Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Election and Nomination Information
Congratulations to Our Newly Elected Board Members
The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates were elected to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.
Mona Ottum, MS, RDN, IFMCP, CLT, CD
Meet Your Candidates for the Michigan Academy 2020-2021 Board
The Nominating Committee is pleased to introduce the slate of candidates for this year's election. Please review the bios below before voting.
Leadership roles in the Michigan Academy have given me the opportunity to perfect my communication, people and project management skills. Through these experiences I have enhanced my organizational skills and learned to work with diverse personalities. I am a hard worker and will continue to be dedicated to the Michigan Academy. I am passionate about our career and what we do for our profession and the health of Michiganders.
Sara is currently employed as the Summer Food Service Program Consultant, Michigan Department of Education. Leadership positions held with the Michigan Academy include Public Policy Coordinator, State Regulatory Specialist, Professional Development Co-Chair, Poster Session Chair, Conference Planning Committee.
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to hold a variety of leadership positions both within and outside of dietetics. These included supervising a hospital’s Clinical Nutrition section, building and mentoring a sales force of 300+ individuals, and, as Program Manager, leading VA Ann Arbor to Planetree Silver Merit Recognition in Patient Centered Care. I continue my work in organizational change for VA Central Office as a Health System Specialist. Through these positions, I have had the opportunity to work successfully and collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and to hone my organizational and communication skills. I would be honored to serve the Michigan Academy in a new role.
Linda's past leadership positions include webmaster for the Michigan Dietetic Association (developed, implemented, and maintained the inaugural website for six years, earning the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Public Relations Award); Ann Arbor Dietetic Association: Past President, Newsletter Editor, and other Board of Directors positions. Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award recipient.
My time as Treasurer for the Southwest Michigan District Dietetic Association was full of learning and navigating which will be valuable as the Michigan Academy's Secretary-Treasurer. I streamlined depositing checks and managing finances by using the online banking app and continued to utilize PayPal for membership fees. Currently, I am acting Co-Supervisor at WIC in Battle Creek where I help to take minutes at meetings and disseminate the information to staff. I am willing to learn my responsibilities of the position and help the current Secretary-Treasurer so that MAND can continue to be a successful professional dietetics organization.
I have demonstrated leadership through many avenues in life, as my experiences exposed me to various opportunities to take the initiative to lead. I strongly believe that I possess exceptional communication, listening, motivational and organizational skills that could be an asset to your team. In addition, I have an eye for detail and over time have developed great skills in planning and developing. Furthermore, I am capable of adapting to change and making processes seem seamless; I constantly look at the optimistic view, and feel this is a great skill to have in our dynamic field.
Erin currently works as a Clinical Dietitian Specialist in Wellness and Dietetic Education.
I have always found leadership a rewarding task, and have practiced leadership while precepting interns for their clinical rotation, guiding them to succeed within the field. Currently, I work with other leadership, including many other Registered Dietitians, to perfect best practices for Trinity Health ministries in my position as a Data Support Specialist Dietitian. I find I would be an asset to the Nominating Committee given my drive to network within the field.
As a member of the nominating committee, I find it’s important to be able to identify those members that would be suited to help advocate for our profession and represent the Michigan Academy. Networking in our profession is something that I value. I have held various board positions on the SWMDDA board and was able to connect with the members. As an instructor at Western Michigan University, I am engaged with my students and encourage them to become a part of the Academy. A good board of directors should include dietitians from different areas of the profession as well as those in various stages of their career.
35 years of participation in Academy and Michigan Academy operations. Extensive business and legal background. Presently active plus extensive institutional knowledge.
Carl is an attorney, and has served in numerous leasership positions for the Michigan Academy including Board Member, Parliamentarian, Conference Exhibits Chair, District Chair, and State Regulatory Specialist.
I have over 10 years of leadership experience in healthcare, university and corporate wellness environments. In my roles I have lead large projects, implemented new programming, been involved extensively with Quality Improvement initiatives and worked hard to engage, retain and grow the RDNs, students and interns within my organization. Most recently I held the position of Communications Chair for the Clinical Nutrition Management DPG, in which I coordinated communications for the DPG and lead the social media program.
Cassie currently works as the Wellness Manager at DTE.
Kris has served in several leadership positions including President and President-Elect for Dietitians of West Michigan, Michigan Academy Delegate, and a board member for the Michigan Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and the Michigan Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors group.
My community is lacking in the quantity of dietitians, so I created my own private practice to provide much needed nutrition education to the community. I have also taught classes at Ferris State University and am currently the Supervised Experiential Learning Manager (formerly known as the Dietetic Internship Program Director) at Central Michigan University. I think it is important that there are RDNs in the community with advanced degrees and have taken it upon myself to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition. I strongly value leadership in our profession and look forward to the opportunity to serve in this role.
Kristi is the owner of Nutrition Force, LLC, as well as the Supervised Practice Experiential Learning Manager at Central Michigan University.
I am very thankful to be nominated for the position of MNDI trustee. Through my career, I was fortunate to work with many students. I learned first hand that the need for scholarship funds is enormous, but they are appreciated by our students. I have the ability to work as a team member using collaborative decision making and strategic goals. Other strengths I have are dedication to the Profession, enthusiasm towards students, patience and respectfulness to others. In any position with the Academy I have pursued it with dedication and willing to work for the goals as a MNDI trustee.
Betty is currently a Diabetes Educator for the Gun Lake Tribe, and has served in various leadership positions including: President/President-elect for West Michigan District; President/President-elect and Delegate for the Michigan Academy; Chair/Chair-elect for CDR, and has also served on numerous committees for all of the above associations.
Some strengths I will bring to the team are my familiarity with the Academy process from my work as our affiliate delegate, my network of connections, and my organizational skills. I have extensive experience in working collaboratively with diverse groups to find common ground and achieve goals. Another skill that I will bring is candidate review and selection for awards and positions. That is an integral part of my role as a CNM and also as a member of the MSU dietetic intern selection committee.
Michele has served as the Newsletter Director and Delegate/Delegate-elect for the Michigan Academy.
In my previous engineering jobs, I did a lot of report writing, speaking/presentations, large budget project management and change management. I received a lot of leadership skills training as well. Now 10 years as a dietitian, I have enjoyed participating and leading on the SEMDA board of directors. I love the opportunity to bring new information, ideas and opportunities to others in my profession that being a leader affords. Serving at the state level as a MNDI trustee is a natural next step.
Mona has served at the President/President-elect and Nominating Chair for SEMDA, and as the Eastern Michigan University Student Dietetic Association Marketing/Publicity Chair.
Nominations Are Open for the 2020-2021 Ballot
The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for enthusiastic, visionary and dedicated individuals for 2020-2021 ballot positions. Nominations for Michigan Academy President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer-elect, Delegate-elect, Nominating Committee, and Michigan Nutrition & Dietetics Institute (MNDI) Trustees are due October 15, 2019. Please complete the online nomination form for yourself, or to nominate a colleague who is interested in one of the positions.
Election Positions Available
Interested in nominating a colleague (or yourself) for a Michigan Academy leadership position? Learn about the criteria for each position. Some qualifications and skill sets are consistent regardless of position, while other criteria vary with the position.
Universal Qualifications and Skills
The following skill sets apply to all positions on the ballot. Employer support is recommended for all positions.
- A desire to promote the profession in a positive way
- Conducts themselves with honesty, integrity and fairness.
- Supports, demonstrates and promotes high standards of professional practice (for the benefit of clients, the public, and the profession).
- Dedicated and committed to the Michigan Academy’s mission and vision
- Operates as a team player
- Respects diversity and promotes inclusiveness
Qualifications necessary for all Michigan Academy leadership positions are reviewed and updated regularly with input from past officers. These detailed descriptions include the terms, qualifications, requirements, recommended skill sets and duties for each leadership position. Please note, positions available on ballot vary each year.
- Summary of Board Descriptions
- Nominating Committee
- MNDI Trustee
From the initial call for nominations through preliminary reviews and announcing the slate of candidates, the elections process of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is thorough — making sure members have the information to decide who will be the future leaders of the Michigan Academy.
Call for Nominations
The Michigan Academy announces the call for nominations for positions through the August Link e-newsletter. Nominations are accepted year round by sending an email to email@example.com
Solicitations for Nominees
The Nominating Committee sends requests for nominations to the current Michigan Academy BOD, the district presidents and the chairs of dietetic practice groups.
Nominees are asked to send biographical sketches, digital photos and curriculum vitas or resumes. Materials submitted are reviewed and compared to the skill sets of each position.
The Nominating Committee meets in late fall to review the materials submitted by candidates, taking into consideration which positions are available on the ballot and matching candidates to skill sets.
Slate of Candidates Announcement
Candidates are announced for positions and support material including photos, biographical sketches and responses to questions posed by Nominating Committee are posted online.
During the month of February, members participate in Michigan and national Academy elections through electronic voting.
Election Results Announcement
The Michigan Academy announces election results to members after all votes are tallied and candidates have been notified.
Nominating and Election Process Review
Each step of the nomination and election process is evaluated. Input is sought from candidates, Nominating Committee members and Michigan Academy members.