Healthy Dining Finder - Restaurant Nutrition and Menu Information

Anita Jones-Mueller, M.P.H.

President and Founder

Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, is a nationally known public health nutrition expert and is the president and founder of Healthy Dining. As the dynamic leader of a mission that integrates the brainpower, artistry and passion of chefs, restaurateurs, registered dietitians, master’s level public health influencers, PhD researchers, communication strategists, digital experts and a board of directors, Anita is actively creating a healthier America – in a delicious way, every day. For more than twenty years, Anita has led Healthy Dining from a Southern California focus to a nationwide enterprise, now the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative.

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Erica Bohm, M.S.

VP and Director of Strategic Partnerships

Erica has been passionately introducing consumers, restaurants, health professionals, employers, and others to the benefits of Healthy Dining since 1993. With her leadership and keen ability to forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, she is a valuable asset to the company’s continuous growth and mission to create a healthier America. She also regularly contributes as a spokesperson for the company, helping to spread the word about HealthyDiningFinder.com and its unique status as a one-of-its-kind, online nutrition resource.

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Nicole Ring, R.D.

Director of Nutrition

Nicole is a registered dietitian with over ten years’ experience working with hundreds of restaurants to create and offer healthier choices. As director of nutrition, Nicole oversees all aspects of the company’s nutrient services portfolio, including nutrient analysis, gluten and allergen identification, accuracy verification and analysis audits.  Nicole also helps with the development of Healthy Dining’s nutrition-related marketing tools and resources and offer participating restaurants unique, creative opportunities to benefit from their participation in Healthy Dining. With her nutrition expertise and marketing skills, Nicole plays a valuable role in bringing Americans one step closer to achieving their nutrition goals.

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Andrew Packer, M.A.

Director of Operations

As Healthy Dining’s director of operations, Andrew works with all departments within Healthy Dining, assuring systems integrity and the uninterrupted performance of HealthyDiningFinder.com. Andrew focuses on quality control to ensure that each piece of Healthy Dining, from nutrition analysis applications, to office systems, marketing agendas, technology development, research studies, data integrity and client management, is optimized and running smoothly so that Healthy Dining can consistently provide the highest value to its visitors, clients and partners. 

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Esther Hill, Ph.D.

Director of Research

One of the founders of Healthy Dining, Esther is the principal investigator on Healthy Dining’s research studies, including projects with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Health Services. Esther earned a master’s of science degree in bioradiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in biomathematics from Loma Linda University.

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Lauren Rezende, M.P.H., R.D.

Quality Assurance Manager

With a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in foods and nutrition from San Diego State University, Lauren brings knowledge and expertise in her role as quality assurance manager. Lauren reviews nutrition analyses for thousands of menu items from the diverse roster of Healthy Dining’s participating restaurants and also oversees allergen and gluten identification projects. Additionally, she plays a key role in the validation and verification process for the Kids LiveWell Program, working with Healthy Dining’s culinary dietitians to continually add a wide variety of children’s menu choices that meet nutritional criteria.

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Ilana Lemberger, R.D.

Nutrition Project Manager | Culinary Dietitian

Ilana works closely with restaurants across the country to help them meet the growing demand for nutrition information and healthier choices. In her role as culinary dietitian, Ilana provides nutrition analysis of restaurant menu items while offering guidance to help restaurants reduce the amount of fat, calories and sodium in their food.

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Diana Wiggins, R.D.

Culinary Dietitian

Diana has over 30 years of experience in food service consulting, computerized food management software development, institutional menu planning, recipe nutritional analysis, extensive food service preparation, and conducting instructional healthy cooking and nutrition classes. Providing nutritional consultation with an emphasis on diabetes education has been a passion of Diana’s, and she is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ practice groups for Diabetes Care and Education, Weight Management, and Nutrition Education for the Public.

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Rachael Derr, R.D.

Culinary Dietitian

Rachael has worked in several facets of the restaurant industry, from research and development for Jack in the Box to menu planning for Meals on Wheels. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

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Rachel Rothman, M.S., R.D.

Culinary Dietitian

With nearly seven years of nutrition-related food industry experience, Rachel offers Healthy Dining’s restaurant partners the highest level of expertise in nutrition analysis, accuracy validation, food regulations and menu labeling guidance. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in food science and technology from the University of California at Davis, followed by a master’s degree in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

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Kathleen Papandrea, R.D.

Culinary Dietitian

Kathleen began her professional career after graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Witnessing the rise of obesity, she realized an education in exercise and fitness was only part of the solution, so Kathleen went on to complete an additional bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Empowered with knowledge in both fields, she has a stronger foundation for educating others about the connection between health, fitness, and food.

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Amber Caswell, M.P.H., R.D., C.L.E.

Restaurant Partnership Manager

Equipped with a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University, a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from San Diego State University, and extensive experience working with Feeding America and WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Amber is committed to helping others live healthier and happier lives.

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Amanda Hibshman, R.D.

Web Manager | Culinary Dietitian

Being the web manager for Healthy Dining is a great way to blend Amanda’s technical skills with her passion for eating healthy and knowledge of dietetics. From formatting pictures and publishing restaurant data to writing blogs and managing newsletters, Amanda is an integral part of the web/marketing team and is responsible for overseeing the Healthy Dining Finder website.

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Deborah Shaw Lawrence

Director of PR & Branding

Deborah brings her award-winning media, public relations and branding savvy to Healthy Dining to build upon our successs and spread the word about the Healthy Dining story. She daily shares how Healthy Dining’s passionate leadership and important resources for consumers and the restaurant industry contribute to a healthier America.

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Neil Fennessey

Director of Technology

As Healthy Dining’s director of technology, Neil is the wizard behind the curtain who ensures the smooth operations and information flow on HealthyDiningFinder.com. As a key advisor on the design and delivery of content for Healthy Dining’s website, he also takes on the role of webmaster and technical troubleshooter. Neil’s knowledge and expertise are invaluable to the continuous development and success of HealthyDiningFinder.com as well as maintaining the site’s status as the premier restaurant search engine identifying healthier choices.

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Sara Lucero

Manager of Communications

Fascinated by nutrition and a lover of food, Sara is the manager of communications for Healthy Dining. She manages both internal and external communications for Healthy Dining, handling a variety of projects that include writing, branding, social media, administration and the continued outreach to Healthy Dining visitors and fans, making sure everyone receives the nutrition information and insights needed.

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Dave Le Compte

Creative Designer

Dave, a lover of pizza and health-inspired graphic design, is the creative designer for Healthy Dining. His imaginative proficiency can be seen throughout this beautiful website, newsletters, and collateral items.

Dave studied cartoon and graphic art (comic books) at the Joe Kubert School, completing a program in IT technology & multi-media.  He has more than 10 years of experience in creative design for print and web. Dave came to Healthy Dining in search of a company with a health-conscious direction.

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Anjali Patel, M.P.H., R.D.

Manager of Research

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Anjali brings extensive education and experience to Healthy Dining: a bachelor’s degree in life sciences research from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; a second bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food from Ryerson University in Toronto; and finally, a master of public health degree in community nutrition from the University of Toronto. <br />

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Nancy Snyder, M.S.

Research and Communications Coordinator

Nancy graduated from San Diego State University, where she received her master’s degree in nutrition and completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). She is currently pursuing a dietetic internship through Utah State University’s distance program to become a registered dietitian.

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