House of Delegates (HOD)

The House of Delegates serves as a voice of Academy members and identifies and develops solutions to some of the challenges facing the profession. The change drivers and trends from the Council on Future Practice's Change Drivers and Trends Driving the Profession: A Prelude to the Visioning Report 2017, the Visioning Report 2017: A Preferred Path Forward for Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy's Strategic Plan continues to be utilized as the foundation for critical issues to be addressed by the House of Delegates. The HOD oversees Academy bylaws; and establishes qualification for membership and dues structure.As a forum of leadership development, the House positions and educates members for leadership opportunities within the Academy. Leadership from the House of Delegates aims to empower the profession by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and reflecting on the diversity for the future of the organization. The Academy implements strategic planning and changes through policies, actions and composition to embody the vision and voice of its members.

Illinois Academy Delegates         Contact us at [email protected]

Christine Cliff, MPH, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND

North Delegate

Connie Locher-Bussard, RD, LDN

South Delegate





Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resources:

House of Delegates Overview
Critical Issues and Updates (members only access)

House of Delegates Update - June 2022

The House of Delegates (HOD) conducted a forty-five (45)-day member electronic comment period (February 9 – March 26, 2022) on a proposed amendment to the Academy Bylaws. This proposal was to expand the qualifications for Associate Academy category membership to include individuals with degrees in public health and public policy. These degrees align with the intent of this membership category, i.e., increasing collaboration with like-minded individuals in the respective arenas who support food, nutrition and dietetics professionals.

Thank you to those Illinois Academy members who submitted feedback during this comment period, which helped us cast our respective votes about this proposed Amendment. The Member Comment Period on the proposed changes yielded 711 responses. Of those, 699 voted with 68% indicating support, 22% opposed, and 10% indicating support for adding only one of the two disciplines. Therefore, be it resolved that the House of Delegates approves amending Article II Members, Section 7b: Amending Associate Member Qualifications to add public health and public policy to the Associate member category.

As we transition this month in Illinois Academy, please welcome the newly elected South Delegate- Connie Locher-Bussard. I look forward to working with her the next several years on behalf of Illinois Academy members. Many thanks to Karen Greathouse for her three years of service as the South Illinois Academy Delegate. We are truly grateful for your many years of dedication to our profession.

To all members…may you have the opportunity to relax and recharge this summer. Connie and I look forward to being your advocates during this upcoming programming year. Shine on, Illinois Academy.

Christine M. Cliff, MPH, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND- North Delegate
Connie Locher-Bussard, RD, LDN- South Delegate