Academy Names 2021-2022 Board of Directors

June 1, 2021

CHICAGO – National leaders in nutrition, health and business will serve as the 2021-2022 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Representing more than 112,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

The Board is responsible for strategic planning, policy development and fiscal management for the Academy. Members of the Academy's Board of Directors will serve from June 1 until May 31, 2022. They are:

Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, Riverside, Conn., Treasurer-elect

Brandstetter is vice president of nutrition and wellness at Compass Group North America, a global foodservice company.

Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, FAND, Denver, Colo., Speaker-elect, House of Delegates

Breeding is a food systems dietitian at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver.

Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, Dunedin, Fla., Chair, Academy Foundation

Dorner is president of Becky Dorner & Associates Inc., which provides a broad library of credible continuing education programs and nutrition resources.

Cecilia P. Fileti, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND, Redondo Beach, Calif., Director-at-Large

Fileti is president of C.P. Fileti Associates Inc., a health communications and regulatory response firm serving the food, nutrition and health care sectors.

Livleen Gill, MBA, RDN, LDN, Bethesda, Md., Treasurer

Gill is CEO of Bethesda NEWtrition & Wellness Solutions, a multidisciplinary primary care and wellness practice.

Joanne Graham, PhD, RD, Sacramento, Calif., House of Delegates Director

Graham is a research scientist at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s Health Innovation and Pilot Performance unit within the Health Plan Research and Administration Division.

Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, New Albany, Ohio, House of Delegates Director

Malone is a nutrition support dietitian at Mt. Carmel Health System and a clinical practice specialist with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Kathleen Niedert, MBA, RD, CSG, FADA, FAND, Hudson, Iowa, Past Treasurer

Niedert is the system quality assurance officer for Western Home Services.

Egondu Onuoha, MS, RDN, CDN, IBCLC, CDE/ CDCES, GPC, FAND, Brooklyn, N.Y., Director-at-Large

Onuoha is vice president for real estate and special programs at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Tammy Randall, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Speaker, House of Delegates

Randall is an instructor and director of the master’s in science in public health nutrition dietetic internship at Case Western Reserve University.

Susan Roberts, DCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, Arlington, Texas, Director-at-Large

Roberts is area director of clinical nutrition for Aramark Healthcare and director of the dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center.

Lona Sandon, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, Dallas, Texas, House of Delegates Director

Sandon is program director, associate professor and distinguished teaching professor in the department of clinical nutrition at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

Kevin L. Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, Manhattan, Kan., President

Sauer is a professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University and co-director of the national Center for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs.

Ellen R. Shanley, MBA, RD, CDN, FAND, Glastonbury, Conn., President-elect

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.

James Weill, JD, Washington, D.C., Public Member

Weill retired in 2019 following 21 years as president of the Food Research & Action Center.

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, Jacksonville, Fla., Past Speaker, House of Delegates

Wright is the chair of the department of nutrition and dietetics, director of the Center for Nutrition and Food Security and co-director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition at the University of North Florida.

Patricia M. Babjak, MLIS, Chicago, Ill., Chief Executive Officer

Babjak oversees the Academy's Headquarters Team, including 170 employees and a $70 million annual budget; and is CEO of the Academy's Foundation, the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics.

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Representing more than 112,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.