North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

President's Message

Barb Pearl, MS, RDN, LDN

Welcome to North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

I am very happy to be chosen to be president for 2016-2017 of this creative, intelligent and diversified group of extraordinary nutrition professionals. I am looking forward to a terrific year and welcome all to our group and to our website, Facebook (eatrightNS), Twitter (eatrightNS), and Instagram (eatrightNSAND) sites. Stay tuned for updates in NSAND on all of these sites.

I look forward to our exciting program this year. NSAND offers a total of 14 CEUs. But even more important, the programs offer a variety of topics such as the latest in meal kit delivery and the benefits of locally grown produce to social media updates, GMO’s and organic foods, nutrition and renal disease, circadian rhythm and health, food allergies and the gut, a mindful approach to treating binge eating disorders, and learning more about canning foods.

The nutrition and dietetic world is constantly growing and improving. Be a part of it! NSAND offers a great opportunity to get involved in your professional organization on a local level. You and your career will benefit from being an active member in NSAND. Bring your ideas; we’d love to hear them! We are always evolving and growing. I hope you take advantage of this terrific organization. I look forward to meeting you!

See you soon,

Barb Pearl, MS, RDN, LDN
President, NSAND 2016-2017



2016 - 2017 Board of Directors

Position Name
President Barbara Pearl
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President-Elect Lynnette Becker
Treasurer Lisa Marie Stein
Treasurer-Elect Mary Lewandowski
Secretary Lisa Osowski
Public Policy Helaine Katz-Ratskoff
President-Past Georgia Hammerli
Planning Committee Alice Heinze
Lynn O’Grady
Georgia Hammerli
Nominating Committee Mindy Fox
Aimee Chisamore
Hospitality Committee Rita Faycurry
Tracy Williams
Membership Committee Helaine Katz-Ratskoff
Alexis Tiller
Social Media Committee Alexandra Sarkisian
Kathy Brown

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 for Academy member; 
$15 per credit for non-Academy member.

2016-2017 Programming Brochure

NSAND Schedule of Events

Time: Monday, Sept 19; 7-9 pm

          6:15 pm: Registration
          6:45 pm: Networking/Refreshments

Topic: “Social Media and You”
Speaker: NSAND Social Media Committee

Location: Arlington Heights Library
                500 N. Dunton Ave,
                Arlington Heights

Time: Thursday, Oct 6; 7-9 pm

          6:15 pm: Registration
          6:45 pm: Networking/Refreshments

Topic 1: “Do It Yourself Meal Kit Delivery Industry Deep Dive”  
Topic 2: “Why Should You Care About Local Food?”
Speaker 1: Jen Moore, Founder of MEEZ Meals and Scott Zuckerman, CEO MEEZ Meals; 
Speaker 2: Irv Cernauskas of Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks
Location: Harper College
                Foods Lab (X229)
                Palatine, IL  
CEU/Benefit: 2; FREE $60 promo for attending 
Time: Thursday, Nov 10; 6:30-8:30 pm 6:15 pm: Registration 
Topic: “The Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder: A Mindful Approach to Recovery”
Speaker: Judith Matz, LCSW and author; and Kate Merkle, RD
Location: Vernon Township Library 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL
CEU: 2 
Time: Tuesday, Jan 10; 7-9 pm
*Log on 15 min early to verify connection
Topic: “Understanding Local, Organic and GMO Foods and How These Relate to Our Scope of Practice”
Speaker: Michele MacDonnell RD, CDN
Location: Webinar
CEU: 2 
Time: Tuesday, Feb 7; 7-9 pm
*Log on 15 min early to verify connection
Topic 1: “Diet and Kidney Stones: Is there a Connection?”
Topic 2: “Clinical Outcomes and Nutrition Guidelines for Hemodialysis Patients in Long Term Care”
Speaker 1: Jeff Pearl, MD 
Speaker 2: Emily VanAcker RD, LDN
Location: Webinar
CEU: 2 
Time: Saturday, Mar 11; 8:30 am - 12 pm
Topic 1: Circadian Overview/Food Timing
Topic 2: Circadian as it relates to ICU and Parenteral/Enteral Feeding
Topic 3: Food Allergy and the Gut
Speaker 1: Heather Rasmussen PhD, RD
Asst Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Rush University
Speaker 2: Sarah Petersen PhD, RD
Speaker 3: Hannah Roosevelt MS, RD
Location: Harper College
                 Palatine, IL  
CEU: 3 
Time: Apr 29; 11am - 2 pm
Topic: Canning: What’s it all about?
Speaker: Lynnette Becker and fellow dietitians
Location: Harper College
                 Foods Lab (X229)
                 Palatine, IL  
CEU: 1 
*An extra fee will be charged for served lunch

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

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