Ask the Candidate ...
Q: Why did you use the petition process to be placed on the 2019 Academy ballot?
A: The petition process is an approved Academy procedure for those few who have already met the qualifications for office and have completed a nominating committee interview, all of which I completed. Others have used this process in the past, but I believe I am the first candidate to petition for the position of President-elect.
I was encouraged to run for President-elect by a diverse group of Academy colleagues, but I wasn’t sure if I was a viable candidate until I completed the petition process. I’m so honored to be the bold candidate, who took risks to be placed on the ballot! And it was all because of grass roots member support from many of you!
The timing is right for my candidacy because of my extensive knowledge of the Board of Directors and Academy is present-day and my career competence and leadership proficiencies are at their peak.
I believe that I’m raising awareness of the election process and increasing member engagement and excitement in the Academy at this important time of challenges and changes. I plan to unite and elevate our Academy through bold and inclusive leadership.
Q: There are many opportunities for leadership in the Academy besides being President-elect. Why didn’t you choose some other leadership opportunity?
A: I have worked my way up through all levels of the Academy ever since I was a new RD. I’ve served as a leader, mentor and change maker. Now is the time for me to give back to my colleagues and profession. I have so much passion to be a servant-leader!
Q: How will you find the time to be Academy president if you have a private practice to run?
A: I am aware of the time commitment expectation as defined in the job description of the various president positions, and I’m already planning for that. As the owner of my own private practice, I have the flexibility to adjust my schedule for both scheduled and unscheduled Academy responsibilities. I plan to hire part time RDNs to fill in during my time out of the office, and my office manager will remain. I have already experienced the challenges and time management skills necessary to hold such a demanding position because I held simultaneous roles in both the House of Delegates Leadership Team/Speaker and the Board of Directors over a six-year period of time.
Q: If you are elected, how can you help my fellow DTR's and me find jobs?
A: I believe there is more that we can do to increase awareness of NDTRs. I will lead the Board of Directors in setting specific targets and measures for increasing job opportunities and promoting the value of the NDTR in the marketplace. I also believe that RDNs, as partners and champions of NDTRs, play a key role in leading the integration of NDTR specific practice in a variety of practice areas. I want you to feel welcome and needed in our organization and I will work for recognition and inclusivity for all of our members.
Q: How will you help RDNs with recognition, respect and compensation?
A: This is a concern that has dated back as far as the 1990’s and has no easy answer.
We have a solid science-based foundation and we have the best-educated practitioners in the world of food and nutrition. Yet we need up-to-date business skills to ask for raises or negotiate for what we deserve. We must not accept "no" as an answer and be persistent for what we want. We need on-going training and experience in these skills so that RDNs have the confidence to ask for and negotiate for what they deserve.
As your President-elect, I will work to utilize all of our strengths to leverage greater recognition and higher compensation across all areas of practice. I will mobilize our DPGs that focus on business, communications and entrepreneurism to take the lead in these efforts.
I will promote more outreach through alliances and partnerships and the building of a more diverse and engaged membership for more exposure and influence.