Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD
Sarah Winkler is a licensed and registered dietitian. Sarah works in Child Nutrition for Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE), a K-12 food service company. She currently works for Lockhart Independent School District as a cafeteria supervisor, menu planner, and operations leader. Sarah has experience in menu compliance certification, recipe development, recipe and product testing, research data analysis and statistics, and technical operations and support. Sarah’s passion is combining culinary knowledge and nutrition expertise to help innovate school nutrition and wellness. Sarah graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and the dietetic internship. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Nutritional Sciences. Geaux Tigers! She is a native Louisianian, but born again Texan. In her free time, Sarah enjoys riding her bike with her husband, David, and puppy, Agnes.
Julia Lehle, RD, LD
Director of Communication
Julia Lehle is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. As a dietitian, Julia works in School Food Service for ARAMARK, an international food and customer service company. She currently works for Round Rock Independent School District’s Food Service Department as an Area Supervisor and the department’s nutrition coordinator. Julia loves that her work as a dietitian in school food service is ensuring that kids and teens are provided healthy meals each and everyday! Julia graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship with Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. During the weekends, Julia enjoys cooking for her friends and family and running on natural trails located around Austin.
Erin Echternach, RD, LD
Director of Member Engagement
Erin Echternach is a licensed and registered dietitian. She works in Child Nutrition Services for Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE), a K-12 foodservice company. She currently supports Bastrop Independent School District through menu planning, procurement, kitchen management, nutrition education, special diet accommodation, and more. Erin has a strong culinary background, having attended culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. She has over 10 years of experience in scratch baking, bread making, cake decoration, plated desserts, catering, as well as savory line cooking. Erin graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science in 2014. She completed her dietetic internship at Medical City Dallas Hospital, a foodservice focused program in 2016. Erin is originally from Redlands, California but has made Texas her home for over 7 years now. Erin and her husband reside with their dog, cat, ducks, and chickens in Manchaca. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time in the yard.
Melinda H. Nguyen, MS, RD
Director of Continuing Education
Melinda moved here from Boston to be warmer year round. She has experience in food service and school nutrition, more specifically providing nutritious meals for preschool aged children. Currently she’s working at Whole Foods Market as a Recipe Data Specialist. This position’s primary role is to ensure that there is accurate nutritional info for the Prepared Foods, Bakery, and Restaurant style venues as outlined by the FDA menu labeling laws. In addition, her team is responsible for allergen and non-GMO labeling of ingredients used in production.
Melinda graduated with a Bachelors in Hospitality & Tourism Management but after a few years went back to school to get her Masters in Food and Nutrition when she realized that she wanted to provide more than excellent customer service and manage people. She completed her Coordinated Dietetic Program at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Her passion is learning the science behind cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. In her free time she loves to swim, practice yoga, and work on arts & crafts projects.
Alyssa Ferguson, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC
Alyssa Ferguson a licensed and registered dietitian as well as a certified nutrition support clinician and specialist in pediatrics. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin within the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She started off her career in pediatric nutrition as the PICU and IMC clinical dietitian at Dell Children’s Medical Center. During that time she also took care of the majority of patients admitted with eating disorders. In 2017 she transitioned into the outpatient setting and is currently working at the Children’s Comprehensive Care Clinic associated with Dell Children’s where she manages the nutrition of 500 medically complex children. Her passions include critical care, nutrition support, pediatrics and eating disorders. Alyssa also sees children and adolescents with eating disorders in private practice at iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy. Outside of work, Alyssa loves spending time with her two dogs, Chewy & Barney. She enjoys helping rescue dogs in need of a home and has been an active volunteer with PugHearts of Houston rescue group. She has played an active role within the Austin dietitian community, starting off as organizer for the Wellness Symposium in 2013 and the following year transitioned into the role of Treasurer. She has also participated in forming the new organization Austin Registered Dietitian’s Alliance.
Robyn Majors, MS, RD, LD
Robyn Majors is a registered and licensed dietitian working as a clinical dietitian at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, TX. Robyn attended Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition. She continued her dietetic studies at Sam Houston State University where she completed a dietetic internship program and received a graduate degree in Dietetics. Robyn has experience in multiple clinical settings including acute care, rehabilitation hospitals and long term care. Before working in the clinical setting, Robyn worked in a K-12 school district where she was responsible for creating menu cycles in accordance with the National School Lunch Program and assisting in activities that aimed to increase student meal acceptance. Robyn’s passions include leading patients and their family members to healthier food choices, nutrition support and promoting healthy lifestyle changes through a variety of community activities. In her free time, Robyn enjoys going to a local kickboxing class, spending time with family exploring Austin or traveling and playing with her maltipoo named Samson.
Sarajane Morris RD, LD
Sarajane Morris is a registered and licensed dietitian She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and also completed her dietetic internship with Texas State University. She has been working as a clinical dietitian at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle, TX since 2013. While working with Seton, Sarajane played a large role in implementing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program which seeks to improve the clinical outcomes and recovery times of surgical patients. Sarajane is passionate about how our food and lifestyle choices can help empower us to overcome illness. In her free time, Sarajane loves riding her bike, laying around at the river, and cooking with friends. She also plays on an adult league volleyball team and practices yoga avidly.
Kaylee Tremelling, MCN, RDN/LD
Wellness Symposium, Co-Chair
Kaylee Tremelling is a licensed and registered dietitian nutritionist. She opened up her own private practice as The Little Dietitian, and specializes in eating disorders and intuitive eating. Kaylee loves that she is able to help people heal their relationship with food and their body. Kaylee graduated from Southern Utah University with bachelor degrees in nutrition and exercise science. She furthered her education at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas where she completed a Master of Clinical Nutrition degree and her dietetic internship. Kaylee and her husband love to spend time outside in their free time and are happily expecting a baby girl due in January 2018.
Caroline Patrick MS, RD, LD
Wellness Symposium, Co-Chair
<span class=”il”>Caroline</span> is a licensed and registered dietitian. She obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nutrition from Boston University. After completing her dietetic internship at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in 2016, <span class=”il”>Caroline</span> moved to Austin and began working as a clinical dietitian in behavioral health at Austin State Hospital. She launched her private practice, CarolineRD, in 2017 where she practices from a non-diet, Health At Every Size approach to help clients form better relationships with their bodies and food. In her spare time, <span class=”il”>Caroline</span> loves checking out Austin’s food scene and exploring new trails to hike.
Kristen Kistler, MS, RD, LD
Kristen is a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of Texas with over ten years of experience working in the acute care clinical setting. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University, where she completed a combined Master of Science-Dietetic Internship Program. Kristen started off her career as a clinical dietitian covering the critical care units at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. In 2008, she moved to Austin, TX to work with the Seton Family of Hospitals and worked as the IMC dietitian at University Medical Center Brackenridge for five years.
Kristen currently works as the clinical dietitian specialist for the oncology, pulmonary and gastrointestinal medical-surgical units at Seton Medical Center Austin. In addition, she has her own private practice True Food Love Nutrition, LLC. She offers nutrition counseling and coaching services, as well as an alternative approach to dieting, by pairing motivational interviewing with the non-diet principles of intuitive eating. She believes that food should not only nourish the body, but the soul as well. Kristen is passionate about helping others foster a healthy relationship with food and discover true food love.
Outside of work, Kristen enjoys working out, cooking, exploring farmers’ markets, trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with her friends, family and rescue pup, Hudsy.
Brittany Markides, MS, RDN, LD
Brittany is a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Choose Food, a group nutrition practice in Austin, Texas which specializes in food-positive, body-positive nutrition counseling. Brittany is also a business and research consultant. She provides analytical support to public health organizations and entrepreneurial coaching to health practitioners in growing their own practices. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and traveling.
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Hi! My name is Sierra Holmes, I am a fresh 22 year old from the humid place but a home nevertheless, Houston,TX. I have a true desire for the adventures of life. I invest my time towards innovation, public speaking, broadcasting, and reading. Uplifting the people I encounter on a day to day basis is a quality that I was made to outlive. I am currently a senior at Texas State University taking up Nutrition Dietetics and couldn’t be more elated to be in such an optimal and transparent field of study where I can understand the true quality of health. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>I changed my major to Nutrition from Broadcast Journalism to invest my time and engage in things that would benefit a generation of people on an optimal level. I wanted to grow mentally and physically by what I was learning while being able to incorporate that in everything that I did. Nutrition is 80% of your health and by choosing nutrition as a focal point in my life I have made a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle and motivate people today to do the same.</span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>I plan to obtain my Master’s in Nutrition to expand in academia and stay current in Nutrition. Furthermore what I plan to do is create a medium between radio and television to introduce the quality of nutrition through a channel that all groups of people locally and globally can understand optimal health. </span>
Becca Rigby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her undergrad in Nutrition and is well on her way to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, currently completing her Dietetic Internship through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UT Austin. Becca took a gap year between undergrad and her Dietetic Internship to get some “real world” experience. She has worked as a nutritionist for The Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children and for Woven Health; self-initiated projects such as managing nutrition education development by UT students for previously homeless persons. In addition to her dietetic internship she currently works as an office aide for Austin Independent School District’s Nutrition and Food Service Department and remotely handles patient outreach and communications for Woven Health.
Becca hopes that the experience in her dietetic internship will help her understand where she wants to go in the field because right now it is very much “I love everything food related.” As well as the typical graduate goal—decent healthcare benefits and not being broke in the near-ish future.