the Vice-President of Communications (2015-2019) with the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Lisa led the launch of a new member focused website and numerous social media and communication initiatives.

Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Membership Chair

Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN is the Director of Health and Well-being at FMI - The Food Industry Association. She serves as the lead and issue expert for health and well-being programs and activities, nutrition policy, operations, and communication issues for FMI members. Krystal was a retail dietitian with Wegmans for 12 years and made significant contributions to company-wide wellness programs, health messaging, community events, and local media response. Krystal’s background includes environmental and nutrition science studies with degrees from the College of William and Mary and James Madison University.

Sheila Weiss, RDN, LD, FAND
Sponsorship Chair

With almost 20 years of nutrition policy and communications experience, Sheila’s areas of expertise include nutrition education and outreach, food policy and promotion, restaurant and foodservice industry, issues management, and partnership building.

Emily Parent, MFCS, RD, LD
Supermarket/Retail Subgroup Chair

Emily Parent, MFCS, RD, LD is a Supermarket Registered Dietitian for Coborn’s Inc. With a strong passion for championing nutrition and wellness, she helps to support in-store nutrition efforts, employee wellness of Coborn’s Inc 9,000+ employees, and the e-commerce division of CobornsDelivers. Along with these responsibilities, Emily is also involved in innovations such as CobornsDelivers’ chef-inspired, dietitian-approved meal kits which won the Progressive Grocer Retail Dietitian Outstanding Innovation Award in 2017. Emily also received the honor of being named Retail Dietitian of the Year for both The Produce for Better Health Foundation and Retail Dietitian Business Alliance in 2019.

Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS
Food Safety Subgroup Chair

Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS has been involved in food safety for over 35 years. She serves on the food safety committee for the National Environmental Health Association,is the HOD representative for the SNS DPG and has coauthored two Position Papers for the AND. Theresa has been the Executive Director for Synergy Visions, LLC since 2015 and after 20 years of service she retired in March 2020 from Institute of Child Nutrition.

Sarah Martin, MPP, RDN, LRD
Restaurant/Hospitality Subgroup Chair

Sarah Martin, MPP, RDN, LDN, is a licensed Registered Dietitian and the Nutritionist for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She oversees menu analysis, food cost systems management, project management, and provides guidance on nutrition regulations and menu labeling. A Tennessee native and farmer’s daughter, Sarah’s passion for agriculture and food lead her into a career in the restaurant industry. In addition to the Academy and her state affiliate, Sarah is an active member of the National Restaurant Association Nutrition Executive Study Group and a member of the CIA Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter and loves exploring the local Southern cuisine in her free time.

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND
Agriculture Subgroup Chair

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND is a 6th generation Kentucky farm owner, dairy farmer’s daughter, author, speaker, blogger and Founder/Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge, a food, ag & consumer insights strategy & communications group. She is also a senior associate for The Context Network and serves on the Board of Advisors for FLM Harvest agency.

Prior to founding The AgriNutrition Edge, Marianne was the Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety Communications for the International Food Information Council. She is a former president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and received the Medallion Award in 2009.

Laura Nelson, MPH, FAND
Awards Chair

Laura McNally Nelson, MPH, FAND has been a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 40 years and has been active with numerous Dietetic Practice Groups including the Food and Culinary Practice Group, serving as the Membership Chair and the Public Health Nutrition Practice Group serving in several roles including Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Awards Chair. Retired for the past 10 years, Laura retired as a CAPT in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dept. of Health and Human Services where she worked for 27 years.

Jamie Bommarito Daugherty, PhD, RDN, CSSD
Webinar Chair

Jamie has been a dietitian for 16 years and brings many ingredients to the table. She spends her time in a few varied spaces within the food, nutrition and wellness realm – the kitchen, the classroom, and outdoors. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. She brings nutrition and culinary arts together allowing individuals an opportunity to attain a level of culinary education that encompasses a more approachable, harmonious lifestyle.


Breana Killeen, MPH, RD
Social Media Coordinator

Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD is the Test Kitchen & Editorial Operations Manager at EatingWell Magazine in Shelburne, VT. She oversees the development, production and nutrition analysis of 500+ recipes per year as well as helping manage day-to-day operations to keep everything running smoothly. Breana has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit & Education Trust trained sommelier and is a registered dietitian.

Amaris Noguera-Bradley, MPH, RD
On The Menu Editor

Amaris Bradley, MPH, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Account Lead at Eat Well Global, a global strategic communications firm focused on food, nutrition and health. In her role, she helps companies and organizations thoughtfully engage with health and wellness professionals across the globe. With nearly a decade of experience, Amaris’ past roles include serving as Senior Director of Partnerships at Michelle Obama’s nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America, Senior Account Executive at the global public relations agency Porter Novelli and corporate wellness dietitian at a multi-site hospital system in central Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz Jalkiewicz, RDN, LDN
Tastings Editor

With 15 years’ experience, Liz has a diverse background in the food and nutrition industry having worked in clinical, retail, culinary, and marketing and communication roles. She joined the American Dairy Association North East in 2018 as a Nutrition Specialist where she educates health professionals, including retail dietitians, on the importance of dairy. Liz received her BS in Dietetics from Montclair State University and completed her Dietetic Internship at UMDNJ. Follow at @LizJalkiewicz and www.lizjalkiewicz.com.

Laura Ali, MS, RD, LDN
Tastings Assistant Editor

Laura is a food and nutrition communications consultant and recipe developer. She works with consumers and health focused companies to develop simple, delicious ways to incorporate healthy foods into everyday meals. She has over 30 years of nutrition experience having worked in clinical, retail and, the consumer-packaged goods industry. A longtime history buff she loves learning about food history. On weekends you’ll find her exploring local food shops, restaurants and wineries with her husband, Mark.

Shelley Johnson, RD
Tastings CPEU Coordinator

Regina Ragone, MS, RD
Recipe Contest Chair

Regina has extensive experience developing recipes and working as a communications specialist and spokeswoman for top food brands. After more than two decades leading test kitchens at some of the most important names in magazines, including Weight Watchers, Prevention, and Family Circle, she established her own culinary nutrition practice in 2018. She develops programs and recipes for a wide range of culinary and housewares clients, commodity boards and startups, and shares their messages about good food and health.

Liz Marr, MS, RD
FCP-Foundation Chair

Liz is a past chair of FCP and former Academy spokesperson. She is co-author of The Richest Soil Grows the Deepest Roots, which intertwines her mother’s memories of growing up on her family farm during the Great Depression and World War II with her family saga spanning five generations in the Missouri River bottoms of Platte County, Missouri. Available summer 2021.

Alice Lenihan, MPH, RD, LDN
2022 Culinary Education Trip Chair

Alice Lenihan, MPH, RD, LDN is the Senior Global Clinical Advisor for the Special Olympic International Healthy Athletes, Health Promotion Program. She has been a RD for over 40 years and has worked in Public Health and Community settings in Montana and North Carolina. In 2012 she retired from over 30 years with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, where she was the Branch Head for Nutrition Services. Alice enjoys travel and has an interest in geographical/cultural food habits and global nutrition.

Stephanie DeBerry, MS, RDN, LDN
Policy and Advocacy Leader

Stephanie serves as the FCP Policy and Advocacy Leader. She is passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to quality food. This passion was found as a young RD frustrated by legislation. Stephanie discovered that she could make a difference through advocacy efforts. Stephanie serves as the Oklahoma Affiliate President and is pursuing her Ph.D. Whew! She has worked as the ONIE Project Nutrition Coordinator since 2012 where she gets to use her RD and her creative skills creating innovative nutrition education materials, recipe development, and food photography.