2019 NYSAND Elections

NYSAND’s members are served by an enthusiastic Board of Directors and Coordinating Cabinet. Here is the Slate of Candidates for the 2019 NYSAND Elections. Voting is now CLOSED and winners will be notified.

For the Office of President-Elect

The office of President-Elect is held for a one [1] year term, at the end of this term, the elected will assume the office of President. The President-Elect will: support the President in leading the Association towards its strategic direction and values; serve as a member of the Board of Directors; present a written proposal for the strategic plan and budget for term as President for approval by the Board; and perform the functions of the office of President in the absence or disability of the President.

MaryLou K. Plante, MS, RD, CDN
District: CNYDA

Statement to voting members: I will strive to make NYSAND a financially stable organization by working with the Board of Directors and Coordinating Cabinet to create a balanced budget with strategies to reduce expenses and increase revenue.

Personal Statement

  • What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food, nutrition, and dietetics profession?
    • There are opportunities to grow the scope of practice for the RDN and NDTR by creating and participating in video conferencing, phone applications, blogs, podcasts and telehealth. As credentialed practitioners we need to embrace change and the technology that comes with change. We need to keep pace with consumer demand for healthful food information.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Office, or Chair Positions Held/DPG Positions

Title Date National, State, Local, or DPG
Secretary/Treasurer/Historian 2017-present NYSAND (State)
Nominating Committee 2014-2015 CNYDA (Local)
Professional Issues Co-Chair 2012-2015 CNYDA (Local)
Nominating Committee 2011-2013 NYSAND (State)
Co-President 2010-2011 CNYDA (Local)
Secretary 2007-2009 CNYDA (Local)
Nominating Committee 2006-2008 NYSAND (State)

Recent Employment History

Employer Title Years Employed
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Dietitian II 2015-present
NYS DOH Health Systems Specialist II 2014-2015
Food Bank of CNY Nutrition Resource Manager 2007-2013
Self Employed Consultant RD 2013-present


For the Office of Delegate - Region 1 (GDA, WNYDA, STAND)

The position of Delegate is a three [3] year term and may be re-elected for one [1] additional term of office.  The Delegates will: represent and act on behalf of NYSAND at all meetings of the Academy's House of Delegates; communicate all business and current issues of the House of Delegates to and from the Board of Directors and the membership; communicate pertinent professional and practice issues to the District Association Presidents; and introduce member issues in the House of Delegates on behalf of the members of NYSAND. 

Jennifer Everdyke, RDN
District: GDA

Statement to voting members: It is my honor to be considered for a NYSAND delegate position. I became a dietitian to help people repair their relationship to food and have done so in a variety of different environments (eating disorder recovery, long term care, rehabilitation, and fitness). I am passionate about the role of the Registered Dietitian as the nutrition expert and the voice of food. If selected for this opportunity I can guarantee that I will be committed to serving the members of NYSAND.

Personal Statement

  • What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food, nutrition, and dietetics profession?
    • As dietitians, we are the nutrition experts of the scientific and medical communities. We owe it to those we serve to ensure that accurate information from licensed experts is available, that access to food is guaranteed, and that high-quality nutrition care is within reach. With daily advances in the science of nutrition, we must continue to advance ourselves, all the while seeking to foster an improved relationship to food for our patients, our clients, and our communities.

AND or Affiliate Committee, Office or Chair Positions Held/DPG Positions

Title Date National, State, Local, or DPG
Nominating Committee Member 2017-2018 GDA (Local)
Mentorship Chair 2018-present GDA (Local)

Recent Employment History

Employer Title Years Employed
The Healing Connection Dietitian 2017-present
St. Ann's Community Clinical Dietitian 2017-present