Nominations and Elections

2018 Slate of Candidates


The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates have been selected for the 2018 ballot from among many excellent nominees.  The election will occur March 1 through March 15, 2018.  Please see below to view the candidates.

President-Elect

Reyna Franco MS, MBA, RDN, CDN, CSSD, FAND, CPT

It has been my pleasure to serve as your NYSAND/GNYDA board member. With an MBA and project management experience, I will use my leadership skills to improve membership engagement and public awareness. I want all members across NY to receive equal and positive benefits such as professional development and networking opportunities. My leadership will ensure we are the primary influencers of nutrition education, public health, food accessibility and sustainability, and nutrition services. We are the experts! 

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

Technology and social media are major drivers for the future of the food and nutrition profession. Maximizing their use will enable us to influence public and private organizations. This will lead to improved food and nutrition services, public health and support networks, and increased reimbursement rates for wellness services. In addition, it will bring about greater awareness of the food and nutrition opportunities in our profession.

Campaign Statement

My dedication to the profession will guide my role as president-elect. My NYSAND/GNYDA officer roles include public policy, reimbursement, treasurer and HOD. I have experience in many nutrition disciplines including private practice, clinical nutrition, education and corporate wellness. As the recipient of the 2015 NYSAND Legislative Excellence Award, I know the importance of advocacy to improving public health, awareness and reimbursement. Our NYSAND team will positively influence these fundamentals in addition to member benefits.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

House of Delegates (GNYDA, LIAND) - 2015-2018 - State (NYSAND)
Treasurer - 2014-2016 - Local (GNYDA)
Public Policy Coordinator - 2013-2014 - Local (GNYDA)
Reimbursement Chair - 2011-2014 - Local (GNYDA)

 

Dr. Kathleen Rourke PhD, MSN, RD, RN

Kathleen M. Rourke retains over twenty-five years' experience in nutrition & dietetics. She has worked both clinically & academically in dietetics, nursing & health sciences. In addition to her current administrative responsibilities, Kathleen continues to teach nutritional biochemistry online. Dr. Rourke has been active in the Academy for over 18 years & found her service leadership to the Academy the most rewarding experiences of her professional career.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

Opportunities in food & nutrition are abundance & having worked nationally with many talented & energetic RD's, I feel strong that opportunities are endless for those with vision. Research, especially in genomics support the link between nutrition & genetic modifications. While research & consumers as well as health care professionals are recognizing the benefits of nutrition to health promotion & disease recovery. Culinary innovations excite consumers & demonstrate the joys of healthful cooking.

Campaign Statement

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed my service with national AND membership. I have also served AND in several u.S. states. When given the opportunity to return to NYS, I was thrilled as I have lived & worked throughout NYS. I love the diversity & beauty of NYS & the talents of our membership. As the President of NYSAND, I would work hard to promote, you the membership & your talents statewide & nationally.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

Board of Directors - 2006-2008 - National
House Leadership Team - House of Delegates - 2006-2008 - National
Professional Issues Delegate in Community Nutrition - House of Delegates - 2002-2005 - National
Mentor Program - House of Delegates - 2003-2004 - National
Association Positions Committee - 2002-2003 - National
ADA Practice Group Memberships: Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (National):
         Alliance Coordinator - 1999-2002
         Publications Committee Chair-elect - 2000-2001
         Publications Committee Chair - 2001-2002
         Publications Committee - 2000-2004
         Newsletter Editor - 1999-2000, 2002-2005

Secretary/Treasurer

Jennifer Everdyke RDN, BS, BA

Nutrition is my passion. I currently work as the dietitian at The Healing Connection, helping patients recover from eating disorders. I also work at St. Ann's Community, splitting my time between long term care and rehab. I became a dietitian after working with one myself. I entered this career because I was passionate about using nutrition to change lives. It would be my honor to serve an organization that seeks to do the same.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

I believe the future of the nutrition profession is to have dietitians take ownership of the title of "food professional." Great strides have already been made to establish this. With combining the knowledge and experience of more seasoned members with the vibrance, drive, and technological know-how of new dietitians even more steps can be taken to claim this title as well as to engage the general public in their own health journey.

Campaign Statement

I believe the future of the nutrition profession is to have dietitians take ownership of the title of “food professional.” Great strides have already been made to establish this. With combining the knowledge and experience of more seasoned members with the vibrance, drive, and technological know-how of new dietitians even more steps can be taken to claim this title as well as to engage the general public in their own health journey. 

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

Nominating Committee - 2017-present - Local (GDA)

MaryLou Plante MS, RDN, CDN

I have many years of experience in multiple areas of food and nutrition. I have demonstrated valuable experience by serving in multiple leadership roles in both professional and community organizations. I am committed to maintain the integrity of the RDN and NDTR credentials.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

Opportunities for food and nutrition professionals are growing outside of clinical venues. The RDN/NDTR will be much needed in the areas of wellness, education, telemedicine, sports nutrition, pharmaceutical and health coaching. It is important to continue to market ourselves as the food and nutrition experts in traditional and non-traditional venues.

Campaign Statement

As secretary/treasurer of NYSAND, I will continue to provide careful oversight of NYSAND’s fiscal business and responsibilities. I will be diligent and timely in providing reports and strive to provide input and leadership on the Board of Directors.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

Secretary/Treasurer - 2017-present - State (NYSAND)
Nominating Committee - 2011-2013 - State (NYSAND)
Nominating Committee - 2002-2003, 2014-2015 - Local (CNYDA)
Professional Issues Co-Chair - 2003-2004, 2012-2014 - Local (CNYDA)
Co-President - 2010-2011 - Local (CNYDA)
Secretary - 2003-2005, 2007-2009 - Local (CNYDA)
Treasurer - 2000-2002 - Local (CNYDA)

Delegate - CNYDA/MRDA

 

Mary Beth O'Meara RDN, CDN

I am running for the position of Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the Central NY and Mohawk Regions because I wish to increase my professional knowledge, enjoy new and exciting experiences with my colleagues, and to be part of moving the Academy into its next 100 years.
I will listen actively to the interests of members, apply ethical principles and be mindful of all in our mission to serve the Academy and our fellow members. My organizational skills and experience will help support and improve processes and relationships to hopefully make a difference.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

I have been working for more than 35 years in long term care and as a renal RDN and I'd like to continue to see nutrition intervention earlier in people's lives. This does have to be a change in mind set and culture and I feel in a position as delegate I can be supportive of moving RDN's into the next 100 years.

Campaign Statement

If elected, I am committed to attending meetings, will be conscientious, and keep abreast of topics of interest to fellow members. I will communicate member and professional issues, identify trends and provide support, communication and any recommendations to district officials and members pertinent to their needs.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

PAC Member - 2017-present - State (NYSAND)
Nominating Committee Chair - 2015-2016 - State (NYSAND)
Co-President - 2013-2015 - Local (CNYDA)
Secretary - 2010-2012 - Local (CNYDA)
Nominating Committee Chair - 2009 - Local (CNYDA)

Delegate - GNYDA/LIDA

Rita Batheja MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, AFMCP

I seek support, passion and service from students, interns, NDTRS and RDNS. Advocate for policies to support safe, nutrition food and water. Communication and collaboration with second century leaders. Increase and embrace diversity. Each member to be familiar with standard of practice (SOP) and Standard of Professional Performance (SOPP). Your voice to the academy of nutrition and dietetics (AND). Inspire non academy NYSAND members to join academy explaining membership value and bring reverence to NYSAND.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

I am passionate about empowering members to create new opportunities within our profession and through collaboration with other professionals and professional organizations nationally and internationally. How can RDNs secure influential positions in government bodies and licensing board. RDNs to apply for quality management positions in hospital setting and with insurance companies to increase reimbursement. Championing Nutrition and Dietetic Leader in public health position. Our members to be leaders in our profession providing Quality Nutrition protecting the public.

Campaign Statement

Our diverse members are our strength. It's a privilege to earn your confidence. As a visionary, connector, dedicated, energetic and service focused AND member I will work hard to advance our profession and secure our future. Maintain foundation of science and integrity. Your vote matters to our future.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

Reimbursement Co-Chair - 2012-current - Local (LIAND)
Reimbursement Chair - 2009-2011 - Local (GNYDA)

Dr. Nicolle Fernandes PhD, RDN

I believe I am a strong candidate for the NYSAND delegate position. I have over 17 years of experience in the nutrition arena. Over the years, I have served as practitioner and educator in India, and scholar, educator, scientist and administrator here in the US. I absolutely enjoy working with people, am comfortable working with diversity and look forward to the opportunity to serve/represent our group to the Academy.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food and nutrition profession?

I think knowledge and understanding of nutrition is one of the most basic life skills that should be inculcated in children so that they develop an innate appreciation for its benefits of good health, productivity and overall quality of Life. For the future, I imagine a greater focus on child and preventive nutrition, sustainable food farming practices, consumer focused food labeling and advertising, Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, wider insurance coverage/reimbursement for MNT etc.

Campaign Statement

I am really excited to collaborate, serve, learn, lead and inspire. I sincerely hope you will consider electing me as your delegate for NYSAND.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Officers, or Chair Positions Held

Student Liaison - 2009-2010 - Local (North Texas Dietetic Association)