As the nutrition experts, dietitians educate their patients, clients, and students on the relation of nutrition with disease, metabolism, intuitive eating, weight management, food preparation, and more. GAND works to enrich the minds our of members by providing education opportunities from leaders of their field, fellowship with other nutrition professionals, and exposure to the newest nutrition products and services.
Advocate for the dietetic profession and serve the North Central Florida community by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
Optimize the North Central Florida community’s health through food and nutrition.
Caring and Open-Mindedness
GAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020-2021
Carley graduated with a B.S in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and completed her internship through the UF Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program. After becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Carley spent two years working as a clinical dietitian in Orlando, FL primarily in the role of oncology and nutrition support. In Orlando, she served on the board for the Orlando Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Treasurer. Recently, Carley accepted a position to come back to UF to work towards a doctoral degree in nutritional sciences while facilitating an outpatient nutrition program at the UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases. She has been a co-author on publications related to health benefits of fiber and probiotics. In her spare time, Carley enjoys playing kickball, cooking and watching Gator football.
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Matt is a Graduate Assistant and Clinical Dietitian at the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. As a Masters student, he worked to validate a novel questionnaire which assesses digestion-associated quality of life in healthy individuals. He hopes to push our understanding of nutrition and the microbiome forward while studying Parkinson’s Disease during his time as a doctoral student.
Kohrine Counts received her initial Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Florida State University in Business Management and Entrepreneurship before working in the business world for several years. Returning to school to realize her passion for food and nutrition, she received a B.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, specializing in dietetics. Continuing on, she completed the Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program at the University of Florida. Following graduation, she worked as a clinical dietitian at UF Health/Shands. She is currently the DPD and MS-DI Program Coordinator for the UF Dietetics Programs. In her free time, she loves cooking, baking, biking, gardening, and kayaking.
Kaley is a a graduate of the DPD and MS-DI program at the University of Florida. She currently works as the Youth Programs Specialist for the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, Florida’s SNAP-Education program. In addition, Kaley is pursuing a doctoral degree at UF. Her current research investigate the impact of meal kits on reducing barriers to healthy lifestyles among low-income families. Prior to working for UF, she was a school food service dietitian in Flagler County. She is passionate about empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds to adopt healthier eating and physical activity habits. In addition to serving as a board member for GAND, she also serves in a leadership capacity with the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. In her spare time, Kaley enjoys spending time with her family and baking delicious desserts because she believes all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle!
NOMINATING COMMITTEE, CHAIR
LAURA ACOSTA, MS, RDN, LD/N
Laura is a Lecturer in Dietetics at the University of Florida, where she teaches several clinical nutrition courses. She holds BS and MS degrees in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, and has been a Registered Dietitian for 13 years. Currently, she is working on a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN) degree from Rutgers University. Her doctoral research looks at the effect of green tea catechins on blood pressure in postmenopausal women with hypertension, and explores how this effect is modified by catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype. Outside of work and school, Laura enjoys Pilates, spinning, shopping, and spending time with her husband and two sons (4 years old and 7 years old).