Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, RN, CDCES (Communications Director) has specialized in the treatment of obesity and diabetes for over 14 years. She is a labor and delivery nurse at Hennepin Healthcare where she combines her dual disciplines to support the health of women and newborns. She holds a BS in Nutrition Sciences from Cornell University, a MS in Health Communication from Boston University, and a MS in Nursing from Capella University. She has previously served as the blast email coordinator and bariatric subunit director for the WM DPG. She is a flying trapeze artist and loves traveling with her husband, Mike, and pup, Bandit.

Justine Karduck, PhD, RDN, LDN, CDCES (Member Services Director) is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Justine directs a top-ranked accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, whose graduates achieve a 100% first-year pass rate on the national CDR Registered Dietitian Certification Exam. As a former clinical dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist, she utilizes many years of experience in the field to train future dietitians. Outside of work, Justine enjoys chasing her twin boys around to all of their sporting activities and hiking with her two German Shepherds, Hazel and Axl.

Katie Fann, MS, RDN, LD, CSOWM, CDCES  (Professional Development Director) Katie is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes care and education specialist, and certified specialist in obesity and weight management.  She received her masters in medical nutrition from Saint Louis University where she also completed her dietetic internship. She has been working with patients with diabetes, weight management and general nutrition for over 10 years. She currently is an Obesity Educator with Novo Nordisk, helping decrease obesity bias and increase the treatment of obesity. She previously was a practice manager of a medical weight management program that she helped design and stand up and registered dietitian specializing in bariatrics and obesity medicine. When she is not at work, she is at home with her husband and three kids.


Sarah T. Henes, PhD, RD, LD (Research Director) Sarah Henes has been a Registered Dietitian (RD) for over 26 years and currently serves as the University of Georgia (UGA) State Program Coordinator for EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program). She has expertise in clinical and community nutrition practice and research in family based weight management and nutrition education, and in promoting nutrition behavior change with youth and families, especially limited resource audiences.

Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND (Network Director) is a Food and Nutrition Consultant in St. Louis, Missouri. A Former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate. She is a Former Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a subunit of the Academy. A former television and radio nutrition reporter Diekman is quoted regularly by the media on nutrition issues. Diekman is the author of two books.