Welcome from the 2018-2019

NOBIDAN Committee Chairs
NOBIDAN has several committees that we invite new and seasoned members to volunteer and join. NOBIDAN members are committed to the cause and are excited about their role in serving NOBIDAN members across the span!  Committee leaders and its members gain great satisfaction from the fact that NOBIDAN stands for a worthwhile cause and that they are able to make a difference by ensuring it meets the needs of its members. We enjoy seeing the NOBIDAN grow and develop future leaders as we are viewed as a pipeline for future African American Dietitians.  Want to know more about our Committees and Committee Chairs?  
Read the information below:
Membership Committee Chair 

Jasmine Westbrook, RD, LDN
NOBIDAN Membership Committee is chaired by Jasmine Westbrook, RD, LDN, supported with several student ambassadors and committee members.  The basic principles of the membership committee are to recruit, engage and retain members. The Committee develops and implements annually a recruitment plan
which encourages member participation at all levels of NOBIDAN. We engage members to become active in discussion and participate on committees that bring us closer to reaching NOBIDAN’s established purpose.  NOBIDAN also
encourages member participation at all levels of the organization including “Friends of NOBIDAN”.

NOBIDAN is active on social media that involves others in the continuance of Meet-ups. A “Meet-up” is an informal or formal gathering of NOBIDAN members, and other invited guests (e.g., other RDNs, key supporters, students, etc.) in a state or local community, where individuals can network and support one another. The purpose would be to build partnerships for enhanced nutrition advocacy and engagement in the community. It is a time for social connection, sharing of ideas, and mentoring. Jasmine Westbrook - Membership Committee Chair can be reached at [email protected]



Communication Committee
Provide timely and comprehensive information to NOBIDAN members about programs, workshops, upcoming meetings, activities, governmental issues, and other matters of interest via chapter publications.

Koran Watson MS, RDN, LDN - Communication Chair-  
Find out more about Koran in the EC Board section of the NOBIDAN website under secretary

Social Media Committee
Manages social media contacts with the membership of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin including webinars.
Shakira Garvin, RD -  Media Liaison Committee Chair

Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee serves a liaison to the Academy and the MIG by tracking current nutrition-related issues that affect our members and the public. We encourages members to attend the Public Policy Workshop sponsored by the Academy in Washington D.C. or local and state affiliates.

Alison Brown, PhD, RD  - Public Policy Committee Chair


Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee develops a list of mentors in each state/area and encourages networking and collaboration within NOBIDAN.  The Committee is starting to formalizing plans to establish a NOBIDAN  Mentoring Program and work with the NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board to contact Schools, Programs and Students, members of NOBIDAN Communication Committee.

Scholarships Committee
The Scholarship Committee assist with the selection of scholarships to NOBIDAN students and also assist with the NOBIDAN Executive Committee Board by obtaining sponsors for NOBIDAN Scholarships.
Keyvion Miller, RD LDN - Scholarship Chair / Treasurer

Professional Development Committee
Set procedures, as well as, advising in providing technically sound and proficient educational courses and programs that enhances NOBIDAN members professional knowledge at each career stage, through; technical information exchange, facilitation of research opportunities and encouraging diversity in professional development.

Bridget Harvey Elliott, MS, RD - Professional Development Chair


Research Committee
The Research Committee serves as a liaison between the Academy and the Member's Interest Group (MIG) to track, report or disseminate pertinent information that affects the  NOBIDAN membership or the public.  We assist with recruiting NOBIDAN members to submit abstracts, and poster sessions to FNCE.


Jill White, EdD, RD, LDN - Research Committee Chair
Jill White, EdD, RD, LDN  is Associate Professor and Chair of Nutrition Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. She was a Pediatric Dietitian at the University of Chicago Hospitals for 13 years and a CDE.   She formerly directed the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Dominican with an emphasis on Cultural Diversity in Child Nutrition. She also Administrates  Dominican's Head Start Nutrition Education grant with the City of Chicago, which serves over 17,000 Head Start families. Her research has focused on increasing diversity in Dietetics.

Newsletter Committee
The Newsletter Committee submits articles such as current events, research article topics, recognition articles and important information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NOBIDAN for the quarterly NOBIDAN Newsletter.

Lori Porter, MBA, RD, CAE - Newsletter Editor

Lori Porter MBA, RD, CAE
Lori has a unique background as a registered dietitian and health care association management professional. She is currently the Principal Consultant for LAHP Consulting, an education management consultancy firm specializing in the development, delivery and management of professional development programs and initiatives for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and physicians and related organizations.

Previous roles included serving as the Program Director, Professional Standards at the American Board of Medical Specialties; Director, Content Development for the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and the Director, Practice for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lori has also worked in clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a creative and collaborative professional with experience leading and managing strategic initiatives and projects related to nutrition, health care, professional development, accreditation, and certification for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and physician leaders of healthcare associations and organizations. Areas of interests include health and wellness, diabetes, obesity, weight management, metabolic syndrome, women’s health, and cardiovascular disease. 

Lori received her BS degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University, an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  Lori is an EdD Candidate (ABD) in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University (NCU); her dissertation focuses on interprofessional education in health professions. Lori also has interest in healthcare teams and leadership in health care. 
Awards and honors include: Association Professional Achievement Award, 2007, Association Forum of Chicagoland; United States Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Organizational Management Graduate (IOM), 2007; American Society of Association Executives, Diversity Executive Leadership Program, 2005-2006; Association Forum of Chicagoland, Workforce Diversity Scholar, 2003-2004

Website:  http://www.lahpconsulting.com/
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lahprd

Website/Webinar Committee
The Website/Webinar Committee are involved with corrections, updates and improvements for the NOBIDAN website.  The committee also assist with the Website/Webinar Committee Chair in the NOBIDAN webinar presentations. 


Ashanti Baker, RD - Webmaster Chair