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ABOUT US

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.

OUR MISSION

Advocate for the dietetic profession and serve the North Central Florida community by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.

OUR VISION

Optimize the North Central Florida community’s health through food and nutrition.

OUR VALUES

Evidence-Based Practice

Integrity

Diversity

Community Service

Caring and Open-Mindedness

Advocacy

BENEFITS TO OUR MEMBERS
  • Connect to your passion for dietetics, food and nutrition.

  • Enhance your practice through knowledge learned from continuing education presentations and discussions with other members.

  • Fulfill continuing education requirements for credential renewal.

  • Develop your leadership skills.

  • Give back to the profession through the mentorship of students and fellow practitioners.

  • Build your network - receive support, fellowship, and encouragement from other GAND members.

  • Help grow and guide the profession through advocacy and community engagement.

GAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022
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PRESIDENT
KOHRINE HAZIM,MS,RDN,LDN

Kohrine received her first 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, gardening, and spending time biking, kayaking, and Onewheeling with her family.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT
JAMIE ZELDMAN,MS,RDN

Jamie is a current graduate student and Graduate Research Assistant pursuing her doctoral degree in the College of Health and Human Performance, Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. Already a double Gator, Jamie completed her dual B.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, and M.S. and Dietetic Internship from UF. Upon completion of the MS-DI program, Jamie became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and began working as a Research Coordinator for the Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science (NEBS) Lab at UF. Jamie is also currently on a leadership position for the AND Nutrition Education for the Public DPG. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to the beach, hiking, and cuddling with her cat named Clover.

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 Past President

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Treasurer

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PAST PRESIDENT
CARLEY RUSCH,MS,RDN,LDN

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.

TREASURER
LAURA ACOSTA,MS,RDN,LDN

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 14 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.  

Secretary

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SECRETARY
KALEY CARMAN,PHD,RDN,LDN

Kaley is a research coordinator at the University of Florida. She previously worked for Florida's SNAP-Education program and as a public school district dietitian. Kaley is a triple Gator - she completed her B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition, MS and dietetic internship, and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from UF (go Gators!). Kaley is passionate about empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds to adopt healthier eating and physical activity habits. Kaley also serves in leadership positions for the AND Nutrition Education for the Public DPG and the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In her spare time, Kaley enjoys spending time with her family, baking, watching funny movies, and cuddling with her two dogs and two cats.

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE, CHAIR
BETH GANKOFSKIE,PHD,RD

Beth is the DPD Director, as well as a Lecturer in Dietetics, at the University of Florida. She obtained her B.S. in Dietetics and Food Systems Management from California State University at Long Beach, her M.S. in Nutrition Education and Counseling at the University of Saint Joseph, and her PhD in Hospitality Management at Iowa State University.

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE
JUNE D'SOUZA,MS, RD, CSO, LD

June is a Dietitian/Health Educator at FDOH at the Alachua County Health Department. She is responsible for providing nutrition education to patients seen in the Primary Care Clinic, HIV Clinic, and those who participate in the DSME program.

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE
CURRENTLY SEEKING

We are currently seeking a registered dietitian within the North Central Florida community to fill this open committee position. For more information and to express interest, please contact Beth Gankofskie at gankofskie@ufl.edu.