Erin Echternach, RD, LD
Executive DirectorErin 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 8 years now. Erin and her husband reside with their son, dog, cat, and chickens in Manchaca. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time in the yard.
Julia Lehle, RD, LD
Director of Member Engagement (Executive Director Elect)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 Pflugerville
Independent School District’s Food Service Department as the Food Production Manager and the
district’s Registered Dietitian. Julia loves that her work as a dietitian in school food service is ensuring
that kids and teens are provided healthy meals daily! 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. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing with your two adorable
Sarajane Morris RD, LD
Director of Continuing EducationSarajane 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.
Liz Brown, MS, RD, LD
Director of CommunicationsLiz Brown is a licensed and registered dietitian. She works as a part-time contract clinical dietitian in a mental health setting. Liz moved to Austin from Nebraska where she graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science degree in Community Nutrition & Health Promotion with a minor in Educational Psychology. She completed the distance dietetic internship through Iowa State University. In her free time, Liz loves to walk or hike with her dog, Perla, volunteer at Austin Pets Alive!, and cook.
Rebecca Romohr, RDN, LD
SecretaryRebecca Romohr is a licensed and registered dietitian. She works as a Director of Clinical Operations for Healthcare Services Group, a contract company that provides Food Service and Clinical Nutrition to long-term care centers nationwide. She currently supports and manages a team of 10 to 15 dietitians, providing clinical services around Central and South Texas.
Rebecca attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where she obtained her undergraduate degree and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Before her current role, Rebecca worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) supporting health promotion and youth development projects, with an emphasis on nutrition. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience in multiple nutrition settings, including clinical, public health, food service, and animal nutrition. Rebecca is passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with food and achieve healthier lifestyles.
Rebecca is a born and raised Austinite! In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the Austin food scene.
Caroline Patrick MS, RD, LD
TreasurerCaroline 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, Caroline 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, Carolineloves checking out Austin’s food scene and exploring new trails to hike.
Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD
Website Editor / Advisory Board Member (Past Executive Director)
Sarah Winkler is a registered and licensed dietitian, specializing in food service management and child nutrition. Sarah works for Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE), a K-12 food service company. She is currently based in Lockhart Independent School District as a cafeteria supervisor, menu planner, and operations leader. Sarah’s passion is to utilize her culinary knowledge and dietetic expertise to innovate consumer nutrition and foods. Sarah completed the dietetic internship at Texas State University while earning a master’s degree in Human Nutrition. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Nutritional Sciences. Geaux Tigers! She is native to Louisiana but is a born-again Texan. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outdoors and riding her bike with her husband and dog.
Social ChairSydney Benator is currently completing her dietetic internship at UT Austin through their Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Sydney moved to Austin to receive her undergraduate degree in nutrition at UT. She first discovered nutrition’s significant impact on well-being in high school when she saw a Dietitian to help her meet her needs as a competitive cross-country runner. Sydney went on to intern for a private practice in Atlanta, which gave her exposure to a variety of nutrition areas including eating disorders, wellness, food allergies, and athletics. After more internships, leadership in the Texas Nutrition student organization, and an experience eating her way through Sicily for the Nutrition Study Abroad, Sydney’s deep passion for food and nutrition was set in stone. Although Sydney is unsure exactly what she will be doing after her internship this fall, she is excited to stay in Austin and continue exploring everything it has to offer. When not participating in dietetic related activities Sydney can be found running on Austin trails, taste testing chocolate chip cookies, taking cooking classes, and sitting in coffee shops with a good book.
Lubna Qureshi, MDS, RDN, LD
Wellness Symposium Co-chairLubna Qureshi is a licensed and registered dietitian. She works as an adjunct faculty and teaches
Nutrition to undergraduate students at the Art Institute of Austin. Lubna completed her dual
degree in BSc and Masters in Dietetic Studies within the coordinated program at the University
of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. As a dietitian she decided to pursue a career to
educate others the science of health promotion and disease prevention. She is an advocate of
lifelong learning and loves exploring various fields in dietetics, academia, clinical and
community settings. Lubna is passionate to help her students achieve and maintain healthy eating
habits using a non-diet approach. Lubna has experience in inpatient and outpatient clinical
settings, inmate menu planning and community education.
Lubna loves traveling and as a retired Air-Force wife has had the privilege to travel and explore
the cultures and cuisines of many countries around the globe. In her free time, she enjoys
developing healthful recipes, volunteering at the Volunteers Health Clinic, hiking, and spending
time with family and friends.
Newsletter EditorA dog lovin’, coffee drinkin’, pastry bakin’ Texan, originally from Dallas, but keeping Austin weird since 2012. Becca graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in the Spring of 2016 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics. After graduating, she worked in multiple health and nutrition-related settings including the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Austin ISD, and Woven Health Clinic. Then she started her Dietetic Internship at UT in the Fall of 2017 completing her clinical experiences at Austin Heart Hospital, Texas Neuro Rehab Center, the Eating Recovery Center, and Dell Children’s Dialysis Center; food service experiences at the Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB); community nutrition experiences at Brighter Bites, HEB, and the CTFB. She looks forward to the future and where it may take her.
Melinda H. Nguyen, MS, RD
Media ChairMelinda 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.
Kaylee Tremelling, MCN, RDN/LD
Nominations ChairKaylee 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.
Student Liaison: Texas State UniversityKaylyn Vite is an Undergraduate student at Texas State University, San Marcos, and is currently in her
Junior year. After completing her undergrad, she will be continuing her education by getting her
Master’s degree before applying for her Dietetic Internship. During the school year she works as an
Undergraduate Assistant in the Nutrition Department, and in the future, she hopes to work clinically for
several years before diving into private practice. Due to her diagnosis of Celiac Disease, she has a special
interest in working with those who have autoimmune disorders. In her free time she enjoys reading,
painting, hiking, and cuddling with her dog.
Student Liaison: University of TexasMorgan Bily is a Coordinated Program in Dietetics student at the University of Texas. She is excited to spend her senior year both finishing up her undergraduate coursework, as well as being in clinicals. Morgan fell in love with Nutrition in 7th grade biology. She vividly remembers reading the chapter on the digestive system and could not put the textbook down! From then, the spark spiraled into a passion. She has worked for AISD as a Nutrition and Food Services Intern, as well as the Therapeutic Nutrition Sales Operations Intern for Abbott. Morgan welcomes new experiences with the dietetic internship. If she is not on campus or working, she is probably outside! Morgan loves staying active and going on spontaneous adventures. Lastly, she is passionate about her faith. She leads a bible study and co-hosts a book club-wine night to enrich her understanding of the Gospel. Morgan is excited to be apart of the ATXRD Community!