President’s Message

Greetings, my fellow TAND members!  As with every new beginning, I can’t believe the time has come.  I’ve been preparing for this role since 2019, and I’m very grateful and honored to serve as TAND’s President for 2021-2022!  I want to thank all of the TAND President’s that have served before me and the leaders that have made impacts to our organization and profession.  I look forward to ongoing learning and opportunities to lead over the course of this next year!  

Next, I’d like to sincerely thank all of the incoming and outgoing board members this year.  No doubt 2020 was a challenge for us all, and we are so appreciative of Ginger’s leadership!   I look forward to working more with our newest board members over the weekend of June 4-5 as we attend our Virtual Leadership Institute meeting.  We have some wonderful topics and speakers scheduled so stay tuned for more information from us and your district president!


Finally, with new board members comes new ideas so I look forward to hearing and sharing more with you all.  Thank you for your support and membership!  I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day week and weekend!

~Christy Davis Clarkson
2021-2022 TAND President

Advocacy and Public Policy Updates


Please act now by contacting your senators and representatives about the 2021 MNT Act which would expand Medicare Part B coverage of MNT beyond Renal Disease and Diabetes.  This is INREDIBLE for our residents and patients across the state to have coverage for our profession!  CLICK HERE to read more and TAKE ACTION.

Additional Action Alerts include:

Welcome and Thanks to the Laurens’!

As I transition into my next role with TAND, I want to welcome Lauren Cromer to the Advocacy Pillar!  This pillar continues to impress me with all of the great ideas and hard work related to advocating for our residents, patients, and the profession. 

A special thanks to Lauren Steele for being a wonderful partner with Advocacy and Hill Day!  Together, I see some wonderful things coming from the Laurens’ and the Advocacy Pillar such as more development with Tenn Care, the Weight Management Task Force, and more advocacy opportunities!  Thank you, Advocacy Pillar, Lauren Steele, and Lauren Cromer!


TAND Member Satisfaction Survey

As we are heading into the end of this membership year, we would like to evaluate how TAND is doing to serve you as our members! Please take 5-7 minutes to complete our survey and let us know how we’re doing, and give us ideas for new items we can provide!

Please complete the survey by Friday, June 4th.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 TAND Advanced Practice Certification Scholarship recipient!

Courtney Phifer, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD from Chattanooga

Courtney Phifer was selected as a recipient for this year’s TAND Advanced Practice Certification Scholarship for successfully passing the exam to become a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian.  Courtney uses her credential to provide individual nutrition counseling and education to adults and adolescents for a variety of issues, including eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, and emotional eating. She helps clients develop a healthy relationship with food by practicing a non-diet approach of balance and moderation, teaching permission vs. restriction. Courtney has worked in behavioral health for 12 years, specializing in eating disorders and addictions. She currently works at Focus Treatment Centers, where she has been co-leading their Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program for over 4 years, as well as providing outpatient nutrition counseling.  Congrats Courtney!!

Each year TAND selects up to two recipients to for its Advanced Practice Certification Scholarships.  These scholarships provide reimbursement for education and/or examination fees for any CDR approved specialty certification.  For more information, please visit  This next year’s deadline will be May 2022.

STAND Updates

Hello fellow members of TAND! The 2020-2021 fiscal year is now over, as well as my term as President of STAND. It was a year of unpredictable obstacles that impacted each and every one of us. I would like to thank all of my fellow officers, Miriam Boutte’, Katie Arnette, Beth Heise, and Ashley Feltner for all their work in STAND. Even with all that has happened in the last year, they strategized and cooperated greatly to plan for the future of STAND.  

I am honored to announce I have matched to the University of Memphis Clinical Nutrition Master’s of Science and Dietetic Internship. Thus, I will be staying in-state and will be looking forward to the future of TAND and STAND! It was a tremendous opportunity to serve as a leader with STAND. I would like to thank all of TAND for its ongoing support of STAND.  

With the start of the 2021-2022 fiscal year beginning this month, it is with great pleasure I welcome the new STAND President, Miriam Boutte’. 
Ash Abro 

New President of STAND Message 

Greetings fellow STAND members! I want to start out by thanking Ash Abro and the rest of the STAND Executive Committee & Leadership Team for their guidance and support during my term as President-Elect. I also want to send a special thank you to our STAND Advisor, Dr. Lisa Sheehan-Smith for her leadership, as she has been such a valuable resource to us all. 

I am thankful and honored to have the privilege to serve as President of STAND for the 2021-2022 fiscal year; and I am greatly, looking forward to working with and getting to know all of you! 

For any questions, please reach out to me at ! 

Miriam Boutte’ 

STAND Membership Satisfaction Survey & a Chance to WIN a $50 E-Gift Card! 

As we approach the end of the 2020-2021 membership year, we would like to evaluate how STAND is doing to serve you as our student members! Please take a few moments to complete our survey and let us know how we’re doing. Everyone that completes the survey will be entered in the drawing for one $50 gift card and four $25 gift cards. Please share your feedback in the linked survey below by Friday, June 11th, noon CST. 

Click here to take our membership satisfaction survey.

Maternal Child Nutrition Advocate

TAND is looking for someone to work with the Academy’s new Maternal Child Nutrition Affinity Group.  Someone is currently taking the lead on this, but we are seeking someone interested in working together and stepping up in this role for 2022-23.  This is not a major commitment but will involve attending a virtual monthly meeting with the Academy and communicating regularly with the current advocate.  This group is focused on legislation and policies affecting all areas of maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and human lactation.  Expertise in the area is a plus, but not required.  If interested, please contact Ginger Carney (

TCAND Updates

TCAND members enjoyed a podcast party for their last virtual social event of the year. Before the event, members were asked to listen to an episode of Food Psych by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDRD where she discusses the topics of intuitive eating and HAES approach. During the social event, members discussed these topics and how they are currently used in the profession and how intuitive eating and HAES will shape the future of the profession. The event was a success as members enjoyed listening to the podcast and discussing these topics with fellow TCAND members.

Chattanooga Updates

Chattanooga Academy wrapped up the end of the year with a presentation from Mane Gueye ~ Overcoming Barriers of Diversity in Dietetics. Mane shared her journey of moving from Senegal West Africa to Tennessee to attend college and complete her dietetic internship.    

We are excited to announce new incoming Board members:

Danielle Townsend – Social Media Chair
Amanda Kirkpatrick – President- Elect
Rachel Howard – Treasurer

We look forward to planning a dynamic events for the upcoming year as we are hopeful we can meet in person again.    Danielle has already added flair to our website with her creative ideas; check it out   Please LIKE  our Chattanooga Academy Community Facebook page we want to stay connected during the summer. 

Submitted by: Dee Harwell- CAND President