Cecil Selected for Elite Leadership Institute

  • Monday, July 13, 2009

    Cecil Selected for Elite Leadership Institute

    Cecil, MalindaPRINCESS ANNE, MD- Malinda D. Cecil, a registered dietitian and Salisbury resident, was among the national leaders of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) who were selected to attend ADA's sixth Leadership Institute held recently in Dallas, Texas.

    Cecil is a lecturer and Dietetics Program Director in the Human Ecology Department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and currently serves as the Eastern Shore liaison to the Maryland Dietetic Association.

    Participation in the ADA's Leadership Institute, an intensive certificate training program in the theory and practice of leadership in dietetics, is limited to fewer than 300 of ADA s more than 70,000 members throughout the country.

    "This program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of ADA members through informational sessions and practice-based educational experiences," said registered dietitian and ADA President Jessie M. Pavlinac.

    "The Leadership Institute is part of the American Dietetic Association's mission to empower members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders.  This meeting supports ADA's commitment to its members and ensures that they further develop the skills that can help them to lead within ADA, as well as their own places of employment," Pavlinac said.

    "The ability to consult with dietitians from across the country was inspiring," said Cecil.  "The institute underscored how important leadership in nutrition policy is to improving the nation's health, and the skills I learned will benefit me both personally and professionally."

    With more than 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.  ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.  To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstepehns@umes.edu. 

    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.  

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