Kathy Dischner, MSED, RD, CDN, is Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and the Issue Team Leader overseeing Nutrition & Community Food Security for CCE of Onondaga County. She also is the Project Manager for an eight-county SNAP-ED Program across Central and Southern NYS.
Kathy has over thirty years of experience as a professional Nutrition Educator specializing in nutrition education, dietetic practice and program supervision and leadership. Her experience includes the development, marketing, facilitation and 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 40 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/Nutritionist and active member of the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1981.
Kathy has served on several boards in the Syracuse Community including as President for the Central New York Dietetics Association as well for several years on the Boards of the American Heart Association and the Interreligious Food Consortium.
Kathy has received several awards for her collaboration across nutrition disciplines 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, as well as the organization’s Outstanding Practice in Food Safety Award and the CNY Recreation & Parks Society, Exceptional Program Award for CCE’s “Cooking Together for Family Meals Program (2013).