Welcome from the 2019-2020

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 differnce by ensuring it meets the needs of its members.  We enjoy seeing NOBIDAN grow and develop future leaders as we are viewed as a pipeline for future African Amercian Dietetians.  Want to know more about our Committees and Comittees Chairs?  Read the information below:  
 
Membership Committee Chair 
 
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]
 
Jasmine Westbrook, RD, LDN
 



 
 
 
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.
 
Social Media Coordinator
 
The Social Media Coordinator position is under the Communication Committee.  This position designs posts to sustain readers' curiosity and creating a buzz.  The social media platforms that NOBIDAN is using are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 
Christyna Johnson
 

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.
 
Judith C. Anglin, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND  - Public Policy Committee Chair
 


Judith is a nutrition scientist and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with approximately twenty years of experience in clinical practice and research – renal nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, nutritional status, clinical nutrition, and public health/community nutrition. She has conducted studies and published journal articles in peer review journals assessing nutritional status of patients with chronic diseases including obesity, chronic kidney diseases, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia. The New York Times and Chicago Tribune has featured her obesity study. Judith is currently the principal investigator for two (2) renal related studies, examining nutritional status. She served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Diversity Committee. She is the Education Chair of the Augusta Locally Grown. Judith is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the MS-DI program at Augusta University. She is also a proud Howard University Graduate and Alumnus.

 
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.
 
June Thompson RD, LDN - Mentoring Chair

 


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 liason 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 publish the NOBIDAN Newsletter. 
 

Katina Langley, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC, CLC, LD - Newsletter Editor



Katina Langley, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC, CLC, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, and Certified Lactation Counselor. She is passionate about the practical applications of scientific research in perinatal and pediatric nutrition. Ms. Langley works full-time for Reckitt Benckiser / Mead Johnson Nutrition in Medical Affairs. As a Medical Science Liaison, she provides evidence-based clinical nutrition and research insights to healthcare professionals along with innovation support to internal and external stakeholders.

Katina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Georgia and completed the Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Her diverse skills and experience includes 17 years of pediatric nutrition experience, 10 years specializing in neonatal nutrition, and 24 years of Army clinical and leadership training. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and an active member of AND practice groups– in pediatric nutrition, women’s health, and nutrition support.
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Jeremy Ebola MS, RDN - Associate Newsletter Editor
 

Jeremy Embola works in food quality assurance and enjoys learning about the interactions between micronutrients and phytochemicals and their impact on health. He has a bachelors in Dietetics from California State University, Chico and a Masters in Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Food Science from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, he holds a publication in the Journal of Food Research disseminating the polyphenolic and antioxidant properties of a native Caribbean bark beverage. In his free time, he enjoys reading autobiographies about those who have overcome adversity, learning new languages and reading the latest research findings in nutrition and food science.