Tarrah Westercamp, MS, RDN, SNS
I have a Bachelor’s in Dietetics and a Master’s in Food and Nutrition from Ball State University. Besides having an RDN credential, I also have obtained the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential from the School Nutrition Association.
Goals, if elected:
I would like to increase student involvement on the board, create a proactive succession plan, increase social media presence/communications, engage non-members, increase school nutrition or private practice sessions for webinars, and invite statewide stakeholders to be part of partnerships to create tight-knit groups that understand the importance of RDN/DTR. To the IAND Board, I will bring knowledge of public policy and RDN licensure, managing statewide coalitions, implementing strategies to involve diverse stakeholder groups, and experience in creating innovative strategies for membership retention and recruitment.
Private Practice – I have my own small business, Westercamp Consulting LLC, where I serve non-profits and school districts in connection with food service and community nutrition. My service as President-Elect will uniquely contribute to a diverse IAND Board because I have developed a robust network throughout school nutrition, non-profits, government agencies and political representatives.
Through my professional experience and network, I can provide a valuable perspective to the board and way Hoosier RDNs/DTRs are viewed.
In current or previous volunteer experience, I have held the following titles: IAND SPR, SNS DPG Membership Chair, and IAND PPC. In addition to these volunteer roles, my work experience includes leading a statewide coalition for No Kid Hungry, creating and moderating webinar sessions, grant writing, and event planning for national groups. Additionally, I have spoken to various sized groups and created trainings. For SNS DPG, I manage/create their social media content as well as membership communication platforms.
I served as the Membership Chair for School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group (SNS DPG) for 4 years at the national level. During this time, I helped increase our membership, engaged more students and diverse professional backgrounds, and created a mentorship program. At the state level, I served as a student representative during college and then I became the State Policy Representative (SPR). During college, I was also actively involved in the district’s board in Muncie, IN. Currently, I serve as the Public Policy Coordinator (PPC) for IAND.
In addition to the roles listed above, I have served on the National Membership Committee for the School Nutrition Association. During my tenure, we identified new strategies to recruit new members while also a membership retention strategy. Currently, I serve on the Advocacy Committee for Indy Hunger Network. Being on this committee is helpful for policy initiatives at the state and federal level, but this has also expanded my involvement with statewide groups focused on nutrition policy efforts. This has been helpful for my role as PPC to incorporate other perspectives for webinars, but this will also be helpful to obtain legitimacy of the RDN/DTR role within the state.
Victoria Tudor, RD, LD
B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University
Goals, if elected:
I have been involved in IAND and CIAND for about 5 years now, and for me the biggest benefits have been networking, and keeping up to date with other areas of dietetic practice outside of my 9-5 job. I would like to help emphasize these benefits and hopefully inspire more dietitians to join.
I currently work in school foodservice as the assistant Coordinator of nutrition services. Prior to this role, I worked in hospital foodservice for 5 years. In my experience, I have not met many foodservice dietitians involved in IAND activities, since many of these roles have other professional organizations (ISNA, AHF). I would like provide perspective from this area of practice, as well as learn from my colleagues in the many other areas of practice.
I have served on the nominating committee for IAND and have served as nominating committee chair and CPI for CIAND.
I have served on the nominating committee for IAND and served on the board for CIAND. I have also benefited from the numerous opportunities for CEUs and networking that AND has to offer.
Outside of my past experience on the board, I working in a management and/or leadership position for 6 years.
Wan-Ju (Jennifer) Yen, PhD, RD
Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Goals, if elected:
We as health professionals seek effective preventions to help people away from diseases by developing healthy behavior. Some people in the community are not aware they can consult dietitians for nutrition concerns. As the CPI-Elect, it is important to explore nutrition and dietetic trendy topics to IAND members and promote unique traits of dietetics and registered dietitians in Indiana.
I am an associate professor in the Nutrition program at Indiana State University. My teaching and research areas are in community nutrition, nutrition education and behavior. I served on the minority student association board and worked with diverse population in the supervised training.
In the community, I was involved in children’s wellness programs that educated elementary school students on healthy eating, lifestyle behavior and physical activities. I provided nutrition education to seniors on Nutrition Awareness Days. I also facilitated and coordinated dietetic students’ community supervised practice which includes interacting with practicing registered dietitians in the fields of long-term care, senior centers, early child care centers, WIC and university cooperative extensions.
I was involved in the AND Diversity Leadershp Program in 2014.
I was the Food and Nutrition program director while working as junior faculty.
Samantha Schaefer, MS, RD, LD, FAND
Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences with Emphasis in Food and Nutrition
Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, May 2004
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetic Internship
The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, December 2005
- Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Indiana, 2006-Present
- Mental Health First Aid Certification, 2020-Present
- Intercultural Competence Certificate, Fall 2021
- CPR/First Aid Training and Certification, 2019-2021
- Wellness Coach Certificate of Training, Cooper TrainedTM, 2014
- Leadership Excellence and Development (L.E.A.D.) Emerging Leader Program, Fall 2013
- Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Level II, 2012
- Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, 2009
- Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Level I, 2006
Goals, if elected:
I believe my experience with various positions on the IAND board provides the background and understanding to represent our state well. My main goal in the role of the Delegate is to listen to IAND member input and concerns and carry that collective voice to the national level. I will identify ways to encourage involvement and conversations on the identified professional issues. I also hope to support the IAND Membership Committee as co-chair by providing additional communication and support to the local districts.
Manager, Healthy IU, Indiana University Employee Workplace Wellness Program
Our mission is to provide educational and environmental resources to foster individual wellbeing and support a culture of wellness in the workplace and beyond. We lead with our team values: Respect for the uniqueness of each individual and campus; Transparency in program design, delivery, and evaluation; Evidence-based resources, internal expertise, and collaborative partnerships; Environments, systems, and policies supportive of a healthy lifestyle and work + life needs; A welcoming and inclusive environment for all; and Innovation and quality improvement. I continue to learn and grow in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and have recently completed the Intercultural Competence Certificate at IU and evaluating how to be an ally and improve processes through the DEIB lens.
The first 10 years of my career started at IU Health Bloomington as an outpatient dietitian in Community Health. I enjoyed working with community partners, implementing grant work, and educating patients individually and in group settings.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2003-Present
- Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group, 2006-2016
- Weight Management Practice Group, 2010-2014
- Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2006-Present
- Past-President, 2020-2021
- President, 2019-2020
- President-Elect, 2018-2019
- State Policy Representative, State Regulatory Specialist, Consumer Protection Coordinator, 2015-2018
- Nominating Committee Chair, 2014-2015
- Clinical Practice Chair, 2007-2009
- Southeast Indiana Academy Nutrition and Dietetics, 2006-Present
- President, 2009
- President-Elect, 2008
- Nominating Committee, 2006, Chair, 2007
I am a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have served as a preceptor for dietetics and public health students, and enjoy mentoring the future generation of our profession. I serve as the Health and Human Care Ministry Team Chair at my church supporting local agencies through service projects.
Rachel Dolgner, MS, RD, LD
Masters in Food & Nutrition from So. IL University; Certified in Adult Weight Management, Certified food allergy & Celiac AllerTrainer since 2017, Completed CDR’a Certification of Training in Adult Weight Management – 2009
Goals, if elected:
I personally will look forward to learning how to keep things organized with the finances, and learn a new program since I’ve not used Quickbooks before. I’d like to practice Excel too since I learned more of it in college, but haven’t used formulas in it for awhile. One idea is possibly find ways to build the amounts/funding we get for scholarships each year so we can support future RDs.
My current job since 2009 has been at IU with dining services on the Bloomington campus. I have had the opportunity to oversee a team of paid undergrad interns who work to enter recipes and maintain nutrition/ingredients/allergens for food items served in recipes in our dining facilities. Our dining systems team also oversees labeling allergens for menus in locations, and meeting with 1st year and incoming students with food allergies and special diets. I also serve on the IUB Wellness Committee, and as a staff advisor for Veg IU (Vegan/Veg. student group on campus).
Comfortable with zoom, Microsoft Teams, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs; some InDesign.
Completed the Academy’s Preceptor online Training Course – 2020
Indiana Diet Manual Editor, 9th Ed. 2015 and 10th Ed. 2020
Appointed to Indiana Dietitians Certification Board (2016-2019)
FNCE attendee – St. Louis ’01 and ‘05; San Antonio ‘03, Chicago ’08, Denver ’09, Boston ’10, San Diego ‘11
Annual Opportunity to attend Public Policy Workshop (PPW) in Washington D.C. – Feb. 2011, March 2013 and March 2014 and Licensure Workshop & CLEAR (Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation) Conference, San Francisco, CA – 2012
Indiana Academy of Nutrition Public Policy – Federal Chair / member of Public Policy Committee (2010 – 2014)
IAND Council on Professional Issues Chair to coordinate planning of 2012 Annual Meeting
IAND: Education and Scholarship Chair – 2016-18; Continuing Education & Poster Chair (2019-2022)
Southeast IN Academy District: President (2015-16), Treasurer (2012-15), nominating committee member (2010-11)
I’m grateful I’ve had the chance to be a part of the IAND Board in the past, and our district’s board, which will give me basic groundwork for what we do and what our money goes towards, and how it serves our members. I had a chance to be in the Student Senate at my college for 4 yrs, which gave me a good idea of how a meeting is to be run. I was Secretary, so learned how to take minutes as well!
Jenna Defore MBA, RD, LD
MBA, RDN, LD
Goals, if elected:
My goal is to connect and convey the importance of IAND. As many dietitians choose to not become members of AND, I would like to speak with interns and other dietitians on the importance of an AND membership to support IAND and our local districts initiatives.
I am currently a consultant RD in Long Term Care (LTC) at Majestic Care. I started my career providing one-on-one counseling for the YMCA. The Y had never had a full time RD position and I was able to create new programs and activities to promote health and nutrition in adults and children. I then transitioned in to LTC and worked at a facility completing charting and facility programs helping to improve health outcomes for older adults. My current role as a consultant dietitian for a growing LTC company, I have worked alongside newly onboarded buildings to implement Majestic Care’s nutrition and dietary policies. I think my past roles as a RDN have given me many diverse experiences to contribute to the IAND Board.
I am currently the President of CIAND. I also connect with future RDN’s by precepting for Ball State University, IUPUI, and ISPP students. I really enjoy connecting with and meeting Dietitians.
I have been very involved with CIAND, currently I am the President. I have also served as secretary of CIAND in previous years.
As the Director of Nutrition services at the YMCA, I oversaw and mentor other dietitians. In my current role I took the initiative to start a precepting program for interns, building a network of RD’s.
Hannah Green, MS, RD, LD
Bachelors degree in Dietetics from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio
Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana
Goals, if elected:
My goal as a member of the Nominating Committee would be to provide the IAND State Board with a diverse ballot. I feel my connections with different organizations has me in contact with dietitians in a wide range of disciplines. I feel building a board that consists of an array of dietetic disciplines ensures that each specialty is promoted and represented.
I currently work as an outpatient dietitian at IU Health’s Charis Center for Eating Disorders. In addition to outpatient, I also manage the nutritional aspects of out partial hospitalization program. In this role I work in an interdisciplinary team with doctors and therapists. Working on this team has shown me the behavioral outlook of nutrition. As an IAND Board member, I would like to educate other Indiana Dietitians how to help clients with mental health disorders.
For the past 3 years I have served as the Sponsorship and Exhibits Chair for IAND. I have become familiar with how the board operates. This position has also given me experience in communication with other organizations. I have learned how to build and maintain relationships with IAND and these organizations.
I am often an attendee at CIAND meeting and events. As mentioned above, I have been the Sponsorship and Exhibits chair for IAND. I have also been an active member of AND for 9 years.
During my Bachelor’s education, I served as the Vice President of Ashland University’s Student Dietetic Association (AUSDA). My first job as an RD was the Coordinator of the Hendrick’s County WIC Program where I managed 3 other RD’s and made and kept relationships with other organizations in the county.
Asuman Luchs, PhD, RD
B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics. Ball State University.
Verification Statement-Didactic Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Health Sciences. Ball State University.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Biomedical Sciences. Major: Neurosciences.
Kent State University & NEOMED* (Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology).
(* The name of Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) has been officially changed to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) after my graduation. Biomedical Sciences graduate faculty are drawn primarily from departments at Kent State University, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.)
List of certifications: Safe-Serve Certification; Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certificate; Academy’s Evidence Analysis Center Certificate; Fencing (epee and foil) Trainer Certificate.
I pursued my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a major of Neurosciences at Kent State University/ NEOMED* (Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology). In addition, I completed verification statement and had dietetic internship at the department of Nutrition and Health Sciences in Ball State University. Currently, I will be completing the requirements of Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in Spring 2022. Other unrelated education is not listed.
Goals, if elected:
My goal is to help raising further awareness of evidence-based research in clinical practice and to emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary team work between clinical and basic sciences in nutrition.
I am currently finishing up Masters of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ball State University. I contribute to IAND board with my diverse and unique educational background (combination of Biomedical Sciences and Nutrition), teaching, clinical, service and trainer (fencing) experiences as well as my culturally diverse background.
I believe that my clinical, teaching (mainly to medical students) and research experiences prepare me for this position. I gained my clinical experiences mainly at acute care settings (with lesser degree of outpatient population) at major Indiana’s hospitals including Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital and Ascension/St Vincent Hospital system as a registered dietician. Moreover, I served as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, I published my research in high-impact journals such as Journal of Neuroscience.
I previously served in Diversity and Inclusion Committee of IAND (2020-2021). I attend
IAND annual and senate meetings. At a national level, I regularly attend FNCE meetings.
I volunteered at several local organizations that helped me to experience the leadership role.
Krisha Thiagarajah, PhD, RD
Ph.D. Health Behavior, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.S. Nutrition Science Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.S. Food and Nutrition University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
B.S. Biological Science, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Goals, if elected:
As an educator, I will try to involve students with IAND, to build future Registered Dietitians leaders. I have ability to work with a team and to put the needs of the organization first in order to reach consensus. Also, I believe I have the ability to identify and address issues impacting the profession.
Currently I worked as a senior lecturer at Indiana University-Bloomington. I teach introductory Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, and Advanced Nutrition (micronutrients) courses. In addition, I serve as a preceptor for the public health nutrition research rotation in IUB’s Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway.
Through employment I have acquired presentation/teaching and research skills
I have been a member of AND since 2008.
I helped with abstract review for FNCE
I have had about 8 research posters presented at FNCE over the years
I attend SEIAND meetings
I was a IAND Nominating Committee member 2020-21
Prior experience of serving on the IAND Nominating Committee.