OUR TEAM

Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD

Sarah Winkler, MS, RD, LD

Executive Director

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

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

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

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, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC

Treasurer

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, MS, RD, LD

Secretary

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.

Kim Bandelier, MPH, RD, LD

Kim Bandelier, MPH, RD, LD

Past Executive Director Editor

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.