2017-2018 Board of Directors

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Alicia Rill, ms rd                                 President

Alicia has worked as a Registered Dietitian in geriatrics for the last three years. She continues to enjoy serving those residing at Liberty Heights Retirement Community as the first Dietitian employed by Senior Lifestyle Corporation. Developing the nutrition program, clinical care, menu planning, foodservice management, and wellness promotion provide her with the variety she seeks in her day-to-day tasks! In addition to nutrition, Alicia enjoys spending time exploring all corners of Colorado's great outdoors, and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to serving as your SCDA President as she continues to enhance our organization and benefits offered to members. 

Brooks Ford, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS   President-Elect

Brooks has been practicing as an RD since 2010, after receiving her Bachelor’s from Purdue and Master’s from Florida State.  After graduate school, she took a position as a clinical dietitian at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for one year before joining the Army and becoming the Troop Dietitian at Fort Bragg, NC, from 2011-2014.  Coming off active duty, she moved to Colorado in early 2015, where she was offered a teaching position at Pikes Peak Community College teaching Human Nutrition and Exercise, Nutrition, & Body Composition from 2015-2016.  While instructing, she started her own private practice, LegitFit Nutrition, LLC, in which she provides nutrition counseling to competitive and recreational athletes.  In addition to her practice, Brooks is also the Nutrition Program Director for the Cadet Wing at the US Air Force Academy.  When she’s not working, she enjoys ultrarunning, climbing 14ers, yoga, eating delicious (and nutritious!) food, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.  

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Sarah Montoya-Ortega, RD, CSG Treasurer and membership chair           

Sarah has been the Nutrition Care Manager for Morrison Community Living at the Medalion Retirement Community for over two years now.  While clinical care, menu planning, food service management, and health promotion keep her plenty busy, her real joy is in spending time with the older adults she serves. 

Originally a New England native, Sarah graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005, went on to complete her dietetic internship with the Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, and spent four additional years serving at as an active duty dietitian.  She took a break from the career field to obtain an additional degree in Biblical Studies from The Master’s College and had the amazing opportunity to do a semester study abroad in Israel. 

Sarah looks forward to getting to know her fellow Southern Colorado dietetics professionals as she serves as their treasurer for the next two years. Read more about Sarah in the Fall 2016 Newsletter!


Samantha Lawrence, RD                       Social media/marketing chair

Samantha graduated from UCCS in May 2015 with her undergrad in nutrition, and completed her internship with the UCCS ISSP program in May 2016.  During the internship, she was awarded the Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year for the state of Colorado.  Shortly after, Samantha began working as an official RD with Morrison Community Living.  

She enjoys working with the geriatric population, enriching their lives every day.  Outside of nutrition, Samantha loves being active.  Her favorite activities include running, hiking, swimming, and golf.  In addition, she craves adventure and travels every chance she gets.  Most recently, she ventured to Peru with her boyfriend Mitch, who proposed at Machu Picchu...She obviously said yes.




Kim Schenck, MS, RD                             National Nutrition Month Chair

Kim completed her internship and graduate school at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She has been a Registered Dietitian for almost 21 years and has been a member of SCDA for the past 18 years.  She has been active with both the district and state dietetic association serving as newsletter editor and President for SCDA and as Marketing/PR Chair and President for CDA (now CAND). 

Kim has been at UCCS for 12 years and is currently a senior instructor and director of the undergraduate DPD program and ISPP internship program. 

She is the mom to two sons, ages 19 and almost 17.  In addition to spending time with her family, she loves being outside and enjoys running, biking, hiking, and walking her dog.   


Margaret Hammond, RD                     Nominating chair

Margaret W. Hammond, a graduate of Brigham Young University, is a registered dietitian who has had experience in nutrition education with all ages, infants through senior citizens. Margaret currently works as a consultant dietitian for Real Life Nutrition. She has worked with the Utah State Department of Health, the Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels program, and the Utah Beef Council.

Although she is a full-time mom and chef to three boys, ages 8, 13 and 14, she has stayed involved in the world of food and nutrition as a product demonstrator for Jenn-Air appliances, dietitian for Harmon’s Grocery Stores and member of the Utah Dietetic Association Board of Directors. She has also been a special guest on the television show “Good Things Utah”. She enjoys incorporating creativity into her presentations and has a real passion for sharing the importance of nutrition as part of a happy and healthy life. Margaret moved to Colorado Springs four years ago and is excited to work with dietitians in the area through serving as SCDA Nominating Chair. 


  Nominating Chair           Margaret Hammond, RD

Nominating Chair           Margaret Hammond, RD

Karen Beers, RD                                     Secretary