Growing up, dancing was my life; it was my passion. I took my first dance class when I was 4 and made the competition team at the ripe old age of 9. By the time I was 13, I spent almost as much time in the dance studio as I did in my own house. The studio became my second home; my teacher and competition team became my second family.

Dancing up to 6 days a week for 4-10 hours, I became aware that fueling my body was extremely important. While most girls my age loved going to the mall to buy clothes, I loved going to the grocery store to see what new products were on the shelves, and to compare food labels. I could have spent hours there – if my mom let me!

My interest in food and nutrition continued to grow throughout high school, but for some reason, I went off to college as a Biology/Pre-Med major. A semester in, I met someone in the Nutritional Sciences program, and a lightbulb went on in my head…I was in the wrong program, and quickly made the switch. I soon realized nutrition was my new passion, and it has been ever since.

Today, I’m proud to spend my days representing dairy farmers and the dairy industry as part of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist team at American Dairy Association North East. Here are a few other friendly faces you’ll see on our blog soon:

Meet American Dairy Association North East’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are experts in nutrition and food who interpret nutritional science into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs advance the nutritional health of Americans and people around the world and work in a number of areas, including clinical, community, education, research, and business. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only RDNs have completed multiple layers of education and training. Download the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics RDN Fact Sheet.

1e308baMichelle Barber, MA, RDN, CDN

Michelle Barber is an RDN, and mom to two hungry boys. She has been a practicing RDN for more than 10 years and has worked in agriculture for a majority of that time. Passionate about health and wellness, Michelle is currently at American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) as a Nutrition Specialist in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, where she focuses on child nutrition. She believes strongly in providing children the knowledge of eating healthy to form good habits from the start. Michelle completed her undergraduate education at Rochester Institute of Technology and received her Master’s in Nutrition from Syracuse University. She is an active member of both the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Central NY Dietetic Association.

Favorite dairy food: Macaroni and Cheese (Michelle’s family has been known to eat it for breakfast).

Guilty pleasure food: All foods fit into a healthy diet, even Milky Ways!

Favorite workout: Michelle loves running and chasing around her kids.

Read Michelle’s Posts.

staceyStacey Jackson, MS, RDN, CDN

Stacey Jackson is an RDN with more than 15 years of experience in the food and nutrition industry. In her current position as a Nutrition Specialist with ADANE, Stacey covers health professional outreach initiatives in the school, retail, sports nutrition, and public health arenas throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining ADANE, Stacey worked as a Retail RDN, where she was responsible for developing nutritional programs for the store and the local community, to help influence better food choices. She has also held positions in the clinical, fitness, and foodservice arenas. Stacey is passionate about helping people eat better and live healthier lives and strongly believes all foods can fit in achieving optimal health and wellness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Past President of the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association.

Favorite dairy food: Pizza! Pizza!

Guilty pleasure food: French fries (with extra ketchup, please!)

Favorite workout: Bikram yoga

Read Stacey’s Posts.

LaChell MillerLaChell Miller, RDN, CC

LaChell Miller is an RDN and Certified Culinarian, who shares a love for different cuisines and helping others navigate the kitchen by eating whole, nutritious foods. LaChell has worked in clinical nutrition, print publishing, and as a supermarket dietitian. She also worked as a nutrition champion for Fuel Up to Play 60 kid’s forums. This brought LaChell to her current role at ADANE as a Nutrition Specialist in the Philadelphia, Maryland, Delaware and DC areas. LaChell completed her undergraduate degree in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University and is working toward her Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth. She is an active member of the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Favorite dairy food: All cheese – Parmesan, Fromage, Blue Cheese, Brie, Sharp Cheddar… I love a good cheese platter.

Guilty pleasure food: Carrot Cake – YUM

Favorite workout: Kick Boxing