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CDR National Election

The 2024 National Election


The Commission on Dietetic Registration Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of CDR candidates for the 2024 national ballot, chosen from many excellent nominees. The National Elections will be held February 1-15, 2024. The CDR Nominating Committee thanks you for your participation in the nomination process. 

This year’s CDR positions, candidates and reference information are below, and a link to the election portal will be available here beginning February 1, 2024.

CDR Candidates

CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

  • Emily Patten, PhD, RDN
  • Susan L. Smith, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

CDR Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management

  • Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LD 
  • Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN, FAND


Webinar: Winning Strategies to Run a Successful Campaign

Please join the Academy Nominating Committee members Barbara Grant, MS, RDN, CSO, LD, FAND, and Yolanda Jackson, MS, RD, LD, on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 1pm CST for a webinar to learn about the National Campaign Rules. Whether you are a candidate or an engaged Academy member or credentialed practitioner, you can take an active role in the election process. This informative webinar will provide strategies and clarification regarding the rules to help you run a fair and positive campaign. To register please click here ( The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the Academy's election website and CDR’s election website for future playback.


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