|POSITION||Skills/Attributes associated with the position||Examples of how I have demonstrated outcomes for each skill/attribute that qualify me for the position|
|| 1.Serving as Chair of CDR & WM DPG provided multiple leadership opportunities to stimulate critical thinking, foster communication and facilitate decisions.
2.I am a “systems thinker,” preferring the vision of a big picture before working with the parts- a critical skill when representing our diverse Academy membership.
3. Each experience brought difficult issues to address. The key for me is listening in order to understand values, goals, enablers, barriers, and the emotions brought to the table. With that we can begin to generate solutions with the interests of Academy members in mind.
|Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange||Health and Wellbeing Consultant||3 years, 8 months|
|College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, CA||Program Manager, UC Irvine Weight Management Program||19 years, 6 months|
|Leadership Position||Organization||Years Involved in the Organization||My specific leadership contributions, achievements and outcomes:|
|Chair, CDR||Commission on Dietetic Registration||2018 - 2019||Much of CDR's work occurs at the committee level. Serving as CDR Chair required me to stay abreast of that work in order to facilitate discussion and decisions by the Commissioners. Challenging issues included credentialing, budget and maintaining standards for evidence-based continuing education.|
|Chair, Weight Management Committee||Commission on Dietetic Registration||2017 - 2018||As Chair, I oversaw the restructuring of CDR's Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management programs which had been in existence for ~20 years, well-attended and highly rated. The new Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults program employs a "flipped classroom", demanding more of both attendees and faculty. It would have been easier to not change. The restructuring allows CDR to better meet the needs of learners, now and in the future.|
|Professional Development Director||Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group||2015 - 2016||The practice of weight management is broad and encompasses a number of philosophies. As Professional Development Director I was tasked with Identifying the needs of our diverse membership and implementing continuing professionals education opportunities for WM DPG members, including webinars and CPE articles in the WM DPG newsletter.|
|Chair||Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group||2011 - 2014||Unique opportunities to promote the role of the RDN surfaced during my tenure in the chair terms. ASMBS was on the verge limiting the role of bariatric managers to RNs. We drafted statements, engaged Academy leadership and were successful in negotiating to include RDNs as possible candidates for the manager role. The practice of weight management was emerging as a specialty yet there was no designation. We petitioned the Council on Future Practice and then CDR to establish the CSOWM credential, the first multidisciplinary credential offered by CDR, firmly placing RDNs at the table.|
|Symposium Chair||Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group||2007 - 2009||WM DPG held its first national symposium in 2007 to provide a venue for members to network and to provide CPE in evidence-based weight management practice. I chaired the symposium in 2008. In 2009 I served as co- chair for the first and only joint symposium WM DPG offered in partnership with the Diabetes Care and Education DPG [DCE]. The symposia were multifaceted, requiring strong coordination and organization skills. And they were financially profitable for the DPG!|
It is ironic that the opportunities within our profession range from food insecurity to food excess. The Academy’s Strategic Plan addresses that diversity with initiatives related to prevention, health care, and food security. Regardless of one’s unique area of practice, our greatest opportunity is to embrace our strong science foundation, maximize communication skills and collaborate with other professions to magnify the role of food and nutrition professionals in improving health and wellbeing throughout the world.
I’m a big picture thinker who understands the scope of our profession- I’ll listen and support critical thinking to address the diverse interests of the Academy membership.