Our mission... is to promote optimal health and nutrition for all people, and to provide direction and leadership for quality dietetic practice, education, and research.


The Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (BGAND) is your link to nutrition and health in the Bluegrass region. Members include Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, Dietetic Interns, and students. BGAND is affiliated with the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (KAND) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Dietetic professionals in Kentucky are licensed according to KRS 310. For more information about licensure, contact the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists.   BGAND by-laws  may be found here.

Become a Member today!

Dear BGAND Members and Prospective Members,

On behalf of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors, welcome to the 2022-23 membership year! We encourage you to join our organization, and invite you to attend BGAND events to connect with dietetic professionals in the district during the coming year. 

We encourage our members and students to get involved with the board by contacting a chair of a committee. Please consider running for an elected position so that we may continue this organization, and our advocacy for the dietetics profession, for many years to come.

Please contact us if you have suggestions for our district. We look forward to an exciting and productive year together.


BGAND Board Members


Sign up for BGAND membership here


December Social

Join us!


Location: 501 West 6th Street, Lexington KY
Saturday December 10th, 2022


Chop, wash, pack, and sort ingredients for meals at FoodChain’s kitchen in Lexington. 


Event requires closed toe shoes, masks, and hair restraints. 


Registration limited to the first 15 BGAND members due to space constraints. 


Light breakfast provided by BGAND.


Becoming a member of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will unlock the following benefits:

  • Job listings in the Bluegrass Region and throughout Kentucky.

  • CEUs on a variety of topics.

  • Scholarship opportunity.

  • Networking opportunities with local RDs.

  • Partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for advocacy

  • Opportunities to support, problem-solve, and discuss best-practice with fellow RDs.


2022 BGAND Award Recipients


Know someone deserving of an award?  Nominate them here!


Audrey Hay Award

Liz Combs

"Liz's passion for the dietetics profession is apparent through her commitment to students, collaboration with professionals from a variety of specialty areas, and investment in dietetics organizations at the local, state, and national level."


Diet Tech of the Year

Brigid Wilson
Dietetic Intern

"Brigid has volunteered extra time to fill in for the cross-trained roles with a smile & positive attitude on several occasions. She just goes the extra mile in general! Brigid is truly a joy to work with."


Outstanding Dietetic Preceptor

Emily Dewitt


"I am thankful for all the opportunities that Emily has provided for me by recognizing, pushing, and trusting my abilities."


Dietitian of the Year

Erica Rhorer

"Erica has shown great initiative and drive and is furthering the field of dietetics in the Central Kentucky Region. Erica is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition coaching for all ages and serves her clients well."

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Outstanding Dietetic Intern

Paulina Antimisiaris
Dietetic Intern

"Paulina has many strengths including punctuality, reliability, organization, written and verbal communication, and an ability to work with a team. She is personable, respectful, and self-motivated with initiative and determination."


Outstanding Dietetic Educator

Mary Wilson


"Dr. Wilson makes us feel empowered by the knowledge that we do possess and confident in our ability to translate it into future practice."


Young Dietitian Award

Nasreen Omran

"Her experience working in both clinical and community settings has given her the opportunity to promote the health and wellbeing of those she interacts with while setting a positive example for others. She is a compassionate and motivated individual, and her coworkers speak highly of her!"


Outstanding Dietetic Student

Brianna Star

"Brianna is a detail-oriented, quick learner who is able to make connections between content and different courses."


Community Service Award

Tami Ross

"Tami has an uplifting demeanor and contagious joy that motivates others and makes those she works with feel valued. She is a tremendous asset to the University of Kentucky and dietetics profession and leaves those she works with feeling empowered to be their best selves."

Scholarship Award Winners


Nolan Buland
University of Kentucky
Coordinated Program Student


Anne-Maria Baas
Eastern Kentucky University
MS/DI Montana State University


Nominate for a BGAND Award!

Know an Outstanding Individual?  Nominate them today!

BGAND loves to recognize and acknowledge outstanding professionals within our field!  We encourage you to nominate someone for an award by clicking on the buttons below.  It's quick, easy and means a lot!

Our by-laws represent the rules established by the organization to regulate itself, as provided for by the Board of Directors. This leadership operates as a legislature and establishes the degree of control that the by-laws may exercise.

BGAND Bylaws