2022-2023 AAPI MIG Leadership

AAPI is led by a team of dedicated volunteers who serve in both elected and appointed positions.
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Executive Committee

Chair

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Levin Dotimas, MS

Levin was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and later moved to the US to Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a minor in French. He recently finished the coursework for his master's degree and is now completing his dietetic internship at Oklahoma State University. He plans on taking the RD exam early in the fall and looks forward to finally beginning his career in dietetics. He intends to obtain his doctorate degree later and study the gut microbiome. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he picked up cross-stitching and breadmaking as his new hobbies. He is excited to be the chair-elect of AAPI MIG and increase engagement among AAPI students and dietitians.

Past Chair

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Nikki Nies, MS, RD

Nikki is the Nutrition Associate Manager at Northwest ISD in the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas metroplex where she ensures quality, consistency, and adherence to standards for the K-12 school meals. Her previous experience includes working in the retail, regulatory and long term care space. She is the 2018 Texas Academy Northeast Registered Young Dietitian of the Year recipient. Nikki received her Master's in Nutrition from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. 

Secretary

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Janice Chow MS, RD

Janice Chow, MS, RD, is a San Francisco Bay Area-based Registered Dietitian and recognized nutrition expert. Through her private practice, The Mindful Chow, she empowers Asians to break their cultural obsession with thinness using the Health At Every Size ™ approach. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley before completing her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition at Tufts University. Janice has 8 years of experience in clinical nutrition and nutrition education promoting cultural competencies. Her writing and expertise have been featured in numerous media outlets including WellSeek, Good Housekeeping, MSN, etc. She has been an active volunteer in the dietetics field, currently serving as the Secretary of the Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Member Interest Group. She has been a preceptor for clinical rotations and a mentor for Diversify Dietetics. A fun fact about Janice is: her mom gave birth to her naturally on her birthday, so they share the same birthday!
You can find Janice on Instagram @janicehychow.rd.

Treasurer

Hokyung Anna Roh

Hokyung Anna Roh, MS, RD, LD

Anna received her BS from the University of Illinois and MS from Southern Illinois University. She currently serves as a member of the medical advisory board for the National Kidney Foundation-Maryland Chapter. She loves to share healthy eating education to prevent kidney disease. She also enjoys working to improve the quality of life for individuals on dialysis and coaching and collaborating with other dietitians. She is currently employed at Fresenius Kidney Care as a lead dietitian and has committed to improving the quality of life of diverse individuals with Kidney disease for the past 11 years.  

Nominating & Awards Committee Chair-Elect

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Chen Du, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Chen is currently an Advanced Practice Clinical Dietitian at Parkland Memorial Hospital, while pursuing her doctoral degree in nutrition at Texas Woman’s University. She is also an adjunct nutrition faculty at the University of Dallas. She was awarded the Young Recognized Dietitian of the Year by Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2017. Chen’s vision in life is contributing to the advancement of nutrition by mentoring dietetic students, equipping them with good understanding of science, and conducting cutting edge research.

Nominating & Awards Committee Chair

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Christina Liew-Newville, Ed.D, RD, LD, FAND

Christina has a passion to educate. She is currently the director of the Dietetic Technician Program at Tarrant County College. She enjoys teaching students and helping them to be successful. She received the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching. Christina has recently obtained her doctoral degree in Education Leadership. She hopes to utilize her knowledge and skills to increase health and financial literacy in her community. 

    House of Delegates (HOD) MIG Delegate

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    Hilary Wu, MS, RD

    Hilary is currently the DPD Director at Cal Poly Pomona where she helps to train students to become future dietitians. She is also a clinical dietitian at San Antonio Regional Hospital and skilled nursing facilities in Southern California. She had the opportunity of moving back to Taiwan to work in food service and public health for several years prior to earning her Master of Science in Nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona. In her spare time, she enjoys sipping a cup of coffee with her dogs at home.

    IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Liaison

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    Maggie Tsai, MS

    Maggie came from Taichung, Taiwan. She received her Master of Science in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University and finished the DPD program at Simmons University. Now, she is a dietetic intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT. She hopes to become a dietitian specializing in genetics, but she is also open to other specialties.


    During the internship, she has recognized a lack of diversity among nutrition professionals. As an IDEA liaison and an AAPI member, she wants to make AAPI more visible and recognized by other RD and RDs2be. Outside of work, she likes to go on neighborhood food tours with her husband.

    STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Nominating and Awards Committee Member

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    Katharine Chew MS, RD

    Katharine 'Katie' Chew is a clinical dietitian in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA at a local hospital and skilled nursing facility, and formerly a Dominican University Head Start Dietitian with the Chicago Early Learning Program. Katie served as the AAPI Nominating and Awards Committee Chair from 2019-2021. Now, she continues to be a part of the AAPI Nominating and Awards Committee as a committee member. 

    Nominating and Awards Committee Member

    Jerianne Cusipag

    Jerianne Cusipag, RD

    Jerianne is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree in Community Nutrition Education at Teachers College Columbia University. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and worked as a dietitian in Doha, Qatar. Her interests are in pediatric nutrition and nutrition education. She just moved to New York and is looking forward to exploring more of the city.

    Social Media/Communications Committee Chair

    Kimberly Korff, RD, LD, CLS

    Kim is a newly licensed dietitian in central Iowa. She completed her dietetic internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL and has been working for the Women, Infants, and Children Program in Iowa for the past year. Kim loves educating parents about nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, and feeding picky eaters, and is working towards becoming a Certified Lactation Specialist. She has been an active member of AAPI for the past several years and enjoys volunteering her time to AAPI. Among her many interests include small-scale mushroom farming, learning Bangla language, and cooking all sorts of dishes from around the world. You can follow her adventures in cooking and mushroom farming @kimchiemi and @localshroomerydsm. 

    Social Media/Communications Committee Member

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    Karen Xingyun Xie, Dietetic Intern

    Xingyun is originally from China, and currently lives in Buffalo, NY. Xingyun is currently working towards her Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics at D’Youville College. Her interests are in clinical nutrition with a special emphasis in pediatric diabetes care and nutrition. Xingyun believes providing proper nutrition education will be beneficial for kids to practice self-care and insulin management along with healthy eating and exercise to promote quality of life for the lifespan.

     

    Membership Committee Chair

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    Dustin Reed, MS, RD

    Dustin is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, where he spent his childhood on a historic horse farm in the area. He attended the University of Kentucky where he received his Bachelor's and Master's in Dietetics. His current role with Compass is as a Customer Experience Manager on the corporate level. In addition to his work experience, Dustin sits on the executive board for several non-profits and manages political campaigns. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia.

    Membership Committee Member - Regional Networking Coordinator

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    Monica K. Esquivel PhD RDN CSSD

    Monica is a Filipino Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and serves as an Assistant Professor and Dietetics Program Director at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In this role she seeks to improve diversity and representation of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders and Filipinos in the dietetics profession. Her research is focused on addressing social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, through community based participatory research projects to improve the health and well-being of medically underserved populations. Outside of work she enjoys outrigger canoe paddling, being outdoors and spending time with her family. 

    Membership Committee Member

    Shuhao Lin MS, RDN

    Shuhao is currently working towards her Ph.D. degree in Human Nutrition at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focus is the effect of intermittent fasting and weight loss to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases. Originally from Beijing, China, she has always been passionate about diverse food cultures. She wants to utilize her knowledge and background to promote more diversity in both nutrition research and nutrition counseling.

    Membership Committee Member

    Zheng Zeng

    Zheng is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and Dietetic Internship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests are in clinical nutrition and research with special emphasis on digestive diseases, pediatric nutrition, and diabetes care. Zheng is passionate about the Health At Every Size™ approach and hopes to provide weight-inclusive, compassionate care after finishing her MS/DI.  In her spare time, she enjoys learning about photography, hiking, and exploring cafes/restaurants with friends.

    Membership Committee Member

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    Edith Yang, RD, CSR, CLT

    Edith Yang, RD, CSR, CLT is a registered dietitian Board-Certified in Renal Nutrition, a Certified LEAP Therapist, cookbook author, and the owner of Healthy Mission Dietitian, Inc. Her practice is in the Los Angeles area and is insurance-based, providing both in-person and virtual sessions nationwide. Her practice specializes in kidney nutrition, weight management, GI issues, food intolerance/sensitivities, diabetes, heart health, and general nutrition. She obtained her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Cal State University Long Beach and completed her internship through the CSULB ISPP program. She is actively involved with the Academy and loves to volunteer her time and serves as a mentor and a preceptor for students, interns, and other dietitians. Edith loves to connect with other dietitians and network. You can find more about Edith's practice at www.healthymissiondietitian.com or on instagram @healthymissiondietitian 

    Membership Committee Member - Social Media Coordinator

    Kristine Wong

    Kristine received her B.S. in Microbiology from U.C. San Diego and is currently applying for coordinated programs to become a Registered Dietitian.  She loves empowering people to connect food to their health and helping others develop sustainable, healthy habits. She recently joined AAPI in 2021 but has already loved being part of a community of dietitians who share her culture and love of food. Kristine joined the AAPI Social Media team and Membership Committee and is excited to get involved to promote cultural diversity in the field of dietetics.  You can follow her journey in nutrition and towards becoming an RD at @nutritionwithkristine.

    Professional Development Committee Chair

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    Qianhui (Jera) Zhang, MS, MA, RD

    Jera is currently based in New York City, where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Behavioral Nutrition at Columbia University's Teachers College. Her focus is on dietary management of digestive issues and food intolerance, including celiac disease, the gluten-free diet, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the low FODMAP diet. Besides research, she provides nutrition consultations to help individuals manage symptoms, and health startup companies develop nutritional management tools. She has also been trained in sociology and behavioral science with experiences at the United Nations and various NGOs. Jera loves Asian cuisines and hula hoop.

    Professional Development Committee member

    Lourdes S. Chew


    Lourdes S. Chew- M.S, RDN, LD

    Lourdes Singson-Chew is from Manila, Philippines and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from College of the Holy Spirit. She completed an internship at Veterans Hospital which influenced her love for clinical work. She has extensive experience as a Clinical Dietitian/Consultant in the long-term care setting.  Lourdes completed M.S. Public Service Management from DePaul University. She has recently taken a role as a Nutrition Specialist for an Area Agency on Aging serving eight counties in Northeastern Illinois. She has been an advocate for seniors and is serving as a member of the Naperville Senior Task Force. Lourdes has experience in promoting diversity at her children’s school and is a volunteer with the Philippine cultural group. Lourdes enjoys traveling and has visited Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and several European Countries.  Lourdes is excited to be a Professional Development Committee member.