ATXRD Board Members

2019-2020
Julia Lehle, RD, LD

Julia Lehle, RD, LD

Executive Director

I love being dietitian because I get to learn how the food we eat affects our bodies. Whether it is physiological, to provide energy, or psychological, to provide pleasure, food affects everyone differently offering dietitians a unique opportunity to help individuals navigate their way towards a lifestyle that includes a healthier understand of how to eat for their body. I also appreciate being a part of an amazing dietetic community in Austin, Texas! I truly enjoy meeting and learning from other dietitians and dietetic students.  

My goals as the Executive Director is to listen and support the ATXRD members and the ATXRD board. I am excited to lead a group of strong leaders that comprise of the ATXRD board. The entire board and I understand the importance of membership feedback and will continue to review all feedback to better serve our members throughout the membership year. My aspirations for the membership year include increasing our diverse membership of dietitians and dietetic students, deliver evidence based research to grow the knowledge of our community, and encourage member alliances to create a supportive network of dietetic professionals.

A fun fact about myself is that I enjoy teaching adults how to swim. In my mid-twenties, I worked at a swim instructor for the YMCA and taught babies, children and adults. I loved teaching this life-saving skill to empowered individuals. It you do not know how to swim, it is never too late to learn!

Caroline Patrick, MS, RD, LD

Caroline Patrick, MS, RD, LD

Director of Member Engagement (Executive Director Elect)

I love the nutrition profession because I am able to help so many clients wade through the ever-evolving nutrition science to gain clarity around their everyday food choices. When my clients feel empowered and confident in their food decisions they feel less stressed and are able to spend more of their time on other important areas of their lives. It is such a joy to be able to give people that extra freedom.

I want ATXRD to be the go-to resource for dietitians/dietetic students in the Austin area. And this year, I intend to interact with as many ATXRD members as possible to hear firsthand the needs and desires of our community so that we can provide the most constructive programming and resources.

Fun fact: I love exploring new foods, outdoor spaces, and swimming holes in the Austin area – especially when they’re dog friendly so that I can bring my 1 year old cattle dog!

Becca Rigby, RDN, LD

Becca Rigby, RDN, LD

Director of Continuing Education

As a dietitian, I found fulfillment, and I grew in experience and compassion through my previous roles at the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Woven Health Clinic. In these roles, I conducted motivational interviewing and helped individuals set goals that had a meaningful impact on their daily lives. I have taken that expertise to Baylor Scott and White Health where I coordinate the internal employee health and wellness program, Thrive, for the areas of Temple, Killeen, and Waco. I enjoy the challenges of program development, content creation, and health outreach and engagement for 2000+ employees. I have served on ATXRD’s board since 2017, as a Student Liaison, Newsletter Editor, and currently as the Director of Continuing Education. I believe that CEUs should go beyond contributing to dietitians’ five-year CEU quota. Instead, CEUs should be viewed as a tool for growing skills and advancing careers. This is why in my latest role as CEU Director, I strive to expand the CEU opportunities available to members through more online options and to collaborate with the Director of Member Engagement to ensure ATXRD offers relevant and desired topics and speakers. My day job is all about finding the right resources for individuals, and I can’t wait to bring that experience to the dietitians of ATXRD.

Fun fact: I have a love and interest for promoting entomophagy as way of diversifying protein options that supports the health of humans and the environment. Still trying to convince my roommate to let me start a mealworm farm. Learn more about entomophagy from the non-profit Little Herds.

Liz Brown, MS, RD, LD

Liz Brown, MS, RD, LD

Director of Communications

I love being a dietitian because I love being able to educate about nutrition facts/myths and what the most up-to-date research is telling us to help combat all of the nutrition misinformation clients hear. It is rewarding to help guide my clients toward a better relationship with food and see all of the progress they make, while holding space for them in their times of struggle.
I hope to maintain open lines of communication with members through our website, newsletter, and other email reminders. I also hope to be present at all social events and meetings, so find me to say hi or ask any questions!
Fun fact: I am a dog lover – I got my first rescue dog from an animal health company testing vaccines when I was 6 years old and she lived to be 17!
Rebecca Romohr, RDN, LD

Rebecca Romohr, RDN, LD

Director of Administration

Registered Dietitians come in many forms – clinical, management, food service, culinary, etc. I enjoy what I do as I get to connect with people every day! Whether I am educating my clinical team on best practices, assisting the kitchen with improving meal quality, or advocating for a residents rights, it’s constantly rewarding!

As the Director of Administration, I would like to hear from the members on what their needs are for ATXRD. I would like to encourage and enhance membership to ensure we are a strong resource for the Austin dietetic community.

I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Swaziland, Africa from 2013-2015. I worked on many health and youth development programs, centering around food insecurity and health/nutrition promotion.

Caroline Patrick, MS, RD, LD

Caroline Patrick, MS, RD, LD

Director of Finance

I love the nutrition profession because I am able to help so many clients wade through the ever-evolving nutrition science to gain clarity around their everyday food choices. When my clients feel empowered and confident in their food decisions they feel less stressed and are able to spend more of their time on other important areas of their lives. It is such a joy to be able to give people that extra freedom.

I want ATXRD to be the go-to resource for dietitians/dietetic students in the Austin area. And this year, I intend to interact with as many ATXRD members as possible to hear firsthand the needs and desires of our community so that we can provide the most constructive programming and resources.

Fun fact: I love exploring new foods, outdoor spaces, and swimming holes in the Austin area – especially when they’re dog friendly so that I can bring my 1 year old cattle dog!

Erin Echternach, RD, LD

Erin Echternach, RD, LD

Advisory Board Member (Past Executive Director)

I love being a dietitian, not only because I am absolutely fascinated with nutrition and food science, but it has opened up so many different avenues for me to explore professionally.
This year I will be taking on the role of advisory board member and co-director of finance. It is my goal this year to make sure we are providing as much value to our members as possible through engaging guest speakers and, of course, delicious food!
In my spare time I enjoy tending to the yard and my three chickens with my toddler. He enjoys collecting the eggs from the coop and feeding them snacks.
Jill Galligher, RD, LD

Jill Galligher, RD, LD

Social Chair

Jill loves being a dietitian because nutrition is a dynamic, exciting field which requires constant learning. As a member of the ATXRD board, she hopes to make new friends, network for new employment opportunities, and have fun. Fun fact: she and her husband love to travel, and have been to Greece, Argentina, Uruguay, and Iceland together.

Sydney Benator, RD, LD

Sydney Benator, RD, LD

Wellness Symposium Co-chair

I love being a dietitian because of the amazing community of people in our field. I have found that everyone in is incredibly supportive, kind, and welcoming. Transitioning from Social Chair to Wellness Symposium Co-Chair I hope to plan a creative, educational, meaningful, and well run event, keeping member feedback in mind. I hope to collaborate with the board members to cater ATXRD events to all members across town and in a variety of practice areas. Fun fact: I love dinosaurs. My favorite are raptors! RAWR!

Angela Finn, MS, RD

Angela Finn, MS, RD

Wellness Symposium Co-chair

I like to keep things real (and realistic) with myself and my clients — I’m a dietitian who fills 1/2 my plate with veggies (always), but the rest with foods like bacon, pizza, wings, tacos and garlic bread. I like to challenge myself with competitive physical activity, but also cheers with a glass of local craft beer. I nerd out getting in to the science, but also goof out cracking some witty puns (mostly food puns, duh). As a professional in nutrition and health (not the food police), I enjoy providing support with developing healthy relationships with food — after all, we are not robots and food is emotional and meant to be enjoyed.

As Wellness Symposium Co-Chair, I am determined to involve all members and guests of ATXRD by transforming interests and feedback to an interactive and meaningful educational opportunity that will be remembered.

Fun Fact: I’m a Latina who loves sauce, but can’t handle hot sauce (not even Sriracha).

Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD

Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD

Webmaster

I love being a dietitian because I work with both food and people; I get to provide nutritious meals to school aged children. I plan to collaborate with other ATXRD board members to keep the ATXRD website as up to date and informative as possible. A fun fact about me is I love to bake! Before I knew I would to be an RD, I wanted to open up a dog treat bakery.

Stephanie Porto, MS, RD, LD

Stephanie Porto, MS, RD, LD

Newsletter Editor

I’m proud to claim my title as a dietitian! I love being a dietitian because it was something I worked hard for that has provided me with so many opportunities to learn about and see the impact food has on the world and its communities, especially children. In my current role, being a dietitian has proved to be invaluable to understanding the importance of the work we do and the need to improve child nutrition.

As an ATXRD board member I hope to continue to provide a professional newsletter that represents us as an organization, share relevant and beneficial information with members, and contribute to another year of success as an organization that provides beneficial and rewarding opportunities to dietitians in our community.

The three things I love most are my cats, my job, and yoga.

Lyndsey Kohn, RD, LD

Lyndsey Kohn, RD, LD

Media Chair

I love being a dietitian because I get to help people have a positive relationship with food. It’s incredibly rewarding and just fun helping others develop a healthy skill set and start getting excited about eating real food. As media chair, I hope to share engaging media for members to see all the great events and meetings that we host. I love getting outside and in nature as much as I can. Over the past few years, I’ve hiked four Colorado 14’ers, ran two marathons, and rock climbed a 700 foot wall. 

Marcie Kissko, RDN

Marcie Kissko, RDN

Membership Chair

Lubna Qureshi, MDS, RDN, LD

Lubna Qureshi, MDS, RDN, LD

Nominating Chair

Dietetics is such a wide-ranging profession from clinical to community to academia and everything in between. I love being a dietitian because it gives me the opportunity to serve in a number of ways. I teach Nutritional Sciences to undergraduate students. I feel accomplished when at the end of the 11 week long quarter my students share with me the small changes they had made towards a healthful lifestyle. I consider it a privilege to provide nutritional counselling to patients and consider it my responsibility to help them navigate towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s all about making a difference and it is rewarding playing my part as an RDN.

As a board member I am thrilled to be working as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. I am a critical thinker and I enjoy seeing result driven process in action. During the past three years, I experienced the rapid growth and progress of ATXRD. That growth was only possible through the tireless service of the passionate members. I plan to be serving and assist the board and general membership in providing an opportunity to strengthen the ATXRD community by expanding the platform as a diverse space for all the area Dietitians and Dietitians to be.

I love extreme sports. Any adventure that involves adrenaline, bring it on! From snowmobiling in Alaskan wilderness to swimming (more like floating..) with the sharks and snorkeling in the Caribbean reef to motorized hang gliding in the Himalayas, I have enjoyed it all. My favorite is rafting though. Skydiving is next on my list.

Lilly Roberts

Lilly Roberts

Student Liaison: Texas State University

After drastically changing my life through dietary intervention, I developed a passion for all things nutrition and fitness related. I decided to pursue a career in dietetics because I want to help people discover the importance of nutrition, self improvement and discipline.  As student liaison for ATXRD, I hope to develop relationships with likeminded people, gain insight about the dietetic world, and to inspire other students to pick up an interest in their health. During my free time I enjoy weightlifting and playing competitive pinball.

Bailey Irvin

Bailey Irvin

Student Liaison: University of Texas

Masumi Yoshimoto

Masumi Yoshimoto

Student Liaison: University of Texas

I love being a dietetics student because I am surrounded by so many great people and I get to do so many cool things! I think nutrition is such a unique field of study because of all the things we can do with it. In no other major would I have been able to learn about biochemical pathways, cook during lab classes, and work in a lab with mice. My goal this year is to get more students interested in and attending ATXRD events this year. My fun fact is that I used to dance ballet pre-professionally, which is how I got interested in nutrition. I still dance, and I teach now as well!