Alexandra Cohen Nutrition Staff
Lendy Black RD, CDN, IBCLC
Supervisor, Clinical Nutrition
Lendy completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2016. After graduation, she accepted a position specializing in the field of pediatric and obstetric nutrition at NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Lendy transitioned to the Senior Dietitian role in 2020 covering both obstetric and neonatal ICU patients and now currently serves as the Clinical Nutrition Supervisor at the NYP/Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns. In 2020, Lendy became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Lendy has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Clemson University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States.
Tiffanie Lafond, RD, CDN, CNSC
Tiffanie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Specialist with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Florida State University. She completed her Pediatric Dietetic Internship through Sodexo, New York. Tiffanie had experience in pediatric, NICU, PICU and adult nutrition prior to joining the team. She currently specializes in pediatric and PICU nutrition.
Jenny Lin is a Dietetic Technician in the Infant Feeding Preparation Area of Alexandra Cohen Hospital. She is completing her BS in Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Jenny will continue to work towards her RD credential after she graduates. She hopes to eventually work with women and/or children in a nutrition-related setting.
Margaret initially earned a B.S. degree in fashion merchandising management from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After working in the industry for several years, she realized she could combine her passions for food, science, and helping others into a career. She immersed herself in volunteer-ships in community and clinical nutrition as well as food service while taking undergraduate nutrition courses. Margaret is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at Brooklyn College while working as a dietetic technician part-time in the NICU. She is a certified human milk and formula technician. Margaret hopes to complete the dietetic internship and become a registered dietitian in the next few years. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with family.
Ileana graduated from Lehman College in December 2019 with her degree in nutrition and dietetics. Her goal is to return back to school and work on becoming a registered nurse. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at NYP thus far and learning from her fellow coworkers. In her free time, Ileana loves to dance, read and spend time with family. She began dancing when she was young and continues for enjoyment and as a format to expressing herself. Fun facts: Ileana is a certified phlebotomist, EKG technician and human milk technician. Her favorite flower is the sunflower because they’re so radiant. Lastly, her favorite colors are blue and yellow.
Sumeya Baker works at New York Presbyterian as a Dietetic Technician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at CUNY Lehman College, Spring of 2019. As a student, she has completed her clinical’s at Andrus-On-Hudson Nursing Home, located in Hastings, NY, where she was offered a position in food service. Working as a Dietetic Technician at NYP has motivated her to continue on with Nutrition and apply for the Dietetic Internship in order to attain her MS and RD credentials.
Julieanne Biggs, MS, RD, CDN
Julieanne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation, she spent four years working in advertising media with clients including packaged food brands and major retailers in the food space. Through this, she discovered a desire to combine her professional experience in communications with a personal passion in exploring and sharing the healing power of food as medicine. Julieanne went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College and completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In her current role, she focuses on providing nutrition care and support for pregnant patients and their newborns.
Rachel Chambers, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, CLC
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science from Duke University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and joined the clinical staff in 2015 shortly after starting her fellowship in nutrition support. Rachel specializes in pediatric nutrition and currently covers the neonatal intensive unit and development follow-up clinic.
Kaitlyn Chang, RD, CDN
Kaitlyn received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Boston University and then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship through Rutgers University. Before joining the NYP Clinical Nutrition team, Kaitlyn worked with patients in the Neonatal ICU as well as pediatric outpatient clinics. She currently specializes in Pediatric and Neonatal Clinical Nutrition.
Megan Mataga MS, RD, CDN, CNSC
Megan received her B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at NYU Langone Health and joined their clinical staff shortly after graduation. During her four years at NYU, Megan primarily covered general surgery, colorectal surgery, SICU, CV-ICU, and was cross-trained in their level IV NICU. Megan is currently a NICU/OB staff relief dietitian at the Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns and is interested in becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Samantha Rogers, RD, CDN, CSP
Samantha is a board certified specialist in pediatrics, covering the neonatal intensive care unit and developmental follow-up clinic. She received her B.S. from New York University and completed her dietetic internship and pediatric nutrition fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She has been a clinical dietitian on staff since 2010.