Leadership

Meet our Board!

Executive Director: Sarah Edwards, 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 near Austin, TX. She currently works for Leander Independent School District as a cafeteria area supervisor, menu planner, and vendor operations facilitator. 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.

 

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Director of Continuing Education: Megan Romano, MS, RD, LD

Megan Romano is a licensed and registered dietitian. She works at the Austin State Supported Living Center for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. Prior to moving to Austin, she worked at the Greater Harlem Nursing home and had a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Public Health and dietetic internship at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Pan African Studies and Human Rights from Barnard College, Columbia University. Megan has a passion for body awareness and acceptance, the importance of mealtime, and sustainable food systems. In her free time, she enjoys cooking vegetables from her Johnson’s Backyard Garden CSA, practicing yoga at Sukha where she is completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training, and nerding out with her fiancé.

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Secretary: 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.

 

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Director of Communication: Julia Lehle, RD, LD

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.

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Treasurer: 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 is the pediatric ICU clinical dietitian at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Her passions include critical care, nutrition support, pediatrics and eating disorders. Alyssa also sees clients with eating disorders in an outpatient setting at iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy. Outside of work, Alyssa loves spending time with her two dogs, Chewy & Barney. You will also find her frequenting the Austin hiking trails, cycling and pilates studios, as well as learning how to rock climb at the new climbing gyms around town.

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Newsletter Editor: Erin Echternach, RD, LD

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 Lockhart Independent School District as a menu planner, cafeteria supervisor, vendor operations facilitator, nutrition educator, and special diet accommodator. 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. Erin is originally from Redlands, California but has made Texas her home for over 6 years now. She enjoys cooking with friends, gardening, taking advantage of the local music shows, sampling local food and drink, playing on the greenbelt, and jogging around Lady Bird Lake.

Past executive Director: Kim Bandelier, MPH, RD, LD

Kim Bandelier is the System Director of Nutrition and Wellness for TouchPoint Support Service in Austin, TX. She manages inpatient clinical dietitians and nutrition technicians, and has responsibilities for the patient menus, regulatory compliance, and the diet office software used in Seton hospitals.  She is an experienced nutrition professional and is certified in adult weight management by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She has experience in obesity prevention and treatment, heart healthy nutrition and cardiac rehabilitation, work site wellness, public speaking, and from a personal perspective, child nutrition through experiences in feeding her own toddlers.

Kim graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University.  She then completed her dietetic internship and Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Health Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  She has worked as a private practice dietitian, subject matter expert and manager for the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention program for the Texas Department of State Health Services.  She has also been employed as a researcher and community specialist for the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Outside of work, Kim has been and continues to be an evidence analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, author of a nutrition column for the Cotton Electric Cooperative.  She has previously held leadership positions in the Austin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the State Regulatory Specialist for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and enjoys coaching pre-K soccer.

 

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