Voting Members

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Emily Burchins, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN (Chair) 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.




Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDCES (Chair-Elect) has specialized in the treatment of obesity and diabetes for 12 years. She is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Nutrition Sciences and received a MS in Health Communication from Boston University. She has previously served as the blast email coordinator and bariatric subunit director for the WM DPG. In her spare time, you’ll find her on the flying trapeze.

Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RDN, FAND (Past 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.

  Mikel Bryant, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN is a Clinical Dietitian for the Bariatric department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones and her adorable cat, Burt Reynolds (yes, he has a mustache). She has also recently gotten into hiking and backpacking, which keeps her busy on the weekends. One day, she might even complete the Appalachian Trail! Until then, she will continue to use her passion and knowledge of food and nutrition to further guide her patients on how to make the most of each day and live their best lives.

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.

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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.

Melissa Majumdar, MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN (Nominating Committee Director) Melissa Majumdar is the bariatric coordinator at Emory University Midtown. She is an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics media spokesperson and the co-editor of the updated Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery, due out Fall 2021. She volunteers at the state and national level for ASMBS, is a certified specialist in obesity and weight management. She lives in Atlanta with her 2 kids and husband where you can find her running and kayaking in her free time.

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.