Recognize Your Peers! Member Spotlight

Kansas Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians do amazing things on a daily basis, so LET’S RECOGNIZE THEM!

  • Submit yourself or a peer to be featured on KSAND channels (website page, social media, and/or the newsletter)
  • Submissions accepted on an ongoing basis, with the expectation to post bi-weekly pending on the number of submissions.

If interested, submit now!

Congratulate Your Peers Now!

Look weekly at the newly recognized Kansas Nutrition Experts posted, and congratulate them for their ongoing amazing contributions to Kansas communities! Also, don’t forget to submit yourself and/or someone you learn or have learned from to also be recognized.

November 29th, 2023|

Steph Wagner, MS, RD

Co-founder, Bariatric Food Coach

Mission, KS

FNCE® KSAND Member Experience

What was your favorite FNCE session and why?

The Interstate Compacts session was great information and helped me understand what it is and how it works.

What session did you find to be the most applicable to you, based on your current position, and why? 

The session on Eating Disorders and Weight Management. This was put on by the Weight Management DPG and was a great way to bridge the divide between ‘anti-diet’ and treating the disease of obesity. It’s not an easy topic and I appreciate that they ‘went there’ with these groups. I work in bariatric surgery and obesity treatment but do want to see more eating disorder screening earlier in the process to surgical treatment.

How did attending FNCE help you become a ‘better’ food and nutrition health professional?

I always love the conference. It’s inspiring to see what colleagues are up to and remember why our job is so important in our communities. That puts energy back into my work.

Approximately how many years have you attended FNCE?

I have attended FNCE between two and five times.

If you have another session that you found to be very applicable to you, based on your current position, please share the session and why?

I enjoyed the session on AI and nutrition practice. It wasn’t as directly applicable as I thought, but inspiring to hear how Global RDs are using AI to find and treat malnutrition in third world countries. They also spoke to the concerning parts of AI and that we need to stay engaged so we can teach consumers how to identify correct and incorrect information.

Anne Hayse

October 4th, 2023|

Anne Hayse

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Olathe, Kansas

This person is being recognized because…

She has recently accomplishment becoming a Master Trainer Select through the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) Master Trainer Select Institute (of The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University) for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Short Bio…

Anne has been a Registered Dietitian in Kansas for the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment for the last fourteen years, with ten years in the WIC program focusing on prenatal nutrition and gestational diabetes.

Since 2019, she has been in the Community Health Division focusing on the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the Healthy Heart Ambassadors Program (HHA) and other community nutrition-related things that come my way.

Throughout this time, she has also been a preceptor for several local universities. Working with students, graduate students, and interns (which she loves). She finds herself fortunate to have met so many fabulous soon-to-be dietitians because every single one has ended up facilitating change in herself by teaching her something along the way!

Gabrielle Risley

March 3rd, 2023|

Gabrielle Risley

KSAND Treasurer

Topeka, Kansas

This person is being recognized because…

Gabrielle is a passionate and dedicated professional working to improve the health of all Kansans through food, nutrition and physical activity. She has also expanded her skills toolbox and has become a competitive designer. Please help me in congratulating Gabrielle for designing the winner KSAND Annual Conference logo for this term.

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