Eastern Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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President's Message

Valerie Koress, MS, RDN, LDN, IBCLC

Hello and welcome to the 2020-21 EIAND membership year! Thank you to outgoing President Kara Wilcoxin for her hard work and dedication, and for carrying us through not only one, but two years as President.  Also thank you to the outgoing Exec Board members; we will miss you!  

This year, I am joined by Starr Gibson as Treasurer and Leila Shinn as President-Elect serving as your EIAND Exec Board.  We are a small but mighty crew, and recently appointed a Nominating-Chair, Sarah Pittman, who administered a special election to confirm two more Exec Board positions for this year to ensure we have a full Board to serve you in the best way possible.  This has no doubt been a difficult year for probably all of us, but we are stronger together, and we are committed to improving EIAND in terms of equity, diversity, and meeting the vast array of needs and interests of our members.  

We know this year will look very different from past years with EIAND, but we are exploring different ways to keep us all connected and moving forward in professional growth and continuing education.  It is very likely that all of our meetings will be virtual this year, but we will find ways for members to network despite the challenging circumstances.  Please complete the membership form (found at the top of this page) and pay the applicable membership fee so you receive important updates and information about upcoming meetings.

I am truly interested in getting to know more of you better, and explore how we might work together to better serve our respective communities with nutrition services, so please reach out at any time!  Finally, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your EIAND President this year.

Looking forward,

Valerie Koress, MS, RDN, IBCLC
EIAND President 2020-2021
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2020-2021 Board of Directors
Position Name
President Valerie Koress
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President-Elect Leila Shinn
Treasurer Starr Gibson
Secretary Megumi Hashida
Nominating Chair Sarah Pittman
Nominating Chair-Elect Clara Salame


Calendar of Events

October 28, 2020
Topic: AND Membership Updates - Please join us for an interactive presentation on updates from the Academy, and learn more about what Academy membership does for you. CPE Approval Pending
Speaker: Mary Russell
Time: 6PM
Location: Virtual (EIAND members will receive meeting details via email.  Non-members may contact EIAND President for joining information.)
November 18, 2020
Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Speaker: Lisa Eaton Wright
Time: 6-8PM
Location: Virtual, details to be sent to EIAND members

 *Please be sure to check back regularly for additional events and activities that may be added throughout the year.