NMAND 2018 Annual Conference Registration is now open

See the agenda and register for the April 19 - 20 Conference by clicking on the NMAND 2018 Annual Conference Registration tab.



NMAND 2017 Awards

Congratulations to the following award recipients, who were recognized at the annual conference at the NMAND Annual meeting in Santa Fe!

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Jean Cerami, MS, RD 

Emerging Dietetic Leader: Kelli Begay, MS, RDN

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Tabitha McKay, MS, RD, LD

New Mexico Hot Chile Pepper Award: NM State Representative Deborah Armstrong

Outstanding Dietetic Intern: Nadine Montoya

Outstanding Dietetic Student in DPD Program: Gabriel Gaarden


NMAND Board Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected board members!

President-Elect:  Diane Phillips, RD

Delegate:  Kathryn Coakley, PhD, RDN

Secretary: Tabitha McKay, MS, RD, LD

Nominating Committee Chair-Elect: Donna Sauter, MS, RDN

Nominating Committee Member:  Ashley Dunworth, RD

Professional Issues Coordinator-Elect: Erin Kuh, MBA, RD and Diana Gonzales-Pacheco, DCN, RD. Erin and Diana will serve as co-PICs-Elect for a one-year term, followed by a one-year term as Co-PICs.


Submit your vote by Tuesday

The NMAND Elections will close Tuesday, April 18th at 8:00 PM. Please click on the "2017 NMAND Elections" tab above to submit your vote. The ballot contains information about the candidates. Election results will be announced at the NMAND Annual Conference and Expo. Please register for the April 20th conference if you haven't already. We want you to join us in Santa Fe!


Call for Nominations: NMAND Board Positions and NMAND Awards

Board Positions

Elections will be open for just one week, from April 12th-April 19th, and the new Board wll be announced at the Annual Meeting in Santa Fe on April 20th http://www.eatright-nm.org/meetings-and-events/. NMAND is seeking candidates for the following positions:

  • President-Elect (1 year term, 3 year commitment)
  • Delegate (3 year term)
  • Secretary (2 year term)
  • Professional Issues Coordinator-Elect (1 year term, 2 year commitment)
  • Nominating Committee Chair-Elect (1 year term, 2 year commitment)
  • Nominating Committee Member (1 year term)

Nominating Committee positions are listed on the ballot as Nominating Committee Member. The candidate with the most votes will assume the Chair-Elect role, which is a two-year commitment (one year as Chair-Elect and the next year as Chair). The second candidate will serve a one-year term as a Nominating Committee Member but may seek re-election the following year.

Click the links below for a brief description of vacant elected positions for 2017 and the nomination form with instructions. Completed forms should be sent to Jake Perret, Nominating Committee Chair, by Tuesday, April 11th (deadline extended by one day so disregard the date of April 10th on the form) at NMDANomComChair@gmail.com.

Vacant NMAND Board Positions 2017

NMAND Board Leadership Nomination Form

Why serve on the NMAND Board?

  • enhances your leadership skills
  • provides an opportunity to network with other members
  • helps shape the future of our profession at the local, state, and national level
  • pays it forward to those who have served before you
  • sets an example to students and those just entering the profession
  • earns CPEUs (up to 3 per year for elected positions)
  • additional skill development, CPEU opportunities, travel, depending on the position (e.g., policy or media skills, FNCE attendance)

Not sure if you have enough time, or concerned that you live and practice too far away?

Open positions appeal to many areas of practice, and they also fall across a time commitment continuum, with some positions requiring a small amount of time, while others require more. The positions with more time commitment tend to have the added benefit of additional training and CPEU opportunities, and some with paid travel to Academy meetings and conferences. All board members are required to attend just four quarterly board meetings (preferably in person, but call-in arrangements can be made). NMAND works to achieve a meeting schedule that accommodates the needs of all board members while ensuring maximum participation and engagement. To accommodate the long travel distances in our state, and depending on the needs of the group, many committee meetings can be conducted over conference call or video chat.

*We welcome board members from across the state to best represent our membership.*


Nominations for the following awards are also being accepted. Please take a few minutes to nominate at least one person for an award below. It’s simple and will leave you feeling great! Recipients will also be considered for regional and national awards:


Purpose of the Award: To recognize one member's outstanding contributions with the highest honor a state can pay to one of its members.

Selection Criteria: This individual must be a registered dietitian, an active member of NMAND and have made outstanding  contribution in one of more of the following areas: 1) a NMAND officer; 2) recruitment of people into the profession, including increasing public awareness  and visibility of NMAND or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;  3) furthering the profession by having published scientific research or by interpreting either nutrition or dietetics information through the mass media.


Purpose of the Award:  To recognize the competence and activities of a registered dietitian of any age, who has made distinctive contributions to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics early in his/her career. The award encourages continued participation and leadership in the Academy at local, state and national levels.

Selection Criteria:  Member must be active in the national, state or district levels for at least 5 years, and have between 5 and 10 years in their professional career (excluding leave of absence). The award recognizes those who have not previously won The Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award.


Purpose of the Award:   To recognize the competence and activities of a younger registered dietitian in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and encourage continued leadership in Academy affairs at local, state and national levels.

Selection Criteria: This person must be 35 years of age or younger on May 1 and not previously awarded RYDY.  Important considerations are Academy membership with active participation and leadership as well as promoting optimal health and nutritional status for the population.


Purpose of the Award: To recognize the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in approved and accredited dietetic education programs. Two educators may receive awards each year, one from a Didactic Program in Dietetics and one from a Dietetic Internship program.

Selection Criteria: A leading dietetic educator in a state is a member of the AND, and a faculty member OR preceptor of an approved program.  The person must have demonstrated innovative teaching skills and techniques, mentoring, and leadership in the organization and wider community.


Purpose of the Award: To recognize an individual who is not a registered a dietitian yet displays enthusiastic support for registered dietitians or supports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ mission.

Selection Criteria: Any individual who promotes the vision and mission of the New Mexico dietitians in either their personal or professional life.

Award nominations should be sent to Nominating Committee Chair Jake Perret at nmdanomcomchair@gmail.com by April 12th with the following information:

  • Name of award (see purpose/selection criteria for the diffrent awards above)
  • Name of nominee (the nominating committee checks with each nominee to make sure she/he meets the criteria, so please do not hesitate to nominate anyone because you do not know if the person meets all of the criteria)
  • A short description of why you think this person deserves the award
  • Your name and credentials