ADSA Executive Committee

2023-2025

MARIA VAN DER MERWE

President

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

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JESSICA BYRNE

Chief Operating Officer

Supports the President with the management of the Association as a member of the management committee. Coordinates internal communication with members via the weekly email bulletin and quarterly newsletters. Attend meetings on behalf of ADSA and assists all executive portfolios as and when required.

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ESTELLE VENTER

Treasury

Responsible for managing ADSA’s budget and overseeing the effective administration of the finances of the Association. Supports the President as member of the management committee.

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JANKE DRAPER

Member Relations

Assists with organisational tasks for the Executive Committee and supports the president as member of the management committee. Manages membership applications and coordinates member benefits. Liaises with members and non-members to establish needs to enhance membership benefits.

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CARLA GERRYTS

Private Practicing Dietitians (PPD)

Manages all professional issues relating private practising dietitians, including liaison with funders, communicating regulatory and other guidance, and provides assistance to dietitians on issues they may experience in private practice.

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PHILNA NEETHLING

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Manages the accreditation of CPD events and online activities to create opportunities for continued education and upskilling of dietitians. Acts as liaison between the executive committee and branch chairpersons, supporting the coordination and management of ADSA branches.

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NIRESHNEE REDDY

Public Sector Dietitians (PSD)

Establishes a support network and line of communication between dietitians in the public sector and ADSA, and communicates relevant developments in the public sector to ADSA members.

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Elske Rich

Public Relations

Handles all aspects related to public relations, including planning and implementing nutrition and health-related awareness days. Primary tact 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.

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JANETTA HARBRON

Advocacy and Knowledge Translation

Supports decision making and communication through the collation of high-quality evidence pertaining to the fields of nutrition and dietetics.

Email: advocacy@adsa.org.za

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