Executive Committee, 2019 - 2020


Alison Brown, MS, PhD

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.


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.


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.


Rojean Williams, MS, RD, LDN
Treasurer and Past Chair

Rojean Williams, MS RD, LDN  has been an advocate for healthy living for more than 34 years. She currently serves as the Associated Health Education Program Coordinator and was the former Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manage, RD at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She is responsible for the onboarding of trainees pursuing internships at the VA covering several academic sites across the country in the area of Dietetics, Pharmacy, Nursing and Rehab Medicine. In addition, Ms. Williams enjoys spending time with her sister Roniece Weaver Executive Director for Hebni Nutrition Consultants Inc., Orlando, FL (Twin Registered Dietitians) as they both develop and implement wellness programs throughout the state of Florida. She intermittently works part-time as a Registered Dietitian in Palm Beach County.

Rojean gives back to the community by offering her services to those that want to make a difference in their health. She offers educational seminars from Palm Beach to Miami Dade County and provides clinical services through Palm Beach County Health Care District. She co-authored a book with Roniece titled” Family Style Soul Food Cooking” sponsored by the American Diabetes Association 2007. In addition, Rojean lead a community project - Culturally Sensitive Wellness Challenge, published in the “The Internet Journal of Health”. Jan. 2009. Ms. Williams is a native Floridian and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Florida. She also has a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University, Miami Florida. She is an active member of The Miami Chapter of Girlfriends Incorporated and the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links Incorporated.


Brittannie Chester, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Nominating Committee Chair

Brittannie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator currently working as the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director at Tuskegee University. She also continues to provide nutrition and diabetes education at the Huntsville Hospital Diabetes Control Center and is a PhD student in Auburn University’s Nutrition program. She received the 2018 Alabama Dietetic Association’s Emerging Dietetic Leader award. She specializes in diabetes and heart disease prevention and management. She is passionate about teaching and training students to become nutrition professionals and providing patients with the care and education they need for various disease management and prevention. Brittannie is married to Jeremiah Chester, Pastor of St. Mark Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL and they are the proud parents of 3-year-old Josiah Wayne. 


April Stull, PhD, RDN, FAND
Nominating Committee Member

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”.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, MCN, RDN, LD
Nominating Committee Member

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.


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