2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President-Elect Candidate
Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND
Our great association is 100 years old. Can you believe it? And going strong! Thanks to members like YOU who continually re-energize our work!
My name is Donna Martin, School Nutrition Director for Burke County Public Schools in Georgia. I cannot tell you how honored and humbled I am to be a candidate for President-Elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As we enter our 100th year, we have much to celebrate. Today we are over 75,000 members strong - a tremendous growth from our 100 members a century ago. But we are so much more than just numbers. We are a driving force of professionals tasked with creating a future for our public health and for the Academy – one that is worthy of our Founding Members’ courageous past!
Our challenges and opportunities are great: merging agriculture, nutrition and health in a rapidly evolving world. We all face unique obstacles in our professional lives, and those challenges should be our greatest strength. Together - at this critical time in our profession – you and I have the opportunity to be the leaders who inspire healthier individuals, a healthier country, and a healthier world. Together we will address our nation’s approach to food security, food safety, food variety and nutritional quality and continue our commitment to evidenced based practice and research.
My vision for our association is one where we collaborate, commit and communicate to every level of membership, and position our members to be advocates and leaders in our communities, states, country and the world.
I believe that everyone has a right to eat right - and I don’t think there is any greater group of people on this earth to make that happen than the members of this association. I hope to learn from each and every one of you as your next President-Elect, to ensure that our 100th year is our best. It would be a great privilege to serve alongside each of you. Thank you for what you do, and thank you for your support. Let’s make this our best year yet!