Chief Executive Officer
Babjak has served as the Academy's CEO since 2009. Her responsibility is oversight of all entities under the organization’s umbrella, including the management of the Academy's Headquarters Team. Babjak directs 173 employees and is responsible for managing nearly $55 million in revenue (including investment returns), $34 million in operating expense and nearly $97 million in total assets. Babjak also is CEO of the Academy’s Foundation, the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to promoting nutrition and dietetics.
Babjak joined the Academy in 1975 and became executive director of the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 1978, serving until 1998 when she became the Academy’s executive vice president for strategic management and governance. As executive vice president, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Academy’s strategic plan and for monitoring metrics measuring the Academy’s progress toward achieving goals and objectives. Babjak facilitated the reorganization of the Academy's governance structure and served as the Academy’s interim chief executive officer in 1997.
In 2004, in recognition of her service to the Academy and to the nutrition and dietetics profession, Babjak was awarded honorary Academy membership. She has served on the Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Leadership Institute and the Pew Health Professions Commission on Educating Health Care Workforce Task Force. Babjak was nationally elected by other professions to chair the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and served on the Leadership Council for the National Organization for Competency Assurance. Babjak has served on the Bipartisan Policy Center's CEO Council on Health Innovation and its Healthcare Advisory Board. She is a member of the CEO Roundtable, an exclusive peer group leading the country's most visible, influential and effective organizations. In 2022, she was unanimously elected to serve on the board of directors of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
Babjak is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University in Illinois.