Tricia Psota – Past-President
Tricia is a nutritionist at the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion responsible for supporting the development of evidence-based dietary guidance and promotion of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans through a wide range of nutrition marketing and communication strategies. She has been active within DCMAND for several years, previously serving as President, Treasurer, and Awards Chair.
Robyn Douglas – President
Robyn is the Coordinator of School Nutrition Services for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) where she oversees menu development, marketing, nutrition education, and serves as the nutrition liaison for Alexandria City wellness initiatives. ACPS serves over 13,000 students breakfast, lunch, after school snacks, and supper daily. Prior to working for ACPS, Robyn managed clinical nutrition and food service operations in acute and long term care settings. She has past experience as a clinical dietitian in geriatrics, pediatrics, intensive care, and behavioral health. Robyn received her Master of Public Policy in Global Medical Policy from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Governance and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She completed her Dietetic Internship with Virginia Tech. Robyn has previously served on DCMAND’s Executive Committee as Treasurer and was a member of the Public Policy Committee. Robyn also served on the Executive Board of the University of Tennessee’s DC Alumni Chapter. When Robyn is not working or volunteering, she enjoys staying active with yoga, cooking, and traveling.
Hannah Martin – President-Elect
Hannah is a Policy Analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Prevention Initiative where her work focuses on advancing the understanding of the value of prevention, promoting health at large institutions, and aligning food and farm policy. Previously she worked at the Food Research and Action Center on CACFP and WIC. Hannah received an MPH and BSPH in Nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Lindsey Palmer – Treasurer
Lindsey is the State Agency Director at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, responsible for overseeing all child nutrition meal programs in schools throughout DC. Her work has focused on food insecurity and child hunger in low income areas.
Courtney Paolicelli – Treasurer-Elect
Courtney is a Social Science Research Analyst at USDA Food and Nutrition Service where she manages research projects evaluating Child Nutrition and other food assistance programs. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University where she teaches courses in the MPH Nutrition Program. Prior to moving to the DC area, Courtney was involved in the San Diego Dietetic Association (Education Co-Chair) and the California Dietetic Association (Legislative Ambassador, 2012 Emerging Leader in Dietetics Recipient). She currently resides in the DC metro area with her husband, LtCol Mark Paolicelli (USMC).
Kari Harris – Secretary
Kari N Harris is a consultant in the Deloitte Federal consulting practice currently serving clients in the Military Health System regarding health and wellbeing for Service members and their families. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition with a focus on maternal-child and global health and with her Registered Dietitian credential. She completed clinical nutrition rotations in North Carolina and at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Since graduate school, she has held positions responsible for managing clinical research operations, database infrastructure, guiding evidence-based quality assurance initiatives, and building collaborative relationships among stakeholders. She has evaluated both qualitative and large quantitave data sets in domestic and international public health programs to facilitate strategic visioning and change, process improvement, and budgetary compliance.
Kris Sollid – Professional Development Committee, Chair
Kris Sollid is a registered dietitian with a passion for improving nutrition science communications to consumers, health professionals, and other message multipliers that directly influence public perception. As the Director of Nutrients Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Kris monitors the nutrition research and media environments to analyze how science communications impact consumer attitudes, beliefs and trust in information related to food and health. Since joining IFIC in 2009, his role has included leading consumer-based research projects, educational resource development, social and traditional media engagement, and timely written contributions to IFIC Foundation’s blog and newsletter. He has also authored and co-authored a variety of external consumer, trade, and peer-reviewed publications. Kris has earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BA Geography) and the University of Maryland, College Park (BS Dietetics).
Stephanie Johnson –Professional Development Committee, Chair-Elect & Webmaster
Stephanie Johnson is a registered dietitian with a background in sustainability and graphic design. She is an Associate at N. Chapman Associates where she focuses on nutrition regulatory policy. She has a strong foundation in community nutrition from her work as a public health research intern for the Montana Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, graphic designer for Montana State University Health Promotion, and volunteer for the Gallatin County Detention Center educating inmates about health literacy, nutrition, and art. She received her BS in Food and Nutrition and BS in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University, and her RD from Virginia Tech.
Carolyn Wait – House of Delegates Representative
Carolyn is a program manager at Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, where she creates resources and provides technical assistance to expand access to child nutrition programs. Prior to this, Carolyn was a Child and Adult Care Food Program Specialist for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education and also a National Nutrition Policy Fellow at the Food Research and Action Center. Carolyn earned a BS in Nutrition from Ohio State University and a MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before serving as President, Carolyn was the Recording Secretary and President for DCMAND.
Lindsay Moyer – Nominating Committee, Chair
Lindsay Moyer is a Project Coordinator for Nutrition Action Healthletter at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nutrition advocacy organization. She works on print and online content for Nutrition Action that helps consumers make healthier food choices in grocery stores and restaurants.
Brittany Cines – Nominating Committee, First Seat
Brittany is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Children’s National Health System, specializing in gastrenterology and ketogenic diets. She studied dietetics at the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been involved in DCMAND throughout this time.
Hannah Leu – Nominating Committee, Second Seat
Hannah Leu is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Children’s National Medical Center, specializing in hematology and oncology, working with both inpatient and outpatient populations. Hannah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from The Ohio State University, and completed her Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview.
Courtney Puidk – Public Policy Committee, Chair
Courtney is a dietitian in Washington, DC, currently providing nutrition counseling for individuals, families, and the community at VIDA Fitness – Navy Yard. She earned her Bachelor’s in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Illinois – Chicago, then took a Master’s in Holistic Nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Courtney moved to Washington, DC to complete her dietetic internship with a policy focus, as she is passionate about issues concerning policy and public health. Courtney served as the Public Policy Chair on the Student Nutrition Association at Bastyr and has been working with the Public Policy Committee of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG for four years, currently serving as their Policy and Advocacy Leader, as well.
Sydni Arnone – Strategic Communications Chair
Sydni is a Dietetic Technician, Registered and a certified ServSafe® Food Protection Manager. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics Track from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
Brittany Wood – Potomac Post Editor
Brittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently working in a clinical setting at a skilled nursing facility. She graduated with a B.S. in Dietetics from James Madison University and her dietetic internship was completed at Virginia State University. Britany has previously served DCMAND as reimbursement representative. She is currently working on a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition through the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Valerie Agyeman – Social Media Coordinator
Valerie is a newly credentialed Registered Dietitian and recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park Dietetic Internship Program. She graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Valerie is currently working in a clinical setting at a rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, helping the elderly population meet their nutritional needs every day. She has an interest in international nutrition and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health degree in the near future.
Sara Quinteros – Community Initiatives Chair
Sara is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian for Children’s National Health System specializing in nutrition support for children with intestinal failure through their Intestinal Rehab Program. Sara also has her own non-profit, Little Chef’s Kitchen, an ongoing project that aims to educate, motivate and empower kindergarten to 12th grade students in low socio-economic areas to make healthy food choices through hands-on experience in the kitchen. Sara earned her BS in Hospitality Management from the Pennsylvania State University, her MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Syracuse University and completed her internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also has a culinary certificate from the Culinary Institute of America.
Veronica Chocron – Diversity Recruitment Chair
Veronica was born in Montreal, and having been around diverse cultures as a child, her passion for different types of cuisines quickly developed. Her affinity for metabolism continued, and she received her Bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Furthermore, she went on to obtain her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. While working on her masters thesis project, she worked as a health screener in the South Florida area. She completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo in the Mid Atlantic, and began working at Children’s National Medical Center shortly after. Her current work is to nourish children pre and post heart transplant to promote the most positive health outcomes.
Megan Smith – Fundraising Chair
Megan is a newly credentialed Registered Dietitian. She recently started a position as a Health Technician with the National Institutes of Health and she hopes to stay on as a Registered Dietitian with the government in years to come. She also works as a Registered Dietitian with low income populations in DC. Megan is interested in holistic wellness as well as sustainability and agriculture. She is excited to be a new member of the DCMAND board!
Emily Snyder – Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Snyder is a Nutrition Policy Associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). She works on the organization’s healthy checkout campaign that reimagines the choices offered at checkout in retail stores nationwide. Prior to this, Emily worked on CSPI’s Food Day and CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter. Emily earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and completed the Cornell Dietetic Internship. She has been active within DCMAND for several years, most recently serving as Nominating Committee Chair.
Christina Riley – Second Century Liaison
Christina is a nutritionist with the Food Distribution Division at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. In this role, Christina serves as the nutritionist supporting USDA Foods product development and reformulation, as well as communication efforts for schools. Prior to joining USDA, Christina worked with the New York City Department of Health to implement policies to improve the nutrition quality of meals, snacks, and vending machines in New York City agencies. Christina also worked with the Food Bank for New York City to improve the nutrition quality of foods served at soup kitchens and food pantries.