Public Relations Coordinator/ Media Representative Chair
Rachel Stahl, RD, CDN
District: Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association
Phone: 914-274-0550

New York City
Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, ACE-CPT
District: Greater New York Dietetic Association
Phone: 808-358-4275

Jonathan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, and Certified Case Manager. He is the owner of Genki Nutrition doing media and recipe development and analysis. He is also a Virtual Dietitian for Healthfirst, working in Managed Long-Term Care.

Jonathan earned his Bachelor degrees in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He then completed his MBA and dietetic internship coordinated program at Dominican University in Chicago, Illinois. Before and during his internship, he was awarded "Diet-Technician Registered of the Year" from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

Jonathan is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Online Professional Development Coordinator and the Greater New York Dietetic Association as the Public Policy Coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, pole dancing, cooking and photography.

Hannah Smith, RDN, CDN
District: Genesee Dietetic Association
Phone: 315-576-4180

Michelle Barber, MA, RDN, CDN
District: Central New York Dietetic Association
Phone: 315-885-1050

Michelle Barber has been a practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for more than 10 years. Passionate about health and wellness, Michelle enjoys educating individuals on how to make a healthy lifestyle manageable and fun! Michelle is currently at the American Dairy Association North East as a Nutrition Specialist where she has a strong focus on child nutrition.

Michelle completed her undergraduate education at Rochester Institute of Technology and received her Master's in Nutrition from the Syracuse University. She is an active member of both the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Central NY Dietetic Association.

New York City - 2nd Representative
To be Filled
District: Greater New York Dietetic Association

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, CND
District: Hudson Valley Dietetic Association
Phone: 518-379-1272 (w)

Ellie Wilson is a registered dietitian-nutritionist and Senior Nutritionist for Price Chopper/Market 32/Golub Corporation, located in Schenectady, NY. She holds a M.S. in Community Health Education, and advanced certification in several nutrition specialties. She is a co-author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Retail Dietetics education certification. Media work includes social media as part of her work role, appearances on local news and contributions professional articles to media outlets and journals.

As Senior Nutritionist for Price Chopper and Market 32, Ellie develops and manages nutrition and health resources for the entire chain of 134 stores, and supports the Pharmacy, Food Service/QA, Public Relations and Marketing teams on various projects and programs. She facilitates several public-private partnerships, focusing on population health-nutrition linkages. Ellie is honored to be an appointee to the New York State Governor's Council on Hunger and Food Policy, and one regional food council. Ellie is a media representative for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and assists NYSAND with local and state policy linkages. She is also a food service rotation preceptor for the Troy, NY-based Sage Colleges Dietetic Internship.

Ellie lives in Schenectady, NY with her husband, Walter, and their son, Don.

Western New York-Buffalo
Allyson Odachowski, RDN, CSSD, CDN
District: Western New York Dietetic Association
Phone: 716-626-7415

Allyson has been a Registered Dietitian for 17 years and in Private Practice for 13 years. Her practice, Custom Dietetics, located in Western New York has worked with a variety of clients in the 1:1 and corporate settings including the Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans, Uncle Bob's Self-Storage and many more. In recent years, her practice has grown to include three other part-time Dietitians who see patients in various settings. 

In addition to running her practice, Allyson is very involved with the Western New York Dietetics Association and currently holds the position of President-Elect. Her past positions held with the organization include Reimbursement Co-Chair, a position she held for 8 years. Allyson was honored to receive the Emerging Dietetics Leader award from WNYDA in 2017 and was also the recipient of Excellence in Legislative Advocacy in 2015.

A 2000 graduate of the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Allyson is excited to be the Media Representative in the Buffalo market for NYSAND.