About Us

The First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is run and supported by its members. Board officers are elected annually through a member vote. Our 2017-2018 Board and Committee Officers are:

Interim President:
Jill Snyder, MS, RD, LD/N


Treasurer: Lindsey Sowders, RD, LD/N

Lindsey currently works as a registered dietitian for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County with the WIC Program. She has been a dietitian for over 5 years. Her professional interests include working with the community to provide nutrition education services and improve health outcomes. Lindsey’s personal interests include reading novels, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to become more involved in FCAND. Thank you for your consideration.

Treasurer-Elect: Tyree Williams, MS, RD, LD/N
Tyree is a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at the Pearl WIC & Nutrition Services, Florida Department of Health in Duval County and a Clinical Dietitian at Lake City Medical Center in Lake City, FL. He is also an American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) nationally certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. Tyree has been a dietitian for 2 and a half years and is husband, a father of 3 and an avid weightlifter. He enjoys meeting new students and professionals and would like to serve on the nominating committee to recognize and show appreciation to his peers who are doing notable things in the field of nutrition and dietetics. 

Secretary: TBD

 Andrea Arikawa, PhD, RDN, LD/N
My name is Andrea Arikawa and I am an assistant professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida. I have a Master’s degree in Public Health and a PhD in Nutrition. I have been a dietitian for 20 years and most of this time I have been in Academia. My research focuses on lifestyle modification for disease prevention particularly as nutrition and physical activity relate to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. I am especially interested in prevention of obesity and cancer and in translating my research findings into dietetics practice. I would love to have the opportunity to serve my community by becoming a FCAND board member.

Jamisha Leftwich, MS, RD, LD/N
Jamisha completed her Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship from the University of North Florida in 2012. She currently works as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at the Florida Department of Health in Clay County WIC program. At Clay County WIC, Jamisha is the lead preceptor for UNF, UF, and Morrison interns. Jamisha finds it very important to teach and mentor future dietitians and help them understand the science behind their recommendations. Jamisha also works as an adjunct instructor at UNF teaching Basic Principles of Human Nutrition, Community Nutrition, and Research Science and Ethics. Jamisha is a contributing author to the Florida Times Union and 200 Surefire Ways to Eat Well and Feel Better. Jamisha is the past Nominating Committee chair and was awarded Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2014. She is excited to see FCAND grow and has many ideas to gain more membership which she hopes to explore as a Member at Large.

Nominating Committee: Corrie Labyak, PhD, RDN, LD/N

Dr. Corinne Labyak completed her PhD at the University of Florida and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her research interests include nutrition education, food neophobia and evaluating anthropometrics that identify children and adults at most risk in the development of cardiometabolic diseases. Her work experience over recent years has been with elementary and preschool children in various nutrition research interventions. She has extensive personal experience leading behavioral weight management groups including teaching families on nutrition topics, increasing physical activity and focusing on behavioral mechanisms i.e. self- monitoring and goal setting. As an Assistant Professor at UNF, she teaches a plethora of undergraduate and graduate courses and mentors students on proper research procedures. She currently serves as President of the First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FCAND), is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and has been an item writer for the national RD exam review.

Nominating Committee: Claudia Sealey-Potts, PhD, RD, LD/N

Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, a graduate of Auburn University, is a very active, dynamic and futuristic leader, researcher and educator in the field of dietetics. Professionally she has functioned in all areas of dietetics including, lead dietitian with responsibility for both clinical nutrition and food service systems and has worked extensively in community settings as a dietitian/nutrition educator. She has international professional practice experience as well as within the United States. She currently functions as the Dietetic Internship Director and Assistant Professor at University of North Florida where she has contributed significantly to obtaining the highest consecutive successful RD first-time pass rate with interns.

Nominating Committee:
 Alireza Jahan-mihan. PhD. RDN.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida. I have more than twenty years’ experience in research, food industry and in clinical practice as a dietitian. My solid academic background is in the field of nutrition. I completed my doctoral degree at the university of Toronto. I worked as a dietitian for more than twelve years in variety of settings including hospital, long-term care and my private nutrition clinic. My primary research focus is on the role of functional foods and their dietary bioactive components in health and diseases. The specific focus of my research is on physiological and nutritional functions of dietary proteins and peptides. Both animal and clinical approaches are applied to reveal underlying mechanisms of functional foods and also to examine the applicability of research outcomes.

Gina Ulery Information Systems: Gina (Ulery) Gunderson, MS, RD, LD/N
Gina is the Director of Operations for Professional Development Resources (PDR), a local non-profit organization that provides online continuing education courses for healthcare professionals. She has worked with PDR since graduating from the University of North Florida's Masters/Internship program in 2003. Gina has also filled various positions on the Board of Directors for the First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FCAND) over the years and, since 2006, has managed the FCAND website, emails, online servers and CE Broker reporting. She has also served as Nominating Committee, Co-Chair and on the Public Relations Committee for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). While not working directly as an RD, Gina stays tuned in to nutrition by remaining active with FCAND/FAND and seeking out evidence-based nutrition research for the purpose of developing online CPEU courses for her colleagues (www.pdresources.org).

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