ACEND Board Members

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 educator, practitioner, and public member. In addition, at least one educator or practitioner member must have administrative experience as a program director in nutrition and dietetics. 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 Policy & Procedure Handbook.

2019-2020 Board


  • Janet S. Johnson, MS, RDN, LD
    Senior Clinician, Didactic Program
    Department of Food Science and Nutrition
    Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa

Vice Chair

  • Barbara Hopkins, MMSc, RD, LD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical and Director, Didactic Program
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia

Past ACEND Chair

  • Christine A. Hartney, MS, RD, LDN, FAND
    Advanced Level Dietitian/Dietetic Internship Coordinator
    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, Illinois

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

  • Alida Herling, MPH, RD, LD
    Associate Professor and Director, Coordinated Program
    Viterbo University
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives

  • James Swain, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
    Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Long Wang, MD, PhD, RDN, FAND
    Nutrition Professor
    California State University, Long Beach
    Long Beach, California

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative and Program Administrator Representative

  • Suzanne M. Leson, PhD, RDN, LD
    Division Director, Health Sciences and Medical Sciences
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative-elect

  • Nancy T. Prange, MS, RDN, LDN
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, Illinois

Dietetic Technician (DT) Program Representative

  • Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, LDN
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    Ingalls Memorial Hospital
    Harvey, Illinois

Dietetic Technician (DT) Program Representative-elect

  • Judith Kaplan, MS, RD, LD
    Director, Dietetic Technician Program
    Cuyahoga Community College
    Cleveland, Ohio

Program Representative at Large

  • Janet D. Hiser, MOE, RD, CDN
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    Western Connecticut Health Network Dietetic Internship
    Danbury, Connecticut

Program Representative at Large-elect

  • Nina L. Roofe, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
    Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
    University of Central Arkansas
    Conway, Arkansas

Practitioner Representatives

  • Darrin W. Schmidt DTR, FAND
    Director of Nutrition & Food Services at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center
    Okmulgee Memorial Hospital
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Miriam E. Troutner, MS, RDN, CNSC
    Nutrition Clinical Coordinator
    Mercy Medical Center Dubuque/Dyersville and Clinton
    Dubuque, Iowa

Practitioner Representative-elect

  • Patricia Brathwaite, EdD, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND
    Renal Dietitian
    Fresenius Medical Care
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Student Representative

  • Jessica D, Kassel
    Student, Didactic Program
    Fontbonne University
    St. Louis, Missouri

Student Representative-elect

  • John Falce
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship
    New York, New York

Public Members

  • Janet R. Bezner, PT, DTP, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Texas State University
    San Marcos, Texas
  • Leslie Halpern, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Chair, Department of Psychology
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, New York
  • Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN
    Associate Director for Undergraduate Nursing Programs
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico