VAND Board

Board Members      

President

2023-2024

 President@eatrightvt.org

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Joanne Heidkamp RDN

 

 

President-Elect 

AnnualMeeting@eatrightvt.org

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Past President


 

PolicyandProcedures@eatrightvt.org

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Bret Hermansky, MS, RDN, CD

Bret is a born and raised Vermonter and registered dietitian nutritionist. She received her Dietetics and Nutrition Food Science degree from UVM and completed her MS/DI program at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Bret works in outpatient nutrition counseling and has experience working with child and adolescent nutrition, athletes, weight management, disordered eating, and eating disorders. She enjoys applying evidenced-based practice in her nutrition therapy. She is working on becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) under the International Associated of Eating Disorders (IAEDP). Bret loves seeing her clients make tangible progress and watching their improved health change their lives. She takes pleasure in helpingher clients improve their quality of life through a healthier relationship with food.

Bret enjoys shopping for fresh food at the local farmer’s markets, and dining at Vermont’s many farm-to-table restaurants. In her spare time, she loves exploring her home state with her husband, including hiking in the Green Mountains, swimming at local swimming holes, and going on walks with their Great Pyrenees, Meera.


 

 

Secretary

Secretary@eatrightvt.org

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Cathy McIsaac, MS, RD CD

I’ve been a dietitian for more than 25 years, first as a Clinical Dietitian at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, and for the last 17 years at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Currently I am the Bionutrition Research Dietitian, supporting the nutrition component of research protocols at UVM. I continue to enjoy the dynamic environment of an academic medical center. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons: skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, walking, biking, and hiking.


 

 

 

Treasurer

 

Treasurer@eatrightvt.org

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Barbara Klick, MPH, RDN, CSOWM

Heather I am a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in obesity and weight management. I have specialized in weight management and bariatric surgery for over 20 years. I recently relocated to Vermont with my husband in March 2020. My area of expertise has been focused on weight management program operations; specifically, turning large bariatric programs into financially sound, evidence-based systems delivering exceptional quality outcomes. I hold a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire.


In my free time, I enjoy travelling, hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with my husband and our Black Labrador Retriever.

 

 

Delegate

Delegate@eatrightvt.org

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Desiree de Waal, MS, RD, CD, FAND

I am currently representing you as your Delegate. Please contact me with your ideas, concerns and issues related to our profession. I have also volunteered as secretary, reimbursement rep and various VAND Committees, including Fundraising and Annual Meeting Planning. At the national level I am a volunteer with the Evidence Analysis Library (Currently on MNT and hyperlipidemia; past projects included Sodium, MNT, Heart Failure). I also was a member of the Evidence Based Practice Committee, Managing Editor for Renal Nutrition Forum of the Renal Practice Group, and the Nutrition Care Manual as content editor.

I am currently working as a Renal Dietitian and Research Coordinator at UVMMC. I have published articles/book chapters on the value of MNT in CKD and for Kidney Stones. I was awarded 2013 VAND Dietitian of the Year Award. My personal interests include hiking, cycling, gardening, downhill skiing, photography, sewing and travel.  

 

 

 

Public Policy Coordinator 

PublicPolicy@eatrightvt.org

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Council of Professional Issues (CPI) Chair

CPI@eatrightvt.org 

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Samantha Shanks RD

 


 

 

CPI Chair Elect 

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State Policy Representative

StatePolicy@eatrightvt.org 

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Communications Chair

CommunicationsChair@eatrightvt.org

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Victoria Seaver, RDN

 

 

 

Website Administrator

Newsletter Editor

 

Website@eatrightvt.org

Newsletter@eatrightvt.org

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Victoria Seaver, MS, RD

Victoria Seaver is a registered dietitian and the Associate Editorial Director at EatingWell.com. She completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition, dietetics and food science and her masters degree and dietetic internship at the University of Vermont. In her work at EatingWell, Victoria covers content aimed at making healthy eating easier through meal prep, healthy grocery store finds and super-simple weeknight recipes. She writes a weekly dinner plan newsletter called ThePrep, and creates monthly videos for the Prep School video series. Victoria loves getting outside in Vermont, where she lives with her husband, David, and dog, Mookie, whether it's for a long walk, an afternoon skiing, gardening in the backyard or a day on beautiful Lake Champlain.

 

 

Nutrition Services Payment Specialist (NSPS)

Previously: Reimbursement Representative 

Reimbursement@eatrightvt.org 

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Member at Large

 

MemberAtLarge@eatrightvt.org

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Rebecca O'Reilly, MS, RD    

As a public health dietitian, Rebecca is the diabetes and cardiovascular disease lead for the Vermont Department of Health. Her work includes fostering numerous partnerships with healthcare providers, subject matter experts and health systems leaders to carry out the strategies for diabetes and CVD prevention and management set forth by the CDC. She is a past graduate and current preceptor for the UVM Master in Dietetics Program. She is active in many professional associations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the American Diabetes Association. In her free time, Rebecca is generally reading books, sipping wine, practicing hot yoga, and trying (usually failing) to keep up with her wonderfully active husband and two children.


 

 

 

Nominating Committee Chair

NominatingCommittee@eatrightvt.org

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Sarah Lange, MS, RD, LD

Sarah Lange is a clinical dietitian at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the Department of General Surgery and works primarily with bariatric surgery patients. She traveled to Colorado to run collegiately and completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and then returned to her home state to complete her master’s degree in Dietetics and her dietetic internship at the University of Vermont. Prior to obtaining her RD license, she worked in public health at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy implementing nutrition and physical activity interventions for children. Sarah also worked at Special Olympics Vermont while completing her master’s degree as the Health Programs Manager where she combined her passion for fitness and nutrition with her public health background to improve health outcomes for Vermonters with intellectual disabilities. Sarah believes that food should make you feel good and enjoys working with individuals to help them improve their relationship with food and their bodies and to discover how they can feel their best. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys bike riding through the hills of Vermont, running on trails, and skiing through the woods.

 

 

 

Nominating Committee Chair-elect

 

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Membership Committee Chair

 

 

Membership@eatrightvt.org

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Cathy McIsaac, MS, RD CD

I’ve been a dietitian for more than 25 years, first as a Clinical Dietitian at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, and for the last 17 years at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Currently I am the Bionutrition Research Dietitian, supporting the nutrition component of research protocols at UVM. I continue to enjoy the dynamic environment of an academic medical center. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons: skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, walking, biking, and hiking.

 

 

 

Fundraising/Academy Foundation Chair

FoundationChair@eatrightvt.org

Fundraising@eatrightvt.org

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Consumer Protection Coordinator

CPC@eatrightvt.org

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State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC)

 

SPRC@eatrightvt.org

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Student Liaison

 

StudentLiaison@eatrightvt.org

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Liz Cartensen

 

 

 

 

State Policy Representative

 

SPR@eatrightvt.org

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