DDA Board of Directors
Jessica Roberts, MS, RDN
Jessica is a clinical Dietitian at Saint Anthony North. This is her fourth year on the board of directors. This year she is taking on the role of President. She completed her undergraduate degree at BYU, completed a distance internship in Colorado, and completed her Master's degree through Sage Colleges. She is very musical and plays the piano, organ and harp. Jessica has a golden retriever named Cosmo and loves the color pink.
Katie Painter, MS, RDN
Katie is the Clinical Nutrition Instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and a PRN Clinical Dietitian at The Medical Center of Aurora. This is her second year on the board of directors. This year she is taking on the role of President-Elect. Katie attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nutrition and Health Sciences. During this time, Katie also achieved a minor in Business Administration and a certificate in Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention. Katie completed her Dietetic Internship at Tri-County Health Department. Katie likes to travel and is a Colorado native. She enjoys spending time outside skiing in the winter and gardening in the summer.
Nominating Committee Chair
Catie Van Horn
Public Policy Chair
Shane Spritzer, MPH, RD, CNSC
Shane Spritzer is a Registered Dietitian working at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s & Rocky Mountain Hospital for children as well as Rose Medical Center. He completed both his undergraduate degree and dietetic internship through Metropolitan State University of Denver, and his Masters of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health from Colorado School of Public Health. His free time is usually spent cooking, listening to a podcast, watching TV, or seeing a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This is his third year on the board of directors, and he is excited to help strengthen Denver’s dietetic community.
Meeting Planning Committee
Meeting Planning Committee
Mary Kuester, RDN
Stephanie Neu, RDN
Stephanie Neu is a clinical Dietitian at The Medical Center of Aurora and is currently attending Colorado State University pursuing a Master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. This is her first year on the board of directors under the role of secretary. She completed her undergraduate degree and her Dietetic internship at MSU Denver. Stephanie enjoys traveling, especially internationally; is a Colorado native; and she’s a firm believer in “a cookie a day keeps the doctor away.”
Megan graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. At MSU Denver, she served as a board member of the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association. Megan plans to become a registered dietitian in the near future. Her previous experience working with eating disorders ignited her passion for helping patients with nutrition. Recently, she volunteered with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for its Denver walk. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading for her monthly book club, hiking, camping, and snowboarding. This is her first year on the DDA board and she is excited to connect with others in the Denver dietetic community.
Diet Tech Representative
Julie Morse, DTR
Julie Morse is a Dietetic Technician Registered at Rose Medical Center. This is her fourth year on the board of directors under the role of DTR representative. She completed her undergraduate degree at Johnson & Wales University. She volunteers at Brent’s Place cooking nutritious meals for the families of children with cancer. She enjoys the process of preparing the menus meeting the nutritional guidelines, such as gluten free and food allergies, provided to her by the staff at Brent’s Place. Julie recently got a new car, drove down pikes peak, and spent labor day in Angel Fire, NM.
Johnson and Wales Student Representatives
Race Shepherd is currently a Culinary Nutrition major at Johnson & Wales University - Denver. This is his second year on the board of directors as Johnson & Wales University Student Rep. He is the President of the JWU Mixed Martial Arts Club. Race is from Kansas City, Missouri, and hopes to be accepted to Kansas University's Dietetic Internship next fall.
Metropolitan State University of Denver Student Representatives
Rusul is a student at MSU Denver who is seeking a degree in nutrition and willing to get her masters degree. This is her first year on the board of directors under the role of MSU Student representative. Rusul is married and a mother of two children.
PR/Social Media Chair
Sara Scheler, RDN
Sara Scheler has been on the DDA board for 3 years now, serving as Social Media committee member and now chair. She completed her dietetic internship at Tri-County Health Department in Colorado and is now working full-time as a clinical Dietitian at Rose Medical Center, while finishing up her Master's Degree from CSU. Sara enjoys exercise, dinner parties, wine, food festivals and snowboarding. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
PR/Social Media Committee
Tessa Cushman is currently in her dietetic internship at Tri-County Health Department. This is her first year on the board of directors under the role of PR/Social Media Committee. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Tessa served AmeriCorps this past year with the Farm to School program teaching nutrition education in elementary schools. She loves playing volleyball (especially in Washington Park since moving here!). This is her first time living anywhere outside of Wisconsin!
PR/Social Media Committee
Speaker's Bureau Chair
Meghan Perkins, RDN
Meghan Perkins is currently serving her first year on the DDA Board as the Speaker’s Bureau Chair. She is also the registered dietitian at Project Angel Heart, a local non-profit that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. After earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. She then worked at a private practice in Phoenix, AZ for a few years before moving back to Colorado to be closer to family. Meghan, her husband Brad, and their dog Barney like to backpack and try new coffee shops around town. They recently moved to Denver’s Harvey Park neighborhood and are enjoying exploring the new-to-them area and figuring out how to grow a garden in their yard.
Nicole Bollinger, RDN
Nicole Bollinger is a clinical Dietitian at The Medical Center of Aurora. This is her first year on the board of directors under the role of Website Chair. She completed her undergraduate degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Nicole loves being active, especially outdoors. Her favorite hobbies include rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting/kayaking, and everything in between. Her favorite food is ice cream and she loves making new friends.
Christine is a Human Nutrition & Dietetics major at MSU Denver, graduating in May 2018. An avid cook since she was a teenager, she’s enjoyed sharing food and the health benefits of cooking and sharing meals with others for most of her life. Upon moving to Denver two years ago, she decided to make a career change, and pursue Nutrition to find a way to share the power of food with others. As the Coordinator for the Denver based co-op Walk2Connect, she organizes and leads food-focused walks, to educate her community on food and wellness. She also serves on the Board of the Auraria Campus Student Dietetics Association, where she enjoys connecting students to each other and to the world of Nutrition. After graduation, she looks forward to becoming a Registered Dietitian, and continuing to bring health and wellness to her neighbors in Denver.
Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian, finally! She loves working in all areas of nutrition, but really fell in love with her clinical rotation during her internship and is pursuing a path as a clinical dietitian. This is her third year on the board of directors under the role of Treasurer. Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree and her internship at MSU Denver. She loved it SO much. Stephanie loves being with her family, she is happiest when she is in the mountains and she is a people person, so she loves being with and working with people!
Fundraising Committee Chair