Our History

by Debi Buchanan Bryant

Dr. Nina Lamb, professor of Food and Nutrition at Texas Tech University, encouraged me to be the organizational chairman of the Texas Tech Student Dietetic Association in the Fall of 1973. In working to establish such an organization at the university level, I began to see the merit of establishing such an organization at the state level. The idea of a state student dietetic organization was presented to and approved by the Executive Board of the Texas Dietetic Association (TDA) in the spring of 1974. During the 1974 State Dietetic Association annual summer meeting in Dallas, students from North Texas State University and Texas Tech University met with Mrs. Kathy Alders, TDA Education Section Chairwoman, to discuss the possibilities of establishing a state association for students majoring in dietetics. We decided to have an organizational meeting in conduction with the annual fall TDA meeting in Waco. Letters announcing the fall meeting were sent to each Texas University with dietetic majors. Approximately forty students representing six universities attended the first state organizational meeting of the Texas Student Dietetic Association (TSDA). At this meeting a constitution was proposed and plans were made for spring officer elections. Dr. Helen Brittin, the 1975 TDA Education Section Chairwoman, became advisor for TSDA and supervised the tabulation of election returns. The officers elected included: President – Nanci Cline, NTSU; Vice-President – Kathy Lust, Texas Tech; Secretary – Anita Bowman, NTSU; and Treasurer – Sharon Sims, University of Texas. These capable officers assumed their responsibilities during the 1975 annual summer TDA meeting in Houston, and TSDA was on its way.




Carla Trochez, Texas Woman’s University 

Email: Ctrochez@twu.edu

Hello TSDA members! I am currently a junior at Texas Woman’s University. I fell in love with nutrition when I was a child and have had a growing passion for it ever since. I currently work for the DOD and in foodservice. I volunteer for Texas A&M’s AgriLife-Denton extension to reach nearby communities at high risks for diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I also serve at a soup kitchen to fight hunger. If I am not actively working with these organizations, I like to have fun with my friends by engaging in meaningful conversations, going on a run, and SHOPPING!



            Hi! My name is Christabelle Bardeloza. I am a senior at Texas Woman’s University. I have been a caretaker for two years and have just recently become a dietary host at Medical City of Plano. Some of my previous careers include cosmetology and personal training. From as early as I could remember I have been a foodie. I learned to cook simple foods as early as five years old, but developed my palate and cooking skills while working in the restaurant industry when I turned 18. I love trying new recipes, but have been more interested in food substitutions for food people with food allergies since my son has several. My love for food, service, and health has brought me to Dietetics. It has taken my whole life to get here, but I have no doubt that it will all be worth it. I could not be more excited to serve as your Secretary for TSDA and look forward to networking with all of you.



Geselle Zuniga

Email: G.zuniga6011@students.tsu.edu

Hey everyone!
My name is Geselle Zuniga, a junior at Texas Southern University. Born and raised in Houston, Tx. I’ve always loved learning about nutrition and health, so that’s why I decided to turn my passion into a professional career and went into dietetics. Even though I’m vegetarian and love healthy eating, I still enjoy my enchiladas and Gorditas. I’m currently the TSU dietetics club treasurer, so that’s why I wanted the TSDA treasurer leadership and I’m very excited! For fun, I like going to the gym, online shopping, exploring new places and talking to new people. I’m excited for the opportunities waiting for me and the new friends I will make!



Alby Bounlutay, Texas Christian University

Email: A.bounlutay@tcu.edu

Instagram: @oldfashionednutrtionist

Alby is a senior in the Coordinate Program in Dietetics at Texas Christian University. He is also the Student Chair for Dietitians in Business and Communication DPG and a marketing intern for TCU Dining. He has a passion for food and fitness. Fun facts: Alby is a Green Bay Packers fan, row crew for TCU, and has an eye for fashion. Prior to pursing a career in dietetics, he served in the Army for six years.

Faculty Adviser


Ms. Holli Booe, RDN, LD – Texas Tech University

Hello, my name is Holli Booe and I have been in the field of dietetics for almost 20 years. I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University, which is also where I completed my dietetic internship. Currently, I am the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and an Instructor at Texas Tech University. I also work as an outpatient dietitian at Wellness Today in Lubbock. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, I worked in a variety of arenas of both clinical dietetics and community nutrition. My primary areas of practice included cardiac, pediatric, renal and sports nutrition as well as weight management counseling. I am also currently serving as the 2018-2019 Texas Academy of Nutrition North Region Director.  I am looking forward to working with TSDA and assisting in any way possible.


Karen graduated from Texas A&M University in 1986 with a BS in Food Science and Technology. After a year of food industry experience, she attended a dietetic internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and earned a MS in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Karen gained industry experience with emphasis in food service management, clinical dietetics and private consultation before employment at Texas A&M University thirteen years ago. Currently, Karen serves as a Lecturer and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Texas A&M University. Karen seeks to serve as a role model for her students through active involvement in the dietetic profession at the local, state and national level and membership in DPG’s. Karen is a past president of the Texas Academy. Her past professional positions include TDA President Elect, ADA Foundation Texas Fundraising Co-Chair, Mid East Texas Dietetic Association (METDA) Legislative Co-Chair, TDA Foundation Past Director and METDA Past President. Other related positions include current faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Nutrition Dietetic Association, past faculty advisor for the Texas Student Dietetic Association and past member of the Walker County American Heart Association Board of Directors. Karen’s community involvement includes coaching in the youth leadership training program, serving as a facilitator for a local eating disorder support group, and volunteering in the College Station Independent School District, Epicures Thanksgiving Feast, KBTX Canned Food Drive, American Heart Association Heart Walk and Walk Across Texas Program. Karen has received many honors including the 2004 Texas Dietetic Association Dietetic Educator of the Year and Fish Camp Namesake at Texas A&M University in 2003.


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