Meet your 2018-2019 Diablo Valley District Board Members!
President: Jackie Lennett
Jackie Lennett is an RD to be. She is currently juggling studying hard to take her exam and to planning out some proposed job offers. She 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.
President-Elect: 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.
Past President: Diana Urcuyo, MS, RDN, CDE
Diana Urcuyo, MS, RDN, CDE currently works at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center as an outpatient dietitian and also owns her own private practice in Pleasant Hill. She takes insurance and sees private pay clients in her office that is next door to her daughter's preschool. Being a past DVD president was a great opportunity for her to build leadership skills and make connections with like-minded individuals. She recently passed her CDE exam and enjoys hanging out at coffee shops. She loves her kids, husband, food and movies. Don't get her started on politics unless you have a lot of time to talk.
Secretary: Hilary Fessler, MS, RDN
Hilary Fessler, MS, RDN holds a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in nutritional science from San Jose State University. She completed her dietetic internship at Stanford Health Care - Valley Care in 2016. Hilary currently stays at home with her two daughters, ages 4 and 1, and is only too happy to be the one making them breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. She also maintains a Facebook page "Feeding Your Tot" with recipes and nutrition info geared towards parents of young children. Hilary's interests include any form of exercise (particularly barre class), baking, browsing food blogs and cooking magazines, and traveling with her husband. You will always find dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, and lots of fresh fruit in Hilary's kitchen.
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.
Nominating Committee Chair: Alexandra Winfield-Perez, RD
Alexandra Winfield-Perez, RD is currently employed as consultant dietitian with Nutrition Therapy Essentials in San Jose. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from San Francisco State University and completed her dietetic internship with San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys knitting, reading and baking.
Public Policy Co-Chair: Mikelle McCoin, MPH, RD
Mikelle McCoin, MPH, RD is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley, and practices as an outpatient clinical dietitian at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She has held multiple leadership roles within the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Recent awards include Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016 and Registered Dietitian of the Year by the Bay Area Dietetic Association in 2014. Mikelle holds a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In conjunction with her graduate studies, she pursued a dietetic internship at the Veteran’s Administration, West Los Angeles.
Public Policy Co-Chair: Nicole Petersen
Nicole Petersen is currently a dietetic intern in the UC Berkeley ISPP. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science in 2016 and worked as a nutrition assistant at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She enjoys creating healthy recipes and lifting weights.
Community Chair: Christine Ramirez, RDN
Christine is a second-year member of the DVD with this being her first year holding a board position. Christine graduated from CSU Chico in 2014 in General Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship the following year at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. While in Dallas, Christine took on a dietitian position at a Baylor Community Clinic located in South Texas teaching diabetes, weight loss and bariatric classes. Christine moved back to her native state of California last year and is now working as a dietitian at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, splitting her dual position between both inpatient and outpatient work. Christine hopes to obtain her CDE in the near future and one day work primarily with the pediatric population as she would love to play a larger role in preventative health care. Aside from Christine’s passion for nutrition and health, Christine loves to dance, travel, work out and (binge) Netflix in her free time.
Social Media Chair: Gina Milano, RD
Gina Milano is a Clinical Dietitian at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Her interest in nutrition and dietetics was sparked by her love of athletics and the power of nutrition on sports performance. She further explored dietetics at UC Davis where she studied Clinical Nutrition (Go Aggies!) and competed as a Division I NCA athlete. She then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship through Iowa State University’s distance program. In the future, she hopes to obtain additional professional licensures such as CNSC and CSSD along with becoming a certified personal trainer. When not calculating enteral or parenteral nutrition regimens, you can find Gina in the gym or at spin class, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, traveling, watching bay area sport teams or Housewives, drinking Tito’s vodka and spending quality time with her friends and family. Her favorite foods are sweet potatoes, cheese and peanut m&ms.
Newsletter Editor: Rachel Parker, RD, CNSC
Rachel is a per diem inpatient dietitian at both Sutter Delta Medical Center and 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.
Website Manager: Danielle Renville, RD, CNSC
Danielle Renville, RD, CNSC is a clinical inpatient dietitian, specializing in parenteral and enteral nutrition. She currently works at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where she enjoys collaborating with the interdisciplinary team, precepting dietetic interns, and orienting new trainees. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and completed her Dietetic Internship through Napa State Hospital. When she’s not geeking out over nutrition journals, Danielle enjoys hiking, singing 90’s pop and Disney songs, and trying the latest IPA or saison from local breweries. Some foods she can’t live without are sushi, pizza, and chocolate.