An official election is being held for members to vote for candidates interested in serving on the 2024-2025 KAND Board of Directors.

To participate in the election, please:

  • Review the slate of candidates below.
  • Confirm you are an Academy member and have selected Kentucky as your affiliate.
  • Submit your ballot by Sunday, March 24, 2024 using the button below.
President Elect – Abbigail Hickey, PhD, MS, RDN, LD

Candidate Statement
“I believe I have the necessary skills and drive to lead KAND in the role as president-elect. I value KAND as an organization and would love the opportunity to represent it at the state and national levels.”

Treasurer – Beth Cecil, RDN, LD

Candidate Statement
“I am at a point in my life where can devote more time to volunteering and realize that organizations such as KAND would not exist without motivated and willing volunteers. I am looking forward to an opportunity to meet and network with others across the state who also seek to grow and advocate for our profession.”

Delegate – Karina Christopher, PhD, RDN, LD

Candidate Statement
“I have served in many positions on the KAND board, yet never have I had the opportunity to serve as the Delegate.”

Public Policy Coordinator – Courtney T. Luecking, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD

Candidate Statement
“Policy is one level of intervention to promote nutrition security and health equity. I have personal and professional interest in ensuring all people have access to healthy foods and resources that promote health, including access to registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians registered. I previously served as a state policy representative and would look forward to supporting engagement of our colleagues in sharing their stories in response to proposed policies/legislation that could impact food, nutrition, and our profession.”

Nominating Committee – Kathryn Buchanan, MS, RD, LD

Candidate Statement
“I believe dietitians have an obligation to advocate for patients, and I feel that KAND is an organization that continually strives to advocate for the people of Kentucky. As a new RD, I am also interested in networking with other and building connections to learn from dietitians who are more experienced or work in specialties that differ from mine. I believe volunteering on the nominating committee would provide me with an opportunity to connect with dietitians across the state and allow me to grow in this field.”


Nominating Committee – Katie Landon, RD, MPH

Candidate Statement
“As President of BGAND, I was a member of the KAND Board this year for the first time and enjoyed seeing the ins and outs of how our organization operates. I would like to continue to volunteer to help advance the mission of KAND and to promote dietetics and nutrition throughout our state.”