A Welcome from the 2017-2018 NOBIDAN Committee Chairs:

NOBIDAN have ten different Committees that are looking for volunteers to join.  Want to know more about our Committees and Committee Chairs?  Read the information below:
Membership Committee
The Membership Committee develops and implements a recruitment plan which will encourage member participation within and outside of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NOBIDAN..
KeyVion Jones - Membership Committee Chair


KeyVion Jones graduated from Keiser University in Lakeland, FL with a B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition in 2015. She currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at one of the top Hospitals in Florida. Currently on the clinical side of dietetics and nutrition KeyVion has a true passion for nutrition education in the community (specifically that of minorities). Prior to beginning school to become a Dietitian she volunteered and served as an intern at Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. in Orlando, FL helping with nutrition classes for Project Oasis, The Grand Re-opening of a grocery store in a food desert as well as advertising. Needless to say she is just getting started and has plans for greater things! She is very happy to serve in this position as Membership chair for NOBIDAN and believes that together we can make an impact in the community. KeyVion is an active and financial member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Feel free to contact at [email protected]
Social Media Committee
Manages social media contacts with the membership of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin including webinars.
Marsha Sommervil, MA, RD, CDN - Media Liaison CommitteeChair

Marsha Sommervil , MA, RD, CDN is a NYC based Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors in Hispanic Languages and Literature. Marsha also gradated from Lehman College with a Masters in Health Education and Promotion. Marsha loves combining a passion for food, nutrition and culture and shows this through her work on her blog SalutNutrition. When she's not working, she's exploring the world through photography, reading, and watching movies. 

Communication Committee
Provide timely and comprehensive information to NOBIDAN members about programs, workshops, upcoming meetings, activities, governmental issues, and other matters of interest via chapter publications.
Koran Watson MS, RDN, LDN - Communication Chair-  

Find out more about Koran in the EC Board section of the NOBIDAN website under secretary

Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee serves a liaison to the Academy and the MIG by tracking current nutrition-related issues that affect our members and the public.  We encourages members to attend the Public Policy Workshop sponsored by the Academy in Washington D.C. or local and state affiliates.

Franciel Dawes, MS, RDN, LD - Public Policy Committee Chair

Franciel Dawes is an emerging leader in her local community with a mission and message that ‘Nutrition Services are for Everyone’, no exclusions apply. Putting her passion for food and nutrition policy to work on a daily basis, she analyzes and advocates both for federal and local policies that reach traditionally underserved populations. She worked alongside DC City Council Staff as they drafted legislation to establish healthier nutrition standards in DC government buildings and childcare settings. She also manages faith-based nutrition education and wellness activities for Advocates for Better Children’s Diets (ABCD) a community nutrition organization focused on nutrition education and coalition building in Washington, DC.  

Her personal venture Better Nutrition, Better You, LLC. educates, encourages, and empowers clients with nutrition knowledge and skills to make healthful decision and lead prosperous lives. She provides nutrition services to those who traditionally couldn’t afford them.  She received her BS in Food Science and Technology and BS in Nutrition Science from Texas A&M University, and her MS and RD from Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She served as a research assistant at the Dietary Assessment Unit at The USDA – Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center. Her latest research, Healthier side dishes at restaurants: an analysis of children’s perspectives, menu content, and energy impacts, was published in July 2014.

Franciel Dawes MS, RDN, LD,  Policy and Advocacy Leader, NOBIDAN - Please contact me if you have any policy questions, I am happy to be your resource – [email protected] 

Mentoring Committee
The Mentoring Committee develops a list of mentors in each state/area and encourages networking and collaboration within NOBIDAN.  The Committee is starting to formalizing plans to establish a NOBIDAN  Mentoring Program and work with the NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board to contact Schools, Programs and Students, members of NOBIDAN Communication Committee.


Scholarships Committee
The Scholarship Committee assist with the selection of scholarships to NOBIDAN students and also assist with the NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board by obtaining sponsors for NOBIDAN Scholarships.
Helen Jackson, PhD, RD, LD/N - Scholarships Committee Chair

Dr. Helen Jackson retired as the Director of the Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DCHD) on May 1, 2013.  She provided administrative oversight and implementation of the comprehensive countywide nutrition and chronic disease prevention objectives, monitoring the health status of citizens, setting nutrition policy, development and implementation of prevention programs to bring the message of good health to citizens in Duval County.  She is also served as the DCHD Minority Health Liaison responsible for building and sustaining collaborative partnerships in the community to address these issues and achievement of various Healthy People 2020 Nutrition and Chronic Disease Objectives.

Her primary professional focus is on the reduction of health disparities in local public health systems and the community.   She has been working with nutrition and chronic disease related practices affecting the health status of varying population groups since 1976.  Dr. Jackson has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of North Florida and at Wayne State University.  She has been Co-Principal Investigator for several community-based initiatives.  Her previous work experience includes Director of Community Health Services, Healthy Start Coordinator, Administrative Dietitian at Northeast Florida State Hospital, and Director of WIC and Nutrition Services for the City of Detroit.  Dr. Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  She has been married to Joseph Jackson for over 29 years.

Dr. Jackson is the CEO & Founding President of the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc. The 501 c3 non-profit Foundation addresses equity in health, education and economic development.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Minority AIDS Coalition, American Cancer Society, and Nemours Bright Star’s Advisory Board.  She also has served as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Florida Stroke Primordial and Prevention Committee and the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Weight in Women Task Force.  She previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association - Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI President), also President of the Jacksonville Chapters of the National Congress of Black Women and National Coalition of 100 Black Women.  Dr. Jackson is co-host of the weekly radio talk show, “Community Network” connecting citizens to community resource in the areas of health, education, economic development, cultural diversity appreciation, community services, and volunteer opportunities.

She received her Master in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University, Master of Public Administration degree from University of North Florida, Doctorate in Public Administration from Kennedy Western University and Master in Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center.  Reverend Doctor Helen Jackson is pastor of Prince Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach. Florida.  
Professional Development Committee
Set procedures, as well as, advising in providing technically sound and proficient educational courses and programs that enhances NOBIDAN members professional knowledge at each career stage, through; technical information exchange, facilitation of research opportunities and encouraging diversity in professional development.
Bridget Harvey Elliott, MS, RD - Professional Development Chair


Research Committee
The Research Committee serves as a liaison between the Academy and the Member's Interest Group (MIG) to track, report or disseminate pertinent information that affects the  NOBIDAN membership or the public.  We assist with recruiting NOBIDAN members to submit abstracts, and poster sessions to FNCE.

Jill White, EdD, RD, LDN - Research Committee Chair


Jill White, EdD, RD, LDN  is Associate Professor and Chair of Nutrition Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago.  She was a Pediatric Dietitian at the University of Chicago Hospitals for 13 years and a CDE.   She formerly directed the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Dominican with an emphasis on Cultural Diversity in Child Nutrition. She also Administrates  Dominican's Head Start Nutrition Education grant with the City of Chicago, which serves over 17,000 Head Start families. Her research has focused on increasing diversity in Dietetics.

Newsletter Committee
The Newsletter Committee submits articles such as current events, research article topics, recognition articles and important information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NOBIDAN for the quarterly NOBIDAN Newsletter.

Lori Porter, MBA, RD, CAE - Newsletter Editor

Lori Porter MBA, RD, CAE
Lori has a unique background as a registered dietitian and health care association management professional. She is currently the Principal Consultant for LAHP Consulting, an education management consultancy firm specializing in the development, delivery and management of professional development programs and initiatives for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and physicians and related organizations.

Previous roles included serving as the Program Director, Professional Standards at the American Board of Medical Specialties; Director, Content Development for the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and the Director, Practice for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lori has also worked in clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a creative and collaborative professional with experience leading and managing strategic initiatives and projects related to nutrition, health care, professional development, accreditation, and certification for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and physician leaders of healthcare associations and organizations. Areas of interests include health and wellness, diabetes, obesity, weight management, metabolic syndrome, women’s health, and cardiovascular disease. 

Lori received her BS degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University, an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  Lori is an EdD Candidate (ABD) in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University (NCU); her dissertation focuses on interprofessional education in health professions. Lori also has interest in healthcare teams and leadership in health care. 
Awards and honors include: Association Professional Achievement Award, 2007, Association Forum of Chicagoland; United States Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Organizational Management Graduate (IOM), 2007; American Society of Association Executives, Diversity Executive Leadership Program, 2005-2006; Association Forum of Chicagoland, Workforce Diversity Scholar, 2003-2004

Website:  http://www.lahpconsulting.com/
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lahprd

Website/Webinar Committee
The Website/Webinar Committee are involved with corrections, updates and improvements for the NOBIDAN website.  The committee also assist with the Website/Webinar Committee Chair in the NOBIDAN webinar presentations. 

Auburn Sweet - Webmaster Chair

Auburn Sweet is a recent Honor graduate of the CUNY and enthusiastic about everything in the Food and Nutrition field! Auburn has a deep passion for nutrition science, education, policy, and public health. Currently involved in local community nutrition education projects while learning and gaining as much experience as possible in the field! Feel free to contact @ [email protected]