What Does WAND Involvement Look Like?
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When: November 15, 2018
Where: Adobe Connect - Webinar
United States
Contact: WAND Office

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Presentation Summary:

You get emails from WAND, you may know some people on the board, you’ve gone to an event, but what is WAND?! How is it structured? What do board members do? How can you get involved?

Tune into this webinar for a chance to learn more about WAND, its history and where it’s going. Learn how you can help WAND better meet YOUR needs!

Meet some of the faces behind WAND leadership. Hear from a panel of current WAND leaders and participate in the question and answer forum to get your own questions answered.

This webinar is free for WAND Members and non-members, but registration is required. This webinar is worth 1 CPE hour.


About the Presenters:

Amanda (Amy) Giffin, MS, RD, CD, SNS, WAND President-Elect

Amy Giffin is currently the President-Elect for the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. She works as a Diabetes Educator for Aurora Health Care. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Mount Mary University in 2013.   

Laura Isaacson,MS, RD, FAND, WAND President

Laura Isaacson is a Registered Dietitian and Director Clinical Nutrition at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  She has previously worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and with the Neurosciences Department at The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.  While at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Laura was selected to participate in the UWHC Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing 2011 Clinical Leadership Institute as well as in the 2011 American Dietetic association Leadership Institute. Laura received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine-Orono.  She completed a supervised practice in dietetics at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. 

Laura has enjoyed volunteering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in a variety of roles. She is currently the President of the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has previously served as the Wisconsin Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medical Nutrition Practice Group, and President of the Madison District Dietetic Association. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for Fifth Season Cooperative and previously served on the Board of Directors for The Healthy Classrooms Foundation and The Montessori Children’s Community School. Laura was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014 and was awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in Wisconsin in 2010. 

Christina Lemon, MS, RD, CD, WAND Past-President

After completing her BA in Nutrition at Albion College (Albion, MI) and her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI), Christina worked many years as a clinical dietitian and chief clinical dietitian at hospitals in Lansing, MI and Madison, WI. Upon completing her MS in Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, she worked briefly as a lecturer and several years as a research specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine and Public Health. Past President of WAND, Christina’s previous WAND roles include State Legislative Chair, Outcomes Management Initiative Chair and Professional Education Chair.  Christina is a recipient of WDA’s Medallion Award (2007) and ADA’s Award for Grassroots Excellence (2008).

Chrissy Nichols, MPH, RD, CD, WAND State Regulatory Specialist

Chrissy Nichols is currently the State Regulatory Specialist for the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She works as a Nutrition Program Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – working primarily with the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  She is a 2015 graduate of the coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Viterbo University. She completed her Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016.

Pat Kempen, MS, RDN, CD, WAND Professional Education Chair

Nicole Weeks, RDN, CD, WAND Professional Education Chair-Elect

Nicole Weeks is the Community Network Dietitian at the Hunger Task Force. She is responsible for directing the nutrition education strategies surrounding the implementation of MyPlate guidance at the food pantries and meal sites supported by the food bank. She is a 2010 graduate of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Mount Mary University, and an active member in both the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin. 


Rebecca Kerkenbush, MS, RD-AP, CSG, CD, FAND, WAND Media Representative

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Becky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  After practicing in long-term care, acute care and the outpatient setting, she obtained her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Northeastern University in Boston.  Her passion for clinical nutrition and gerontological nutrition led her to earn the Advanced Practice and Specialist in Gerontological nutrition certifications. Becky is an active member of the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, currently serving as the State Media Representative. She also participates in the Healthy Aging dpg as the Nominating Committee Chair-Elect.  She is currently employed as a clinical dietitian at Watertown Regional Medical Center.


Cassandra Vanderwall, MS, RD, CD, CDE, CPT, WAND State Policy Representative

Cassie is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Personal Trainer that works at UW Health as a Pediatric Dietitian, as well as, the Director for the UW Health Dietetic Internship. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of IL at Urbana-Champaign and her Masters degree from Rush University Medical Center and is pursuing her PhD at Rush University. She has also received certificates in Weight Management, Motivational Interviewing and Bio-Informatics. 

Cassie loves to equip and empower people to achieve their nutrition and wellness goals. She has worked within the Chicagoland and Madison areas at various health care and community centers. She is an active instructor within UW Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health and community researcher in the area of prevention and management of childhood obesity. She also has accepted her call to action to be an advocate for improving the health of childrenand families in Wisconsin through WAND’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and also is one of the Diversity Liaisons for WAND.

Learning Codes: 

  • 1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 7200 Team building

Please contact the WAND office at eatrightwisc@gmail.com or 920-560-5619 if you have any questions.