Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Latest News & Information

Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Assistance
A message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Everyone affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma is in the thoughts and prayers of the entire Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Members are encouraged to contribute to the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. And the Academy offers resources for consumers and health professionals – before, during and after a disaster.

Disaster Relief Fund
Following Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation and the Commission on Dietetic Registration established a fund to aid members in need of assistance. Members can apply for Disaster Relief Fund assistance by contacting Amy Donatell at adonatell@eatright.org or 312/899-4767.

To make a contribution, contact Linda Hudson at lhudson@eatright.org or 312/899-4773; or mail a check to the Academy Foundation, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, and indicate “Disaster Relief” in the memo space.

To make a contribution to disaster relief in Oklahoma, visit the American Red Cross.

Take Action to Support Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Programs TODAY!

The Senate has passed a bipartisan Farm Bill out of the Agriculture Committee, and the bill is headed to the Senate floor for debate and final vote. This critical piece of legislation determines not only what farmers grow, but what is available in the United States’ food supply. The Farm Bill addresses food insecurity through a variety of food assistance programs and provides many jobs for registered dietitian nutritionists working in community nutrition. As registered dietitian nutritionists, we are inherently entrenched in every aspect of the food supply, from what is planted to what is consumed by our fellow Americans. We are leaders in the nation’s efforts for better health, through improved nutrition, and we need to have our voices heard on this important farm and food bill. We need you to tell Congress how important these food, agriculture and nutrition programs are to you and for our country.

Would you take two minutes and send an email to your Senators using the Grassroots Manager?  The Academy's goal is to have more than 15,000 letters sent to Senators.  So far, over 2,000 letters have been sent.  Only 6 letters have been sent from Oklahoma!  Contact your Senator today!

Thank You for an Outstanding Convention!

The Oklahoma Academy's 2013 Spring Convention brought almost 300 members together for a fabulous conference!  We would like to thank our planning committee, as well as our exhibitors and donors for helping us achieve our mission to empower our members to be Oklahoma's food and nutrition leaders!  A complete list of all volunteers, companies, and organizations that participated is available on our website.

We also want to extend a special thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of our event and of our profession.

Platinum Sponsors: Dairy Max, Midwest Dairy Council, Oklahoma Beef Council

Gold Sponsors: Abbott Nutrition, McDonald's of Oklahoma, Nestle Health Science,
Nutricia North America, Oklahoma Pork Council

Silver Sponsors: U.S. Foods

In addition, we want to thank all of our Silent Auction donors and bidders.  We raised $975.50 for the Oklahoma Academy Scholarship Fund!  Thank you very much for your support!

2013 Election Results

The Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is pleased to report the outcome of the 2013 elections.  The following individuals have been elected from among our excellent candidates.  We thank everyone who participated in the nomination and election processes.

President-elect: Teresa Jackson, MS, RD, LD
Treasurer-elect: Carrie Willson, RD/LD
Secretary-elect: Melissa Church, MS, RD/LD
Member Services-elect: Tiffany Grant, MA, RD/LD
Public Relations Chair-elect: Deborah S. Taylor, RD/LD, SNS
State Policy Representative: Melissa Heuer, MA, RD/LD
Delegate: Amanda Jones, MBA, RD/LD

Don't Forget to Renew Your Academy Membership!

With benefits, products and services designed to support your continued professional growth and career enhancement, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership is an investment in your future. 

Dues bill invoices have been mailed to current Academy members. To ensure uninterrupted access to all your favorite benefits your renewal payment must be received by May 31. You have three easy ways to pay:

  • Renew online by logging into www.eatright.org with your member ID/username and password and clicking the ‘Renew Membership’ link under your name.
  • Call the Academy Member Service Center at 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time). International callers can reach us at 312/899-0040, ext. 5000.
  • Mail your dues statement and payment to the address below. Remember to include your member ID number on all correspondence and checks:  

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
P.O. Box 4489
Carol Stream, IL 60197-4489

Dues payments must be received by May 31st in order to avoid a $25 application fee. Those who miss this deadline altogether will no longer receive Academy benefits such as access to the members-only web site, the Evidence Analysis Library, Food & Nutrition Magazine and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Thank you for your commitment to the Academy and the profession of dietetics.

Save the Date for the Fall Symposium

The Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2013 Fall Symposium will be held September 27th at the Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City.  More information will be available on the website this summer.  We hope to see you there!

Free Webinar - Social Media and You: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

This webinar, originally scheduled for May 21, 2013, was postponed due to the recent devastating tornados in Oklahoma.  It will be rescheduled for June.  The exact date and time will be announced when has been determined.  Thank you for understanding.

The webinar is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the University of Central Oklahoma.  Mathea Ford, MBA, RDN, LD, our Communications Chair, will discuss the do's, don'ts, and maybes for social media.  The webinar will be archived on our website for two months following the presentation.

Recorded Webinar Available - "Inspiring Public Confidence: It's What A Licensed Dietitian Should Do"

Did you miss our free webinar on dietetic licensure in Oklahoma?  A recording of the webinar is available on the OkAND website until September 13, 2013.  If you already registered to hear the webinar, there is no need to register again.  Simply email oknutrition@oknutrition.org and request a link to the recording.



News from Your Board Members

President's Message
Jennifer L. Parham, RD/LD

As I write these words, I realize that my year as your President is quickly coming to an end.  That brings mixed emotions, a genuine sadness as well as a smile in remembering what all has taken place over the last 11 months. 

It has been a very good year and a lot of that has to do with the interactions that I have had with each of you.  Countless emails, conference calls, board meetings, and visits at symposium and convention.  As a result, I truly cannot tell you how outstanding I think our Oklahoma affiliate is.  We have a genuine group of folks who are willing to generously give of their time and talents to make OkAND a success.  With that I say thank you to all of the board members, volunteers and members for your continued participation and volunteer efforts.  I hope you have found your involvement to be as rewarding of an experience as I have.

It has been such an honor and privilege to serve OkAND this year; I thank you for your confidence in me and the kindness and dedication you have all shown over the last year.  As I prepare to transition into the role of Immediate Past President, I welcome our incoming President, Abby Wood.  Abby has a continued vision for the future of OkAND, and I look forward to sharing in the efforts as we all work together to improve the health of Oklahomans. 

Thank you for a terrific year!

Benefit$ for Your Buck
Caroline Mathis, RD/LD and Casey Campbell, MS, RD, LD

"It's almost that time of year!  Time to renew your AND membership!  Did you know your membership has the following benefits?

  • Journal subscription
  • Free CPE in the Journal
  • Find a Registered Dietitian listing
  • Evidence Analysis Library access
  • Membership Certificate
  • Nutrition Care Manual subscription
  • Post a job opening in EatRightCareers
  • Professional Skill Review
  • Early bird FNCE registration

Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Renew your Academy membership by May 31, 2013 for your chance to win registration to the OkAND Fall Symposium!  That’s right; simply send in your dues to the Academy by May 31st and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for a FREE registration to our Fall Symposium!

Successful Legislative Day

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2013 Legislative Day at the State Capitol!  Senator Connie Johnson & Lobbyist Marilyn Davidson presented wonderful insight and valuable information about being an advocate.  We also had a few members volunteer to help with our licensure revision efforts.  If you would like to get more involved in legislation that directly impacts our licensure and/or our practice, please send your name, position/place of employment, phone number, and email address to oknutrition@oknutrition.org.  


OkAND Member Updates

Continuing Education

New CE opportunities have been added to the website, including:

  • Free Webinar: Social Media and You: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - TBA 
  • Oklahoma Counselors in Higher Education - 2013 Spring Conference on Eating Disorder - May 31, 2013
  • Free Webinar: Inspiring Public Confidence: It’s What a Licensed Dietitian Should Do Recorded

Learn more>>

OkAND Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship Recipients!

  • Oklahoma Academy Undergraduate Scholarship for $500 - Riley Larson, OSU
  • Oklahoma Academy Undergraduate Scholarship for $500 - Ashley Treas, OSU
  • Oklahoma Academy Undergraduate Scholarship for $500 - Katherine Rose, OUHSC
  • Oklahoma Academy Graduate Scholarship for $500 - Andrea Knowlton, OUHSC
  • Oklahoma Academy Graduate/Intern Scholarship for $500 - Lindsay Scott, OUHSC
  • Oklahoma City District Undergraduate Scholarship for $500 - Kuan Yen Siew, UCO
  • Oklahoma City District Graduate Scholarship for $500 - Cynthia Caudillo, OUHSC
  • Tulsa District Undergraduate Scholarship for $500 - Casey Dolezal, OUHSC
  • Tulsa District Graduate Scholarship for $500 - Abby Wood, OUHSC
  • North Central District Scholarship for $500 - Gena Wollenburg, OSU
  • Oklahoma Consultant Dietitians DPG Joline Miracle Memorial Scholarship for $500 - Amy Hansen, OUHSC

Scholarship winners were given certificates at the Awards Reception during the 2013 Spring Convention.

Award Winning Members

Congratulations to the 2013 Oklahoma Affiliate Award winners! They were presented with plaques at the Awards Reception during the 2013 Spring Convention.

  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year - Melissa Heuer, MS, RD/LD
  • Emerging Leader in Dietetics - Casey Campbell, MS, RD, LD
  • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year - Melissa Church, MS, RD/LD

Congratulations to the 2013 Oklahoma Outstanding Dietetic Educators of the Year!  They will be presented with their plaques at the 2013 Fall Symposium.

  • Oklahoma Outstanding Dietetics Educator in a CP Program Award - Leah Hoffman, MS, RD/LD, CNSC
  • Oklahoma Outstanding Dietetics Educator in a Dietetic Internship Award - Brian Dela Cruz, MS, RD/LD

Members in the News

Our members are making headlines every day!  Here are a few that shared their news with us...

Darrin Schmidt - 2013-2014 Chair-Elect for Dietetic Technician Practice Group
Diana Romano - 2013-2014 Secretary of LAHIDAN
Diana Romano - Dietitian Cautions Against Super-Sizing Meals

Visit the website to read more about these and more Members in the News!  Tell us about your moments in the news by submitting the online from at the bottom of the website.

Login to Our Members Only Website

View past newsletters, updates from the Academy, and the latest announcement just for our members.  Remember to login using your Academy member number (without the preceding zeros) as your username, and your last name in lowercase letters as your password.  If you have any problems, please contact the central office at oknutrition@oknutrition.org or 877-656-8874.


The Oklahoma Academy is on Facebook

"Like" our page at www.facebook.com/eatrightoklahoma and learn more about what's happening in our state with other dietetics professionals.


Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
12324 E. 86th St N. #148
Owasso, OK 74055
t (918) 609-6559 or (877) 656-8874
f (877) 239-2942

Copyright © 2008 Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All Rights Reserved. • Site by WSI Internet Consulting