Who We Are

Executive Committee

Feel free to contact your Region Representative or any other Executive Committee member at any time to offer your ideas, to volunteer for a special project, or whenever you need additional information.

Read the CRN Rules & Regulations.

Chair Beth Shanaman, RD, FNKF
(206) 720-3988
Chair-Elect Karen Greathouse, RD
(313) 575-8503
Immediate Past Chair
Kristen Nonahal, RD, FNKF
(313) 916-2705
Publications Chair
Haewook Han, PHD, RD, CSR, LDN, FNKF
(617) 320-2804
SCM Program Chair Melissa Prest, DCN, RDN, CSR, LDN
(312) 342-9968
SCM Program Co-Chair Brittany Sparks, RDN, CSR
(916) 300-6904
Determine your region representative  
Judy R. Kirk, MS, RDN, CDN, CSR, FNKF
Region I Representative/
Patient & Public Education Chair
(585) 794-0226
Dana Trotta, MS, RD, CSR, LDN, FNKF
Region I Alternate Representative
(401) 521-0400
Ruba Jibreen, MS, RD, CSR, LD, MBA
Region II Representative/Awards Chair
(770) 608-5129
Scott Kimner, MPH, RD, LD
Region II Alternate Representative
(678) 773-3429
Jill Hoyt, RD, CD
Region III Representative
(715) 838-3988
Heidi Haas, MS, RD, LD
Region III Alternate Representative
(563) 589-4033
Matilde Ladnier, RD, LD, MBA
Region IV Representative/Membership Chair 
(281) 277-0692
Carol Lim, RD, LD
Region IV Alternate Representative 
Nikki Nygren, RD, CD
Region V Representative/
Research, Professional Education Chair 
(206) 799-7273
Lara Haddad, RD
Region V Alternate Representative
(313) 817-8303

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.

Recipe Contest

NKF-CRN is accepting submissions for the kidney-friendly recipe contest until December 1, 2019. The winner will receive one year complimentary membership, if they're a registered dietitian. Students/interns will receive a $100 gift card to the NKF Store!
Please note the following Recipe Contest Guidelines:
General guidelines:
  • Contestants must be a Registered Dietitian or student/intern
  • Provide a color JPEG image of the prepared recipe
  • Recipe must be original and not previously appeared in any print or online
  • Previous winners are not eligible to participate
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
  • Culturally diverse recipes encouraged
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
  • If you have questions about the details or have a recipe to submit, contact Matilde Ladnier at Matilde.Ladnier@davita.com
View the 2019 Recipe Contest Winner's winning recipe here