Appointed

FCP's 2022-2023 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.




Terri Verason, MS, RD, FAND
Membership Chair

Terri is VP of Nutrition Education for Dairy Council® of Arizona where she serves as a bridge between food producers and the public to ensure consumers get the correct information about food and agriculture. She’s been active in national and state nutrition associations having served on the Academy Position Committee and as AZ’s delegate to HOD. She is a Past President of AZ-AND and has served in numerous AZ-AND board roles, in addition to serving on many other nutrition, education and agriculture boards. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching nutrition and communication classes at the community colleges and at ASU. Working with nutrition students and helping them succeed along their educational path is a great way to stay connected with new trends and to get to know the up and coming leaders in the nutrition field.



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. Sheila is passionate about FCP – she is a Past Chair, founded the Restaurant and Hospitality Subgroup, and served as Chair of the Nominating Committee. She lives in Baltimore, MD, which actually isn’t so bad. When she isn’t working or talking to potential FCP sponsors, she revels in the company of her gelato-loving husband, cart-wheeling daughter and poorly trained, but incredibly sweet dog.




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

With a strong passion for championing wellness, Emily leads the team of dietitians for Coborn’s Inc. and works to develop dietitian-backed omnichannel retail promotions. These partnerships have sparked innovations such as Coborn’s dietitian-approved meal kits which led Emily to receive the Progressive Grocer Retail Dietitian Outstanding Innovation Award in 2017 and Retail Dietitian of the Year for both The Produce for Better Health Foundation and Retail Dietitian Business Alliance in 2019.




Sabrina Gonzalez Hafner, MS, RD, LDN
Food Safety Subgroup Chair

Sabrina Hafner MS, RD, LDN is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for UMass Dining, the #1 campus dining program in the country. Her main roles involve managing menus for the 36 dining locations on campus and accommodating students with dietary restrictions. Sabrina enjoys being part of a dynamic team that prioritizes healthy, sustainable, and delicious meals while incorporating global flavors into campus menus.




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

Sarah Martin, MPP, RDN, LDN, is a licensed Registered Dietitian and the Manager of Nutrition for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She oversees menu analysis, food cost systems management, and provides guidance on nutrition regulations. A Tennessee native and farmer’s daughter, Sarah’s passion for agriculture and food lead her into a career in the restaurant industry. She is also an active member of the National Restaurant Association Nutrition Executive Study Group.




Ann Lokuta, MPH, RDN
Agriculture Subgroup Chair




Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS
Awards & Honors Chair

In her role as the Chief Science Officer & senior vice president of food safety programs for FMI, Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for all FMI food safety and health and well-being programs to support members and provide a safe, affordable and healthy food supply. Dr. Thesmar received degrees in Food Technology and Food Science from Clemson University and a degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University. Dr. Thesmar is an active volunteer for organizations including AFDO, IFT, IAFP and FCPDPG.

Jamie Bommarito Daugherty, PhD, RDN, CSSD
Webinar Chair

Jamie has been a dietitian for 18 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 is a recipe developer, culinary nutritionist, and marketing specialist with 15+ years of experience creating editorial and digital content for top brands. She has written and edited over 2500 recipes, blogs, and articles for publications and websites such as EatingWell Magazine, EatingWell.com, and Souper Products. 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.

Elisabeth Jalkiewicz, RD, LDN
On The Menu 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 @thedietitianeditor and www.thedietitianeditor.com.

Laura Ali, MS, RD, LDN
Tastings  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.




Amy Childress, MA, RDN
Assistant Tastings Editor

2022 is my 20th year as a Registered Dietitian. I have enjoyed several different roles in my career and have led Healthcare Food Service Teams at various organizations for the last 12 years. I have been a member of FCP since 2016 and am looking forward to being a part of FCP leadership.

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
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.