Executive Committee

Executive Committee



Chris Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN

Dr. Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. In addition to her teaching and Chair responsibilities, she provides nutrition education and services to the athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in sports nutrition and is a preceptor for Dietetic Interns wishing to do a sports nutrition rotation. Chris served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Performance from June 2013-May 2016. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. She has presented many times to many different groups on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services on a budget, advocating for the critical need of sports dietitians in all college programs. She is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, published in September 2017. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport. She was the 2018 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN) Achievement Award recipient.

Past Chair

Jennifer Ketterly

Jennifer Ketterly MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Jen is a board certified sports dietitian, veteran practitioner, and consultant of the collegiate and professional sports nutrition, university health service, food and beverage industries. She is a founding principal of Performance 365, a sports nutrition consulting group working with athletes, team organizations, universities and aligned industry partners. She teaches sports nutrition at Benedictine University and regularly lectures on sports nutrition, foodservice operations, and clinical nutrition topics for a variety of classrooms and professionals.

Jen was the founding director of the sports nutrition departments at the University’s of Georgia and North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she established full time, integrated nutrition service lines into the sports medicine and athletic departments. In this role she provided nutrition support to a variety of teams and student-athletes, oversaw athletic food service operations, and developed benchmark staffing models as well as operating infrastructure. She began her career at the University of Connecticut coordinating nutrition and wellness services for campus and assisting with athletic care.

Jen received her undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and her master's degree from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in sports nutrition and wellness. A multisport athlete growing up, Jen played basketball while at Cornell and has coached women's basketball at the high school and AAU levels. Her kitchen has now become a fueling station for her daughter and she’s temporarily traded her golf swing for a baby swing!

Chair Elect


Elizabeth L. Abbey, PhD, RDN, CDN

Elizabeth “Beth” Abbey is an Associate Professor in the Health Sciences Department at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where she teaches courses in general nutrition, sports nutrition, health, and food policy. She has also provided nutrition education and consulting to Spokane-area collegiate athletes as well as ParaSport Spokane. Beth served on the SCAN Executive Committee as the SD-USA Subunit Director from 2016 – 2019 and has also been an editor and coordinator of SCAN’s sports nutrition fact sheets. She earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry from Whitworth University, an MA in Exercise Physiology from The College of St. Scholastica, a PhD in Nutrition for Sport and Chronic Disease at Virginia Tech, and completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Having grown up on a fifth-generation wheat farm, Beth has been involved in promoting sustainable local food systems and environmental stewardship through her work as a founding member of the Spokane Food Policy Council and the Creation Care Calling Community through Whitworth’s Office of Church Engagement. She has also served as a board member of Spokane County Girls on the Run and is a volunteer for the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant. A long-time runner, Beth ran cross country and track at Whitworth and has been an assistant coach for the Pirates. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Tim and two corgis, Bollo and Badger.


Kathleen Woolf, PhD, RD, FACSM 



Caroline A. Mandel, MS, RD, CSSD

Caroline Mandel is in her twentieth year as the Director of Performance Nutrition at the University of Michigan Athletic Department. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Caroline earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts where she was a Varsity swimmer. She completed dual Masters of Science degrees in Kinesiology and Public Health Nutrition from the University of Michigan. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. In addition to serving as the CPSDA Scholarship & Awards committee from 2012-2016, Caroline was elected in 2019 to the SCAN Executive Committee Board of Directors for a two-year term as Board Secretary. Before joining the Michigan Athletics Student Athlete Health and Welfare team, Caroline was a Nutrition Specialist in Preventive Cardiology, an outpatient clinic of the University of Michigan Health System. In addition to her work with the athletic department, she lectures on a variety of performance nutrition topics locally and nationally. Mandel was recognized for her achievements in sports and cardiovascular nutrition, becoming the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for 1994 and Dietitian of the Year for 1999. She was the 2014 CPSDA Service Award recipient. Caroline and her husband Scott live in Ann Arbor with their daughters Hailey and Leah.

Director of Communications

Cara Harbstreet

Cara Harbstreet, MS RD LD

Cara Harbstreet is a Kansas City based Registered Dietitian and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert. She obtained a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Southeast Missouri State University. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition at The University of Kansas Medical Center. Upon completion, Cara worked in community nutrition, corporate wellness, retail settings. She later worked with the Endocrinology Department of a regional pediatric medical center and provided inpatient and outpatient support to children and families in the largest non-surgical specialty area. In 2016, Cara founded her private practice and began focusing on sports nutrition, intuitive eating, and applying the Health At Every Size model for clients in the Kansas City area. Since then, she has expanded into virtual and telehealth services and serves as a consultant and nutrition communications expert. Cara is also an active volunteer in the dietetics field, serving as a multi-year Board Member for the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in addition to her role with SCAN.

Director of Cardiovascular Health Subunit


Geeta Sikand, MA, RDN, CDE, FNLA, CLS, FAND

Geeta Sikand is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Clinical Lipid Specialist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Fellow of the National Lipid Association and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms Sikand is Director of Nutrition at University of California Irvine Preventive Cardiology Program and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine.

Ms. Sikand is recipient of the 2019 Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2019 Excellence in Cardiovascular Practice Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, 2019 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year and Dolores Nyhus Memorial Award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy’s Asian Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics Member Interest Group and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Dietitians’ in Health Care Communities Practice Group. For her research on the effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy in dyslipidemia, she was the 2001 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics prestigious "Mary Huddleson Award” and the 1997 Excellence in Research Award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Ms. Sikand is a seminal author of the 2015 National Lipid Association Nutrition Recommendations for Dyslipidemia in “Recommendations for Patient Centered Management of Dyslipidemia.” Most recently she is the lead author of “Clinical and Cost Benefit of Medical Nutrition Therapy by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for Management of Dyslipidemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” published in Journal of Clinical Lipidology in October 2018.

Director of Sports Performance Subunit


Linda J. Boyer-Samuels, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

As a Consultant Sports Dietitian in Chicago, Linda works in multiple areas of sports dietetics. In private practice the past 12 years, Linda has specialized in nutrition/hydration for Ironman Triathletes. The past 5 years, she expanded her practice and now works with Professional Boxers. She was the sports dietitian for Andrzej Fonfara (retired) during his ascent up the WBC ranks from #22 to #2 in the World as a Light Heavyweight Boxer, and continues to work with fighters training with Sam Colonna and Virgil Hunter.

In the collegiate setting, Linda works in the Athletic Department at Northwestern University, consulting with student athletes.

In the sports science setting, Linda is a Consultant with GSSI (Gatorade Sports Science Institute), working on GSSI’s Sweat Test Team, where she tests/analyzes collegiate and professional sports teams across the nation. Also with GSSI, Linda works with athletes in the NBA’s G-League.

Mentoring has been an important part of Linda’s sports dietetics career and she has served in multiple positions with SCAN, including Project Manager for the Sports Fueling Project. As the new Director of Sports Performance, Linda’s vision is to develop enhanced sport specific education for sports RDs at all levels of experience, which will be led by expert mentors.

Linda attended Purdue University and graduated with a BS in Dietetics from Andrews University. Her MS in Dietetics was completed at Mount Mary University.

Linda enjoys cycling and pilates, and aspires to keep up with her springer spaniel, Coco-Monster.

Director of Wellness Nutrition Subunit

Mark S. Hoesten

Mark S. Hoesten, RD, LD, LDN

Mark in currently a wellness coach for Novant Health, Corporate Health and provides wellness coaching for a major government clients in North Carolina. Prior to becoming a wellness coach he specialized in preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation assisting patients manage heart disease and its associated comorbid conditions, obesity, diabetes, and weight management. At Novant Health, Heart & vascular institute he established and lead the bariatric surgery dietary team. At The Ohio State University he established the dietary component of the preventive cardiology program, and started the first dietary clinics for heart failure patients. Mark earned his degree in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, School of Nutrition, in Dallas Texas.

Director of Member Services


Michelle Rockwell, MS, RDN, CSSD

Michelle is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. She has served as an instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia since 2015. Michelle previously owned a private practice in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina where she consulted with athletes, teams, athletics programs, and industry clients throughout the U.S. She also worked with clients with disordered eating and eating disorders at all levels of care. Michelle and colleague Susan Kundrat MS, RDN, CSSD developed a preparation manual for the CSSD exam and taught a variety of related workshops nationally from 2008-2012. In summer 2019, Michelle completed a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech; her research involved a variety of studies examining vitamin D in health and human performance. She is currently pursuing research in vitamin D, omega-3 fats, and health services and preventive care. Michelle also earned MS and BS degrees from Virginia Tech where she was a Track & Field athlete. She completed her dietetics internship training at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

Delegate to Academy HOD

Lynn Cialdella Kam

Lynn Cialdella Kam, PhD, MA, MBA, RDN, CSSD, LD 

Lynn Cialdella Kam is a Research Dietitian, Warfighter Performance, at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) with a focus on optimizing performance readiness via nutrition. Prior to joining NHRC, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At CWRU, she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses including Sports Nutrition, Metabolic and Energy Dysregulation from Obesity to Anorexia, and Human Nutrition II. In addition, Dr. Kam mentored more than 40 students in sports nutrition research projects and was an author on over 20 research articles. She also counseled and educated athletes from the adolescent athlete to professional athlete in areas of swimming, dance, and running. In 2108-2020, she served as SCAN’s treasurer and is now serving as House of Delegate (HOD) representative for SCAN. She earned a PhD in Nutrition with minors in Exercise Physiology and Statistics at Oregon State University, a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at The University of Texas at Austin, a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is Certified Specialist Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Her hobbies include walking her dog, master swimming, and modern dance.

Director of Events


Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE, FAND

Roberta Anding, RD is the clinical and sports dietitian for the Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs team. She is an Assistant Professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Roberta is faculty at Rice University where she serves as the Sports Dietitian for the Rice Owls. She is currently the sports dietitian for the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros MLB franchise. She is the former sports dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise and the Houston Ballet.

Roberta has been honored with the SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice group) Achievement Award in 2011. She received the Texas Distinguished Dietitian Award in 2008, and the Texas Dietetic Association Media Award in 2006. For the past nine years, Roberta was Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson for Houston and remains active in the Houston and national media.

Roberta and her husband Bob have three children, Keith, Katie and Kevin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Louisiana State University. She holds advanced certifications as a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Leadership Development Director

Gretchen Fivecoat

Gretchen A. Fivecoat, MS, RD, CSSD

Gretchen is a US Air Force dietitian currently serving as the Director of Operations at the 382d Training Squadron located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Her assignments have included clinical dietetics, community, and health and wellness nutrition. She has led Nutritional Medicine Departments and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the theater dietitian for all US military and coalition forces. Additionally, she served as a technical school instructor where she built the consolidated Nutrition and Diet Therapy Program combining Air Force and Army technical training at the Department of Defense’s Medical Education and Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She has also worked in force management and leadership development while working as a personnelist managing five medical career fields. She went on to serve as interim commander at leading nine hospital departments and supporting hospital budget. She is a member of the Air Force Performance Working Group and is the lead for the Air Force Dietitian’s Mentoring Program.

Gretchen attended the University of Florida where she earned her BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition and went on to complete her internship at Murray State University, KY. She obtained her MS at Central Michigan University. Her professional interests and experience include operational and aircrew nutrition, sports nutrition, and professional mentoring.