Member Spotlight

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Sherene C

Sherene Chou, MS, RD

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Jackie N

Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN
Brooklyn, New York-based plant-forward culinary nutritionist 

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Melisa Karabeyoglu, M.S., R.D.

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Manju Karkare, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND
VN DPG Social Media Chair

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Manju has a private practice offering personalized nutritional coaching focused on integrative and functional nutrition and weight management. Her cultural competency is a key part of her individualized service and draws from years of experience in a variety of dietetics fields.

Most recently Manju served as the Academy’s Treasurer, NC Affiliate’s Public Policy Coordinator. She has served at local and state levels as well as a member of the Academy’s Diversity Committee and Finance and Audit Committee. Manju was awarded one of the four national Diversity Leaders (2012) and received the North Carolina Affiliate’s Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award(2018).



Madhu Gadia, M.S., R.D., CDE
VN DPG Member

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Madhu’s passion is Indian cuisine and nutrition. Her goal is to demystify Indian cuisine and teach people how to cook Indian food, easily and effortlessly. Madhu is an author of New Indian Home Cooking and The Indian Vegan Kitchen. For more recipes and cooking videos sign up for Cooking with Madhu blog:


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Dr. Sudha Raj PhD RD FAND
VN DPG Member

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Rita BathejaRita K Batheja, MS, RDN, AFMCP, CDN, FAND
VN DPG Member

In my younger days in India, Diwali meant new clothes, eat favorite sweets and send a box of sweets to family & friends. Though cleaning of the house, house was decorated with special pretty small lamps, firecrackers, and Laxmi Pujan (worship the goddess of wealth and beginning of the New Year). 

Linda Arpino

Linda Arpino, RDN, CDN, FAND
VN DPG HOD Representative

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AnnaMarie Rodriguez, RDN, LD, FAND
VN DPG Speaker Bureau Chair
VN DPG WI State Coordinator

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Katya Galbis, LD
VN DPG State Coordinator and Membership Chair

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