Kitty Broihier, MS, RD, LD
A registered dietitian, Kitty is a food and nutrition communications professional with a focus on written communications. She works with food companies, public relations firms and trade associations in a variety of capacities, including writing for food product and food technology issues, as well as health and wellness.
Kitty’s work also includes recipe development and menu consultation, web content writing, product development consultation and serving on scientific advisory groups. She has authored several cookbooks, written many freelance magazine articles, and contributes to several blogs. Kitty is also an adjunct instructor in nutrition at Southern Maine Community College.
Kitty entered the world of publishing as an editorial staff member at Good Housekeeping magazine. She also worked in public relations for an international food company prior to becoming a consultant.
How does Kitty Connect Nutrition in her life?
As a single mom of two teenagers, Kitty considers learning to cook for themselves (and do laundry) to be required life skills that must be mastered before young adults can be let loose into society! Cooking classes for friends and their children have been known to spontaneously generate in her kitchen.
Diane Quagliani, MBA, RD, LDN
Diane is a registered dietitian and a successful food and nutrition communications consultant specializing in the written word for consumer and health professional audiences. She has developed numerous nutrition articles, web content, toolkits, handouts, presentations and media materials on behalf of food industry clients. She’s also a skilled project manager, speaker and media spokesperson.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Diane worked for a global public relations firm. Diane is a past Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) national media spokesperson and co-author of AND’s 2012 practice paper on Communicating Accurate Food and Nutrition Information.
How does Diane Connect Nutrition in her life?
Diane fell in love with food and nutrition during her first after-school job as a grocery cashier. Today, she enjoys cooking Italian-inspired meals, dining at great restaurants, vegetable gardening and, yes, grocery shopping for nutritious foods. She’s an avid collector of wholesome and healthful recipes and is often found paging through her 300-volume cookbook collection. When she’s not busy in the kitchen, Diane is probably power walking, strength training or striking a yoga pose.
Cheryl Toner, MS, RD
A registered dietitian, Cheryl is a strategist, facilitator, and writer for organizations that focus on food, health, and wellness. Cheryl specializes in facilitating dialogue, building partnerships, formulating strategy around nutrition policy and practice issues, and developing communications for the science and health professional communities. She also has extensive experience in nutrition education, media training for experts, and public speaking.
Cheryl recently completed a fellowship with the National Cancer Institute, and prior to consulting worked with the International Food Information Council (IFIC). Cheryl is actively involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, currently serving as the Member Services Director for the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group.
How does Cheryl Connect Nutrition in her life?
As the mother of two daughters, Cheryl makes family meals a priority and a celebration, whether cooking in the kitchen or over a camp fire, or relaxing in a favorite restaurant. She believes that fitness is a family and a community affair. So she runs with a pack—of women, that is—before the break of dawn or her children’s eyelids open. She also enjoys outdoor adventures and everyday play time with her family and friends.
Ruth Carey, RD, CSSD, LD
Ruth is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant specializing in sports nutrition, general fitness, and weight control. Throughout her career, she has worked with kids and adults in her private practice and in her work teaching nutrition in the Oregon public school system. Ruth is skilled in conveying ever-changing nutrition science into friendly, practical, easy to follow messages.
Ruth writes for national magazines and is an experienced media spokesperson, garnering local and national placements in her work with food companies. A Board Certified Sports Science Dietitian, Ruth was the sports nutritionist for the Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball team for 13 seasons, consults for the Portland Timbers MLS soccer team, Portland State University athletics, and Lewis and Clark College.
How does Ruth Connect Nutrition in her life?
Ruth’s interest in nutrition began as an athletic teenager who liked to cook healthy food and wanted to combat a family history of obesity. Ruth’s two grown children both enjoy gardening and growing healthy food… just like their mother!
Sandy is a senior public relations consultant and media relations specialist with extensive experience in consumer and healthcare marketing. Sandy started her career in public relations at several global firms on behalf of food and pharmaceutical clients before taking management positions on the corporate-side of the business for these industries. Sandy’s expertise is in health, fitness and nutrition media relations and strategy has generated countless placements in publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend and USA Today.
How does Sandy Connect Nutrition in her life?
Sandy is a determined runner who has completed the NY Marathon and biathlons. One of her favorite ways to train is chasing her son down the streets of Manhattan as he rides his scooter. She is getting ready to prepare for her next challenge—a triathlon.
Michele Tuttle, MPH, RD
A registered dietitian and a seasoned nutrition and food communications consultant, Michele’s primary areas of expertise include focus group moderating and meeting facilitation. Michele conducts qualitative research with health professionals and consumers to test educational materials and to explore message concepts about food, nutrition and health. She has also developed award-winning educational materials, programs and presentations.
Michele’s clients include the grocery industry, leading food companies, and public relations firms. She has worked closely with government agencies, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations. Large and small clients alike find her expertise, guidance and creativity to be invaluable.
How does Michele Connect Nutrition in her life?
Michele trains and competes as a masters triathlete. She has competed on the national level and will be a member of Team USA at the ITU World Championships in London 2013. In addition, she coaches other triathletes in swimming, frequently providing nutrition guidance so that they can also perform at their highest levels.