Diekman is a Past President of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diekman served on the ADA House of Delegates Leadership Team from 2004-06 and was a member of the ADA’s Board of Directors from 2004-09.
Previously she served as a delegate from the state of Missouri to the House of Delegates (governing body). She is a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate.
Diekman is also a former media spokesperson for the Academy. In this position, she has been quoted in thousands of magazines, newspapers and on the internet. She has appeared in countless radio and television interviews at the local level and on national shows, ranging from the TODAY show to the Oprah show. Diekman currently serves on several advisory panels providing her expertise in communications, especially related to nutrition and consumer behavior change.
Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Diekman was in private practice working with physicians, corporations and as an instructor at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. For seventeen years she was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute on WBBM radio in Chicago. She is a former television nutrition reporter with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate and the local FOX affiliate.
Diekman has received numerous honors, including the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association – St. Louis.
In addition to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diekman is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and The Obesity Society. Diekman earned her master’s degree in education - counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition - dietetics from Fontbonne College (now University). She completed her dietetic internship at St. Louis’ Barnes - Jewish Hospital.