We are pleased to present the slate of candidates for the upcoming elections for VAND’s membership year from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017!  Voting will open in March, and will include an option for write-in candidates as always.

President-Elect:  Crista Galvin-Cox, MS, RD, FANDC.Glvn-Cx_1602_440_web

Crista Galvin-Cox has had the privilege of working in many areas of dietetics over the years. She has worked in acute, wellness, private practice, community, and outpatient settings. Crista has worked for the past six years as the Director of Clinical Nutrition at Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center, a long-term care facility in Richmond where she is also a preceptor for VCUHS dietetic interns. Crista is an adjunct instructor at John Tyler Community College. She has held several leadership positions with VAND where she was the outreach coordinator and new member advisor. She was also program coordinator, media coordinator, served on the nominating committee and was President-Elect and President of GRAND.

Crista graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and she completed her internship at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She then received her Masters of Science in Nutrition Education from Finch University/Chicago Medical School. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014.

Crista’s Personal Statement:

When I am asked about our profession, I am always so happy to discuss what we as registered dietitians and dietetic technicians do.  We have such varied and exciting roles that positively impact the health of so many people.  I have had the pleasure of being directly involved with VAND and GRAND over the years and would be honored to represent the RDs and DTRs of Virginia.  We all know that our profession keeps changing and growing every year – from education requirements to licensure to reimbursement and sustainability – my goal is to continue to learn and positively impact our profession by representing you.


Treasurer-Elect:  Jean Harnisch, RD 

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Jean is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Nutrition and completed the US Army Dietetic Internship program. She served 4 years in the Active Army and then continued in the Individual Ready Reserve/Individual Mobilization Augmentee.  She is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.  She has worked in most all possible settings as a Dietitian to include acute care, skilled care, long-term care, ICF-MR, and Food Service Management.

Currently she is self-employed and working primarily in Long Term Care under the business name of Jean Harnisch Dietitian Consultant LLC.

She is a Serv Safe Instructor/Proctor and uses these skills daily to enhance the quality of food service systems at her contract assignments.

Jean¹s interests include long-distance swimming for fitness and health, and breeding Boston Terriers.  For fun, she travels somewhere each quarter of the year to visit friends and family.