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 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.

CANDPPW Coordinators
Steven Blankenship, RDN

Christina Patron, RDN

Nadine Braunstein, RD

State Legislation Coordinators

Jenna Fahle, RD 

Catherine Howard, RD

Legislative Ambassador Coordinator
Lorri Holzberg, MA, RDN

Congressional Ambassador Coordinator
Lauren Pitts, MA, RD

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 

Vicky Flaig, MEd, 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 
Christine Brownell, RD

Jovanna Ponco 

Orange District 

Erika Thiede, RDN

Erika Theide, MS, RDN, CSSD
Sarah Delcourt, MS, RDN

Diablo Valley District 
Open Position

Inland Empire District 
Sarah Tomlinson 

Lindsey Morse