January 2018 Member Spotlight

By Kimberly Wolf, PAND media team member

As we start the New Year, our January 2018 spotlight member Angela Tetteris is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

And that is exactly what Angela Tetteris MS, RD, LDN, is doing. Not only does she hold an exciting dietetic position in her full-time job, she also volunteers as a PAND delegate for the Pittsburgh/Northwest region.
Angela Tetteris is a dietitian currently living in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. She earned her BS in nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a MS in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Angela works as a corporate nutrition services consultant with Grane Healthcare in Pittsburgh. This entails providing consulting and support services to 12 long term care communities in the state. Her focus is food service operations and clinical nutrition program management.

In addition to her daily job, Angela was elected as a delegate, representing PitAND and NWPAND affiliates. Angela serves as a representative in the Academy’s House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD is the voice of the profession and it develops national policies on issues impacting dietitians. As a delegate, Angela regularly reviews HOD communications and information. Angela relies on input from PAND members on topics discussed by the HOD so that she can truly represent our members. Feedback is then reported to the HOD throughout the year and during meetings. She provides updates to the affiliates and PAND members on HOD and Academy activities. As a delegate, Angela votes on motions. This area of advocacy is exciting as it helps shape the future of our field.

As a child, Angela spent a lot of time on her grandparent’s farm. A special memory she has is picking blackberries with her grandfather and then enjoying the fruits of their labor when those berries were turned into homemade blackberry ice cream. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending quality time with her family. She and her husband have a three year old daughter named Sophie who keeps them busy.

Angela has a passion for our profession and fellow dietitians alike. When asked about what she finds special about fellow RDs she shared, “dietitians have the ability to translate scientific information into advice that can treat, cure and prevent disease. By empowering individuals to make healthier choices we significantly impact their overall health and wellness.” Because of this, if Angela could change anything about our profession it would be expanded reimbursement opportunities for nutrition services provided by dietitians