Alumni Notes

Lauren Au, MS, PhD, RD received her MS in Nutrition and Public Health in 2009. She recently completed her PhD at Tufts University for Food Policy & Applied Nutrition in 2013.  She works for AAAS as a congressional fellow, providing scientific and technical support to legislators.

Elizabeth Avery, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC received her MS in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology in 2005. She is a clinical dietitian at Emerson College, working one-on-one with students. She is also starting a private practice and is working part-time in an oncology outpatient clinic and fitness center.

Limor Baum, MS, RD received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2008. Limor works as a nutrition therapist with Nutrition Energy and Baum Nutrition, a private practice specializing in eating disorders.

Jennifer Black, MS, RD graduated in 2003 with an MS in Nutrition and Public Health. She works at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor. Jennifer is impressed to find her work and research still draw from lessons learned from TC faculty Isobel, Toni, and Joan, and experiences working with the Earthfriends program at TC.

Elisa Bremner, MS, RD graduated in 2000, with her MS in Nutrition Education. She is an RD at Northern Westchester Hospital, in the Outreach and Youth Education Department, developing curriculum for nutrition education workshops and health fairs. During summers she works at Camp Wayne for Boys in the Poconos, dealing with special dietary needs and doing as much nutrition education as she can in cooking classes.

Greta Breskin, MS  recently graduated in May, 2013.  She is not currently an RD, but plans to take the exam soon. She is working as a dietitian at Greenwich Hospital, providing maternity relief for the surgical and medical oncology floors and hospital-wide weekend coverage.

Kira Cohen-Milo, MS graduated with an MS in Nutrition and Public Health in May 2013. Over the summer she directed a a group of teenagers on a summer camp expedition throughout Greece and traveled around Europe and Israel. Upon return to The Big Apple she has continued teaching nutrition education classes, promoting regional agriculture through local farmers markets, and continues to search for new and interesting opportunities.

Sarah Feasel-Aklilu, MEd, RD, CNSC, CLC received her MEd in Community Nutrition Education in 2005. She works with Abbott Nutrition as a clinical specialist. Sarah welcomed her first baby on July 20th, 2013.

Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CSSD received her MS in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology in 2004. She is the owner of a nutrition and exercise consulting firm, providing nutrition and exercise counseling to individuals and groups. She also develops and provides corporate wellness programs for organizations, and provides sports nutrition seminars for sports clubs and teams, particularly for endurance events such as marathons and triathlons.

Ann Gaba EdD, RD, CDN, CDE graduated in 2002 with her Doctor of Education. She is the Dietetic Internship Director for CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and runs all operational activities of the internship program.

Jerlyn L. Jones, MS, RD, LD graduated in 2009 with an MS in Nutrition Education. She is the Nutrition Education and Wellness Program Coordinator at Good Samaritan Health Center, working closely with the medical and dental health care professionals to develop, plan, and organize nutrition education and cooking classes, provide individual nutritional counseling, and maintain and coordinate events related to the teaching kitchen. She is also Secretary of Nutrition Education for the Dietetic Practice Group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Melissa Buczek Kelly, MS, RD, CDN received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2004. She owns and runs Right Start Nutrition, LLC, her private practice, providing customized nutrition and wellness counseling and corporate wellness services, as well as medical nutrition therapy for a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, weight management, pre- and post-natal care, eating disorders, and child and family wellness.

Anyea Lovette, MS, RD graduated in 2006 with an MS in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology. She is the bariatric program coordinator at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. She and her husband welcomed their first son, Ellis Shepherd Flynn, on October 21, 2012.

Suzanna M. Martinez, MS, PhD received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2004. She then went on to receive her PhD in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior.  She works for the University of California, San Francisco as a postdoctoral scholar, researching determinants of pediatric obesity, including diet, physical activity, and sleep.

Asako Miyashita, MS, RD graduated with an MS in Nutrition Education in 2009. Asako works as a registered dietitian for Manhattan Wellness Medical Care, and Nihon Medical Healthcare, providing nutrition counseling and marketing.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2007. She is the senior communications manager at Paramount Farms, Inc., promoting the health benefits of pistachios.

Angel Planells, MS, RD received his MS in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology in 2006. He works with Veterans Health Administration as a clinical dietitian for home-based primary care, providing home visits to veterans in the community, and education to patients, care-givers, and family members. Angel is happily married with two children, and is now residing in Seattle. He loves the outdoors and coaching and playing soccer. He is also the 2012-2014 Chair for the National Organization of Men in Nutrition (NOMIN).

Lizzy Pope, MS, RD graduated in 2008 with an MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She is starting as a post-doctorate researcher with Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, working with Dr. Brian Wansink. She is excited to be researching, writing, and teaching about how behavioral economic techniques can help people make better food choices.

Danielle Press, MS, RD received her MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in 2009. She works as a nutrition counselor at Riverfront Nutrition Associates.

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2005. She is an adjunct professor of nutrition education at Westchester Community College and runs her own private practice, focusing on adult and geriatric patients.

Elizabeth Solomon, MS, RD received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2003. She is the Nutrition Education Program Manager for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, overseeing nutrition education programming in child care centers throughout the city.

Jennifer Vimbor, MS, RD, LDN received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2003. She works at the Biggest Loser Resort, helping guests learn how to change the way to approach, manage, portion, menu plan, and purchase food for the rest of their lives. She is also the founder and owner of Nutrition Counseling Services (NCS), a private practice dedicated to providing individualized nutrition counseling.

Sheila Viswanathan, EdD, RD received her Doctor of Education in 2009. She is the manager for Health Education and Research at Safeway, Inc, in charge of corporate wellness.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC (certified athletic trainer) received her MS in Nutrition Education in 2007. She runs her own consulting firm, Dana White Nutrition, Inc., working as a nutrition consultant specializing in culinary and sports nutrition ( She is also a full time faculty member at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, teaching in the Athletic Training Department, Medical School, and School of Health Sciences, and is the Sports RD for the Division 1 Athletic Program.

Carla Wolper, EdD, RD received her Doctor of Education in 2007. She works as an assistant professor at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, in the Center for Eating Disorders Research. She is developing and delivering a weight loss curriculum for obesity research studies, while supervising feeding studies. She also works as a consultant to health care advertising agencies and their clients and maintains a private practice.


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