ASPEN Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Today, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) announced the selection of Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Johnson comes to ASPEN following a 25-year career at the Endocrine Society. In 2015, she was named the Endocrine Society’s Chief Program Officer and led its education, science, and professional development department. Her responsibilities included organizing more than 25 educational events each year, managing a multi-million-dollar budget and a staff of 18.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Johnson and are confident that ASPEN will benefit from her passion for continuous learning and professional development, as well as her experience in association management,” said ASPEN President Nilesh Mehta, MD.

“She is a proven leader in developing events and programs that encourage and enable healthcare professionals to learn, exchange information, and enhance their skills and careers. We feel strongly that under Ms. Johnson’s guidance, ASPEN will continue its leadership in advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism.”

"I am excited to join ASPEN and look forward to leading the organization as we expand our vital educational programs and employ emerging technologies to reach new generations of healthcare providers," said Ms. Johnson. “ASPEN, with a strong mission supported by dedicated members and staff, is primed to play an increasingly important role, both in the U.S. and internationally, in enhancing outcomes for patients who need nutrition support.”

Ms. Johnson’s work has garnered national attention and recognition. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation’s Visionary Award honoring the Meeting Professional of the Year.

In announcing her award, PCMA stated that Ms. Johnson, “... has significantly contributed to both the meeting management and healthcare industries over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights and collaboration. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking."

Ms. Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College in Paralegal Studies/Management Studies, has shown her own lifetime commitment to continuing education. She received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1995 and her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2009. She was named a Fellow of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) in 2012.

Ms. Johnson will assume her new position at ASPEN on January 2, 2019.

About American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,500 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education. For more information about ASPEN, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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