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2021 IAAND Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce and welcome our new leaders in the IAAND leadership team of 2021. They have been elected and appointed among many excellent applicants.

Please join us in congratulating them!

President-Elect: Varsha T, PhD, RD, CCN, CNIS
Secretary-Treasurer: Tania Lee Xu Yar, MS, RDN, CSSD
Nominating Committee Chair – Elect 1st Seat: Abigail Navarro, RD, MSc, PhD
Nominating Committee Chair – Elect 2nd Seat: Yasuko Kato, RDN
Strategic Communications Chair: Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RDN
Student Services Co-chair: Amal Sakr
Scientific Committee Chair: Debra Hook, RDN, MPH, FAND, MCHES, PhDc
International Projects Coordinator: Ahlam El Shikieri, PhD
KERI Coordinator: Yanin Lopez
Members Services Chair: Sabeen Siddiqui, RDN
Media Representative Chair: Karla Padrelanan, RD, CSG, CNSC
Newsletter Editor: Marise Abboud

The committee would like to thank all the applicants who applied and for your support of the nomination and election processes. If you’re interested to volunteer with IAAND, please email us at

Join IAAND For Our Next Free Member Webinar May 18th!

Want to learn more about how traditional mindful eating techniques are linked to improved health outcomes? Curious to watch a live cooking demo showing the preparation of traditional Japanese vegan cuisine?

All this and more will be featured in IAAND’s latest free webinar,Exploring the Benefits of Traditional Japanese Foods and Mindfulness on Health and Longevity with registered dietitian Michiko Tomioka, MBA, RDN, IPNCP on May 18th at 11 AM EST.

After attending this webinar, participants will become more familiar with traditional Japanese foods such as natto and seaweed, learn more about the ancient practice of hara hachi bu and its link to longevity, and discover simple preparations of Japanese shojin ryori foods through a live cooking demo!


Participation in the Emerging Nutrition Leaders in MCH Training Institute

To qualify for the program, the applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Works with MCH populations within a state or local public health agency or a community-based organization;
  • Is an emerging nutrition leader, which is defined as someone who has leadership potential/experience and has been employed for no less than three and no more than ten years;
  • Is a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or a Licensed/Certified Nutritionist/Dietitian; and,
  • Demonstrates leadership at work, within a professional organization or in the community.

There is no fee to participate. Upon completion, participants can receive up to 70 hours of continuing professional education credits

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Church at 773-459-3700 or Applications are due May 5, 2021.

For further information, kindly consult

Presentations for FNCE 2021

Feeling inspired by this year’s FNCE sessions and/or have an idea for a future Spotlight Session for FNCE 2021?

If so, then IAAND’s leadership team invites you to reach out and pitch us your idea! IAAND is currently is looking for original ideas and subject matter experts to present advanced level, cutting-edge, and evidence-based sessions that address current challenges faced by nutrition and dietetics professionals.

If you have an idea you’d like to present at the conference, please contact our Scientific Committee/Conference Chair ( and our Professional Development Chair ( with a summary of your idea by no later than November 2nd, 2020. Please note that the submission of your idea does not guarantee IAAND will select it for final submission to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Committee for Lifelong Learning nor does it guarantee than IAAND can cover all costs associated with presenting at FNCE 2021 should your submission be selected.

For more information about presenting at FNCE, please visit Thanks and we look forward to reviewing your ideas!



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IAAND President 2020-2021

Monique Richard – IAAND President 2020-2021

Welcome IAAND board of directors and leadership team to the 2020-2021 year!

Emily Dickinson said “I dwell in possibility,” a sentiment I strongly share and invite you to wrap around yourself. When we combine our energy, our expertise, our passion, our innovations, we not only make the impossible possible, we form new realms of possibility previously inconceivable. Let yourself envision how we can come together as a team for our members, colleagues and volunteers around the globe. Let’s dwell in the possibility of food insecurity and malnutrition being non-existent, obliterating socio-economic disparities and injustice. Let’s work toward the elevation of regenerative agriculture, health prioritized in every sector with nutrient-dense food first, nurturing ancient tradition and wisdom with current research and recommendations while honoring the connection between body, mind and spirit. Let’s dwell in the possibility of cooking more often being more common, that clean water for everyone is a non-negotiable basic human right, protected by all. Let’s dwell in the possibility that food brings us together, but as individuals, our needs are unique.

I look forward to a year where we flourish in the face of adversity but maintain a solid foundation for our members, a year filled with possibilities. Let’s combine our hopes, wishes and dreams, then work together to make them happen.

Monique Richard

IAAND President 2020-2021