Executive Committee

Pellechia__Kathleen.pngKathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN


Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN is Communications Manager, Social Marketing and Communication for FHI 360. She has over 17 years of experience in public health and nutrition, primarily on a nutrition education and training project of the national office of the WIC Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has managed federal, state, and local nutrition and health communications initiatives – with a strong emphasis on women’s health.

She is the past chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee, past chair of the Consumer Informatics Workgroup, and a member of the NCPT Advisory Workgroup for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also the current delegate and past chair of the Women’s Health Dietetic (WH) Practice Group. Kathleen is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a MS in Health Informatics from Northeastern University.

Kathleen’s thoughts on nutrition informatics and dietetic practice: The fusion of technology and nutrition is my area of interest, yet my passion lies in doing work that helps others. I don’t think I could work in nutrition informatics if I didn’t work in a public health setting. I love engaging in dialogue with content experts and IT staff to identify and implement innovative and cost-effective solutions for gathering, curating, and disseminating, data and information that aims to improve policies and practices for nutrition in our communities.


Hicks_Clare.jpgClare Hicks, RDN


Clare Hicks, RDN is an Associate Product Manager at Intellihealth, a company focused on the medical management of obesity. Previous work includes seven years at The CBORD Group in Product Management and Software Implementation, as well as six years of clinical practice at Adventist Health. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her dietetic internship at California State University, Fresno. In 2018 she completed the AMIA 10x10 course at UT Health, focused on healthcare interface design and usability.

Clare spent the last 3 years as a member of the Nutrition Informatics Committee. Areas of interest include accessibility, privacy, human-computer interaction, and design.


Manta_ChristineChristine Manta, RD


I lead research for the Elektra Labs Atlas platform, which facilitates evaluation and deployment of connected technologies for remote data capture in research and clinical care. At Elektra, I lead strategy and operations for sourcing evidence to support that connected technologies are trustworthy and fit-for-purpose. I believe quality nutrition care is fundamental to improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. Understanding the landscape of emerging digital medicine products will be essential for dietitians working in health-related fields in the coming decade Prior to joining Elektra, I supported the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)’s systematic review of feasibility studies using mobile technologies in clinical research. I’ve worked on research teams at Christiana Care’s Value Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), covering a range of focus areas including health services research and malnutrition. There, I led research and evaluation projects across a variety of implementation science and patient safety initiatives, publishing several papers as first author. I am a Registered Dietitian with a master’s in nutrition from University of Pittsburgh and have worked clinically in acute and long term care settings.


Rauth__Leslye.pngLeslye Rauth, MPH, RDN, CDE, FAND


Leslye Rauth, MPH, RDN, CDE, FAND is a Clinical Informaticist, currently working with the Indian Health Services of the Great Plains on several projects related to nutrition documentation to improve data quality and patient outcomes. Leslye obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed an AP4 dietetic internship at the University of South Dakota, and received a master’s in public health degree in 2012. She is actively involved with the Dietetic Practice Groups (DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Leslye has served in several elected and appointed board positions including past treasurer, nominating committee chair and professional development chair for the Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG. She is a long-time member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently involved with the formation of the Academy’s new Nutrition Informatics’ DPG.



Leadership Team