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The ACEND board is the governing unit of ACEND which grants final accreditation awards. As a decision making body of a federally-recognized accrediting agency, the board must include at least one academic, educator, practitioner, administrator and public member. The ACEND board includes: A chair, a vice chair, a past chair, at least one representative for each program type (Dietetic Technician, Didactic, Coordinated, and Dietetic Internship), at least one practitioner representative for each credential offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (Dietetic Technician Registered and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), at least one program administrator or representative of other stakeholders, one dietetics student, and one representative of the public. Information about qualifications and requirements for ACEND board positions can be found in the ACEND board positions can be found in the ACEND Policy & Procedure Handbook.

2023-2024 Board

Long Wang, PhD, RDN, FAND
Clinical Professor, Department Chair and Program Director, Future Graduate Program
University of the Pacific
Sacramento, Calif.

Vice Chair:
Nancy T. Prange, PhD, MPH, MS, RDN, LDN
Director, Dietetic Internship
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Ill.

Past ACEND Chair:
James Swain, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative:
Wanda Koszewski, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
Professor, Department Chair and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, S.C.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative-elect:
Dena French, EdD, RYT, RDN, LD
Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Fontbonne University
St. Louis, Mo.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives:
Melinda Anderson, PhD, RDN, LDN
Professor, Director, School of Human Ecology, and Didactic Program in Dietetics
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Tenn.

Kendra Kattelmann, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
Distinguished Professor, Director, Health and Consumer Sciences Division
South Dakota State University
Brookings, S.D.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representative-elect:
Ellis Morrow, DCN, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Director of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Post-Doctoral Interprofessional Education Research Fellowship
Texas Southern University
Houston, Texas

Dietetic Internship (DI) Representative:
Constance Francis, PhD, RD
Associate Professor Emerita Nutrition and Dietetics Department
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colo.

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program and Program Administrator Representative:
Crystal Wynn, PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Director, Dietetic Internship
Virginia State University
Petersburg, Va.

Dietetic Internship (DI Program Representative-elect:
Kimberly Gottesman, DCN, RD, LD, CNSC
Assistant Professor, Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Department of Nutrition and Food Science
California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dietetic Technician (DT) Program Representative:
Heather Williams, PhD, MS, RDN
Director, Dietetic Technician Program
Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, Nev.

Program Representative At-Large:
Jennifer Tomesko, DCN, RD, CNSC
Assistant Professor, Program Director, Future Graduate Program
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Newark, N.J.

Kelli Killingsworth, MPH, RDN, LND
Faculty Instructor, Academic Programs
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus
Gurabo, P.R.

Practitioner Representatives:
Michelle Palumbo, NDTR
Dietetic Technician
Cleveland Clinic
Parma, Ohio

Gloria Verdino, MS, RD, CDN
Clinical Dietitian/Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship Program Coordinator
Danbury Hospital
Danbury, Conn.

Public Members:
Anthony Hill, PhD, LISW-CP, CFSW, ACSW
Chair and Graduate Director, and Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, S.C.

Shawna L. Strickland, PhD, CAE, RRT,-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC
Associate Executive Director, Programs
American Epilepsy Society
Chicago, Ill.

Nicole Webb, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP-BC
Associate Dean, College of Health, Science and Technology
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Mo.

Student Representative:
Aisha Khan
Dietetic Student
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Student Representative-elect:
Trenton Voss
Dietetic Student
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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