Staff

Mandy Carlsen,
Executive Director

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 has organized our grant efforts.

 

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.

Melinda KRIPPES-Scolnik,
Secretary

Melinda is a service coordinator/developmental specialist with the Easterseal Blake Foundation. She has a passion for the Play Project serving children with or at risk for autism. She is a co-chair person for the Scholarship Committee for Nourish.

Christina Medvescek,
Member-at-Large

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.

 

 

JENN FERGUSON,
Program Assistant

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.

 

 

 

Marsha Dunn Klein,
Member-at-Large

Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has supported families who have children with feeding challenges for over 40 years in southern Arizona. She provides local, state and national workshops on feeding to health care professionals.

Margaret Dykinga,
Treasurer

Margaret is a professional educator, facilitator and mediator. She works with companies, schools and teams throughout Arizona. She is the administrator for Dykinga Therapy Services, a company that provides speech therapy for special needs children. She facilitates support groups for parents of special needs children.

Jennifer Schowengerdt,
MEMBER-at-Large

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.