Kathleen Niedert, MBA, RD, CSG, LD, FADA, FANDNominating Committee Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years
|POSITION||Skills/Attributes associated with the position||Examples of how I have demonstrated outcomes for each skill/attribute that qualify me for the position|
|Nominating Committee Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years||
||1. Served on AND/CDR/DPG/Iowa AND Boards in the past as well as working with numerous members who contributed to Nutrition Care of the Older Adult and other publications where I was editor. 2. Worked with ACOs, MCOs as well as served on the Academy Board of Directors as Treasurer during COVID-19 all of which demanded the understanding of strategic direction. 3. Served the Academy in numerous positions requiring the ability to communicate and the use of critical thinking. 4. Developed diverse quality teams within the nursing facility improving overall satisfaction of employees/residents.|
|Western Home Services||System Quality Assurance Officer||3|
|Western Home Services||Executive Director, Parkview Manor/Madrid Home||9|
|Western Home Services||Director of Clinical Nutrition and Dining Services||8|
|Leadership Position||Organization||Years Involved in the Organization||My specific leadership contributions, achievements and outcomes:|
|Board of Directors/ Treasurer||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2018 - 2021||As the treasurer, I marshalled the Academy's finances in a difficult COVID-19 environment. This meant bringing hard choices to the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors related to cutting spending. Expenses were reduced more than 20% in FY21 when compared to FY20. Bringing forth reducing employee compensation (salaries, cutting 401K compensation and freezing hiring) was difficult, but as treasurer, it had to be suggested for the Academy to remain in good financial standing. We accomplished a balanced budget in the end.|
|Pastoral Council Interim Chair||St. Stephen the Witness Student Center||2019 - 2022||As a pastoral council member and interim chair, I was appointed to serve on a committee to redesign the employee structure. I facilitated the discussion of the pros and cons of the structure at that time and the development by consensus of a new structure that utilized the same number of labor hours redistributing them to meet the demands of a growing student center. Our committee was able to re-write job descriptions, interview candidates, and hire a strong team that believed in living our mission, values, and vision.|
|Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee||The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Society||2017 - 2022||My responsibilities included requesting professionals to submit proposals, reviewing and grading proposals and then, with other committee members, selecting proposals for the annual meeting, thus providing oversight and guidance for specific educational programs selected. During my tenure, I work diligently to identify food and nutrition professionals and request that they submit proposals to speak before this group. Each year I was successful in having at least one or two sessions that included an RDN or other food and nutrition professional.|
|Committee for Life Long learning||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics||2015 - 2018||As a committee member, I reviewed and graded hundreds of submitted proposals and was required to take an active role in the selection and planning of FNCE ensuring the program aligned with the mission, vision, and strategic plan. I was tasked with identifying top quality researchers on the cutting edge topics for the CLL planned sessions; sending requests for proposals to the selected speakers concerning potential speaking opportunities, following up with selected speakers on deadlines once they were agreeable to the terms, and moderating the presentation during the annual meeting.|
|Competency Assurance Panel (CAP)||Commission on Dietetic Registration||2012 - 2014||As a member of CAP, we were tasked to develop the four hierarchy levels of the functional framework for dietetic competencies. This framework would better define the knowledge, skill, judgment and attitude requirements throughout a practitioner's career, across practice and within focus areas. All committee members had input on all areas of development of spheres, competencies, performance indicators, and practice illustrations. My abilities and strengths were put to use specifically within the business and nutrition areas, but i provided comments on all stages of the development.|
The future will demand increasingly diverse dietetic practices. Stronger leadership skills and greater engagement without a broader base of healthcare knowledge and technological skill sets will be required. New opportunities will be available in pharmacokinetids, genetics, sustainability, telehealth, coaching, artificial intelligence, animal nutrition and agriculture. We will need to be at the table in discussions to demonstrate our worth. This is not a time to be idle and take a back seat but, be actively involved to make a difference.
I have been and always will be a lifelong advocate for working with food and nutrition professionals. It's time to pick up our pace even more and make our profession a household name in all aspects of the healthcare and business arenas.