Leadership - Executive Committee

Our 2021-22 Executive Committee members:

Maureen Leugers, MBA, RDN
Chair

Maureen Leugers, MBA, RD, is a healthcare foodservice optimization consultant, and owns Maureen Leugers, LLC, and serves as a Principal for Flywheel, LLC. Previously, Maureen was the Director of Customer Marketing for Gordon Food Service. In this capacity, Maureen led a team focused on key operator insights for the healthcare and education segments, as well as the creation and implementation of operator tools and solutions to support their success. Maureen is a former hospital foodservice and environmental services director, and an adjunct professor. She has served on numerous industry boards, and is the author of a college level textbook, Controlling Costs in Foodservice.

 

Lynn Ostrem, PhD, RDN, LD, PMP
Chair Elect

Lynn Ostrem, PhD, RDN, LD, PMP serves as Senior Director of the Project Management Office for Aramark, Inc. mobilizing new business. In her 32nd year with Aramark, she served as clinical dietitian, food service director, general manager for multi-site and multi-service systems, and resident district manager. Lynn earned a BS in Nutrition and Food Science from South Dakota State, and worked in clinical roles for four years before moving to management. She later earned an MBA with a concentration in Strategic Management, and a PhD in Education and Human Science with a specialization in Leadership Studies, from University of Nebraska.

 



Brian Bachman, RDN, LDN
Past Chair

Brian currently holds the position of Vice President of Purchasing for Metz Culinary Management based in Dallas, PA. Prior to Metz Culinary Management, Brian worked as the Senior Director of Foodservice Operational Strategies, for the Premier Healthcare Alliance.  Prior to joining Premier in 2008, Brian worked with Premier’s current foodservice distributor, U.S. Foods, as a Cost Management Specialist, assisting healthcare customers with foodservice financial benchmarking and cost reduction strategies.  Previous to 2005 Brian held Foodservice Director positions with both contract managed and self-operated hospitals in the Philadelphia market. Brian has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for over 20 years.

 

Shey Schnell, MHA, RD
Secretary

Shey Schnell, MHA, RD is the Regional Director of Performance Improvement at the University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.  Shey had previously worked in food service for 20 years with roles in culinary, clinical, and management.  During this time, he had been involved in project and change management.  Shey now serves as a resource to his organization by promoting positive patient outcomes through process and data analysis.

 

 

 Julie Meddles, MS, RDN, LD
Treasurer


During Julie’s 22 years at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, she has fulfilled many roles; as a dietitian, operations manager, and now Director of System Nutrition Services and Gift Shops. Julie began her career in practice as an oncology clinical dietitian. As Director of Nutrition Services for the OSUWMC health system, her department administers quality nutrition care and food service operations for patients, staff, students, visitors and the communities they serve.

 

Amanda Groesbeck, RDN/LDN, CNSC
Director, Membership

My name is Amanda Groesbeck and I reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. I work as a clinical and operational liaison between a large hospital system and a contract food service operation. I have a passion for feeding people with the best food and to give people quality evidence based nutrition recommendations. On my off time I love to play with my dogs and husband and be outdoors. If I’m indoors I’m always cooking!

Taylor Young, MS, RDN, LD
Nominating Chair 

 

Taylor Young works as a senior product development manager for private brand food at Walmart. She has held multiple roles within food service management, as well as mentoring and teaching dietetic interns. She earned her B.S. from the University of Arkansas, completed her dietetic internship and M.S. at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

 

Mary Angela Miller, MS, RDN, LD, FADA
Delegate

Mary Angela spent 15 years as Nutrition Services Director at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and another 15 as a hospital administrator. Currently she is an adjunct instructor for OSU and a small business entrepreneur, owner of KeepSafe Food, offering products for personal food safety. Mary is a past MFNS Chair, OAND President, Media Representative and IFMA Silver Plate recipient. She loves food and travel adventures. Beads, books, bikes and hikes are her favorite pastimes.


Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND
Director, Business Development

Amanda Goldman obtained her B.S. in Dietetics from Miami University and her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Kentucky. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Amanda is currently the Healthcare Industry Sales Strategist for Gordon Food Service. In this role, she utilizes her background to serve as a segment customer operational and financial subject matter expert for the national healthcare sales team. Prior to this position, Amanda was the System Director for the Catholic Health Initiatives Food & Nutrition Services national program. Concurrently, she worked as the Director of Diabetes & Nutrition Care for CHI Saint Joseph Health in Kentucky. Amanda is a Past Chair of MFNS and is also a Past-President of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

Stephanie Shaw, RD, LDN
Director Education

Stephanie is a Regional Manager on the Patient Solutions team with Morrison Healthcare. She received her B.S. in Dietetics from Michigan State University and completed her dietetic internship at The Ohio State University. Stephanie has been a food service manager since becoming a RDN in 2017 with self-operated and contract Medical Centers. She enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, and fountain Diet Coke with extra ice. Stephanie has served as the Historian Officer for the Ohio AND – Columbus and Education Committee Member for Associate for Healthcare Foodservice. She is currently on the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador Committee with her company.

 


Karen Byrd, PhD, RD

Policy and Advocacy Leader

Karen Byrd, PhD, RDN, LD, PMP, is an Assistant Professor in Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Before academia, Karen had a long career in senior living culminating as Kindred Healthcare’s corporate-level Senior Director of Nutrition Services. Her areas of expertise include foodservice systems, procurement, menu development, program development, and strategic management. Her research is concentrated on consumer behavior related to nutrition and food safety in restaurants and on-site foodservice operations.

 

Michael Folino
Nominating Chair-Elect

 

 

 



Director Communications

 

 

 Hayley Rugg, RDN, LDN
Newsletter Editor

 

 

 

Lynne Ometer, MS, MHA, RD, LD
Assistant Newsletter Editor

 

Lynne retired in April 2020 following a career in healthcare food and nutrition leadership positions including 36+ years at the director level. Over the years she also served in elected leadership roles at the district, state and national levels of the Academy and in national positions in another professional organization. She has been a longtime member of MFNS and is excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve through the Assistant Newsletter Editor position.