VN DPG Elections

VN 2022 Special Election: HOD

The VN DPG is running a special election to fill the vacant HOD position. Please take a moment to cast your vote in this election. We have one candidate running to fill the position; please review her brief bio and cast your vote by clicking on the link below. Voting will remain open until Friday, May 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm CST
Lindsay Schmitz MS, RD, LDN
Live Smarter Nutrition & Wellness
Empowering Your Family’s Health

Lindsay is the owner of Live Smarter Nutrition & Wellness, practicing out of The Health Club at Southpointe. She specializes in weight management, plant-forward eating, disease prevention, wellness and educating consumers about pure, safe, alternative personal and home care choices.

Lindsay formerly held positions as a bariatric dietitian at West Penn Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati, OH). Lindsay also has experience in public health as a manager and lead dietitian for a Woman, Infants and Children office in Cincinnati. She has held leadership positions in both the Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania chapters of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She graduated from Upper St. Clair High School (Pittsburgh, PA), the University of Dayton (OH) and received her Master’s in Sports Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).
Questions? Contact Parul Kharod, VN DPG Interim Nominating Committee Chair

Congratulations to all newly elected leaders and a special thank you to every member who voted! 

All positions will go into effect June 1, 2022.

  • Alison Ozgur, MAT, MHS, RDN
  • Alicia Henson, RD CNSC
Nominating Committee
  • Samantha Wildman, MPH,RDN,CSR





    The VN DPG Executive Board is planning for our future and we need your assistance! Get involved in promoting vegetarian nutrition expertise to fellow RDs, other professionals and consumers.

    If you or someone you know have been thinking about becoming more involved in the VN DPG, now is the time!

    Open positions start June 1, 2022, if you are interested in being added to the ballot, please complete this short form.

    VN DPG's Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to run for the following positions within the DPG:

    The Chair-Elect position is a three year commitment.  The Chair-Elect serves in this position for the first year, then moves up to serve as Chair for the second year and then serves as Past Chair for the third year.  
    • 2022 - 2023: Chair-Elect
    • 2023 - 2024: Chair
    • 2024 - 2025: Past Chair
    View the position descriptions: Chair-Elect, Chair, Past-Chair

    The Secretary position is a two year commitment. The Secretary ensures that the minutes of meetings of the Executive Committee and of the VN
    membership meeting(s) are recorded, reviewed, and filed at the Academy Headquarters.

    View the position description: Secretary

    The VN Representative to The House of Delegates (HOD) position is a three year commitment. The House of Delegates serves as a voice of Academy members and identifies and develops solutions to some of the challenges facing the profession. 

    View the position description: HOD

    Nominating Committee Chair-Elect:
    The Nominating Committee Chair-Elect position is a two year commitment. The Nominating Committee Chair-Elect serves in this position for the first year and then moves up to Nominating Committee Chair.  The runner up of this election serves as nominating committee member for one year.

    • 2022 - 2023: Nominating Committee Chair-Elect
    • 2023 - 2024: Nominating Committee Chair
    View the position description: Nominating Committee Chair

    Ready to submit your name to be placed on the 2022 VN DPG Election Ballot? Complete this short form to start your application.  Deadline to submit is Friday, October 1, 2021.  

    Election Timeline:

    1. November - January 10, 2022: DPG/MIG petition announcements for elections are sent to membership via e-blast.
    2. February 1 - 15: National and DPG/MIG online elections.
    3. March 1, 2021: Election results shared with candidates.
    4. June 1, 2022 - Newly elected VN DPG officer terms begin.

    Questions? Contact Parul Kharod, VN DPG Interim Nominating Committee Chair