Committee Leaders

Committee Leaders:

Newsletter Editor

Megan Houchin, MS, RDN, CD


Megan is a dietitian with Homage Senior Services. She holds a Master’s in Human Nutrition from Marywood University with a thesis focused on Age-Related Macular Degeneration. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Food and Nutritional Science from Seattle Pacific and attended culinary school at The Art Institute of Seattle. Megan is a native of Montana but has been in the Pacific Northwest since 2010. She resides in Lynnwood with her husband David and terrier Banjo.


Nominating Committee - Chair-Elect

Robert Rubio-Velazquez, RDN


My name is Roberto, I'm from Yakima Washington and am a Registered Dietitian at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish Washington. I enjoy speaking with patients about health goals and leading cooking classes for the community as well. I enjoy listening to music in my spare time as well as exercising, enjoying nature and playing with my dog.


Nominating Committee

Courtney Riffe, RD, CD, CSG



Courtney completed her Bachelor’s degree and coordinated program in Dietetics from Washington State University in 2010. She has been working in retirement care for 11 years, specializing in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living settings. Courtney received her Board Certification as a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG) in 2013, and renewed her certification in 2018. Courtney currently works as the Nutritional Services Director for Era Living, and is also the owner of Cornerstone Nutrition Consulting LLC. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, horseback riding and traveling!


Nominating Committee

Britt Myer, MPH, RD, CD, NASM-CPT

Britt is a Registered Dietitian and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer who completed her Master's in Public Health and dietetic internship through the University of Washington's Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Her background includes work in both the clinical and public health setting. She currently works with active individuals of all levels; through both fitness coaching and nutrition support she helps facilitate their overall goals in maintaining optimal health. Her professional interests include adequate fueling in sport and strength and endurance training for all. When not working, you can find her running, lifting, and spending time with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Sawyer.


Public Policy Coordinator

Ben Atkinson, MS, RDN, CD


Ben currently works at the Coordinator for Child Nutrition at the Auburn School District. He is in charge of creating menus for all grade levels, working with children with food allergies, and 'other duties as assigned'. He has been involved with WSAND for several years at various positions and loves helping the profession and its members. He has also been involved in several DPGs and the Academy's Interoperability Committee.

State Policy Representative

Meghan Cichy,



Meghan (she/her) is a Registered Dietitian and weight inclusive healthcare advocate who graduated from Seattle Pacific University and completed her dietetic internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. She specializes in working with folks with eating disorders, disordered eating, and those looking to build a more trusting and connected relationship with food and their body. Meghan is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and a Body Trust® Provider in training. She has split the last decade of her dietetics career working at an eating disorder treatment center and then in private practice where she currently connects with patients. 



Awards Chair

Jaqueline, Little, MS, RD



Chef Jacqui Little is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in weight management and low carbohydrate nutrition. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has an Associate of Science degree in Culinary of Arts from the Art Institute of California.
She is passionate about nutrition, cooking, recipe development and fitness. Having had a weight problem throughout her childhood and adolescence, she cares deeply about helping others reach their weight loss goals.


Nutrition Services Payment Specialist

Jennifer Okemah, MS, RD, BCADM, CDCES, CSSD





Jennifer has been a RDN since 2005 and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) since 2007. She has an additional certification as a Sports Specialist in Dietetics as well as being Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She owns a private practice with 4 locations in the Seattle area and has been providing telehealth services since 2018. Her company, Salute Nutrition, PLLC, incorporates the work of RDNs, A Registered Nurse Practitioner and a Personal Trainer. She has been a leader in her field in patient care, mentoring, serving as a preceptor, speaking, creating webinars, writing for nutrition and diabetes blogs as well as authoring scientific publications. When she is not in a clinic or office, she can be found on her bicycle training for a JDRF fundraising ride, paddleboarding year around on Lake Washington, hiking, traveling the world or just reading a book with a nice glass of wine.

2023 Conference Chair

Libby Reynolds, RD, CD




Libby Reynolds is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion for nutrition, aging and agriculture. Libby is a consultant dietitian with S&S Nutrition Network, Inc., specializing in aging and long-term care. Libby was raised in Boise, Idaho, is a proud graduate of the University of Idaho and is pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration. Libby has had the pleasure of Co-Presenting at the American Healthcare Association as a nutrition expert on the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative, as well as presenting at the Idaho Healthcare Association on various nutrition topics. Libby resides in the Yakima Valley where she plans to continue to learn, grow and educate within the dietetic and long-term care fields.

Diversity and Inclusion Liaison


Olivia Salazar





State Regulatory Specialist
Shelley Barnhart, MS, RDN


Shelley is a registered dietitian and a research scientist. She currently works for the University of Washington, Department of Medicine. She conducts research to study the effects of diabetes on the progression of atherosclerosis. She is passionate about the role of nutrition in preventing chronic diseases and their complications.


Consumer Protection Coordinator

Cathy Visser, MPH, RDN




WSAND President

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Thank you for visiting our website!  And welcome to the 2022-2023 year.

I'm excited to serve as your president this year and look forward to getting to know all of you better.

Please reach out to us with any questions - we'll be in touch regularly with news, opportunities and activities.

Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, RDN (2022-23 Washington State President)