Who We Are

Mission Statement

The Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN) functions as a professional council within the framework of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and networks with other organizations to support the National Kidney Foundation's goal of making lives better for those with chronic kidney disease through education, outreach and research in the field of nutrition as it pertains to prevention, eradication and treatment of kidney and urologic diseases.

Executive Committee

The NKF-CRN Executive Committee, as listed below, meets several times a year. Its members are eager to help you with any questions regarding NKF-CRN and professional issues related to the practice of renal nutrition. Executive Committee meetings are held during the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings each year, and via quarterly conference calls during the rest of the year. 

The CRN National Membership elects most of the members of the Executive Committee. Committee members also serve on various ad hoc committees to develop special projects and position papers to further the goals, priorities, and interests of CRN.

The Executive Committee members are listed below. Please feel free to contact your Region Representative or any other Executive Committee member at any time to provide us with your ideas, to volunteer for a special project, or whenever you need additional information. There are five CRN regions. Determine your region representative. CRN also has Alternate Region Representative, who can provide you with additional assistance.

The effectiveness of the Executive Committee is directly related to knowing and responding to the needs of Local Chapters and Members.

CHAIR: Christine Benedetti, MS, RD, CSR, LD, FNKF
(404) 785-1959
Chair-Elect Kristen Nonahal, RD, FNKF
(313) 916-2705
Immediate Past Chair
Laura J. Holden, MBA, RD, CSR, FNKF
Publications Chair
Haewook Han, PHD, RD, CSR, LDN, FNKF
(617) 320-2804
SCM Program Chair
Beth Morlang, RD, LDN
SCM Program Co-Chair Christine Barrett, MS, RDN, LD
Strategies I Director
Pamela Kent, MS, RD, CDE, LD
Strategies II Director
Mary Sundell, MLAS, RD, LDN, FNKF
(615) 479-5542
Judy R. Kirk, MS, RD, CDN, CSR, FNKF
Region I Representative/
Patient & Public Education Chair
(585) 794-0226
Belinda Shanley, MS, RD, CSR, CDN
Region I Alternate Representative
(973) 727-4477
Kristen Hackey, RD, CSR, LD
Region II Representative/Awards Chair
(770) 378-2730
Ruba Jibreen, MS, RD, CSR, LD, MBA
Region II Alternate Representative
(770) 608-5129
Karen Greathouse, RD
Region III Representative/
CyberNephrology Chair
(313) 575-8503
Jill Hoyt, RD, CD
Region III Alternate Representative
(715) 495-1293
Meredith Larsen, MS, RDN, LD
Region IV Representative/
Membership Chair
(214) 669-4912
Aida Moreno Brown, MS, RD, LD
Region IV Alternate Representative
(915) 637-5060
Nikki Nygren, RD, CD
Region V Representative/
Research, Public Relations Chair
(206) 799-7273
Leah Beaird, MS, RD
Region V Alternate Representative
(602) 741-9310


Recipe Contest

NKF CRN is excited to bring back the Kidney Friendly Recipe Contest! The winning recipe will be featured at the 2019 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. The winner will receive a 1 year of complimentary membership to NKF-CRN.
Please note the following Recipe Contest Guidelines:
General guidelines:
  • Contestants must be a Registered Dietitian
  • Provide a color JPEG image of the prepared recipe
  • Recipe must be original and not previously appeared in any print or online
Recipe Details:
  • Recipes can be for CKD or dialysis patients (please specify CKD/Dialysis and indicate whether diabetic-friendly as well)
  • Indicate category dish falls in (i.e. entrée, side dish, dessert)
  • Recipes must include: number of servings, measurements of each ingredient, steps for preparation, and nutrition analysis (indicate which analysis tool was used)
  • Nutrition analysis standard (per serving):
    • Entrée: Phos <250mg; Sodium <500mg; Potassium <450mg
      • Diabetic: same as above but with Carbohydrates <45gm
    • Side Dish/Dessert: Phos <125mg; Sodium <250mg; Potassium <200mg
      • Diabetic: same as above but with Carbohydrates <30mg
Additional information:
  • There is no limit to the number of recipes an individual can submit
  • Once recipe is submitted, it becomes property of NKF and can be published by NKF sources
View the 2018 Recipe Contest Winner's winning recipe here