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.

2018-2019 Board


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

Vice Chair

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

Past ACEND Chair

  • Wanda Eastman, PhD, RDN, LD
    Professor Emeritus and Former Director, Dietetic Internship
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives

  • James Swain, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
    Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Barbara Hopkins, MMSc, RD, LD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical and Director, Didactic Program
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representative-elect

  • Long Wang, MD, PhD, RDN, FAND
    Nutrition Professor
    California State University, Long Beach
    Long Beach, California

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

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

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 Representatives

  • Jennifer Bueche, PhD, RD, CDN
    Professor, Food and Nutrition
    State University of New York
    Oneonta, New York

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative-elect

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

Dietetic Technician Program (DT) Representative

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

Program Representative at Large-Elect

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

Practitioner Representatives

  • Michelle Clinton-Hahn, NDTR, CDM
    Non Commissioned Officer in Charge, Subsistence
    United States Air Force
    Travis AFB, California
  • Miriam E. Troutner, MS, RDN, CNSC
    Nutrition Clinical Coordinator
    Mercy Medical Center Dubuque/Dyersville and Clinton
    Dubuque, Iowa

Practitioner Representative-elect

  • Darrin W. Schmidt DTR, FAND
    Director of Nutrition & Food Services at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center
    Okmulgee Memorial Hospital
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

Student Representative

  • Alyssa L. Price, MS, RD
    Graduate, Dietetic Internship
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

Student Representative-elect/ACEND Representative to the Student Council Advisory Committee

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

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