HEN Leadership

Current HEN leaders 2015-2016

Chair: Jasia (Jayne) Steinmetz, PhD, RD
Email: jsteinme@uwsp.edu

Past Chair: Dianne Lollar, MPH, RD, LD
Email:  henchair@gmail.com

Chair Elect: Sarah Trist MD, RD, LDN
Email: Sarah.trist@gmail.com

Secretary: Emily Kennedy, MS, RD
Email: emily.k.kennedy@gmail.com

Treasurer: Lauren Dinour, DrPH, RD, CDN
Email: LDinour@gmail.com 

Newly elected leaders for 2016-2017

Chair-elect: Amanda Hege

Treasurer: Melissa Lang Halstead

Nominating & Awards Committee: Sara Ahmadvand, Jessica Gutzgell

DPG Delegate: Amanda Gallagher

HEN Leadership Roster and Contacts, 2015-2016

Contact current leadership and committee chairs and members through e-mail, or send an email to info@hendpg.com

What HEN Leaders are Saying

There is something about belonging to a group of dynamic, likeminded, individuals that have a true passion for creating a sustainable food system. I find they re-energize me on those days when our current state has begun to take its toll. 

~Stacia Clinton, Chair-Elect, 2012 - 1013

I feel privileged to be part of such a great group of intelligent, dynamic, caring and "civic-minded" individuals.
~Chris Wharton, Past Chair, 2010-2011

Within HEN I have found colleagues not only as energized as I am about creating sustainable, healthy change in this world, I have formed lasting friendships with professionals who challenge me to think outside the box, color outside the lines, and expand my viewpoints to include many overlapping disciplines. It is a privilege to serve such an astute and forward thinking group of individuals. Together we create an invaluable community within our health profession.
~Kelly D. Horton, Past Chair, 2009 - 2010

The main reason I love HEN DPG is the inspiration I get from amazing and proactive fellow members!
~Erin Bergquist, GMO Taskforce

I enjoy being a HEN leader as an opportunity to be a part of this growing and dynamic group of dietetics professionals who are committed to the vision of a sustainable and accessible food system. By devoting time to the HEN leadership team, I have gained wonderful colleagues and friends as well as new perspectives on ways to integrate concepts of sustainability into my efforts toward alleviating food insecurity and health disparities. I am continually amazed at the depth of knowledge and dedication of our HEN members. 
~Kim Prendergast, Past Chair

I have the pleasure to work with very enthusiastic and dedicated RDs, including HEN Chair Chris Wharton, the HEN Executive Committee, and many appointed volunteers. HEN plans several innovative projects in the coming year to forward their mission of a sustainable food system, and I hope all of you will take note of these while reading the HEN e-Zine, The HEN Post, and the HEN listserv.  
~Lisa Sands, MS, HEN DPG Relations Manager

HEN's provided me with personal friends and professional soul mates -- colleagues who think critically, seek excellence and speak out for social and environmental justice in the food system.  
~Melinda Hemmelgarn, Friends of HEN Co-Chair and Film Feastival Co-Chair

HEN members strive for systems change to ensure access to healthy, affordable foods. I find it inspiring to work with a group so passionate and engaging. 
~Meg Bruening, Secretary

HEN provides an amazing opportunity to connect with and learn from a diverse set of professionals connected by their concern for and passion about our food system.
~Alexa George, Listserv Manager

I am involved with HEN because I want to be part of something I share my convictions with. I strongly believe that the initiatives that HEN stands behind are only going to become increasingly important for the health of our planet and all the individuals that share it. 
~Lexi MacMillan, Marketing/Ezine/Facebook

The members of the HEN DPG are pioneers within the dietetic profession - forging broader areas of practice into food and nutrition policies, agriculture, water and food security and food system sustainability. Environmental nutrition has bridged my professional and personal passions in taking an ecological approach to food, nutrition and health.
~Angie Tagtow, Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Liaison, HOD Liason

I have served in several positions within my local and state dietetic associations, including my current role as Past President for the Minnesota Dietetic Association. Being a leader within organizations gives me the opportunity to network with a variety of professionals. As the HEN Ambassador for the Speaker Bureau, I have the opportunity to review proposals of how our members are helping to share the HEN mission and vision with others. Our members are helping to spread the word in a variety of new and interesting ways! 
~Lisa Dierks, HEN Ambassador