Leadership

2020-2021 DDA Governing Board

Sapna Punjabi-Gupta

Sapna Punjabi Gupta, MS, RDN, LD is a Culinary Wellness Expert, Registered Dietitian, Ayurvedic Practitioner and the creative force of beSPICED (www.bespiced.com). Her work has been featured in both national and international print media. Sapna's wellness workshops and cooking classes, now offered online, are hugely popular along with her vibrant YouTube channel that celebrates food, life and all things spice. Sapna’s one of a kind energy, her strong eastern roots and western dietetics expertise enables her to connect to her audience both in person and through a growing organic following on multiple social platforms.

Sapna has more than a decade of experience as a Clinical Dietitian with a focus in the areas of neonatal nutrition and women’s health. She is actively involved with the Academy and part of several dietetic practice groups. She has been the Texas state coordinator for VNDPG for 3 years and involved with other local dietetic networking groups. Sapna was born in India and is a first-generation immigrant. Her deep connection to her Indian roots has shaped her work and social activism. She is passionate about education and is an active board member at her kids local and district Parent Teacher Association. She and her husband with their two kids are proud Texans and have called Dallas their home for the last two decades. Her best way to relax is to cheer for both her kids on the tennis court or at home creating new recipes or products

Jordan Palmer

Jordan Palmer has served on Dallas Dietetic Alliance Governing Board since 2014 and has previously held positions as Website Manager, Annual Conference Chair, and Social Media Chair. She will be serving as this year’s President-Elect.
Jordan is currently the Dallas Account Executive for Option Care Health Infusion Specialties. She also provides nutrition services for two DFW hospice companies and American Health Assessments. Jordan’s previous experience includes 4 years as a Neuro Critical Care Clinician at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and 5 years with the Dallas WIC Program as a Clinic Supervisor/High-Risk Dietitian. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a B.S. in Dietetics and Institutional Administration and completed her internship with the Texas Department Health and Human Services. She is also a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Jordan and her husband reside in East Dallas along with their rescued dogs Phoebe and Maggie. In her spare time she enjoys taking fitness classes (especially boxing, she is even a certified boxing instructor!), running in her neighborhood, and walking her pups. She also likes live music, exploring new “hot spots” in Dallas and spending time with her family and friends.

Megan Norwood

Megan Norwood, MBA, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC is currently the Director of Food and Nutrition at Medical City Fort Worth. She has been a dietitian for over 12 years in various settings and has spent the last 5 years as a part of DDA with 4 serving in leadership roles. She is a runner and travels for races frequently. She is looking forward to help others in their leadership roles as the Past President.

Jennifer Piazza

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Kirsten Granberry

Kirsten Granberry is a community registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in diabetes care and education. She has worked with the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center at Juanita Craft Recreation Center providing diabetes education for the last 3 years. Previously, she has worked with children and families as a WIC nutritionist and as a Head Start nutrition specialist. Her passion is hunger alleviation, especially in South Dallas (#SouthDallasLove), and is actively involved in the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of nutrition and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at Abilene Christian University. She has three teenage children and enjoys supporting local farmer’s markets, gardening at Bonton Farms on any day of the week, taking walks in nature and meeting new people.

Yolanda Cepak

Yolanda Perez Cepak, MS, RDN, LD received her Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods from Texas State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship through the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, TX. Yolanda’s career passion has been to provide community nutrition. She has worked 20+ years for the City of Dallas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, where she provided nutrition education, group classes, and individual counseling. Additionally, she served as the WIC Wellness Coordinator and the Obesity Prevention Mini Grant Coordinator. She recently retired from the City of Dallas, but awaits her next nutrition adventure! Yolanda is a member of the Dallas Dietetic Alliance (DDA), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND). Yolanda has served DDA as Legislative Chair, Legislative Co-Chair, and Member of the Month Chair. She received the DDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and the DDA Outstanding Board Member Award in 2014. She resides in the DFW metroplex with her husband. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Additionally, she likes walking and trying out new recipes.

Brittney Gross

Brittney Gross has been a dietitian for about 1 year. She currently works as a consulting dietitian at several local hospitals. During her time as an intern at Baylor University Medical Center, she completed a research project looking at different modes of tube feeds and the effects on insulin utilization. This has led her to become more interested in the research side of things. While she is open to any new career opportunity, she is currently looking to gain experience in the research, food science, or sustainability areas. In her free time, she likes to try new foods, bake, and travel. She has been to 11 countries and hopes to increase that number soon.

Hadley Brown

Hadley Brown, RD, LD is a clinical dietitian with Medical City and a hospice dietitian working for Encompass Health. With a passion for nutrition support, Hadley’s currently preparing for the CNSC exam. Hadley keeps busy taking care of her sweet pup, Tuck, and playing with her niece and nephew. Hadley is very honored and excited to begin her first year in a leadership role with DDA serving as Annual Conference Co-chair!

Lisa Presley

Lisa Presley is a Bariatric Dietitian at Medical City Fort Worth with experience in Clinical Dietetics and Foodservice Management. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics. She has served in many leadership roles and has been recognized for all her hard work through this process. She was recognized by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the 2017 Outstanding Dietetic Student Award and Dallas Dietetics Alliance with the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Lisa is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Northeast Region), and Dallas Dietetics Alliance. She is serving as the upcoming Dallas Dietetic Alliance Annual Conference Co-Chair. Lisa is enjoying these experiences and getting to meet new professionals within the field of dietetics.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys watching Netflix, walking nature trails, and also enjoys baking and sharing the goodies with her family and friends.

Janice Scott

Janice Scott is a registered and licensed dietitian with an additional board certification in pediatric nutrition. She holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from Texas Woman’s University. Her experience in providing nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy spans over 30 years with a special emphasis in pediatrics. Her volunteer activities include local hunger initiatives and community nutrition education. Janice is an active member of the Dallas Dietetic Alliance, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has served on the executive committee of the Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy and the Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice groups. Janice is currently nominating chair for Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy. In her personal time, Janice loves to plan travel adventures. Her favorite in-country vacation spot is the Finger Lakes area in upstate New York, but she has been to Russia in 2007 and to Israel in 2010. Her trip to Israel was part of the People-to-People Ambassador program with a group of dietitians. We were favored to meet the directors of the Ben Gurion University school of nutrition; the Hebrew University nutrition program and had dinner with the president of the Israeli dietetic association, Naomi Trostler.

Dixya Bhattarai

Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RD/LD is a Culinary Dietitian behind Food, Pleasure, and Health (www.foodpleasureandhealth.com) and co-owns a retail market & culinary studio called The Table in Fort Worth (www.thetablemarket.com). She has several years of experience in clinical dietetics but her ultimate passion lies in the culinary world developing recipes, teaching cooking classes & culinary workshops. Dixya also teaches at Tarrant County Community College as an adjunct instructor.

Kira Miller

Kira Miller currently works in school nutrition as a Nutrition Coordinator for Southwest Foodservice Excellence within Grand Prairie ISD. She moved to the Dallas area from Washington late 2018 after earning her Master of Science in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology from Washington State University. Kira is currently working on starting her own private practice focusing on weight management through nutrition and exercise. Kira is also part of a local initiative, 24HourDallas, to promote the nighttime economy and its growth by creating a safer, more inclusive, vibrant night. Her favorite group to work with and be a part of is Pavé Group, which is a group dedicated to empowering women through connections and community development. With most of her life spent outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, Kira enjoys spending as much time as she can finding new places to explore.

Joanna Li

Joanna Li is a registered dietitian and a public health graduate student at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University and completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She spent most of her career in community nutrition, as a registered dietitian for the WIC program, providing nutrition counseling to pregnant women, their infants, and children, and for a state health department as a public health nutritionist. During her free time, you can find Joanna taking a group fitness class (yoga, barre or spin), testing out new recipes in the kitchen, or playing with her two cats!

Meagan Dzekunskas

Meagan Dzekunskas graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before working with ADM in Food Science Research and Development before graduating from the Baylor University Medical Center DI in Dallas. Meagan now works as a Clinical Dietitian for Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Meagan’s favorite aspects of her RD role are spending time with patients who are eager to learn and assuring people that they are worthy of a well-nourished, healthy life and educating them on how to achieve it.

Nora Moreno

Nora Moreno, MS, RD, LD is a corporate wellness dietitian and health coach in Dallas, She was a graduate of the Texas Womans University internship program and since then has worked with a variety of regional and national clients managing and executing their employee wellness programs. She is currently working as an onsite wellness coach for the hospitality industry. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Wellness Program Coordinator. Her professional passion is group lectures, and presenting to clients about how wellness and preventative interventions lead to a return on their investment. She is a Dallas native, and in her free time enjoys discovering local restaurants, volunteering with RST. ( Refugee Services of Texas) and as a former fitness instructor herself, she stays active trying new group classes and studios.

Florence Dontoh

Florence Dontoh, MPH, RD, LD is a consulting dietitian in long term care. She has experience in food service management, community nutrition, child health and maternal health nutrition education. She obtained a graduated degree at Oklahoma State University with a concentration in Rural Health, where she also completed her dietetic internship. Florence was born and raised in Italy; whose parents migrated from Ghana. Her passion for food and nutrition across different cultures sparked her interest to pursue dietetics. Florence is passionate about nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and maternal health. She spends her free time gardening, baking and developing new recipes.

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Successful governing bodies build trust, set standards, define and delegate. Dallas Dietetic Alliance’s leadership is comprised of a General Governing Board as well as an elected Executive Board. The aim is to govern the alliance and its membership with integrity and proudly represent the alliance in our community and to fellow professional peers.

The Governing Board takes charge of the strategic direction the alliance takes, regulates and establishes beneficial policies for the organization, and directs the alliance’s budgeting and finance activities.

Select members and students serve on the General Governing Board as well. They act as representatives for all alliance members and ensure that a variety of perspectives and viewpoints are included during important discussions and decisions.

Both parties work hand-in-hand to ensure members of the Dallas Dietetic Alliance are the leading source of food and nutrition services. We encourage you to become a member and get involved with the alliance’s governance on any level -- whether you’re interested in the latest trends and developments affecting the industry, shedding light on pressing professional issues, volunteering for a committee, or even running for a leadership position. The Dallas Dietetic Alliance awaits members with open ears and an open heart -- we want to know your ideas, concerns and issues.