Welcome from the 2017-2018 NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board

NOBIDAN has a new Executive Committee Board for the 2016-2017 year.  Want to learn more about your board members? Read the information below:

NOBIDAN Chairperson:
Rojean Weaver, MS, RD, LD

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.

NOBIDAN Chair - Elect
Rojean Williams, MS, RD, LDN
Ms. Williams has been an advocate for healthy living for more than 32 years. She is currently serves as the Allied 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 at Lake Side Medical Center, located in Belle Glade, FL.

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 Immediate-Past Chair:

Helen Jackson, PhD, RD, LD/N 

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.  


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. She currently works for Compass Groups, Chartwell's Higher Education Sector as an Assistant Director of Dining Services/ Dietitian. She specializes in food and cultural studies, where she looks at the intersection of traditional foods and globalization on indigenous groups. Koran is the newly elected 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] .

Lucy Balogun, MPA, RD, LD

Lucy Balogun is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs. Her formal education was obtained from Purdue University and Indiana University and interned at the University of California hospitals and clinics. She has been working in the field of nutrition for over 20 years and worked with a variety of clients, providing nutrition information to children and adults. Her current emphasis is child nutrition, working at the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division as a Grants Program Consultant. She travels the state working with school nutrition program directors, managers and food service assistants on program regulatory and compliance issues. Her volunteer activities include 2016- 2017 Diversity Chair for Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was selected this year by Purdue University as one of the 110 Diamonds of the Department, as a celebration of the Nutrition Department’s 110th year in education of students.

Nominating Committee Chair:

Shawnda Warren Coates, MS, RD, LDN

Mrs. Coates graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics from Bennett College, Greensboro, NC. After graduating and working in the area of Food Service Management, Mrs. Coates completed a Master of Science Degree from NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Foods and Nutrition and she completed a Dietetic Internship at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  Over the past 20 years as a Registered Dietitian, she has worked primarily in the areas of clinical nutrition, food service administration and education. Currently, she is a Renal Dietitian with the Wake Forest Outpatient Dialysis Centers and is an Adjunct Professor at NC Agricultural & State University in the Food and Nutrition Department.  Mrs. Coates is dedicated to the success of educating her patients and students in the area of nutrition. She is an active listener and open minded to the stress of today’s environment and the American lifestyle. She also understands the structure of delegating responsibilities in order to successfully complete the task at hand. In today’s ever changing world, she is open and willing to learning new processes with new responsibilities.

Nominating Committee Members:

June Thompson


Camille Range