2021 NYSAND Elections


NYSAND’s members are served by an enthusiastic Board of Directors and Coordinating Cabinet. Here is the Slate of Candidates for the 2021 NYSAND Elections. Voting is now open and runs through March 15, 2021.

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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.


Michelle Easterly Barber, MA, RDN, CDN

District: CNYDA

Statement to voting members: I am  honored to be nominated at the President-Elect of NYSAND. I promise to listen to members and fellow board members to fulfill the strategic plan and optimize the value of your membership. With my experience in communications, I will help spread the word to members, non-members, and the community about the breadth of work we do under all areas of Nutrition and the diversified community we have in dietetics.

Personal Statement

  • What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food, nutrition, and dietetics profession?
    • The opportunities for the future of food, nutrition, and the dietetics profession are endless and lies within each and every single one of us RDNs and NDTRs. Let's band together to expand knowledge, create leaders, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. With those fundamentals we will be able to promote licensure, be the go-to Nutrition Expert, and dominate the work (just joking on the last point).

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

Title Date National, State, Local, or DPG
Media Rep 2015 - present NYSAND (State)
President 2011 - 2013 CNYDA (Local)
Annual Meeting Committee 2008, 2009, 2013 NYSAND (State)
Chair of Public Relations 2009 - 2011 CNYDA (Local)
Co-Chair Publications 2008 - 2009  


Recent Employment History

Employer Title Years Employed
American Dairy Association
North East, Syracuse, NY
Nutrition Specialist 2013 - Present
New York Beef Council
Westmoreland, NY
Director of Nutrition Education 201 - 2013
Loretto
Syracuse, NY
Clinical Dietitian 2006 - 2008; 2008 - 2010

 

For the Office of Delegate - Region 2 (GNYDA, LIAND)

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. 

Rita K. Batheja, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, AFMCP
District
: GNYDA & LIAND

Statement to voting members: 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 New York Dietitians to join Academy explaining membership value and bring reverence to NYSAND.

Personal Statement

  • What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food, nutrition, and dietetics 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 Leaders in public health positions
      • Out members to be leaders in our profession providing Quality Nutrition protecting the public.

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

Title Date National, State, Local, or DPG
Delegate 2018 - 2021 NYSAND (State)
Reimbursement Co-Chair 2009 - current LIAND (Local)
Reimbursement Co-Chair 2009 - 2011 GNYDA (Local)


Recent Employment History

Employer Title Years Employed
Self Employed Integrative & Functional Medicine RDN Since 1993

 

For the Office of Delegate - Region 4 (CNYDA, MRDA)

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. 

Maria C. Mahar, MA, RD, CDN
District: MRDA

Statement to voting members: As a delegate I will be an effective communicator and represent NYSAND member equally and in an unbiased manner. I also understand that it is important for the delegate to interact with NYSAND members to identify issues that are important to the membership, issues such as federal and state public policies, as well as trends that may affect the future of the dietetics profession.

Personal Statement

  • What do you see as opportunities for the future of the food, nutrition, and dietetics profession?
    • Future opportunities I see for registered dietitians include the following: Increased consumer demand to know where their food is grown and if it is sustainable. Food service companies will need our expertise to guide them on how to be transparent to meet consumer demands. Another opportunity is for clinical dietitians to work with the health care sector to create disease coding standards to receive financial reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy. Other future opportunities also include RDs using teleconference and mobile applications for nutrition counseling/coaching.

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

Title Date National, State, Local, or DPG
President 2006, 2019 CNYDA
President 2011 - 2012 NYSAND
Chair 2014 - 2015 Healthy Aging DPG
Annual Meeting Chair 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
NYSAND
Delegate 2009 NYSAND
Secretary 2007 NYSAND
National Nutrition Month Chair 2003, 2004, 2018 CNYDA


Recent Employment History

Employer Title Years Employed
Onondaga County Department of Adult
and Long Term Care Services
Senior Nutrition Service Director 20 Years
Marriott Patient Services Manager 12 Years