Suzanne M. Jimenez-Sanchez, MS, RDN, LNDDirector-at-Large
|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) For the past eight years, I’ve served as a board member for the Puerto Rico affiliate, currently as President. 2) I have leveraged the use of technology to provide our dietitians with educational sessions that are both accessible and that align with current competencies and needs. 3) With membership declining, I’ve encouraged student members to actively participate in board meetings to express their concerns and solutions to this issue. 4) As a LAHIDAN member, I will proudly represent all Hispanic and Latino members and be their voice to advocate for current barriers and challenges faced.|
|Head Start/ Early Head Start Quintana Baptist Church||Registered Dietitian||1.5 yr|
|International Medical Corps||Nutrition Program Coordinator||1.8 yr|
|International Medical Corps||Nutrition Program Promoter||6 months|
|Leadership Position||Organization||Years Involved in the Organization||My specific leadership contributions, achievements and outcomes:|
|Public Relations||Puerto Rico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2014 - 2015||Manage, organize, and execute outreach to different vendors and companies who would be willing to become sponsors for our various educational offerings and annual conference. Provide the Board of Directors with timely reports on sponsor contacts made and sponsor confirmations. Develop and maintain an updated contact list for the future appointed Public Relations volunteer to use.|
|Nominating Committee||Puerto Rico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2015 - 2016||Organize and carry-out the nominating process for the affiliate following the guidelines and protocols established in our policy and procedure manual. Prepare each board position's description with the years of commitment of each to share with the candidates. Once the nominating process begins, provide the board of directors with updates regarding the nominations received.|
|Registration/ Membership Chair||Puerto Rico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2017 - 2019||Help encourage new members to join the Academy and provide additional benefits to those who were already members. Actions taken were to develop and deliver various CDR/PDP process lectures and education sessions to help new and current RDNs to learn how to build their Professional Development Portfolio and maintain their credentials respectively. Use social media as a way to encourage members and non-members to become engaged with our affiliate through "Did you know" posts and Facebook Live sessions, among other efforts.|
|Continuing Education Coordinator||Puerto Rico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2015 - 2017||Based on the current President's education plan, contact and organize speakers for the various educational sessions offered by the affiliate. Make sure each speaker was contacted in a timely manner and was provided with all of the resources necessary for their session and honorariums. I would also provide detailed reports at the affiliate's monthly meetings about confirmed speakers, honorariums, and specific needs from each.|
|President||Puerto Rico- AND||2022 - 2023||Host virtual and in-person education sessions that improve each individual's competencies, knowledge and skills set and that align with the new ACEND competencies (e.g. Workshop on NFPE on Pediatrics and Adults). Create an inclusive environment by having student members become more involved in the affiliate's decision-making process (e.g. opening participation and attendance to some board meetings). Attend the national conference and participate in networking events and advocate for more diversity and inclusion in the profession.|
Keeping up with an evolving environment can be challenging; forward-looking guarantees that we can be prepared for those changes before they actually happen. Telehealth is an example of how impactful and limitless our profession can become. Another example is retail. We are the expert influencers in the realm of health and wellness. Forming profitable business relationships with produce suppliers not only contributes to the overall health of a population, but it could also support sustainable farming practices and profits. These are just small examples of the amazing things we can accomplish.
How can we evoke change if we don’t change first? I strongly believe that diversity, inclusion, equity and access are the drivers that will guarantee a more positive, forward-looking, innovative, and brighter future for our beloved profession.