Staff

JENN FERGUSON,
Program Administrator

Jenn is a mother of two wonderful children. Born and raised in Tucson, she enjoys the desert, and loves being part of the Nourish community. She provides administrative and managerial support.

 

Board of Directors

Jude Trautlein,
President

Jude is a registered Dietician/Nutritionist with 25 years experience working with children and their families. For over a decade, she provided medical nutrition therapy for children with special health care needs via individual consultation and as a member of various interdisciplinary teams. Currently Jude is the clinical dietician at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson.

Margaret Dykinga,
VICE PRESIDENT

Margaret is a professional educator, facilitator and mediator. She works with companies, schools and teams throughout Arizona. She is the owner of Dykinga and Associates, a training company. She facilitates support groups for parents of special needs children and she is the chair of our Scholarship Committee.

Christina Medvescek,
Secretary

Chris is a professional writer/editor, a specialist in cooperative conflict resolution, and Mom to three grown children, including a daughter with special needs. The former director of patient publications for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, she currently is with the nonprofit Institute on Science for Global Policy.

Jennifer Schowengerdt,
Treasurer

Jennifer works as a program manager with Pima Community College and is a native of Tucson. As a parent of two children, one with a disability, she is an advocate and a strong supporter of early intervention. Jennifer's professional and personal work has been directed at increasing access to community resources for underserved populations and creating more inclusive communities.

Jim Tracy,
Member-At-Large

Jim is a long-time Tucson resident and father of two.  He's a semi-retired administrator who spent his career working for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, a Tucson non-profit research organization.  At AURA he was responsible for the accounting, budgeting, and business IT functions. He currently works as an IT consultant and programmer.

 

Mandy Carlsen,
Liaison to Mealtime Connections

Mandy is a pediatric occupational therapist and partner with Mealtime Connections. She specializes in working with children who have feeding challenges and brings a passion for supporting these families to Nourish. She was an original co-founder of NOURISH and continues to provide support on multiple levels.

 

Marsha Dunn Klein,
Member-at-Large

Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has supported families who have children with feeding challenges for over 46 years in southern Arizona.  She was an original co-founder for NOURISH. he provides local, state, national and international workshops of feeding to health care professionals. 

Michael Fehser,
Member-At-Large

Michael is a corporate attorney and graduate of the University of Arizona. He brings experience working with children with special needs and a passion to help those in need. Although he is a native of Chicago, Illinois, Michael is driven to help give back to his adopted home here in Tucson.

Dr. Catherine Riley,
Member-At-Large

Catherine Riley is a developmental behavioral pediatrician.  Her career has always focused on working with children and families with special healthcare needs.  Dr. Riley teaches and works to educate families, students, and the community about issues related to childhood behavior and development.  She currently evaluates, diagnoses, and manages children with a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns.  She has been in Arizona for about 18 months.  Feeding/nutrition concerns are an important competent of pediatric care.  Many patients require therapy/support and equipment for feeding issues.  Families certainly benefit from the scholarships provided by NOURISH to help ensure adequate feeding/nutrition support is available for their children.

Maggie Dyet, RN,
Member-At-Large

Maggie is an RN with a background in NICU, postpartum and healthy newborns. She is an Arizona native from Yuma. She currently works as a community health RN for the state funded NICP program, doing home visits on high risk infants who have spent time in the NICU, many of whom have feeding disorders and benefit from feeding therapy at Mealtime Connections through a Nourish scholarship. She also works as a staff RN at BUMC on the postpartum unit, taking care of mothers and babies. She is married with 3 grown children, 2 of whom havegone into the field of nursing.