CA Academy Public Policy Council
The Public Policy Council represents the members in legislative, regulatory and reimbursement issues related to the dietetics profession. To volunteer with the Public Policy Council email VP Public Policy.
Public Policy Council Members
Vice President Public Policy
Brenda O'Day, MS, RD, CNSC
Oversees and coordinates all activities of the Public Policy Council; member of the CAND Executive Board.
AND Delegate Representative to Public Policy Council
Teresa Bush-Zurn, MA, RD, FADA, FAND
Public Policy Coordinator (Federal Issues) & Public Policy E-Newsletter Editor
Fatinah Darwish, MPH, RD
Organizes grassroots efforts with AND for CAND's participation in pertinent federal legislative activities related to food and nutrition; engages members for action alerts on federal legislation; leads delegation to Public Policy Workshop.
State Policy Representative
Jamie Karp, MS, RD
Coordinates state legislative activities and Public Policy Workshop California (PPW CA); chairs the State Policy Committee.
Healthcare Reimbursement Representative (HCR)
Diane Machcinski, MEd, RDN
Works with AND and the State Regulatory Specialists on all healthcare reimbursement issues; keeps the affiliate informed on healthcare reimbursement regulations.
Consumer Protection and Licensure Coordinators
Pat Booth, MS, RDN, FADA
Works on profession-related issues, such as scope of practice and licensure.
Steven Blankenship, RDN
State Legislation Coordinators
Legislative Ambassador Coordinator
Lorri Holzberg, MA, RDN
Congressional Ambassador Coordinator
Lauren Pitts, MA, RD
Student Club Liaisons
DPG Consultants to Public Policy Council
Jessica Lowe, MPH, RDN, CSP (Pediatrics)
Danica Cowan, RD (Integrative & Functional Medicine)
District Public Policy Representatives
Bay Area District
Northern Area District
Coastal Tri-Counties District
Los Angeles District
San Diego District
Ann Lake, MS, RDN, CNSD
Central Valley District
Silicon Valley District
Christine Brownell, RD
Erika Theide, MS, RDN, CSSD
Sarah Delcourt, MS, RDN
Diablo Valley District
Inland Empire District