Board of Directors
Marg Alfieri is a health care professional who has worked in a wide variety of health care settings, from tertiary care, research, private practice and finally to her delight in primary care – family health teams. Marg is an Associate Professor at Mc Masters’ School of Medicine and has authored over a dozen of research articles.
She is the former President and Chair of AFHTO, a position that allowed her to fulfill her passion for comprehensive team based primary care. Marg was a driving force behind the Recruitment and Retention campaign that corrected the decade long wage parity issue that Primary Care Dietitians were plagued with. Currently she chairs the Inter Health Professional Advisory Council for AFHTO. In April 2020, she fulfilled a long held dream and founded the Primary Care Dietitians Association which represents primary care dietitians across Canada.
Kim Sandiland has been a Registered Dietitian since 2013 and has been working in Primary Care since she graduated from the Master of Food and Nutrition program at Brescia University College. She serves as the Treasurer, and a is a current member of the Board of Directors for the newly established Primary Care Dietitians’ Association. She has served as Regional Lead the Dietitians of Canada FHT RD network for 2 terms and supported the transition of the FHT RD Network to the newly established PCDA.
Renée Robinson has been working in Primary Care since 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph, and then went on to complete her dietetic internship through Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health. Renée served on the FHT RD Network from 2007-2009 and was the Chair of the 2007 Conference Planning Committee. In addition to practicing as a dietitian, Renée had also been working in the small business sector for the past 12 years. Renée is joining the executive again as a member of the Board of Directors for the newly formed Primary Care Dietitians’ Association, and will serve as the Treasurer. In her spare time, Renée enjoys yoga, gardening and many outdoor activities but her greatest passion is spending time with her husband and two young boys.
Sonia Filice has been working as a Registered Dietitian in Primary Care since 2016 when she completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics as well as her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University. She is a new Board Member for the newly established Primary Care Dietitian’s Association, a former recipient of the Barb Manilla Award, and an award-winning recipe creator.
Kim Crowther received her Masters in Science & Dietetics from D’Youville College in 2010 and has been working as a Registered Dietitian in primary care for the past decade. She has had roles as the vice chair and treasurer of the DC FHT Network from 2017-2019 and serves on the Board of Directors for the newly established Primary Care Dietitians’ Association. She assisted with the planning and implementation of the 2016 FHT Network Annual Conference and was a consultant for DC’s FHT Network Conference Committee in 2020. On weekends, Kim enjoys ultra running, cycling and snowboarding, but can also be found relaxing afterwards at one of the local breweries around London Ontario.
Alicia Sauvé has been a Registered Dietitian since 2009 and has been working in Primary Care since 2010. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the newly established Primary Care Dietitians’ Association. She has served as Vice Chair and Advocacy Director for the FHT RD network from 2017-2019 and a Conference Planner of the 2016 FHT RD Conference. Alicia also is a mother of two young children, a passionate home cook and an accomplished flautist.
Laurie is from Charlottetown, PEI and has been working as an RD since 2008 after completing her undergrad at UPEI and the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. She has completed the Ryerson Food Security Certificate and a Masters in Public Health from Lakehead University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island including: FHT, inpatients and outpatients, long term care, preschool nutrition policy, and is currently working as a primary care RD with prenatal and pediatric populations on PEI. She is also a Board member of CHANCES Family Center and a member of the PEI Working Group for a Liveable Income. She will also be working with the PCDA’s recently formed Diversity Group. She is honored to be a part of the Primary Care Dietitian Association and serve on this newly established Board of Directors.
Her spare time is spent pursuing her hobbies of cooking (especially recipes passed down by her Lebanese grandparents!), photography, reading, trail and beach walks, and beginner astronomy – but most of all, spending any with her two adorable young boys and her husband.
Donna Lowes is a registered dietitian with a passion for connecting people through food. Donna completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Guelph. As a new member of the Board of Directors for the Primary Care Dietitians’ Association, Donna looks forward to cultivating new connections and forward movement in the dietetic industry. With a strong background in agriculture, she loves helping people to understand where their food comes from and how it can nourish their body. She can be found gardening, horseback riding or cooking in her spare time.