Southeast Region Director

Julia Jarrell, RDN, LD

southeast_director@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

 

Julia Jarrell has the privilege of teaching students about leading healthy and productive lives through nutrition. These educations always include MyPlate, physical activity and promote balance, variety and moderation. From these main tenets, she creates curriculum that aims to intrigue and encourages critical thinking, especially regarding messages about food. She has advocated at the Academy’s Public Policy Workshop and Legislative Action Conference (School Nutrition) in Washington, DC, and the Texas Public Policy Workshop. As she moves into her membership year as Director of the Southeast Region for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one of her proudest accomplishments is helping to 46 CEUs and 20 networking events to the Southeast Region over the past three years because it has benefited so many dietetic professionals and students. As a dietitian, she strives to change the lives of children through their experience with nutrition at school, families through advocating in the legislative process and to strengthen the dietetic profession through professional volunteerism.

Favorite Food Quote:
“Big slices, that’s how you cut the cake.” Lil Wayne

 

Southeast Region Director-Elect

Jill Roberts, MCN, RDN, LD

southeast_director_elect@eatrighttexas.org 

Area of Residence: The Woodlands, TX

 

Jill is a registered dietitian nutritionist (MCN, RDN, LD) and culinary enthusiast. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen and creating healthy, delicious meals for her family. Her second love is being outdoors; she lives on a farm where she loves gardening, taking care of her chickens, and staying active by running, biking and taking walks at sunset with her husband. Her passion is to help families develop healthy habits and lifestyles that support their health and wellness at any age. She owns Living Up Wellness, a private practice in The Woodlands, TX that specializes in family nutrition with a whole body approach wellness. She works with the whole family to make dietary and lifestyle changes so that thmailto:southeast_director_elect@eatrighttexas.orey can have amazing health and energy at any age.

Favorite Food Quote:
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” Cesar Chavez

 

Southeast Region Legislative

Coordinator

Sarah A. Crulcich, MPH, RD, LD

southeast_legislative@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Sarah is a Texas transplant originally from NW Indiana near Chicago and a life-long White Sox fan. She received her degree in Dietetics from Purdue University. The coordinated DI/MPH program at The UTHealth Science Center brought her to the great city of Houston and she loves to call this place home. Her career interests are in preventative health, immigrant and refugee acculturation, and public policy. You can find her on the weekends hanging out with her little black lab, playing tennis, and checking out the latest brunch spots.

Favorite Food Quote:
“Lettuce turnip the beet.”

 

 

Southeast Region Networking

Coordinator

Areli Gutierrez, MS, RD, LD

southeast_networking@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Areli Gutierrez is a registered and licensed dietitian with a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and over 6 years of experience with nutritional counseling and motivational interviewing. Areli has a diverse background in clinical, retail and community nutrition and has worked with a variety of patient populations. Bilingual and excelling in building great rapport with her patients, Areli has a deep love for helping people reach their nutrition health goals.

Favorite Food Quote:
“Food is only nutritious if you eat it!”

 

 

Southeast Region Awards &

Scholarships Coordinator

Alberto Garcia III, MS, RD, LD

southeast_awards@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Alberto is a Food Literacy & Inclusion Manager at Houston Independent School District Nutrition Services. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University and holds a Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. Alberto’s passion is empowering individuals with nutrition knowledge to help them adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Favorite Food Quote:
I love Mexican food!

 

 

 

Southeast Region Seminar

Coordinator

Erin Hosein, MS, RDN, LD

southeast_seminar@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Erin Hosein has been working for Dietitians for Healthcare which provides dietitian consultants for clinical and food-service needs in the long-term care industry, after completing her combined dietetic internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Metabolism at University of Texas Medical Branch. She was a college athlete and spends her free time playing pick-up basketball, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with her new husband.

Favorite Food Quote:
“Carpe Diem” which is not traditionally a food quote, but its agricultural roots mean “pluck when ripe” which gives it deeper meaning which I try to apply in my nutritional, personal, and professional life.

 

 

Southeast Region Area Liaison

Coordinator

Helen Yuan, MS, RD, LD

southeast_area_liaison2@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Helen currently works as the in-house dietitian of Liver Specialists of Texas, and has served as Area Liaison Coordinator for the Texas Academy’s Southeast Region since June 2018. She enjoys swing dancing and attending live musical performances in her free time.

Helen’s Favorite Quote – “It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread – the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature.” -Ivan Pavlov

 

Southeast Region Area Liaison

Coordinator

Tara Taylor, MS, RD, LD

southeast_area_liaison1@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: College Station, TX

 

Tara Taylor is an Aggie grad and completed a BS in 2004 in Nutrition Sciences and a MS in 2006 in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has been working at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan as the Clinical Nutrition Manager for the past 5-6 years. She has a passion for trauma and critical care. This will be her 3rd year serving as the Area Liaison for the Bryan/College Station area and her first year coordinating the three regional conferences. In her spare time, she has two boys that keep her very busy. She also enjoys running and has ran several half marathons in the past year with the hope of completing a full marathon within the next year. She also enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and baking.

Favorite Food Quote:
“Will run for cupcakes or wine.”

Southeast Region Contributing

Coordinator

Kari Kempf, MS, RD, LD

southeast_contributor@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Kari Kempf, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian at Houston ISD where she manages the district’s special diets. She previously worked in clinical nutrition at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, TX and in nutrition research at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, MA. She also has experience in nutrition communication with Joy Bauer Ventures, creating content for programming on the Today Show and Joy’s many media channels. Kari holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Miami University. She currently resides in Houston and enjoys travel, skiing, calligraphy, podcasts, and design.

Favorite Food Quote:
“…and in the morning, I’m making waffles.” -Donkey

 

Southeast Region Diversity

Coordinator

Shannon Curtis, MS, DTR, CPT
southeast_diversity@eatrighttexas.org

Area of Residence: Houston, TX

 

Shannon Curtis recently completed her dietetic internship at Louisiana Tech University and received her Master’s in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University-Houston. Previously, she received a Bachelor’s in Genetics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s in Nutrition from the University of Houston. She is excited to move back to the Houston area to begin her dietetics career and be close to her hometown of Galveston Island. Shannon also has a passion for fitness as a certified personal trainer. Some of her hobbies include dancing, cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Shannon is very excited to come on to the Southeast Region leadership team to navigate the new role of Diversity Coordinator. She is very passionate about increasing diversity in the dietetics field and wants to see the role of a Registered Dietitian more desired as a career path–as commonly as lawyers and nurses!

Favorite Food Quote:
“The only thing better than talking about food is eating food.”

 

Southeast Region Academy Delegate Karen Beathard