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South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Membership Form (pdf) 
Scholarship Application Form (pdf)

 

President's Message

Liana Akkawi

Liana Akkawi, PresidentHappy new year to current and new members!  Welcome to what I envision to be a great year of continuous learning, friendships, and partnerships with the South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am so thankful to have been chosen to represent a group of talented nutrition professionals. 

South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides all members with exemplary opportunities for growth and advancements in knowledge.  We start with arranging an exciting line-up of speakers for all of you. I encourage all interested nutrition professionals and dietetic students to scroll down below to view what we have in store this year.

Upon membership registration, you will have opened the doors for job openings, scholarship opportunities, awards, and don’t forget about all the fun! We will meet once a month and each meeting includes a networking dinner, 2 CEUs, and door prizes! Since our group is heavily involved in giving back to the community, we have reintroduced a tradition and ask that all attendees provide canned goods for donation in exchange for door prize raffle tickets.  One ticket per can with NO LIMIT!

I trust that you are as excited as I am about the 2016-2017 year and that you help us continue our tradition of success to make this year the best one yet. In order to accomplish this goal, we request your continued support in as many events as possible. 

We also encourage and welcome members who might not already be involved in SSAND to become involved. Doors are always open for those who are interested in joining our SSAND family.  We love seeing new faces!

You can find our membership form and scholarship application at the top of this page.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for updates and news!

Liana Akkawi
SSAND President

 

Board of Directors

2016-2017
Position Name
President Liana Akkawi
President-Elect Alex Bechard
Secretary Melissa Narcisi
Treasurer Nicole Olen
Treasurer-Elect Lauren Bedore
By-Laws Elaine Eickstaedt
Hospitality Suzanne Delrose
Community Nutrition Susan O’Brien
Katheryn Therry
Grants and Awards Tracy Blake
Membership Jen Aidin
Nominating Committee Cheryl Bacon
Past-President
Nominating Committee
Jessica Rendleman

 

Calendar of Events

August 10th
Topic: Board/Finance
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
September 14th
Topic: Creating Your Own Sports Nutrition Opportunities: RD’s Check-List for Building a SN Private Practice
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Linda Samuels MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
October 12th
Topic: Clinical GI Nutrition
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Lori Welstead MS, RD, LDN
November 9th
Topic: Eating Disorders
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Margaret Geraci RD, LDN
December 14th
Topic: Board/Finance
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: N/A
January 11th
Topic: ICIN
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Ingalls Dietetic Interns
February 11th
Topic: ICIN
Time: 7:45am-2:30pm
Location: Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Speaker: Ingalls Dietetic Interns
March 2017
Topic: Board/Finance
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: TBD
Speaker: N/A
March 8th
Topic: Pediatric Nutrition
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Lara Field MS, RD, LDN
April 12th
Topic: Ketogenic Diet
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Palos Community Hospital: 12251 S 80th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Speaker: Kelly Roehl MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
May 10th
Topic: Nutrition PR and Communications
Time: 6:15pm Check in/dinner; 6:30pm Presentation
Location: Capri Ristorante Italiano in Palos Heights, IL
Speaker: Jessica Dogert RD, LDN