Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN
Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN is Communications Manager, Social Marketing and Communications for FHI 360. She has over 15 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 current vice-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.
Ben Atkinson MS, RDN, CD
Ben Atkinson MS, RDN, CD works at the Auburn School District in Washington State as the Coordinator and Dietitian. He manages the food and nutrition management computer system, creates menus and special diets, and manages grant-funded projects. This position allows Ben to help shape the lives of young kids in his community, which is very motivating for him. Ben believes there are few things more gratifying than seeing a child start to try and like different foods. And using informatics practice to make that happen is something he also enjoys. Working with kitchen managers to show them how to forecast their purchasing and production levels so that there can be adequate food available, for example, is one way that informatics can help improve the school district's ability to provide tasty and healthful food to kids.
Ben has previously served in local, state and national positions to advocate for the dietetic profession and the public's health. This includes roles such as the President of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, President of the South Sound Dietetic Association (a small, regional group with Washington State), Chair of the Academy's Interoperability and Standards Committee, and an Advisory Board member for both Bastyr University and the University of Washington's dietetics and nutrition programs.
Leslye 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.