President Howdy! My name is Rachael Beard, and I am a junior 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!
Secretary Howdy! My name is Karina Santos, and I am a Senior in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas A&M University. I became interested in nutrition when I have struggled with my relationship with food and body positivity. Currently, I assist a Holistic Nutritionist for Julia Irey Fitness providing tips and credible information about nutrition and health to my fullest extent. In the future, I plan on pursuing a career as an RD specializing in Eating Disorders and Intuitive Eating. When I’m not working or attending class, I enjoy baking, cooking, kickboxing, and watch true crime documentaries! I’m excited to serve as TSDA as Secretary this year and look forward to connecting with like-minded, passionate people.
Treasurer Howdy Everyone! My name is Camryn Johnston and I am a senior in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas A&M University. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 16 years old, I knew I wanted to help others with the same disease learn how to control their blood sugars through nutrition. I’m currently employed at the local Baylor Scott and White Hospital working as a Diet Operator, and a weekly volunteer for the Brazos Valley Meals on Wheels. My future goal, in addition to becoming an RD, is to specialize in diabetes and renal care in the clinical setting. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks with my dog Cooper, spending time with my friends and family, and cooking all the good food! I’m so excited and honored to be serving TSDA as Treasurer this year and look forward to building my network with other dietetic students!
Historian Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Zafereo, and I am a junior in the Didactic program in Dietetics at Texas State University. My journey for nutrition started when I took the time to realize what is most important to me, that being my family and their health. I am currently apart of the drill team at Texas State, called the Strutters! On my free time I like to discover YUMMY healthy food, go hiking and cuddle with my fur babes. I am so excited to serving as the TSDA Historian this year!
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 Beathard, MS, RDN, LD
Karen 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.