Committee Leaders

Committee Leaders:

Newsletter Editor
Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN

   

Ginger Hultin owns Seattle-based concierge nutrition practices, Champagne Nutrition® PLLC and Seattle Cancer Nutritionist where she helps clients solve complex health mysteries with an integrative approach. She specializes in vegetarian/ diets, integrative oncology nutrition, supplements, and nutrigenomics. Ginger also enjoys talking to dietitians about professional development, improved communication, and social media strategy. Ginger currently serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She is the Chair of the Member and Student Advisory Committee at the Academy, immediate past-president of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association, past President for the Chicago Academy and past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She was awarded Emerging Dietetic Leader in Washington, 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Bastyr University.

 

Nominating Committee - Chair Elect
Brajee Green, MS, RD, CD

   
Nominating Committee- Courtney Riffe, RD, CD, CSG

 

 

 

 

Public Policy Coordinator   This position is open!  Let us know if you are interested.

State Policy Representative

Meghan Cichy,
RDN, CD

 

 

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. 

 

 

Chair, Awards
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.

Chair Education Conference
Dana Ogan, MS, RDN

 

 

Nutrition program. Dana’s research interests include vitamin D, nutrition in athletes with spinal cord injury, and school nutrition. In her non-existent spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and reading. Dana lives in Ellensburg with her husband (Greg), their 2 sons (Michael & Andy) and their beloved goldendoodle (Fergie).

Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
Lissette Llamas, RDN, CDCES

 

 

Lissette is a primary care dietitian at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University and completed her internship at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. She previously served on the WSAND board on the nominating committee and is excited to serve again in this new position. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with loved ones and capturing special moments through photography.

 

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
Imashi Fernando, MS, RD

 

Imashi completed her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetic internship at the University of Washington and began her career in retail nutrition management at a Seattle-based prepared meals company. She recently decided to switch gears and accepted a clinical dietitian position at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Imashi’s professional interests include diabetes prevention and management and nutrition communications. She loves watching Netflix documentaries and tasting new desserts from local vendors in her free time.

 

WSAND President

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Thank you for visiting our website!
The Washington State Academy is an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Our members serve the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
Meghan Lyle, MPH, RDN (2021-2022 Washington State President)
Learn how you can join us