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PO Box 12061
Gainesville, FL 32604

 

info@eatrightgainesville.org

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

GAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020
PRESIDENT
MATT BEKE,MS,RDN,LDN

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.

PRESIDENT-ELECT
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.

PAST PRESIDENT
KARAH MECHLOWITZ,MS,RDN,LDN

Karah completed her undergraduate studies in dietetics at the University of Florida and her dietetic internship at Cornell University. After her dietetic internship, she moved back to Gainesville for her Master of Public Health. During her MPH, she focused on global health and nutrition and completed her final project on adolescent stunting and school performance outcomes, which she is getting ready to publish. She is currently a second year PhD student in Public Health at the University of Florida. Karah is still crafting her area of interest, but she is interested in using qualitative methods for her dissertation. Outside of school, Karah is also a coach at Orangetheory Fitness. In her free time, she likes to run, cook, and spend time with her partner and her dog. 

TREASURER
KOHRINE COUNTS,MS,RDN,LDN

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.

SECRETARY
HILLARY GARCIA,RDN,LDN

HIllary is a graduate from The University of Florida and Meredith College Dietetic Internship. She is currently a dietitian at UF Health Shands where I’ve had the honor of working for one year. Her previous experience includes working with The Alachua Health Department as nutrition educator for WIC. These experiences as a community and clinical dietitian have showed her the importance of nutrition for under served communities. For that same reason, Hilary is currently pursuing a master’s in public health with a focus is social and behavioral sciences.

NOMINATING
COMMITTEE, CHAIR
KALEY MIALKI,MS,RDN,LDN

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!