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 Clinical Nephrology Meeting in the spring and one additional time in the year. The additional meeting is coordinated with the NKF Board. CRN also has Alternate Region Representatives, who can provide you with additional assistance.

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.

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

CHAIR: Laura J. Holden, MBA, RD, CSR
Chair-Elect Christine Benedetti, MS, RD, CSR, LD
(706) 338-2282
Immediate Past Chair
Judy R. Kirk, MS, RD, CDN, CSR
(585) 794-0226
Publications Chair
Haewook Han, PHD, RD, CSR, LDN
(617) 320-2804
SCM Program Chair Beth Shanaman, RD
(206) 720-3988
SCM Program Co-Chair Beth Morlang, RD, LDN
Meredith Marinaro, MS, RD, CSR
Region I Representative/
Patient & Public Education Chair
(860) 678-1459
Sharon A. Zalemski, MS, RD, CDN
Region I Alternate Representative
(716) 631-4700
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
Kristen Nonahal, RD
Region III Representative/
CyberNephrology Chair/
Publications Co-Chair
(313) 916-2705
Cynthia K. Clancy, MS, RD, LD
Region III Alternate Representative
(314) 762-0089
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
Leah Beaird, MS, RD
Region V Representative/
Research, Public Relations Chair
(602) 741-9310
Fay Moore, RD, CSR
Region V Alternate Representative
(623) 293-1927


Recipe Contest

Call for Recipes!
NKF CRN is excited to bring back the Kidney Friendly Recipe contest! The winning recipe will be featured at the 2018 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. The winner will receive a 1 year complimentary membership to NKF-CRN.
Submissions due September 15, 2017
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
  • Submissions are due on September 15, 2017
For more information about recipe contest, or to submit a recipe, please contact Judy Kirk: Judith.kirk@rochesterregional.org