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

CRN Executive Committee

The CRN Executive Committee is composed of fourteen members:

  • Chair
  • Associate Chair
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Publications Chair and Co-Chair
  • Clinical Nephrology Program Chair and Co-Chair
  • Professional Education Chair
  • Regional Representatives of the five National Kidney Foundation Regions.

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.

Judy R. Kirk, MS, RD, CDN, CSR
(585) 794-0226
Chair-Elect Laura J. Holden, MBA, RD, CSR
(602) 304-1977
Immediate Past Chair
Jean Stover, RD, LDN
(610) 306-4317
Secretary Vacant
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
Christine Benedetti, MS, RD, CSR, LD
Region II Representative/
Awards Chair

(706) 338-2282
Gwendolyn Harris, RD, LD
Region II Alternate Representative
(440) 832-2202
Kristen Nonahal, RD
Region III Representative/
CyberNephrology Chair/
Acting Publications Chair

(313) 916-2705
Cynthia K. Clancy, MS, RD, LD
Region III Alternate Representative
(314) 762-0089
Aida Moreno Brown, MS, RD, LD
Region IV Representative/
Membership Chair
(915) 637-5060
Meredith Larsen, MS, RDN, LD
Region IV Alternate Representative
(214) 669-4912
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
Professional Membership Director
(800) 622-9010 x174