I have been honored to serve as your Academy Foundation Chair for the last two years. First and foremost I would like to thank you, our Academy members and Foundation donors, for this tremendous opportunity. Your generosity and desire to give back and make an impact throughout our profession inspires me on a daily basis. Our Foundation has helped thousands of Academy members through scholarships, awards, research grants and our public education programs over the last few years because of you.
Next, I would like to thank all the dedicated Foundation Board members and volunteers I have worked side-by-side with over the last few years. I admire your dedication and stewardship to our Foundation, giving back to our profession that has given us so much. Your time, talent and treasure that you have given freely to our Foundation has made us stronger. I have appreciated your input, but more importantly, value the relationships we have built over the years through a mutual passion for our Foundation.
Finally, I would also like to recognize and thank the Foundation and Academy staff who works, often times behind the scenes, but are just as essential to the process and provides us with all the support to help us succeed as a Board and an organization.
We have had many accomplishments over the past few years, but what I am most proud of is the opportunity to welcome us into our Second Century and all the hard work and planning that has gone into this process. Our Academy and Foundation has had the forethought to recognize our 100-year anniversary and usher us into our Second Century as a profession, creating a future where our members will lead the charge in accelerating improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition. Our Foundation will be the conduit to help make this happen, building upon our programs and successes, supporting dietetics professionals locally, nationally and now globally, through scholarships, research grants, awards and community education. If you haven’t done so already, please join your peers by making a gift today, and help us create a bigger, better, bolder Second Century – together!
Please join me in welcoming our new Chair in June, Marty Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND. Marty is a hard-working, dynamic individual, having served Academy President in 2008-09 and Chair of ANDPAC, the Academy’s Political Action Committee, in 2012-13. He has previously served as the Chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee, Academy Treasurer, House of Delegates Director, Delegate, Academy media spokesperson and Chair of the SCAN DPG. I am looking forward to working with you as Past-Chair and serving our profession.
This has been an opportunity of a lifetime for me. I leave with a greater appreciation for all the tremendous things the Foundation does for our Academy members, the generous donors who make all this happen and the dynamic individuals who are doing great things around the world, in our profession, from our support. Thank you!
Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, and 2016-17 Academy Foundation Board Members
Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND
2016 – 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair