Nominations and Elections

Voting in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national election is open from February 1 through February 22; election results will be announced late February. Elected individuals will take office beginning June 1.


Candidates for 2017 National Election

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates have been selected for the 2017 ballot from among many excellent nominees. Click on the names below to view the candidate biographical information.

Meet the Candidates Webinars

View recorded Meet the Candidates Forum webinars to learn perspectives and views of the candidates for president-elect and speaker-elect.

Board of Directors


Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Texas)
Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (Ill.)


Manju Karkare, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND (N.C.)
Susan Smith, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND (Va.)


Barbara Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND (Mich.)
Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD (Kan.)

House of Delegates


Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND (Ga.)
Marcy Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND (Maine)


Berit Dockter, MPP, RD, LD (Md.)
Milton Stokes, PhD, MPH, RD, FAND (Mo.)

At-Large Delegate: Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR)

Drisana Clifton, NDTR (Minn.)
Amanda Coufal, BS-NDTR (Kan.)

Nominating Committee

Leader with Board of Directors Experience in the Past 10 Years

Pam Charney, PhD, RD (Wash.)
Christine Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND (Ill.)

National Leader

Kristine Clark, PhD, RDN (Pa.)
Sherry Collins, MS, RDN, LD (Ga.)
Onaney Ortiz, RD, LD (Ohio)
Sandra Parker, RDN, CDE (Mich.)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

ACEND Practitioner Representative, RDN

Debra Geary Hook, MPH, RDN, CNSC, FAND (Calif.)
Heidi Silver, PhD, RDN (Tenn.)

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD (Texas)
Trisha Fuhrman, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Mo.)
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN (Mass.)
Patricia Keane, MS, RD (N.M.)
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD (Vt.)
Nancy Giles Walters, MMSc, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND (N.C.)

Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative (RDN-AP)

Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC (Ariz.)
Beth Taylor, DCN, RDN-AP, CNSC (Ill.)

Affiliate and DPG/MIG Voting Statistics

DPGs, MIGs and Affiliates are challenged to increase member participation in the Academy's national election. Voting statistics for the DPGs, MIGs and affiliates are listed below. How is your group performing?

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