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 is a senior in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas Woman’s University. She was swooned by the field of dietetics when she was seven years old and has had a growing passion ever since. She is in the Honors Program at TWU, works in foodservice, and is also a medic in the Army Reserves. She serves at a local community kitchen in Denton and demonstrates healthy recipes to at-risk communities with Texas A&M’s AgriLife – extension. Fun facts: Carla enjoys hanging out with friends and learning life lessons. Her favorite color is pink and she plans to travel to as many countries as she can to find cute outfits and eat interesting foods.

President-ElectAlyssa Dunaway

Alyssa is a second career dietetics undergrad student approaching her Junior year at TWU. Prior to pursuing dietetics, Alyssa worked as a personal trainer for 7 years when she decided that fitness alone wasn’t enough and that the secret to being successful in helping others live a healthier life was also through nutrition. When she isn’t at school or at the gym, Alyssa can be found at the barn volunteering working with performance horses. Her other interests include travel, music, mountain biking, and of course food!


Raylea HuvalHello, my name is Raylea Huval. I’m currently a senior at Texas Woman’s University and was awarded to the Chancellor’s List last semester. I have a passion for food and I love people. By empowering both of these aspects that contribute to who I am enables me to succeed in the field of dietetics. This past year I’ve gained clinical experience through working as a dietary clerk at Medical City McKinney. I recently began volunteering at North Texas Food Bank and look forward to finding more ways to contribute to our community in the future.


Angelica Quintana

My name is Angelica Quintana. I currently am a Junior at Texas Woman’s University. I chose to study dietetics, because I love how nutrition and diseases correlate with each other. I also love how nutrition is one of the main essentials to maintaining a healthy body! I am defiantly a foodie at heart, and love to incorporate high intensity interval training in my workouts! I’m super pumped to what we can bring to TSDA this upcoming year! 


Amanda Hinojosa

My name is Amanda Hinojosa,and I am from San Antonio, Tx. I will be a junior at Abilene Christian University. When I first came to college I had no idea what I wanted to major in, like any other incoming student. I remember going through the list of majors and seeing Nutrition and Dietetics. Ever since then I have enjoyed learning and increasing my knowledge every day about Nutrition. I plan on pursuing my career as a Registered Dietitian, and help friends and family to live healthier lifestlyes. I enjoy helping people, and I am glad that I was able to get this historian position. I will do my best to help with any information about interships, or events. If you ever need anything, you can always email me. Also, this is my dog Kai, he is more photogenic than I am. Email: adh16a@acu.edu

Faculty Advisor


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.


Reach out to the TSDA officers about how to get involved, internships, and any other student dietetic questions you may have!


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