West Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


WSAND Fall-Winter 2017 Newsletter (pdf)


President's Message

Emily Rohan, MS, RD, LDN

It is my pleasure to stand as the WSAND  president for the 2017-2018 membership year! Time is flying by and we are already in full swing. We have had two member meetings and the Academy’s FNCE® under our belts and looking forward to the new year and new, exciting events to come.

WSAND had their kick off meeting in September at Benedictine  University where we had Rene Ficek, RDN, CDE, speak to us about her career path and what she does as a registered dietitian  nutritionist for Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Did you know that Seattle Sutton is the name of the nurse that founded the company and that it was not founded in Seattle, Washington but rather started in Marseilles, Illinois? We had so much fun learning about  Seattle herself, the company’s mission, and tasting the delicious meals that are delivered to members that are part of the Seattle Sutton’s Health Eating program.

Our November meeting took place at Granite City restaurant in  Naperville, IL. Such a fun atmosphere, great food, and very inspiring speakers. Our first speaker was William Weissinger, MS, who is  District Director for the Chicago region of the FDA.  He provided an update on what the FDA has in the works including the new nutrition fact label coming out! Our second speaker was WSAND’s very own Christine Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND, who spoke about the benefits of volunteer leadership and how she has gained many career and volunteer experiences to become a well-respected leader with the Academy and has mentored numerous dietitians and students!

This membership year is off to a great start and I couldn’t be more excited for what is to come. Our next meeting will take place via a live webinar where WSAND’s own Kristen Nowak, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, (WSAND Past-President) and her colleague, Stephanie Send, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC will be speaking about Malnutrition and ICD10 Coding in an inpatient setting.  

Thank you to everyone who has made the beginning of this year possible, especially Janet  Millikan, MS, RD, LDN, President-Elect and Sue Rainey, RD, LDN, who both have helped find speakers to volunteer to speak as well as reserving the locations and coordinating the  refreshments at our meetings. 

I wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season! I look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

Emily Rohan, MS, RD, LDN
WSAND President 2017-2018
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Board of Directors

Position Name
President Emily Rohan, MS, RD, LDN
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President-Elect Janet Deselich Millikan, MS, RD, LDN, IHC
Secretary Sue Rainey, RD, LDN
Treasurer Kelly Bodine, RD, LDN
Programming Committee Chair Janet Deselich Millikan, MS, RD, LDN, IHC
Membership Chair Kelly Knopf, MS, RD, LDN
Webmaster Chair Katy Olinski, MS, RD, LDN
Awards & Scholarships Diane Sowa, MBA, RD, LDN
Historian Therese Chidlow, RD
Publications Editor Susan DuPraw, MPH, RD
Past-President Chair Kristen Nowak, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
National Nutrition Month Chair Victoria Glatz MS, RDN, LDN
Nominating Committee Co-Chairs Victoria Glatz MS, RD, LDN
Andrea Custer, MS, RD, LDN
Nominating Committee Member Tiffany DeMay, MS, RD, LDN


Calendar of Events

 Next Meeting
Topic: Malnutrition & ICD10 Coding in an Inpatient Setting
Speakers: Kristen Nowak, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC & Stephanie Send, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Location: Live Webinar