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.

2017-2018 Board


  • Wanda Eastman, PhD, RDN, LD
    Professor Emeritus
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico

Vice Chair

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

Past ACEND Chair

  • Sharon K. Schwartz, MS, RD, LDN
    Sodexo Distance Education Dietetic Internship
    Raleigh, North Carolina

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives

  • Jamie M. Erskine, PhD, RD
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Dietetics Program
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado
  • Barbara Hopkins, MMSc, RD, LD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical and Director, Didactic Program
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representative-elect

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

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

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

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative-elect

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

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representatives

  • Suzanne M. Leson, PhD, RDN, LD
    Division Director, Health Sciences and Medical Sciences
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Jennifer Bueche, PhD, RD, CDN
    Professor, Food and Nutrition
    State University of New York
    Oneonta, New York

Dietetic Technician Program (DT) Representative

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

Program Administrator Representative

  • Jamie M. Erskine, PhD, RD
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Dietetics Program
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

Practitioner Representative

  • Miriam Troutner MS, RD, LD, CNSC
    Nutrition Clinical Coordinator
    Mercy Dubuque/Dyersville & Clinton
    Dubuque, Iowa

Practitioner Representatives

  • Michelle Clinton-Hahn, NDTR, CDM
    Non Commissioned Officer in Charge, Subsistence
    United States Air Force
    Travis AFB, California 

Student Representative

  • Alyssa L. Archdeacon
    Intern, Dietetic Internship
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

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

  • Carina M. Chiodo Graduate Student, Didactic Program
    California State University
    Chico, California

Public Member

  • Janet R. Bezner, PT, DTP, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Texas State University
    San Marcos, Texas

Public Member

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