Meet the Board


The Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is governed by the policies and procedures of this national organization. In Arizona, we are led by a state-level Board of Directors comprised of leaders in nutrition and health. The Board of Directors is responsible for the following tasks: govern the organization, set and monitor strategic direction, oversee fiscal planning, appoint members to represent the Academy, establish guidelines and policies for publications, awards and honors.

Board of Directors


Elva Hooker, RDN, CDE

President Elect/Professional Education Team Director

Beth Dorsey, RDN

Treasurer/Operations Team Director

Catherine Crinigan, MS, RDN

Secretary/Community Outreach Team Director

Maria Silva, RDN

Past President/Membership Team Director

Nancy Teeter, RDN

Executive Director

Margaret Tate, MS, RDN

Delegate to the Academy

Tina Shepard, MS, RD, FAND

Nominating Committee Chair

Maureen Mason, MS, RD

Communications Team Director

Claudia T. Felty, PhD, RD

Advocacy Team Director

Jessie Gruner, MS, RDN

Governance Team Director

Mary Verona

President, C-AZAND

Stephanie Paver

President, N-AZAND

Catherine Trier 

President, SW-AZAND

 Beth Janda

President, S-AZAND

 Maria Plant