Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction, budget, guidelines and policies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With the mission and vision leading the Academy in all facets of governance and policy, the Board provides access to the strategic plan and Academy policies that guide members and the profession as a whole.

Comprised of national leaders in nutrition and health, the Board has 19 members and governs the organization.

View all members of the Board of Directors.


To govern the organization, the Academy Board of Directors:

  • Sets and monitors strategic direction.
  • Oversees fiscal planning.
  • Provides leadership for professional initiatives.
  • Appoints persons to represent the association.
  • Establishes guidelines and policies for appeals, publications, awards and honors.

Position and Term Lengths

Title  Term Length
President 1 year
President-Elect (elected by general membership) 1 year
Immediate Past-President 1 year
Treasurer 1 year
Treasurer-Elect (elected by general membership) 1 year
Past-Treasurer 1 year
Directors at Large (3, elected by general membership) 3 years
House of Delegates Director (3, elected by the general membership) 3 years
Speaker of the HOD 1 year
Speaker-Elect of the HOD 1 year
Immediate Past-Speaker of the HOD 1 year
Public Member 3 years
     (2, appointed by the Academy Board of Directors for up to a three year term)
Academy Foundation Chair (elected by the Foundation) 1 year
Academy CEO (non-voting)  
Leadership Directory


More About the Board of Directors

  • Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

    Russell is senior manager, U.S. nutrition medical affairs, at Baxter Healthcare and a lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science.

  • Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

    Martin is director of the Burke County school nutrition program, which has 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast and lunch, after-school snacks and supper.

  • Jo Jo Dantone-DeBarbieris, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND

    Dantone-DeBarbieris is the president, chief executive officer and owner of Nutrition Education Resources, Inc., providing registered dietitian nutritionists’ services since 1977 to hospitals and medical centers.

  • Dianne Polly, JD, RDN, LDN, FAND

    Polly is the executive director of the Shelby County, Tenn., Education Foundation. Previously, she was vice president for compliance and community relations and the Meals on Wheels director at the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

  • Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Barkoukis is the interim chair and an associate professor in the nutrition department at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

  • Kevin L. Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Sauer is an associate professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University and co-principal researcher with the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs.

  • Ellen R Shanley MBA RD CDN FAND

    Shanley is the dietetics director in the department of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

  • Susan Brantley, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSD, FAND

    Brantley is an adjunct faculty member in the dietetics program at Carson Newman University and an instructor in the physician’s assistant program at South College.

  • Sharon A. Cox, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND

    Cox is the owner and cofounder of Cox Duncan Network, a foodservice consulting firm specializing in food safety, food management, health and nutrition.

  • Martin M. Yadrick, MBI, MS, RDN, FAND

    Yadrick is director of nutrition informatics for Computrition, Inc., a Los Angeles-based provider of software solutions to the nutrition and foodservice industry.

  • Kevin Concannon, MSW

    Concannon served as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2009 until 2017.

  • David C. Donnan, MBA, PEng

    Donnan is a business leader and consultant to the consumer products, retail and technology industries.

  • Patricia M. Babjak, MLIS

    Babjak joined the Academy in 1975 and is the Chief Executive Officer of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.