Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Election and Nomination Information
Nominations Are Open for the 2018-2019 Ballot
The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for enthusiastic, visionary and dedicated individuals for 2018-2019 ballot positions. Nominations for Michigan Academy President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer-elect and Nominating Committee are due August 31, 2017. Nominations for the Michigan Nutrition & Dietetics Institute (MNDI) Trustees are also due August 31, 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Congratulations to Our Newly Elected Board Members
The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following candidates were elected to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
Sarah Clark, MS, RD, CDE
Leatta Byrd, MA, RDN
Winona Bynum, RDN
Caroline Webber, PhD, RD
Diane Delhey, MS, RD
Joyce Kerestes, MS, RD
Tonia Reinhard, MS, RD, FAND
Meet Your Candidates for the Michigan Academy 2018-2019 Board
The Nominating Committee is pleased to introduce the slate of candidates for this year's election. Please review the bios below before voting.
Michelle Naylor, RDN
I'm passionate about the field of dietetics and promoting the RD as the nutrition expert. Throughout my almost 20 years as an RD, I have experience in food service management, clinical acute care, long term care consulting, community service (WIC, Area Agency on Aging). I enjoy mentoring interns and new dietitians by encouraging them to network with others and promote diversity of the profession. My dedication is evident by my leadership roles at the state and local levels to promote the mission and vision of the Michigan Academy.
Kit Werner, PhD, RDN, CDE, CD
Due to my varied professional and volunteer experiences I understand and appreciate the history of food and nutrition professionals. I am highly motivated and excited to continue to position the RDN as the food and nutrition expert. As president-elect I will represent the interests of food and nutrition professionals employed in a multitude of disciplines across the state of Michigan. I will work with the MAND membership to communicate with multiple stakeholders and highlight contributions made by MAND members to support the health and well-being of Michigan residents. I will inform Academy leadership of issues pertinent to MAND members.
Carl Christoph, JD, MA, RD
Being a Registered Dietician has always been one of my proudest accomplishments in my career. I have been registered since 1975 and have observed many changes in the profession. The professionalism of today’s dieticians is astounding.
Although I have held several positions on the district, state and national levels I have never sought an office for the prestige but I have served to contribute to the overall mission of the profession.
I have always tried to enjoy myself in any position which I undertake.
My experiences on all levels of the dietetics profession will provide a strong background to represent MAND as a delegate. I would be honored to be the delegate for MAND.
Mary Niester, MPH, RD
Throughout my career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I have worked with a variety of professionals in health systems, home health agencies, physician practices and community and public health arenas. I have acquired numerous leadership opportunities and responsibilities that would be beneficial in the delegate-elect position. My leadership qualities include being a good listener, being organized and focused, seeking input from others, and improving processes. These skills will enable me to continue to work at the Academy level to be a voice for Michigan Academy members.
Diane Fisher, MS, RDN
Strengths and skills developed by a long history of experience in various roles on the Michigan Academy Board as well as with the Lansing District Association, The Council of Renal Nutrition the MDA Institute. I also served as a Media Representative for over 15 years. Although longevity is not a skill, it does bring a history of the challenges faced by our organization to improve the care of Michiganders than can be helpful to prioritize for our future.
Karen Host, MA, RDN, CDE
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has turned 100 years this year! I am proud to say that I am honored to be a part of this wonderful professional organization. I have been an active member of the Academy since1995. I believe that as the Michigan Academy’s Secretary/Treasurer, I will be able to provide my leadership skills and expertise to the organization. I feel I have the qualities of a good Secretary/Treasurer such as, responsibility, organized, reliability, outgoing and previous Michigan and local association experience. I would be happy to be chosen and serve as the Michigan Academy Secretary/Treasurer.
Joanne Sycko, MS, MBA, RDN
As an RD, I feel strongly that the continued development and strength of my profession depends on a strong professional organization. Through the Michigan Academy, my voice and my influence can be multiplied and strengthened by those of my peers. This is especially important today, when knowledge and facts seem to be less important than financial or political influence. As Secretary-Elect, my goal will be to help grow a strong organization through communication; to help us grow individually and collectively.
Heather Hutchins-Weise, PhD, RD
Having worn many hats in the field of Dietetics, has enabled me to work with and learn from many different people with varied leadership skills. I have taken these experiences and learned what works (and what doesn’t) for me to motivate individuals to empower themselves to be the best RD and person they can be. Thus, my leadership style is self-empowerment and motivation for those I work with. I aim to work towards consensus and explore intentional and unintentional consequences during the decision making process.
Karen Jackson-Holzhauer, RDN, FAND
My past board experience, positions with the aging network and local healthcare systems, gave me the opportunity to collaborate with numerous organizations throughout Michigan. Foremost, I value the experience gained in cultivating cross-cultural work environments which increased access , inclusion and retention of talent. Throughout my career I have conducted applied research within multi-site team settings. Results were obtained using skills to communicate goals, facilitate group dynamics, interview key participants , organize, analyze and present findings. I’m looking forward to the opportunity if selected, to work with the board and committee; and engage members who aspire to lead.
Ann Jay, MS, RD
I have been the CMU Dietetic Internship Director for many years and therefore have worked with educators, students, interns, practitioners and preceptors. I feel I have interacted well and networked with the membership and could do a good job identifying candidates for a qualified, diverse and representative group of nominees for the ballot.
Althea Joseph, MS, RDN, CD
I am a registered dietitian with over 12 years of experience in clinical, community and private practice. I have taught and helped individuals improve their overall wellness by finding balance in lifestyle and diet. My leadership roles have given me the opportunity to train and coach dietetic students to develop their skillsets and to have a successful internship. I support the Michigan Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics mission, value and goals.
Kristin Baird, MS, RDN
Debbie Lown, PhD, RDN
I will bring my 20 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and 12 years in academics to perform the duties of this position.
Michaeline Raczka, RDN
Leadership is establishing a clear vision, sharing it with others and engaging teams to achieve that vision by creating an environment where people feel valued. Providing tools, information and methods to realize that vision is essential to being a leader as is blending the interests and skills of all members/stakeholders.
I am enthusiastic about creating a culture for innovation and trust through consensus building and coaching in order to create confidence, energy and motivation. I would bring this strength and skill with me to my position with MNDI.
Arezoo Rojhani, PhD, RDN
Being able to delegate tasks to others based on individuals’ strengths is an important skill for successful leadership; however, delegation without personal involvement is not enough. I believe in leading by example. I try to get directly involved with the activities of the groups I am a part of, rather than simply delegate tasks to others and expect good results. As the faculty mentor for our Student Dietetic Association (SDA), I consistently emphasize the importance of direct and equal involvement of all board members in the on-going activities of the association.