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.

2022 – 2023 Board of Directors

June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023

  • President — Marie Nalezyty
  • President-Elect — Stephanie Johnston
  • Recording Secretary — Amal Hammoud
  • Corresponding Secretary — Mona Ottum
  • Treasurer — Carol Zinser
  • Nominating Committee Chair — Allegra Picano
  • Nominating Committee Members — Cicely Archer, Lisa Felczak, Jennifer Tiffany, Jennifer Verstraete
  • Legislation & Public Policy Chair — Karen Jackson-Holzhauer
  • Membership Chair — Elise Kowalski-Walters
  • Newsletter Editor — OPEN
  • 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
  • Student and Intern Liaison — Cassidy Purgiel
  • Social Media Chair — Elise Kowalski
  • Website Manager — Sophia Speroff & Mary Clare Foody