Directors

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Bec McDorman, MS, RDN, FAND (Communications Director) received her Master’s in Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona, while simultaneously completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She currently works for Morrison Healthcare as the District Clinical Nutrition Manager at Palomar Health in Escondido, CA with her cats Paisley Blue and Eerie.

Mary Gray Hutchison, MPH, RD, LDN (Member Services Director) holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mary Gray has also received her certificate of training in Adult Weight Management and has over 10 years of experience. She serves as lead dietician and program co-coordinator for UNC REX Bariatric Specialists, one of the leading bariatric practices in DS surgery on the east coast of the US. Ms. Hutchison pioneered the practice’s standards of nutrition regimen, education.

Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS, FAHA (Professional Development Director)is Chief, Nutritional Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. A long standing member of the Acadamy, her interests are women and children’s health, child nutrition, diets for weight loss and chronic disease, and nutritional assessment of diverse populations. One of her significant achievements was the final design of the DASH and DASH-Sodium diets. She has been involved in many NIH funded trials and receives funding for child nutrition and military nutrition research.

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Sarah T. Henes, PhD, RD, LD (Research Director).  Current Research Projects: 1.The FoodMASTER initiative, Deep South Network (NIH SEPA grant). Teaching math and science concepts with food and nutrition/STEM programming with Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Club (Mableton, GA). 2.Nutrition4Kids (Atlanta, GA). Program development of clinical/community based weight management program for low income families/children. Sarah also does nutrition counseling for worksite wellness and weight management.

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Melissa Page, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN (Policy and Advocacy Leader) is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Obesity Weight Management who has worked in bariatrics for the past 8 years in Portland, ME and Boston. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor’s in Dietetics from Indiana University. She has been an active member of both the Weight Management DPG executive council and her local state affiliate associations. She believes policy and advocacy are essential to the advancement of our profession and the health of our nation.

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Lisa Paige, MBA, RDN, CSOWM, NBC-HWC (Newsletter Editor) serves rural western Colorado in primary, home, and long-term care settings. She previously enjoyed a 25-year career in IT and continues to use those skills as a part-time clinical informaticist. A true life-long learner, Lisa attended the University of AZ, Northern AZ University, University of Northern CO, and University College at DU. She loves to ski, hike, bike, and fly fish.