NACDD Announces Nancy Sutton as New Board Secretary

Atlanta (May 20, 2024) – The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Nancy Sutton, MS, RD, as new Board Secretary for the 2023-24 term.

Sutton will fill the vacancy left by Board Member Linda Scarpetta, who retired from her role in May. The term will end in September 2024. The Board elections for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 will begin this summer, and the new term will begin on Oct. 1, 2024.

“Nancy brings a wealth of experience and expertise in chronic disease management, and we look forward to her continued contributions to the Association,” said Board President Bala Simon. “We appreciate her stepping up to fill this role for the Board.”

Sutton has served on NACDD’s Board of Directors since 2022. She is Chief for the Center for Chronic Care & Disease Management at the Rhode Island Department of Health, whose mission is to improve health outcomes among the people of Rhode Island as it pertains to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia, with a focus on equity.

“We would like to share our congratulations with Nancy and extend heartfelt gratitude to Linda for her dedicated service,” said NACDD CEO John W. Robitscher. “Linda has been an invaluable asset to the Association, providing outstanding support and guidance during her tenure. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Please join us in thanking Linda Scarpetta for her service and welcoming Nancy Sutton as our new Board Secretary.

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 Members seek to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and nationally. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind to serve and represent every chronic disease division in all states and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

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