Greater Seattle Dietetic Association’s 2017-2018 Executive Board
Angel Planells, MS, RDN
I’m a clinical dietitian with the Home Based Primary Care program at VA Puget Sound, and owner of ACP Nutrition, a private practice and consulting firm. I am currently serving as a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and also am the president-elect for the Washington State Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. In 2016, I received multiple accolades: Today’s Dietitian TD10 for 2016 (with Chris Vogliano, legislative chair), Clinical Nutrition Practice award from the Veterans Health Administration, and Outstanding Dietitian of the year for Washington State. I’ve coached youth soccer for the past 18 years and am currently the development director at Emerald City Football Club. My family (wife – Danielle, son – Matteo (8), and daughter – Mina (4)) and I have enjoyed residing in the Emerald City after moving from the Big Apple in 2011.
President-Elect and Public Relations Co-Chair
Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD
As an dietitian nutritionist, I can certainly say that I love food—whether I’m eating, cooking, or growing it. I’m honored to be selected as president elect for the 2017-2018 year and during that time I hope to absorb the essence of leadership and forward thinking to get our association the recognition they deserve. I received my master’s and completed my internship at Bastyr University for their whole foods focus and environmental awareness (my other passion). I’m currently working at Pacific Medical Centers as an employee wellness dietitian and community liaison for a team called the Living Well Alliance. I’m a cofounder of a Slow Food chapter in Kirkland called Slow Food Sunday which showcases different cultural cuisines & nutrition topics in bi-monthly events. When I’m not talking about food (and let’s be honest, it is our favorite topic as RDNs), I enjoy traveling, yoga, hiking/camping, and dabbling in the art of photography.
Fundraising Chair and Immediate Past President
Marissa Beck, MS, RD
It was an honor and a privilege serving as the 2016-2017 president of GSDA and I am thrilled to continue working with the 2017-2018 board as fundraising chair. In this new role, my intention is to boost our organization’s capital with meaningful events—to both connect and introduce new sponsors and partnerships. Currently, I work on the dietetic team for PRO Sports Club’s 20/20 Lifestyles Medical Center, where I use my expertise in corporate wellness to help facilitate behavior change for Microsoft employees and members of PRO. Previously, I led health and wellness initiatives as the director of corporate wellness for an eCommerce company based in New York City. My previous experience as a board member of both the Greater New York Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association’s MyHeartMyLife committee will help me promote GSDA nutrition experts as leaders in our field. I have a personal passion for creating longstanding connections with fellow RDNs, as well as uniting like-minded health professionals locally and across the country – always feel free to say hello!
Alyssa Siegel, MS
I have recently graduated from Bastyr University and will be starting my dietetic internship at Bastyr in the fall. My background is in the music industry and event management, but my true love is food! I’m a Southern California native with a growing love for Seattle and all that it has to offer. As a new board member, I look forward to becoming more involved in GSDA and the Seattle dietetics community.
Jaclyn Morimune, DTR
Since moving to Washington from the Bay Area, California back in 2008, I have loved living in Seattle and experiencing all that the Greater Northwest has to offer! Some of my favorite things to do include cooking, salsa dancing and playing beach volleyball with my friends. Currently I am working at Harborview Medical Center where I receive new inspiration from my clients and co-workers everyday. I find that no matter where you are in life there is always an opportunity to learn something new or see things with fresh perspective. In my second year as Secretary for the GSDA I am excited to continue taking part in inspirational change within the field of nutrition as we build a healthier community together!
Celez Suratos, MS, RDN, CD
I am honored to serve as continuing education co-chair for GSDA’s 2017-2018 year. I’m a California native who had an unconventional start to my career as a dietitian. I previously worked in the entertainment industry, which meant working long hours, having access to junk food, and limited time for physical activity. This pushed me to find a career that was a true reflection of what I am passionate about—nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! After earning my Master of Science degree and completing my internship, I became a clinical dietitian for LAC + USC Medical Center and was involved with my local chapter of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I relocated to the Pacific Northwest in August 2016 and currently work as a bariatric dietitian in an outpatient setting, counseling patients on how they can reach their weight loss goals. When I’m not working I like to hike, paddleboard, snowboard, and develop my latest hobby – flying trapeze!
David Weinman, MS, RD
I am honored to be a part of the GSDA board as continuing education co-chair. I am a clinical dietitian at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma who graduated from Sodexo Dietetic Internships and Bastyr University with interests in older adult nutrition, vegan and vegetarian nutrition, and sustainable food and agriculture. Outside of dietetics I love exploring the Pacific Northwest in search of great vegetarian fare, awesome hikes, and beautiful bicycle rides as well as learning about and drinking excellent Taiwanese tea. I look forward to working with my co-chair and fellow board members to provide GSDA members and the public excellent continuing education activities.
Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO
I’m a registered dietitian, health writer and creator of the blog, Champagne Nutrition. I specialize in vegetarian and plant-based diets, integrative/holistic nutrition, oncology nutrition, responsible supplementation, and nutrigenomics. I recently moved from Chicago where I worked at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment under Dr. Block to Seattle where I joined a bio-tech start-up company called Arivale, which offers scientific wellness health coaching based on nutrigenomic data. I also serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Bastyr University in their teaching clinic. I’m happy to serve GSDA as nominating committee co-chair this year.
Nominating Committee Co-Chair
Kelsey Perusse, MS, CN
As recent graduate of Bastyr University, I am grateful to be part of the GSDA board. Presently, I work in Shoreline in private practice as a Certified Nutritionist and am preparing to apply for my dietetic internship. Prior to attending Bastyr, I earned my BA in Business & Economics from Westmont College. I also attended Natural Gourmet Culinary School in New York to become a certified chef. In my free time, I enjoy running, recipe development, traveling and hiking with my husband and two dogs.
Nominating Committee Co-Chair
Rebecca Levens, MS, RDN
This is my third year serving as part of GSDA nominations committee. Currently, I work as a Clinical Pediatric Dietitian at Seattle Children’s Hospital. My focus is with Adolescent Medicine, Eating Disorders and Nephrology. The patients and families I interact with inspire me on a daily basis! I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow as a dietitian with this amazing organization. Outside of my profession, I enjoy running, hiking, yoga and cooking.
Emily Haymond, MS, RDN
I am honored and excited to continue as the membership co-chair for the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association Board for the second year. I am currently the Clinical Nutrition Manger for Covenant Shores on Mercer Island and absolutely love working with individuals on nutrition for healthy aging. I absolutely love food (cooking, growing and eating) and love sharing that with all the residents I serve. In my free time, I love to run, bike, hike, travel and cook for family and friends.
Jenna Kelley, MS, RD, LDN
I am a registered dietitian currently working inpatient at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I’m originally from Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) where I completed my bachelor’s degree in nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From there, I spent 2 years in Boston completing my internship and master’s degree at Boston University and began to develop my skills as a new dietitian before moving to Seattle. During this time, I realized that pediatric nutrition and nutrition support were my two passions in the field. In my spare time, I enjoy sailing, hiking, cooking, and yoga. I look forward to serving on the board for the first time as your membership co-chair for this year!
Hannah Maxbauer, MS, RD, LD
As recent transplant to Seattle from Ann Arbor, Michigan, I am thrilled to serve as the newsletter chair for the GSDA. I currently work as a ketogenic dietitian at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I previously worked in a similar position with the pediatric neurology team at University of Michigan Mott Children’s hospital, where I was fortunate to participate in global health research work in Ethiopia. I am a big believer in work-life balance and try to spend as much time exploring, hiking, eating s’mores, climbing or trying new outdoor activities! I continue to have an interest in nutrition research, both from a global health and a ketogenic diet standpoint. I look forward to embracing my creative side editing the GSDA Newsletter.
Speaker’s Bureau Chair
Teresa Brennan, RD, CD, CNSC
As the speakers bureau chair, I help connect registered dietitians to corporate and private businesses requesting a nutrition-focused speaking engagement. I have served on the board for 10 consecutive years in various positions including legislative chair, continuing education chair, president-elect and president. I am currently a consulting dietitian for Fit4Mom Eastside. Prior to that, I spent five years as a home infusion dietitian and have my Certified Nutrition Support Clinician certification. I spent more than two years with Lifelong AIDS Alliance in their clinical nutrition department and also hold an Adult Weight Management certification through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. I am a busy mom to two young boys. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our sons hiking, biking and swimming.
Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD
I am a registered dietitian nutritionist at Menu for Change in downtown Seattle and earned my Master of Public Health degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington. In my previous (career) life I was as a journalist, and I currently write the “On Nutrition” column for The Seattle Times, write regularly for The Washington Post, Today’s Dietitian and Environmental Nutrition, and blog at Nutrition By Carrie. I’m the nominating committee chair for the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group, a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). In my personal life, I’m an avid cook and vegetable gardener and seek out farmers markets wherever I travel. I’m excited to serve the GSDA board for a second term as media/communications chair and look keeping both the public and the local dietetics community informed and up-to-date via the GSDA website and social media.
Public Relations Co-Chair
I am a third year MPH student in the coordinated dietetics program at the University of Washington. I have Midwest roots, but most recently moved from Washington D.C. where I was working in corporate finance prior to realizing my passion was…nutrition! Currently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant at the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition where I am working with WA Department of Health to evaluate the implementation of the 2010 Healthy Nutrition Guidelines in state facilities. As an outdoor enthusiast, Seattle is quickly becoming my favorite city and I’m excited to get more involved in the local dietetics community and to participate in the ever-evolving world of nutrition!
Katrina Hoch, PhD, MS, RDN, CD
As legislative co-chair, I help keep GSDA members informed about nutrition-related legislative developments at the federal, state, and local levels. I received my MS in nutritional sciences and my RD credientials from UW, where I specialized in diabetes care and conducted research on sugar metabolism and insulin-like growth factor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I now work as a registered dietitian at The Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment center. Before transitioning my career to nutrition and dietetics, I worked as a digital sound producer, earned a PhD in Communication/Media studies, and taught college courses in first amendment law and media history. In my spare time I enjoy pickling and canning produce, baking new desserts, running, biking, watching films, reading novels, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with my husband and son.
Erica Olin, MS, RD
I am thrilled to be the newest legislative co-chair of GSDA! I received my Masters of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and recently obtained my RD credentials. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and as the former legislative chair of the Washington State Food and Nutrition Council (WSFNC), my desire to influence food policy is a major reason I wanted to be a dietitian. I’ve worked with the Foundation for Healthy Generations in providing support for the City of Seattle sugar tax legislation, and am a current board member of the Hunger Intervention Program, a program that helps bridge the hunger gap in North Seattle. I believe policy is integral in shaping a healthier and more sustainable food environment for our communities and future generations. As a Pacific Northwest native, I love spending time outdoors backpacking, hiking, and skiing. I also enjoy traveling and eating my way around the world with my husband and son.
Caitlin (Caity) Robinson
I am a first year MPH student in the coordinated dietetics program at the University of Washington. I have lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest and just recently moved from Bellingham to Seattle, but I already feel right at home surrounded by water and mountains. I received my undergrad in political science, and after graduating is when my passion for nutrition and food literacy began to grow. I started volunteering for several organizations in the area including the Whatcom County Farm to School program, PeaceHealth Nutrition and Diabetes Clinic, and the Community Meal program. I am excited to be a part of the GSDA to continue spreading food literacy throughout my community and look forward to the people I will meet along the way! In my free time I love hiking, running, and of course, eating.
I am in my senior year at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to studying nutrition and dietetics, I worked in IT and computer repair. Currently, I volunteer as a kitchen coordinator at Ballard Saturday Soup. I work as a research assistant in a nutritional epidemiology lab at Fred Hutch. I also spent time during the summer as a research intern at the National Cancer Institute where I worked on an epidemiology project related to the microbiome. During my free time, I love to experiment in the kitchen, play racquetball and guitar, and travel.
I am a proud Seattle native and second year MSN/DPD student at Bastyr University. In the last 5 years, I have worked as a nurse assistant in a variety of hospital settings from the ICU to the emergency department. In all cases, the one constant has been the desire to make a positive impact in patient health through food and diet. As a first-year board member, I am excited to build new relationships and learn from my peers. I earned my BA in Communications from the University of San Diego and I am a certified Pilates instructor. During my free time, I enjoy new restaurants, riding horses, fishing with my dad, experimenting in the kitchen, and watching sports with my husband.