Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association


The Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association (CMDA) is the professional organization for the dietetics professionals in the Midlands area of South Carolina. The CMDA is comprised of the following counties: Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Lexington, Sumter and Calhoun.

Our mission is to serve the public through promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being. CMDA has numerous benefits to include advocacy for its members, a source for Continuing Professional Education units, and an opportunity for networking, skill-building, and community citizenship. You must be a paid member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to join CMDA. We welcome non-members to join our CEU events for a fee. 

Membership Fees:

  • $30 professional member
  • $10 student/intern member
  • $5 retired professional
If you are a SCAND member in a county within CMDA district and would like to be added to our listserv, please email our secretary at [email protected]

Nominate a fellow RD, DTR, Intern or Student for a 2020-2021 membership year award!

Know a worthy RD who is a member of CMDA? Nominate them by emailing Jessica Reath, Nominating Chair at jessreath20[email protected] .

Awards include: 

  • Outstanding Dietetic Student
  • Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year
  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator, Outstanding Preceptor
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year
  • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader

Nominations are due by February 13th, 2021 with the exception of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award due on January 1st, 2021. Nominate someone today!

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2020-2021 CM​DA Board Members

President: Jessica Morrison
President ElectKate Bennett
Secretary:  Courtney Calhoun
Treasurer: Farrah Wigand 
Education Chair: Julie Covington
Education Committee: Elizabeth Money, Abby Deal and Nkechi Okpara 
Past President/Nominating Chair: Jessica Reath
Public Relations Co-Chair: Jillian Clinton & Lauren Barbosa 
Legislative Committee: Allie Howard, Hailey Spires, and Rowen Goodrich

Email the CMDA at 
[email protected]

2019-2020 Award Recipients 

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year - Jeremy Ponds, MS RDN LD IFNCP
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year - Jessica Morrison, RD, LD 
Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year - Rachael Nicolas


Past Events

CMDA 2020 Spring Social at Main St. Public House

CMDA Members, DHEC employees, and SC Public Health Association members all came together in March to contribute to the National Nutrition Month Healthy Food Drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank. 

CMDA PR Co-Chair, Jillian Clinton (close) and Real For You Nutrition Owner, Farrah Wigand (far) on the Urban Scene radio show. 


CMDA Education Chair, Kate Bennet, organized a fun journal club event at a local coffee shop at Drip Coffee!


CMDA President, Jessica Reath, presented on Ethics in Nutrition and Dietetics.

CMDA Secretary, Teresa Coseo, presented on Nutrition Management for Adults on Chronic Dialysis. 

CMDA 2019-2020 Fall Social and member kickoff! 



CMDA members volunteered at the Junior League of Columbia Healthy Kids Fun Fair on February 21, 2015.