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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names 2012-2013 Board of Directors


Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802

Seventeen national leaders in nutrition, health and business will serve as the 2012-2013 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), 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, 2013. They are:

Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, FADA, CD, Ellensburg, Wash., President

Bergman is associate dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies and professor of food science and human nutrition at Central Washington University.

Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Coconut Creek, Fla., Director-at-Large

Beseler is president and owner of the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida.

Evelyn F. Crayton, EdD, RD, LD, Auburn, Ala., Director-at-Large

Crayton is an extension assistant director in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and a professor in the College of Human Sciences’ department of nutrition, dietetics and hospitality at Auburn University.

Joseph Derochowski, MBA, Chicago, Ill., Public Member

Derochowski is vice president for business development marketing mix, price and promotion, and marketing ROI at Nielsen.

Becky Dorner, RD, LD, Naples, Fla., Speaker, House of Delegates

Dorner is president of Becky Dorner & Associates Inc. and Nutrition Consulting Services Inc.

Sylvia A. Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN, Winterville, N.C., Past President

Escott-Stump is the director of the dietetic internship and didactic programs at East Carolina University.

Linda T. Farr, RD, LD, San Antonio, TexasHouse of Delegates Director

Farr is the owner of Nutrition Associates of San Antonio.

Trisha Fuhrman, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Ballwin, Mo., Past Speaker, House of Delegates

Fuhrman is a nutrition support specialist with Coram Specialty Infusion Services.

Margaret P. Garner, MS, RD, LD, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Director-at-Large

Garner is an associate professor of family medicine and the assistant dean for health education and outreach at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences.

Sandra L. Gill, PhD, Lisle, Ill., Public Member

Gill is dean of the College of Business and associate professor of business at Benedictine University.

Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RD, LD, Marietta, Ga., Academy Foundation Chair

Heller is a consultant at Nutrition Solutions and the former dietetic internship director and assistant director of nutrition services at Georgia Baptist Medical Center.

Marcia A. Kyle, RD, LD, CDE, Rockport, Maine, House of Delegates Director

Kyle is a nutrition and diabetes educator at PenBay Medical Center and a consultant to the Waldo County Head Start program.

Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RD, FADA, Stokesdale, N.C., House of Delegates Speaker-Elect

Lewis is a professor emeritus of nutrition and health sciences at the University of Nebraska.

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RD, LD, SNS, Augusta, Ga., Treasurer-Elect

Martin is director of the Burke County school nutrition program.

Glenna McCollum-Cloud, DMOL, MPH, RD, Chandler, Ariz., President-Elect
McCollum-Cloud was the inaugural President of Chandler University and chairs the CU Advisory Board. She is also the vice president of health and nutrition for PhycoBiosciences.

Mary K. Russell, MS, RD, LDN, Chicago, Ill., Treasurer

Russell is the director of nutrition services at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Elise A. Smith, MA, RD, LD, Brandon, Miss., House of Delegates Director

Smith is the director of clinical services for Nutrition Systems, a provider of nutrition consulting and foodservice management services.

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

Babjak has been the Academy's chief executive officer since 2009. She joined the Academy in 1975.

Full biographies and photos of the members of the Academy's Board of Directors are available by emailing


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 of Nutrition and Dietetics at