Meet your 2019-2020 Diablo Valley District Board Members!
President: Elika Vargas, RD, CNSC
Elika Vargas, RD, CNSC works as a clinical dietitian with Sutter Healthcare. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and completed her dietetic internship through CSU San Bernardino ISPP program. She loves animals, exploring new places, trying new foods, and meeting new people. Oh, and she has a love-hate relationship with running.
President-Elect: Olive Siew MS, RD, CNSC
Olive from Malaysia studied aboard in United States when she was 18 and completed her Master's degree and dietetic internship at University of Central Oklahoma. She started out her career as a Consultant Dietitian overseeing 4 Long Term Care Facilities at Northern Califiornia. After being a LTC RD for 5 years, she recently transitioning into a Clinical Service Liaison-Nutrition Specialist role with Coram CVS Health in San Francisco. She is into workouts ie Soul Cycle, Barre, and a food adventure.
Past President: Jackie Lennett, RD
Jackie Lennett completed her dietetic internship through a distance program called Priority Nutrition Care and earned her BS degree in Foods & Nutrition at San Diego State University. She enjoyed some past experience with Type 1 children at a Summer Camp that she was the nutritionist for. She would love to see herself one day with the CDE certification in an outpatient setting helping children to manage their diabetes to help them see with some prior preparation nothing can hold them back from being whoever they want to be. During her free time, she loves to explore new places on foot as well as go on peaceful runs to clear her mind. She is a foodie and is always open to trying new restaurants or tasty finds at Trader Joe’s.
Secretary: Kelsey Degreef, RD
Hello! I'm a Clinical Dietitian working primarily with the inpatient population at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez. While I'm originally from San Diego, I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate degree, then moved to the Bay Area and completed my dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital. I have a special interest in diabetes, and strive to earn my Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential within the next few years.
Treasurer: Ana Su, RD
Ana Su, RD is a part time inpatient dietitian. Originally from Southern California, Ana has worked for many years at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek. In her free time, Ana likes to shop, garden, collect cookbooks and occasionally try some of the many recipes from her growing collection. Ana and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs and are dog show enthusiasts. Some of her personal goals this year are to eat better, move more, sleep more and spend less.
Newsletter Editor: Rachel Parker, RD, CNSC
Rachel is an inpatient dietitian at Kaiser Oakland. She completed her undergraduate degree at CSU Chico in 2013, and was in the UC Davis dietetic internship class of 2014-2015. Rachel’s professional interests include nutrition support and critical care. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband and their two cats.
Delegate Representative: Joanne Graham, RD, PhD
Joanne Graham is a registered dietitian (RD) with a doctoral degree in nutrition with a designated emphasis in International Nutrition and Epidemiology/Biostatistics. Joanne earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics and doctorate at the University of California, Davis and completed a dietetic internship at UCLA/Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, California. Joanne is a research scientist at CalPERS implementing and evaluating health service projects as they relate to process, quality, outcomes, and sustainability. Prior to her current position, she was the program director for the dietetic internship at California State University, Sacramento. Joanne is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Dietetic Educators Practice Group, and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group. She is proud to serve as delegate for the Northern Area and Diablo Valley districts.
Nominating Committee Chair: Kaitlin Shruhan, MAS, RD
Kaitlin is currently a part time outpatient dietitian for Stanford Children's Health and also works per diem for Kaiser Permanente. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed a coordinated program in dietetics at Framingham State University and recently earned her Masters in Materal and Child Nutrition at UC Davis. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, running, listening to a good audio book or exploring the area for good eats with her husband.
Public Policy Chair: Anthony Co
Nutrition started for me in 2012 when a friend suggested I get a degree in it. By 2014, I was accepted into San Jose State University's Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging. It wasn't long until I graduated with honors. I moved back home and looked for opportunities within my field. I now work for Contra Costa County WIC as a WIC Nutrition Assistant. I started as a volunteer and immediately felt included in the team. Shortly thereafter, they offerd me a part-time position and then a full-time position. Since then, I've become a Certified Lactation Education Counselor and have completed the San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship. One of my future goals is for members and non members of the district to be more involved with public policy. Everyone is busy with work and their lives, but I am willing to take on this challenge and encourage everyone to join me. Policy dictates what we do and how we are seen as professionals. With a voice to speak to our legislators, we can raise our prestige in the health field. On a different note, you may find me in my natural habitat frolicking about and eating foods from various cuisines. Current favorites are South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Sometimes I trek the continent eastward and have my Chinese and Vietnamese or ride a boat for Japanese and Filipino dishes. They say that "home is where the heart is" and my home happens to be in Mexico. Even though I cannot speak Spanish fluently, I survive with "lengua super burrito sin crema."
Social Media Chair: Erin Quintana, RD
Erin was born and raised in the Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After undergrad, she spent time pursuing a career in psychology. During that time, she decided dietetics was her true passion, and transitioned to a dietetic internship at Tulane University in New Orleans. After graduating, she returned to the Bay Area and started as a consultant dietitian working in acute rehabilitation in Walnut Creek. After working in Walnut Creek, she spent a short time at Sutter Delta in Antioch, then eventually settled in and continues to be a renal dietitian in Oakland for Fresenius Kidney Care. She is currently pursuing her master of science in clinical nutrition, part time, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She loves traveling, being outdoors, and competing in marathon swims and ultra distance running.