Food & Culinary Professionals

Executive Committee Info - Part 1

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE , FAND

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND is an award winning registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She is the IGA Health & Wellbeing Advisor.  Kim has experience in agriculture, supermarket, media (traditional and social), hospital-based health and fitness centers, and outpatient MNT programs. Kim served as chair of both the FCP Agriculture and Supermarket Subgroups. She is past president of Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Garrett Berdan

Chair Elect

Garrett Berdan is a chef and registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in school nutrition programs, recipe development, culinary training and demonstrations, and culinary nutrition communications. Garrett graduated from Washington State University and The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone where he received the CIA Award for Culinary Achievement. Growing up in a farming family in Wenatchee, Washington gave Garrett an appreciation for food production. Garrett now resides in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.

Sheila Weiss, RD, FAND
Past Chair

With more than 15 years of nutrition policy, public relations and communications experience, Sheila currently works as as Nutrition Communications Supervisor at Outloud, LLC, a communications firm in Baltimore, MD.  She started her career at the National Restaurant Association, where she spearheaded numerous initiatives on behalf of the restaurant industry and led outreach to member companies on diverse issues.  Sheila was the founding chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Subgroup and proudly served as Chair of the Nominating Committee of FCP.

Caroline Margolis, RD

Caroline is a registered dietitian, recipe developer and consultant in nutrition and culinary communications. She is also a partner in Sweet Chickadees, a small batch bakery.  Caroline has overseen and implemented programs communicating the science of food and nutrition to consumers and health professionals, as well as securing key industry partnerships. She is a sought out expert in nutrition analysis, menu modeling and labeling. In addition, Caroline is a seasoned recipe developer and editor, whose recipes and contributions have been published in various cookbooks and publications. Caroline is an active member of the Dietitians in Business and Communications, Food and Culinary Professionals and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Groups. She is also a past president of the Chicago Food and Nutrition Network (formally the Chicago Nutrition Association). 

Leigh Ann Hall, MPH, RD

Leigh Ann Hall, MPH, RD, is the National Managing Director for Share Our Strength’s nutrition education work. She develops and directs strategy, budget, and provides oversight of Cooking Matters direct service programming that reaches more than 100k people annually through a network of more than 170 partners nationwide. Before joining Share Our Strength, Leigh Ann held positions with the public affairs firm N Chapman Associates, Inc. and the business consulting firm Accenture LLP. 

Andrea Carrothers, MS, RD
Communications Chair
 Info coming soon!

Kerry Neville
, MS, RD

Education Chair
Kerry is a vice president at Porter Novelli, a global communications firm, where she specializes in food and nutrition communications for influencer audiences. Before joining PN, Kerry had her own business working with food companies, trade associations and grocery retailers, and wrote for numerous publications. Kerry loves translating the science of nutrition into the good food that people eat.


Nancy Siler

Sponsor Chair


Nancy Siler, MS, RDN, LDN, CFCS, is a retired Vice President from a Consumer Products Company. She also had her own consulting firm and worked as a university professor at Texas and the University of Illinois. Along with many other dietetic association offices, she has served on the Academy's Board of Directors, in the House of Delegates representing two states, on several house and board committees plus as President for both Illinois and Texas academies.




Cindy Kleckner
Membership Chair
Cindy is an award-winning Culinary Dietitian and Associate Professor at the Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Education at Collin College in North Texas. She has been active in developing and delivering culinary demos, kitchen boot camps and corporate team building events.   She enjoys public speaking and is a Consultant for numerous corporate wellness clients in Dallas.  In 2017 she won the Anita Owen Award of Recognition for Innovative Nutrition Education Programs for the Public and in 2018 Outstanding Nutrition Education Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Cindy co-authored the Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies and The DASH Diet for Dummies and speaks to professional and medical groups on the DASH Lifestyle. Her passions are making nutrition come alive through the joy and simplicity of cooking and flavor skill building.
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN
Nominating Chair & Committee
 Info coming soon!

Annette Maggi,



Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND is the President of Annette Maggi & Associates, Inc., a strategic nutrition marketing and communications consulting firm specializing in the interface between food manufacturers and retail grocers, and nutrition and regulatory issues.  Today’s environment revolves around serious health issues and implications; Annette Maggi & Associates, Inc. responds by taking a real and yet refreshing approach to creating and implementing infinitely stronger nutrition strategies that deliver results.  Maggi is a sought after resource in the nutrition and regulatory field with experience at Fortune 500 companies including Pillsbury, General Mills and Target.  Current clients include the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance, Quaker, Vestcom, Jennie-O and Monsanto.  Maggi is recognized as a distinguished speaker and writer, and has a reputation as a driven performer and partnership builder.  The company’s mission is to help food companies, retailers and related industries improve brand loyalty and increase sales by blending nutrition, regulatory and business sense to deliver credible and audience-right solutions. 

Lorrie Breen, MS, RD, LD
Policy & Advocacy Leader

Lorrie is the Executive Director for the Office of the President, at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. She has extensive experience in directing food and nutrition organizations in both the private and public sector. Lorrie's career has led her to health care policy and is currently working issues with national impact to include translating the National Prevention Strategy to military installations across the country and oversees.

Lesley Schiery
, MS, RD
Tastings Editor
Lesley is a senior nutrition scientist with the General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics and received a Master of Science degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Lesley has experience in clinical nutrition, public relations and as a corporate retail dietitian. In her role at General Mills, Lesley supports the cereal operating unit helping to bring forward science based health and wellness opportunities to the business. 

Liz Marr, MS, RD, FAND

Tastings CPEU Coordinator
Liz Marr, MS, RDN, FAND, Longmont, Colorado, is an award-winning nutrition communications expert. She heads up Liz Marr & Associates, LLC, an independent consultancy specializing in food, nutrition, agriculture communications, including scientific and regulatory affairs, marketing communications, recipe development and nutrient information analysis. Liz served as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics media spokesperson for nine years and is a past-chair of Food and Culinary Professionals DPG as well as Nutrition Education for the Public.

Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD
On The Menu Editor
Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD is the Senior Manager of Public Relations with the Southeast Dairy Association.  In this role, she is responsible for implementing nutrition programs for health professionals, educators and consumer leaders through speaking engagements, television and radio appearances, print & social media communication. Lanier has a professional background in nutrition communication, academic teaching experience, outpatient counseling and a particular interest in the culinary facet of nutrition. Lanier is a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Georgia and is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association and Georgia Dietetic Association. Lanier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Lanier completed her dietetic internship at the Emory University Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia.
Catharine Powers, MS, RD
Awards Chair
 Info coming soon!

Liz Jalkiewicz, RD, LDN
Recipe Contest Chair
With over 10 years’ experience, Liz has a diverse background in the food and nutrition industry having worked in clinical, retail, culinary and media production, as well as marketing and communication roles. She joined the American Dairy Association North East in 2018 as a Nutrition Specialist where she provides dairy education to health professionals and key influencers including retail dietitians. Liz received her BS in Dietetics from Montclair State University and completed her Dietetic Internship at the UMDNJ. Follow Liz on Twitter @DairyAisleRD.