Committees

In order to plan the various NOBIDAN activities, professional development opportunities, and events, NOBIDAN has several committees that we invite NOBIDAN members to volunteer and join. See below for more information about each committee as well as the bios of each committee chair. If interested in joining a committee, please email the committee chairs directly.

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Communications Committee

The communication committee is responsible for providing timely and comprehensive information to NOBIDAN members about programs, workshops, upcoming meetings, activities, governmental issues through various communication channels, including our quarterly e-newsletter, social media, and email. See below for our Communication Committee leaders.


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Tornia Anderson Morgan, BS, CPT
Communication Committee Chair

Tornia brings Caribbean flavor to our organization through festive energy. A Trinidad & Tobago native residing in Maryland, and currently in her Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). She earned her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and graduated top of her class in 2019. Tornia has served on the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as President, Public Relations Officer and Treasurer at UDC. She engaged in the community through health-related internships at the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Care Center, the Department of Health, and volunteered at the Washington Senior Wellness Center in Washington DC. She is also a published author in the  American Journal of Undergraduate Research and represented her college in the Urban Agricultural Symposium and the next Farm Bill in 2016. Tornia appeared as a guest on the UDC community Youtube channel to discuss making healthy choices. This young professional has a background in fitness and is growing her business helping everyday people live their best lives at Trifecta Health Solutions, LLC. Tornia is a foodie at heart, loves to create in the kitchen, and a passionate salsa dancer.


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Katina Langley, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC, CLC, LD
Newsletter Editor

Katina Langley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, and Certified Lactation Counselor. She is passionate about the practical applications of scientific research in perinatal and pediatric nutrition. Ms. Langley works full-time for Reckitt Benckiser / Mead Johnson Nutrition in Medical Affairs. As a Medical Science Liaison, she provides evidence-based clinical nutrition and research insights to healthcare professionals along with innovation support to internal and external stakeholders.

Katina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Georgia and completed the Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Her diverse skills and experience include 17 years of pediatric nutrition experience, 10 years specializing in neonatal nutrition, and 24 years of Army clinical and leadership training. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and an active member of AND practice groups– in pediatric nutrition, women’s health, and nutrition support.


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Jeremy Embola, MS, DTR
Associate Newsletter Editor

Jeremy Embola works in food quality assurance and enjoys learning about the interactions between micronutrients and phytochemicals and their impact on health. He has a bachelors in Dietetics from California State University, Chico and a Masters in Nutritional Science with an emphasis on Food Science from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, he holds a publication in the Journal of Food Research disseminating the polyphenolic and antioxidant properties of a native Caribbean bark beverage. In his free time, he enjoys reading autobiographies about those who have overcome adversity, learning new languages and reading the latest research findings in nutrition and food science.

     
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Chinwe Obudulu, MS, RD
Content Writer

Chinwe Obudulu is a newly registered Dietitian and recent Master of Science graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She has a varied background working in nonprofits and education and is passionate about not only educating individuals on therapeutic nutrition but also about bringing communities to better health. For her community engagement and commitment to serving underserved populations as a dietitian, Chinwe was awarded the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans 2019 Student Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award. In the long-term, Chinwe wants to use her nutrition expertise in combination with research and policy to implement comprehensive and effective nutrition programs for communities of color. She previously served as a Student Legislative Liaison for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where she organized meetings with several state legislators and advocated for malnutrition legislation. She was also selected to attend the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum Participant at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she acquired skills to formulate research ideas and communicate effectively, placing 3rd in a group research proposal project. Chinwe has been a student member of NOBIDAN since 2018 and was a recipient of the NOBIDAN Scholarship in 2019.

     
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Kamryn Hines, BS
Content Writer

Kamryn Hines is a Nutrition and Dietetics student at the University of Alabama working towards her MS/DPD. She currently works in public health as a Program Assistant for a Women’s Cancer Prevention program at the Department of Health. She is passionate about preventative care, public health, and the role that nutrition plays in preventing disease for America's most vulnerable and underserved populations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University and is excited to eventually join the RD community and the Dietetics field as a Registered Dietitian. As an RD she hopes to support marginalized populations through public health nutrition and advocacy work.

     
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Sollange Clement, RD, LDN
Social Media Coordinator

Sollange Clement is a Registered Dietitian and graduate of Howard University. Her experience spans almost a decade. She has worked in multiple settings including in government, healthcare, and the food and beverage industry. Currently, she works full time at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation Hospital as a clinical dietitian where she provides medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and counseling to patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. She is also a part-time bariatric dietitian at the Bariatric and Hernia Institute where she helps pre and post-op patients develop healthy habits for lifestyle transformation. Previously, she was a nutrition adviser at Nestle in Trinidad and Tobago where she conducted nationwide presentations on the link between pediatric nutrition, growth and development, and academic achievement. Prior to Nestle, she was a public health dietitian at Cochise Health and Social Services in Arizona where she supervised a clinic of 1500 WIC program participants and provided nutrition services for 2 other clinics. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and in her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and warm weather. During the warmer months you can find her at wine tastings, festivals or traveling whenever she can. Hot tea and a good book are preferred on a chilly Sunday.

     
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Nijya Saffo, MS, RDN, LD
Facebook and Instagram Correspondent

Nijya Saffo has a passion for all things Fitness & Nutrition! Nijya is a Registered Dietitian, the owner of NK Fitness and Nutrition, LLC, and a Corporate Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach. Nijya instructs dance and nutrition classes for fitness centers and worksite wellness programs. Nijya has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity from The University of Southern California. Nijya loves helping her clients reach their nutritional and fitness goals!


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Asha McElroy
Content Creator

Asha McElroy is a senior earning her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has served in several leadership positions including President of the Food and Nutritional Sciences Club, and Communications Chair for the dean’s student council in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. In addition, Asha has worked as an undergraduate researcher in several summer research experiences for undergraduates at Howard University in the Department of Pharmacology and the University of Minnesota in the Department of Horticulture. Asha had the opportunity to present her research at the Fall 2019 Research Symposium and College of Agriculture and Environmental Science Student Showcase of Excellence hosted at North Carolina A & T SU. Through these experiences, Asha has developed a passion to educate all on different ways to use food for health. Her future plans include becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and work in a community health setting. Implementing nutrition interventions for underrepresented populations. Asha has a passion for food, she enjoys trying out new recipes in the kitchen and gardening.

Membership Committee & Diversity


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Jasmine Westbrook, RD, LDN
Membership Committee Chair & Diversity Liaison

NOBIDAN Membership Committee is chaired by Jasmine Westbrook, RD, LDN, supported with several student ambassadors and committee members. The basic principles of the membership committee are to recruit, engage and retain members. The Committee develops and implements annually a recruitment plan which encourages member participation at all levels of NOBIDAN. We engage members to become active in discussions and participate in committees that bring us closer to reaching NOBIDAN’s established purpose. NOBIDAN also encourages member participation at all levels of the organization including “Friends of NOBIDAN”.

NOBIDAN is active on social media that involves others in the continuance of Meet-ups. A “Meet-up” is an informal or formal gathering of NOBIDAN members, and other invited guests (e.g., other RDNs, key supporters, students, etc.) in a state or local community, where individuals can network and support one another. The purpose would be to build partnerships for enhanced nutrition advocacy and engagement in the community. It is a time for social connection, sharing of ideas, and mentoring. Jasmine Westbrook - Membership Committee Chair can be reached at NOBIDAN.Membership@gmail.com.

Mentorship Committee

The Mentorship Committee is responsible for coordinating NOBIDAN’s mentorship program and encourages networking and collaboration among NOBIDAN members. It also works with NOBIDAN’s Executive Committee to establish relationships with colleges and universities, particularly HBCUs, to enhance diversity in the field and better support students.


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June M. Thompson MS, RDN, FAND
Mentoring Chair

June M. Thompson MS, RDN, FAND has a broad range of experience in renal nutrition and has served in various professional organizations dedicated to it, including the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina Counsel of Renal Nutrition. She has also served as a Past President of N.C. Counsel of Renal Nutrition (1995-1997), (2014-2016), and was voted Dietitian of the Year (1996) by the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina. Her specialty is in serving lower socioeconomic populations and helping them to make healthy food choices within their budgets. She sees dietetics as not just a job, but a ministry. She has been married to Tony L. Thompson for 36 years and is the proud parent of two adult children Kenya Danielle and Tony Lee II.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for providing educational and training opportunities for NOBIDAN members including webinars, journal clubs, and CPEU presentations at FNCE(r). New for 2020 is the inclusion of CPEU articles in our quarterly newsletters. The goal of the professional development opportunities is to enhance NOBIDAN members' professional knowledge and skills at each career stage through technical information exchange, facilitation of research opportunities and encouragement of diversity in professional development.


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Bridget Harvey Elliott, MS, RD
Professional Development Chair

Bridget Harvey-Elliott, Registered Dietitian, is the Director of Nutrition Services for Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, a 501c3 non-profit. In this role, Bridget oversees the Meals on Wheels program for the cities of Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, CA, and serves as the Nutrition Site Manager for the Adult Day Care program. Bridget holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA and earned her Master’s degree in Nutrition from CA State University, Northridge. Bridget has 35 years in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Her experiences include the development and implementation of computer software for use in the areas of Clinical Nutrition and Foodservice, management of the 6500 members professional organization for Registered Dietitians in California, and is a Community College Nutrition Instructor.

For the past five years, Bridget has served on the NOBIDAN Executive Committee as the Professional Development Chair. As Chair, she has been responsible for obtaining CPE Units for NOBDIAN FNCE sessions, webinars, and Journal Club Events.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee serves as a liaison to the Academy and the MIG by tracking current nutrition-related issues that affect our members and the public. Activities include: planning policy-related activities, providing comments on relevant legislation that impact the field of nutrition and dietetics. Some of the priority areas for the committee include food insecurity, Medicare coverage for MNT for prediabetes, chronic kidney disease, healthy food access, and food deserts, and diversity in the field of dietetics. The committee also encourages members to attend the Public Policy Workshop sponsored by the Academy in Washington D.C. or local and state affiliates.


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Judith C. Anglin, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Public Policy Committee Chair

Judith is a nutrition scientist and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with approximately twenty years of experience in clinical practice and research – renal nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, nutritional status, clinical nutrition, and public health/community nutrition. She has conducted studies and published journal articles in peer review journals assessing the nutritional status of patients with chronic diseases including obesity, chronic kidney diseases, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia. The New York Times and Chicago Tribune has featured her obesity study. Judith is currently the principal investigator for two (2) renal related studies, examining nutritional status. She served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Diversity Committee. She is the Education Chair of the Augusta Locally Grown. Judith is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the MS-DI program at Augusta University. She is also a proud Howard University Graduate and Alumnus.

Research Committee

The Research Committee serves as a liaison between the Academy and NOBIDAN to track, report or disseminate pertinent information that affects the NOBIDAN membership or the public. The committee also helps to organize NOBIDAN FNCE Spotlight Sessions and assists with recruiting NOBIDAN members to submit abstracts and poster sessions to FNCE(R).


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Jill White, EdD, RD, LDN
Research Committee Chair

Jill White is an Associate Professor and Chair of Nutrition Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. She was a Pediatric Dietitian at the University of Chicago Hospitals for 13 years and a CDE. She formerly directed the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Dominican with an emphasis on Cultural Diversity in Child Nutrition. She also Administrates Dominican's Head Start Nutrition Education grant with the City of Chicago, which serves over 17,000 Head Start families. Her research has focused on increasing diversity in Dietetics.