Newswise — CHICAGO – Nineteen national leaders in nutrition, health and business will serve as the 2014-2015 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 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, 2015. They are:

Sonja L. Connor, MS, RDN, LD, Portland, Ore., PresidentConnor is a research associate professor in the department of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University; director of the university’s nutrition elective for medical students and developer of the nutrition course for physician assistant students.

Tracey Bates, MPH, RD, LDN, Raleigh, N.C., Director-at-LargeBates is a child nutrition specialist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Don W. Bradley, MD, MHS-CL, Durham, N.C., Public MemberBradley is senior vice president for health care and chief medical officer at Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Catherine W. Christie, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND, Jacksonville, Fla., Director-at-LargeChristie is an associate dean and professor at Brooks College of Health and the graduate program director in the department of nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida.

Evelyn F. Crayton, EdD, RDN, LDN, Montgomery, Ala., President-ElectCrayton is the director and nutrition consultant at Living Well Associates and a professor emeritus at Auburn University.

Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RDN, LDN, Nazareth, Pa., Director-at-LargeFerko-Adams is the president of Wellness Press LLC, a provider of worksite wellness campaigns, cooking demonstrations and online consulting services.

Margaret P. Garner, MS, RDN, LD, CIC, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Director-at-LargeGarner is an associate professor of family medicine and assistant dean for health education and outreach at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences.

Sandra L. Gill, PhD, Lisle, Ill., Public MemberGill is dean of the College of Business and associate professor of business at Benedictine University.

Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, Marietta, Ga., House of Delegates DirectorHeller is a consultant at Nutrition Solutions, providing worksite nutrition programs at corporations and physicians’ offices and nutrition education in schools. Marcia A. Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE, Rockport, Maine, House of Delegates DirectorKyle is a nutrition and diabetes educator at PenBay Medical Center’s Nutrition and Diabetes Care Center; coordinator of PenBay’s National Diabetes Prevention Program and a consultant for Waldo County (Maine) Head Start.

Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RDN, FADA, Stokesdale, N.C., House of Delegates Past SpeakerLewis is a professor emeritus of nutrition and health sciences at the University of Nebraska.

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, Augusta, Ga., TreasurerMartin is director of the Burke County (Ga.) school nutrition program.

Dr. Glenna McCollum, MPH, RDN, Chandler, Ariz., Past PresidentMcCollum is vice president of health and nutrition for PhycoBiosciences and serves on Arizona’s statewide leadership board of directors for Project CENTRL (Center for Rural Leadership).

Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, LD, Minneapolis, Minn., Speaker-Elect, House of Delegates Miles is the director of the coordinated master’s program in public health nutrition at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Terri J. Raymond, MA, RD, CD, Auburn, Wash., Academy Foundation Chair Raymond is the president and owner of Dietitian Consulting Service LLC.

Mary K. Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, Chicago, Ill., Past Treasurer Russell is a senior manager, medical affairs, at Baxter Healthcare and a lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science.

Elise A. Smith, MA, RDN, LD, FAND, Brandon, Miss., House of Delegates SpeakerSmith is the director of media and special projects and a consultant for Nutrition Systems Consulting.

Kay Wolf, PhD, RD, LD, Dublin, Ohio, Treasurer-ElectWolf is a professor, graduate studies chair and director of curriculum at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics Division at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Patricia M. Babjak, GSLIS, Chicago, Ill., Chief Executive OfficerBabjak has been the Academy’s CEO since 2009. Previously, she was executive vice president for strategic management and governance and director of the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Full biographies and photos of the members of the Academy’s Board of Directors are available by emailing [email protected].


All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

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