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A Message from the President

Dear Members and Friends of California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

As I wind down my term, I want to share some of my thoughts as the President of California Academy. First of all, on the formation of our new Inclusive, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council. We are putting resources to support this and other councils to support and ensure that our professional organization takes this issue seriously.

As we celebrate the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage month in April, we also need to be mindful of the hatred against APIDA communities by some individuals who do not share our ideas. As much as many of us appreciate our freedom and independence living in this great nation, systemic and social racism, unfortunately, still exists. Therefore, we must work hard to remove systemic racism, barriers, and stigmatism that are put there to suppress people. Also, we need to be aware of any “-ism” labels that we may unintentionally put on people.

Even though we cannot control the behavior of people in the whole nation, we can try our best to provide inclusion, equity, and access to our profession. If we can do this, I can assure you that diversity will follow when people feel safe to be part of our organization and profession. Therefore, I ask all of you to do your part to include and treat everyone with fairness, respect, and equity. If we support each other, we can be one giant force to be reckoned with rather than being picked off as an individual.

Practice your rights as a citizen and a member of our profession (past, present, and future practitioners). Pay it forward as a volunteer for the profession, I do know that we are all busy and our workload and responsibilities have increased. I ask that if you can spare one hour a month, we have tasks for you to do. Your district also needs help; so, contact your district leaders to see what you can do for them. Get involved in your district, step up as a leader, build your team and start a project for your community. Interns and students, the volunteer hours and tasks completed look good on your resume.

In October, CA Academy will be asking districts to submit nominations for awards. Please help us recognize our many colleagues who are doing great things to advance our organization, community, and profession. The call for awards will be going out in August so be thinking of individuals, who we can recognize at the state and national levels, for their contribution and service.

In late summer, nominating committee members will be contacting individuals to serve as leaders of our organization. We will be electing the President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Delegates, VP of Membership Benefits and Services, and nominating committee. Also,

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE in the first two weeks in February in the Academy and CA Academy elections. Please exercise your right to vote and help us raise the % of members who voted in our elections. Unfortunately, our voter turnouts in the Academy and CA Academy were in the low teens, and with approximately 7,000 members, we should have a very, very loud voice. Instead, we whimper…. I would love to see at least 50% voter turnout, and let’s work on that, everyone!!!

We cannot stand on the sideline and watch the world go by, we need to be a part of the action and make a lot of noise. If we see someone being a bully, stop them!! Get others involved and do it together, so the bully can be stopped. If one witnesses social injustice or racism, be an interrupter; but be aware of your own safety. Be a part of the change movement; if everyone gets involved, we can do ANYthing!!

We can overcome the fear, hatred, and unknowns through education, understanding, and support of each other. Together, we win; divided, we fall…. It has been a difficult and challenging year; and going forward, I hope that we can be civil, respectful, and treat everyone in a way better than how we want to be treated. It is not a perfect world, but we can do our part to make it better. I am very proud of our members, and everyone should feel empowered to do their best because we have a great past and a strong future ahead of us.

If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me, president@dietitian.org.

Dorothy Chen-Maynard

Job Announcement: Executive Director California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation


The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CA Academy) is a non-profit (501c6) member affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CA Academy’s members include approximately 6,500 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), nutrition dietetic technicians registered (NDTRs) and students committed to improving California’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

The CA Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all applicants to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (CA Academy Foundation) is a non-profit (501c3) organization that promotes optimal health and nutritional status of the public by supporting quality dietetics practice, education, and research. CA Academy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


The Executive Director is the operational leader of California Academy and California Academy Foundation. The Executive Director in collaboration with the Executive Board is responsible for overseeing the organizations’ overall operations, ensuring that all activities support the mission, vision, and strategic plan and that the organizations are operating efficiently and effectively to meet organizational goals. The Executive Director along with the Executive Board are the public face of CA Academy and CA Academy Foundation, interfacing with members, educational institutions, vendors, sponsors, government officials, and the public. The Executive Director is accountable to the CA Academy Executive Board, and the President serves as the chief liaison between the Board and the Executive Director. The Executive Director works collaboratively with the CA Academy Executive Board, and the President serves as the chief liaison between the Board and the Executive Director. The Executive Director communicates and engages with the President to ensure alignment over the mission, strategy and direction of the CA Academy to promote organizational growth. The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio board member to the boards of CA Academy and the CA Academy Foundation. Facilitates the day to day operations of the CA Academy including the administrative functions of the organization.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Including but not limited to)

  • Communicates effectively with CA Academy and CA Academy Foundation Boards and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Boards to function efficiently and effectively and to meet organizational goals and member
  • Partners with the CA Academy Executive Board and CA Academy Foundation Board to develop and implement strategic plans that meet business goals, vision, and mission and promote the affiliate organization and its
  • Identifies, develops, and maintains funding resources, including member rebates, grants, donations, and industry sponsorship/support.
  • Provides support for all events, such as Annual Conference, Leadership Institute, Public Policy workshop, Webinar Education program, online meetings, conference calls, and in- person board
  • Oversees fiscal management of both organizations, including facilitation of the annual budget, distribution of funds in cooperation with the CA Academy Secretary/Treasurer and CA Academy Foundation Secretary/Treasurer, management and communication of budget performance, supervision of a bookkeeper, and submission of annual tax forms (prepared by a vendor/CPA).
  • Develops, maintains, and supports positive relationships via outstanding interpersonal communication skills with key stakeholders, including government agencies, community organizations, universities, media, and
  • Responsible for the oversight of temporary or permanent paid
  • Assists state and district appointed and elected volunteer leaders, as needed and in collaboration with the CA Academy and CA Academy Foundation Boards, to ensure volunteers’ success in their respective
  • Facilitates and supports a positive culture of transparency, collaboration, and communication throughout the
  • Proactively identifies and addresses challenges in the internal and external environment to protect organizational interests.
  • Serves as a member of all councils and committees
  • Communicates and engages with the President to ensure activities are in alignment with the mission, vision, and strategies of CA
  • Provides administrative support as needed to the Executive Board, CA Academy Foundation, councils and
  • Approximately 90-95% of work time for CA Academy and 5-10% work time for CA Academy Foundation.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Business or related field and master’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Business, or related
  • Minimum ten years of management experience working with cross-functional teams and managing budgets and projects to include three to five years of experience in marketing and/or marketing communication and working with
  • Demonstrated outstanding professional skills in verbal and written communication, oral presentations, program planning, relationship development management, and
  • Competence in multiple computer applications/platforms: Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; Content Management System; social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; virtual meeting platforms/services; and online document sharing sites like Google Drive or
  • Understanding of and experience with financial strategies and finance-related performance
  • Understanding of tax laws for non-profit and not-for-profit
  • Knowledge of and experience working with volunteer board and managing
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task
  • Experience with implementing activities and strategic plans related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

In addition to the minimum requirements, the following is preferred:

  • Previous association management experience and/or experience with a professional
  • Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration with minimum five years of professional work experience related to nutrition and
  • If Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with good


  • Remote or home office environment based in California
  • Travel of up to 25% to support and attend events such as FNCE, CA Academy Advocacy Summit, CA Academy Annual Conference, CA Academy Leadership Summit, and CA Academy district events
  • Work evenings and weekends when requested (or other availability required outside of defined work schedule).


  • Demonstrates accountability, integrity, and initiative
  • Models and upholds the Academy Code of Ethics
  • Models and supports quality improvement and performance improvement activities
  • Models and demonstrates proficiency in collaboration, driving results, business acumen, and communication


The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried position and the compensation range is $85,000 to $100,000 commensurate with education and experience. Medical and dental benefits negotiable.



 Review of application begins on August 31, 2021 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Announcement of Resignation

Dear CA Academy Members,

On behalf of the Executive Board of the CA Academy, I am announcing the resignation of Gigi Tsontos from the position of Executive Director effective August 20, 2021. We wish her all the best in her professional and personal journey.

Our Executive Board is working diligently to ensure a smooth transition and continued support to our membership. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support all our members.

With gratitude,
Monica McCorkle, President, CA Academy 2021-2022

President’s Message

Welcome to the 2021-2022 CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

President’s Message

 Welcome to the 2021-2022 year for the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I am Monica McCorkle, your president for this coming year.  Thank you all for your confidence in myself, the Executive Board, and Executive Director to lead our member driven, professional organization as we continue the work to continue our mission to: ‘Empower California dietetic professionals to be science and evidence-based food and nutrition experts, who demonstrate inclusivity in leadership and practice.’ And our vision: ‘Optimize California’s health through food, nutrition, cultural understanding, and health equality.’

Our goals for this year’s CA Academy is twofold:

  • ‘All members have a voice.’
  • ‘Communication with kindness, respect and dignity are keys to a strong and vital CA Academy.’

We, the Executive Board, Executive Director, and I, desire that all members to feel that they are able to reach out to anyone of us and let us know how we are doing, how we can improve, and what you feel you need as a member of the CA Academy.  Whether you are a student/intern member or professional member, we are here for you.  Please speak up because we want and welcome your voice.

We welcome all voices.  We (all members who make up the CA Academy) come from diverse walks of life, cultures, ethnicities, professional career paths, families of origin, and so much more.  Disagreements with decisions, with opinions, and how the Academy is run are expected and welcome.  How we communicate is so important!  It is imperative that we treat each other as the other wants and desires to be treated and with kindness and respect.  As we speak our voices, we welcome passion, enthusiasm, power, and joyful discussion.  We are all dietetic professionals; but we are unique individuals with differences in our wants, needs, desires, and opinions. Let us all agree to allow everyone to speak our minds and to do this with the utmost respect and kindness for each other.  Life is meant to be vibrant, alive, and full of special moments.  Our CA Academy is only as great as all of our members.  Let us all work together to be the best we can be, appreciating and celebrating our differences and similarities with kindness and respect.

The CA Academy has powerful, dedicated members who are passionate, caring, and kind professionals.  To treat each other with respect and kindness even when we disagree with each other on different points of view is imperative.  Our decisions and the outcomes of the actions that we choose are essential to the vitality and greatness of our CA Academy.

We started the year with the process of creating out three-year strategic plan with three basic goals to achieve during our Executive Board retreat in June.  These include:

Goal 1: California dietetic professionals (RDNs/NDTRs) are integral and trusted team members in providing health, food, and nutrition services.

Goal 2: Increase diversity in Dietetic Professionals (RDN/NDTRs) in California by promoting inclusivity, equity, and advancement of our members.

Goal 3: The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics improves the health of Californians. and positively impacting the health of our communities.

Today is the day after the 4th of July Celebration of the USA’s Independence from England.  As I wrote this sentence, I wanted to ensure I am writing actual events of our Independence Day.  In my brief research, I found that Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 – July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence.  John Adams, in his writings,  noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but was not actually signed until August 2.  Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.  Some fun facts about the birth of our nation.  Today would not be a celebration without our history as we learn from our past and build a strong future as a nation, we are able to speak our voices without fear, be free and independent.

Yesterday I celebrated the 4th by cycling to the beach, as I sat on the boardwalk with my dear partner, watching people, enjoying the celebrations with a little music, we met a couple from Brazil on the bench next to us and became great friends.  I bought a couple of cool pair of sunglasses from the Tunisian salesman who had great stories to tell about life in the Tunisian school system, and the young, passionate Asian woman named Annie, who came over to talk to the people in the booth across from us.  The booth was selling American flags, flags that support the police, the fire department, and federal workers, with strong signs in support of Trump in 2024 and not so nice signs against President Biden and Governor Newsome.  I am not sure why she chose me to speak with, perhaps it was the extra, large glass of hard lemonade that she carried with her, or the fact she worked for a government agency.  Annie wanted to find out more information from the folks in the booth.  We worked on some great opened ended questions to ask.  She was not sure she wanted to engage with them, I enjoyed our conversation and hearing her point of view.  Our Independence ensured our ability to speak our minds freely, to share our opinions without worry of imprisonment or condemnation.  Living in California, we are blessed with people from all parts of the world and I realized that my day was filled with diversity in action.  I am especially blessed for the ability to be a part of this Celebration of Independence.  We, as a country and as a world have a long way to go to be inclusive and equity to people of all background  I know, with all my heart, that the CA Academy can be a great leader in this charge – with your help!

I am so grateful to be your president for the 2021-2022 year.  I want to thank Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard and the 2020-2021 Executive Board for leading us through a tumultuous year as the world endured the great COVID-19 pandemic; and as a country, we had much civil unrest as Black Lives Matters and the call for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of our professional, political, and person lives, which rang out loud, clear, and consistent.  These events changed the world in a minute, changing much of the CA Academy’s strategic direction – to focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) as a priority.

With the leadership of the Executive Board and Dr. Chen-Maynard, the CA Academy:

  • Appointed a new VP Members Benefits and Services after the elected VP moved to a different state.
  • Initiated the implementation of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Process with open forums with district leaders and CA Academy members/non-members for their input for ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.
  • Establishment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council to be implemented in 2021-22 fiscal year.
  • Updated the CA Academy’s policy and procedures to include inclusion, equity, and access in each of the Councils to diversify the organization and profession.

The Executive Board’s intentions/goals for this year are to continue to strengthen the I.D.E.A. Council with inclusion, equity, and access within each of the CA Academy’s Councils, not just on paper; but in actively working to have these concepts embedded into the fiber of the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  We need the help and input of all our members as we work to make this a reality.  If you would like to help build this important Council, please let us hear from you!  Join the council, help to lead the Council in becoming a strong, important voice for all our members. You may contact the interim VP of I.D.E.A. Council, Dorothy Chen-Maynard at pastpresident@dietitian.org if you wish to be a member of the Council or to provide suggestions.  We want to hear from you!!

As we start the new year, I want also to draw your attention to the changes that the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics proposing to make changes in the governance of the Academy.  Two issues are being discussed:

  1. The Board of Directors is requesting a vote (2/3rds majority needed) from the members of the House of Delegates (HOD) to allow the Board of Directors to be able to make changes in the by-laws of the Academy.  (Any changes in by-laws require approve by the House of Delegates).
  2. ‘Reimagining’ the governance of the Academy – The proposal will eliminate the HOD and there is a proposal to reformat a different way of representation and governance for the members.

The CA Academy has sent out a communication regarding these moves and we need your voices to let the Academy know how you want them to proceed.  Please: CLICK HERE FOR AND GOVERNANCE PROPOSAL AND MEMBER INPUT to let your voices be heard.

The members of HOD are meeting at the end of July to vote on this matter.  Please let your Delegates know how you would like them to vote for you.  You can find the name of your Delegate and contact information:  CLICK HERE FOR CA DELEGATES INFORMATION.

If you are a member of a DPG or MIG, please contact your DPG/MIG Delegate to let them know your opinion and how you want them to vote in this matter.  You can find Delegate information here!  https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates.

Your Executive Board, Executive Director and I look forward to a constructive and event filled year.  We need your help and input to do be the best we can.  We are calling all members to action to make this happen.  *If you want/desire/ to be an active part of the CA Academy, in helping us to make a difference in the lives of Californians and for our members, please volunteer!  We have so many opportunities for you to be a part of!  As a member driven organization, we need your voice, support, and participation.  https://dietitian.org/contact-us/

We, the CA Academy, looks forward to hearing from all of you and working towards a stronger, healthier California, with the power and efforts of our members.

With much gratitude,

Monica J. McCorkle, MS, RDN, CDCES, NBC-HWC

President, CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2021-2022



*Nominations will open summer 2021

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