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

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.


2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

  • President —  Mona Ottum
  • President-Elect — Winona Bynum
  • Recording Secretary — Sandy McDonald Hangach
  • Corresponding Secretary — Emma Craig
  • Treasurer — Elise Kowalski
  • Nominating Committee Chair — Miriam Cohen
  • Nominating Committee Members —  Amanda Dixon, Mary Clare Foody, Sonia Govil, Joanne Sycho
  • Strategic Planning and Finance Chair— Holly Guzman, 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 —  Tracy Polega
  • Historian — Barbara Saulter
  • Scholarship Chair — Beatrice Alghali
  • Hospitality Co-Chairs — Kimberly Merrefield, Lina Bonanni
  • Internal Auditor —Sahar Rida
  • Continuing Education — Aarti Batavia
  • Website Manager — Mary Clare Foody & Mary Width