Executive Committee 2020-2021


Denine Rogers, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Denine Rogers is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Howard University and a Masters Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and a graduate certificate in Herbal Medicine at American College of Health Sciences. Ms. Rogers works full-time as a Telemedicine Nutritional Consultant with Anthem and is a Co-Chair of the Anthem e-Commerce Committee of APEX (African-American Professional Exchange). Denine runs a private practice Integrative & Functional Nutritional and Wellness business called Living Healthy - www.livinghealthy1.org Ms. Rogers is also a Georgia Volunteer Master Gardener who teaches about herbs, gardening, and nutrition to the Douglas County local communities, schools, social and civic groups and writes for the local Sentinel Douglas County Newspaper. In addition to all of Denine's passionate pursuits, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two black labs dogs.


Winona Bynum, RDN, PMP, CSM

Winona Bynum is currently the executive director of the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) an education, advocacy and policy organization led by Detroiters committed to creating a sustainable, local food system that promotes food security, food justice and food sovereignty in the city of Detroit. Prior to joining DFPC, her work experience includes roles at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, and Fair Food Network. Winona is a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) and studied public health at Emory University. She is the past president of the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association. She previously served within the National Organization of Blacks in Nutrition and Dietetics (NOBIDAN) in several capacities including serving as the webmaster and on the nominating committee.

Winona is a native Detroiter who is dedicated to helping others gain access to the knowledge and foods needed to make healthier choices. She works to help to create and maintain a fair, equitable, and sustainably-operating food system, so that doing the healthy thing, is the easy thing.


Alison Brown, MS, PhD
Past Chair

Alison Brown is a public health professional passionate about addressing diet-related, racial/ethnic health disparities not only through research, but also through policy, advocacy, and grassroots community organizing. She is a graduate of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy where her research explored the ethnic heterogeneity of the U.S. Black population and how this diversity relates to hypertension risk and diet quality. She previously served as a Diversity Leader of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an American Society for Nutrition Science Policy Fellow and the Board Chair for a start-up, food co-op grocery store in a community of color in Boston. She first served within the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) as the Newsletter Editor from 2014-2016. Dr. Brown is currently a 2018-19 AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Dr. Brown attended Spelman College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University.


Makeda Mars, RDN

Makeda is a Registered Dietitian who lives in Atlanta. She’s passionate about bridging the gap between good food and great health for people dealing with chronic illness. Currently, she works for DaVita as a renal RD. She holds a BS in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed her nutrition studies and dietetic internship at Life University.

In her spare time, she can be found cooking, volunteering with Girls On The Run ATL, and exploring local breweries with her husband Tim. She also enjoys traveling to spend quality time with family scattered throughout the country. Her mission is to be a champion for sustainable wellness while enjoying the adventures of life.


Bridget Harvey Elliott, MS, RD

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.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, MCN, RDN, LD
Nominating Committee Chair

Carol Taylor, MCN, RD, LD received her Master of Clinical Nutrition from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2012 and also has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin. She works in home health while still maintaining a foothold in her first career, journalism. She has served as networking coordinator for the Northeast Region of the Texas Academy, helping with its email newsletter and maintaining the region's Facebook page, and as contributor coordinator, obtaining sponsorships and exhibitors for its Dallas and East Texas seminars. She also served on the Texas Academy Nominating Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, baking bread, and reading.


April Stull, PhD, RDN, FAND
Nominating Committee Chair-Elect

April currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. April is an Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in the Department of Human Ecology. Prior to her position at UMES, April was an established Researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Baton Rouge, LA) for 9 years. Her research interests are botanicals, diabetes, and nutrition. She received her B.S. in nutrition/dietetics from Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA) where she also completed her dietetic internship. Then she attained a Ph.D. in nutrition science from Purdue University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in diabetes and nutrition at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

April is originally from Stone Mountain, GA and very proud to be a “Georgia Peach”. She enjoys helping people and takes pride in being a Professor, Mentor, and Scientist. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends. Her philosophy of life is to “never let an obstacle defeat you, but accept it as a challenge to become a stronger individual”.


Arnetta Fletcher, PhD, RDN, LDN
Nominating Committee Member

Dr. Arnetta Fletcher was elected as Nominating Committee Member and was inspired to run for this position so that she may inform and encourage students, early career RDNs and NDTRs, and seasoned professionals to actively participate in the Academy and pursue leadership roles. Dr. Fletcher serves as the Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Director of the developing Nutrition program at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and serves as Delegate for the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Fletcher’s passion for nutrition and dietetics was fortified through her educational path and work experience. She earned her BS in Dietetics from the University of Delaware in 2011 and earned her PhD in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (now known as Consumer Brands Association) in Science and Regulatory Affairs with a focus on Standards and Labeling. She conducted research in diet, immunology, and genetics with the USDA as well as worked within the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center. Dr. Fletcher often shares her interests with peers and students with the hopes of encouraging them to further invest themselves in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


NOBIDAN Executive Committee
2018 - 2019


Alison Brown, Roniece Weaver, Rojean Williams and Helen Jackson

NOBIDAN Executive Committee
2016 - 2017


Helen Jackson, PhD, RD, LD/N


Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD


Candice Coats, RD, LD


Lucy Balogun, MPA, RD, LD

Immediate Past Chair

Yvonne D. Greer, MPH, RD, CD




NOBIDAN Executive Committee
2014 - 2015


Patricia Brathwaite, Roniece Weaver, Yvonne Greer, Dr. Evelyn Crayton, Frances Titus and Denine Rogers

NOBIDAN Executive Committee
2013 - 2014


Top Row: Denine Rogers, Unknown person, Frances Titus, Helen Jackson, Lucy Balogun
Bottom Row: Lorna Fuller and Michelle Lites

NOBIDAN Executive Committee
2012 - 2013


Frances Titus, Lorna Fuller, Michelle Lites, Lucy Balogun, Unknown person



Past Chairs with NOBIDAN in FNCE Chicago 100th


Lorna Fuller, Deborah Kemokai-Wright, Dr. Evelyn Crayton, Roniece Weaver, Helen Jackson, Yvonne Greer, Fabioa Gaines, Rojean Williams, Frances Titus, Michelle Lites, Eva Board and Clara B. Baity