About Us

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T H E  P L A N N I N G  

C O M M I T T E E  


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Follows the NWRD Conference Guidelines & Timeline

  • Submits a conference budget, based on anticipated attendees, to the Board for approval

  • Adheres to conference budget, and if necessary, seeks amendments to the budget from the Board

  • Secures a venue, following approval of the Board

  • Creates a program agenda within the confines of the proposed budget

  • Invites speakers & establishes speaker agreements

  • Invites authors to present Abstract & Poster sessions

  • Invites Exhibitors & Sponsors to participate

  • Notifies scholarship awardees by email, following the Board's approval of awards

  • Provides timely content updates to webmaster for NWRD website and Twitter account (NWRD webmaster is part of each year's Planning Committee)

  • Uses official NWRD gmail, logo, and templates for all correspondences, as part of NWRD's brand

  • Promotes the conference via NWRD email, website, and Twitter accounts for: “Save-the-Date,”  Conference Registration opening and deadline reminders, and other important details outlined in NWRD Guidelines & Timeline








T H E  B O A R D



Roles & Responsibilities

  • Oversees the direction and operations of NWRD

  • Maintains annual operating costs of NWRD

  • Conducts in-person annual Board Meeting during NWRD Annual Conference, and other teleconference Board Meetings as needed throughout the year.

  • Elects and maintains the Board of Directors positions

  • Elects Committee Chairpersons, including Conference Chair and other ad hoc positions as desired

  • Follows the NWRD Bylaws 

  • Approves the Planning Committee’s budget for each Annual Conference

  • Awards scholarships fairly, and as funds allow

  • Updates member contact list

  • Maintains online conference registration

  • Ensures that all Templates are updated and uploaded (webmaster)

  • Ensures that all documents are saved from each year's Planning Committee  (webmaster)

  • Utilizes NWRD's simplified version of Robert's Rules of Order to conduct Board meetings. 

H O W  N W R D  


NWRD is run by a Board that consists of 5-to-7 directors, plus committee chairpersons as needed.


The Board, not the general membership, elects Directors who serve either a one-year or a two-year term, allowing a staggered approach to experience and service. The Board appoints chairpersons for committees such as Conference Chairperson, Secretary, Webmaster, or others. 

Each year, a Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers to work on details for the Conference. Volunteers do not need to live in the hosting city, as video-teleconferencing is used for planning meetings, and much of the planning can be done by people who live near or far.

Currently, there are no dues for "membership" -- simply sign-up through the website to be a 'member' and receive email updates about the Annual Conference.

A R T I C L E S  of

I N C O R P O R A T I O N  

&   B Y L A W S

  • Articles of Incorporation, effective June 13, 2016, via State of Washington

  • The bylaws are effective June 13, 2016, same date as the non-profit Corporation was officially formed.

  • These bylaws supersede any guidelines from previous NWRD Steering Committee meetings.

Click to download: 

  1. Certificate of Incorporation

  2. Articles of Incorporation

  3. NWRD's Bylaws

  4. NWRD's simplified Robert's Rules of Order

A B O U T  N W R D



Northwest Renal Dietitians (NWRD) is a non-profit organization comprised mostly of renal dietitians practicing in Network 16 (OR, WA, ID, MT, and AK) and British Columbia, Canada.


NWRD has been organizing workshops for renal dietitians since 1980. A bit of history:

  • NWRD started about 1980 as the “Renal Dietitians Task Force,” after CMS Network II did their first Nutrition Audit.


  • Renal RDs from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington collectively took on the task of developing science-based nutrition guidelines for renal patients.


  • Eventually, the Task Force morphed into what we know today as NWRD – and the guidelines later became American Dietetic Association’s Guidelines for Nutritional Care of Renal Patients.


  • Three editions later (and now published by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), these national guidelines are still being used by Renal RDs!


Today, as a non-profit organization, our only goal is to plan and organize an annual, two-day, networking conference held for registered dietitians working with people who have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The Annual Conference is held in rotating host cities, usually between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, and now expanding to host cities throughout all of Network 16 region.

JUNE 13, 2016

NWRD nonprofit corporation was formed in the state of Washington  








Current NWRD Board -

2022 Planning Committee

*voting board members

Past Letters from NWRD President


2022 NWRD President - Laura Wiseley, MS RD CSR


2021 NWRD President - Katy Wilkens, MS RD


2020 NWRD President - Katy Wilkens, MS RD


2019 NWRD President - Katy Wilkens, MS RD


2018 NWRD President - Katy Wilkens, MS RD


2017 NWRD President - Katy Wilkens, MS RD


Laura Wiseley (WA)

Vice President*

Emily Greenough (WA)

At-large Director*

Gretchen Swartzbaugh (WA)

At-large Director

Amy Higbee (WA)


Lara Sokoloff (WA)

Susie Beckett (OR)

(past Treasurer)


Fiona Wolf (WA)

At-large Director

Erin Dickerson (WA)

At-large Director

Geri Jennings (WA)

Program Co-Chairs

Darcy Gans-Below (ID)

Kelly Carpenter (ID)

Vicki Salerno (ID)


Paula Staab (OR)

At-large Director

Britt Myer (WA)

At-large Director

Heidi Moretti (MT)


Questions about General Administration for the NWRD Conference?  Email!