Nominations and Elections

Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates have been selected for the 2017 ballot from among many excellent nominees. Click here to view the candidate biographical information. The election will occur February 1 through February 22, 2017.

Board of Directors


Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Texas)
Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (Ill.)


Manju Karkare, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (N.C.)
Susan Smith, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND (Va.)


Barbara Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND (Mich.)
Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD (Kan.)

House of Delegates


Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND (Ga.)
Marcy Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND (Maine)


Berit Dockter, MPP, RD, LD (Md.)
Milton Stokes, PhD, MPH, RD, FAND (Mo.)

At-Large Delegate: Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR)

Drisana Clifton, NDTR (Minn.)
Amanda Coufal, BS-NDTR (Kan.)

Nominating Committee

Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years

Pam Charney, PhD, RD (Wash.)
Christine Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND (Ill.)

National Leader

Kristine Clark, PhD, RDN (Pa.)
Sherry Collins, MS, RDN, LD (Ga.)
Onaney Ortiz, RD, LD (Ohio)
Sandra Parker, RDN, CDE (Mich.)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

ACEND Practitioner Representative, RDN

Debra Geary Hook, MPH, RDN, CNSC, FAND (Calif.)
Heidi Silver, PhD, RDN (Tenn.)

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD (Texas)
Trisha Fuhrman, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Mo.)
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN (Mass.)
Patricia Keane, MS, RD (N.M.)
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD (Vt.)
Nancy Giles Walters, MMSc, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND (N.C.)

Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative (RDN-AP)

Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC (Ariz.)
Beth Taylor, DCN, RDN-AP, CNSC (Ill.)

Nominations and Election Toolkit

The Nominating Committee's Member Engagement subcommittee has developed a toolkit to make it easier to nominate individuals and encourage members to vote.

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?