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

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Margaret Garner MS, RDN, LD, CIC, FAND

Members and students have inspired me to be actively engaged in our Academy and serving has been an honor. Let’s dialog, dream, discover and champion the Academy’s future together! I seek your support, passion, service-- and pledge the same to you.

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Terri Raymond MA, RDN, CDN, FAND

Let’s welcome the opportunity of our second century with communication and collaboration. Together, through purposeful design, we will create the changes necessary to advance our profession and improve the well-being of all people. Let’s do this!


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Catherine Christie PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, FADA

As a dedicated, energetic, and service focused AND member, I will work hard as treasurer to manage our finances and increase our communication, advance our profession, and secure our future. It is a privilege to earn your confidence and your vote.

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Barbara Ivens MS, RDN, FADA, FAND

Future Focused. Leaders empower others to embrace and advance the organization's vision. I welcome opportunities to build consensus, maintain focus and work to assure that our resources are managed to maximize outcomes.


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Harlivleen (Livleen) Gill MBA, RDN, LDN

Thank you in advance for the opportunity to represent you as Director at Large and be your voice and advocate for the profession. Proven leader with business acumen and forward thinking thereby can bring change and increase our sphere of influence.

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Ellen Shanley MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND

Let’s make the world healthier and the RDN the go to person! Yes we can!

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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Tamara Randall MS, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND

Our members are our strength. As our profession evolves, I will ensure our Academy and House of Delegates respond by providing the resources and inspiration our members need to thrive in our Second Century.

House of Delegates (HOD) Director

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Cynthia Taft Bayerl MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

An experienced voice for our Second Century, vote Cynthia Taft Bayerl for Director of HOD.

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Sharon Cox MA, RDN, LDN

Eat and Live Well! • Educate consumers to the power of food and nutrition in health • Advocate for policies to support safe nutritious food and water • Transform using technology to increase access to evidenced-based nutrition information

Nominating Committee National Leader

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Eileen Myers MPH, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND

I am passionate about our profession. I am a connector. I execute with excellence. Using my leadership skills, I will identify and engage members of diverse backgrounds and talents to ensure high quality candidates and future leaders.

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Becky Sulik RDN, LD, CDE

As nutrition professionals, we need to be more effective at collaborating, including those with whom we disagree. We need to actively seek partnerships & create both internal and external champions to affect the global change we seek as a profession.

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

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Jessie Pavlinac MS, RDN, CSR, LD

Make a difference to your profession and your organization - VOTE. Your vote matters to our FUTURE.

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Kay Wolf PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Vote with confidence - together we will select visionary dietetic leaders.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioner Representative, Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR)

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Grace A. Burney NDTR

The skills, the knowledge, and the abilities of the NDTR are invaluable in this profession. Work with me as your ACEND NDTR Practitioner Representative, as we continue to crack that glass ceiling!

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Darrin Schmidt NDTR, FAND

It is an honor to be nominated for the NDTR representative on the ACEND board. Throughout my career as a NDTR my goal has been to promote the NDTR within the Academy and among other professions. I am a very proud NDTR.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

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Lisa (Elizabeth) Abbay RDN, LDN, FAND

With my breadth of knowledge in HR/Recruiting, clinical, food service and financial, along with strong organizational and communication skills, I feel strongly that I am an ideal candidate to represent CDR for the next three years.

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Mary Beth Ohlms MEd, RDN, LD

I pledge to protect the public and promote and maintain the integrity of the credential of RDN, DTR and all other designations.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

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D. Travis Thomas PhD, RDN, CSSD, FAND

To enhance the process of acquiring and maintaining the CSSD certification, I will investigate new strategies to improve test content and explore opportunities to enhance professional growth and leadership within the sports nutrition profession.

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Crystal Zabka Belsky MS, RDN, CSSD, LMNT

Committed to trailblazing the road to holistic wellness with fluidity among unique disciplines and populations.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR)

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Amanda Coufal NDTR

My goal is to help move the profession forward, helping the public see or value as the true food and nutrition experts, while ensuring we maintain a foundation of science and integrity.

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Holly Trueblood NDTR

I am committed to advocating for the DTR profession and dedicated to ensuring that our expertise is valued. I am proud of the hard work that I put into becoming credentialed and I want current and future DTRs to wear the credential with pride as well