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Nutrition & Physical Activity

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Serving Maricopa County’s nutritional health needs, the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity delivers programs that promote health and prevent chronic disease through collaboration with community based partners. Our dynamic team of registered dietitians, health educators, and health professionals provides education and resources to help you make smart nutrition choices. We also provide interactive nutrition education sessions and free curricula to our valley schools for parents and students and promote and encourage the growth of school based gardens. We provide worksite wellness program assistance, engage in wellness campaigns, sponsor an “Ask the Nutritionist” hotline, and so much more! Contact us to discuss all the ways we can bring the benefits and fun of nutrition to your school or workplace.

 

Meet our talented staff below!

 

Staff Bios

 

Julie Scholer
Julie Scholer

 

Program Supervisor
602.506.9325
JulieScholer@mail.maricopa.gov

Connie Ballard
Connie Ballard, RD

 

Community Dietitian Supervisor
602.506.9337
ConnieBallard@mail.maricopa.gov

Sally Bordeaux
Sally Bordeaux, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9326
SallyBordeaux@mail.maricopa.gov

Libby Boudreau
Libby Boudreau, MPH, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9324
ElizabethBoudreau@mail.maricopa.gov

Cindy Gentry
Cindy Gentry

 

Food Systems Coordinator
602.506.8323
GentryC@mail.maricopa.gov

Cara Glenn, RD
Cara Glenn, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9335
CaraGlenn@mail.maricopa.gov

Linda Harris
Linda Harris

 

Health Educator
602.509.5071
LindaHarris@mail.maricopa.gov

Brandon Hernandez
Brandon Hernandez

 

Health Educator
602.621.1769
BrandonHernandez@mail.maricopa.gov

Christine Hicks
Christine Hicks, RD

 

Community Dietitian Supervisor
602.506.9322
ChristineHicks@mail.maricopa.gov

Sara Horner
Sara Horner

 

Program Evaluator
602.372.4409
SaraHorner@mail.maricopa.gov

Millette Miller
Millette Miller

 

Accountant
602.506.9321
MilletteMiller@mail.maricopa.gov

Kristi Mollner
Kristi Mollner, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9304
KristiMollner@mail.maricopa.gov

Linda Strecker
Linda Strecker

 

School Training Coordinator
602.320.0158
LindaMohr-Strecker@mail.maricopa.gov

Crystal Teller
Crystal Teller

 

602.506.9331
CrystalTeller@mail.maricopa.gov

Laura Weber
Laura Weber, MSEd, RD, IBCLC

 

WIC Dietetic Internship Coordinator
602.506.9319
LauraWeber@mail.maricopa.gov

Tina Wegner
Tina Wegner, RD

 

Community Dietitian Supervisor
602.506.9334
TinaWegner@mail.maricopa.gov

Andrea Zechmann
Andrea Zechmann, RD, IBCLC

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9323
AndreaZechmann@mail.maricopa.gov

 

 


 

Julie Scholer

 

Julie Scholer Julie Scholer is the Program Manager for the Office of Nutrition & Physical Activity. Her experience includes work in public health, non-profits, and education for more than sixteen years. Julie spent several years working on tobacco prevention and intervention strategies that included WIC programs, multi-unit housing, youth, and early childhood education systems. As the Healthy Communities program lead, she assisted with implementation of the Community Transformation Grant at Spokane Regional Health District working on policy, systems and environmental changes in nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, and injury prevention. Julie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Adult Education. She also completed the University of North Carolina’s Management Academy of Public Health. In 2013, she formed the West Plains Community Orchestra in Cheney, Washington to provide opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to play and to build stronger community ties. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and golf, and occasionally hiking and jogging. She has been married for 28 years and has two sons. Her favorite band is Switchfoot.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education, Eastern Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Idaho State University
  • Master of Public Administration, Eastern Washington University
  • Master of Adult Education, Eastern Washington University
  • Management Academy of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Connie Ballard, RD, SNS

 

Connie Ballard Connie Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Arizona State University, completed a dietetic internship at Paradise Valley Unified School District and is a registered dietitian (RD). Nutrition education in the classroom and health promotion through community events are among her favorite work activities. Her position as a community dietitian with Maricopa County allows her to practice one of her passions - communicating nutrition messages to promote healthy lifestyle choices in the community setting. Prior to working for the county, Connie worked for a child nutrition consulting firm. As director of nutrition services her primary role was to oversee compliance reviews of schools participating in the National School Lunch Program for various state agencies across the country. She also participated in the management and development of a USDA approved on-line menu planning program for schools. These experiences and her prior roles in business have provided a unique perspective into the workings of the school nutrition and foodservice environment.

 

When Connie is not working she is spending time with her most precious gifts, her family. She also values time spent with friends, travel, the great outdoors, reading, and researching the topics of nutritional genomics and integrative and functional medicine via dietetics.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Arizona State University
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association
  • School Nutrition Specialist, School Nutrition Association
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Sally Bordeaux, RD

 

Sally Bordeaux Sally T. Bordeaux has worked as a registered dietitian with Maricopa County for the past 5 years. She holds 2 degrees; one in nutrition from Arizona State University and the other degree is in Elementary Education. She is able to teach in Arizona but chose to go back to school and combine her two interests teaching and nutrition. Sally teaches nutrition in English and Spanish to all age groups. Sally likes to find fun and interesting ways to make her classes or presentations more interesting and interactive. Sally has previously worked at Saint Vincent de Paul as a nutritionist and Banner Good Sam as a diet tech but her true interest is in public health.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, College of New Jersey
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association
  • Elementary Education Certificate K-8, Arizona Department of Education
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Libby Boudreau, MPH, RD

 

Libby Boudreau Libby is a native of St. Louis, Missouri but considers North Carolina her home after spending a wonderful 10 years there. She studied literature and biology at Duke University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. Libby then attended her rival school, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and obtained a Master of Public Health degree as well as completing her didactic and internship requirements to become a registered dietitian. Prior to her position with the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Libby worked as a high-risk dietitian for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in Maricopa County. She is very passionate about nutrition policy and public health.

 

In her free time, Libby loves cooking, eating delicious food, doing yoga, traveling, reading, hiking, biking, and creating stationery and greeting cards.

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature; Biology Minor, Duke University
  • Master of Public Health in Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association

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Cara Glenn, RD

 

Cara Glenn Cara grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated with her degree in Dietetics from Missouri State University. Upon graduation, she completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston. She is a Registered Dietitian as well as a Certified Breastfeeding Educator. Cara previously lived in Wichita, Kansas where she spent time working with the WIC program. After time in Kansas, Cara and her husband packed up and moved to the Valley. She is excited to be back in the public health sector and looks forward to working at Maricopa County and with its residents! She enjoys providing nutrition education to those around her. On a person level, Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and their “special needs” puppy, cooking, and shopping.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Missouri State University
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Breastfeeding Educator, Lactation Consultant Services

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Cindy Gentry

 

Cindy Gentry Cindy brings plenty of passion plus more than twenty-five years’ experience with non-profit hunger prevention and healthy food systems development to the position of Food Systems Coordinator. She has worked statewide to nurture local food production, distribution and food access capacities, and to support local farmers’ markets, including spearheading the work to establish the Phoenix Public Market.

 

Other activities and achievements include developing resources to start up the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Food Stamp at the Market Project. These programs make it easier for low-income children, adults and seniors to access better nutrition as they shop for fresh vegetables at local farmers’ markets, while bringing new income to Arizona producers to help keep them on the land. She is also active in developing working relationships with local, regional and national stakeholders to expand a Farm to Cafeteria program in Arizona.

 

Hobbies include reading, gardening, traveling, enjoying quirky movies and all sorts of music with family and friends, including her twin grandchildren!

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, summa cum laude, Arizona State University
  • Arizona State Lead, National Farm to School Network

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Linda Harris

 

Linda Harris Linda Harris was born in Arizona, raised on a small farm in Glendale. Previously, Linda worked as a Nutrition Program Assistant and Training Assistant for the WIC Program. During the past nine years, Linda has provided nutrition and breastfeeding education to Maricopa County families and assisted in establishing the WIC Travel Team. Linda has a fun and lively way of presenting nutrition classes, trainings, and outreach presentations. She enjoys teaching and helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle, especially making a difference in people’s lives. Linda has also worked for Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles as a Customer Service Supervisor and Trainer. She is fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Sign Language. She loves interacting with people and has been interviewed by several Spanish speaking television and radio stations.

 

Linda spends her spare time with her friends and family, especially her youngest grandson, Gavin. She loves shopping, reading, attending craft sales, movies, and baking - especially baking during the holidays. She likes to collect and decorate her home with cows!

 

  • Associate Degree in Public Administration, Rio Salado College
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Central Arizona College
  • Certification in Management

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Brandon Hernandez

 

Brandon Hernandez Brandon received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Arizona in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics with a double major in Nutrition (Dietetics). Originally only a Biochemistry student, Brandon was fascinated with how the body worked and decided to add Nutrition as a second major. Since graduating, Brandon has worked in the field of community nutrition at the city level and now at the county level. His passion is educating the public in fun and impactful ways to prevent now so common diseases.

 

In his free time, Brandon is very active through rock climbing and competitive sports such as flag football and tennis. Brandon runs in as many 5k obstacle courses, 5k mud runs, and urban scavenger hunts as he can. He also enjoys trying restaurant held food challenges such as eating an extremely spicy food within a certain time limit.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Nutrition, University of Arizona

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Christine Hicks, RD

 

Christine Hicks Christine obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and completed her dietetic internship with Focus on Nutrition Consulting Group. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor with expertise in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Christine has over 15 years of dietetic experience in both the public and private sector and has been a Maricopa County Dietitian since March of 2000. Christine has provided nutrition education to several thousand Maricopa County residents through community based education programs and health fairs. She is an innovative educator who has received local recognition for her work with the 5 a Day for Better Health Program. She is passionate about promoting and improving the health and well-being of Maricopa County residents and pets. Christine organizes "Creature Comfort Collections" of towels, sheet and blankets within the Department of Public Health to benefit homeless pets at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

 

  • Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition Science, Northern Arizona University
  • Registered Dietitian (RD), Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Certified Lactation Counselor, Center for Breastfeeding
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association
  • Certified in Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills, Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program
  • First Aid and CPR Certified, American Heart Association

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Sara Horner

 

Sara Horner Sara is a native of South Dakota, but after 10 years in Nebraska she claims both states as her home. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Sara has been working in Public Health in some capacity for 6 years with experience in tobacco prevention and education, drug and alcohol prevention and education, and program evaluation. Sara has reinvigorated her passion for fitness and nutrition working as a trainer in a small gym back in Nebraska and towards a measured understanding of physical activity and, hopefully soon, nutrition. With that rekindled interest, Sara is exceptionally excited to get to work with the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity.

 

Personally, being new to the area, Sara loves the outdoor opportunities Phoenix has to offer! Going to the gym, hiking with the dog, and biking are some of her favorite pastimes; she’s particularly excited to take up rock climbing and paddle boarding.

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master of Science in Public Health (Community Health Education emphasis), University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

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Millette Miller

 

Millette Miller Millette was born and raised in the Philippines, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is fluent in both English and Tagalog, her native language. Millette’s professional history is quite diverse. She has experience in the Electronics, Manufacturing and Property Management industries. As her first job in the US, she was an Accounting Manager for an HOA Management company and held the position for eight years before moving to Public Health. She has 14 years’ experience of professional accounting. Although she is a newcomer to both the public sector and the field of health and nutrition, she is very eager to learn from the wonderful team of professionals in the Office of Nutrition & Physical Activity!

 

Millette’s personal interests include food, her dog, movies, and short trips with my husband. Three things that appeal to her quirky side: Shawshank Redemption reruns, Hall & Oates in a loop, and the Super Bowl commercials.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

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Kristi Mollner, RD

 

Kristi Mollner Kristi spent most of her life growing up in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered for the UNL Athletic Department, having the pleasure to work alongside many extraordinary athletes, assisting them with pre- and post-workout nutritional needs. She later traveled the country to complete her dietetic internship- gaining experience in both San Antonio, Texas and Chicago, Illinois.

 

After completing her internship and while still in the traveling mode, Kristi decided she wanted to live in a warmer climate and moved to Phoenix. Today she is ecstatic about being part of the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity where she gets to share her passion for wellness and nutrition with a vast population across The Valley. She enjoys having the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. She also loves to learn and is currently working on a Master of Science in Nutrition from Arizona State University.

 

Kristi is very passionate about sports and music. She will forever be a fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Chicago Cubs, and live music. She has two things she wants to see before she leaves this earth: the Cubs as World Series Champions and Led Zeppelin reunited on tour - she says she’s not holding her breath though.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association
  • ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
  • Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Master Trainer

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Linda Strecker

 

Linda Strecker Linda obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Arizona State University. She holds an Arizona K-12 teaching certification and began the first 12 years of her professional life as a classroom teacher in the Gilbert Unified School District. During her teaching years, she was also a curriculum department chair which eventually led her into an 8 year career as a curriculum sales consultant in the educational publishing sector. In this role she helped K-12 school districts identify curricular needs and provide appropriate product solutions along with implementation support.

 

Linda has been with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health since October of 2012 and she feels privileged to be working as the School Training Coordinator for the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity. She works with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) eligible districts and schools with the important mission of helping them to better integrate nutrition and physical activity curriculum into the classrooms.

 

Linda loves cooking, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family.

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Arizona State University
  • Special Education Teaching Certificate K-12, Arizona Department of Education
  • Structured English Immersion (SEI), K-12 Endorsement, Arizona Department of Education
  • Certified in Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills, Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program

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Crystal Teller

 

Crystal Teller Crystal was born and raised in Nebraska. She moved to Arizona in 2006 and began her work with the County at Vital Registration. After leaving to spend a year as a stay-at-home mom, she is ecstatic to rejoin the workforce as a part of the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity. Crystal earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College. Her concentrations were Office Administration and Human Resource Management. Crystal has plans to go back to school and acquire an early childhood degree. She also hopes to earn a degree in Spanish.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Office Administration and Human Resource Management, Wayne State College

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Laura Weber, MSEd, RD, IBCLC

 

Laura Weber Laura became a Registered Dietitian in 2002. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Laura moved to Arizona in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Saint Louis University. While working as a Research Dietitian at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, she earned her Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As a part time job and hobby, Laura was a Rhythmic Gymnast and Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastic Coach before moving to Arizona.

 

In Arizona, she began working for the Participant Centered Services Program at Maricopa County WIC. While working for the county, she became a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and earned her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant credential in 2013. Laura’s current position at the county is the WIC Dietetic Internship Coordinator. Passionate about profession of dietetics, she is excited to be able to work closely with future dietitians and the preceptors who support them. Laura also enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, and ice hockey. But she really loves traveling, movies, and all of her family in St. Louis & Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Simi Valley & Escondido, California; Seattle, Washington; and Denver, Colorado.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Fontbonne University
  • Master of Science in Education in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Central Arizona College
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Tina Wegner, RD

 

Tina Wegner Tina Wegner is a Registered Dietitian with 20 years of experience in public health nutrition. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio after receiving an Associate’s Degree in Nutrition from Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA. Tina completed her dietetic internship as a part of the Coordinated Program at Youngstown State University. Tina is very excited to champion healthy behavior changes in her current position of Community Dietitian Supervisor. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Tina has been in Arizona since 1992. In their spare time, Tina and her husband enjoy outdoor activities like traveling, golf, and camping. Tina also volunteers at the Maricopa County Animal Shelter training new volunteers, educating the public on responsible pet ownership, and helping homeless animals find permanent homes.

 

  • Associate of Applied Science: Nutrition, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Youngstown State University
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association

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Andrea Zechmann, RD, IBCLC

 

Andrea Zechmann Andrea obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Idaho and completed her dietetic internship as part of the coordinated program in dietetics at the University of Idaho. She is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Andrea has over 15 years of dietetic experience in the public sector and has been with Maricopa County since 1996. Her passion is helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle and enjoys every opportunity to make a difference in people’s life on a daily bases. Andrea has provided nutrition and breastfeeding education to several thousand Maricopa County residents during the past 15 years with the county.

 

In her free time, Andrea loves cooking, working out, traveling, and spending lots of time with friends and family. Her weekends are filled with playing tennis with her husband or cheering on her son and daughter at the soccer field.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Science, University of Idaho
  • Registered Dietitian (RD), Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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4041 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone:

602.506.9333

 

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602.506.9330

 

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