National Election

Elections 2021

Slate of Candidates

The Academy and Commission on Dietetic Registration Nominating Committees are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2022 national ballot, chosen from many excellent nominees.

Click on the names below to read the candidate's bios.

Academy Board of Directors

President-elect
Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Okla.)
Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND (Fla.)

Treasurer-elect
Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND (Ky.)
Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND (Fla.)

Director-at-Large
Carl Barnes, MS, RDN, LDN (Md.)
Leslene Gordon, PhD, RDN, LDN (Fla.)

House of Delegates Speaker-elect
Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, (Ohio)
RoseAnna Holliday, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND (Idaho)

House of Delegates Director
Laura Gollins, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND (Texas)
Sherri Jones, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND (Pa.)


House of Delegates

At-Large-Delegate: Retired
C. Nancy Fisher, MBA, RD, LDN (Mass.)
Janice Fisher, PhD, RD (Iowa)

At-Large-Delegate: 30 Years of Age and Under
Mary Curnutte, MS, RD, LD (Ky.)
Alyssa Price, MS, RDN, LD (Ohio)


Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Practitioner Representative, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Shaynee Roper, MEd, RD, LDN, FAND (N.C.)
Gloria Verdino, MS, RD, CDN (N.Y.)


Academy Nominating Committee

National Leader
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CSOWM, FAND (Calif.)
Barbara Grant, MS, RDN, CSO, LD, FAND (Idaho)

National Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years
Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (Fla.)
Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, (Ill.)

Nominating Committee: Leader in Practice for 15 Years or Less
Yolanda Jackson, MS, RD, LD (Ky.)
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN (Va.)


Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Anisha Chhibber, MS, RDN (N.J.)
Christopher Messenger, PhD, MS, RD, LD (Texas)
Anne Coltman, MS, RD, FAND (Ill.)
Meredith Wagner, PhD, RDN, LRD, FAND (N.D.)

Nominating Committee Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (IAAND)
Anna Cahn, PhD, RDN (Calif.)

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR)
Vera Bartasavich, MEd, NDTR (Ohio)
Christopher Mills, MPH, DTR (Ariz.)

View the candidate disclosures.

The slate lists self-reported educational degrees, CDR issued credentials, state nutrition and dietetics licensure titles and Academy fellow designations. Please view the candidate's biographical information form, personal website and/or candidate credential disclosures for other credentials.

Election Candidate Q&A

Learn more about the candidates for President-elect, Treasurer-elect and Speaker-elect.

Nominations and Election Processes

The process of selecting candidates is detailed and deliberate, from reaching out to solicit nominees, fine tuning nomination forms, crafting interview questions and making final selections from a pool of very qualified individuals. At every step the Nominating Committee emphasizes the critical importance of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in choosing leaders for the Academy. We are humbled by the trust placed on the committee by those who have elected us. The Nominating Committee has a moral accountability to ensure access to leadership by identifying equitable pathways for individuals to serve. We are passionately committed to serving you through our various roles and responsibilities.

  • 2020-2021 Nominating Committee

Webinar: Winning Strategies to Run a Successful Campaign

The Academy's National Campaign Rules have been revised for the 2022 election. Nominating Committee members Demetrius Willis and Marty Yadrick presented a webinar on December 14 to provide members with strategies and clarification regarding the rules to help run a fair and positive campaign, and how to take an active role in the election process. A recording of the webinar is available for those who were unable to attend the live session.

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Project Vote: Affiliate and DPG/MIG Voting Statistics

DPGs, MIGs and Affiliates are challenged to increase member participation in the Academy's national election. Find out more about Project Vote, including the rewards, categories and current voting statistics below.

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Affiliate Voting

DPG/MIG Voting

Please note that only ballots for Academy national offices, DPG/MIGs, and CDR run on the Academy election platform. Please check with your individual affiliate for information regarding state and district elections.