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Southern Colorado Dietetic Association 2016-2017 Board of Directors

President                           Melaina Bjorklund, MS, RD      

President                           Melaina Bjorklund, MS, RD      

Melaina is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Science - Nutrition and her Master’s Degree in Sport Nutrition.  She works as a Clinical Dietitian at Penrose Hospital and participates in community and media events for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as well.  Through her work at Penrose and in the community, she was recently awarded Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year at the CAND Conference in April and is honored to have been selected. She is also a Nationally Certified Group Fitness Instructor at 24 Hour Fitness and Life Time Fitness.

She is passionate about the field of dietetics, as well as giving back to the community, and is eager to serve as your 2016-2017 SCDA President.  Read more about Melaina in the 2016 Fall Newsletter.

Alicia has been working as a dietitian since 2014, starting her career as Nutrition Care Manager at Namaste Alzheimer Center. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, she obtained her BS in dietetics before attending graduate school at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, earning her Master’s degree in Sport Nutrition. It was in graduate school where she fully realized her passion for fueling athletes, working with world class Dietitians and Dining Services at the US Olympic Training Center. Alicia was the first to complete her dietetic internship through the UCCS Individualized Supervised Practice Program, earning Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, innovating, and spending time with her husband and doggy. She looks forward to an exciting year as your SCDA President-Elect!

President-Elect                      Alicia Rill, MS, RD

President-Elect                      Alicia Rill, MS, RD

Treasurer                                         Sarah Montoya-Ortega, RD, CSG

Treasurer                                         Sarah Montoya-Ortega, RD, CSG

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 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.

Social Media/Marketing Chair       Samantha Lawrence, RDN

Social Media/Marketing Chair       Samantha Lawrence, RDN

Membership Chair                  Julie Stegall, RD

Membership Chair                  Julie Stegall, RD

Julie has been an SCDA Board Member for the last 17 years, originally serving as President-Elect/President and serving as Membership Chair for the last 15 years.

After graduating from Colorado State University in 1995, she completed her internship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She spent 3 years as a clinical dietitian, before making the switch to Abbott Nutrition 17 years ago as an Acute Care Specialist. She completed her MBA in International Business through Regis University in 2003 and completed her Masters Certificate in Health Care Informatics in 2014.

Julie is a Colorado Native, and has lived in Colorado Springs for the last 16 years with her husband Eric and their two kids, Hailee (13) and Ethan (8). She is a Certified TRX Group Fitness Instructor.

 

Kirsten is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Science – Nutrition as well as the UCCS ISPP internship program.

Kirsten works as an Out Patient Dietitian for Colorado Springs Health Partner and is currently studying to becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Kirsten is originally from the Chicagoland area but now calls Colorado home. She loves the climate and the environment which promotes such healthy lifestyles.  She enjoys spending time with her two kids, Quinn (16) and Molly (13).  A lover of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, camping, tennis, skiing and gardening. Quiet time with a good book is always a pleasure as well.

 

Newsletter Chair                 Kirsten Matheson, RDN

Newsletter Chair                 Kirsten Matheson, RDN

National Nutrition Month Chair Kim Schenck, MS, RD

National Nutrition Month Chair Kim Schenck, MS, RD

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 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

Mary moved to Colorado Springs in 1986 for the position of chief clinical dietitian at Memorial Hospital.  She worked the next 20+ years at Memorial in several different positions, including manager of Lighten Up for Life and Marketing Representative.  She is currently working as outpatient dietitian at the VA Clinics in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Mary previously was active in SCDA and the Colorado Dietetic Association, serving as state president in the early 1990's.  Having taken time off from Association activities, she is looking forward to serving on the SCDA Board as secretary. Read more about Mary in the Fall 2016 Newsletter!