The American Dairy Association North East Sports Nutrition Advisory Panel is a select group of key nutrition and fitness professionals who share their unique expertise and perspectives regarding the consumption of dairy products – including milk, yogurt and cheese -among athletes of all levels.

Learn about our additional dairy advocates here. 

Heather Mangieri, RDN, CSSD, LDN – Lead Sports Nutrition Advisory Panel Consultant

Heather is a nationally recognized expert in Nutrition, Wellness & Human Performance, a registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, a board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and the author of Fueling Young Athletes (Human Kinetics.)  She has over 20 years of professional experience in Wellness, Sports Nutrition/Adolescent Sports Nutrition, Weight Management & Disordered Eating. Her company, Heather Mangieri Nutrition, provides food, fitness and nutrition consulting services for organizations, companies and clients.

Heather is passionate about translating nutrition science into practical, easy-to-understand messages that resonate with consumers. She served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for 8 years and built a solid reputation as a trusted source of food, fitness and nutrition information. She’s been quoted in hundreds of national and local publications, including TV, radio, print and electronic. She uses her expertise to share science-based messages for the media, industry and brands that she trusts. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her three children.

Jessica Garay, PhD, RDN, FAND, CSCS

Jessica Garay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at Syracuse University. Dr. Garay’s academic training is in the area of sports nutrition and her research interests focus on women’s health issues, specifically for pregnant women and female athletes. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has worked at the Food Bank of Central New York, Washington (DC) Cancer Institute, and in her private practice, Major League Wellness. In addition, Dr. Garay is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and group fitness instructor.

Angie Dye, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Angie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She works one-on-one with clients at her nutrition practice, Carpe Diem Nutrition, in Hershey, PA. Areas of expertise include Sports Nutrition, Digestive Health, and Intuitive Eating. She enjoys helping athletes optimize their performance with nutrition and has seen the benefits in every level of athlete from youth, up to the ultra-endurance level.  Angie believes in the power of food as medicine and loves working with clients on ways to use this important tool to improve their overall health. For her clients exploring Intuitive Eating, this can mean working on letting go of old dieting rules and learning to trust the body’s own hunger and fullness cues. She has a passion for cooking and loves sharing simple, healthful and delicious recipes with her family, friends and clients.

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Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

Leslie is the owner of Active Eating Advice-be fit, fed, fearless-a nutrition consulting company and is the co-founder of Performance365-a sports nutrition consulting company. Her clients include Bayer, Gatorade, The National Dairy Council, California Prune Board, Douglas Lab, General Mills, Potatoes USA, The National Peanut Board, Produce for Better Health, Sodexo, The Mushroom Council, and the Wonderfuls Brands. Performance 365 provided sports nutrition services for the XFL in 2020. She is the sports dietitian for the 2020 SuperBowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs.

Leslie is the author of Sport Nutrition for Coaches and the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, Walk Your Butt Off, the Active Calorie Diet and Bike Your Butt Off. She has authored chapters for sports medicine and sports nutrition manuals. Leslie is a blogger for US News and World Report Eat + Run and appears regularly on local television as well as local and national radio programs.

Stephanie Coppola, MS, RDN, LDN

Stephanie is a registered dietitian and the Performance Nutrition Assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles. She is in her 3rd season with the Eagles, which started off as an internship through the Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program for the 2018-2019 season. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from NC State University, her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and completed her Dietetic Internship through the Wellness Workdays Distance Program in Boston, MA. During her undergraduate and graduate programs, Stephanie interned for NC State’s Sports Nutrition department working mostly with the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams as well as Football. During her dietetic internship, she worked with the athletic department’s sports nutrition department at the University of Maryland. She is also an active member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. A native of Billerica, MA, Stephanie currently resides in South Philadelphia, PA.

Matt Darnell, PhD, RD, CSSD, SCCC

Dr. Darnell is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Sports Science MS program. Additionally, he also serves as the Sports Dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matt earned his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Science and Sports Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. Matt is a Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified. His background and research interests include nutrition and exercise approaches for improved athletic performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Sue James, MS, RD, LDN

Sue is the President of Pinnacle Health & Wellness, a consulting firm that provides health, wellness, and sports nutrition programming to businesses and schools. James received her MS degree in nutrition with a focus in sports nutrition from Georgia State University and her BS in nutrition from Purdue University. Pinnacle Health & Wellness clients include the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Johns Hopkins University Athletics. James has been honored to be a presenter for the U.S. White House’s Wellness Seminar Series and the Healthier U.S. Fitness Challenge.  She has been a contributor to the NFL’s Play 60 website which is dedicated to improving the health of children throughout the United States. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy’s Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, in which she has held several leadership positions. She is an advisory board member of the University of Maryland’s College Park Dietetic Internship Program.

Dan Liburd, MS, CSCS, USAW

Dan has over a decade of experience working with professional athletes and as an NFL and NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach. Liburd earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Boston University. He received his Master of Science degree from Canisius College in Health and Human Performance and is currently working towards his Ph.D. Health and Human Performance at Concordia University Chicago. Liburd holds a variety of certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Health and Sport Nutrition, Olympic Weight Lifting, Manual Therapy Techniques and Movement Assessment.

His professional experience includes stints with several professional teams such as the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and currently works as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach within the NBA. Liburd has also worked as a Strength Coach for several Collegiate Strength and Conditioning programs including the Boston University Terriers, Springfield College Pride, American College Yellow Jackets and performance specialists’ positions at private training facilities such as Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, as well as Peak Performance Physical Therapy.

Nicolette Mense, MS, RD

Nici is a Registered Dietitian and the Team Dietitian for the New York Jets.  She started with the Jets in July 2017 as their first full-time Team Dietitian. Originally from Illinois, Nici graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics. While at NIU, she was a member of the women’s soccer team for four years. She continued her studies at Eastern Illinois University where she completed her internship to become a Registered Dietitian and received her Master of Science in Dietetics in January 2015. During her internship she worked with student athletes at MacMurray College and Illinois College. Prior to working with the Jets, Nici was the sports dietitian at the University of Missouri where she worked mainly with Football, but also with Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Swimming and Diving, Women’s Soccer, and Gymnastics. She is an active member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietetic Association. Nici currently resides in Boonton, NJ with her husband and son.

Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD

Molly is a Registered Dietitian, author, and owner of Creative Nutrition Solutions. She has extensive experience in the area of sports nutrition and corporate wellness. Including working with Fortune 500 companies, national brands, and professional sports teams. Molly has authored three books including: Drink Your Way to Gut Health (2015), Skinny Size-It (2014), and The Skinny Rules (2011).  Molly worked with the Ottawa and Belleville Senators (NHL/AHL hockey) as their nutrition consultant for 14 seasons, where she created and developed custom nutrition plans for players along with interactive workshops. Additionally, she works with Binghamton University Division 1 Men’s Basketball team on nutrition plans and delivers custom workshops. Molly has been a blogger for MensFitness.com and routinely works with the media.  Molly completed her degree in clinical dietetics at the State University at Buffalo and is a Board-Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian.

Jake Sankal, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, RSCC

Jake is in his fifth NFL season with the Washington Football Team as the Director of Sports Nutrition and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to joining Washington, Sankal worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the Cleveland Indians organization from 2010-2015. Sankal is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), and holds certifications with USA Weightlifting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS, RSCC). Sankal initially earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster, where he played baseball and helped guide the program to the NCAA Division III Tournament in all four seasons of his collegiate career. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in exercise science from Cleveland State University. He currently resides in Ashburn, Va., with his wife and daughter.

Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM

Considered a thought leader in nutrition, Heidi has influenced many through her media work, writing and thriving consulting business. Her company, Nutrition Conditioning, oversees the Sports Nutrition program at The Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet. Heidi has also been part of The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery for over 20 years. Additionally, she served as the team nutritionist with the New York Knicks, New York Giants, and New York Mets; and has worked with numerous other professional and collegiate organization over the years.  As a sought-after speaker, Heidi presents internationally, and she is an expert resource in the media. Heidi earned two Master’s degrees (Exercise Science and Human Nutrition) and is a Fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Stevie Lyn Smith, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDN

Stevie Lyn is a Registered Dietitian and avid endurance athlete. Her mission is to help educate and coach athletes on how to fuel their goals while not sacrificing their health. As a board-certified specialist in sports nutrition, Stevie Lyn has helped hundreds of athletes and active individuals fuel to improve their performance, energy levels, and recovery without feelings of guilt or restriction. Drawing from her experiences growing up as a team-sport athlete to completing ten full ironman distance triathlons and countless other endurance and ultra-distance races, she knows firsthand how important nutrition is to be a healthy athlete. She has contributed to Runner’s World Magazine, Outside Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, Triathlete Magazine and the InsideTracker blog. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering to help empower others through organizations such as Girls on The Run, We Finish Together, and Back on My Feet. When she is not swimming, biking, or running you can find her outside exploring new trails or on snowshoes with her dog.

Steve Smith, RD, CSSD, LD

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Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS

Sarah Snyder enters her sixth season in the NFL as the Director of Sports Nutrition for the Baltimore Ravens.  Snyder created and implemented a performance nutrition program for the Detroit Lions from 2016-2018 after previously directing nutrition programs for the University of Florida and University of Michigan athletic departments.  Snyder started her sports nutrition career at EXOS in Arizona, specializing in nutrition consulting and programming for NFL and NBA athletes while consulting for the Memphis Grizzlies. Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in combined sciences while working as a student athletic trainer for basketball and women’s soccer at Santa Clara University.  She completed her master’s degree in food and human nutrition from Florida State University, while serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for women’s volleyball.

Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND

Dr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian nutritionist, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living.  She has a bachelors from Tulane University (N’89), a master’s in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University.  Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness.  Felicia is Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Diplomate in Lifestyle Medicine (ACBM/ACLM); and a Council member of the True Health Initiative. Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC’s groundbreaking series Honey, We’re Killing the Kids! and the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus).  She has been a contributor for FoxNews.com, the Patch.com, Active.com and written several book chapters. Stoler authored ACSM’s Sports Medicine Basics on Childhood Obesity. Felicia is a sought-after nutrition/fitness expert for TV, radio, newspapers, online and magazines.