Meet your 2020-2021 Diablo Valley District Board Members!
President: 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.
President Elect: Ashlie Clay, RD, CNSC
Ashlie is an outpatient dietitian for Kaiser Permanente Radiation Oncology, Oakland. After growing up in the Fresno area and completing her AS degree at Reedley College, she went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Applied Nutrition at Cal Poly SLO and dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center. Ashlie has advocated for RD legislature in Sacramento and has represented dietitians for regional quality improvement, labor contract bargaining, and union shop steward roles within Kaiser. She is also on the board for the Northern California Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. You’ll find Ashlie riding her bike in the East Bay hills, hanging out with her husband and Corgi, meal prepping, or playing video games.
Past President: Elika Vargas, RD, CNSC
Elika Vargas, RD, CNSC works as a clinical dietitian with Sutter Healthcare. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, completed her dietetic internship through CSU San Bernardino ISPP program, and is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from UW-Madison. She loves animals, exploring new places, trying new foods, and meeting new people. Oh, and she has a love-hate relationship with running.
Secretary: Aaron Noe, RD
Aaron is a renal dietitian at Fresenius Medical Care in Antioch. He completed his undergraduate degree in nutritional science at San Jose State University and his internship through Golden Gate Dietetic Internship in Mendocino County. He is usually running, cycling, or enjoying some other form of physical activity in his free time.
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: Jo Miller, MPH, RDN
Jo Miller, RDN, MPH received a B.S. in Nutrition Science and Minor in Food Service Management and Fine Arts from UC Davis. In 2010, she completed her Masters of Public Health from UC Davis with an emphasis on nutrition and informatics. Starting as donations chair while an undergrad, Jo has been an active member of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Northern Area District since 2006. Upon completion of her Dietetic Internship she held a position on the nominating committee and from 2014 to 2020 served as Public Policy Co-Chair. In 2020, Jo was elected to CA Academy in the House of Delegates Northern Area and Diablo Valley Districts (three year term.) As Vice President of Nutrition at Meals for All, Jo’s professional focus is on best practices and regulations related to emergency nutrition preparedness for healthcare. She is an invited speaker on the topic of emergency nutrition preparedness throughout the United States and works closely with healthcare facilities on disaster nutrition planning. Jo lives with her family and 2 dogs in Sacramento, CA and can be found climbing a mountain on most weekends.
Nominating Committee Chair: Kaitlin Shruhan, MAS, RD
Katie is currently working as an outpatient dietitian for Stanford Children's Health (Pediatric) Multispeciality Clinics in Walnut Creek. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed a coordinated program in dietetics on the east coast and recently earned her Master's in Maternal 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.
Public Policy Chair: Anthony Co, RDN, CLEC
Anthony Co is a registered dietitian who obtained his registration in 2019. He completed his degree in San José State University and his internship at San Diego State WIC DI. He currently works for Contra Costa County WIC as a Public Health Nutritionist and sees himself working there for quite some time if not until retirement. A usual activity he does is trying out new foods from different cultures. He is a believer in “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
Social Media Chair: Natalie Pluth
Student Liaison: Monica Minnieweather
Monica is currently a senior at San Francisco State University earning her degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Science. Upon graduating in May 2021 she hopes to pursue a Masters's degree and complete the dietetics internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Currently, she works at the Executive Surgery Center as a medical assistant but has a strong passion for nutrition and dietetics and volunteers within this field. When she's not at school or work, she loves to go hiking, read, and listen to podcasts.
Hospitality Chair: Brenda Fonacier
Brenda Fonacier is originally from WI. She was active duty and in the Air Force reserves as a Medical Technician. She attended Incarnate Word college in San Antonio, TX where she earned her BS in Nutrition. She did her internship program at Ball State in Muncie, IN. She has been an active member of AND, CAND and DVD since 1990. Brenda has been employed at Kaiser Permanente for 30 years. While assisting her daughter through college she also worked at a LTC facility. She has been a Certified Specialist in Gerontology since 2009. She is an RD III (career ladder) involved in Workplace Safety as the department Co-Lead since 2004, the Primary Preceptor for interns and active in non KP nutrition projects. She enjoys time with family, entertaining, gardening, hiking, biking and lifting weights.