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

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Neva Cochran MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Passionate about the dietetics profession and our role as Academy members in improving people's lives through science-based food and nutrition practice.

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Mary Russell MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

I will drive health and food security around the world-collaborate with others to abolish malnutrition-promote dietetics professionals as the ultimate food and nutrition resource-showcase diverse opportunities for nutrition leadership!


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Manju Karkare MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

With keen observation and attention to detail, building consensus and asking for input from diverse participants is key to my leadership for successful outcomes. I am empowered by personal values & our profession’s mission and vision. Count on me!

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Susan Smith MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

By age 17, I knew I wanted to be an exchange student and a RDN. Multiple states, different jobs, a MBA, several state licenses, and a few foreign countries later, I am ready for anything, especially helping to keep the Academy on track financially!


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Barbara Ivens MS, RDN, FADA, FAND

Barbara Ivens: Progressive, Positive, Practical. Leaders empower others to embrace and advance the organization’s vision. I welcome collaborative opportunities to build consensus and maintain focus to propel our profession into its Second Century.

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Kevin Sauer PhD, RDN, LD

Mindful leadership in dietetics is about commitment and communication, and even more about using these skills to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of others. I believe in serving our profession as a leader with others rather than of others.

House of Delegates (HOD) Speaker-elect

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Diane W. Heller MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND

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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Marcy Kyle RDN, LD, CDE, FAND

It has been an honor to serve the Academy at the state and national levels, and I am proud of the difference our knowledge and commitment make. As Speaker, I will work to ensure that the RDN and NDTR are the recognized nutrition and food experts.

House of Delegates (HOD) Director

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Berit Dockter MPP, RD, LD

Experienced AND leader, passionate about serving AND members, being your voice, and delivering results! I promote career diversity, including all member opinions, and am excited to bring YOUR ideas into the Second Century of our profession!

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Milton Stokes PhD, MPH, RD, FAND

Progress through inclusivity and respect for all types of members, all types of food cultures and ag practices, and all types of relevant industry stakeholders. Multiple solutions for multiple members because we have much in common!

At-Large Delegate: Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered

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Drisana Clifton NDTR

I want to help lead our profession into finding balance between standing strong with integrity and science while exciting populations with relatable and interesting information they can apply to their modern lives to add value.

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Amanda Coufal BS-NDTR

Hungry for change.

Nominating Committee National Leader

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Kristine Clark PhD, RDN, FACSM

Nominating leaders show members positions they're qualified for. As Nominating Director for WM DPG I learned that members need support & encouragement to run for office. I am especially skilled at helping people realize their leadership potential.

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Sherry Coleman Collins MS, RDN, LD

I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with you to recruit future leaders for our Academy. The wellbeing of our profession and our association require bold, visionary leaders who can move us forward with integrity and courage.

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Onaney Ortiz RD, LD

I will push the status quo and deliver results. Help me to guide positive change by voting for me onto the Nominating Committee.

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Sandra Parker RDN, CDE

Paying back and paying forward to the pioneer dietitians who established our profession and the future members who will take us to new heights.

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

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Pam Charney PhD, RD

I have experience needed to collaborate with others to ensure that dietetics thrives and grows in the next century. I am committed to supporting diversity in the profession so that all diverse groups are represented.

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Christine Palumbo MBA, RDN, FAND

As YOUR elected Nominating Committee Leader – and keeping Inclusion top of mind – I will identify the very best Academy leaders from each career stage, area of practice and geographic area to usher us into a strong and impactful second century.

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

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Debra Hook MPH, RDN, FAND

Creating our Future – Expanding our Work Opportunities through Education and Training

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Heidi Silver PhD, RDN

With great passion, integrity, pride and "outside the box" thinking, it will be my privilege to advocate strongly for the expertise of our profession and work to increase demand for enriching opportunities for dietitians in our nation's healthcare.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

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Nancy DiMarco PhD, RDN, LD, CSSD, FACSM

Modeling behavior is better with a sports dietitian - we show our attitude in our sleeves!

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Trisha Fuhrman MS, RDN, LD, FAND, FASPEN

RSVP for the Academy. Respond to Action Alerts. Share your ideas for the future. Vote in Academy and local, state, and national elections. Pay it Forward as a volunteer, mentor, preceptor and/or donor.

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Kellene Isom MS, RD, LDN

I have promoted the RD in weight management, including my support of CDR's CSOWM. This will elevate the expertise of the RD in weight management. My skills as an educator will provide leadership in the lifelong learning needs of our profession.

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Patricia (Patty) Keane MS, RDN

I would be honored to serve in this position, and to continue to support our profession with ethics and integrity with an eye toward future innovation.

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Kathryn Lawson MS, RDN, CD

Accomplishing great things through listening, collaboration, and action!

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Nancy Giles Walters MMSc, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND

I am an dietitian who has worked hard to change and update with our profession. I have not sat back and rested on my accomplishments; I am always trying to further my knowledge and skills. Moving on and improving has always been my motto in life.

Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative (RDN-AP)

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Kayle Skorupski MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC

Vote for Kayle Skorupski to held shape the future of dietetics and nutrition credentialing!

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Beth Taylor DCN, RDN-AP, CNSC

RDN credentialing and board certifications will move our profession upward and protect the public from fraudulent care! Advanced Practice = Advanced Reputation, Advanced Opportunities, Advanced Responsibilities and Advanced Remuneration!