Public Policy

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 + State Issues)
Michelle Katz, MS, 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 Advocacy Summit Events.


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
Karissa Bouchie, RD, CDE, FAND and Resource: Pat Booth, MS, RDN, FADA
Works on profession-related issues, such as scope of practice and licensure.


Steven Blankenship, RDN

Nadine Braunstein, RD

Christina Patron, RDN

State Legislation Coordinators

Jenna Fahle, RD 

Catherine Howard, RD

Legislative Ambassador Coordinator

Vanessa Millovich, DCN, RDN, CDN 

 Student Club Liaisons

Kayla Graham 

Nneka Omekam

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 

Rosavida Cruz, RDN

Northern Area District 

Joey Miller, MPH, RDN 

Michelle Casias, RDN

Coastal Tri-Counties District 

Fiona McKiernan, MS, RDN, CSG

Los Angeles District          


Jocelyn Harrison, MPH, RD

Kelsey Kettell, RDN

San Diego District 
Ann Lake, MS, RDN, CNSD 

Kara Sansone, MS, RD

Central Valley District 

Jackie Burke

Silicon Valley District 
Alice Fagundes, RDN

Orange District 

Erika Thiede, RDN
Erika Theide, MS, RDN, CSSD

Diablo Valley District 

Anthony Co

Inland Empire District 
Sarah Tomlinson