About Us

We are a group of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who practice in nutrition support who are interested in continuing education and networking with other nutrition support professionals.

NOCSPEN Includes:

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San Francisco Area
Silicon Valley
Greater Sacramento
Area

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ASPEN is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition.

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NOCSPEN is a local chapter of ASPEN.

We serve as a multi-faceted grass-roots organization that carry out the mission and strategic goals of the national organization at the community level.

Meet Our

Board Members

Kandis Glaziner, MS, RD, CNSC

President and Membership Chair

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Kandis grew up in Chico, CA and obtained her Bachelor Degree at California State University,
Chico. She then completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. After
completing her internship and passing the RD exam in September 2014 she knew she wanted
to work in a clinical setting. With her increased interest in critical care and nutrition support she
passed the CNSC exam in 2017. She worked in community hospital for the first 4 years of her
career and then got a job at UC Davis Medical Center where she covers a cardiology and
CCU/MICU. She is excited to be a part of NOCSPEN to meet others with interest and
knowledge in nutrition support. She always enjoys learning new things and meeting new people.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, exploring new places, and
trying new foods.

Elika Vargas, RD, CNSC

Vice President

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Elika received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, completed the dietetic internship
through the CSU San Bernardino ISPP program, and is currently pursuing a Master’s
degree in Clinical Nutrition from UW-Madison. She has been working as a clinical
dietitian with Sutter Health in acute care for the past 6 years. Additionally, she piloted a
pediatric weight management program with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and
continues to provide nutrition counseling to date. Outside of dietetics, she enjoys
traveling, hiking, running, baking, and meeting new people.

Erin Lennon, RD, CSP

Secretary

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Erin completed her BS at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2008 and her internship at UC Davis Medical Center
in 2010. She is passionate about pediatric nutrition and has been working in children’s hospitals for the
past 9 years. She returned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2013 where she is currently a senior
dietitian covering inpatient pediatrics. Erin enjoys working with the cardiac intensive care unit where
she helps infants recover from surgery and works closely with the medical team and the patients’
families.

Ashlie Clay, RD, CNSC, CSO 

Treasurer

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Ashlie obtained her B.S. in Nutrition at Cal Poly in 2010 then completed her dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center in 2011. After covering a maternity leave at UCSF, she was hired at Kaiser Permanente in 2012 and just had her 6th year Kaiser anniversary. She earned her CNSC in 2014. Ashlie specializes in hematology oncology and surgical oncology at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center and plans on taking the CSO exam in the future. She is involved in various oncology projects as part of the Comprehensive Cancer Committee. In her off time she is a cyclist and yogi, and hangs out with her corgi and husband. 

Daniel E. Furtado, MPA, PharmD

Immediate Past President

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Dan Furtado is a native of Campbell, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley and San Jose State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology. At University of California, San Francisco, he received a degree as a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Masters of Public Administration. Among many other accomplishments, Dan also served in the U.S. Army, retired as Colonel with 40 years of service in the Army reserve, served as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, taught classes as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Associate Director of the Primary Care Associate Program in the Division of Family & Community Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and was selected Citizen of the Year for the City of Campbell for the year 2000.

 

Dan is a Charter Member of ASPEN. He initiated the formal Total Parenteral Nutrition protocol and served as TPN team leader at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. He also served as a reviewer for JPEN and in February 1992, he was named “Founding Pharmacist Leader of ASPEN” by Barney Sellers, Executive Director of ASPEN.

Olive Siew, MS, RD, CNSC

Program/Education Chair

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Olive is currently working as a Clinical Service Liaison - Nutrition Specialist with Coram CVS Health. Before this role, Olive was a consultant dietitian for 6 years and had worked at 5 long term care facilities around Northern California. Olive is from Malaysia and completed her MS and internship in Oklahoma before moved to California. She speaks 4 languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay),
love to explore places, and Dessert make her happy! :)

Dynyce Boyce,  MSMEd, RD, LDN

Community Liason

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Dynyce Boyce is a registered dietitian with over a decade of experience in acute care and quality
improvement. She is an alumna of Florida International University and completed her graduate studies
in Medical Education from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining Abbott in 2017, Dynyce held
multiple roles within critical care, trauma, wound care and management at Level II Trauma teaching
hospital, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She has served as an internship preceptor and played a
key role in malnutrition quality initiatives including development of nutrition focused physical exam
curricula. Dynyce serves as Adjunct Faculty at Nova Southeastern University, facilitating nutrition
courses in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her latest role as Clinical Liaison also
allows her to support healthcare teams in Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Utah and Kansas.
Her goal is to uplift education and evidence-based practices for improving quality outcomes and driving
nutrition to the forefront of patient care. In her spare time, Dynyce volunteers for efforts to bring
nutrition education to local and virtual communities. She also enjoys traveling, reading and spending
time with family.

Carrie Lambourne

Newsletter Editor

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Carrie has recently completed her dietetic internship and is currently completing final courses
in her MS CP Dietetics program at Eastern Michigan University. She looks forward to becoming a full-fledged dietitian later this year. In her internships, Carrie enjoyed both inpatient and outpatient clinical work, and intends to pursue a pediatrics specialty. Carrie plans on making NICU and PICU nutrition support the
focus of her career. She is volunteering with NOCSPEN to strengthen her nutrition support
knowledge and meet other nutrition support professionals. In her free time, you can find her
enjoying the great outdoors with her family, reading, and gardening

Brenda Hansen, MS, RD, CNSC

Newsletter Editor

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Brenda has been an Infusion Dietitian since passing the CNSC exam in 1990. She decided to take the exam while covering the Neonatal, Pedi, Surgical, Cardiac and Neuro ICUs at a University hospital as she was living daily with ASPEN reference materials. She has since provided patient care at a Pediatric hospital; ran her own Home Health RD Consulting practice; worked in an HMO covering all floors as an on-call RD. She's worked at Optioncare, a Home Infusion Pharmacy for 20+ years. She is a proud feeding tube / connector identification nerd. With a nimble purchaser and flexible pharmacist, she optimizes nutrition delivery through any shortage of electrolytes, amino acids or lipids. Her greatest satisfaction is assisting people transition off PN/EN. ASPEN has given her access to mentors vital in the acquisition of expertise. NOCSPEN is her chance to pay it forward locally. She can be found covered with dirt in her organic garden in Oakland.

Evelyn Tsui, RD, CNSC, CSO

Social media Chair

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Evelyn grew up in Hong Kong and graduated in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis in 2009. She moved to West Virginia and completed her internship at West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) in 2010. She then moved to Washington DC and practiced as a clinical dietitian at various settings – community hospital, outpatient counseling clinic and long term care facilities. She joined the Nutrition Support Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 2014. She also started volunteering at Maryland Chapter of ASPEN as the program planning co-chair.


In 2016, she relocated to California and is now working at University of California, San Francisco as an Adult RD. Her current (and evolving) interested topics in clinical nutrition include critical care nutrition, parenteral nutrition management, inflammatory bowel disease and probiotics with gut microbiota.