South Dakota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


The South Dakota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is the professional association for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in South Dakota that:



for increasing reimbursement for MNT, and legislation that impacts RDNs, such as the Farm Bill, diabetes prevention, food security or licensure issues.



future students to become involved by offering student Academy memberships to undergraduate dietetics students and dietetic interns.



the role of the RDN through connections with the community, ancillary healthcare associations, and relationships with state/national lawmakers.



member benefits, such as scholarships, local continuing education opportunities, social events, job postings, speaking opportunities, awards and more.

You can become of member of SDAND by joining the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and selecting South Dakota as your affiliate.


SDAND Member Benefits


  • Member Scholarships for conferences, continuing education and more

  • Member social events on both sides of the state

  • Discounted annual conference and event fees for continuing education

  • A voice in local and national public policy including expanding reimbursement for RDNs, preserving licensure and being involved with bipartisan nutrition issues

  • Listing in the Find a Dietitian Directory

  • Member Awards - View Nomination Form HERE
    +Awards are given every year for: Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, Emerging Dietetic Leader, Outstanding Preceptor of the Year and Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year. View past award winners

  • Access to member ListServ (see Existing Members section below for how to gain access)

  • Job postings



  • Access to the SDAND Member Digest which is sent quarterly

  • Board of Director opportunities with travel and access to national stakeholders

  • Access to a Member’s Only Facebook Group and resources

  • Access to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Journal

  • Access to the Monthly Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Food & Nutrition Magazine

  • Preceptor opportunities

  • Opportunities to meet and get to know other cool dietitians in your state

Board of Directors


President: Christa Biegler
President-Elect: Bill Wonnenberg
Past President: Shelly Brandenburger
Secretary: Tiffany Krogstad  
Treasurer: Mollie Greenway
Treasurer Elect: OPEN
Delegate/Bylaws: Tanja Cutting
Public Policy Coordinator (PPC): Lindsay Stern
State Policy Representative (SPR): Emily Hofer
State Regulatory Specialist (SRS): OPEN
Reimbursement Represent (RR): Kat Anundson
Consumer Protectection Liaison: April Sorensen

State Awards Chair: Lisa Stark
Nominating Committee Chair: OPEN
Nominating Committee: Alyssa Gehle & Allison Lutz
Fundraising Chairs: Chase Merfeld & Melissa Olson
Digest Editor: Amanda Lambrechts
Social Media Coordinator: Lizzie Kasparek
Public Relations/Website Coordinator: Emily Holzwarth
New Member Communications: Mary Kallemeyn
List Serv Monitor: Suzanne Stluka
Student Liaison: Taylor Willhite
Diversity Liaison: Shelly Brandenburger
Executive Coordinator: Mary Jane Richardson


Elections for open board positions are done every spring and new officers take office at the beginning of the Academy year in June. Please email and request to be forwarded to the nominating committee with interest in a position.

Existing SDAND Members

  1. Request access to SDAND Members Only Facebook Group for event announcements and forum discussions.

  2. Request access to the Member’s Only Google Drive for past digest articles, PDF of Policy & Procedure manual, List Serv access info and more.

  3. List Serv Access: SDAND is grateful for the List Serv hosted by South Dakota State University. Recently, some email addresses (especially Gmail) have been inadvertently removed by their email provider, possibly due to unopened messages. Please request to be re-added if you believe you have been removed from the List Serv (and you are a current SDAND member) by emailing:

New Board of Directors

  1. Request access to BOD Member’s Only Google Drive.

  2. Open the Policy & Procedure Manual, find your position description and review. Add dates for action items to your calendar.

  3. Reach out to the past position holder and get a briefing on your position and upcoming action items.

  4. Reach out to two other BOD members (see BOD Listing below) and introduce yourself (emails will be in the Member’s Only folder you requested access to in step 1, or find their name on social media and say hello!).

  5. Touch base with your position "buddies" at least quarterly to laugh, exchange ideas and blaze the future of nutrition.

Public Policy

SDAND has a robust Public Policy Committee serving local and national policy efforts.


The State Policy Specialist monitors local laws and legislative efforts that affect RDNs in South Dakota, as well as plans a state policy event in Pierre each year to promote the RDN to local lawmakers. The Consumer Protection Liaison handles reports and concerns related to state licensure, and the Reimbursement Representative handles all inquiries related to reimbursement for Medical Nutrition Therapy, including reimbursement with SD Medicaid.

National POLICY

The Public Policy Coordinator and Public Policy Coordinator-Elect, along with the House of Delegates Representative monitor national issues that affect local RDNs such as the Farm Bill (dining programs), diabetes prevention and more. The Public Policy Coordinator also plans local interactions with congressional delegates as well as travels to Washington, D.C. each year for Public Policy Workshop and meets with our national representative and senators.


Public Policy WOrkshop

To learn more about Public Policy Workshop visit the Academy’s website.


local representation

Not sure who your local district legislators are? Learn more below.

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State Legislative day

Watch the Events and Resources page for information on 2020 Legislative Day.