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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.

2014-2015 Board


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

Vice Chair

  • Maxine C. McElligott, MA, RD, LMNT, CDE
    Diabetes Case Manager
    The Nebraska Medical Center
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Allied Health Professions
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, Nebraska

Past ACEND Chair

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

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representatives

  • Betty J. Larson, EdD, RD, LRD, FADA
    Director, Didactic Program and Professor
    Concordia College
    Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Suzanne M. Leson, PhD, RDN, LD
    Director, Coordinated Program
    Youngstown State University
    Youngstown, Ohio

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Representative-elect

  • Jamie M. Erskine, PhD, RD
    Professor and Program Coordinator, Dietetics Program
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado

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

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Representative-elect

  • Christine A. Hartney, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN
    Advanced Level Dietitian; Dietetic Internship Coordinator
    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, Illinois

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative

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

Practitioner Representatives

  • Amelia Larkin, MS, DTR
    Long Term Care Consultant
    Miami, Florida
  • Ashley J. Vargas, PhD, RDN, CSG
    Post-doctoral Fellow, National Cancer institute, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, Maryland

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 Technician Program  (DT) Representative-elect

  • Kathleen E. Creedon, MHPE, RD, LDN
    Senior Manager, Training and Development; Director, Dietetic Internship
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, Massachusetts

ACEND Student Representative

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

ACEND Student Representative-elect to the Student Council Advisory Committee

  • Alexis Fissinger
    Student, Didactic Program in Dietetics
    Montclair State University
    Montclair, New Jersey

Program Representative-at-Large and Administrative Representative

  • Shyamala Ganesh, MS, RD, LD
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

Public Members

  • Susan E. Abbe, PhD, RD
    Education Consultant
    Hartford, Connecticut

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