About Us

The First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FCAND) is a non-profit 501(c)6 association dedicated to advocating for nutrition and dietetic professionals. Our members are from the Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, and Union counties in Northeast Florida. FCAND is a district of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Our mission is to be an advocate for dietetics professionals and to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

FCAND is run and supported by its members. Board officers are elected annually through a member vote.

2020-2021 Officers


Alexia Lewis | President

It is time to bring excitement back to FCAND and we need our members to help us do this!

I hope to lead us into more CEU events and networking socials through an online platform - even after it is safe to meet again in person. This will bring more value to our members and enable us to offer CEUs to others.  

I hope to challenge us to adapt to the changing health and wellness landscape to remain competitive and respected. It is time to start learning from - and yes, partnering with - other health professionals including health coaches and those who took a non-RD path. If we do not change our approach, we are in danger of being left behind. I believe this is best done through marketing and building relationships, instead of legislation. 

Finally, I will work to enhance communication within our local organization with newsletters and emails as well as market to our local population about the unique value and skills that make RDs the best solution for their food and health problems.  


Shana Sumner | President-Elect

Shana Sumner, MS, RD, LD/N, CSG completed her undergraduate degree in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 2000.  While at UGA, Shana minored in French with a study abroad program in Provence where her love for France and all things French only intensified. Shana later completed her Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship at New York University and Bellevue Hospital in 2002. While in New York City, she worked as a renal dietitian and a long term care dietitian. Shana has served as a dietitian, food service manager, clinical nutrition manager and preceptor in NY, GA and FL. She recently earned her Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition Certification. 

Shana now resides in Saint Augustine and is the Clinical Nutrition Supervisor at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek as well as owner of Sumner Consulting. Shana's area of interest include gerontology, nutrition support, informatics, and mentoring.  When not working (haha), she is a foster momma who loves to laugh, learn, and serve her community.


 Irmatine Bealyer | Past President ex officio

Irmatine Bealyer, RDN, LDN, MHA, DHA is the most recent past president of FCAND, 2019-2020. 

In 1996 received  her Master in Health Administration at University of North Florida with an Executive Skills training with CEO at Specialty Hospital in the "Program Management of Excessive Obese Patients."

Bealyer received her doctorate degree 2011 at the University of Phoenix, dissertation in "A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Leadership Experiences of Registered Dietitians" in collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics's 2009 Leadership Academy as a researcher site.

Dr. Bealyer as been a Registered Dietitian for over 35 years and a Licensed Dietitian for near 30 years in the career areas of clinical nutrition in various hospitals of Alabama and Florida; adjunct instructor 7 years at Florida State College of Jacksonville and an area manager/Senior Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor for the past 18 years at the Florida Department of Health in Duval County where she serves at the Duval Regional Coordinator of the Florida Department of Health Pasco County Dietetic Internship. Public health programs included Director of the Community Cardiovascular Health Program-DOH; FINK Obesity Education Initiative for underserved populations with University of Florida; Cardiovascular Educator with YMCA, JWJ branch;WIC Talk radio host with WCGL 1360; HEALs Initiative with UF; among other grants and community initiatives.

Dr. Bealyer has participated in numerous quality improvement initiatives. She also has been awarded numerous awards and recognitions in her role in the participation and promoting best practices in clinical nutrition by The Joint Commission; Davis Productivity Award-State of Florida in public health BMI Index Study in Duval County public schools and numerous collaborative recognitions in the profession of dietetics.

 Dr. Bealyer is married and the mother of two grown children. The Author of 2018 book by Page Publishers " Managerial Skills for Public Health Clinicians"


Donna Toms Jones | Secretary

Donna has worked in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics for over 30 years.  She has spent her career working in private practice and academia and hopes to continue to pursue research and teaching in the future. She is a wife and mother to two grown children.

She is a past President, VP and Treasurer of our association. 


Sharon Lutheran |Treasurer

My goals are to be fiscally responsible, pay bills on time, and complete reports for FAND.  

I joined FCAND, previously JDA, in 1995 and have been active during this time in different positions, including President in 2007-2008.  

RDNs and NDTRs in Jacksonville have the opportunity to work together to create a new type of association that promotes food and nutrition expertise locally, diversity and inclusion, and food insecurity. 


Zhiping Yu | Treasurer-Elect 

Zhiping Yu, PhD, RDN, LDN is an Associate Professor and the Master Online Nutrition Program Director in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of North Florida. She received her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Pennsylvania State University and her bachelor and master’s degrees in Food Science in China. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Florida licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist.

Dr. Yu’s primary research interests are in prevention and treatment of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases such as eating disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. She is an active member in several scientific societies including Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition, Obesity Society, and North American Chinese Society for Nutrition. She also serves in a number of committee positions. 


Heather Borders | Member-At-Large 

Heather Borders is the founder and owner of Kailo Nutrition, a local private practice that provides counseling, culinary, and community programming. Heather leverages culinary nutrition through grocery store tours, cooking classes, and personal chef services as a way to help individuals prevent and reverse chronic disease. She is a second-career registered dietitian and is passionate about helping patients overcome the common challenges associated with implementing sustainable lifestyle changes so that they can taste life.

Heather has been a preceptor to dozens of interns over the last several years, allowing them to gain exposure to all entrepreneurial aspects of private practice as a culinary dietitian. As part of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Heather was chosen as the Small Business Leader of the Year for the South Council in 2019 and has served on the board for the South Council for the last 2 years.

Heather completed her Nutrition & Dietetics training at University of North Florida and Dietetic Internship with Wellness Workdays. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Daniyel Macomber | Member At Large

Daniyel Macomber MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES, CLC is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and her master’s degree from Florida State University. 

She began her career as clinical dietitian for Northeast Florida State Hospital and Putnam Community Medical Center. From 2005 – 2019, she served the community as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. In this position, Daniyel developed skills in the areas of chronic disease management, diabetes self-management, medical nutrition therapy, prenatal and postpartum nutrition, early childhood nutrition, and HIV nutrition. While serving in public health, she worked in a variety of programs to meet community needs including the Community Cardiovascular Health Program, Body and Soul Program, A New DEAL Diabetes Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Education Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the HIV program. Currently, she works with Ascension St. Vincent’s Diabetes Management program. 

In addition to her work experience, she has also served on the Florida Diabetes Alliance board of directors and assisted in the goal to bring quality diabetes education and care to all areas of the State of Florida.


Jamisha Leftwich | Nominating Committee Chairperson

Jamisha completed her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition at the University of North Florida. She has over seven years of experience in the clinical and community setting, including maternal, infant, and child health and nutrition. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor. Jamisha is currently the ISPP Coordinator at the University of North Florida where she helps coordinate the distance interns.

Jamisha has been involved with FCAND since becoming a dietitian, serving in the past as Nominating Committee chair and a Member at Large. She is excited to see FCAND continue to grow, has many ideas to recognize and show appreciation to the North Florida dietitians and diet techs, and hopes to initiate those ideas as a Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.

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