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Kris Sollid, President
As the Senior Director of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Kris monitors nutrition research making media headlines, analyzes evolving attitudes, beliefs and trust in information related to food and health, and develops evidence-based resources to address gaps in consumer knowledge. Kris has earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BA Geography) and the University of Maryland, College Park (BS Dietetics).
Raeleena Collington, President-Elect
Raeleena Collington, MS, MBA, LN is a licensed nutrition professional with 22 years of experience in the field of nutrition, dietetics and management. To this point, Raeleena has extensive experience in community-based food programs such as WIC, Head Start, CACFP and congregate meal programs. Over the span of her career, she has held titles such as: Public Health Nutritionist, Research Assistant, Nutrition Specialist, Health & Nutrition Manager, Principal (private practice) and Program Nutritionist. Currently she is a program manager for Prince Georges County and an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Raeleena received a BS (Animal Science) & a MS (Food & Nutritional Sciences) both from Tuskegee University. She has also received a MBA (Leadership) from Marist College and is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Education & Leadership in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College. Raeleena is licensed as a nutritionist in Washington, DC.
Brittany Shapiro, Treasurer
Brittany is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Children’s National Health System, specializing in gastroenterology and ketogenic diets. She also has her own private practice, titled Capital Pediatric Nutrition. Brittany received her BS in dietetics from the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has remained involved in DCMAND throughout this time.
Jenny Dang, Secretary
Jenny is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in early childhood nutrition and prenatal care. She currently works as a Nutrition Coordinator for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Northern Virginia Family Service, and enjoys providing nutrition counseling for families and education in the classrooms. She received her BS in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Community Nutrition and Food Security from Pennsylvania State University and completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech.
Thea Botswain, Nominating Committee, First Seat
Dani Hansen, Nominating Committee, Second Seat
Danielle (Dani) Hansen is a registered dietitian who works as a nutrition research analyst at Insight Policy Research. In this role, she supports a variety of projects for FNS related to SNAP, SNAP-Ed, WIC, and NSLP. She received her B.S. in dietetics, nutrition, and food science from the University of Vermont, achieved her M.S.P.H. in human nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed her dietetic practicum through Johns Hopkins’ coordinated program.
Colleen Sideck, Strategic Communications Chair
Colleen Sideck is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in health and wellness communications. She currently works as a Wellness Solutions Manager at Wellness Corporate Solutions. Prior to her work in corporate wellness, Colleen was a clinical dietitian at a long-term care facility. Colleen received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University, where she completed a Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, and her MPH in Public Health Communications and Marketing from The George Washington University. She also holds a National Board Certification in Health and Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) through the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching.
Ali Webster, Social Media Coordinator
Ali Webster is a recent graduate of the Virginia Tech Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics with a strong interest in food policy and nutrition communications. She received her BS in biochemistry and MS in human nutrition, both from The Ohio State University. While completing her degrees, Ali led multiple nutrition interventions aiming to reduce childhood obesity in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. She previously served as DCMAND’s student representative.
Jillian Griffith, Sponsorship Committee Chair
Ryan Woolley, Public Policy Coordinator
Ryan Woolley is a registered dietitian with an interest in improving population level health through nutrition policy. She works at the American Diabetes Association as the Associate Director of Evaluation and Outcomes Research. In this role she oversees the measurement and translation of data-driven outcomes of the Association’s initiatives to drive strategies and programmatic enhancements. She received her BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and her MSPH with a concentration in nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her dietetic internship through Johns Hopkins’ coordinated program.
Adair Anderson, House of Delegates Representative
Adair is a registered dietitian dedicated to protecting, promoting and advancing the health of our Nation. As FedStrive Dietitian and Health Promotion Coordinator at Federal Occupational Health (FOH), Adair improves the health, safety, and productivity of Federal employees through nutrition coaching, body composition screenings, health presentations and wellness challenges. Adair also sees clients through her private practice, Eating with Integrity. As an integrative dietitian nutritionist, she helps clients optimize digestion, metabolism and performance by addressing nutrient imbalances and deficiencies, healing the digestive tract, and emphasizing anti-inflammatory eating patterns.
Deborah Noymer, Professional Development Committee, First Seat
Debbie is a community dietitian at the Women Infants and Children program in Fairfax County, Virginia. Debbie specializes in maternal and child health and enjoys working with diverse populations. She Debbie received her BS in dietetics with a minor in Spanish language and culture from the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship through Virginia Tech.
Emily Braaten, Professional Development Committee, Second Seat
Emily Braaten is a registered dietitian based in Washington, DC. In her private practice, she specializes in eating disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and non-diet nutritional interventions for a variety of health concerns. She completed both her masters degree in Nutrition & Public Health and her dietetic internship at Teachers College, Columbia University