CNM Elected Leaders

Whitney Duddey, MHA, RD, LD

Whitney Duddey is a Nutrition Therapy Clinical Manager at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In this role, she works directly with the Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered and the Human Milk and Formula Center. Her passion is supporting the people/processes that provide direct patient care. Whitney has more than ten years of nutrition management experience. Whitney is an enthusiastic volunteer with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a proud mom to two boys.

Chair Elect
Donna Belcher, EdD, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES, CNSC

Donna Belcher is the Assistant Director, Clinical Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital and MGH for Children in Boston, MA.  She manages approximately 30 nutrition professionals, has numerous publications, and has worked in a variety of locations and settings for over 20 years all northeast of the Mississippi River.  Donna completed her B.S. at University of Vermont; holds M.S. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University; and dietetic internship at Tulane University, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.

Past Chair
Kerry Clark, RDN, CD, FAND

Kerry is recently retired from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, WA after 37 years. Her roles have included acute care staff dietitian on adult and pediatric units, certifications as CNSD and Clinical Transplant Dietitian, Outpatient services, Clinical Nutrition Manager and Director of Food & Nutrition Services. Kerry has been active on the CNM DPG board for 12 years holding positions as Chair of Nominating Committee, Member Services Chair and Chair.

Sophie Kauffman, MS, RD

Sophie Kauffman came to dietetics as a "second career" after almost a decade in the nonprofit sector, and is currently working as the Clinical Quality Improvement dietitian for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. She has held past roles at PSHMC including Clinical Nutrition Manager at both the facility and regional levels, as well as inpatient dietitian roles in critical care and floor-status capacities. In addition to the above, she is a contracted partner of Rooted Nutrition Counseling Services private practice and has served on the Greater Spokane Dietetics Association chapter for the past 6 years.

Angela Hasemann Bayliss, MS, RDN

Angie Hasemann Bayliss supports a team of 75 RDNs at the University of Virginia Health as the Clinical Nutrition Manager. Angie is an Instructor in the UVA School of Nursing and the Nutrition Thread Leader in the UVA School of Medicine. She has held professional leadership roles in her state affiliate, as well as the Weight Management and Pediatric Nutrition DPGs. She has previously served as chair of the CNM Nominating and Fundraising Committees.

Barbara Lusk, MFCS, RD, LDN, FAND

Barbara Lusk is the Clinical Nutrition Manager and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. She has worked in a variety of settings and locations in her over 20 years' career in dietetics. Barb currently serves as the Delegate to the Academy HOD for the CNM DPG and serves on the QPI Sub Unit Committee. She previously served as the QPI Sub Unit Vice Chair, the CNM DPG's Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair, and was on the Quality & Research Committee.

Nominating Committee Chair
Linda Jean, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES

Linda Jean has been a RDN for 17 years, practicing in a variety of settings. She currently lives and practices in North Alabama as a Clinical Nutrition Manager at an acute care facility. Linda is a proud wife and mother of 2 boys. She enjoys cooking, reading, and outdoor activities. She is dedicated to the promotion of all RDNs as nutrition experts and clinicians of evidence-based nutrition. Linda am also focused on improving diversity within our field as well as advocating for improved compensation.

Nominating Committee 
Amy Downey, RDM, LD

Amy attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and moved to South Carolina to work with Morrison Healthcare in 2010. She has worked in LTC, acute, outpatient, patient services, informatics, and regional clinical management. Amy is currently Menu Development and Project Director for the Mayo Clinic with Morrison Healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her husband and two boys. 

Nominating Committee 
Lauren Sullivan, MSAN, RD, LD

Lauren is a registered dietitian, licensed in Ohio. She serves as CNM for the Inpatient Nutrition Therapy Team at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Lauren received a BS in Dietetics (University of Akron, 1990); completed a dietetic internship at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC (1993); and completed a MS in Applied Nutrition (University of New England, 2021). She passionately promotes her staff’s professional development by equipping them through servant leadership.