Board Member Spotlight

July 2022

Ashley Kim, RD, LD, Council on Professional Issues Chair (CPI-Chair)

I am the Council on Professional Issues (CPI) Chair for the 2022-2023 year.  I am responsible for guiding the IAND annual meeting team to support our constituents in providing continuing education and networking opportunities.

I am currently the Director of Development for the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.  I have been in this role for 3 years having only clinical dietetics experience before.  I became interested in this role because of the impact I can make by supporting higher education through student scholarships, faculty support, and other major gifts to the College.  I meet with Purdue alumni who want to make a life changing gift to Purdue and I serve as the medium in supporting their vision and leaving their legacy at Purdue.

Volunteers are the backbone in not-for-profit organizations such as IAND.  IAND would not be able to continue if it weren’t for people to give of their time and resources such as their expertise and skills.  I believe the field of dietetics has much to offer, not just within our community of dietitians but to the larger community in which we serve.  I want to support and be part of the organization that has given to me in the form of professional leadership opportunities and friendships through networking.  I also want to give back and serve my community, that is one of the reasons I became a dietitian, “I want to help people”.

I’m not currently in a traditional dietetics role but I never stopped being a dietitian.  The desire to help people become the best version of themselves by helping them fuel and take care of their body through nutrition is so important to me.  Helping others achieve this by accepting one another where they are and seeing how we all need nutrition to live healthy lives.  Dietetics is a field that touches every single person equally. 

June 2022

Sarah Wilson, RDN, Strategic Partnership Coordinator

I am the Strategic Partnership Coordinator. In this role, I help connect IAND with companies, organizations, policymakers, and the general public to promote IAND and its members as the “go-to” nutrition experts. I also serve as the Chair of the Public Initiative Team, which works to market and support the valuable services of RDNs through media, community outreach, and strategic partnerships.

I have been the Nutrition Manager at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for about 4 ½ years. I work with our entire Gleaners team and network of partners to promote the health and wellness of communities facing food insecurity through increased access to nutritious foods, nutrition education, and collaborations with health care providers.

I find networking with other dietetic professionals to be extremely valuable both personally and professionally. Serving on the IAND board has allowed me to meet so many passionate RDNs who work in a variety of settings throughout the state. I also enjoy the opportunity to promote our profession and lift up the incredible work of RDNs!

If you have ideas on how IAND can collaborate with other groups, organizations, companies, etc. to promote our members’ expertise, please reach out to me at swilson@gleaners.org! Also, if you have not added or updated your professional listing in the AND’s “Find a Nutrition Expert” database, I encourage you to do so today! This helps build up our network and connect the public with quality RDN services.