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 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.

2022-2023 Board


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

Vice Chair

  • Long Wang, MD, PhD, RDN, FAND
    Director and Clinical Professor, Future Graduate Program
    University of the Pacific
    Sacramento, California

Past ACEND Chair

  • Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, LDN, FAND
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial
    Harvey, Illinois

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, South Carolina

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, Tennessee

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

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representatives

  • Crystal Wynn, PhD, MPH, RD
    Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Director, Dietetic Internship
    Virginia State University
    Petersburg, Virginia

  • Constance Francis, PhD, RD
    Associate Professor Emerita Nutrition and Dietetics Department
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

Dietetic Technician (DT) Program Representative

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

Dietetic Technician (DT) Program Representative-elect

  • Heather Williams, PhD, MS, RDN
    Director, Dietetic Technician Program
    Truckee Meadows Community College
    Reno, Nevada

Program Representative at Large and Program Administrator Representative

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

Program Representative at Large

  • Jennifer Tomesko, DCN, RD, CNSC
    Assistant Professor, Program Director, Future Graduate Program
    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
    Newark, New Jersey

Program Representative at Large-elect

  • Kelli Killingsworth, MPH, RDN, LND
    Director, Coordinated Program
    Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus
    Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Practitioner Representatives

  • Michelle Palumbo, NDTR
    Dietetic Technician
    Cleveland Clinic
    Parma, Ohio

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

Practitioner Representative-elect

  • Gloria Verdino, MS, RD, CDN
    Renal Dietitian
    Davita Kidney Care
    Monticello, New York

Public Members

  • Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN
    Associate Director for Undergraduate Nursing Programs
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico

  • Anthony Hill, PhD, LISW-CP, CFSW, ACSW
    Chair and Graduate Director, and Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, South Carolina

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

Student Representative

  • Michelle Evans
    Dietetic Student
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

Student Representative-elect

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