Election Candidate Q&A

Get to Know 2022 Academy National Election Candidates

We asked three questions to candidates for the positions of President-elect, Treasurer-elect and Speaker-elect to help Academy members learn more about each person, including their skills, leadership experience and passion for Academy initiatives.


Questions


What do you see as the top two roles and responsibilities for this position? What skills and strengths can you bring to this position?

President-elect

Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
The cornerstone philosophy in the role as Academy President-elect will be to listen effectively and represent the voices of our national membership. Your voices will be heard! I will also ensure a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and access for each member. My management style is to foster collaboration and work toward common goals to achieve team success. Everyone's point of view matters!

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND:
A top role of the President-elect is visioning. The President-elect must have a picture of where we are heading and why that matters to the Academy, profession and members. With vision comes the ever-present need for change. A second top role is impacting change. The President-elect must guide and champion changes that will move the Academy and profession forward. Strengths/skills I would bring to the President-elect position are visionary, change agent, listener and passion.

Treasurer-elect

Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND:
I believe the top two responsibilities for this position are ensuring effective fiscal stewardship through detailed interpretation of financial statements and budgets; and growing our organization, supporting member needs and promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and access. My specific skills and strengths include being a futuristic thinker who is proficient in budget, capital and operational planning with a solutions-oriented mindset, and being a strategic leader who is a disciplined self-starter, collaborative and demonstrates a strong work ethic.

Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND:
I believe the roles of the Treasurer-elect are to 1) monitor and align budgets and financial resources with the Strategic Plan to ensure organizational health, and 2) serve as an innovative, strategic and collaborative board member. As a certified business analyst, I bring a unique skill set to the role. My daily work includes managing large budgets and assessing the financial health of organizations for mergers and acquisitions.

Speaker-elect

Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
1) Leadership guidance and 2) achieving change. My listening, empowerment and engagement skills will be important in working collaboratively with Delegates as they continue their transformative efforts toward creating an agile group of leaders who can address key issues impacting the dietetics profession. Fostering mutual decision making with Delegates can provide the supportive environment to accomplish change.

RoseAnna Holliday, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND:
Communication — including bi-directional communication — intent listening and understanding leading to action is the top priority and of vital importance. Integrity through honesty and the ability to be bold in leading is especially needed as Speaker-elect during these challenging times. As department chair, serving my state affiliate as president and then HOD delegate for six years, I have a 30-year track record as a practicing RDN and will utilize these skills and strengths on the first day in office!

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Describe how you have used your position, voice or influence as a leader to advance efforts in inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA).

President-elect

Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
As Foundation chair, I made the statement, "We need to bring back Leadership Institute." I pushed hard for a new cutting-edge program that would help create a level playing field of leadership opportunities and a new scholarship category for diverse applicants. I triggered the revitalization of this alternate pathway to leadership to advance IDEA and was part of the original design committee for Leadership Institute 2.0 and scholarship selection. I'll keep pushing this agenda!

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND:
I dedicated my entire year as Speaker of the House to issues related to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA). I worked closely with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to identify gaps. From addressing accelerating nutrition and health equity with the outcome being a toolkit for members, to customizing the new Dietary Guidelines to meet diverse needs, the action I am most proud of is the addition of MIG delegates to the House of Delegates, which facilitates more diverse representation and leadership opportunities.

Treasurer-elect

Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND:
As a collaborative leader, I believe in knowledge-sharing and working together. With my background as a former nutrition and diabetes care director and a system director of a national nutrition program, I have mentored numerous interns and dietitians over the years. It was always imperative to demonstrate cultural humility and foster inclusiveness. In my current role, I am a member of our DEI committee and focus on employee engagement and promotion of various global cuisines.

Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND:
IDEA initiatives are imperative. One of my top priorities for Treasurer-elect is to lend my financial acumen to ensuring the IDEA Action Plan is adequately funded and reflected in budgets. My past efforts include co-presenting on behalf of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at FNCE®, co-presenting on cultural humility at the International Congress of Dietetics and co-authoring an Academy Journal article, "Dietetic Training: Understanding Racial Inequity in Power and Privilege."

Speaker-elect

Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
As a current House of Delegates Director, I have been involved in educating Delegates about IDEA issues. Specifically, I was integral in developing conversations related to implicit bias and cultural humility included in the May 2021 HOD meeting. Additionally, I along with the other HOD leaders, revised the HOD Core Values to emphasize key components of IDEA including respect, inclusion, integrity and openness. These are the backbone of Delegate collaborative work and efforts.

RoseAnna Holliday, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND:
My efforts include Zoom discussions with other state affiliate diversity liaisons and adding this important topic as a standing item to meeting agendas. As a leader, I provide a safe space to begin a rich, and sometimes uncomfortable, dialogue leading to open and frank discussions. I continually stress the need to keep an open mind and heart for each other coupled with the ability to listen intently to each other's stories and see the world through their lens, not yours.

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Tell us about one Academy initiative you are passionate about, how it supports the Strategic Plan and how you would advance it, if elected.

President-elect

Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
I’m passionate about the potential to expand workforce demand and capacity, a vital principle of our Strategic Plan. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean you can't be it! Pushing for employment growth opportunities and leadership development initiatives will be mission-critical. I will drive change for opportunity. Together, let's promote learning opportunities to broaden our scope and skill sets for a brighter future in the field of nutrition and dietetics!

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND:
One Academy initiative I am extremely passionate about is food and nutrition security, which is a Strategic Plan focus area and consistent with the Academy mission. One way to advance food security is expanding policy efforts including the MNT Act and Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). A second strategy would be toolkits and mini-grants for members to expand food security programming in communities with need. Lastly, efforts to expand reimbursement for RDN services will increase those we can serve.

Treasurer-elect

Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND:
I'm passionate about reducing malnutrition, and as part of our Strategic Plan, we know it's critically important. During my career, I led the implementation of a comprehensive malnutrition program within a national health care system. We provided standardized training to interdisciplinary team members, used evidenced-based assessment criteria and improved patient outcomes. If elected, I will work to advance this effort by continuing to provide relevant presentations for dietitians across all regions and advocate for increased reimbursement.

Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND:
In addition to IDEA initiatives, another Academy initiative I strongly support is advocacy. RDNs and NDTRs do such important work; we need everyone to know that we are the nutrition experts! Having served as chair of the Nutrition Services Payment Committee and on the Legislative and Public Policy Committee, I know there is great advocacy work already being done by the Academy. If elected, I would promote additional resources to further extend the reach and impact of current advocacy initiatives.

Speaker-elect

Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, FAND:
I have been passionate about addressing malnutrition for decades and am thrilled the Academy has engaged multiple efforts focusing on malnutrition globally and in the U.S. Between launching nutrition physical examination training courses, implementing a large-scale malnutrition validation study and the ongoing persistent efforts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other regulatory agencies to address hospital malnutrition, the Academy continues to elevate its malnutrition initiatives.

RoseAnna Holliday, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND:
As a 30-year member of the Academy, I am passionate about the key principle to expand workforce demand and capacity. With the reimbursement model changing from "fee for service" to "pay for value," the time to act is now. Population health is on our front doorstep. As Speaker-elect, I will build bridges and move mountains to provide opportunities for RDNs to capitalize on this movement. Who better, than an RDN with experience and passion for population health, to lead this initiative!

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