This consists of The Academy members nationwide who represent and act as liaisons to other members in their state and/or congressional district.

Public Policy Coordinator (PPC): Serves as a key connection between The Academy government relations and grassroots leaders on The Academy public policy stances and processes. Coordinates Public Policy Workshop visits to policy makers. Communicates The Academy's nationwide and federal issues to WSDA and affiliates. This member serves on the Public Policy Panel. 


State Policy Representative (SPR): Responsible for tracking state legislative and regulatory issues of importance to RDs and DTRs. Communicates local policy issues and The Academy policy priorities to WSDA and affiliates. Coordinates appointments with state contacts (i.e. governor's office, state health officials, state legislatures). This individual would be a member of the Public Policy Panel.


Legislative Chair and a Legislative Committee: Individuals appointed in most affiliates to oversee state issues important to their home state. ALDA aims to cultivate this leadership within each district association.


ADAPAC: The Academy's political action committee. The AcademyPAC collects funds to be donated to political candidates who support The Academy's priorities.


The Academy's Policy Initiatives and Advocacy Team staff: This group of Academy staff members located in the Washington and Chicago offices works on food nutrition and health issues to influence policy at the federal, state and local levels.



Our Public Policy Panel is made up of our Public Policy Coordinator, State Policy Representative, State Regulatory Specialist, ALDA's President, the Chairperson(s) of the Reimbursement Committee and ALDA's Executive Director. RDs with advocacy expertise in certain specialty areas are appointed to serve on an interim basis as needs and issues arise.

Public Policy Coordinator

Evelyn Crayton, EDD, RDN, LDN, FAND

(334) 272-3487 |


State Policy Representative

Bekah DeWitt, RD
(256) 289-1845 |


State Regulatory Specialist

Andrea Carter
(334) 707-7623 |


ALDA President

Cayce Davis 
(251) 690-8843 |


Nutrition Coverage Services Committee Chair

Cherie Simpson, MS, RD, LD
(205) 759-7514 |


CPE Committee Chair

Jennifer DeHart, MS, LD, RD, CNSC
(205) 939-7012 |

Executive Director

Larry Vinson 
(334) 260-7970 |


Tel: 334-260-7970 | Fax: 334-272-7128


Mon to Fri: 8:30AM - 4:30PM