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, 2020-2021


Maria Plant

President-Elect/Annual Conference Team Director

Beth Janda


Martha Huizer


Adena Osuna

Past President

Catherine Trier

Executive Director

Rachel Whitlock

Delegate to the Academy

Katie McWhirter

Nominating Committee Chair

Danielle LaFata

Communications Team Director

Eliza Short

Advocacy Team Director

Michelle Berman 

Reimbursement Representative

Jennifer Doley

Governance Team Director


President, C-AZAND

Lee Rhenda

President, N-AZAND

Dawn Clifford

President, SW-AZAND

Tara Lovinger

President, S-AZAND

Carmen Young

If you would like to contact a board member directly, use the MEMBER LISTSERVE under the MEMBERS tab. 


We would like to give a big congratulations and warm welcome to our incoming board members:

President-Elect: Kathleen Dixon, M.Ed, RDN
Secretary: Vangie Ramos, M.S., RDN
Nominating Committee: Lisa Phillips MS, RD

We look forward to welcoming you into the leadership circle in June. We are all confident that you have a great deal to offer in directing the future growth of our association!