UND Student elected student representative for national nutrition and dietetics board

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Regin Gallagher, a junior dietetics student at University of North Dakota, was recently elected as the incoming student representative to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors (ACEND BOD) for 2015-2017.

One student is selected each year from all accredited dietetics programs in the U.S to represent the student perspective on the ACEND BOD. Gallagher, a native of Sammamish, Wash., was elected through a nomination and interview process with final selection by a majority vote of the board. Her term begins June 1.

Her responsibilities include participation in the Academy Student Council Advisory Committee during her first year on the board, and she will be given opportunities to participate in committee work and ACEND trainings. Gallagher will travel to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics headquarters in Chicago twice each year to participate in board meetings.

The board is the governing unit of the federally-recognized accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Gallagher is an accomplished student leader at UND. She was recognized as the UND Wellness Center Employee of the Year Award in 2014, the Lillian Elsigna Student Leader Award, also in 2014; and most recently, she was the first student to be awarded with the 2014 Robert H. Boyd UND Champion Award.