ADSA Executive Committee 2019-2021

Christine Taljaard-Krugell

President: directs, manages and guides the Association, oversees all its activities on a strategic level and builds strategic partnerships.

Monique Piderit

Communications: coordinates all internal communication with members, via the weekly bulletin and quarterly executive newsletters, manages ADSA’s website, and ADSA’s inputs into other scientific journals or international newsletters, as well as co-ordinating a bursary fund and being a member of the PR team.

Michelle McDermott

Continuous Professional Development (CPD): manages the accreditation of CPD events and online activities to create opportunities for continued education and upskilling of dietitians. Each year the 10 ADSA branches across the country are encouraged to host one CPD event per quarter and there has been on average 3 to 4 CPD-accredited events per branch per year. This portfolio also provides dietitians with access to latest scientific evidence, guidelines and resources through PEN.

Kerry-Ann Dolloway

Membership: manages membership applications and coordinates member benefits. Liaises with members and non-members to establish needs to enhance membership benefits.

Caylin Goodchild

Membership: manages membership applications and coordinates member benefits. Liaises with members and non-members to establish needs to enhance membership benefits.


Monique Smorenburg

Treasury: responsible for managing ADSA's budget and overseeing the effective administration of the finances of the Association

Abby Courtenay

Secretary: assists with organisational tasks for the Executive Committee, such as taking meeting minutes and record keeping.

Retha Harmse

Public Relations: handles all aspects related to public relations, including planning and implementing nutrition and health-related awareness days, formulating and publicising statements based on evidence, acting as the official contact person for input into media content, monitoring of nutrition information communicated to the public and creating content to promote the profession in the public space, assisted by a team of spokespeople.

Chantal Walsh

Sponsorship: Recruits and manages suitable sponsors in line with ADSA’s updated rigorous sponsorship policy.

Kelly Francis

Representation: coordinates ADSA representatives on eight different official scientific or government groups or committees, as well as other interest groups, and manages the submission of comments to government on nutrition-related draft legislation.

Alta Kloppers

Private Practicing Dietitians (PPDs): manages all professional issues relating PPDs, including the PPD database, addressing billing practices and providing assistance to PPDs on issues they may experience in private practice.

Maria van der Merwe

Public Sector Dietitians (PSD): establishes a support network and line of communication between dietitians in the public sector and ADSA, and communicates relevant developments, such as employer/labour negotiations to ADSA members.

Jessica Byrne

Chief Operating Officer: part-time employed dietitian to assist with public relations, attend meetings on behalf of ADSA, and assist with other executive portfolios as and when required.

Baheya Najaar

Branch Liaison: acts as the communication link between ADSA branch chairpersons and the national Executive Committee to ensure consistency in operations, and manages the mentorship programme.