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2012-2013 Candidate Biographies


Kathy Mercer - Biography

1.       Name with credentials: Kathleen C. Mercer, RD, LD, Ed.D   

 2.       Current residence (city/town, state): Columbia, SC

 3.       Education: Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Georgia, 1998; M.Ed. in Nutrition, University of Cincinnati, 1981; B.S in Dietetics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1979; Internship with subsequent ADA Registration (563713), University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 1980.
4.       Present position: Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Columbia, SC (2004 – present).
5.       Previous positions: Program Coordinator and Regional Media Communicator, Dairy and Food Nutrition Council of the Southeast, Columbia, SC (1989-1990); Executive Director, Wellness Council of the Midlands, Columbia, SC (1988-1989); Coordinator of Nutrition and Educational Services, University Health Inc., Augusta, GA (1986-1988); Coordinator of Outpatient Clinical Dietetics, University Hospital, Augusta, GA (1981-1986), Clinical Instructor, Augusta Area Dietetic Internship (1981-1988); Graduate Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, Ohio (1980-1981).
6.       Professional activities: member of the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals and the Weight Management Practice Groups; Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association: Education Committee Co-chair (2004-2006), Treasurer (2007-2009), President-Elect (2009-2010), President (2010-2011), Nominating Chair (2011-2012). South Carolina Dietetic Association: Annual Meeting Chair (2009-2010), Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2010 -2011). Georgia Dietetic Association: Board of Directors (1985-1988), Chairperson, division of Community Dietetics (1985-1986), Chairperson, Council on Practice (1987-1988). Society for Nutrition Education: member since 1981, journal article reviewer (2001-2007). 
7.       Honors and awards: Outstanding Dietitian, SCDA, 2011; Recognized Young Dietitian, SCDA, 1990; Recognized Young Dietitian, GDA, 1985.
8.       Certifications: Licensed Dietitian in South Carolina (610), Registered Dietitian (563713).
9.       Publications: “Comparing the Diets of Adults with Mental Retardation who Live in Intermediate Care Facilities and in Group Homes”, primary author, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, March 1992 (vol. 92).
10.     Statement of purpose: I would like to serve as President-Elect of the SCDA so I can help advance the role of the RD as the nutrition expert in the state. I think this goal could be pursued by: leading RDs in the state to take an active role in community nutrition concerns, helping RDs stay on the cutting edge of nutrition science and education, and facilitating professional networking among RDs. 


Laura Nance

1.      Name with credentials: Laura M. Nance MA, RD, CDE, LD

2.      Current residence (city/town, state):  Charleston, SC
3.      Education: Master of Art in Family and Consumer Sciences - Emphasis in Nutrition, Appalachian State University, Boone NC, May 1998; Bachelor of 
             Science in Nutrition, 
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC, May 1996
4.      Present positions: Consulting Dietitian - MUSC Weight Management Center, Charleston SC, February 2008-present; Adjunct Faculty: Art Institute of Charleston, Charleston SC, January 2010-present
5.      Previous positions: Clinical Nutrition Manager II & Pediatric Endocrine Dietitian - Medical University of South Carolina, Sodexo, June 2006-February 2008 Clinical Inpatient Dietitian - Medical University of South Carolina, Sodexo, July 2002-June 2006; Clinical Inpatient Dietitian - Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Mechanicsville VA, June 2001-June 2002; WIC Nutritionist II - Guilford County Health Department, Greensboro NC, May 1998-June 2001
6.      Professional activities: South Carolina Dietetic Association Treasurer 2010-present; South Carolina Dietetic Association Nominating Elect & Chair 2007-2009, Charleston Trident Dietetic Association President, 2005-2007; Charleston Trident Dietetic Association Secretary, 2003-2005; American Dietetic Association Member 1995-present
 7.      Honors and awards: SCDA Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award 2010; Sodexo Marketplace Award 2007; SCDA Emerging Dietetic Leader 2006; Guilford County Employee of the Quarter 2001

 8.      Certifications: Diabetes Educator, 2004-current
9.      Statement of purpose: I would be delighted to serve my fellow dietitians for another term as Treasurer on the South Carolina Dietetic Association
Board. I feel the team has made some major strides with the help of our financial advisors and I would like to continue to move forward accomplishing more tasks. 
I have established a strong working relationship with our financial advisors and feel confident moving forward with them working on SCDA’s fiscal goals. 

In 2011, after much investigation and thought we invested ~$50,000 of cash into a (hopefully) revenue producing fund. This money is used for scholarships and was bearing <$5 interest per quarter, we hope to gain more interest in order to provide more scholarship money to deserving members.My current project is to investigate the appropriate and historical use of the Julia Brunson and Burris Cromer memorial funds. There appears to be much history behind these funds and we want to make sure they are being used appropriately to benefit SCDA members.
           I hope to encourage more dietitians to be active and involved with their local and state organizations so they too can see how rewarding it is. I would love the opportunity to CONTINUE to move forward and serve as Treasurer with such a brilliant team for another term.  

 Nominating Chair Elect 

Eileen Bright 

1.          Name with credentials:      Eileen Bright, RD, LD

 2.         Current residence (city/town, state): Spartanburg, SC
3.         Education: BS Food and Nutrition, Loyola U. Chicago; SC DHEC Internship
4.         Present position: PDA member
5.         Previous positions: PDA: Pres./VP, Secretary, Web Master, Planning Comm.
6.         Professional activities: Vol. for Healthy Athletes/Special Olympics; Past Employment: Public Health Nutritionist, Clinical Dietitian, Dir. Food and Nutr. Services; Current - Consultant for Early Head Start, MNT provider for Internal Med., Consultant for Spartanburg Restaurant Labeling Grant Program
7.         Honors and awards: N/A
8.         Certifications: Restaurant Labeling, ADA 2011
9.         Publications: N/A
10.       Statement of purpose: Seeking SCDA Nominating Committee position to provide assistance to my state assoc. while seeking further career experience.
Sandy Spann 
1.         Name with credentials:    Sandra H. Spann, MS,RD,LD
2.         Current residence (city/town, state):  Columbia, SC
3.         Education:  BS, Winthrop, Dietetic Internship, P.Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Mass. MS, Inst. Mgt., Kansas State Univ.
4.         Present position: Director Dietetic Internship, Office of Nutrition, SCDHEC
5.         Previous positions:  Pres. Food Systems Consultants Inc.
6.         Professional activities: Advisory Panel International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology (IDNT), Chair, NCP ad hoc Committee Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Past Pres. SCDA, Secretary SCDA, Nominating Committee Chair, SCDA
7.         Honors and awards:  SCDA Outstanding Dietitian, Meritorious Service Award

8.         Certifications: N/A
9.         Publications: N/A
10.       Statement of purpose: Chair Nominating Committee for SCDA