CAND Board 2021-2022

Amanda kirkpatrick MS, RD, LDN, CLC


Clinical Dietitian at Parkridge Valley Child and Adolescent Campus

Amanda Kirkpatrick received her undergraduate degree from UTC, completed her internship at Southern Regional Medical Center, and Master’s Degree at the University of Alabama. Amanda has been a Registered Dietitian since 2009. In her time as a Dietitian, she has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Erlanger Medical Center, transitioned to the Pediatric Nutrition world as the Nutrition Director for Hamilton County WIC, and is currently a Clinical Dietitian at Parkridge Valley Child and Adolescent Campus. Amanda has been played an active role in the CAND and served on the board in different capacities.

Open Position


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Dietetics Clinical Program Analyst at AssureCare and adjunct instructor for TN eCampus

“I volunteer with CAND because I feel that for the strength of our profession, we need a strong professional organization. The guidance, advocacy, and leadership from the Academy is paramount for the safety of the public and I am proud to serve at the local level to support that!”

Amir Alakaam PhD., MS, RDN, MBChB

Scholarship and Awards Committee

Associate Professor with the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Dr. Amir Alakaam has over six years of clinical experience as a physician in family medicine and general surgery, and several years of teaching and research experience in the area of dietary habits, breastfeeding, food policy, and community nutrition. Dr. Alakaam has served as a guest speaker, book reviewer, and invited reviewer for grants and journals. He is a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, American Diabetes Association, and other national and states associations. His publications have appeared in several journals such as Journal of Epidemiological Research, Journal of Human Lactation, Journal of International Students, and AIMS Public Health. Amir is volunteering for CAND to form a deeper connection with the dietetics community in Chattanooga. His interests include research in breastfeeding and community nutrition.

Hannah Parrish MS, RD, LD

Nominating Chair

Hannah Parrish started her dietetics journey in Waco, Texas where she attended Baylor University. She completed her Master’s in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Lipscomb University in Nashville, then fulfilled her Dietetic Internship at UT Martin in Memphis. She finally landed home in Chattanooga as a Registered Dietitian at Erlanger Behavioral Health. Hannah’s passion for nutrition grew from home-cooked meals and gathering around a table, as well as, her time spent as a college athlete. Hannah joined CAND to be a part of a community of dietitians striving to improve our city and profession with the unique perspective only a nutrition expert can bring.


Advocacy Chair

Professor at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Emily Maddux attended Lipscomb University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nutrition.  She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to complete her dual Master’s Degrees and Dietetic Internship.  Emily has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2007.  She started her career in the clinical setting, working in acute care hospitals in Memphis and Chattanooga, then she worked in Corporate Wellness as a health coach and Wellness Director.  Emily is currently a professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.     

Emily has a passion for corporate wellness, public health, and sports nutrition.  She played college volleyball at Lipscomb University, where her drive and passion for sports nutrition started.  She has since competed in many half marathons and triathlons in the southeast, including her first 70.3 in her hometown of Chattanooga.  Emily is married and has two active children under the age of 7.   

Emily has been a member of CAND and has served on their board for a number of years.  She is also very involved with the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) and is a Past-President of that organization (2019-2020), having served as President Elect-Elect, President-Elect, President previously.  Emily is also an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

Danielle Townsend, RDN, LD

Social Media Chair

Registered Dietitian with Dynamic Dietetics, Inc.

“I was a member of CAND when I first moved here in 2009 but my journey led me from being a clinical dietitian to a clinical manager in Texas 3 years later. I came back to the Chattanooga area in 2014 and became a CAND member again a few years later. I’ve always been a little nervous to serve on the board of a group like this but I haven’t been able to figure out why. It’s fun, rewarding, and gives me a sense of ownership to my profession! I’m excited to geek out this year to help increase CAND’s online presence.”

Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and completed the Dietetic Internship at Nicholls State University in her home state of Louisiana. She has over a decade of experience in clinical dietetics, clinical management, food service management, and outpatient counseling. She is employed by Dynamic Dietetics, Inc. and currently provides services to the patients of Primary Healthcare Centers to help people meet their nutrition goals. She is an editorial and PR whiz and is the editor of a monthly nutrition newsletter. She has been featured in Chattanooga’s HealthScope and Chatter magazines and contributes to articles for the Times Free Press online newspaper. She is a local go-to RD for public speaking and has appeared on Rossville, Georgia’s UCTV The Morning Show and Night Talk, and also Chattanooga’s This ‘N That several times. In her free time, Danielle enjoys cooking, binging on Netflix shows, entertaining friends, and loving on her four cats.