President's Message



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

           I want to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday and a Happy, Healthy, Productive New Year.  This 2020 year has been not only difficult but a challenging year for everyone.  We worked hard to take care of our family, friends, co-workers, patients, students and everyone around us; however, don’t forget to take care of yourself. 

           I am very proud of the Executive Board of CA Academy for all the things that we accomplished this year and continue to address areas of concern and maintain our programs.  In addition to our annual tasks, as your California Academy President, I am working to transform our organization to be an anti-racism and social justice dietetic group.  It will take time for us to be totally transformed and this is a good time to start our efforts.  I am reaching out to our districts, members, and non-members, to ask for your help in making this transformation possible.  We need you to volunteer and lead the movement. If you are willing to share your knowledge, expertise, skills, and/or time, we would appreciate your time and talents.

           First of all, I would like to ask our non-members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic, to consider joining. If there is anything that I can do to assist with this process, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

           As you may or may not know, it has been very difficult for the nominating committees at the district and statewide level to find volunteers to fill the leadership positions.  Everyone is busy and some time we feel like we just can’t spare a minute for one more cause.  However, if you are able to spare some time, we would love you to participate in our cause.  Some of the tasks can be done virtually without having to leave your house while other tasks may require more time.  In any case, we want to hear from you even if you can provide some suggestions as to how we can move forward. 

           For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, we are hosting two forums for members and non-members to share your stories, thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or just to hear what others have to say.  The two sessions will be Monday, January 11, at 6 PM (PST) and Tuesday, January 12, at noon (PST). 

           I want to personally invite you to contact me if I can be of assistance in ANY way, I can be reached at  No issue or concern is too small or trivial, I take my elected position very seriously because you trusted me to represent you. 

           I hope to hear from all of you and I look forward to working with you.  May 2021 bring all of you love, peace, happiness, health, and fulfillment of all wishes. 

With lots of love from your humble President,


Dorothy Chen-Maynard, PhD, RDN, FAND

President, 2020 to 2021

California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics