As a graduate of Georgia State University, Ingrid received her Master of Science in Health Sciences in 2013. She has been a program manager and health coach with Corporate Health Partners for the past 4 years and has recently started her own private practice, Nutritionist in the House. Ingrid has served as Membership and National Nutrition Month chair and on the nominating committee, and most recently as President Elect. Ingrid received a Distinguished Service to GADA award in 2015 and was awarded Outstanding Student in the Coordinated Program by the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2013. She enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and walking her two rescue dogs.
Meredith Johnson Hornbuckle, MS, RDN, LD, is clinical dietitian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Meredith graduated from Georgia State University with undergraduate degrees in Hospitality Administration (BBA, 2008) and Nutrition (BS, 2012; MS, 2013). Meredith enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie Henesy, MS, RD, LD is a Regional Food Service Administrator for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia State University. Stephanie has been an active GADA member since 2011 and served on the professional development committee in 2015-2016. After taking a brief hiatus to focus on her LLC and wedding planning, Stephanie held true her commitment to involvement in her professional organization and ran for President-Elect. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and being outdoors.
Courtney Plush, originally from Philadelphia, is a clinical and outpatient dietitian with Emory Healthcare. She focuses on counseling for bariatric surgery nutrition, weight management, and diabetes management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Drexel University. She completed her dietetic internship at Emory Healthcare. She is active on Twitter (@courtneyplush) and Facebook, and blogs about nutrition science topics. In her free time, she likes to run, cook, read, and take her beagle, Beans, to the dog park.
Jessica Todd is the current Coordinated Program Director of Georgia State University’s Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Georgia State University. She also completed her internship at Georgia State. Jessica was a member of the Professional Development Committee in 2012, Membership Chair in 2013, Secretary in 2014 and 2015 and has been elected Nominating Chair for 2017. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Kristy Kalich is a born and raised Floridian from Orlando. She is a clinical dietitian at Emory Univeristy Hospital where she focuses on medical and surgical gastrointestinal and geniourinary patients. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Florida State University. She completed her dietetic internship at Emory Healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys running, waterskiing, and being in the outdoors.
Leah is currently the dietitian at Stamps Health Services at Georgia Tech providing one on one nutrition counseling to students and acting as a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Additionally she works as an outpatient dietitian at Northside Hospital’s Atlanta Campus providing nutrition counseling for weight management, Bariatric surgery, and many other nutrition related concerns. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI in 2009. She then attended D’Youville College in her hometown of Buffalo, NY, completing her coordinated program and Master of Science in Dietetics in 2012. In her free time, Leah enjoys practicing yoga, running, hiking, cooking and baking.
Denisse Porras, RDN, LD, is a general medicine and neuro ICU clinical dietitian at Emory University Hospital. As a Nutritional Science graduate from Pepperdine University, Denisse attended Emory Healthcare’s dietetic internship in 2016-2017 and became a Registered Dietitian in June 2017. Denisse loves to cook, bake, be creative in the kitchen, and share her passion for health, wellness, and nutrition with others. She is excited to serve GADA this year by filling in the Legislative and Website developer positions.
Taylor attended Clemson University for her undergraduate degree. She completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Currently, Taylor works as clinical dietitian at Emory University Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys running, trying new restaurants, and hiking.