Charlene M. Russell-Tucker, M.S.M., RDN
President of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I had a passion for helping people acquire the knowledge to be healthy through healthy eating. Additionally, I had a high school teacher who helped unlock my passion.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education
Adjunct Faculty, Albertus Magnus College, Division of Professional and Graduate Studies
Previous employment positions:
Previously served as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Connecticut State Department of Education overseeing a portfolio of programs and services that included student health, nutrition and safety, adult education, special education, after school, and magnet and charter schools. My early career involved serving as a Head Start Nutritionist.
Past and Current Board Involvement:
CAND (Previously Connecticut Dietetic Association), President, (2003-2004); past co-chair Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee
National Association for Child and Adult Care Food Program Professionals, Past President and Northeast Regional Director
Co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absence
Expert Panel Member on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee: Review of WIC Food Packages – Improving Balance and Choice (2015-2017) and Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All (2009-2010)
Board member – the Child Health and Development Institute, The Children’s Fund of Connecticut and the University of Saint Joseph Women Leadership Center Steering Committee
What is your favorite recipe/food?
I enjoy a variety of foods.
General tip for improving diet?
Enjoy a variety of foods and always maintain balance.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Unlimited supply of nuts and fizzy and still water
What is the best part of your job?
Leading and influencing statewide policy that positively impacts the over half million students in Connecticut’s public education system.
Where do you want to see the CT AND and profession in 10 years?
As the leading advocate of the dietetic profession in Connecticut, the members of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CT AND) are its greatest asset. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs), and retirees of the profession provide leadership in diverse areas of practice and therefore, possess the ability to wield extensive influence.
By further developing a cohesive message, aligning and leveraging our collective talents, mentoring, coaching and sponsoring our students as well as our colleagues newest to the profession, tapping into the innovative mindset of students and the wisdom of our retirees, the CT AND will be positioned to utilize our collective voice to achieve collective impact.
As the 2019-2020 President with an extraordinarily diverse Board of Directors, The CT AND will continue to grow its members and build our Connecticut Academy as a robust and thriving entity that brings value to both its members and the public in the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being. Our diversity is our strength!
On behalf of the CT AND Board of Directors, we invite our 900 plus members to engage with us and join forces in promoting optimal nutrition and well-being for CT residents. Share your ideas with us!