Welcome from the 2018-2019

 NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board



NOBIDAN has a new Executive Committee Board for the 2018-2019 year.  Want to learn more about your board members? Read the information below:

NOBIDAN Chairperson
 

Rojean Williams, MS, RD, LDN
 

 

Rojean Williams has been an advocate for healthy living for more than 33 years. She is currently serves as the Associated Health Program Specialist and was the former Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager and Registered Dietitian at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She has been responsible of developing Health and Wellness /Patient Education initiatives for veterans and their families for decades. In addition, Ms. Williams enjoys spending time with her sister Roniece Weaver Executive Director for Hebni Nutrition Consultants Inc., Orlando, FL (Twin Registered Dietitians) as they both develop and implement wellness programs throughout the state of Florida. She intermittently works part-time as a Registered Dietitian in Palm Beach County.

Rojean gives back to the community by offering her services to those that want to make a difference in their health. She offers educational seminars from Palm Beach to Miami Dade County to and provides clinical services through Palm Beach County Health Care District. She co-authored a book with Roniece titled” Family Style Soul Food Cooking” sponsored by the American Diabetes Association 2007. In addition, Rojean lead a community project - Culturally Sensitive Wellness Challenge, published in the “The Internet Journal of Health”. Jan. 2009. Ms. Williams is a native Floridian and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Florida. She also has a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University, Miami Florida. She is an active member of The Miami Chapter of Girlfriends Incorporated and the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links Incorporated.

NOBIDAN Chair - Elect

Alison Brown, PhD, RD

 

  Alison Brown, MS, PhD is a public health professional passionate about addressing diet-related, racial/ethnic health disparities not only through research, but also through policy, advocacy, and grassroots community organizing. She is a graduate of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy where her research explored the ethnic heterogeneity of the U.S. Black population and how this diversity relates to hypertension risk and diet quality.  She previously served as an American Society for Nutrition 2017-18 Science Policy Fellow and the Board Chair for a start-up, food co-op grocery store in a community of color in Boston. Dr. Brown will be a 2018-19 AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at NIH’s NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences Prevention and Population Science Program. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Dr. Brown attended Spelman College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University. 

    

NOBIDAN Immediate-Past Chair

 Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD

Roniece Weaver is famous for her cookbooks, nutrition classes, and co-hosting the very popular cooking show “Health and Fitness Now” on the Vision Network and PBS, she’s known for bringing out the best in you with simple, easy to follow tips and tricks for a guaranteed new you. Ms. Weaver, received her Bachelor of Science in Food Science/Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Saint Francis. She is also a Registered Dietician (RD) and Licensed Dietician (LD) in the state of Florida.

She is the Executive Director and founding partner of Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. Her company is widely known for the development of the original Soul Food Pyramid and the Soul Food Plate; a culturally sensitive food guide nutrition tool. Hebni’s programs, educational tools, and diabetes cookbooks have been featured by the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today, Newsweek, Today’s Dietician, CNN, and televised on shows such as "On The Menu” and "Woman's Today". One article focused on a Hebni’s program participant, who lost more than forty pounds and greatly reduced her blood sugar levels through Hebni’s Take Charge” program. She and her partner are responsible for nutritional analysis, taste testing, and promotion of both books. In addition, she provides educational seminars to many health care organizations across the country.  Ms. Weaver and her partners provided an integral part to the development of a state of the art Nutrition Resource Center in Downtown Orlando, which houses 4 commercial kitchens to serve as learning labs for wellness. This new facility has brought much notoriety to the health industry in bringing health messages to underserved populations in a different delivery mode.  In 2014 Ms. Weaver launched the first Mobile Farmers Market on a city bus.  This innovative project is called The Fresh Stop Bus.

Recently, Ms. Weaver (Roniece Weaver and Associates, Inc.) was selected to participate in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” at the White House and was requested to provide health initiatives for school aged children. She and her team developed the “Healthy 4 Kids Cookbook” which aligns school recipes with the Let’s Move Initiative for the United States Department of Agriculture/ Food and Nutrition Services (USDA/FNS). Currently she is contracted with FNS/USDA to revise up to 200 recipes for school food service national database of recipes.  She is responsible for implementing taste profiles, chef development and guidance to new recipe ingredients, and modernized procedures that provide healthier nutrition labeling for fat, salt, and sugar requirements.

She keeps a busy schedule lecturing nationally and instructing locally on various nutrition topics and current health issues related to food and nutrition. Additionally, she served on the National Board for the American Diabetes Association(ADA);  National Advocacy Committee for ADA, Past-Trustee for Health Central Hospital, and West Orange County District, Board Member for Florida Hospital  Community Health Impact Council, and Board of Directors for the Central Florida Partnership in Health Disparities.

Her many contributions have been recognized by receipt of the President's Award from the National Medical Association Auxillary, The African American Chamber, and the Presidents Award for Alum of the year from the President of The University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois.

 

    

Secretary


Koran Watson MS, RDN, LDN

Koran Watson has been a Registered Dietitian since 2015 and is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a B.S. degrees in Dietetics and Masters in Nutrition from Marywood University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Marywood University, in Scranton, PA. As a former recipient of the Academy of Dietetics NOBIDAN Scholarship and the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetic Student Award 2014-2015, Koran has gone on to work in various areas of nutrition including: Community Nutrition and Policy, and Food System Management Higher education. She currently works for Aramark, as a Food Service Manager/Dietitian covering K-12 grade. She specializes in food and cultural studies, where she looks at the intersection of traditional foods and globalization on indigenous groups. Koran is in her second year as the NOBIDAN secretary and enjoys working to make NOBIDAN a leading source for information on African American nutrition and health. You can contact her at [email protected].
 

 


Treasurer: 

 KeyVion Miller, RDN

 

KeyVion Miller  has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at one of the top Hospitals in Florida for 3 years before just recently transferring to a outpatient weight loss program. During her time in the clinical setting she lead and developed an event called "Eating Healthy During the Holidays", educating nursing staff on the role of nutrition in acute care. She also to the lead in planning National Nutrition Month events at the hospital.  KeyVion is excited the community side of nutrition and has set her goal to help people achieve healthier eating habits. She has taken on a new role as Chair of Programs with the Central Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 2018-2019. In this role, she is in charge of planning community services and National Nutrition Month events. KeyVion was the  NOBIDAN Membership Chair May 2015 - May 2018 and has transitioned as Treasurer. Keyvion is dedicated to the tasks at hand and is looking forward to continuing to serve NOBIDAN. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]

 

 Nominating Committee Chair:


June Thompson, MS, RD, LDN, FAND

 

June M. Thompson MS., RDN, FAND has been a NOBIDAN member for the past 7 years, having served on the nominating committee during the 2017 term and enjoyed participating in numerous other past events at FNCE.  Currently employed as a Renal Dietitian, Mrs. Thompson is a past President of the North Carolina Counsel of Renal Nutrition, and was voted Dietitian of the year in 1998.  June Thompson is very involved both with her career and with the community as well, seeing Dietetics as not just a job, but a ministry.  To her, Dietetics isn’t just some person coming into a medical facility for a dialysis treatment or other medical service, or to receive some paperwork on a “proper diet,” but is instead a total and overall “getting to know you’ experience with clients where their lives are needing a change and that change cannot be administered without a one on one personal understanding, and a sort of communal “family” relationship. In her personal life, Mrs. Thompson has been has been married to her husband, Tony Lee Thompson for 36 years, and they are the proud parents of two adult children Kenya Danielle and Tony Lee II.       


Nominating Committee Members:


     Marjuyua Lartey, PhD, MS, RD

Patricia Lynch, PhD, RD, LDN

Stephanie Marshall MS, RD, LDN

Cicely Thomas, MED, RD, LD