President’s Message

Hello TAND Members!

I have just wrapped up another FNCE in my book and am reflecting on what a wonderful virtual event it was. I must admit, I had my doubts that this platform would be successful, but it turned out to be a beautiful event, with a lot of action and animation.  The venue was colorful and entertaining as well as very educational, which included a variety of topics and break out meetings, and even social events during and after hours.  I was more than pleased, and with less distractions that are around during in-person meetings, I was able to concentrate on the sessions even more.  I definitely missed the in-person networking and socializing, and there never will be a substitute for that, but I hope to see a mix of the two venues in the future so that Academy members will have the best of both worlds to choose from!  If you missed it this year, I hope you will think about attending in the years to come to feel that you are a part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking profession!

Each year during FNCE, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Excellence in Practice Awards recognize outstanding registered dietitian nutritionists; nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered; and members who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in a specific area of practice. The awards are given in several practice categories, and I am so proud to recognize one of our very own TAND members, Dr. Heidi Silver, PhD, RDN, LDN, as the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Research Award.  As a part of this accomplishment, Dr. Silver was required to demonstrate exceptional performance, contribute to the advancement of practice, and proven effective and inspiring leadership in nutrition-related organizations. On behalf of TAND, I wish to offer Dr. Silver our most sincere congratulations—we are so proud of you!

Because the Academy does so much to accelerate our profession and dietetic careers, I call on TAND members to offer your support by contributing to the Foundation so that we will continue to grow and thrive as a dietetic profession.  The Foundation is dedicated to advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists and focuses on four key initiatives — scholarships, awards, food and nutrition research, and public education.  Supporting the Foundation will allow us to make a difference in the world we live in and provides the opportunity for us to contribute to the nutritional well-being of people around the world through these initiatives.  

The TAND board is working hard this fall to carry on our ‘20-21 goals and plan exciting activities for our membership.  We are seeing lots of advocacy work with this being an election year for our country, and we are looking forward to our very own virtual state conference in the spring.  The ballot for next year will be released soon, sure to spotlight many of our amazing members.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I am grateful for the honor of serving as your President and for all the dedicated members of TAND.  I wish each one of you a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving as we all have so much to be thankful for.

TAND President, 2020-21

TAND 2021 Speakers Needed

TAND 2021 speakers needed, if you are interested in presenting at TAND 2021 fill in this request form. We will be presenting virtually in April 2021.

TAND Advocacy & Public Policy Updates

Public Policy & Legislation Webinar 11/5/20 – REGISTER TODAY!

TAND is delighted to host our lobbyist, Jill Talbert, as she provides an overview of the Tennessee General Assembly, her role as the TAND lobbyist, and how we can advocate for our residents and licensure.  The webinar will be on Thursday, November 5th at 12pm CST / 1pm EST.  

Jill is the owner and president of Talbert Government Relations LLC in Nashville. Since starting the firm in 2012, she has represented various clients in the state legislative, executive and regulatory arenas. Her clients’ interests are diverse, ranging from healthcare to criminal justice reform. Her work for healthcare clients focuses on healthcare policy, reimbursement and regulation. In 2010, she worked successfully to institute the first hospital assessment in Tennessee. This assessment continues to fund $1.2 billion of TennCare’s annual $12 billion budget. Other health care legislation she successfully worked to pass includes physician compactlegislation, telehealth legislation, extension of the certificate of need program and biosimilars legislation.
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There are currently 3 action alerts where your voice is needed. CLICK HERE to view the Academy’s Action Center to take action today!  Options are available for Members & Nonmembers.Support Diversity in Nutrition & Dietetics in Allied Health ProfessionsSupport Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition ServicesMedical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020NEW!  Incident Reporting Tool available on the TAND Website
The Academy has developed the Incident Reporting Tool to document stories of success and for reporting harm.  Patients, members of the general public, and health care practitioners can now easily document examples of successful nutrition care, showing the value of qualified practitioners.  Additionally, the Academy and CDR Code of Ethics require reporting cases of harm so this tool provides a uniform platform for reporting and compliments reports to state licensure boards.  To learn more information about this new tool, please CLICK HERE!

TAND Nominating Committee

TAND Nominating Committee is seeking names of potential members to fill the positions of President Elect-Elect (4 year commitment), CPI Elect-Elect (3 year commitment) and Nominating Committee (member with the highest vote becomes Chair Elect and serves 2 years).    Please feel free to nominate yourself or a peer! Send nominations to Debbie Fox (

District and State Awards

Know Someone Excellent?  Give them something to celebrate this year by nominating them for a TAND District or State Award!  Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 year or younger; nominations only accepted at district levelEmerging Dietetic Leader – for those leaders in practice more than 5 years, yet less than 10Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year – for DTRs who demonstrate leadership in their fieldOutstanding Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 years and above with a minimum of 10 years in practiceOutstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year – for faculty leaders in ACEND accredited programsPreceptor of the Year – nominations only accepted by ACEND Accredited Program DirectorsOutstanding Dietetic Student Awards – 5 student categories (CP, DI, DPD, DT, FEM)Iris Award – for a non-RDN that contributes significantly to the dietetics field
Full descriptions for each award can be found on the TAND website.  All nominees must be TAND affiliate members.

Final applications for State TAND awards are due by February 22nd.  Please visit your district website for deadlines at the district level.

Email Lauren Cromer ( to submit a nomination for a State TAND Award and we will reach out to your nominee.  Self-nominations are welcome for all categories except Preceptor of the Year.  

House of Delegates Updates

It was my pleasure to represent the dietitians, dietetic technicians, and nutrition students of Tennessee at the 105th meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates, October 15th-16th. The Critical Issue question for this HOD meeting was : How can the Academy and its members accelerate nutrition and health equity? 

The Following is an excerpt from the “backgrounder” provided to delegates prior to the meeting: 
“The topic of Diversity and inclusion is a complex and multifaceted critical issue that needs to be addressed by our profession. To that end, the House of Delegates (HOD) will be devoting the 2020-21 program year to dialogue and action addressing various aspects of this issue. In collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee, the House Leadership Team identified Accelerating Nutrition and Health Equity as the focus for the Fall 2020 meeting. While the D&I Committee focuses on the Academy’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) initiatives to support the nutrition and dietetics workforce, the HOD will address opportunities to advance nutrition and health equity in the individuals and populations we serve. The dialogue will explore three key impact areas: Communications/Advocacy, Grassroots Efforts/Community, and Research. This topic affects nutrition and dietetics practitioners across all practice areas; we must maximize and leverage opportunities to accelerate nutrition and health equity through a systems approach. A goal of the meeting is to develop a list of feasible actions and tools that meeting participants can become involved in and share with their organizational units and membership to promote grassroots efforts that will continue throughout the year ahead. Outcomes from the HOD meeting will be shared with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to inform any future work.”

Unlike previous HOD meetings where delegates were tasked with soliciting constituent response prior to the meeting, academy members will be asked for input in the weeks following the HOD meeting – so watch your in box!

In addition, reports from the Academy PresidentTreasurer, and Foundation Chair were provided for dissemination to membership. 

As always, it is my honor to represent YOU. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or ideas! 

Mary Catherine Schallert MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
TAND Delegate

Message from STAND President

Happy November fellow TAND members!

As the president of STAND, I would like to let our student members know we have just received approval for the new Guiding Principles. This will be sent out via email to all STAND members. Under the new Guiding Principles is the newly added position of the Student Liaison. Our hope is to have every DPD/DI/FEM affiliated program have a Student Liaison to increase communication between STAND and its members. 
Remember, if you are a student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and TAND, you are automatically a member of STAND and I encourage you to reach out to become more involved. If you are not a member, it is not too late to join. Students will be receiving an email this month to vote for their 2020-2021 elected officers. Be on the lookout for this and make sure to vote!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at!

TCAND Updates

Monique Richards, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, RYT, TCAND member and president of International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND), was recently featured in an article in the Journal of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND).  The article highlights the promotion of diversity and inclusion within our profession and organization.  Monique discusses how IANND has over 1200 members across 84 countries, which allows the group to promote international collaboration in the nutrition community.  They offer tools and resources such as tip sheets for gathering information using the nutrition care process relevant to different countries as well as translating materials to local languages.  Check out the full article at

The Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held their Fall Virtual Meeting on October 27, 2020 with 20 participants in attendance for the evening.  The meeting was jam packed with two presentations and TCAND awards.  Anna Seals, MS, RD, LDN presented on simple meal planning and cooking with whole foods.  She discussed meal planning, shopping on a budget, and followed up with a cooking demo with minimal ingredients.  Mary Jane Shephard, MS, RD, LDN presented an update to clinical dietetics: renal edition.  She provided updates from the 2020 renal guidelines and discussed lifestyle modifications, diet recommendations, and reducing food restrictions for patients with CKD. The TCAND awards were presented during the meeting with amazing award winners from the Tri-Cities area.  Outstanding Dietitian of the Year:  Elizabeth Hall, MS,RDN,LDNPreceptor of the Year:  Lindsay Howell, MS,RDN,LDNRecognized Young Dietitian of the Year:  Mary Jane Shephard, MS,RD,LDNOutstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year:  Dr. Whitney Bignell, PhD,RDN,LDN,LDEmerging Dietetic Leader:  Elizabeth Hall, MS,RDN,LDNOutstanding Dietetic Student of the Year:  Julianne Rowland

Chattanooga Updates

Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (CAND) is excited about doubling our membership.  Welcome Savannah Gondek, dietetic intern, CAND’s newest member.  We encourage future RDs to get involved in the dietetics community. 

MAND Updates

Join MAND in our November CEU opportunity via Zoom “Seeing” Patients in 2020: Dietitians Using Telehealth Share Their Thoughts. $5 for non-MAND members. More information at

KAND UpdatesKAND held its first ZOOM membership meeting on September 24, 2020.  Aida Miles, Registered Dietitian and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, gave an insightful presentation on “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in Our Profession: Join the Journey!”. This presentation was very timely and incredibly well-received and appreciated!

TN Health Promotion Network Newsletter

In search of an RDN to write a brief article for an upcoming issue of the TN Health Promotion Network (THPN) newsletter. The mission of the THPN is to promote optimal health of all Tennesseans by networking and information sharing through private, public and non-profit partnerships. November is National Diabetes Month and a great time for the TAND membership to share about the amazing work that RDNs are doing to educate and support diabetic patients in our great state! The topic of the article should be about diabetes (skies the limit on what to include). The audience for the article is the THPN membership who have lots of various backgrounds and interests (e.g. public health, nutrition/dietetics, university profs, state government). The article should be between 500-600 words and sent to Tracy.Noerper@Lipscomb.Edu by Nov 15, 2020. Any questions, please reach out! Thank you!

Christmas Gifts for Dietitians

Looking for a Christmas gift for a fellow dietitian? Or want to treat yourself? Click here to shop for some dietitian swag. Items include aprons, t-shirts, crewnecks, coffee mugs, tote bags, and mouse pads. Items are made to order so please allow 4 weeks for processing. Orders must be in by November 14th. Order today to help support the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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District Nominations

District Presidents:  Please submit at least one name of your district members for nomination of the following positions on TAND for 2021-22:   President elect-elect, CPI elect-elect.   Both are 3 year terms.   The nominating team will contact these individuals and explain the positions, including length of service.   Your district needs to be represented in our State!District Presidents:  Please submit at least one name of your district members for nomination of the following positions on TAND for 2021-22:   President elect-elect, CPI elect-elect.   Both are 3 year terms.   The nominating team will contact these individuals and explain the positions, including length of service.   Your district needs to be represented in our State!