Food & Culinary Professionals

Executive Committee Info - Part 1

Kerry Neville, MS, RD

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.

Hillary Thesmar
, MS, RD

In her role as the Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & senior vice president of food safety programs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for all FMI food safety programs include FSMA training, recalls, crisis management, food safety prevention plans, member support and research.  

Dr. Thesmar received degrees in Food Technology and Food Science from Clemson University and a degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University.  Dr. Thesmar is an active volunteer for organizations including the Partnership for Safety Education, IFT, IAFP and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Culinary Dietetic Practice Group.

Garrett Berdan, RDN, LD
Past Chair

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.

Sarah Martin, MPP, RDN, LDN

Sarah Martin, MPP, RDN, LDN, is the Nutritionist for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She oversees recipe writing, menu analysis, food cost systems management, and provides guidance on nutrition and menu labeling. A Tennessee native and farmer’s daughter, Sarah’s passion for agriculture and food lead her into a career in the restaurant industry. Sarah is past president of the Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she proudly serves as the Council on Professional Issues-Chair Elect for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN

Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN has been a Wegmans Nutritionist in the VA/MD/DC area for over ten years.  Her mission is to help people live healthier, better lives through food by providing accurate nutrition information while promoting health and wellness in the stores, community and media.  Krystal’s background includes environmental and nutrition science studies with degrees from the College of William and Mary and James Madison University, with both clinical and personal coaching experience. 

Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDN
Communications Chair
Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDN is a passionate, experienced and creative food industry leader and influencer. She has a unique talent for communicating food and nutrition information into easy to understand, useful and engaging content across multiple platforms. As a registered dietitian and chef, with a masters degree in new media and digital studies, Raeanne’s expertise includes overseeing digital food content and strategy, food writing, recipe development and testing, and video production. She is currently working on a recipe writing book for food professionals.

Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN
Webinar Chair


Laura is the Senior Manager of Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs for StarKist Co., She works with consumers and health care professionals to explain and reinforce the health benefits of seafood and dispel the myths surrounding seafood and health. She oversees regulatory affairs, serves as the company nutrition advisor, primary recipe developer and driver of their health and wellness initiatives.  She has more than 25 years of nutrition experience ranging from clinical and outpatient nutrition counseling, retail and most recently with the consumer packaged goods industry. Laura is interested in food history and cultural food appreciation and loves to travel and explore city food markets. On weekends you’ll find her exploring local food shops, restaurants and wineries with her husband, Mark, or cooking up a new creation at home.

Leigh Ann Edwards Hall, MPH, RD
Membership Chair


Leigh Ann Hall, MPH, RD, is the National Managing Director for Cooking Matters by Share Our Strength. She develops and directs strategy, operations that supports a network of over 130 partners across the country, and a team of nearly 40 people nationwide. Before joining Share Our Strength in 2006, Leigh Ann held positions with the public affairs firm N Chapman Associates, Inc. and the business consulting firm Accenture LLP. 

Amy Myrdal Miller,
Delegate & 2020 Culinary Workshop Chair

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, is the 2020 FCP Culinary Workshop Chair and the FCP Delegate for the Academy House of Delegates. Amy is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, renowned speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, an agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm based outside Sacramento, CA. Her clients include The Culinary Institute of America and the Produce for Better Health Foundation. In addition to consulting, Amy also writes a monthly column for Produce Business magazine. Amy has served in many FCP leadership positions, including serving as the 2010-2011 chair of FCP. She also served as the FCP Culinary Workshop Chair in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Amy gave the 53rd Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture at FNCE in Nashville in 2015 titled “Success in Dietetics: Inspired by Farmers, Flavor, and Fun”, an honor she received because she was nominated by FCP.


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.

Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDN
Tastings Editor

Sanna Delmonico, MS, RDN is Associate Professor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley, where she teaches food safety and nutrition. She has been with the CIA for eight years and previously worked on CIA programs, managing the Healthy Kids Collaborative, and Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives. For 12 years, Sanna published Tiny Tummies, a food and nutrition newsletter for parents. She lives in Napa and is a garage winemaker.

Amaris Bradley, MPH, RD
On The Menu Editor

Amaris Bradley, MPH, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Account Lead at Eat Well Global, a global strategic communications firm focused on food, nutrition and health. In her role, she helps companies and organizations thoughtfully engage with health and wellness professionals across the globe. With nearly a decade of experience, Amaris’ past roles include serving as Senior Director of Partnerships at Michelle Obama’s nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America, Senior Account Executive at the global public relations agency Porter Novelli and corporate wellness dietitian at a multi-site hospital system in central Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Liz Jalkiewicz, RDN, LDN
Assistant Tastings Editor
With over 12 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 social media @LizJalkiewicz.