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.

2020-2021 Board


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

Vice Chair

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

Past ACEND Chair

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

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

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

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative-elect

  • Wanda Koszewski, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
    Associate Professor, Department Chair and Director, Coordinated Program
    Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, South Carolina

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

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives-elect

  • Melinda Anderson, PhD, RDN, LDN
    Professor, Director, School of Human Ecology, and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
    Tennessee Technological University
    Cookeville, Tennessee

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative and Program Administrator Representative

  • Suzanne M. Leson, PhD, RDN, LD
    formerly Division Director, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Injury Biomechanics Research Center
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative

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

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative-elect

  • 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

Program Representative at Large

  • Janet D. Hiser, MOE, RD, CNSC, CDN, FAND
    Director, Future Graduate Program
    Fairfield University
    Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 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
  • Patricia Brathwaite, EdD, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND
    Renal Dietitian
    Fresenius Medical Care
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Public Members

  • Janet R. Bezner, PT, DTP, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Texas State University
    San Marcos, Texas
  • Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN
    Associate Director for Undergraduate Nursing Programs
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Leslie Halpern, PhD
    Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
    Yeshiva University
    New York, New York

Student Representative

  • John Falce, CDN
    Clinical Dietitian
    NutraSource RD
    Holmdel, New Jersey

Student Representative-elect

  • Emily Kuettel
    Master's of Science/Dietetic Internship
    Loyola University
    Maywood, Illinois