Florida Academy

of Nutrition and Dietetics

2020 FAND Winter Workshop



Collaboration for Sustainability & Innovation: The Role of the RDN/NDTR

Workshop Overview - Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the growing interest in sustainability among healthcare institutions
  • Describe the impact healthcare institutions can have combating hunger within their communities
  • Explain the role for RDNs and NDTRs in assuming responsibility for sustainability efforts within their facility
  • Define Food Rx
  • Discuss the important role culinary medicine plays in physician education
  • Cite the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration of doctors, dietitians and chefs
  • Define Human Trafficking and its relation to healthcare professionals
  • Discuss the newly required Human Trafficking continuing education requirement for licensed dietitian/nutritionists

*5 CEUs, pending approval from CDR for Dietitian/Nutritionists and Nutrition Dietetic Technicians

Location:             Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, 1300 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Date:                     January 18, 2020

Time:                    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:                     $100 if registered by January 10, 2020, $120 if registering onsite. 


8:30 am -   9:00 am         Registration

9:00 am - 10:30 am         RDNs and NDTRs in Corporate Responsibility: Hunger & Food Insecurity

                                            Afaf Qasem, MS, RDN, LDN; DeAnne Bruner, MBA, RD, LD; John Wilgis

10:30 am – 10:45 am      Break

10:45 am – 12:45 pm      Food Rx: Practical Culinary Tools for Healthcare Professionals

                                            Afaf Qasem, MS, RDN, LDN; Dawn Springs, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE;Amy Mullins, MS, RDN; Michael Wahl

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Human Trafficking

                                           Philip Doyle                                        


Included with registration fee: 

Morning coffee, lunch, handouts, and parking.


About the Speakers


Afaf Qasem, MS, RDN, LDN
Afaf received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and master’s degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences and completed her dietetic internship with The Florida State University. After graduation, Afaf began working for Sodexo at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare as a clinical dietitian for a year and a half before switching to her role as the Community Wellness Dietitian where she created programs and initiatives related to nutrition and health promotion for TMH colleagues and community, Afaf is currently expanding the scope of this role to include sustainability and corporate responsibility with her new role as the Director of Quality of Life Services for the Food and Nutrition Dept by Sodexo at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
Afaf is pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health from the Florida A & M University. She is also involved in professional organizations and was the past president for the Panhandle Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently the State Policy Representative and Regulatory Specialist for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Afaf is also the recipient of the 2019 Young Dietitian of the Year award.
Afaf is passionate about reducing health-related barriers in vulnerable populations, holistic approaches to chronic disease prevention and management, cultural competence, and mentorship.


DeAnne Bruner, MBA, RD, LD
DeAnne Yon Bruner is the Clinical Nutrition Manager and Director of Patient Services for Sodexo at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Her role at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare involves the development and management of the clinical nutrition programs for the organization, as well as ensuring regulatory compliance for Food and Nutrition Department. DeAnne is a native Floridian and has been a Registered Dietitian since 1996. She believes that she offers a unique perspective to the profession due to her experience as an entrepreneur and over 22 years of experience in management and operations. Also, she strongly supports the sustainability of the dietetic profession and does this as serving as a Preceptor for the clinical and management rotations for Florida State University, The Florida Department of Agriculture, and Sodexo. She is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert by Sodexo. DeAnne began her college career at Chipola College where she obtained her Associate of Arts Degree. She furthered her education by obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition with emphasis in Dietetics. DeAnne completed her internship at Pasco County Department of Health. In 2108, she obtained her Master’s of Business Administration from Saint Leo University.


Dawn Springs, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
Dawn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator and is the director of the Metabolic Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. She is responsible for the programs and services offered under Metabolic Health, which include Endocrinology and Diabetes Management and Education, Bariatrics and Obesity Medicine, Lipidology, and Metabolic research. Dawn is the current Reimbursement Representative for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the immediate past chair of American Association of Diabetes Educators – Florida.
Dawn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Food and Nutrition at Florida State University and has continued to live and work in Tallahassee since graduation. She has a daughter attending school at the University of Florida, a son attending Florida State University, and a step-daughter attending the University of Texas at Austin. She has no plans of retiring anytime soon.


Amy Mullins, MS, RDN
Amy is a Family & Consumer Sciences Agent II with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension in Leon County where she provides nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and food safety education programs throughout the community. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 2005 and is currently working on a PhD in Nutrition at Florida State University.

JWilgis John Wilgis
John has been working with the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) since 2006 and currently serves as the vice president for member and corporate services. In this role, John manages member outreach to communicate, promote and market FHA programs and services. He works to create and administer business opportunities in support of FHA educational programs and meetings; and, develops member-centric, business solutions. John also provides emergency management services and coordination to hospitals for disaster events and activities. He is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with extensive health care administration and patient care experience. John also has a diverse background in business and education incorporating teaching, lecturing, educational coordination, professional mentoring, finance administration, program/project management and performance analytics. John’s key programs of interest at FHA involve workplace and occupational safety; patient safety and quality outcomes improvement; the health impacts of a sustainable work environment; supply chain and logistics coordination and aggregation; and, hospital and health system emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Michael Wahl
Chef Michael is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. He has been the Executive Chef of TMH with Sodexo Food Service for the past 2 ½ years, prior to that Michael has over 30 years as a professional Chef with an array of positions that include corporate chef, private chef in San Francisco and in the Bahamas, Teacher at the California Culinary Academy, GM of Chipotle restaurants, executive chef of multiple hotels, country clubs and catering companies.
Chef Michael was also part of the US world culinary team that took gold in the international culinary competition.

PDoyle Phillip Doyle
Philip is an experienced Chief/Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. He has been a figure at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare since 2011 as the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. He holds a variety of positions around the community including Deputy Chief of Lloyd Fire Rescue and Assistant Chief Firefighter. He owns Investigations and Consulting Enterprises, specializing in private investigations, security consulting, and emergency management consulting for almost 30 years. He has a Masters Degree focused in MS Criminology from Florida State University. He is skilled in Crisis Management, Government, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Fire Management







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