Voting Board Leaders

2021 - 2022 Voting Board Leaders:

Meghan Lyle, MPH, RDN


Meghan works as the Prevention Center Administrator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which supports population-based prevention research implementing nutrition and exercise interventions.  Meghan has ten years of experience in nonprofit and business sectors, and is an advocate for evidence-based healthcare and health systems policies.  She lives in Seattle with her husband and two energetic kids, and runs competitively on the side to keep up her stamina for the adventures of life.

President- Elect
Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, MS, RDN

  Nicole Stendell-Hollis is an Associate Professor at Central Washington University.  She conducts research focusing on childhood and adult obesity prevention, with current research evaluating the effectiveness of a large Corporate Wellness Program overseen by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on employee health outcomes. She is the mother of two daughters and loves living in the PNW!
Heather Watkins, RD, CD, CNSC


Heather is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Providence Infusion and Pharmacy in Spokane, WA leading a group of home infusion RDs.  She has worked in various settings, including acute care and public relations, but has found her passion and calling in home infusion.  Heather graduated from Purdue University in 2002 with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and then went back to school (again at Purdue!) to study Dietetics (class of 2014).  She enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf, warm summer nights and of course, volunteering for our profession.  She is looking forward to the year ahead and engaging as many members as possible!

Melissa Molloy, MS, RDN, CD




Melissa is the Manager of Clinical Nutrition and Dietary Services at Valley Medical Center. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, food management, recipe analysis, and clinical. Melissa graduated from Michigan State for her bachelor's and Eastern Illinois for her Master's. Looking forward to keeping everyone in the loop on all our great happenings.

Kira Heartwick, MS, RDN, CNSC, CSSD

Kira Heartwick is an Army Reserve dietitian, currently working as a Research Coordinator in the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center. She is the lead investigator on a randomized controlled trial investigating maternal intake of added sugar and refined carbohydrate on pregnancy related outcomes. Kira obtained her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University, and completed the Army - Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition and dietetic internship in 2016.

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.

Director, Communications
Angel Planells, MS, RDN

Planells is the owner of a private practice/consulting firm. He is a past-president of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. Planells has been honored for his work as chair of the Academy's National Organization of Men in Nutrition member interest group for recruiting and retaining men in the nutrition and dietetics profession. Planells earned a certificate in adult weight management. He is a graduate of Tulane University and earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

Director, Policy & Advocacy
Brittany Cuthbert, MPH, RDN






Brittany works as a WIC Program Monitor for the Department of Health, also contributing to the Health Equity Workgroup and Outreach Task Force. Brittany has been in public health nutrition for 10 years and has worked for government for the past 5 years. Most of her career experience is with WIC, both in Colorado and now Washington. She has developed a passion for nutrition & agricultural policy, engaging in legislative education and advocacy whenever possible. In her free time, Brittany enjoys being outside and active with her husband and dog; favorite activities include backpacking, hiking, running, yoga, gardening and kayaking.

Director, Membership
Allie Elison, MPH, RDN




Allie is a Spokane native, a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and currently lives and works in the Seattle area with Washington local pride. With the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association (GSDA) student representative leadership role as her launching point, Allie has enjoyed serving on many Academy leadership boards including: the Idaho Academy on their annual conference planning committee, the Colorado Academy as their Member Benefits Chair and the GSDA as their PR and Marketing Chair. 

Chair, Nominating
Cecia Dianely Acevedo, RDN



Cecia Dianely is a primary care dietitian at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. She graduated from Central Washington University and completed her internship at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. She previously served on the WSAND board on the nominating committee. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks with her two children and husband, gardening, cooking, and helping her community during food distribution events.

WSAND President

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Meghan Lyle, MPH, RDN (2021-2022 Washington State President)
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