An official election is being held for members to vote for candidates interested in serving on the 2024-2025 TAND Board of Directors.

To participate in the election, please:

  • Confirm you are an Academy member and have Tennessee as your affiliate.
  • Review the slate of candidates below.
  • Submit your ballot during the election period March 17-31, using the button on the right.

President Elect-Elect

Tracy Bruen

Previous leadership experience: 

  • 2023-2024 – Past President Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2022-2023 President Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
  • 2021-2022- President-Elect Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2019 -President Elect Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2016-2016 – Secretary Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2014-2015 – Advocacy Chair Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Strategic Planning Committee 2022-2024
  • MAND President – 2022-2023
  • Nominating Committee Member – 2020
  • Education and Awards committee member 2018
  • Coordinated booth for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual food and nutrition conference 2015 as part of Marketing sub-committee.

Through all of these experiences I’ve gained confidence in navigating the mentoring and leadership of a diverse group of dietetics professionals through enhancing my skills in crucial conversations, strategic planning and vison, time management, fiscal responsibility and advocacy. All while meeting and enjoying learning more about the wonderful professionals we have in our state while encouraging more members to join!

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

To lead our profession into the future by integrating new strategies that encourage our diverse groups of professional RDNs within TAND to become a larger, stronger, united profession that respects emerging viewpoints, supports the goals and objectives of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and advocates for the nutrition security, health and wellbeing of all Tennesseans. Through working with the TAND Board I hope to establish objectives to align with AND’s 4 key focus areas of Well-Being and Prevention, Nutrition Care and Health Systems, Nutrition Security and Food Safety, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

Emily Smith

Previous leadership roles:

  • Gubernatorial appointment to the Tennessee Board of Dietitian and Nutritionist Examiners
  • Memphis Area Pediatric Nutrition Association President-Elect
  • Former Memphis Area Pediatric Nutrition Association Treasurer
  • Delta Zeta Sorority Philanthropy Coordinator for the state of Tennessee

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

As a practicing dietitian for nearly 8 years I have seen many aspects of nutrition care which provides me with critical insight needed to lead and further the profession as President Elect-Elect for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND). I am currently the President-Elect for the Memphis Area Pediatric Nutrition Association (MAPNA). This position will cultivate my leadership skills on a smaller scale to better serve the nutrition and dietetics population on a larger scale through TAND. With conversations regarding licensure compact gaining attention, I believe this is a prime opportunity to partner with the Tennessee General Assembly to increase awareness for the field of dietetics and expand Medical Nutrition Therapy reimbursement. I enjoy working collaboratively and appreciate the collective role each member of the Board of Directors plays in TAND’s success. I look forward to serving alongside like-minded individuals to meet the needs of the profession and would appreciate your support.

CPI Chair-Elect

Courtney Liles

While I have not yet held a leadership role in the Academy or other professional organizations, I have been nominated for a few positions at the local KAND level in the past. I am currently a manager in the Nutrition Access Program at Second Harvest. I supervise two Nutrition Educators and leverage my AND membership to resource them with trainings in their specialty populations. I have developed and implemented food and nutrition education programming at Second Harvest, and I support the Nutrition Educators in scheduling, planning, and delivering said programming to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in our 18-county service area. Additionally, I partner with the faculty at UTK on various projects and precept nutrition students and dietetic interns.

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

As the CPI Chair Elect Elect, I plan to:

  1. Represent dietitians in the charitable food system across Tennessee in addition to other professional domains within the dietetic field.
  2. Utilize my planning and digital design skills to support the CPI Chair and CPI Chair Elect in preparing for and executing TAND-wide professional development and events.

Elizabeth Harrison

As a new dietetic professional, most of my leadership experience has been in academia. During my time in school, I served as President of the Arkansas State Chapter of SNDA. I also served in various leadership roles in my extracurricular organizations as well, most of which focused on event planning and public relations.

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

I will strive to promote and support this body as a new professional in this field. I will continue to further my leadership skills through my involvement with TAND.

Nominating Committee

Carrie Ashlee Claytor

Past leadership experience: Clinical Dietitian and then transitioned to Director of Food and Nutrition at Acute Hospital for 3 years, Regional Dietitian for 16 + years LTC company, and AVP of Food and Nutrition for LTC company for 2 years. Policy and procedure development, staff development, regulation compliance (State and Federal), budget management / compliance, food quality and contract compliance.

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

Encourage and increase participation in the nominating committee and the valuable role that it plays within TAND and the Dietetics Profession.

Sara Foley

Past leadership experience:

Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2006-present:

  • Treasurer, 2020-2022
  •  Nominating Member, 2016-2017
  • CPI-Chairperson, 2012-2013
  • CPI-Elect, 2011-2012

Memphis Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2006-present:

  •  Fundraising Chair, 2022-2024
  • Past President, 2019-2020
  • President, 2018-2019
  • President-Elect, 2017-2018
  • Scholarship and Awards Chair, 2015-2016
  • Treasurer, 2010-2012
  • Website Manager, 2009-2010

Co-creator and leader for Camp CHEF, summer 2017 – present
TAND Leadership Institute, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2021, 2022
Graduate of the 2012 Mid-South Healthcare Network Leadership Institute
Yellow Belt Six Sigma training, 2012
Coach/Mentor Certificate – Fellow Level, (50+ hours coaching/mentoring) 2012
LEAD facility Mentoring Program, January -June 2009
CDR, RD Exam: New Items Writing Workshop, 2022
Rise Against Hunger Coordinator for College of Health Sciences, 2017 -2022
Co-Chairperson for the UofM MS/DI Advisory and Selection Committees, 2016-present
Member, College of Health Sciences Scholarship Committee, 2019-present
VA Nutrition and Food Services Marketing and Nutrition Informatics Subcommittee for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo: Member, 2009-2010; Chairperson, 2011-2014
VA Professional Standards Board: Member 2008-2009, Chairperson 2009-2012
Memphis VA Medical Center Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Annual Fundraiser for Memphis VA Medical Center: Co-Chairperson, 2009 and Chairperson, 2010

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

If elected as nominating member, I aim to ensure our leadership board is well represented by a diverse group of members from all districts across our great state. To achieve this, I will work hard to network and connect with each district to have a variety of members for each open position on the election ballot.

Keely Sullivan

Past leadership experience: Seventeen years of experience in nutrition & foodservice management: staff development, technology integration, vendor contracts, budget compliance, regulation education, research and resource development 

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

Increase awareness of the nomination process and encourage more individuals to participate, promote diversity and inclusion, and foster relationships within the community.

Megan White

Past leadership roles:

  • MAND Fundraising Chair 2020-2021;
  • MAND Scholarship and Awards Chair 2021-2022;
  • MAND CPI Elect 2022-2023;
  • MAND CPI Chair 2023-2024.
  • During my tenure in leadership positions at MAND, I have honed essential skills, including communication and collaboration, team management, and strategic planning. My journey in leadership has ignited a passion, driving my ongoing commitment to assume pivotal roles within the organization.

Goals and objectives for TAND if elected:

  1. Enhance Committee Efficiency: by streamlining the nomination process by implementing efficient procedures for candidate selection.
  2. Transparent and Inclusive Elections: promote inclusivity by encouraging diverse participation in the nominating and voting process.


If you are interested in serving as Treasurer, please submit your information here or email Hannah Hill.