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About the Organization

ACEND is composed of a board of 15 members, a group of appointed peer reviewers, and staff members.

ACEND Board Members

The ACEND board is the governing unit of ACEND which grants final accreditation awards. As a decision making body of a federally-recognized accrediting agency, the board must include at least one educator, practitioner, and public member. In addition, at least one educator or practitioner member must have administrative experience as a program director in nutrition and dietetics. The ACEND board is currently designed to have at least 12 voting members: A chair, a vice chair, a past chair, at least one representative for each program type (Dietetic Technician, Didactic, Coordinated, and Dietetic Internship), at least one practitioner representative for each credential offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (Dietetic Technician Registered and Registered Dietitian), at least one program administrator or representative of other stakeholders, one dietetics student, and one representative of the public.

2013-2014 Board


  • Anne Kendall, PhD, RD, LDN
    Senior Lecturer
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, Florida

Vice Chair

  • Merievelyn Stuber, MS, RD, CPPS, CPHQ
    Patient Safety Officer/Quality
    Methodist Hospitals
    Gary, Indiana

Past ACEND Chair

  • Elaine Fontenot Molaison, PhD, RD
    Professor and Director, Dietetic Internship
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives

  • Jamie M. Erskine, PhD, RD
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Dietetics Program
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado
  • Betty J. Larson, EdD, RD, LRD, FADA
    Director, Didactic Program and Professor
    Concordia College
    Moorhead, Minnesota

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representative-elect

  • Suzanne M. Leson, PhD, RDN, LD
    Director, Coordinated Program
    Youngstown State University
    Youngstown, Ohio

Dietetic Technician Program (DT) Representative

  • Lauri Y. Wright, PhD, RD, LD
    Assistant Professor of Nutrition
    University of South Florida, College of Public Health
    Tampa, Florida

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representatives

  • Wanda Eastman, PhD, RD, LD, CDE
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Sharon K. Schwartz, MS, RD, LDN
    Sodexo Distance Education Dietetic Internship
    Raleigh, North Carolina

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

  • Kay N. Wolf, PhD, RD, LD
    Director, Coordinated Program and Associate Professor, Medical Dietetics Division
    The Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative-elect

  • Doris J. Wang, MPH, RD, LD
    Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, North Dakota

Practitioner Representatives

  • Pascale C. Jean, MPH, RD, LD/N
    Health Promotion and Wellness Consultant
    Cigna Healthcare
    Miami, Florida
  • Amelia Larkin, MS, DTR
    Long Term Care Consultant
    Miami, Florida

Program Representative-at-Large

  • Shyamala Ganesh, MS, RD, LD
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Maxine C. McElligott, MA, RD, LMNT, CDE
    Diabetes Education Coordinator
    The University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, Nebraska

ACEND Student Representative

  • Megan R. Barnes
    Graduate Student, Coordinated Program
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, Indiana

ACEND Student Representative-elect to the Student Council Advisory Committee

  • Emily Palczewski
    Dietetic Intern
    University of Michigan Hospitals
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

Program Administrator

  • Hugh W. Bonner, PhD, FASAHP
    Dean and Professor
    State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
    Syracuse, New York

Public Member

  • Joan Straumanis, PhD
    Retired Program Director
    National Science Foundation
    Oakland, California