Below is a list of all candidates for the upcoming election.

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Evelyn Crayton EdD, RDN, LDN

I have served at the district, state and national level. I have worked in clinical, community and at universities. I am a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and serve as the Nutritionist for Endowments in Extension FCS. I facilitate an ISPP for Extension staff with Dominican University.

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Trisha Fuhrman MS, RDN, LD, FAND

I am passionate about our profession and the Academy. The diversity within the profession is our strength. I will work to build on that strength to march the profession and our members forward!


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Kathleen Niedert PhD, RD, CSG, LD, FADA

I've always believed that sleep is overrated--and obviously I live that; working a managment job that requires way more than 40 hours per week and then being a passionate volunteer for the Academy. My hobbies are research and writing--maybe boring to some but intriguing to me.

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Kay Wolf PhD, RD, LD

Surround yourself with great people and you will become greater. I believe the profession of dietetics is made up of great people and therefore, as a profession, we can move forward together and and each individual will become a higher level practitioner.


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Jacqueline Berning PhD, RD, CSSD

I am a lifelong learner and try every day to impart my love of learning to everyone I interact with. I take my teaching responsibilities seriously, especially when teaching future Academy members and take great pride when a student masters a difficult nutrition concept.

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Denice Ferko-Adams MPH, RDN, LDN

Created new career paths. In 1987, I found my niche in corporate wellness when 499 employees enrolled in my 1st worksite team-based weight program. I transferred my RDN skills by assessing worksite healthcare costs and using data to plan effective year-round wellness programs: it worked!


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Aida Miles MMSc, RD, LD

I am passionate about RDNs and DTRs being at the forefront of every discussion pertaining to the health and wellness of our population. It is up to Academy members to position us there. I am committed to empowering members to lead these discussions and influence food, nutrition & health decisions.

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Linda T. Farr RDN, LD, FAND

Members are the core strength of the Academy & the key to impacting the future of our profession and world health. I am excited & optimistic about the challenges the profession faces! I would be honored to be your Speaker and will lead by engaging all members in timely strategic thinking & actions.

House of Delegates Director

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Tracey Bates MPH, RD, LDN

I believe in the power we have to improve lives. I know from firsthand experience, because a dietitian changed my life. I chose a dietetics career to make a difference. An opportunity to advance the profession would be a true honor and privilege.

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Lisa Dierks RD, LD

Combine the work ethic from my Farmer Dad, the logical brain from my Accountant Mom & a passion for healthy, nutritious food for all- I am driven to Dig into issues that face our profession now & the future, Plant sensible ideas to achieve the desired outcomes & Grow strong leaders thru mentoring

At-Large Delegate: 30 Years of Age or Under

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Jesse Pace RD, LD

Often the best leaders are servants. Serving in the House of Delegates and Student Advisory Committee, I have increased my understanding of issues that will affect our profession’s future. Working with the Academy to advance our profession has been exhilarating. I look forward future advancement.

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Laura Romig RD, LD

Dynamic, forward looking, and focused leader with an innovative perspective and a commitment towards a shared vision among our members. I will embrace the rich history of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and aim to proactively position our association for the future.

At-Large Delegate: Retired

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Beatriz Dykes PhD, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND

I think of myself as "diverse". My educational background include that from the Philippines and different universities in Ohio; professorial experiences in community colleges (Ohio, Arizona) and universities (New York). Consulting business employs RDNs & DTRs and leadership mentoring provided.

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Elaine Long PhD, RDN, LD

Want to know how a retired RDN gives back to her profession, state affiliate, and beyond. A big part of the fun is because the Idaho Academy has awesome members, who set high goals and achieve them. Our motto is "We are better together!"

Nominating Committee

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Vera Bartasavich BA, DTR

My knowledge gained in the Academy HOD position along with my involvement at the local level can easily transition to the responsibilities needed for the nominating position. If elected, I will give 100% to performing my responsibilities of the position.

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Onaney Borromeo RD, LD

I believe leadership is both a natural instinct and a learned skill. Just as there is technique and theory to learning a new sport or new instrument, so it is for learning to inspire and lead people. I believe I have honed these skills through many years of work, fine tuning and persistence.

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Grace Burney DTR

I am very honored, that the Academy has considered me for this position. I hope to gain the opportunity to work with the Academy in this capacity, working as a team, to be proactive and to propel us forward as a profession.

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Lorna Fuller MS, RD, LDN

I am a true leader who is on the move for the Academy. Have a passion to motivate others to be the best they can be. Likes to leads from behind. Hard working, creative, risk taker, and innovative are just a few of my attributes.

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Penny McConnell MS, RDN, SNS

I have a passion for school feeding both nationally and globally. The former is my career and the latter brings me rewards as a volunteer working with international delegations. It is essential that selected candidates lead AND nationally and make a global presence.

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Tracy Wilczek MS, RDN, LDN

Many doors have been opened to me to serve in the Academy, and I have bravely walked through them, each and every time. I have learned about the Academy, the profession, and myself; gaining invaluable skills in leadership, professionalism, time management, delegation, and inclusion.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioner Representative, Registered Dietitian (RD)

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Ashley Mullins RD, LD, CNSC

My leadership style is built on the principal of leading by example. I have had the unique opportunity to serve as a dietetic preceptor, site facilitator, and mentor for dietetic preceptors for three diverse internships including a coordinated, distance-learning, and hospital based program.

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Ashley Vargas PhD, RDN, CSG

Right now is the time for RDs to demonstrate our value! As a PhD, RDN with experience as a clinical RD, a food service manager, an educator and a researcher; I will ensure that the educational process for new RDs provides them the tool set to be key players in the evolving healthcare system.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Registered Dietitian (RD)

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Khursheed Navder PhD, RDN

I have shown leadership and ability to think creatively and futuristically by working expeditiously in collaboration with educators on numerous NDEP initiatives. I will work hard to build an effective two-way communication to overcome the perceived adversarial relationship between educators and CDR

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Kevin Sauer PhD, RD, LD

“High-fives” are difficult to do alone. Leadership occurs when others collectively reach goals, and then instinctively do it again simply because they are inspired. My leadership style is best described as people-centered and participatory – tossed with a dose of humor and many high-fives.

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Margaret Tate MS, RDN

The Academy is facing many challenges ranging from changing dietetic education to positioning us as a key player in the Affordable Care Act. I am futuristic, a change agent and risk-taker, which are skills that can help position the profession for the future.

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Christine K. Weithman MBA, RD, LDN

I have taken a less traditional route to leadership by volunteering within my local community on both school and town-wide issues. This led me to step forward to volunteer with the WMDPG. Both of these opportunities have given me amazing experiences working on and leading teams managing volunteers

Commission on Dietetic Registration Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR)

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Deborah Brommage MS, RD, CSR, CDN

"Strength to lead and faith to follow" is a verse that has resonated with me through each of my leadership endeavors. It takes integrity, enthusiasm, compassion, courage and vision to lead well and I draw on these traits as often as possible.

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Jessie Pavlinac MS, RD, CSR, LD

I have been a renal dietitian for over 30 years and was part of the original meeting of dietitians when specialization - pediatric, renal and metabolic - was first developed. I have been advocating for specialized and advanced practice for many years.