Alyssa DunawayPresident Alyssa is a second career dietetics undergrad student approaching her Senior year at Texas Women’s University. Prior to pursuing dietetics, Alyssa worked as a personal trainer for 7 years when she decided that fitness alone wasn’t enough, and the 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 with performance horses. Her other interest include travel, music, mountain biking, and of course food!

RachaelBeard_PicPresident-Elect Howdy! My name is Rachael Beard, and I am a sophomore in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas A&M University. Doing gymnastics since the age of 2, I quickly became interested in healthy eating and discovered my passion for nutrition! I am currently employed with the Agrilife Extension Service, where I help provide researched nutrition information to other students. I am on the Texas A&M gymnastics team, and in my free time I love cooking, working out, and watching Netflix!

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Secretary Howdy! My name is Olivia Friedrichs and I am a senior in the Didactic program at Texas A&M University. I chose to study dietetics because I have a passion for science, nutrition, and helping others. I work for the AgriLife Extension Service to provide credible nutrition information to other college students. Prior to being an employee I volunteered for the extension service and taught nutrition classes to students on campus. I plan on pursuing community and public health nutrition when I become an RD. In my free time I love to volunteer, cook, and watch documentaries!


Treasurer Howdy! My name is Erin Ihnen. I’m a senior in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas A&M University. I started my journey to healthy living when I was 10 years old, and I have a passion for helping families and children have access to nutritional and safe foods. Holistic nutrition is important to me so when I’m not working or going to class I enjoy cooking, cycling, yoga, and hanging out with my friends and family. I’m excited to serve TSDA this year and look forward to connecting with likeminded people!

Jessie TSDAHistorian Howdy! My name is Jessie Rike, and I am a senior in the Didactic program in Dietetics at Texas A&M University. I became interested in nutrition when I saw the impacts that improper nutrition had on the lives of my sisters adopted through foster care. I work in a nutrition related field in a clinical setting, and in my free time I enjoy cooking, exercising, and spending time with my family. As historian I hope to keep members updated about current events and opportunities in the dietetic community. I look forward to serving TSDA this year as Historian!

Faculty Advisors

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

AdviserHello, 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 Beathard, MS, RDN, LD

IMG_1758Karen graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Food Science and Technology. She attended a dietetic internship at the Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center and earned a MS in Nutrition from Texas Women’s University. Karen has experience in food service management, clinical dietetics and private consultation. Currently, she serves as a Lecturer and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics 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. Karen is a past president of the Texas Academy and TDA President Elect, ADA Foundation Texas Fundraising Co-Chair, TDA Foundation Past Director and METDA Past President. Karen has received many honors for her hard work and dedication and is excited to work with TSDA.                                  

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