2020-2021 AAPI MIG Leadership

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

       

Executive Committee

Chair-Elect

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Sarah Crulcich, MPH, RD, LD

Sarah is a first generation college graduate and proudly identifies as Korean-American. She works at the Houston Food Bank which is the nation's largest food bank by amount of food distribution. There she manages grants and coordinates programming that influences the environment in which limited resource communities access food. She spearheads the food bank’s nutrition policy, designs nutritionally balanced menus for home delivery services, and trains clinicians across Greater Houston to screen and address food insecurity. Before the food bank, Sarah was an Archer Graduate Fellow at the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio consisted of Child Nutrition Reauthorization, SNAP regulations, and health disparities. Sarah is passionate about creating sustainable solutions to equitable food access through addressing the social determinants of health and supporting others in finding food freedom.

Chair

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Nikki Nies, MS, RD

Nikki is Food Consulting Company's Entrepreneur in Residence, a position created to drive and commercialize new products. Her focus is understanding the information needs of our customers and satisfying them through innovative programs, content and services. Nikki's background spans a variety of food and nutrition work for food companies and supermarkets, including work as a regulatory & nutrition manager. She has also created content for several online sites and the 2018 Texas Academy Northeast Registered Young Dietitian of the Year.

Past Chair

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Aimee Estella Reuhs, MS, MPH, RD

Aimee is currently is a dietitian in the school nutrition sector where she creates menus and assists with the management of multiple food operation databases for a large school district. She received a dual master’s degree in nutrition and public health from Benedictine University. She has worked in various health care settings, and went into the nutrition field because she loves how dietitians can play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention.

Secretary

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Ivy Molina, MBA, RD, CD

Ivy Gail is a recent graduate of Dominican University’s Master of Business Administration with a Coordinated Program in Dietetics in River Forest, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences from Seattle Pacific University. In Seattle, she gained experience in food service management, geriatrics, and nutrigenomics. With her newfound knowledge in business and nutrition, Ivy Gail is interested in public health and nutrition informatics. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and hiking with her dog.

Treasurer

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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.

Nominating & Awards Committee Chair-Elect

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Christina Liew-Newville, MS, RD, LD, FAND

Christina has a passion to educate. She is currently the director of the Dietetic Technician Program at Tarrant County College. She received the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching. She also provides MNT through her company, Nutrition Joy, LLC. Christina received her master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Hawaii and completed her Dietetic Internship with Oakwood University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Education Leadership.

Nominating & Awards Committee Chair

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Katharine Chew, MS, RD

Katie is currently a post-acute care clinical dietitian. She works closely with an interdisciplinary team to provide quality nutrition care to 150 residents. Previously, she was a Dominican University Head Start Dietitian with the Chicago Early Learning Program. She provided nutrition services to 70+ Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) funded preschools and daycares. She earned her Master of Science in Community Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She also earned the "Outstanding Student Award of 2019" for her work ethic, leadership, and extracurricular participation. She is a proud member of Critical Dietetics and continues to advocate for food and health as a human right. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition with a minor in aging & adult development from the University of California, Davis. During her spare time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts projects, trying new cooking recipes, and traveling with friends.

Diversity Liaison

Janey Yoo

Janey Yoo, MS, RDN, CD

Janey has been a dietitian in the Seattle area for over 10 years. Originally from the Philadelphia area, her passion in food and health brought her to Bastyr University’s graduate nutrition program. From there, she continued on to Tulane University's (New Orleans, La.) dietetic internship. Living in NOLA introduced her to gumbo and King cake, and Mardi Gras season. When she returned to Seattle, she continued her professional work in community nutrition, and was as a fellow at the University of Washington’s LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities) program. Today, she is a nutrition educator in a high risk pregnancy clinic, nutrition consultant for an early intervention center and community-based childcare centers. Janey’s professional mission is to provide quality care, to promote diverse voices and experiences, and to develop practices to enhance inclusion and equity in all work settings. She is a 2020-2021 Diversify Dietetics Mentor, and enjoys volunteering as much as she can. Janey likes riding her bicycle and participates in multi-day bike rides and prior to COVID, was training for RAMROD (Ride around Mount Rainier in One Day) a 150 mile single day bike ride - for some reason she thinks this is fun. She recently rescued Jack, a boxer mix breed dog, and is pretty sure he is the best dog in the world.

STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Nominating & Awards Committee Member

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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.

Communications Committee Chair & Newsletter Editor

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Levin Dotimas

Levin was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and later moved to the US to Baltimore, MD. He is currently working on his MS in Nutritional Science and Dietetic Internship at Oklahoma State University where he recently completed a USDA funded human clinical study on the effects of wheat germ supplementation on metabolic markers and the gut microbiota. He recently had the opportunity of serving on the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Some of his life goals include going on a year-long trip around the world and also spending a day learning from Gordon Ramsay.

Communications Committee Member - Website Coordinator

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Meng Zhang, MS, MPH, RD

Meng received her Master of Public Health degree from Tufts University and her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons University. She is currently working at a local WIC program providing nutrition education and counseling for women and young kids. As a dietitian, she also loves working with clients of all ages from all walks of life. She believes that "food is the best medicine". In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, writing her dietetic blogs, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

Communications Committee Member - Social Media Coordinator

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Tina Sergi

Tina is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetic Internship at Oklahoma State University. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, Tina moved to Oklahoma and is now participating in public health research. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer who enjoys working out, going to the beach, and making banana bread. After finishing her MS/DI, she hopes to promote nutrition and exercise in other countries, as well as make an impact on communities within the US.

Communications Committee Member

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Glenda Dardashti, MS

Glenda is originally from the Philippines and has resided in Los Angeles, CA. She recently completed her Combined Master of Science in Nutrition with Dietetic Internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ and is now preparing to take the RD exam. Her interests are in clinical nutrition with special emphasis in diabetes education and care, as well as integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy. She is very thrilled to continue to learn the ever-changing field and opportunities in dietetics, and start a new career in a sub-acute and rehabilitation facility as a Dietary Supervisor.

Communications Committee Member

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Gabrieleene Viray

Gabrieleene graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She also had her undergraduate research paper published in a journal here in the USA. Moreover, she is a registered dietitian in the Philippines. With her passion and dedication to her career, she is currently preparing for the RD exam through the reciprocity agreement between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Professional Regulation Commission, the regulating body of professional working licenses in the Philippines.

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

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Rachel Macam, RD

Rachel works as a clinical dietitian with Dietitian Connection. She completed her bachelor’s degree and dietetic internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her spare time, Rachel is working on her CDCES certification, enjoys learning Muay Thai and cooking. She can be reached through her website, kitchenandgather.com, or on her Instagram accounts: @RachelMacam_RD, @PerformanceNutritionClub.

Membership Committee Member

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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.

Professional Development Committee Chair

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Janice Chow, MS, RD, LDN

Janice is the founder of her virtual nutrition counseling practice, The Mindful Chow. She empowers Asians to replace their cultural obsession with thinness using the Health At Every Size™ approach. She completed her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition at Tufts University. Janice has 7 years of experience in clinical nutrition, community wellness and nutrition education. She is active on Instagram (@janicehychow). Currently living in Boston, she enjoys cooking different cuisines and traveling with her husband.

Professional Development Committee Member

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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 Teachers College, Columbia University. Her focus is on diet management for digestive diseases, especially celiac disease and the gluten-free diet in China. She also writes for Chinese online blogs about healthy eating. Before starting her dietetic track, she studied sociology for five years and interned at the United Nations and NGOs, which gives her a unique perspective when studying nutrition. She loves knife noodles and dim sum.