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

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Nancy Lewis PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND

As a visionary leader I commit to increasing recognition and visibility for our members. My passion for safeguarding professional integrity and engaging members in strategic communications assures I will hear your voice.

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Donna Martin EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

The Academy is at a tipping point on the cusp of our 100th Birthday. Moving together, we can reach even higher ground as a major player in critical nutrition issues, leading to healthier individuals, a healthier country, and a healthier world.


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Jo Jo Dantone-DeBarbieris MS, RDN, LDN, CDE

We are stronger when we are strong together. By embracing inclusivity and acknowledging that we don't all think alike but that we all have valuable contributions to make for the common good we will become stronger.

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Manju Karkare MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Keen observation and detail skills are my strengths. Building consensus and asking for input from diverse participants are key to my leadership style for successful project outcomes. I’m empowered by my values and our profession’s mission and vision.


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Hope Barkoukis PhD, RDN, LD

Helping optimize professional empowerment should be the BOD’s highest strategic priority. Vote 4 Hope #hopeforRDNs

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Helene Kent MPH, RDN

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” (Anatole France). I have a diverse background, am a strategic thinker, listen and get things done. I would be honored to serve in this role.


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Lisa Dierks RDN, LD

LEADING the dietetics profession forward by DIGGING into issues, PLANTING sensible ideas and mentoring others to GROW our Academy members so they can meet the nutrition needs for future generations

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Diane W Heller MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND (Write-In)

Dedicated and visionary leader with HOD and BOD experience. Will actively seek and listen to your suggestions and concerns. Passionate about empowering members to create new opportunities within our profession and through collaborations with others!

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Dianne Polly JD, RDN, LDN, FAND

I truly feel we are the profession that can positively change the health of our nation. Improvements are happening but we need to be leading the nutrition pack! Dianne Polly doesn't want a cracker she wants your VOTE.

House of Delegates Director

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Susan Brantley MS, RDN, LDN, CNSD

My priorities, if elected to serve in Academy leadership, would be recruitment of competent students through innovative education and retention of dietitians in our profession by focusing on value and enhanced scope of practice.

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Jana Kicklighter PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Vote for an agent of change who challenges conventional thinking, inspires positive actions and demonstrates qualities of a transformative LEADER where: L = learner; E=educator; A=advocate; D= deliberator; E=executor; and R= relationship builder.

At-Large Delegate: 30 Years of Age or Under

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Feon Cheng MPH, RDN

Innovative, dedicated, passionate, and futuristic emerging diverse leader. As the Under-30-Delegate, I am committed to empowering young members to engage in key issues that will impact the future of our profession as the food and nutrition experts.

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Meghan Windham MPH, RD, LD

A self-motivated forward thinker hungry for opportunities to elevate nutrition and dietetics while serving YOU!

At-Large Delegate: Retired

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Sharon Leppert RDN, LD

In the role of Delegate-retired, I will reach out to other dietetic professionals who have maintained their passion for dietetics through retirement and wish to share the wisdom of their experiences in helping to move the profession forward.

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Sachiko St. Jeor PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND

A retired delegate is challenged to bring wisdom from experiences with the ability to integrate new ideas to enhance the profession. I would like to contribute to the exciting future of the profession and be part of the present, as well as the past.

Nominating Committee National Leader

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Molly Gee MEd, RD, LD

Experience Matters - Yrs. of volunteer leadership will help me develop a ballot to promote our profession & its members.

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Ainsley Malone MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND

As RDN's, we are the recognized expert and leader in food and nutrition. To continue our path in improving our nation's health, we need dynamic, visionary leaders who can build on our successes and continue to elevate our impact.

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Sandra Parker RDN, CDE

Ready and willing to serve with gratitude to my mentors, enthusiasm for my colleagues, and optimism for the future.

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Bethany Thayer MS, RDN, FAND

Let me put my 25 years of experience to work for you. The RDN is the nutrition expert and should be represented in industry everywhere. I am committed to promoting the RDN as the nutrition expert.

Nominating Committee Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years

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Susan Laramee MS, RDN, FAND, FADA

My leadership roles within the Academy have provided an extensive understanding to the challenges of the future and the skill set and experience required for future leaders.

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Judith Rodriguez PhD, RD, FADA, FAND

We must select and elect leaders who are wise, strategic, and honest change agents. Helping with this process is a responsibility I take seriously.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

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Rebecca Brody PhD, RD, LD, CNSC

As an experienced clinician, researcher, and educator with a passion for promoting advancement of dietetics professionals through credentialing, I will work diligently to expand credentialing and practice opportunities for all RDNs and DTRs.

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Linda Gigliotti MS, RDN, CDE

Committed to advance our profession and empower the RDN: Strength from experience, engagement in the present, enthusiasm and energy for the future!

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Krista Jablonski MS, RDN

Moving the profession towards the next decade while strengthening professional ladders for advancement and protecting the public.

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Aspen Perovich MS, RDN, LD

It's an exciting time to be an RD! As your representative on CDR, I'll work to keep our momentum moving forward!

Commission on Dietetic Registration Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition

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Linda Heller MS, RD, CSP, FAND

You may be able to find someone who cares as much about ensuring our future through optimal preparation of our incoming colleagues, but no one that cares more. Vote for Linda Heller for Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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Beth Ogata MS, RDN, CSP

My experiences as a clinician, educator & customer informed my appreciation for the roles of the nutrition professional and the need to continue to promote RDs, RDNs and DTRs as experts. I am excited about this opportunity!