ArAND Board of Directors SLATE OF CANDIDATES
Available positions include:
Name/Credentials: Hayley Manus, MS, RD, LD
City: Greenbrier, AR
Place of employment and position title: DaVita Dialysis, Dietitian II
Educational background: Undergraduate: University of Mississippi (Class of 2012); Graduate: University of Central Arkansas (Class of 2014); Dietetic Internship: University of Central Arkansas (Class of 2015)
Past offices held (if any): Nominating Committee Member 2019-2020
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position:
I want to help build up my fellow dietitians. My hope for the future is that every Arkansan can have access to a dietitian for their nutritional needs and know where to find one they can trust. Arkansas dietitians need to stand together and present themselves to the state on what dietitians actually do and how they can help the community around them.
Name/Credentials: Amber Estes, RDN, LD
City: Springdale, AR
Place of employment and position title: Corporate Dietitian/Food Scientist at Tyson Foods, Inc. Headquarters in Springdale, AR
Educational background: Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) Global Food Law, Michigan State University - Projected Completion May 2022, Dietetic Internship (Distance) at Marywood University, Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences from University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Past offices held (if any):
Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Northwest Arkansas District Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: I would love to serve as the president-elect next year on the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board to continue supporting the growth of the dietetics profession. I’ve been honored to hold positions on both the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board and the Northwest Arkansas District Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I really enjoy working alongside fellow, passionate dietitians to help promote the positive impact that dietitians can have in our communities and our country. I would be honored to have the opportunity to use my past and current experiences to continue generating a positive impact through the dietetics profession as the ArAND president-elect. Thank you all for your support!
Name/Credentials: Lisa Ritchie, EdD, RDN, LD
Place of employment and position title: Harding University, Professor
Educational background: BS in Dietetics from Harding University; MSE from Harding; EdD in Higher Education/College Teaching from UALR
Past offices held (if any): Nominating Committee, State Professional Recruitment Coordinator
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: What a great time to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist! People are hungry for the message that we can bring. As a group, we can work together and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. I’m eager to encourage my fellow RDNs to take an active part in our organization.
Name/Credentials: Courtney Fose, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND
City: Little Rock
Place of employment and position title: UAMS, Instructor/Dietetic Internship Program Director
Educational background: Master of Science- University of Central Arkansas, Dietetic Internship - Southeast Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science, Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics - University of Central Arkansas
Past offices held (if any): none
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: I’ve been a member of ArAND for over ten years, and am running for this position because I am ready to serve our community of dietitians in Arkansas. I am fortunate to have a vast network of professional colleagues and believe I can assist in identifying potential candidates for the ArAND ballot.
Name/Credentials: Lauren Allbritton, RD
City: Jacksonville, AR (residence) Little Rock, AR (employment)
Place of employment and position title: Arkansas Foodbank
Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science with emphasis in Nutrition
Past offices held (if any): n/a
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: In my current position, I actively cultivate relationships with communities across Central and Southeastern Arkansas to identify strengths and ways to work together to achieve common goals. To strengthen these communities, I communicate effectively and use my critical thinking and evaluation skills to put the needs of the community first. As nomination committee member, my goal will be to engage members and recruit for diverse and qualified candidates to amplify our contribution to advance ArAND’s vision of optimizing the health of Arkansans through food and lifelong nutrition.
Name/Credentials: Blake Metcalf, DCN(c), RD, LD, CDE
City: Fort Smith
Place of employment and position title: Morrison Healthcare: Clinical Nutrition Manager
Educational background: BS- Nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas, MS- Nutrition and Food Management from University of Central Oklahoma, and current Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Florida in the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program.
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: As a student and a professional, I've been fortunate enough to work alongside a few of the greatest leaders that the Academy has seen. Their passion and drive to push our field forward has been inspiring and I feel that it is my duty to pick up the baton and run my leg of the race. As your Delegate, I will work to ensure that Arkansas is represented well and I will seek out opportunities to challenge our national leadership as well as my colleagues here in Arkansas to continue the advancement of our profession.
Name/Credentials: Darby Horton, MS, RDN
City: DeWitt, AR
Educational background: Dietetic Internship and Master's in Nutrition from University of Central Arkansas
Past offices held (if any): Fundraising Chair (current position)
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: The Delegate is the voice of members, and I feel I am fully suited to represent the voices of our membership! I am an advocate for diversity, a well-rounded leader, and am passionate about helping to advance the dietetics profession.
Name/Credentials: Caroline Carter, RDN
City: Springdale, AR
Place of employment and position title: Tyson Foods, Inc Food Scientist 1/Registered Dietitian
Educational background: Bachelor of Science from University of Arkansas, Dietetic Internship at Iowa State University, currently in the process of completing my Master of Jurisprudence in Global Food Law from Michigan State University.
Past offices held (if any): ): NWAD-AND Continuing Education Co-Chair NWAD-AND (2017-2018), NWAD-AND Nominating Committee Chair (2018-2019), ArAND Nominating Committee Chair (2019-2021)
Personal Message/why you would like to win this position: I would love to serve as Secretary/Treasurer- Elect on the ArAND Board to continue to support the dietetics profession. I’m passionate about building up the dietetics profession in our communities. I’ve been fortunate enough to hold positions on both the ArAND and NWAD-AND boards and work alongside great leaders. I believe these past experiences would make me a great candidate for Secretary/Treasurer- Elect.