Nominations and Elections

Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates have been selected for the 2018 ballot from among many excellent nominees. Click here to view the candidate biographical information. The election will occur February 1 through February 15, 2018.

Board of Directors


Margaret Garner, MS, RDN, LD, CIC, FAND (Ala.)
Terri Raymond, MA, RDN, CDN, FAND (Wash.)


Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND (Fla.)
Barbara Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND (Mich.)


Harlivleen (Livleen) Gill, MBA, RDN, LDN (Md.)
Ellen Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND (Conn.)

House of Delegates Speaker-elect

Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND (Ga.)
Tamara Randall, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND (Ohio)

House of Delegates Director

Cynthia Taft Bayerl, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (Mass.)
Sharon Cox, MA, RDN, LDN (N.C.)

Nominating Committee

National Leader

Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND (Tenn.)
Becky Sulik, RDN, LD, CDE (Idaho)

National Leader with Board Experience in the Past 10 Years

Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RDN, CSR, LD (Ore.)
Kay Wolf, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND (Ohio)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Practitioner

Grace Burney, NDTR (Ohio)
Darrin Schmidt, NDTR, FAND (Okla.)

Commission on Dietetic Registration

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Lisa (Elizabeth) Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND (Tenn.)
Mary Beth Ohlms, MEd, RDN, LD (Mo.)

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered

Amanda Coufal, NDTR (Kan.)
Holly Trueblood, NDTR (Ariz.)

Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FAND (Ky.)
Crystal Zabka Belsky, MS, RDN, CSSD, LMNT (Neb.)

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 below. See how the different groups performed.