Voting Member Bios




Nancy Emenaker, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND: Program Director in Nutrition Sciences Research Group at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. As a RDN clinician-scientist, Dr. Emenaker has research interests in the role of diet in cancer prevention, genetics/nutrigenetics, GI oncology, and wound repair. She serves as the NCI Contracting Officer’s Representative for the National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (NFNAP), coordinating its NFNAP activities since 2012. Dr. Emenaker has held leadership roles in professional organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). In 2017, she was awarded Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Maria Morgan-Bathke, MBA, PhD, RD, CDAssistant Professor and Dietetic Internship Director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI and Research Collaborator in the Endocrine Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Maria completed her postdoctoral research fellowship in the Endocrine Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic with Dr. Michael Jensen. Her current research focus is on obesity, insulin signaling, inflammation, and fat metabolism.  

Past Chair

Barbara J Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD: Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Dietetics Programs at Idaho State University. Barbara’s area of research is the relationship between food, nutrition, and urological conditions. She was the only RDN to serve on the American Urological Association IC/BPS Clinical Guidelines Committee, thereby, contributing to the first-ever IC/BPS treatment protocol for urologists. Barbara was also a Steering Committee member for the NIH-funded Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain Research Network.


Erin McKinley, PhD, RD, LDN, CLC, CHES: Assistant Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rogue, LA. Erin completed her MS in Human Nutrition, PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion, and the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Alabama. Her current research focus is on theoretical and psychological facets of infant feeding decision-making among pregnant and postpartum women. 

 Pao Ying Hsiao, PhD, MS, RDN, LDN

Pao Ying Hsiao, PhD, RD, LDN: Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Pao Ying earned her PhD in nutritional epidemiology from Penn State University. Continuing as a post-doc, she focused on weight loss interventions. She has experience as a clinical inpatient dietitian specializing in neonatal nutrition, and as a research consultant conducting recipe development and nutrition education for a juice company. Her research interests include innovation in dietetics education through interprofessional simulation, nutritional epidemiology, and dietary assessment.

Nominating Committee Chair 
 Robin Tucker Robin Tucker, PhD, RD: Assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. Robin earned her PhD in nutrition science with a concentration in ingestive behavior from Purdue University. Her research interests include how sleep influences chemical senses and ingestive behavior, how health habits and bahaviors change in first-year university students, and sleep education curricula development for older adults. 
Academy House of Delegates 
 Kim Beals

Kim Beals, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDNChief Science Officer at Ready Nutrition, Wexford PA and Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition and at the University of Pittsburgh. Kim completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science in clinical nutrition at Drexel University. Her research interests and involvement focus on the use of foods and nutrients to improve diet quality, physical performance, and body composition and reduce systemic inflammation in physically active populations.