Board Bios and Info

Your 2015-2016 Board



John’s professional focus is in improving others’ quality of life, particularly through preventative health & self-care. He has been interested in health and wellness since high school, and has a passion for finding the most evidence-based, efficient & effective approaches for health behavior change & psychology. His curiosity eventually lead him to the best-practice intervention in long-term behavior change—Motivational Interviewing (MI). In his current practice, he performs coaching sessions in a variety of behavior change professions.

His background includes obtaining a B.Sc. in Exercise Physiology &  Metabolism, Master's in Human Nutrition, the Level 2 (highest level)  certificate of training in Adult Weight Management, and the highest  level proficiency in Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare as a  Registered Health Coach Expert (RHC-III).



Past President:
Heather Gabbert, MS, RD, CD

 Heather started her dietetics career in clinical nutrition at her hometown hospital in Wood River, Illinois.  She began in Oncology in 1998 at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and has been involved in cancer care since, as well as focusing on wellness and disease prevention.  She has enjoyed serving on both the WSAND and GSDA boards as Media Representative from 2010 to 2012.  She is the author of A Dietitian’s Confessions, Keeping it Real: Five Ways to Balance Your Diet and Balance Your Life” and co-author of Living and Thriving with Cancer series and Nutrition and Cancer series of books with Dr. Christopher Lee, et al.

Currently with LifeCare Solutions, she enjoys working with a wonderful group of RD’s and seeing patients in the home setting.  Heather says “It’s an honor to be allowed into patient homes and help them live and thrive in the real world.


President Elect:
Position Open

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Shaekira Neihuser, MS, RD, CPT

Shaekira currently works as an adult inpatient dietitian at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.  She covered a variety of areas in the hospital including the ICU and CICU. A self-proclaimed “math nerd” at heart ( still uses her TI-83), Shaekira enjoys working with patients requiring nutrition support and loves the challenges that critical care nutrition can present.

In her "free" time she does nutrition counseling at Gold's Gym and teach cycling & TRX classes at Fairchild Air force Base and the YMCA.  She says” I love to exercise, garden, pretend I am a master chef and read Game of Thrones. “


Claudia Hume, MS, RD, CD

Claudia is the Nutrition Specialist for Spokane Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS).  She plans the menu for meals served to children, meets with parent to do nutrition assessments, presents group nutrition education, and writes newsletter articles for the parent newsletter.  Her favorite comfort food is mint chocolate chip ice cream.


 Scholarship Chair: Julie Larsen RD, CES

After obtaining her Registered Dietitian and Clinical Exercise Specialist certifications, Julie worked at the Whitman County Health Department for a year. Then returned to WSU Spokane to pursue a PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She is currently implementing an exercise intervention for breast cancer survivors to improve cognitive function. She also works part-time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for various undergraduate courses.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys hiking, biking, camping, gardening, spending time with my family and pets, doing crafts, reading, and volunteering in church activities.


Nominating Committee: 
April Davis, MS, RDN, CD, ACSM-CES

April has served on the boards for both GSDA and WSAND. She is an insturctior at WSU Spokane, and keeps students excited about both the field of Dietetics and Professional involvement. April also serves as a People to People Ambassador.


Nominating Committee:
Terry Perry

Terry works at WSU Spokane County Extension and manages the Food Sense/EFNEP programs. Her background is primarily in Community Nutrition and she specializes in low income youth and adult nutrition education, physical activity, food access, and Behavioral Economics. Terry's favorite comfort food is good strong hot coffee.


Nominating Committee: Janell Buchkoski MS, RDN, ACSM-CES

 Janell works at APX Strength, consulting with high school, college, and professional athletes, traveling around the northwest providing nutrition clinics for high school athletic programs, consulting with clinical patient's at her APX Wellness Clinic, and setting up volunteer opportunities for her company around the Spokane area. Her favorite comfort food is Chicken Phad Thai with Peanut Sauce.


Legislative Representative:
Kira Miller


As a Nutrition and Exercise Physiology student at Washington State University, Kira has enjoyed learning the many facets of dietetics. Her current interests are in promoting workplace wellness and diabetes prevention. She enjoys instructing trampoline AIRobics and in her free time enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. Her favorite comfort food is any home cooked Filipino dish. 


Media/Public Relations: 
Kara Roberts RDN, CDE, CDTC

 Kara is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Product Trainer for Insulin Pumps and sensors. She currently works for Columbia Medical Associates. Kara enjoys an active lifestyle and serving on the GSDA board. She has previously served as the GSDA president.


Web Page and Newsletter and National Nutrition Month: 



 Student Representative:  Lily Gay, BS

As a young patient with Crohn's disease, Lily's fascination with nutrition began when her GI doctor (also a dietitian) recommended she begin regular NG tube feedings to resolve her malnutrition. From that point on, Lily became passionate about helping those struggling with nutrition - as it has made such a huge difference in her life. Lily obtained her BS Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology through WSU and will begin the MS CPD program in Fall 2015.  Her favorite comfort food is any dietitian's chocolate bean brownies. Oh. SO GOOD!