Voting Board Leaders

2019-20 Voting Board Leaders:

President
Annie Frederick, RDN, CD, LD
  Annie is a Clinical Liaison for Providence Infusion and Pharmacy serving the Business and Development ministry in Spokane WA. Annie has served in the home infusion industry in many roles over the past 26 years. She enjoys volunteering for our profession as well as other local non profits in her home town of Newport WA.
President-Elect
Heather Watkins, RD, CD, CNSC
Information coming soon!
Past President
Angel Planells, MS, RDN
 

 

Planells is the owner of a private practice/consulting firm. He is the immediate past-president of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a former president of 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.

Secretary
Joanna Wirkus, RDN
 

Joanna Wirkus became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2015 after completing her dietetic internship at Bastyr University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at UC Davis. Working in various inpatient and outpatient hospitals in the Greater Seattle Area curated her special interest in oncology nutrition. Joanna is currently working for RDs for Healthcare as a consultant for long term care and assisted living in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be starting a PhD in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in September 2019 with a focus on diet and plant bioactive compounds as adjuncts during cancer treatment.

Treasurer
Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RDN, CD
 

Cynthia Bartok, Ph.D., RDN, CD is a registered dietitian with over 20 years of experience working in research, teaching, community, and clinical settings. She currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University. She has co-authored more than 20 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in dietetics practice, sports nutrition, and obesity prevention. She lives in Kirkland, WA with her family and pack of rescue dogs.


Delegate
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
Bec McDorman, MS, RDN
 

Bec McDorman, MS, RDN discovered her passion for health and wellness after undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in 2010. In her journey from post-op to professional, she received her Master’s in Agriculture with an emphasis in Nutrition and Food Science at Cal Poly Pomona, while simultaneously completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is a frequent contributor for ObesityHelp.com and has presented at OH’s national conferences for pre- and post-op weight loss surgery patients. In 2018, she won Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Trombley Region Clinical Excellence Award. She received a promotion in the middle of her term as Director of Communications, so she now serves remotely from Rancho Mirage, CA where she works as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Eisenhower Health.

Director, Policy & Advocacy
Alexa Halling, MS, RDN
 

Alexa Halling is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and healthcare advocate in Seattle, WA. In addition to serving on the WSAND executive board, Alexa is a health policy consultant and political organizer. She manages political campaigns and also serves as a precinct committee officer in her local legislative district. Her professional interests include health policy, community nutrition, food insecurity, and food justice.

Director, Membership
Allie Elison, 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
Lissette Llamas, RDN
 

Lissette is honored and excited to serve as the nominating chair. Lissette was born and raised in the small town of Yakima.  She then ventured out to Seattle where she received her undergrad degree at SPU, and finished her internship through SeaMar.  Lissette is loving her current positions at YVFWC as a primary care RDN and being a facilitator for the ACT! program. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, taking pictures, and traveling.