Nominating Committee Chair
Teresa L. Turner, MS, RD, LDN serves as the Child and Youth Services (CYS) Nutritionist for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Army, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation (DFMWR) in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. In her position, she contributes to CYS’s mission of reducing the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility. Specifically, Teresa ensures that children within the program receive well-balanced and properly portioned meals in accordance with USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines by serving as a liaison between the kitchen staff, the suppliers of food service equipment and food items, the caretakers, and the Chief and other Specialists of the organization. She is also a Certified Professional Food Manager.
Teresa has staunchly regarded the field of Nutrition and Dietetics as her passion. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Didactic Program in Dietetics from the historical Tuskegee University in Alabama, a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and earned her Dietetics Internship Graduate Certificate from Iowa State University. She is presently enrolled in Morgan State University’s Public Health Doctoral Program—focusing upon Behavioral Health Sciences—and has commenced pursuing research concerning adverse breastfeeding behaviors.
Teresa was formerly employed within the Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health (CNDH)—a community outreach program land-grant center at UDC—as a Program Coordinator and Nutrition Educator for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). Throughout her time with UDC, she developed and nurtured partnerships with teachers, parents, and other community service providers in order to enhance the nutritional awareness and overall health status of the District residents via Cooperative Extension.
From June 2015 to May 2017, Teresa served in an appointment to the Diversity Committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Diversity Committee proposes policies and strategies to enhance recruitment and retention of leadership development for persons from underrepresented groups. As a member of the Committee, Teresa functioned as Program Planner and Moderator of an educational session that was selected for presentation during the 2016 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo; titled “Diversity in Agriculture: Cultural Nutrition from Land-to-Table”. Teresa entered the role of Vice Chair of the Committee in June 2017 and will continue as Chair in June 2018. In addition to her Vice Chair role for the Diversity Committee, Teresa took office with the Nutrition Education for the Public Dietetic Practice Group (NEPDPG) Executive Committee as the 2017-2018 Nominating Committee Chair. She looks forward to what her terms and service to the Academy will mean for and contribute to her future endeavors and to the Community.