ATXRD Board Members2020-2021
Caroline Patrick, MS, RD, LD
I love working as a dietitian because we hold such a unique position to walk alongside people as they seek their own version of health. It’s challenging, but important work to help people heal or develop positive relationships with food and their bodies. In doing so, we provide people with more freedom to fully engage in their relationships, their careers, and their passions.
As Executive Director of this amazing community, I aspire to work with our dedicated board members to continue to provide programming that meets the needs of our members and their professional pursuits. I also aim to increase the diversity within our current and future community, amplifying the voices that we don’t often see within our field. Through education, discussion, and outreach, I believe we can start working towards an even more inclusive and diverse field of nutrition professionals in Austin.
Fun fact: I majored in Film & Television for 2 years with the intention of creating documentaries and/or editing films prior to switching to study Nutrition.
Lubna Qureshi, MDS, RDN, LD
Director of Member Engagement (ED-Elect)
I absolutely love being a dietitian and consider myself fortunate to help people make healthier and sustainable changes and improve their quality of life. Of course, there are challenges in the profession of dietetics but the rewards are never ending if the focus is on helping others. As RDs we, for sure, are making a difference.
Serving as the Director of Member Engagement of ATXRD, I want to reach out to our members to understand their needs, ideas and concerns so as a team we can serve them in the best possible way by providing the needed resources, programs and activities. Our growth is dependent on working with the members and, for the members, so communication is the key. I would also like to get in touch with non-member RDs in the area, to explore the possibility of sharing services and expertise.
I have been playing Dholki (Indian/Pakistani drum) since the age of 14 and can sing and play dozens of Bollywood tunes.
Marissa Albers, MPH, RD
Director of Continuing Education
I love being a registered dietitian because it transcends so many different fields! I love being able to combine my love for nutrition, agriculture, and public health into one profession. I am equally passionate about educating and enabling people to achieve healthy lifestyles through individualized counseling and environmental changes.
I believe CEUs are an opportunity to spark curiosity, inspire self-learning, and reignite passion within the field. As Director of Continuing Education, I aim to provide accessible learning opportunities that resonate with our members’ interests and inspire current and future registered dietitians to take their career one step further.
Fun Fact: My perfect morning is sipping a cup of coffee selling veggies at a local farmers market! I fell in love with small scale farming and food systems while studying horticulture at Texas A&M University where I ran the student-farm on campus, the Howdy Farm. It was there that I realized my passion for connecting people to their food source and learned that healthy food starts with healthy soil!
Angela Finn, MS, RD
Director of Communications
Marcie Kissko, RDN
Director of Administration
I love being an eating disorder dietitian because I get to help my clients get out of diet culture, build a healthy relationship with food and their body, and support them in living a full life, free of their eating disorder. I proudly practice from Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size paradigm. I love being a dietitian because the field of nutrition and health is so dynamic, that there is always more to learn and improve upon within my practice.
As director of administration, my goals are to keep everything organized and running smoothly behind the scenes of this great organization, and to make all RDNs/students feel welcome and find their foodie home away from home. I am excited to take on this new role!
I will be getting married in a couple months! I’m one of the many people who had to change their wedding plans because of COVID-19, and my fiance and I will go to the courthouse in a couple months to tie the knot. We’ve had to grieve the loss of our dream wedding, but we are so excited to get married! (and then to celebrate with friends and family once it’s safe.)
Erin Echternach, RD, LD
Director of Finance
I am passionate about all things food-growing, cooking, eating, etc.-so nutrition has been the perfect fit for me! I feel grateful to work in school nutrition because implementing early intervention through nutrition education and daily exposure while combating hunger in our community is incredibly rewarding. Being a part of ATXRD has also been inspiring and has contributed to my development as a registered dietitian. This year I hope to continue to contribute to the development of this awesome community as the Director of Finance by exploring ways to provide as much value as possible to our members through high quality guest speakers, scholarship opportunities, and more. On a lighter note, I am an avid true crime enthusiast and I will happily spend hours discussing cold cases and theories with anyone who is game.
Julia Lehle, RD, LD
Advisory Board Member
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 understanding 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 Advisory Board Member is to listen and support the ATXRD members and the ATXRD board. I am excited to be a part of a group of strong leaders that comprise 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 have climbed the Guadalupe Mountains to stand on top of Guadalupe Peak (the highest point in Texas, 8,749 feet). It was an amazing view and would recommend the hiking adventure to anyone!
Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD
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.
I’m so excited to be your Newsletter Editor this year! I love being an RD because I enjoy helping improve my patient’s lives with nutrition, as well as being on the cutting edge of food and nutrition trends. I hope to accomplish creating interesting, well-written newsletters for our members this year. A fun fact about me is that I met my husband by petting his (now our) dog at a bar on Rainey Street when I was visiting from Washington, D.C.
Wellness Symposium Co-chair
Wellness Symposium Co-chair
Student Liaison: Texas State University
Student Liaison: University of Texas
Student Liaison: University of Texas