Meet our 2017 Seminar Speakers

Sally EdwardsSally Edwards, Professional Comedian

Founder, Laugh to Wellness

Laugh to Wellness

Sally Edwards is an inspiring speaker with the unique talent of incorporating humor as she talks about work, healthcare, and family.  She will explain the symbiotic relationship between laughter and good health, and why it boosts your energy level, reduces your perception of pain, and strengthens your immune system.  With Sally being a professional comedian, including performances at Zanies Comedy Club and incorporating improvisation techniques learned through The Second City, the audience will experience firsthand why laughter is considered the best medicine!

Terese Scollard, MBA, RD, LD, FANDTerese Scollard, MBA, RD, LD, FAND

Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager, Providence Health & Services

Nutrition Focused Physical Exam—Malnutrition Alert

Terese Scollard, an expert in malnutrition, has provided numerous presentations targeted to nutrition experts, doctors, and the general public, using various media such as radio, webinars, and printed articles.  She will share her proficiency in nutrition focused physical exams to help us identify and document malnutrition in any healthcare setting, including long term care.  The focus will be on an interdisciplinary approach, with dietary managers collaborating with dietitians and dietetic technicians in completing thorough and relevant nutritional assessments.  Malnutrition is always a relevant subject to the audience, so Terese’s expertise will be much appreciated..

Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FANDBrenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND

Owner/President of Brenda Richardson, LLC

Food, Nutrition & Dining: Critical Components for Survey Success

Brenda Richardson will share her expertise gained from years of experience in conducting nationwide nutrition seminars, providing crisis management in resolving survey citations, acting as expert witness in nutrition-related legal issues, and developing nutrition tools used in the long term care industry.  With the new long term care Requirements of Participation and Survey Process now required by CMS, Brenda will guide the audience in integrating food, nutrition, and dining components skillfully, leading to confidence in navigating the survey process.  Additionally, she will address how to successfully implement Person-Centered Care from a nutrition standpoint.


Jeanne Malnati, LSCW

Jeanne Malnati, LSCW

Founder & CEO of The Culture Group

Leading From the Heart

Jeanne Malnati is a licensed psychotherapist with a master’s degree in social work and known as a culture transformation expert with a special emphasis on conflict intervention.  Both dietary managers and dietitians alike need to demonstrate positive leadership skills to guide employees in viewing their jobs as worthwhile.

Jo MillerJo Miller, RDN, MPH, RDN, MPH

Vice President of Nutrition & Emergency Preparedness, Specialist For Meals for All, Inc.

Are You Prepared? How to Create a Regulatory Compliant Disaster Meals Program

Jo Miller is qualified to address the timely topic of emergency preparedness in any healthcare setting, because she has had first-hand experience in dealing with severe weather emergencies.  The deadline for implementing a regulatory compliant disaster meals program is just one month after the seminar (11/15/17).  As a registered dietitian, her advice will be relevant and practical, as it will be challenging to comply with the numerous details required by CMS, while minimizing nutrition risk and expense in emergencies.