279 Reasons to Celebrate Registered Dietitians

  • RDN Day 2017

In light of National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day, we’d like to express our appreciation to all RDNs for their hard work and commitment to helping people make healthy food choices. We especially want to recognize the 17 RDNs on staff at Midwest Dairy who collectively have 279 years of professional experience! That is a lot of dairy-good expertise.

So, what does an RDN do every day? As it turns out, that is the beauty of the job. Being an RDN is far from boring, and can bring new challenges and experiences every day. When we asked our health and wellness RDNs to share an “action shot” photo and a statement describing why they enjoy their profession, we quickly learned that the passion behind their daily routine is the real gem to celebrate on this holiday.

Molly Pelzer, Rd, LD, FAND, Senior Vice President, Health and Wellness

Molly Pelzer

35 years of RD experience.

Why did you choose this photo?
I love this photo because it was taken with several members of my team. I love working with talented staff who are passionate about sharing the superior nutrition and unique health benefits of dairy!

Why do you love your profession?
While I love the science around nutrition, translating science into the art of eating healthfully to find solutions is exciting to me.

Julie Mattson Ostrow, MS, RD FAND, Vice President, Health and Wellness

Julie Mattson Ostrow

31 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
This is a social media picture from the 2014 Learning Connection Summit in Dallas, TX. The Summit focused on how healthy eating and physical activity leads to improved academic performance. I really enjoyed this event!

Why do you love your profession?
My dream job of being a dairy council dietitian came true. I love teaching people about healthy eating and how dairy can be a delicious and nutritious solution. It’s an honor and privilege to work on behalf of our dairy farmers.

Robin Brown, LD, RDN, Director, Health & Wellness

Robin Brown

11 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am giving a milk toast at the annual Illinois Academy of Family Physicians meeting. We have great support from IAFP and am often told that the milk toast is one of their favorite parts of the conference. It is mine, too!

Why do you love your profession?
I love being a RD because it is never boring!  There are so many different opportunities as a dietitian and you can work in so many different fields.  I love working for our dairy farmers and it has allowed me to explore other areas such as working with food banks and collegiate athletes.

Bridget Sheehan, MS, RD, LD, Director, Health & Wellness

Bridget Sheehan

11 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am leading a Fuel Up to Play 60 training event in St. Louis, Missouri. I love being a part of such a great youth health and wellness initiative.

Why do you love your profession?
Youth health and wellness is my professional passion and I am proud to work on behalf of dairy farmers who have been committed to this topic for more than 100 years. I’ve had the pleasure of being actively involved in local Fuel Up to Play 60 school engagement from the beginning. Whether leading large trainings or working one-on-one with incredible student leaders, I get to see Fuel Up to Play 60 up close and personal making a difference in communities across my state.

Beth Bruck-Upton, MA, RD, Director, Health & Wellness

Beth Bruck-Upton

14 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I was invited as a guest to the Read Across America week last March where I was able to weave in the National Nutrition Month theme. I enjoyed working with the kids!

Why do you love your profession?
I am extremely passionate about youth wellness. Getting kids excited about nutrition, excited about being active, all while having fun is one of the most rewarding parts of the work that I get to be a part of.

Stephanie Cundith, MS, RDN, LD, Nutrition Communications Manager

Stephanie Cundith

16 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am with anchor, Alyson Acklin, on the set of KAKE-TV in Wichita. I really enjoy these segments. 

Why do you love your profession?
I love my job. Not only is it fun, but it’s rewarding. To be able to communicate the importance of dairy’s role in supporting a healthy, active lifestyle while smiling and laughing… it doesn’t get any better than that!

Robyn Stuewe, MA, RDN, LD, CHES, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Robyn Stuewe

24 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am with KC Wolf at the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Summit. I enjoy being involved with such an amazing youth health and wellness program!

Why do you love your profession?
I love helping others build healthy habits!  I enjoy the opportunity to help schools turn their goal for healthier students into reality through Fuel Up to Play 60.  It is exciting to see students grow in their leadership skills as they work to make a healthy difference in their schools and communities.

Marley Sugar, RD, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Marley Sugar

10 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am giving diabetic diet education to a patient in Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed helping patients.

Why do you love your profession?

My career allows me to do work that has a positive impact on childhood obesity through programs like Fuel Up to Play 60!

Whitney Jerman, MS, RDN, LN, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Whitney Jerman

7 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
In this photo I am with anchors Kamie Roesler and Shawn Cable toasting dairy’s nutrition at KSFY in Sioux Falls, SD. I always enjoy working with them!

Why do you love your profession?
I love that my job includes not only food/nutrition, but also helping people understand where their food comes from. I’m lucky to work on behalf of dairy farmers and promote foods that I love and believe in!

Char Heer, RDN, LRD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Char Heer

35 years of RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I was awarded the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the North Dakota Dietetic Association – April 2011. I am very proud to be a Registered Dietitian especially now when more and more people are recognizing the registered dietitian as THE nutrition expert.

Why do you love your profession?
Working with the Midwest Dairy Council is so rewarding in that I get to share the great news about the health benefits of dairy and I get to represent the hard working and dedicated dairy farmers in sharing their story.

Lisa McCann, RD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Lisa McCann

31 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?

I am introducing Minnesota State Student Ambassador, Samira B. &  Student Scholarship winner, Luke H. at the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Summit. It was an honor to do this.

Why do you love your profession?
I love working with students promoting leadership , eating healthy, being active and having fun while learning ! I am always inspired to see how passionate and poised today’s youth can be!

Caryn Kusleika, RD, LMNT, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Caryn Kusleika

17 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am finishing an Ironman race, which I am passionate about. 

Why do you love your profession?
I love being a dietitian because I am also an athlete and I know that fueling with healthy foods, including dairy helps me feel amazing while training and during a race.

Ashley Anderson, RDN, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Ashley Anderson

15 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am with Dr. Blair Dean on Simon Brother’s Dairy farm in Conway, Arkansas. I really enjoyed this experience.

Why do you love your profession?
I LOVE food.  I love all aspects of food! From the dirt, to my plate and back to dirt, I love the science and art of it all! I’m blessed to have a job that allows me to connect consumers to nutrition and agriculture.

Alexandra Larson, MS, RDN, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Alexandra Larson

7 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am talking dairy nutrition for June Dairy Month at KARE 11. I enjoy being a part of these segments.

Why do you love your profession?
 I love the variety of careers available in the dietetic profession. There are so many areas within the food system that a registered dietitian can work in, and it is amazed at the impact that the profession makes on the health and wellness of Americans.

Jen Ransom, RD, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Jen Ransom

4 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am presenting at Fulton Elementary to celebrate their school receiving a School Nutrition Equipment Grant. I really enjoy being able to be involved with the schools.

Why do you love your profession?
I love my job and promoting youth wellness!  Students deserve to be as healthy as possible and I am so proud that I get to support and be part of that!

Jessica Mackey, MPH, RD, CSP, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Jessica Mackey

6 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I am with Fox 2 St. Louis anchor, Seth Lemon, discussing the power of dairy protein for breakfast. I enjoy being a part of these news segments.

Why do you love your profession?
Working as a dietitian on behalf of dairy farmers has always been my dream job. I am able to combine my education and experience to influence people to make healthy, sustainable changes to their diet while incorporating dairy nutrition.

Alyson Fendrick, RD, LD, Health & Wellness Program Manager

Alyson Fendrick

8 years RD experience

Why did you choose this photo?
I love inspiring others to incorporate dairy into their everyday lives through media campaigns with KCCI.

Why do you love your profession?
The best part about being an RD is that every day is different.  Our field is constantly changing bringing new adventures and challenges every day.

It is very clear that no two Midwest Dairy RDN’s days look alike, however they are all driven by a similar passion for working on behalf of dairy farmers and helping people by sharing their expertise in nutrition.

Thank you to all RDN’s and happy National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! We value the role you play in promoting wellness and the efforts you make to educate and inform patients, clients, students, co-workers and peers with science-based nutrition.

Posted On March 8th, 2017 by

About the Author:

Megan Sheets
Integrated Communications Program Manager and a huge fan of dairy foods. I'm a millennial who has jumped on the minimal living, clean eating wagon. I'm happy to be a part of the dynamic team that inspires the voice of Midwest Dairy's social channels. Will trade social media tips for free cheese. Motto: "Life is a journey, not a destination."

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