Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example. 

-Cory Booker

Meet the Leadership

for the 2019-2020 year

President-Noel Konken MS, RDN, LDN

Noel Konken is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist originally from the Chicago-land area. She completed her Master degree and Dietetic Internship in 2017 from Illinois State University with a concentration in Leadership and Project Management. Noel has since re-located to the Sunshine state and works as a Clinical  Pediatric/CF Dietitian at Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL. She hopes to one day be a Volunteer Media Spokesperson for the Academy. Aside from Dietetics, Noel also has a passion for the performing arts and enjoys performing at local, professional theatres during season.

President-Elect-Su Smith MBA, RD/N {L} NHA, FAND

Su's Subject Matter Expert in Food Service and Nutrition in multiple healthcare and community settings. Known dietetics volunteer, local and national speaker, and consultant. She has experience counseling patients, residents, and clients on various diets and nutrition plans, from womb to tomb.  Her experience leading teams and promoting needed changes, implementing restaurant and room service menus for up to a three-hospital system.She also has experience leading UPW, SEIU, and other non-union personnel, including Sodexo, Morrison, and Aramark contracts. Presently the CNM at Naples Community Hospital, the VP Legislation and Advocacy for the Suncoast Dietetic Association, and a member of the Quality Leader Alliance and of the Committee for Lifelong Learning of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.

Personally, Su has a prior exchange student to Koeln,Germany.  She speaks multiple language, She has  4 grown children, ages 18 to 25. Loves animals, paddle boarding, beaches, and traveling the world to and with her husband, family, and friends.

Secretary-Brittany Hinton  MS, RD, LDN

Brittany currently works as a WIC dietitian.  She completed a combined degree program to receive a bachelor’s in foods in nutrition and master’s in nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey.  Brittany completed her dietetic internship at Samford University in Alabama as an intern of the program’s inaugural class.   Eating healthy and the desire to make a change in the lives of others fueled her decision to pursue a career in dietetics.  Her ambition to grow as a dietitian and expand her skills has led her to the secretary position for SAND.  Fun Fact: Brittany has been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for the past 10 years.

Treasurer-Nicole Fresta RD, LDN

Nicole graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and relocated to the Sunshine State soon after to complete her dietetic internship. She practices mostly in the rehab/long-term care setting and has a passion for caring for our elders. Her knowledge of nutrition helps keeps her residents happy and healthy. She works closely with the clinical and food service departments and is a valuable member of both teams.

VP Membership-Brittany Brown, MPA, RDN, LDN, MIEP

Brittany originally from Indianapolis, IN and completed her Bachelor’s at Purdue University in 2014. Brittany then completed her Master’s in Public Health at Indiana Wesleyan University while working as a DTR/CDM in foodservice management. For the past 4 years, she has worked in Women Infant and Children program with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Recently,  she has completed her supervised practice through FDOH and became licensed August 2019. Brittany enjoys reading, organizing, and spending time with my husband and two dogs. Brittany plans  to gain more experience in both community and clinical nutrition while also serving as VP of Membership in SAND.

VP of Programs-Ashley Lovetere, MS, RD, LDN

Ashley Lovetere was born and raised in Maryland. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and finished her dietetic internship with master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Ashley currently works for Lee Health as an outpatient dietitian participating in many outreach events and teaching cooking classes. Ashley loves helping people learn how to prepare delicious, well balanced meals to promote overall health. In her free time you’ll find Ashley spending time with her dog Lois Lane, digging cooking magazines…and of course watching college football with the husband...Roll tide!

VP Communications-Katharine Wagner RD, LDN

Katharine is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Katharine was born and raised in Indiana, an identical twin, married in Naples, FL  in June and subsequently moved to the Lakewood Ranch area in July 2011.  Katharine completed her Dietetic/Nutrition degree and internship at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Her career started within the Indiana WIC program and branched out to nutrition outpatient diet counseling, and breastfeeding counseling for prenatal clients. Katharine has spent  6 years with the Florida Department of Health. Throughout her time working for Department of Health, she have reached to a supervisor role and director duties, handling not only client needs but the administration needs of the clinic. Katharine values the people in the small communities, as they are the people that are under served. Currently she is devoting her time to working at a Cycle/Spin Studio helping others stay and get healthy. 


Katharine was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1999 and in that time she has seen the growth in the gluten free community. Katharine has spoken to the local Dietetic Association on her personal journey and scientific based information on Celiac and the Gluten Free Diet.


In her spare time she enjoy yoga, spin class, walking, bicycle and scooter riding with her husband. She has truly have found a passion in helping others in all capacities. 

 VP of Nominations- Maggie Giunta  RDN, LDN, SNS

Maggie Giunta is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitian, and School Nutrition Specialist. Maggie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Syracuse University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Management/Human Resources program at the University of South Florida. Her work experience has included roles in healthcare, school nutrition and corrections food and nutrition management. She is currently Regional Dietitian for Trinity Services Group where she manages menu programs and medical diets for nationwide corrections facilities. Originally from Massachusetts, Maggie lives in Pasco County with her husband. She has adult twin sons and enjoys cooking, walking, and bicycling.

VP Legislation and Advocacy--Batina Timmons  MS, RDN

Batina is a nutrition therapist inspiring thousands of people to eat and live well.  After gaining experience in the corporate world of Morrison’s and Sodexo, Batina opened her private nutrition consulting practice in 2008.

Batina received her Masters of Nutrition Degree from The University of Alabama and has been practicing 21 years as an RD concentrating the past 13 as a renal dietitian.  Her interest in nutrition grew out of learning food can heal the body while learning to cook in Sonoma County California.  

In 2016, Batina completed her integrative and functional nutrition certification and has been focusing on an integrative approach to chronic kidney disease.

In addition to being featured as a nutrition expert on the local FOX television station, Batina is a captivating speaker, menu writer, recipe developer, healthy cooking expert and weight loss coach.

Batina is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Kidney Foundation and served as past Chair of District Presidents (2016-2018) for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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