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 renewal is happening now!  Current SEMDA members can renew, and we welcome new SEMDA members to join today!  See more information on our Members Page.

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018

  • President — Amanda Dixon
  • President-Elect — Mona Ottum
  • Recording Secretary — Joanne Sycko
  • Corresponding Secretary — Emma Craig
  • Treasurer — Elise Kowalski
  • Nominating Committee Chair — Cynthia Rutkowski
  • Nominating Committee Members —  Deborah Easter, Maxine Edwards, Kelly Ramseyer, Shaelyn Gurz
  • Strategic Planning and Finance Chair— Holly Guzman
  • 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 —  Tracy Polega
  • Historian — Barbara Saulter
  • Scholarship Chair — Beatrice Alghali
  • Hospitality Co-Chairs — Beth Palmer
  • Internal Auditor —Sahar Rida
  • Continuing Education — Aarti Batavia
  • Website Manager — Mary Clare Foody & Mary Width