2019-2020 NYSAND Leadership

NYSAND’s members are served by an enthusiastic Board of Directors and Coordinating Cabinet. Here’s a brief introduction to these volunteers. We look forward to seeing you at meetings and programs this year and to receiving your feedback and opinions about how NYSAND can serve YOU, the NYS Dietitian or Diet Tech, Registered, and advance our profession in the eyes of our communities. To get in touch with a BOD or CC member, please contact the NYSAND Central Office at [email protected]. Thank you!

Board of Directors (BOD)

Reyna Franco, MS, MBA, RDN, CDN, CSSD, FAND

District: GNYDA

Reyna Franco has a private practice located in New York City where she counsels individuals on medical nutrition therapy, sports nutrition, and exercise physiology. She is also a corporate wellness dietitian at a major advertising agency where she provides individual counseling, group presentations, and wellness program development. She has a Master's degree from Columbia University in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and an MBA in Finance and International Business. Nutrition and exercise is her second career and she has successfully combined her managerial skills as a project manager in information systems with her clinical nutrition expertise.

Reyna has held several roles on the boards of NYSAND and GNYDA, including House of Delegates representative, GNYDA reimbursement chairperson, GNYDA public policy coordinator, and GNYDA treasurer. In 2015, she received the NYSAND Legislative Excellence Award. In 2019, she received the GNYDA Distinguished Dietitian Award. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, bicycling, skiing, climbing and hiking.

Immediate Past President
Carol DeNysschen, PhD, MPH, RD, CDN, FAND

District: WNYDA

Carol is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Buffalo State College. Carol is passionate about teaching, service, and research. She is an active researcher specializing in nutrition and physical intervention in teen cancer and breast cancer survivorship. She combines her background in nutrition and public health with exercise science to produce programs that enhance the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. She is an editorial board member on several peer-reviewed journals.

She has received award to include Buffalo State President's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity, Abbott Nutrition Award in Women's Health through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation, Council of Food Service Association's Silver Medal Award, and Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award in WNY and has earned Gold Level Communication in Toastmaster's International.

Carol served as president of WNYDA 2015-2016 and is currently on the Board of the Food Bank of WNY. She chairs several campus impact committees as Buffalo State College and is currently a Provost Faculty Fellow. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Carol was selected as an Academy Liaison on the planning of the future focus of the Academy - an effort that takes the active effort of all Academy members. Carol believes in giving back to the community and is a Rotary member and faculty advisor to the Buffalo State Rotaract Club. In her spare time, she enjoys running long distance events, biking and spending time with her family.

President Elect
MaryLou Plante, MS, RDN, CDN

District: CNYDA

MaryLou is a Registered Dietitian and received her Masters in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University. She currently works for Central New York Developmental Services Offices. She is a member of Central New York Dietetic Association and has served as Co-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Professional Issues Chair, Nominating Chair and Nominating Committee member at the district level. MaryLou has served as treasurer for her local Little League Baseball teams and triathlon club. She is also a ServSafe instructor and proctor. In her spare time, MaryLou enjoys swimming and biking.

Maureen Fauler, MHA, RDN, CDN
District: CNYDA

Maureen Fauler, MHA, RDN, CDN is a Registered Dietitian with over 35 years of experience. Fauler works full time at Loretto Health and Rehbailitation. She has held many positions with the CNYDA, including President and Treasurer. Fauler has also held positions within NYSAND, including State Meeting Chair and Nominating Committee Chair.

Fauler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics, and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist through New York State. Fauler also has a Masters degree in Health Administration. Fauler has provided many presentations to the community. Presentation topics include The Truth about Nutrition: Facts and Fakes, Nutrition for Life, and Careers in Nutrition (for high school students).

Chair of Delegates - Region 1 (CNYDA, MRDA)
Mary Beth O'Meara, RDN, CDN
District: CNYDA

Co-Chair of Delegates  - Region 3 (HVDA, MHAND, WRDA)
Angela Goscilo, MS, RD, CDN
District: WRDA

Angela is a registered dietitian working in nutrition communications and private practice. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship and Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA. Since then, she has worked for Pollock Communications, a food and wellness public relations agency based in New York City. At Pollock, Angela works with both brands and commodity organizations to develop nutrition content, manage influencer campaigns and serve as a resource for her clients.

Angela also counsels clients for weight loss, diabetes management and sports nutrition and Nutrition Energy, a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. In her spare time, Angela can be found in the gym or earning her splat points at Orangetheory and trying the newest restaurants. 

Public Relations Coordinator
Rachel Stahl, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
District: GNYDA

Rachel Stahl, MS, RD, CDN, CDE is a Senior Clinical Dietitan at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)/Weill Cornell Medical Center where she specializes in diabetes, cardiovascular health, and weight management. In this role, she provides medical nutrition therapy to hospitalized patients, leads a variety of glycemic control initiatives, and is actively involved in both patient and interdisciplinary education, especially as it relates to diabetes management and technology. Rachel earned her BA from Colgate University graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and received her Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.

An active member in the dietetics professional community, Rachel is currently the Membership Co-Chair of the Greater New York Dietetic Association (GNYDA) and has held several other roles including President and Newsletter Editor. Rachel is a proud recipient of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year through NYSAND and was awarded the Samuel Eshborn Award at New York University for outstanding leadership and dedicated service.

Public Policy Coordinator
Jessica Garay Redmond, MS, RD, CSCS 
District: CNYDA

Jessica Garay Redmond is a Registered Dietitian and Assistant Professor at Utica College. She is completing her PhD in Science Education at Syracuse University, where her research focused on fetal programming. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Cornell University, followed by a dietetic internship in Yavapai County, Arizona. Jessica began her nutrition career at the Food Bank of Central New York. She then earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior, from George Washington University’s School of Public Health. During this time, she worked as an outpatient oncology dietitian at the Washington Cancer Institute.

Jessica has a private practice, Major League Wellness, offering sports nutrition and weight management counseling, corporate wellness presentations, and more. She is certified in Adult Weight Management through the Committee on Dietetic Registration, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

District President Representative
Kelsey A. Lubeck, RDN
District: WRDA

Parliamentarian, ex officio
Virginia Vorhis, MS, RD, CSR, CDN
District: GDA

Virginia, also known as Ginny, is a registered dietitian and Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition. She retired June 2016 from Rochester General Hospital after a 40+ year employment at that facility. Initially Ginny worked in the acute care setting and then became a Renal Dietitian in 1989, her forever job and passion. Over the years she was an on-site preceptor for the RIT CUP program and later was a renal rotation preceptor for dietetic students in many undergraduate, graduate and internship programs. She was a reluctant retiree who loved her patients and the respect she had as a Renal Dietitians.

Ginny received her BS at SUCO Oneonta with a dual major in Home Economics/Dietetics and German. She also studied nutrition and human sciences for 2 years at the Paedogogishe Hochshule in Bonn and at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. She completed her internship and Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ginny has served the dietetic profession ever since her registration. She was active with the Council on Renal Nutrition. Positions served with GDA include secretary, treasurer, and president, as well as chairing several committees. While not actively involved with GDA, she is proud of her home district and its legacy with the state dietetic association. Ginny has served NYSDA and later NYSAND as Annual Meeting Chair, Treasurer, President, Delegate and many years as Bylaws/Handbook Chair. She is now moving on to Parliamentarian. She credits her professional success to NYSAND and the Academy for providing extensive leadership training and networking opportunities.

Coordinating Cabinet (CC)

Delegate Region 2 (GNYDA, LIAND)
Rita K. Batheja, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, AFMCP

Delegate Region 1 (GDA, WNYDA, STAND)
Jennifer Everydyke, RDN

2020 Annual Meeting Chair & Co-Chairs
Co-Chair - Elena Misoulis, MS, RD
Co-Chair - Sherin Joseph, MA, RDN

Bylaws/Handbook Chair
Sue Paredez

Communications Editor
Elisa Bremner, MS, RDN, CDN

Membership Chair
Elizabeth Miller, MS, RD, CDN

State Development Chair
Julie Balsamo, RD

State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC)
Rebecca Robins, MSL, RD, CDN

DTR Representative Chair
Nicole Klem, MS, RD

Social Media Manager
Drew Hemler, MS, RD, CDN

State Policy Representative
Ann Darcy, MS, RD, CNS

Reimbursement Chair
Lois Chait, MA, RDN, CDN

State Regulatory Specialist
Carole DeBonte, MBA, RD, CDN

Consumer Protection Coordinator
Karen Ostrum, MS, RD, CDN

Licensure Taskforce Chair
Karen Ostrum, MS, RD, CDN