2022 BGAND Election

2022 April Event



  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Honors and Awards Presentation

  • “Nourishing a Second Chance at Life: The Dietitian’s Role in Solid Organ Transplant” Cassie Stidham, RD, LD & Emily Bugay, RD, LD

  • Movement “Snack”

  • “Interdisciplinary Approach to Pediatric Feeding “Addie Burnham, MOT, OTR/L, Rachel Samples, CCC-SLP and Heather Roach OTR/L CIMI

  • Closing remarks

Breakfast will be provided!


April 23rd 2022 8:30a -12:30p

The Urban Squirrel
203 Lisle Industrial Ave Lexington KY 40511


Meet your speakers for the event!

Cassie Stidham, MS, RD, LD

Mary is...  

View Dr. Roseman's resume here.

Emily Bugay,

Aaron is a Registered Dietitian, lecturer and dietetic internship director at UK. Aaron received his Masters of Science in Dietetics Administration at UK and then went on to earn his MBA in 2018. He enjoys combining his passions of business, dietetics and education.

View Aaron's resume here.

Addie Burnham,
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Mary is...  

View Dr. Roseman's resume here.

Rachel Samples, CCC-SLP
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Mary is...  

View Dr. Roseman's resume here.

Heather Roach,
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Liz is....

View Dr. Combs' resume here.


Social Event Following

Following the presentations, please join us for a casual social event at Keeneland! 

Members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and any tailgate snack they would like to share. Beverages will be provided. 

This event is weather permitting. Exact location TBD. 


Thank you for a wonderful 2021-2022 membership year. 

Registration is now available for the upcoming year. Meetings, CEU's, and events will continue next fall! 

2021 February Seminar



Dietetics Profession and COVID-19: Lessons Learned

February 20th, 8:30-11:30am

Program Overview

Regardless of practice area, we have all adapted our work in the last year in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our February Seminar will feature speakers from four areas of nutrition and dietetics practice. Each will share how they adapted, offer key lessons learned from their work, and explain how they continue to prioritize optimal care for their priority populations, despite new challenges they may face. We hope to see you there!

Will feature a low-impact yoga workout led by:


Natalie Jones, Dr.PH, MPH 

Health and Fitness Professional

As a health and fitness professional, Natalie believes in lifestyle balance. Natalie takes pride in motivating others to achieve their health goals, in return allowing them to live more fully on every level of life. 

Austin Dacci, MS, RD, LD

Austin  is the current Food Service Director for Harrison County Schools in Cynthiana, KY. With Harrison County being the first county in Kentucky to have a COVID-19 case, he had to rapidly retool his program to serve his students during an unprecedented pandemic.

Meet your speakers for the event!

Erin Casey, MS, RD, LD

Erin has worked for several inpatient facilities in Lexington and also worked to establish a diabetes management program with a local family practice. She joined Baptist Health Lexington as an outpatient dietitian in 2020, where she serves as the resident GI expert.

Merritt Bates-Thomas, RDN, LD, LDE 

Merritt is the Health Education Director, Diabetes Population Health Specialist, and Public Information Officer for Green River District Health Department where she oversees the operation of the Health Education & Nutrition Services Department. 

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Brooke Renn, RD, LD
& Bridgette McCauley, RD, LD

Brooke and Bridgette are Clinical Dietitians at UofL Health Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Brooke has found her passion in working with transplant patients, specifically those in need of a liver transplant. Bridgette enjoys working with critical care and patients needing nutrition support

May Meeting



Effects of Maximal Strength Training on Energy Expenditure Among Adults
May 12th 2022 6:30-7:45p


Meeting Overview

Metabolic adaptations occur after an individual has sustained 10-days of a negative energy balance. This metabolic adaptation/compensation can reduce resting and non-resting energy expenditure to account for approximately 120 kcal/day. Weight loss also promotes greater skeletal muscle efficiency, reducing the energy cost of physical activity and is correlated with declines in skeletal muscle glucose oxidation. Maximal Strength Training (MST)  has the potential to upregulate glucose utilization and may offset these metabolic adaptations. The results of an 8-week Maximal Strength Training intervention will be presented to demonstrate the effectiveness among adults with obesity. Participants will enhance knowledge of MST and be positioned to provide tangible strength training recommendations in practice.

Meet your speaker

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Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to, 

  • Utilize Maximal Strength Training for educational purposes. 

  • Explain metabolic energy expenditure and compensation.

  • Identify occurrences of metabolic compensation.

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Robert E. Anderson III is a recent MS Nutrition & Food Systems graduate of the University of Kentucky. His thesis explored the effects of a Maximal Strength Training intervention aimed at offsetting metabolic compensation. This fall he will begin work on his PhD in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Dr. Alice Ammerman in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research is interested in the intersection of physical activity, food behaviors, and weight loss interventions that leverage technology for underserved populations. Since 2018 he has worked for Elevation Health serving in various roles, most recently as a Virtual Programming Specialist. He hosts the Elevation Health podcast, Elevate Yourself (available on iTunes) and is a nationally certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Nutrition Coach. When he’s not working on research or coaching a client you can find him, on most mornings before dawn, trying to push his body and brain to their limits in endurance training (Marathon, Spartan Race).