Nominations and Elections

Voting for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national election is open from February 1 through February 22, and election results will be announced late February. Elected individuals will take office beginning June 1.


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Candidates for 2016 National Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates have been selected for the 2016 ballot from among many excellent nominees.

Board of Directors

Nancy Lewis, PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND (NC) [VIDEO]
Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND (GA) [VIDEO]

Jo Jo Dantone-DeBarbieris, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE (LA)
Manjushree Karkare, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (NC)

Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD (OH)
Helene Kent, MPH, RDN (CO)

House of Delegates

Lisa Dierks, RDN, LD (MN)
Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND (GA) - Write-in Candidate
Dianne Polly, JD, RDN, LDN, FAND (TN)

Susan Brantley, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSD (TN)
Jana Kicklighter, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND (GA)

At-Large Delegate: 30 Years of Age or Under
Feon Cheng, MPH, RDN (PA)
Meghan Windham, MPH, RD, LD (TX)

At-Large Delegate: Retired
Sharon Leppert, RDN, LD (TX)
Sachiko St. Jeor, PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND (NV)

Nominating Committee

Leader with BOD Experience in the Past 10 Years
Susan Laramee, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND (MA)
Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FADA, FAND (FL)

National Leader
Molly Gee, MEd, RD, LD (TX)
Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND (OH)
Sandra Parker, RDN, CDE (MI)
Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, FAND (MI)

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC (OR)
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CDE (CA)
Krista Jablonski, MS, RDN (CO)
Aspen Perovich, MS, RDN, LD (AZ)

CDR Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, FAND (CA)
Beth Ogata, MS, RD, CSP (WA)

Affiliate and DPG/MIG Voting Statistics

DPGs, MIGs and Affiliates are challenged to increase member participation in the Academy's national election. Voting statistics for the DPGs, MIGs and affiliates are listed by year. How is your group performing?

National Campaign and Social Media Guidelines

The National Campaign and Social Media Guidelines can be viewed here and an instructional webinar can be viewed here. The webinar, presented by Nominating Committee Members Martha Peppones, MS, RDN, CD, CSG, and Tracy Wilczek, MS, RDN, LDN, teaches candidates and engaged members how to take an active role in the election process by providing details and clarification regarding the campaign guidelines.

Nominations and Elections Toolkit

The Nominating Committee's Member Engagement sub-group has developed a toolkit to make it easier to nominate individuals and encourage members to vote. Links to the toolkit content follow below.