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

-Cory Booker

Meet the Leadership

for the 2020-2021 year

BOARD OF DIRECTORS- EXECUTIVE LEADERS
President: Su Smith MBA, RD/N {L} NHA, FAND

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.

President Elect: 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.

Treasurer-Nicole Fresta RD, LDN

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 Membership-Tony Castillo

Tony Castillo is a Sports Dietitian and Nutrition coach who helps athletes and active individuals lean out and enhance performance without diets, endless supplements , or overhauling their whole life.

Tony’s journey began as an overweight middle schooler. This continued throughout high school until he decided to jump on a “diet.” Unfortunately, this resulted in unsustainable weight loss. His weight fluctuated in college due to a lack of nutrition knowledge, but this inspired him to understand how nutrition played a role in the human body.

Tony’s passion today is to teach others how healthy lifestyle modifications optimize performance in ALL areas of life. After working at the University of Florida and then with the Toronto Blue Jays, Tony focuses on helping you to 

 

become an elite performer. Being an elite performer in your field can take many forms, whether you’re the owner of an investment firm or a professional athlete trying to become an MVP. Tony’s plan is to teach his clients how to sustain their weight goals without counting calories or macros.

Tony graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Chemistry, and an M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. He is credentialed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Registered Dietitian

VP of Communications-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!

Secretary-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 Programs- Dawn Pondish
VP Legislation and Advocacy- Carole Mackey
 VP of Nominations- TBA

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