Voting Members

Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RDN, FAND (Chair) completed her MPH and DrPH degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She retired from Baylor College of Medicine where she conducted clinical trials in nutrition and behavioral medicine at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center. She has over 50 publications in these areas.

In 2001 Dr. Reeves founded the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. She is a former AND President and Speaker of the House of Delegate. She received the Medallion award in 2001.

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Emily Burchins, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN (Chair Elect) is a clinical dietitian at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC. Emily completed a Dietetic Internship and Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at East Tennessee State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods from Appalachian State University. Emily has been a volunteer with WM DPG for eight years and previously held the position of Newsletter Editor from 2016-2018 and Treasurer from 2018-2020.

Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., RDN, LDN (Past Chair) is an Associate Professor in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. Tracy has over 16 years of experience in the field of dietetics, including nine years of classroom teaching experience in areas of nutrition science, advanced metabolism, and nutrition education. Her expertise lies in weight management when she found herself fascinated with behavioral weight management for obesity when she worked at The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. She is presently researching weight bias and weight sensitivity in nursing students to combat obesity stigma. She is also involved in research addressing food insecurity and healthy eating and food access through the “Community Cooks” program which provides nutrition education within an emergency food pantry.

She earned her B.S. in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh, and both her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees are from Temple University in the field of Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Tracy has served on the WM DPG’s leadership team for the past nine years in various roles including Weight Management in the News Coordinator, CPEU newsletter Editor, Chair-Elect and Chair.

Molly Wangsgaard, MS, RDN, LD, NSCA-CPT, CHWC (Secretary), is a wellness coordinator at a corporate health center, dietitian for a concierge medical group, counsels patients for bariatric surgery, and works in private practice. Prior to these positions, Molly worked at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Jenny Craig and Curves Jenny Craig, and Cooper Clinic. In addition to being a dietitian, Molly is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and wellness coach.
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Laura Martin, MS, RD, CD, CPT (Treasurer) is a Healthy Lifestyle Coach and Dietitian at the Cummins LiveWell Center. She is a proud Boilermaker and developed a record keeping app for her Master's project through Louisiana Tech University. She loves technology and how she can use technology to connect and empower dietitians. In her spare time, Laura likes to be involved with her community with her husband, Jacob. She also love to visit the farmer's market with her Newfoundland, Tonks.

metzgar-square.png Catherine Metzgar, PhD, RD (Nominating Committee Director) is a Clinical Team Lead and Health Coach at Virta in San Francisco, CA. At Virta, Catherine provides remote patient care while also managing a small team of health coaches. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where her work focused on determinants of weight gain prevention in young and mid-life adult women. Outside of work, Catherine is navigating (new) motherhood and enjoys traveling and exploring with her husband and daughter.

Eileen Ford, MS, RDN, FAND (Delegate) is currently the Program Manager for the Nutrition and Growth Lab and the Infant Growth and Microbiome Study at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia managing research on childhood growth and risk factors in childhood obesity. Previously, Eileen served as nutrition faculty at Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Eileen’s previous roles with WM DPG include Chair, Secretary, Nominating Director and Research Committee.