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

-Cory Booker

Meet the Leadership
for the 2021-2022 year

BOARD OF DIRECTORS- EXECUTIVE LEADERS
President: Batina Timmons, MS, RDN
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Batina is a nutrition therapist inspiring thousands of people to eat and live well.  Gaining experience in the corporate world of Morrison’s, Sodexo, DaVita and for the past 5 years with U.S. Renal Care, Batina continues her private consulting practice, Tampa Nutrition Therapy, opening in 2008. June 2021, the website was relaunched and she has been specializing in chronic kidney disease as a renal dietitian.

Batina received her Masters of Nutrition Degree from The University of Alabama and her Bachelors from Indiana University.  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) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and served as past Chair of District Presidents (2016-2018) for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).

President Elect: Jenni Carvalho-Salemi, MPH, RDN, CSP, LD
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Jenni Carvalho-Salemi, MPH, RDN, CSP, LD is a dietitian nutritionist and scientific affairs consultant specializing in evidence-based therapies for pediatric patients. Previously, she served as a Senior Dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital where she provided medical nutrition therapy in both acute care and outpatient settings.  

Jenni received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a master’s in public health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida. She has served on numerous clinical practice and advisory committees for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and the National Kidney Foundation. She is also a member of the Academy Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (PNPG) and Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN). 

Clinical research interests include pediatric malnutrition, food insecurity, and the role of the gut microbiome in maternal and child health outcomes. She feels fortunate to have had remarkable colleagues and mentors, leading to opportunities for research and service recognitions such as the ASPEN Abstract of Distinction Award and the Academy PNPG Published Research Award.

Treasurer:  Geena Reciniello, NDTR
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Geena is currently a nutrition and dietetic technician, registered who is currently in her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Before graduating from college, Geena had gained a lot of personal and professional experience by working a full-time job while taking on a full-time student role with The University of Alabama’s online program.

Geena received her Bachelors in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama and her Associates in Dietetics from Hillsborough Community College. Geena has gained a lot of knowledge and experience throughout her education and is learning more and more each day throughout her rotations. She is completing her dietetic internship with California State University San Bernardino’s ISPP program and her rotations are near and throughout the Tampa Bay area.

When Geena is not studying, she loves to spend time outdoors, relaxing, and eating a variety of yummy foods.

Secretary:  Katharine Wagner, RDN, LDN
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Katharine is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Katharine was born and raised in Indiana, an identical twin, married in Naples, FL, 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 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana and then with the Indiana WIC program. Soon after, she branched out to nutrition outpatient diet counseling, teaching basic nutrition classes, and breastfeeding counseling for prenatal clients. Katharine currently has spent 6 years with the Florida Department of Health. Throughout her time working for Department of Health, she has 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 has stepped into a part-time role and enjoys the flexibility that brings. 

 

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 enjoys different types of exercise. She spent a year and half working at a spin studio to promote the importance of physical activity to others. She enjoys yoga, spin class, walking, and scooter riding with her husband. She truly found a passion in helping others in all capacities. 

VP Membership: Nicole Fresta RD, LDN
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Nicole graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a BS in Nutritional Sciences and a Food Science minor. She relocated to the Sunshine State soon after to complete her dietetic internship through California State University San Bernardino’s ISPP program.

 

Nicole has worked in the acute and long-term care settings and now has her own private practice. She loves being able to help her patients achieve their health goals through the diet and act as their nutrition coach along the way. 

VP Nominations:  Su Smith, MBA, RD/N {L} NHA, FAND
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Professionally, Su's a Subject Matter Expert in Food Service and Nutrition in multiple healthcare and community settings. As a 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.  She has experience leading teams and promoting needed changes and 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 Food Operations Manager at Naples Community Hospital, she has been the President-Elect and the VP Legislation and Advocacy for the Suncoast Dietetic Association, a member of the Quality Leader Alliance, a member of the Evidence Based Practice Committee, a member and Chair of the Quality Management Committee, and a member of the Committee for Lifelong Learning of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.

Personally, Su was a prior exchange student to Koeln,Germany, speaks multiple languages, has 4 grown children, ages 20 to 27, loves animals, paddle boarding, beaches, and traveling the world to and with her husband, family, and friends.

VP Advocacy and Legislation:  Amanda Maucere, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Amanda has been a dietitian in the Tampa area for the last 13 years working in a variety of practice settings including acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care, functional fitness, outpatient care, and private practice.  She has found her passion developing future dietitians as the director of the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County Dietetic Internship.  By participating in advocacy events with her interns, Amanda has gained a greater understanding of the importance of advocating for the dietetics profession and the people we serve.  As VP of Advocacy and Legislation, she hopes to encourage more dietitians and dietetic technicians to participate in advocacy and give them the tools they need to do so successfully.   

 

Amanda enjoys taking trips with her family, is trying to learn how to speak German, can watch bees and butterflies for hours, wishes Florida had mountains to hike but is grateful it has oceans to swim, and recently started puzzling.

 

If you are interested in advocacy and legislation too, Amanda invites you to join the advocacy and legislation committee

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VP Communications:  Rebecca Threlkeld MS, RDN, LDN

Rebecca Threlkeld is a registered dietitian nutritionist  with a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion.  

 

She has previously worked as a clinical and outpatient dietitian and is currently working in diabetes research.  She is a member of the Academy Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition (LAHIDAN), Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (PNPG), Diabetes Care and Education (DCE), and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) DPGs.  She is passionate about disease prevention and translating research into practice. 

 VP  Programs: Felicia Keith, MBA, RDN/LD
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Felicia Keith MBA, RDN/LD, Clinical Dietitian for BayCare Health. 

Her previous role as a RD, included working at the Bariatric Surgery Center, for Advent Health Medical Group. This provided an opportunity to grow and develop her expertise in the area of Bariatric Nutrition, Weight Loss, Nutritional Counseling and Education. As a Registered Dietitian, Felicia enjoys helping people learn ways to integrate healthy food choices into their lifestyle.

 

Felicia received her Dietetics and Nutrition Bachelor of Science degree from Keiser University, Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Tarleton State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  

 

Affiliations included active membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Institute of Functional Medicine, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Certificate in Adult Weight Management.


Community involvement included YMCA diabetes prevention program, Nutrition Lunch and Learn series for the Pinellas County Health, Meals on Wheels, and a previous role with Tampa Dietetics Association as Community Outreach Chair, James A. Haley volunteer.