Portland Academy Board Members

The Portland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board Members for 2017-2018.  

President: Rose Jepson-Sullivan, MS, RD
President-ElectClaire Nichols, RD
Past-President: Amanda Clark, MS, RD, LD, CD
Secretary: Jennifer Evans, RD, LD
Treasurer: Alison Lambert, MS, RD
Nominating Committee Chair: Grace Burlingame, MS, RD 
Nominating Committee: Tess Heyerman
Nominating Committee: Taylor Kayfes
Communications Specialist: Sandy Pagán, RDN, LD
Newsletter Editor: Sarah Larimer, MS
Student Liaison: Lindsey Lebrun 

Rose Jepson-Sullivan, MS, RD

Rose works for OSU Extension Service as a SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator. She is part of the statewide leadership team and is responsible for programs and training. After earning a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Utah, Rose worked for the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and served on the Utah Academy Board as the Marketing Pillar Chair. In 2013, she received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award. She was happy to move back to Oregon in 2013, where she is enjoying exploring Portland and its many parks and gardens with her family.

Claire Nichols, RD


Claire Nichols is a Georgia transplant and food enthusiast devoted to improving public health in the Portland metro area, particularly within underserved populations. In May 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Nutrition Science, a program focused in urban health in the Atlanta metro area. Upon graduation, Claire moved to Portland to complete the Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program at Oregon Health & Science University. Currently, Claire is the Nutrition Education Manager for the Clark County Food Bank located in Vancouver, WA where she teaches low-income folks that healthy cooking and gardening can be easy, fun, and affordable. Claire's professional interests include community nutrition, public health, hunger and environmental nutrition, vegan/vegetarian nutrition, nutrition policy, and most importantly, building her collection of food models. Outside of work, Claire can be found testing out new recipes in the kitchen, scoping new hiking spots, mentoring youth, practicing yoga, and luring friends into board games and trivia competitions. 

Amanda Clark, MS, RD, CD, LD

Amanda grew up in St Petersburg FL and completed her undergraduate studies in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida. After receiving a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, she completed the dietetic internship program with a MS in Nutrition from Appalachian State University in 2016. She has original research on breastfeeding and social support, a strong professional interest of hers as she works in the field of pediatric nutrition (Mead Johnson Nutrition). Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, yoga, hiking, and dog training.

Jennifer Evans, RD, LD

Jennifer Evans was born in New York state but spent most of her life in North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science and completed her DPD at Meredith College. Jennifer moved to Portland in July of 2015 with her soon-to-be husband and quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She works as the System Consultant for Nutrition Services with Legacy Health System and teaches yoga and spin in her spare time. Jennifer enjoys a very active lifestyle and will complete her third 50K ultra trail race this summer. She spends most weekends hiking, camping, running and adventuring.

Allison Lambert, MS, RD

Alison graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center from a Coordinated Program where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science. She works at Legacy Salmon Creek as a Registered Dietitian. Alison grew up in Oklahoma but knew she wanted to live in Oregon after traveling here as a young child.  She loves everything in the outdoors from long camp trips, hiking to skiing.  Her career goals are to work with people with disabilities.

Grace Burlingame, MS, RD
Nominating Committee Chair

Grace is a Pacific Northwest native and hails from a small town outside of Bellingham, WA. She completed her DPD and Bachelor of Science degree at Seattle Pacific University and Master of Science and DI at Oregon Health and Science University. She is currently working an administrative dietitian with the VA Portland Health Care System and remains interested in many areas of nutrition including clinical and sports nutrition. Outside of work Grace enjoys running, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.

Tess Heyerman
Nominating Committee

Originally from Southern Oregon, Tess has called Portland home for the past four years while completing her DPD through The University of Alabama and her dietetic internship at Oregon Health and Science University.
While in school, she volunteered at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center where she developed an interest in diabetes. In addition to her volunteer work at OHSU, she received training and became a lifestyle coach for the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Tess now works as the dietitian for Gales Creek Camp, a summer camp for kids and teenagers with type 1 diabetes where she coordinates the food service program including meal planning and menu analysis and leads a weekly education program. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, being active, books on tape, music and spending time with friends and family.

Taylor Kayfes
Nominating Committee

Taylor Kayfes is a recent graduate from Oregon Health & Science University’s dietetic internship and is currently preparing for the registration exam. She received her undergraduate at Oregon State University, with a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as Public Health, Health Promotion & Health Behavior. Taylor’s professional interests include nutrition support, GI disease, and oncology. Her hobbies include hiking, running, going to the gym, eating good food, and spending time with her friends and her family. This is her first year serving on the Portland Academy board.

Sandy Pagán, RDN, LD 
Communications Specialist 

Sandy completed her DPD program at New York University in 2010 and a dietetic internship program with Sodexo at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 2011. Sandy has an undergraduate engineering degree with a focus in computer science from Cornell University. In 2011, Sandy and her husband moved to Oregon. Sandy is currently a System Consultant for Nutrition Services at Legacy Health System administering the food and nutrition department's software programs. In addition, she is the founder of Dietitian Hub, connecting dietitians with continuing education opportunities. For fun, she enjoys cycling and family hikes with her two small children.

Sarah Larimer, MS
ewsletter Editor 

Sarah grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her B.S. in Dietetics from Brigham Young University and her DI internship and M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University. She is excited to begin her career as a dietitian.

Her professional interests include microbiome health, nutrition support, nutrition education and primary care. In her free time she enjoys cooking and developing new recipes, learning new things, and enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, baby girl and Australian kelpie.

Lindsey LeBrun
Student Liaison

Lindsay is a Portland native who recently completed her dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University. Her internship focused her interest to several clinical practice areas including critical care and diabetes. Prior to her internship, she completed her DPD at Seattle Pacific University where she served as head coordinator of her campus community kitchen. She remains at OHSU where she is currently working towards her MS in Clinical Nutrition. For her thesis, Lindsay is examining how vision impairment in patients with LCHAD deficiency affect their activities of daily living. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys cooking new recipes, hiking with her dog, and gardening.

If you are interested in a position with the Portland Academy Executive Board for an appointed position for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, please contact Grace Burlingame (contactmypand@gmail.com).