About Us


A Brief History of SEMDA

1996-1997 was an historic year as MOST (Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair Counties Dietetic Association) and DDA (Detroit Dietetic Association) completed their merger to form SEMDA (The Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association). The district now includes Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties and is the largest district dietetic association in Michigan with close to 300 members. SEMDA is affiliated with the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Membership

Interested in joining SEMDA? Our membership year goes from June 1 to May 31.  Membership applications for the 2016-2017 membership year can be found on our Members page.


2016 – 2017 Board of Directors

June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017

  • President — Deborah Easter
  • President-Elect — Amanda Dixon
  • Recording Secretary — Joanne Sycko
  • Corresponding Secretary — Ellen Darnall
  • Treasurer — Tricia Bischoff
  • Nominating Committee Chair — Karen Schmitz
  • Nominating Committee Members — Mayssoun Hamade, Jennifer Farnham, Sandy McDonald- Hangach, Monica Easterling
  • Strategic Planning and Finance Chair and Co-Chair — Holly Guzman and Elise Kowalski
  • Legislation & Public Policy Chair — Karen Jackson-Holzhauer
  • Membership Chair — Sonia Govil
  • Newsletter Editor — Carol Zinser
  • Policy, Procedures & Bylaws Chair — Cynthia Rutkowski
  • Awards and Case Studies Chair —  Amanda Arrabi
  • Historian — Barbara Saulter
  • Scholarship Chair — Beatrice Alghali
  • Hospitality Co-Chairs — Beth Palmer & Meredith Simcox
  • Internal Auditor —
  • Continuing Education — Aarti Batavia
  • Website Manager — Mary Clare Foody