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We are pleased to announce the inaugural Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual® Board of Editors!

These content experts have been appointed for a three-year term and will assist in the annual content updates for the adult website. Members of the PNCM® BOE were selected for their stature in the field of dietetics, their experience providing evidence-based care while using the Nutrition Care Process, their own clinical nutrition publications, a thorough understanding of evidence-based nutrition care, an appreciation for the application of the science of dietetics, and expertise in a particular area(s) of dietetics practice.

PNCM® Editor-in-Chief

Nancy L. Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, LD, CSP, FADA, FAND


Nancy began her work with the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group efforts in early 2000 to update and maintain the standard of timely updated publications when she was asked to review/author the Infant Nutrition chapter in the "Green" cover PNCM.

When the opening came for Chief Editor of the "Blue" Pediatric Nutrition Care manual (paper publication) update/revision, Nancy quickly volunteered. Everyone asked Nancy if she had ever been chief editor before. Nancy said no, but one of her skills was to manage large many faceted projects involving many members as an executive board member/president of the Ohio Dietetic Association. Nancy was successful in delivering an 829 page manual with 34 chapters, 52 authors, 41 reviewers, 9 appendix editors, one menu analyst, and 7 review committee members by publishing deadline.

When the PNCM went electronic and the Academy organized and oversaw publication process, Beth Leonberg became editor in chief working with AND representing PNPG. She served for a 5 year term, and Nancy was asked by the Academy/PNPG to follow Beth. The Academy has since changed to in-house publishing management. Nancy is now again PNCM EIC cooperating and working with AND Publication department for our current online manual.



PNCM Board of Editors Members

Board of Editors Member Bio

Patricia J Becker, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC

Patricia Becker is a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition and nutrition support.

Co-Editor of Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care 5th edition. Chapter author of Nutrition Assessment and Malnutrition related to Undernutrition. 

She is an active volunteer for Academy as chair of the EAL pediatric nutrition screening project, chair of PNPG, President of North Carolina Dietetic Association.

Lead author: Consensus statement for ASPEN / AND pediatric malnutrition. Author: Pediatric Malnutrition Section of the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual.

Co-author: Identifying Malnutrition in Preterm and Neonatal Populations: Recommended Indicators.

NC Outstanding Dietitian of the year 2010, PNPG Outstanding Member of the year 2018, Ohio Recognized Dietitian of the Year 2019.

Lori Brizee, MS, RDN, CDE

Current Position: Private Practice Nutrition Consultant focusing on pediatrics, diabetes and weight management; nutrition instructor at Oregon State University Cascades

Brizee has practiced clinical nutrition for over 35 years. She worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital in intensive, acute and ambulatory care for 20 years before moving to Bend, OR and starting a private practice. Her current focus includes Telehealth Nutrition and pediatric office consultations.

Lori authored the book Healthy Choices, Healthy Children, A Guide to Raising Fit, Happy Kids, (Paraclete Press, 2011). She has written numerous articles for Nutrition Focus for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, guidelines for the AND Pediatric Nutrition Care manual, as well as articles for magazines and newsletters aimed at parents in Central Oregon.

Lori received a BS in Dietetics at the University of California, Davis and MS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle where she completed an 18-month fellowship in pediatric nutrition at UW’s Center on Human Development and Disability.

Virginia (Ginger) Carney, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, FAND

Current Position: Director, Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Carney’s focus is the promotion and support of breastfeeding in pediatric clinical care as well as in the community in which she works.  She is passionate about elevating the practice of registered dietitians/nutritionists to include clinical lactation care.  She was one of the original authors of the Nutrition in Lactation chapter for the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual and has served as a reviewer of publications for the Pediatric Nutrition DPG as well as for the Women’s Health DPG.  She has been active locally, state-wide, and nationally serving in professional organizations and boards focusing on the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.  She has written numerous articles related to breastfeeding and lactation in both lay and professional publications.  Contributions to book chapters include Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process and the Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. 

Carney received her BS in Dietetics from the University of Tennessee, and an MPH from the University of Memphis School of Public Health.  She is currently serving as President-Elect for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coleen Liscano, MS, RD, CSP, CDN CNSC, FAND

Current Position: Director of Clinical Nutrition, Boston Children’s Hospital

Liscano has served as the Administrator/Program Director of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship Program. She has served as a contributing author and reviewer for the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual®. She has also reviewed manuscripts for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Infant, Child, Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN) Journal. Liscano worked as a pediatric dietitian throughout her career, providing care for the patients in the Neonatal and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units and their outpatient clinics. She has developed and executed guidelines and protocols to optimize care for these patient populations. She is the recent past Chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and currently appointed to the Council on Future Practice. Liscano received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and her Master of Science in Kinesiology – Sports Nutrition from Loma Linda University and California Polytechnic University, Pomona respectively.

Jessica Lowe, MPH, RDN, CSP 


Current Position: Ketogenic Dietitian

Lowe is a pediatric dietitian with a focus in ketogenic diet therapies as a treatment for intractable epilepsy. She has been practicing in this specialty for seven years at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and LAC+USC Medical Center. Lowe served as a reviewer for the both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice paper and the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual® section on ketogenic diet therapies for epilepsy. She is actively involved in the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group serving as the Co-Chair for their Public Policy Committee, has also been recognized for her efforts educating dietetic interns receiving the Outstanding Preceptor Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educator Preceptor Practice Group. Lowe received her BS in nutrition and food science from California State University, Chico, MPH from the University of California Los Angeles, and is currently working on her doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University.

Dr Diana Mager, PhD, MSc, RD

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta Canada

Dr Diana Mager, PhD, MSc, RD is a pediatric dietitian by training and worked for years as a clinician in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Currently Dr. Mager  is a professor of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Alberta in the Dept of Pediatrics and Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, pursuing research related to the nutritional needs of children with chronic GI and liver diseases.  She teaches clinical nutrition and advanced nutrition support to all dietetic trainees within Alberta within the dietetics curriculum at the University of Alberta.

Maggie Murphy, PhD, RD, LD, FAND

Current Position: Senior Pediatric Renal Dietitian

Maggie Murphy joined the division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital 3 years ago.  Current research projects include investigating the role of environmental pollutants in the development of cardiovascular and renal disease in children, prevention of nephrolithiasis recurrence in children, and mindful eating as a strategy to reduce cardiovascular risk in obese adolescents.  Prior to this position, Murphy had experience in obesity and diabetes research, specifically how early life stress such as child abuse and neglect can predispose an individual to develop metabolic syndrome including hypertension in adulthood.   Murphy’s educational background includes a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and an MS in Dietetics Administration from the University of Kentucky.  She obtained a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida.  She currently serves on the Committee of Lifelong Learning and Delegate for the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has previously served as President, Treasurer and State Policy Representative.

Beth Ogata, MS, RD, CD, CSP

Current Position: Nutritionist, Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington

Beth Ogata is a Registered Dietitian at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability in Seattle. Her clinical responsibilities include providing care for individuals with metabolic disorders at the Cristine M Trahms Program for Phenylketonuria and the UW Biochemical Genetics Program. She also sees infants and children in the Infant Development Follow-up Clinic, Late and Moderate Preterm Babies Clinic, and Down syndrome Specialty Clinic. Beth supervises nutrition and interdisciplinary fellows in the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders) program. Her faculty appointment is through the Department of Pediatrics, and she is Core Faculty with the UW’s Nutritional Sciences Program. Beth worked on the development of nutrition management guidelines for metabolic disorders, served as co-chair of the committee to develop SOP and SOPP in pediatric nutrition, and has held numerous leadership positions with state and national organizations. 

Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CD CNSC, CLE, NWCC, FAND

Current Position: Division Director of Clinical Nutrition, Morrison Healthcare

Phillips has over 20 years of experience in adult and pediatric nutrition support in acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, home health, and community health clinics. In her current role with Morrison Healthcare she provides clinical regulatory oversight and program development support throughout the country. Her current focus areas are malnutrition, nutrition management for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), wound care, order writing privileges for RDNs, and public policy. She is the public policy coordinator for the Utah affiliate, the past chair of the Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee, an associate editor of Building Blocks for Life newsletter of the Pediatric Nutrition DPG (PNPG), and the Chair of the Clinical Nutrition Management DPG. She has held multiple leadership positions in the Academy and ASPEN, including serving on the Pediatric Malnutrition Committee for PNPG and the Malnutrition Committee for ASPEN. She has authored over 45 journal articles, book chapters, and books. She earned her BA in Dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University and her MS in Clinical Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University.

Megan Robinson, MS, RD, CDE, CSSD, LDN

Current Position: Advanced Clinical Dietitian at the Diabetes Center for Children, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Robinson is an advanced clinical dietitian at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with a focus on pediatric diabetes and sports nutrition.  She has co-authored the diabetes chapter in Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care 5th Edition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Evidence Analysis Library diabetes guidelines, and peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND) and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) practice group. Robinson has also been a manuscript reviewer for the Diabetes Care and Education (DCE) practice group and writes pediatric nutrition blogs for  Robinson has been a RDN for the past 25 years, specializing in pediatric nutrition for over 17 years.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Vermont and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University.

Nicole Sanner, RDN, CSP, LDN

Current Position: Dietitian, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Patuxent River, MD

Nicole Sanner is a pediatric dietitian who maintains status as a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition and has experience providing nutrition care to children of all ages. She developed feeding protocols for children and adolescents hospitalized with medical complications of disordered eating and has co-authored the eating disorders section of the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual. She is published in the area of pediatric oncology and serves on the editorial board of Oncology Nutrition Connection, a newsletter of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She was recently elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. Sanner received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and is pursuing a Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama as a part-time distance learning student.  Sanner currently works in the primary care setting where she provides care to members of the armed services and their families. 

Amy Sapsford, RD, CSP, LD

Current Position: Registered Dietitian III at Cincinnati Children’s

Sapsford’s focus for her entire career has been Neonatal Nutrition beginning at Dayton Children’s in 1983 and moving on to Cincinnati Children’s in 1990 until now.  She co-authored the first Nutritional Care for High Risk Newborns (blue) book in the mid 1980’s with her Ohio Neonatal Nutritionists colleagues and contributed multiple chapters to the 2 subsequent (Red Book) editions.  She went on to co-author the Enteral Nutrition chapter of the AND NICU Nutrition Handbook and she co-authored the first two AND Human Milk chapters for the Infant Feedings book.  Amy served as a Content Item Writing Specialist for the CSP exam for CDR for many years including conversion from the simulation exam to the computerized version. She also participated in the development of the practice surveys and content outlines using the Nutrition Care Process.  Sapsford graduated with highest distinction from Eastern Kentucky University.

Elizabeth Spoede, MS, RD, CSP, LD

Current Position: Pediatric Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX

Spoede is a pediatric clinical dietitian with a focus on cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, and other pulmonary diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital.  More recently, she transitioned to a new job role within Texas Children’s as a clinical nutrition specialist where, in addition to maintaining patient care, she also provides staff training, departmental and hospital quality improvement projects, maintains regulatory readiness, and assists with many clinical projects throughout the hospital system.  Spoede has also been an author and editor for several editions of the Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nutrition Reference Guide.  She is adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Houston and teaches a nutrition course for the culinary and general education programs.  Spoede received undergraduate degrees in biology and nutrition from Texas A&M University and went on to receive a master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

Kristi Thaete, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Current Position: Director, Nutrition Services Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Kristi serves as a Registered Dietitian with a dual focus on clinical leadership and patient care. Her clinical focus continues to be the growth and feeding challenges of infants with cleft lip and palate. She was recently selected as one of only two Registered Dietitians to speak nationally at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting in April 2018. Kristi also serves as the Director of Nutrition Services in which she provides oversight to more than 50 registered dietitians on staff as well as all milk preparation activities within the hospital. Kristi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in 2002 and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2007, both in Dietetics.  She has been a Nutrition Support Clinician since 2006.

Jillian Trabulsi, Ph.D., R.D

Current Position: Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Nutrition Director of Graduate Programs in Nutrition
University of Delaware

Jillian Trabulsi, PhD RD is an Associate Professor & Associate Chair of Nutrition in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware. Her research program focuses on diet, nutritional status, growth, energy expenditure, and energy balance in infants and children who are healthy and in those with chronic disease. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations and her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. She started her career as a Registered Dietitian, working for 7 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at The University of Wisconsin – Madison where she was trained in diet assessment methodologies and stable isotope techniques for the measurement of energy expenditure. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition and Growth at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program.

Molly Wong Vega, MS, RDN, CSP, CSSD, LD

Current Position: Senior Pediatric Renal Dietitian, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX; Sports Dietitian, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, Houston, TX

Wong-Vega’s primary emphasis is on improving patient outcomes in critical care nephrology. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in providing nutrition therapy for children with renal disease.  She has published on protein metrics in continuous renal replacement therapy. She has been a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Renal Nutrition for the last 3 years. Wong-Vega has co-authored on the prevalence and practices of pediatric malnutrition coding and was part of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics evidence based work group analysis on nutrition screening in pediatrics.  She also serves as sports dietitian consultant for Houston area sports groups with an emphasis on adolescents. Wong-Vega received a Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.


Rosanna Watowicz, PhD, RD, LD

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University Department of Nutrition

Rosanna Watowicz is a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research is focused on clinical treatment of pediatric obesity and she is particularly interested in effective treatments for children with severe obesity. Dr. Watowicz practiced clinically for several years before joining the CWRU faculty and still enjoys working with patients whenever possible. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses within the department and loves to see students excited about the field of nutrition. Her goal is to train compassionate and evidence-based health care professionals. Dr. Watowicz completed her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Ohio, and her master’s degree, dietetic internship, and Ph.D. at The Ohio State University.

Are you an expert in burns, dysphagia, food safety, inborn errors of metabolism, malnutrition, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions or weight management? Click here to apply to the PNCM® Board of Editors today!


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The NCM® Team