Kathy Dischner

Nutrition Issue Leader

Kathy is an Issue Team Leader overseeing Nutrition, Community Food Security and 4-H Youth Development programs for Onondaga and Cayuga Counties, as well as the Nutrition Team Leader for Cayuga County’s Eat Smart New York program. During 2012, she has also served as the Deputy Executive Director for CCE Onondaga.

Kathy has over twenty-five years experience as a professional Nutrition Educator specializing in nutrition education, dietetic practice and program supervision and leadership. Experience includes the development, marketing, facilitation, evaluation of behaviorally-based food and nutrition education programs for community, university and hospital-based outpatient settings. Kathy has been a consultant with the American Red Cross, SUNY at Buffalo, Community General Hospital, Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute and the Onondaga County Health Department, as well as an adjunct professor with Syracuse University and the SUNY at Buffalo. She has mentored over 30 students enrolled in the ADA- CDR accredited Dietetic Internship programs for both Cornell and Syracuse University.

Kathy has a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the State University College at Buffalo. She has been a Registered Dietitian and active member of the American Dietetic Association since 1981. Kathy has served on several boards in the Syracuse Community. These include serving as President of the Central New York Dietetic Association (2006-09); By-Laws Chair (2010-present) Publication’s Chair (2004); and on the Boards for the Interreligious Food Consortium (2003-06), and the American Heart Association (1989-91). Kathy co-chairs the Cornell Family and Community Food Decision Making Program Work Team (2007-present), and has presented workshops and poster sessions at several National and State conferences in the past ten years. Kathy has received several awards for her collaboration in the nutrition community including: an NIH Award for excellence in reducing health disparities through her work with the Genesis Health Project in Syracuse, the National Educational Alliance of Food and Consumer Science Professionals Northeast Regional Memorial Diversity Award (2001) and the Food Safety Award (2002).