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Meet Our Team

Chief Executive Officer/CEO

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Chaya Sokol, RDN
Chief Executive Officer

Chaya Sokol is the founder and CEO of NutraSourceRD.  Chaya has her Bachelor’s in Nutrition from Brooklyn College and Completed her dietetic internship with the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital Health Care System.  Being a Registered Dietitian working in multiple healthcare facilities, Chaya saw a need for qualified well-trained Registered Dietitians within the healthcare industry. NutraSourceRD was created to fill that need and its rapid growth and success is testament the quality and caliber of service provided by the company.  Expanding the company to the encompass NutraSourceDI (Dietetic Internship) and NutraSourceFS (Food Service) enables NutraSourceRD to be involved in educating the next generation of Registered Dietitians and providing food service consulting to healthcare facilities.  Chaya treats each client as if they are her only client and is dedicated to growing the company by reputation, dedication and exemplary customer service.


Corporate Office Team

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Elizabeth Stampone
Human Resources Director

Elizabeth Stampone, Director of Human Resources at NutraSourceRD, is an accomplished professional with over 11 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Elizabeth is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that assist NutraSourceRD with employee relations and retaining a high performing and motivated workforce. Elizabeth specializes in developing and implementing onboarding, recruiting, interviewing, benefits management and employee relations policies and procedures.


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Sara Zaza
Human Resources Recruiter

Sara Zaza, Human Resources Recruiter, recently joined the NutraSourceRD team. She has received her Bachelors degree in Human Services from East Stroudsburg Univeristy. She excels in recruiting, networking and welcoming employees to the team. Sara utilizes all professional media platforms to effectively market available positions within NutraSourceRD. She is ambitious in making connections and discovering candidates to join the NutraSourceRD team!


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Matthew Kries
Accounting Manager

Matthew Kries, Account Manager, establishes long-lasting client relationships. He oversees and manages the clients’ accounts to ensure maximized success. Matthew processes employee’s payroll, benefits and vacation and sick time reporting. Matthew successfully provides NutraSourceRD with profitable company solutions. 


NutraSourceRD (Registered Dietitian Division)

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Caitlin O'Neill, MS, RDN
Vice President of Clinical Services

Caitlin O’Neill is the Vice President of Clinical Services at NutraSourceRD. She graduated from Rutgers University with her bachelor's degree in Dietetics, completed her Dietetic Internship and earned her master's degree at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Caitlin is a Registered Dietitian and started her career in long term care which is where her love for this field started. She started with NutraSourceRD as a per diem RD before jumping into a Regional position, being promoted to Chief Regional RD and now Vice President of Operations. Caitlin excels in training and mentoring NutraSourceRD dietitians and building lasting relationships with facility staff in each of our accounts.


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Carolyn Ramondo, RD, CNSC
Vice President of Clinical Services

Carolyn Ramondo is the Vice President of Clinical Services for NutraSourceRD. Carolyn obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Carolyn started her career in acute care with experience working in the intensive care unit as well as assisting with management of the diet office. After solidifying her passion for clinical nutrition and leadership, Carolyn began working in Long-Term Care as a facility dietitian. In this time, she obtained her specialization in nutrition support becoming a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician through the national board and provided care for many residents receiving enteral and parenteral nutrition. Carolyn then took on the role as a Regional Dietitian with goals of ensuring optimal nutrition care in all of her facilities as well as providing consistent support to the dietitians she oversees. Carolyn prides herself on being a resource for education on both a small and large scale making herself available for consultation on any patient case, providing feedback and encouraging development of the facility dietitians' clinical judgement as well as having conducted formal presentations on pancreatitis, diabetes management, enteral feeding complications, and malnutrition. Carolyn is dedicated to teaching, inspiring, and supporting the regional team, facility dietitians, and clients of NutraSourceRD. She is excited to continue advancing established initiatives as well as create new programs that will support the company’s mission and growth.

 


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Sara Vincenzi
Regional Dietitian

Sara Vincenzi recently joined the NutraSource RD Corporate team in 2019, providing support to registered dietitians throughout the North Jersey region. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a minor in Psychology from Penn State University. After her undergrad education, she completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo in acute-care before moving into long-term care. She enjoys being able to provide exceptional care to each resident, and is excited to be a part of the corporate team to provide support.


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Andrea Gekoff, RDN
Regional Dietitian

Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. Andrea completed an intense dietetic internship program from Pasco County through Miami-Dade Health Department.  
Andrea has over 10 years of experience with the long term care population and survey compliance. Many other areas of expertise are WIC program assisting pregnant women, home health care, nutritional counseling, employee health, acute care and management of employees.  Andrea is a well presented, self-motivated and confident Dietitian with a passion for nutrition, health and fitness.


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Amanda Bolognino, MS, RDN, CDN
Regional Dietitian

Amanda is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who joined NutraSourceRD in 2018. She has been working with the geriatric population for over 8 years and has both clinical and foodservice experience. She has a passion for promoting optimal nutrition during all stages of life. She has a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from SUNY Oneonta’s Combined Master’s and Dietetic Internship Program. Amanda enjoys working within a multidisciplinary approach with her colleagues. She is organized and responsive to the needs of her residents and facility. Amanda is a driven dietitian who is always looking to learn new and effective approaches to better nutrition. 


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Nicole Brummer
Regional Dietitian


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Kaylan Gotwalt, RD
Regional Dietitian

Kaylan Gotwalt joined the NutraSourceRD team in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University. After completing her dietetic internship with Aramark in an acute-care setting, Kaylan transitioned to long term care before starting her role as a Regional Dietitian for the Philadelphia and South Jersey Region. Kaylan is passionate about nutrition education as well as creating resident and interdisciplinary team relationships. She is organized and enjoys continuing her nutrition education in order to provide the best patient care.


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Melanie Smartnick, RD, LDN
Regional Dietitian

Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from Seton Hill University’s Coordinated Program in Greensburg, PA.  She developed her love and roots for the aged adult population from growing up with grandparents who owned Personal Care Homes.  Melanie began her professional experience at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, PA with focuses in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), Adult Day Health Care (ADHC), TeleMove! Program, and Critical Care.  Relocating to Palm Beach County, Florida, she managed LTC nutrition departments in the south Florida area as a contract RD, LDN.  She also has experience in International Hospice Consulting, where she traveled to Home Health Agencies across the country implementing EMR systems.  Currently, Melanie resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and enjoys surfing and the beach.


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Michael Tieu, MS, RD
Regional Dietitian

Michael Tieu joined the NutrasourceRD team in 2020. He obtained his Masters of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 2018. Before starting his role as Regional Dietitian for the Maryland and Philadelphia region, Michael worked as a traveling dietitian across the country from New York to California. His experience has included Level 1 acute care trauma, Level 4 max security prisons, Skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric wards, and long term care facilities.  Michael is passionate about nutrition and fitness and wants to bring the best possible care to our patients. 


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Melissa Kowalski, RD
Regional Dietitian

Melissa earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetics training through the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship. After completing her undergraduate education and dietetics training, Melissa joined the NutrasourceRD team in 2018. She worked at 2 skilled nursing facilities serving both geriatric and HIV-positive patient populations. In these sub-acute rehabilitation and long-term care settings, Melissa valued the lasting relationships she cultivated with residents, their families, and members of the interdisciplinary team. Melissa then transitioned to a Regional Dietitian role, providing guidance to Registered Dietitians in the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester. Within the community, Melissa continues to be involved as a working member at the Park Slope Food Coop and volunteers to provide telephonic nutrition counseling to food insecure individuals through the Family and Children’s Association of Long Island.


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Brianna Rosa, MS, RDN
Regional Dietitian

Brianna obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware in Dietetics. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth while earning her Master of Science in Nutrition. She started her career in long term care with NutraSourceRD before transitioning to the Assistant Regional position. Brianna loves helping others and building relationships with the residents. Brianna is excited to continue to share her passion for clinical nutrition and provide optimal patient care while supporting her team.


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Jessica Caricato, RD
Assistant Regional Dietitian

 

Jessica Caricato has been with NutraSoruceRD since 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University, and her Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She is passionate about providing the best possible care to all residents, and in her free time she  enjoys designing nutritious and tasty recipes to cook for family and friends. 


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Emily Waite, RDN
Assistant Regional Dietitian

Emily graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship through Stony Brook University in New York where she received the Medical Nutrition Therapy award. Emily comes with experience in long term care through the Long Island State Veterans Home where she provided nutrition education and collaborated on a multidisciplinary team. She demonstrates her passion for clinical care by providing the best quality of service to her residents. Emily enjoys teaching yoga and can most likely be found watching a webinar on the latest evidence-based practices in critical care.  


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Katherine Kelly, RD
Assistant Regional

Katherine Kelly is a Registered Dietitian who joined NutraSourceRD in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Katherine completed her clinically focused dietetic internship through the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY. She will complete her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at New York University in the Fall of 2020. Katherine is a dedicated dietitian who enjoys working with the geriatric population and providing evidence-based medical nutrition therapy. She is thrilled to be transitioning to the assistant manager role within the NutraSource team.


NutraSourceFS (Food Service Division)

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Julie McQueen, MS, RDN
Executive Food Service Specialist

Julie McQueen graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master’s of Science in the field of Community Nutrition where she also completed her dietetic internship, achieving the title of Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year DI Program from the Kentucky Dietetic Association. She has specialized experience in the areas of clinical nutrition, including acute and ICU level care, food service management and is a great addition to our team!


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Kathryn Lewis, RD,CDN
Clinical Food Service Specialist

Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University. She has over 5 years of experience working in  LTC kitchens, which initially ignited her passion to work with this population, and over 10 years of experience as a clinical dietitian. Kathryn joined the Nutrasource team in 2017 as a clinical RD and has been assisting with Food Service duties since the inception of NutrasourceFS. Having previously worked  in the kitchen of LTC facilities, Kathryn is able to identify and communicate with food service staff to provide nutritionally adequate and appetizing meals. Her love and respect for the elderly population is the driving force behind her desire to lift them up, one good meal at a time. 


NutraSourceDI (Dietetic Internship Division)

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Christa Brown, MS, RDN
Dietetic Internship Director

Christa Brown is the Dietetic Internship (DI) Director for our NutraSourceDI program. She earned her master’s degree at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Christa is a Registered Dietitian who started her dietetics career in the retail industry teaching the community how to apply wellbeing through nutrition and physical activity. She then transitioned to working for a food service management company as a manager leading all the health and wellness initiatives for 25 schools to then leading a team of 45 as the Director of Food Services. It was during this time that she was granted the opportunity to become an adjunct faculty member for Monmouth University teaching incoming freshmen students how to eat well on campus. From being a preceptor for RD and DTR programs throughout the state she discovered her passion for teaching and began a position as a Program Supervisor for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program with Rutgers University. Today, she is most passionate and thrilled to deliver a program that not only provides knowledge but impactful resources for every NutraSource Dietetic Intern!


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Dawn Hershey; MPH, RDN
Clinical Nutrition Coordinator

Dawn Hershey is the Clinical Nutrition Coordinator for NutraSource RD. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences as well as her Dietetic Internship program at Cornell University. She also has a Master's degree in Public Health. Dawn has been a Registered Dietitian for over eight years and has served as a Dietetic Internship preceptor throughout her years in long term care. She specializes in developing policies and procedures as well as training materials for Registered Dietitians to assist them in succeeding in their clinical positions. She has a passion mentoring other Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals in growing their clinical and managerial skills.

 


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Emily Witman
Dietetic Internship Program Assistant

Emily Witman joined the NutraSource team in 2018. In August 2019, she transitioned to NutraSourceDI as the Program Assistant where she provides administrative support to the Program Director, interns, and preceptors. She has a BA in Communication Studies from Stockton University, along with years of customer service and administrative experience.


Corporate Mascot

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Cody
Corporate Mascot

Cody assists in keeping the NutraSourceRD Corporate staff focused and motivated throughout the course of the day. THANK YOU Cody for always putting a smile on our faces!


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