Southeast Region Director

Jennifer Motz, MS, RD, LD

Residence– College Station



Jenny is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of ’13 and completed her BS in Nutritional Science at Texas A&M. She completed her combined DI/Masters program at Sam Houston State University (Eat ‘em Up Kats!). She currently works for Liberty Dialysis under Fresenius Kidney Care at two clinics in Bryan and Brenham, and previously worked at Rock Prairie Behavioral Health in College Station. She loves educating patients about the renal diet and how to make all foods fit!

Jenny’s Favorite Food– Tex Mex





Southeast Region Director-Elect

Sarah Ryan, MS, RDN, LD

Residence– The Woodlands

Sarah is a foodie fascinated by the way food connects with each of us personally. Sarah is a Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for Dairy MAX. Before Dairy MAX, Sarah was the campus dietitian at the University of Houston System with Aramark. She earned a Bachelor of Science in food, nutrition and dietetics as well as a Master of Science in human sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University. Sarah was awarded the 2017 Media Award by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to being the Director Elect for the Southeast, Sarah’s also excited to serve as a 2017-2019 State Media Representative for the Texas Academy.

Sarah’s Favorite Food- “Homemade pizza—fresh dough, melty cheese, piled high with veggies! It’s the best date night meal to cook alongside my husband.”

Twitter- @SarahRyanRD

Southeast Region Legislative


Amanda Rose, MS, RDN, LD

Residence– Pasadena

Amanda completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition as well as her Dietetic Internship at the University of Houston. Go COOGS! She is the Health and Wellness Manager at MD Anderson, and previously did contract work for Dietitians on Demand. Recently, Amanda and a large group of dietitians took on the capitol in Washington DC to discuss several different nutrition related issues with Senators and Representatives. She is passionate about improving the health of all Texans, and feels that the best way to do this is to advocate for and educate politicians and individuals about nutrition related policies.

Amanda’s Favorite Food– Thai




Southeast Region Contributor


Christina Zarzana, MS, RD, LD

Residence– Houston



Christina is a proud Fightin’ Texas Aggie Former Student and completed her Bachelors in Nutritional Science at Texas A&M University and combined Masters in Nutrition/Dietetic internship at Stephen F. Austin. She is a Child Nutrition Supervisor for Cy-Fair ISD Nutrition Services, with previous work experience including supervising, menu planning and special diets at Pasadena ISD and Clear Creek ISD. She is passionate about improving health in schools, and enjoys the continual innovations, challenges, and comradery inherent to school food service.

Christina’s Favorite Food- Italian

Twitter- @CZarzanaRD





Southeast Region Awards &

Scholarships Coordinator

Marie Whelan, MS, RDN, LD

Residence– Houston


If variety is the spice of life, then Marie Whelen likes things spicy. She teaches nutrition at the Art Institute of Houston and enjoys combining health promotion with improving food safety and quality. She loves travel, especially exploring new areas on foot.

Marie’s Favorite Food– “Seafood/fish, because I’m originally from south Louisiana, but choosing favorites is like asking a mother which child is her favorite.”






Southeast Region Networking


Seemab Jamil, MS, RD, LD

Residence– Deer Park

Seemab is a registered dietitian with her Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods from the University of Houston. Seemab is passionate about nutrition because of her love for science and food and its crucial role in the treatment and prevention of disease. Seemab is very sociable and enjoys foodventures, travel, reading, and yoga.

Seemab’s Favorite Food– Salt and vinegar chips—in moderation!

Twitter- @SeemabJamilRD




Southeast Region Area Liaison


Julia Jarrell, RDN, LD

Residence– Houston


Julia Jarrell graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor degree in Human Food and Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian in Houston, Texas. She is the Food Literacy Dietitian for the Houston Independent School District. Some of her favorite classes to share with Houston students involve gardening, cooking demos, and the “Farm to MyPlate” lesson, which teaches students not only about healthy food, but also about where their food comes form. Julia is passionate about teaching nutrition in ways that get kids moving, are hands-on, and that builds a student buy-in to make healthy choices! Jarrell currently serves on the Nominating Committee for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Nominating Chair-elect and as the Legislative Chair for the Houston School Nutrition Association.

Julia’s Favorite Food- I love pizza! My grandmother’s favorite food was also pizza and I remember when I was a kid she would come stay with us and we would eat only pizza for the entire weekend; homemade pizza, bagel pizzas, pocket pizzas, you name it! I love visiting new pizza parlors and I always get a slice of cheese the first time so I can equally compare every place, I have an extensive ranking of local pizza places in Houston. My favorite pizza right now is goat cheese, arugula and kalamata olives, yum!