House of Delegates

Who is the NCDA Delegate?
Kathleen Maloney is the NCDA Delegate.  If you have questions for Kathleen you can email her at

What is the House of Delegates?
The House of Delegates, as the voice of members, governs the profession and develops policy on major professional issues. The House of Delegates will govern the profession; the Board of Directors will govern the Academy; and staff will implement decisions. The process by which the House of Delegates is governed is known as Knowledge-Based Strategic Governance (KBSG).
Each state, almost all Dietetic Practice Groups and area of practice are represented by one or more delegates for a total of 105 delegates. The House Leadership Team (HLT) develops and implements program goals of the House.
Members are key linkages to the Academy's constituency. The House of Delegates supports and encourages proactive, from the bottom-up member advocacy, and continually seeks member input. Also a forum of leadership development, the House enhances the culture of the Academy by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and reflecting the diversity and the future of the organization through policies, actions and composition.

What does the House of Delegates do?
The Academy’s House of Delegates is the deliberative body acting as the voice of members, which governs the profession and develops policy on major professional issues.
To govern the profession, the House of Delegates:
  • Monitors and evaluates trends affecting the profession.
  • Monitors member issues and mega issues, and the resulting actions.
  • Approves standards of education and standards of practice.
  • Reviews, debates and approves professional standards.
  • Establishes the size and structure of the House.
  • Adopts and revises with the Commission on Dietetic Registration a code of ethics for dietetics practitioners, disciplinary procedures for unethical conduct, and reinstatement conditions.
  • Makes recommendations on standards, qualifications and other issues related to credentialing to the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Makes recommendation on accreditation, approval and related issues to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Provides direction for quality management in dietetics practice.
  • Identifies and develops position statements.
  • Provides oversight to Academy bylaws.
  • Assists with recruitment and retention efforts related to Academy membership, plus leadership development.
Delegates are responsible for providing regular updates on House of Delegate and Academy activities and requesting input on issues being discussed by the House. Requesting identification of trends and issues affecting the profession is a responsibility of these delegates as they report back to the committees and during House of Delegate meetings. Supporting the membership recruitment and retention efforts, along with identifying potential members for leadership roles with the Academy, are important for delegates throughout the year.