Directors

Laura Martin, MS, RD, CD, CPT (Communications Director) 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.

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.

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.

Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD (Policy and Advocacy Leader) is a passionate advocate for patient-centered care and appropriate treatment for people with obesity. She leads the interdisciplinary metabolic and bariatric surgery team at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Nina serves as our Policy and Advocacy Leader. She loves getting dietitians involved in making change through public policy and is excited about the WMDPG RDN role on the State Advocacy Representative (STAR) program for access to care for obesity treatment.

Laura Bartee, MS, RD, LD (Newsletter Editor) is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas. Laura began working with the Weight Management Matters newsletter in 2014 as an author and enjoys contributing her time to this valuable member resource and benefit. She has been working in various capacities in weight management practice for over 6 years. In her personal life she enjoys reading, indoor cycling, and is obsessed with dogs.