North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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President's Message

Lynnette Becker, RD, LDN

Hello, and Welcome to the North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NSAND)!

My name is Lynnette, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as NSAND’s president for 2017-2018. I have the pleasure of working alongside a dedicated, talented group of professionals – and the year ahead to look forward to! The program we have planned for you is not only informative but overflowing with thought-provoking and timely topics, trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities. Be sure to stay up to date on all of NSAND’s events by following us on Facebook (@EatRightNS), Twitter (@EatRightNS), and Instagram (@EatRightNSAND).

This year, NSAND’s program offers you a whopping 20 CEUs! Our planning committee has chosen a vast range of topics that are sure to broaden your dietetic horizons while keeping you informed on emerging research, updates in nutrition therapy, and relevant training to take your career to the next level. Additionally, NSAND meetings provide time for networking so you can continue to build professional relationships. In the coldest months, January and February, our webinars allow you to earn CEU’s from the comfort of your home. This year, we’ve included a grocery store tour training, an interactive Motivational Interviewing workshop, a chocolate making class, an opportunity to volunteer with a local farm, and much more! See our Program Brochure for details and the full list of NSAND events.

The world of nutrition and dietetics is ever-shifting, growing, and improving. Be at the forefront of these changes! Your NSAND membership offers you the opportunity to become involved in your profession on a local level. Have ideas to share? We’d love to hear them! NSAND is always on the search for new ways to enhance our knowledge and skillset as dietitians. I invite you to join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled, educational year and look forward to meeting you soon!

In health,
Lynnette Becker, RD, LDN
President, NSAND 2017-2018



2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Position Name
President Lynnette Becker
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President-Elect Kathy Brown
Treasurer Mary Lewandowski
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Treasurer-Elect Tamara Hoffman
Secretary Aimee Gasinski
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Assistant Secretary Lisa Stein
Public Policy HelaineKatz-Ratskoff
Anita Davila
President-Past Barbara Pearl
Planning Committee Alice Heinze
Lynn O’Grady
Barb Pearl
Nominating Committee Georgia Hammerli
Hospitality Committee Jessica Gurczak
Karen Suleiman
Membership Committee HelaineRatskoff
Rita Faycurry
Social Media Committee Alexandra Sarkisian
Anita Davila
Tracy Williams


2017-2018 Programming Brochure (pdf)

Come to the September meeting to be entered into a raffle for a FREE 2017-2018 NSAND membership!! Unable to commit to our entire  program year?  CEUs are available for all RDs, DTRs on a “per credit hour” basis.  If you are not a member of NSAND, cost per meeting is $10 per credit.


NSAND Schedule of Events
Tuesday, November 28,2017
Time: 6:30 pm Networking/Registration, 7-9 pm Program
Topic: The Microbiome: Preventing Metabolic Endotoxemia, Vitamin K2: Implication in Rate of Aging + New Discoveries in its Function
Speaker: Kiran Krishnan, Microbiologist
Location: ~ Arlington Heights Library ~, 500 N DuntonAvenue, Arlington Heights
CEU's: 2 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Topic 1: Food Psychology in Schools
Topic 2: USDA Child Nutrition Programs: School Lunch Update
Speaker 1: Adam Brumberg, Deputy Directory, Cornell Food & Brand Lab
Asst Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Rush University
Speaker 2: Samia Hamdan, MPH, RDN, Senior Nutritionist, USDA FNS
Location: Webinar
CEU's: 2
Wednesday, Febuary 21, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Topic: Nutrition Update: Overview of the Latest Clinically Relevant Research
Speaker: Alan R. Gaby, MD
Location: Webinar
CEU's: 2
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 am –12 pm & 1 pm –3pm
Topic 1: Research Update: Oral Nutrition Supplements in the Clinical Setting
Topic 2: Breast Cancer Medical Nutrition Therapy
Topic 3: Research Update: Peanut Allergy Feeding Recommendations
Topic 4: Motivational Interviewing
Speaker 1: Gretchen VanDerBosch, RD, LDN, Senior Clinical Dietitian, Advocate Good Shepherd
Speaker 2: Lisa Osowski, RD, LDN, Advocate Condell Medical Center
Speaker 3: Rachel Bassler, RD, LDN, CSSD, Sr. Manager Nutr. Comm., Egg Nutrition Center
Speaker 4: Carol Garcia, RDN, LDN, CISSN & Patricia Abernathy, RDN, LDN, Dominican University
Location: TBD
CEU's: 5
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Topic: Chocolate Making Class & Presentation!
*An extra fee will be charged for supplies. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Speaker: n/a
Location: ~ Morkes Chocolates ~, 1890 N. Rand Rd, Palatine
CEU's: 1
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Topic: Learn, Grow & Share at the Smart Farm - Help us Get the Gardens Ready for Planting!
Speaker: n/a
Location: Behind Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital - Garden Site: 450 Illinois 22, Barrington
CEU's: n/a


NSAND Mission

NSAND serves  as an advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being!

NSAND Benefits

  • Network with informed nutrition professionals!
  • Earn CEUs by attending state of the art nutrition and culinary presentations!
  • Be in the know of current job and career opportunities!
  • Be nominated for Dietetic Awards!
  • Have fun at NSAND events while supporting your professional organization and making professional connections!
  • We’d love to have you become involved on the NSAND board and membership!

NSAND Members

Who We Are: NSAND's membership consists of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Dietetic Technicians-Registered (DTRs), Dietetic Interns, and Nutrition & Dietetics students.

What We Do: The expertise, training and credentials that back these professionals are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices. The majority of RDs and DTRs work with other health care professional to coordinate treatment and prevention of disease in a variety of settings. RDs and DTRs are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

Where We Work:

  • Healthcare i.e., Hospitals, HMOs, Clinics
  • Food Management
  • Business and Food Industry
  • Private Practice
  • Fitness Centers/Sports
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Long Term Care Centers

Contact Us

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