Leadership

2020-2021

Chair

YaQutullah Ibraheem Muhammad MS, RDN, LD, FAC-P/PM

YaQutullah is the owner of Nutrition Prescriptions, LLC, a consulting practice that specializes in weight management, recipe development and analysis, nutrition education and women’s wellness.

She has completed certificate programs in federal acquisition and program/project management and adult weight management; is a member of the Georgia dietetic association and serves as treasurer, secretary and social media committee chair for the Religion member interest group. Muhammad earned her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Master’s degree in Health Sciences and Nutrition from Georgia State University.

She has written for nutrition-focused magazines, developed curriculum materials for the National VA Whole Health for Life wellness program, developed recipes and nutrient analysis for a cookbook and is currently writing part of Cultural Food Practices, Second Edition, a publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She has worked in various settings including inpatient clinical, community outpatient, school nutrition, foodservice, WIC community nutrition, and private practice and contract facilities. As a project manager, she manages nutrition wellness related projects.

YaQutullah has spoken at several conference retreats including women’s health and wellness retreats in Bermuda, facilitated nutrition education workshops and food demos within the community. YaQutullah has also contributed as a freelance writer and recipe developer for the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America’s Halal Consumer Magazine.

YaQutullah has 11+ years of experience in dietetics and nutrition, working with patients and clients on improving their health outcomes related to diabetes and weight management, cardiac disease, blood pressure and cholesterol management. Yaqutullah utilizes her creative talents in developing and promoting healthy recipes, interactive nutrition education programs.

YaQutullah loves empowering women to learn and apply nutrition into every facet of their lives and to understand the connection between faith, health and wellness.

Chair-Elect

Past Chair

Jessica Pearl MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, CLT, CDN, FAND

Jessica Pearl is a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist specializing in sports nutrition and food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University. Jessica currently works in private practice and the corporate wellness setting in New York City.

Secretary

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Mariah Haroon BS

Mariah graduated with honors from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in December, 2017 with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She was awarded the Christine. H. Smith scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement in May, 2017. She completed her dietetic internship as a CSUN Dietetic Intern in May 2019. As an intern, she completed her supervised clinical practice at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, foodservice administration rotation at Veteran’s Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, outpatient rotation at Center For Discovery, Beverly Hills, outpatient treatment center, and community rotation at Women’s Infant and Children (WIC) center in Panorama City and Champions for Change at CSUN. As a Nutrition Assistant at Northridge Hospital, she has served as a patient advocate and a liaison for her department. As a peer nutrition counselor at Pierce College Health Center, Mariah has helped college students make substantial changes towards a healthier lifestyle. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Human Nutrition and aspires to work as an external consultant for World Health Organization in the specific area of foodborne illnesses in developing countries.

Her work philosophy is: "The harder you work, the luckier you get". She is a life enthusiast and enjoy balancing work life with personal life. Her most favorite thing to do is to spend quality time her three children and hiking with them.

Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

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Hiba Hamadeh MMedSci, RDN, LD

Hiba Hamadeh completed her first undergraduate, as well as Masters of Medical Science (MMedSci) in Human Nutrition degree in the United Kingdom. Her Master’s dissertation titled: “The Effect of Pomegranate Juice on Arterial Stiffness” led to her first scientific publication. After receiving her Master’s, Hiba worked as a licensed nutritionist at a maternity hospital in Abu-Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During her time in Abu-Dhabi, Hiba also had a leadership role as a dietitian field supervisor in a research study conducted by the University of North Carolina and the UAE University, which was titled “Indoor Air, Health and Nutrition” study. Hiba moved to the US with her husband in 2010 and completed the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certificates of Training in Adult, as well as Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. To fulfill the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ requirements to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) in the US, Hiba completed and thoroughly enjoyed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of North Florida and graduated summa cum laude. She then completed a dietetic internship at Emory University Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. Hiba later joined the Emory team as a clinical dietitian. She is bilingual in English and Arabic. Hiba is passionate about helping moms in their journey towards health improvement and establishing healthy relationships with food. Hiba has experience working with people of different ages and backgrounds. She now especially enjoys working with moms who will in turn help raise children with healthy relationships with food, and thereby, contribute to improving their overall health and wellbeing.

Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

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Kelly A. Moltzen OFS, MPH, RD

Kelly Moltzen is a tireless advocate of making connections between food, faith, and social justice. In addition to being a co-convener of the Interfaith Public Health Network, Kelly manages a New York State Department of Health-funded Creating Healthy Schools & Communities Program at the Institute for Family Health with the Bronx Health REACH initiative. She has an MPH from NYU, completed her dietetic internship with the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and has a BS in Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics from the University of Delaware. Kelly was a 2015 Re:Generate Fellow with the Food, Health and Ecological Well-Being Program of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, where she is a member of the Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee for the national U.S. Secular Franciscan fraternity. 

Diversity Liaison

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Bushra Khan Islam RDN

Bushra Khan Islam earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois in 1990. She has worked in several areas of dietetics over the period of 25 years. Bushra has practiced as a Consultant Dietitian in long-term healthcare centers in Virginia, as community dietitian in Maine, Delaware and Georgia, and as Clinical Dietitian in California. In addition, she has served as a Nutrition Facilitator for Slim Peace, an organization aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and building bridges among women of diverse cultures, nations, and religions. Bushra’s most recent work was at Sacramento VA Medical Center before her moving back to Richmond, Virginia in August 2019.

Passionate towards fighting hunger and promoting food security, Bushra initiated several projects such as the Community Garden and Summer Meal program for refugee and immigrant population in Maine and more recently, monthly hot meals program and canned food drive for food insecure veterans in Mather, California.

Bushra is an active member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, HEN DPG, DIFM DPG, RMIG, IND MIG, and Global MIG. She has served as chair for MIDAN (previous Muslim MIG) for 3 years and has served as Nominating/Awards Chair for RMIG and currently, the Diversity Liaison.

Nominating / Awards Committee Chair

Yasmin Abdelsalam

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Nominating / Awards Committee Member

Peg Gregson

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Newsletter/Website Coordinator

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Mary Angela Niester MPH, RD

Mary Angela Niester obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University, completed an AP4 dietetic internship at the Oakland County Health Division, and received a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently working with St. Joseph Mercy Health System on a number of projects related to the diabetes prevention program. Mary has been a long time member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently serving in leadership positions with the Religion Member Interest Group, as Delegate for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as Treasurer for the Diabetes Care and Education DPG.