Healthy Dining Finder - Team of Nutritionists
 

Our Leadership Team

Our registered dietitians and nutritionists are working to help you make healthier choices at restaurants.


Anita Jones-Mueller, M.P.H.

President and Founder

Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, is president and founder of HEALTHY DINING. She is a nationally known public health nutrition expert and a market innovator, thought leader and strategist in the healthy eating landscape. As the dynamic leader of a mission that integrates the brainpower, artistry and passion of chefs, restaurateurs, registered dietitians, public health influencers, technology strategists, and communication and digital experts, Anita is actively creating a healthier America – in a delicious way, every day! Read More

 

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 by helping restaurant guests find the healthiest menu choices.  Read More

 

Nicole Ring, R.D.

Vice President of Nutrition Strategy

Nicole is a registered dietitian with more than twelve years’ experience working with hundreds of restaurant brands on “all things nutrition.” As Vice President of Nutrition Strategy at Healthy Dining, Nicole oversees all aspects of the company’s nutrition services portfolio, including menu labeling compliance, nutrient analysis, gluten and allergen identification, accuracy verification and analysis audits.  Read More

 

Frank Mueller

VP of Innovation and Technology Business

Frank is an engaging and inspiring leader accelerating the strategic development and growth of the “Powered by Healthy Dining” digital health solutions. From web, mobile and IoT, Frank’s role encompasses the customized integration and execution of Healthy Dining’s technologies for our stakeholder clients, spanning the restaurant, healthcare, wellness and wearable industries.  Read More

 

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

Director of Nutrition, Quality Assurance

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 Director of Nutrition, Quality Assurance. 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.  Read More

 

Ilana Lemberger, R.D.

Director of Nutrition, Project Management

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 Director of Nutrition, Project Management, 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. Read More

 

Blaire Newhard, MLA, RD

Culinary Dietitian

With a master’s degree in gastronomy and culinary arts from Boston University, Blaire brings to Healthy Dining a passion for food science and restaurant cuisine. As culinary dietitian, Blaire conducts nutrition analysis for restaurants and helps identify allergens as well as vegan and vegetarian items, to enable guests with individual needs dine with confidence. Blaire is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Research Chefs Association.  Read More

 

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 driving passion of Diana’s. Read More

 

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.  Read More

 

Mary Parsons, M.S, R.D.

Culinary Dietitian

With a passion for food and a background in nutrition research, Mary has a special talent for integrating the scientific and culinary aspects of nutrition. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego, Mary narrowed her focus and combined her interests to earn a master’s of science degree in dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University.  Read More

 

Nancy Snyder, M.S., R.D.

Culinary Dietitian | Research

Nancy has a master’s degree in nutritional science from San Diego State University, where she also completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). She is also a registered dietitian, and completed her dietetic internship through Utah State University. As culinary dietitian, Nancy works with restaurants and food manufacturers to execute nutrition analysis for menu items to help educate and promote healthier options to diners.  Read More

 

Dave Le Compte

Director of Technology

Dave is a driving force behind the "Powered by Healthy Dining" suite of technology solutions designed to help restaurants, health care, wellness companies and other organizations meet the demands of today's consumer. As Director of Technology, Dave works at a high level with internal and external stakeholders on business needs, strategy and implementation of technology solutions, as well as leading the development and creative design of all of Healthy Dining's assets and solutions.  Read More

 

Jatin Nahar, MS

Director of Mobile Technology

Jatin is a results-oriented technology industry leader bringing his vast experience in architecting and managing complex software and IT solutions to Healthy Dining. His expertise and energy is helping to drive the company's emerging technology for restaurants including mobile technology and API management. He has a strong background in the creation and management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams, mobile and software product development and building as well as sustaining customer relationships. Read More

 

Stephen Terrones

Developer

Stephen is an instrumental part of Healthy Dining’s technology team helping to bring the company’s industry solutions to life. With a background in video game programming, development and design, Stephen brings extensive experience in coding .net applications and is responsible for website prototyping and maintaining client and application databases while supporting the ever-growing technology team’s needs. Read More

 

Sara Lucero

Director of Content

Fascinated by nutrition and a lover of food, Sara is the Director of Content 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. Read More

 

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

Manager of Restaurant Partnerships

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 has committed herself to helping others live healthier and happier lives. She works closely with restaurants to spread awareness about their healthier options, enabling them to demonstrate their dedication to the health of their community through the food they serve. Read More

 

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

Director of Research, Project Management

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. As Director of Research, Anjali oversees grant management; project planning; implementation and evaluation; IRB proposals; and grant writing. Read More

 

Shawna McNally, MScPH, R.D.

Senior Research Manager

Shawna graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health, considered the premier training program for public health leaders in America. Before she received her Masters of Science degree at Harvard, Shawna completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Arizona State University. As Senior Research Manager for the Worksite Wellness Initiative, Shawna is oversees the research component of a groundbreaking worksite wellness program designed to support employers in introducing the HealthyDiningFinder.com resource to their employees.  Read More

 

Kristen Castillo

Marketing and Social Media Specialist

An accomplished writer, editor and TV producer, Kristen brings over 15 years media experience to her role as Marketing and Social Media Specialist at Healthy Dining. Whether she’s writing press releases or promoting Healthy Dining partners in the media, Kristen is proud to help diners find (and choose) healthy restaurant options. As a wife and mother of two, Kristen is passionate about encouraging a healthier generation. Kristen is actively involved in Healthy Dining’s Schoolicious program, for which she handles social media and writes content. Read More

 

Mariana Beleche, M.S.

Research Data Manager

As a research data manager for Healthy Dining, Mariana designs and maintains databases and performs data entry, verification, and organization. She also analyzes qualitative data, prepares research surveys and questionnaires, and conducts literature reviews. A Mexico-native, Mariana started her career in foods and nutrition when she became a food science technician at the age of 18 in her hometown of Tijuana.  Read More

 

Suzanne Baligad

Administrative Manager

Suzanne, Healthy Dining’s administrative manager, has a background in many aspects of business, including accounting, finance, business development, administrative, and customer service. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and in many industries, including the restaurant industry. Suzanne is a big asset to the company, using multiple skill sets to support the sales, marketing, and nutrition teams. She is excited to be part of a dynamic company where technology is playing a greater role in successfully carrying out its mission. Read More

 

JC Preciado

Accounting Manager

Healthy Dining’s Accounting Manager, JC Preciado, brings a wealth of financial and business experience to the team. With a bachelor of science in business administration from California State University Bakersfield and a background in bookkeeping, human resources and payroll, JC manages all facets of the day to day accounting operations.

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Bristy Zimmerman

Nutrition Assistant

Bristy Zimmerman has nearly a decade of experience in the food service industry. From a young age, she worked in restaurants. Now in her role as a nutrition assistant for Healthy Dining, Bristy assists the dietitians with various projects, from nutrient analysis to database organization. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from San Diego State University, where she also successfully completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Read More

 

Rebecca Brundidge

Marketing Intern

As a Healthy Dining intern, Rebecca Brundidge is responsible for research and writing blogs as well collecting nutritional analysis data. A recent graduate of University of California, Davis, where she majored in animal science and minored in nutrition science, Rebecca is passionate about nutrition. She plans to continue her studies by attending University of Georgia’s post-baccalaureate program in dietetics, with a goal of starting a master’s program in nutrition next year. Read More

 
 
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