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Nutrition & Physical Activity

About Us

 

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

 

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

Michelle Gambucci
Michelle Gambucci, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9328
MichelleGambucci@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

Daniel Headley
Daniel Headley

 

Accountant
602.506.9331
DanielHeadley@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

Kristi Mollner
Kristi Mollner, RD

 

Community Dietitian
602.506.9304
KristiMollner@mail.maricopa.gov

Lexie-Faye Reed
Lexie-Faye Reed, MPH

 

Health Educator
602.621.3006
Lexie-FayeReed@mail.maricopa.gov

Linda Strecker
Linda Strecker

 

School Training Coordinator
LindaMohr-Strecker@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

 

 


 

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

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Michelle Gambucci, RD

 

Michelle Gambucci Michelle, a California native was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended California State University, Sacramento where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. During her undergraduate years, she worked with the California Department of Education, National School Lunch Program as well as the Health Center on campus. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with the American Red Cross Women, Infants, and Children Program in San Diego. While in San Diego, Michelle completed her dietetic internship with the San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship. Michelle is thrilled to continue working in the community and excited to be a part of the dynamic team of Registered Dietitians at the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity. Michelle is very passionate about cooking, sports, and traveling. She loves to entertain with family and friends and enjoys hiking, riding her beach cruiser, and attending sporting events.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, California State University, Sacramento
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Certified Lactation Educator, University of California, San Diego
  • 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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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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Daniel Headley

 

Daniel Headley Daniel is a native Arizonan, growing up on a small five-acre hobby farm in South Chandler with all the farm animals you can think of. Daniel now lives with his family in Mesa. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. This is his first position in service to the government; prior to it, he worked in corporate finance and analytics. Daniel is excited and is enjoying his new position as the Grant Accountant very much!

 

Daniel has been married for three years and has two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Emma. In his spare time, his family enjoys being outdoors – hiking and biking – and trying new restaurants. Daniel and his wife are amateur ‘Do It Yourselfers’ at home, so frequently find themselves at Home Depot working on something new! In the future they would love to travel to Europe - mainly Spain and Italy!

 

  • Bachelor in Business Administration, Grand Canyon University

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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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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

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Lexie-Faye Reed, MPH

 

Lexie-Faye Reed Lexie was born and raised in the greater Phoenix area. She spent six years in Tucson, Arizona where she received both her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences-dietetics and master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona. She is definitely a die-hard Wildcat for life. A career path in nutrition is ideal for Lexie because it is the best way to combine her love for food and passion to work as a public health professional. Her current position consists of delivering nutrition education presentations at schools throughout Maricopa County, which fulfills her joy of working with children. In the near future, she plans to complete a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. She plans to work in community nutrition as to have a greater focus on public health and prevention. In her free time, Lexie loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and trying new restaurants.

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Master of Public Health in Family and Child Health, University of Arizona
  • ServSafe Certified, National Restaurant Association

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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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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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Nutrition & Physical Activity

 

 

Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone:

602.506.9333

 

Fax:

602.506.9330

 

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