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Health & Wellness Advisory Council Members

The Dairy MAX Health & Wellness Advisory Council includes thought leaders from across our region with a variety of expertise. The council members gain evidence-based information from dairy science to farm sustainability, and in turn, share their perspective and knowledge.

Roberta H. Anding, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., C.S.S.D.
A sports dietitian for Rice University Athletics, the Houston Texans and the Houston Astros, Ms. Anding has also taught at the Tulane Medical Center/Medical School, The University of Houston School of Nursing, Rice University, and Baylor College of Medicine.

Watch Anding talk about "Mind your Muscles with Dairy."

Karen Beathard, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Karen Beathard is an award-winning educator and expert in food service management, food safety and dietetic education. A senior lecturer in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University, she also manages the Didactic Program in Dietetics for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Amy Goodson

Amy Goodson, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., LD
Amy Goodson is the sports dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, and the Consulting Sports Dietitian for Texas Christian University Athletics, University of Texas at Arlington Athletics, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas Soccer Team and Jim McLean Golf School, where she works with amateur and professional golfers.

Laura Gruntmeir EdD
Dr. Laura Gruntmeir is a professor and division director of liberal studies, management sciences and agriculture at Redlands Community College. A certified family life educator with the National Council on Family Relations, she lives on a wheat and cattle farm with her two children.

Amy Goodson

Deana Hildebrand, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., S.N.S.
Deana Hildebrand is an associate professor and extension specialist focusing on maternal, child and family nutrition in the department of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences.

Letty Holmbo, M.S., R.D.
Letty Holmbo  is the owner, Balanced Living LLC, Nutrition Consulting and Marketing.  She has been a registered dietitian for more than 15 years, helping at-risk clients in the areas of obesity, diabetes, autism and gluten-free diets/food allergies. A former culinary dietitian for H-E-B.

Dr. Julie LaBarba, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Julie La Barba is a board certified pediatrician, health consultant, teaches for the University of Texas Health Science Center, professional volunteer and mother of four who has been a powerful advocate for public education and research on childhood obesity.

Mary Ann McCann
Mary Ann McCann holds a Bachelor of Science in home economics education from New Mexico State University and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. Her school nutrition career began in 1990 when she was hired as director of student nutrition for Taos Municipal Schools.

Tanya W Moseley, M.D.
Dr. Tanya Moseley is an associate professor of radiology, specializing in breast imaging for the past 15 years. She has always been involved with and has held several leadership positions within the medical community; she was most recently named the 2013-2016 American Roentgen Ray Society Section Chief of the Breast Section Case-Based Reviews.

Caroline Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Caroline Nelson has held positions in corporate wellness, sports nutrition, public health and private consulting. She has been employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for almost 20 years and is currently chief of nutrition and food services at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Philip Palmer, M.D.
Dr. Philip Palmer serves as clinical associate professor at the OU Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and part-time faculty member at OU Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Stephen Pont, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Stephen Pont is a general pediatrician and medical director for the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He is also the medical director for Austin Independent School District.

Shelley Rael, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Shelley Rael provides personalized nutrition advice for recreational athletes and busy professionals and is part time faculty at the University of New Mexico. She has practical personal experience in both areas: if you can’t find her riding her bike, you will probably see her running the trails and then cooking for her family.

Sonya Sloan, M.D.
Dr. Sonya M. Sloan is an orthopaedic surgeon, founder of two organizations, the African American Association of Christian Physicians and Motivating and Empowering Women to Excel.  She is also an active community speaker.

Deborah S Taylor, R.D., L.D., S.N.S.
Deborah S. Taylor has served as the director of school nutrition services in Shawnee, Okla., since 1992, where she oversees feeding healthy meals to 4,000 school children on seven campuses daily.

Lisa Colbert, R.D., L.D.
Lisa Colbert has worked for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Nutrition Services Department for 16 years. During that time, she has served in human resources and as the child nutrition education coordinator, and has been the assistant director of child nutrition since 2008. She loves her job in child nutrition and enjoys eating school lunch with the students whenever she can.

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