Seattle’s Academy spokespeople

GSDA is extremely proud to have not one, but two Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokespeople on it’s board: president Angel Planells and nominating committee co-chair Ginger Hultin.

Angel works as lead dietitian in the home-based primary care program at the Veterans Administration in Puget Sound. He is also owner of a private practice and consulting firm. In addition to being GSDA president, Angel is president-elect of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He 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 dietetics profession. He holds a certificate in adult weight management. He is a graduate of Tulane University and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University.


Ginger is a health writer and recipe developer who specializes in plant-based recipes, herbal remedies and botanicals, including supplements and vitamins. She owns a health and lifestyle blog and works at Arivale, a scientific wellness company. She serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She has certificates in adult weight management and is a board-certified oncology nutrition specialist, and is a graduate of the University of Washington and earned a master’s degree at Bastyr University.

Seattle is also home to a third Academy spokesperson, Kim Larson, a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and founder of Total Health. And we can’t count out Washington State’s fourth spokesperson, Kelly Pritchett (Kelly and Angel gave a great talk at the recent Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics educational conference in Yakima), an assistant professor of sports nutrition at the Central Washington University.

So much talent in Washington State—our state has four of the 30 total Academy spokespeople, more than any other state expect California and Pennsylvania (it’s a tie)!

The full list of spokespeople is available on the Academy’s website, along with information on how Academy member RDs and RDNs can apply to be a spokesperson.

Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD, is GSDA’s media and communications chair. She writes a weekly nutrition column for The Seattle Times and regularly contributes to The Washington Post, Today’s Dietitian and other publications.