Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2018-2021

June 1, 2018

Editors: Please note local interest.

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has appointed three registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople.

The Academy's national volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 registered dietitian nutritionists who conduct thousands of nutrition and healthful eating interviews on behalf of the Academy each year with print, broadcast and online media.

As registered dietitian nutritionists, Academy spokespeople are the food and nutrition experts. They have fulfilled rigorous educational and practice requirements, including at least a bachelor's degree (more than half of all spokespeople hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a national registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

The following registered dietitian nutritionists have been appointed as new Academy spokespeople for 2018-2021:

  • Whitney Linsenmeyer, PhD, RD, LD, St. Louis, Mo., is a faculty member in the department of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University where she teaches advanced nutrition, foundations of nutrition and clinical systems management. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, nutritional psychotherapy, research review and analysis, mindful eating and transgender nutrition.
  • Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN, Charleston, S.C., is the wellness director at Sodexo's office of health promotion at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she advances the health of the campus and community. She specializes in African-American nutrition, disease prevention, men's nutrition, vegetarian and vegan nutrition and wellness.
  • Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, Baltimore, Md., is the food, nutrition and dietetics editor for Nutrition Dimension, a division of OnCourse Learning, where she provides continuing education opportunities for allied health care professionals. Her specialties include autism and developmental disorders, children's nutrition, gastrointestinal nutrition, gluten intolerance and sports nutrition.

The Academy has also reappointed four spokespeople for 2018-2021:

  • Nancy Z. Farrell, MS, RDN, FAND, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Kristen Gradney, MHA, RDN, LDN, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Kristi King, MPH, RDN, LD, CNSC, Houston, Texas
  • Angela Lemond, RDN, LD, CSP, Dallas, Texas

More information on the Academy and its spokespeople, including full biographies and headshots, can be found in the Academy's downloadable 2018-2019 Media Guide.

Journalists seeking interviews with Academy food and nutrition experts can call 800/877-1600, ext. 1743, or email


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