News from Your Delegate

September 2023

Calling all Texas Academy Members. We need your input!

The House of Delegates (HOD) selected “Increasing Student Enrollment” as a critical issue to be evaluated and addressed in the 2023-2024 membership year. After discussions with ACEND and the Academy Board of Directors in July, the HOD is looking for member input at all levels to help understand what draws people to the profession and gain insights into any barriers today’s students are encountering. This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete based on whether you are a student, educator, or other professional. We appreciate your open and honest feedback as we explore this topic. The survey is open until 8:00 am CT on September 13th.

Link to Survey:

We would also like to hear from you on any other issues on your mind. What are YOUR critical issues? What would you like to hear from the Academy? How do you prefer to receive communication about what’s going on?

You can email us at or use this form:


We would also love to hear from you at our Lunch with Your Delegates Town Hall meeting on Sept. 15. Register at

Your Texas Academy Delegates 2023-2024,

Carol Bradley, Chair

Hallie Kaplan, Delegate I

Adrien Paczosa, Delegate II

July 2023
Hello Texas Academy Members!


Your Academy Delegates from Texas, Carol Bradley, Hallie Kaplan, and Adrien Paczosa are your voice upward to the Academy’s House of Delegates and we want to hear from you. Delegates assist in governing the profession and developing policy on major professional issues.


This year, the House of Delegates (HOD) is presided by Speaker of the House Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FASPEN, FAND and the HOD will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Central. These monthly meetings allow for a greater number of critical issues (challenges facing the profession) to be discussed in a timely manner. Critical issues are issues that:


  • Align with and support the strategic plan and impact goals.
  • Have importance across multiple discipline areas.
  • May impact practice areas, or specialized or subsets of practice areas.
  • Have a long, short, or immediate impact on our profession.


The HOD is soliciting input for topics facing the profession, to research and provide recommendations to the Academy and its organizational units. Please consider submitting any topics you feel passionate about. The HOD encourages you to be thoughtful and to provide links to resources, when possible, that will help them evaluate your suggestion. You can always reach out to us as well with any questions at


There is often overlap between the work of the House of Delegates and the Council on Future Practice, so the Academy has combined efforts to collect ideas for both Critical Issues and Change Drivers with this form. You may participate in this environmental scanning process to support the profession by filling out the form at You will be directed to log in to fill out the form.


Other ways you can be involved include:


  1. Volunteer Opportunity: Serve as a Note Taker


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates has a volunteer opportunity for members to serve as note takers during House of Delegates Real-Time Dialogues (virtual meetings). Participating as a note taker brings you to the front lines of how leaders work together to shape the direction of the profession and the Academy. Interested members should be:


  • an active member or student member of the Academy
  • able to synthesize information and type the information in an online workbook, capturing key concepts and paraphrasing ideas
  • comfortable verbally communicating with our leaders as you may be asked to recap discussions
  • adept in technology, including Zoom and document editing programs (such as Google docs).


If you or someone you know would like to serve the HOD as a note taker for one of the Real-Time Dialogues, please contact the HOD mailbox. If you would like to attend as an interested member (auditor), please also contact the HOD mailbox. These are both great ways to view the process firsthand.


Virtual Lunch with Your Delegate will continue in 2023-2024 on the third
Friday at Noon on September 15 and January 19. We hope to see you in person at Texas ACE in April.


Thanks for your time!


Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, BCBA, LD, FAND, Chair of Delegates
Hallie Kaplan, MCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, Delegate 1
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, Delegate 2



















Meet the three Texas Academy Delegates who represent you in the Academy House of Delegates!

For more information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates visit: