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Hannah Martin, Past-President
Hannah is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Prevention Initiative where her work focuses on nutrition policy, valuing prevention, obesity reimbursement, and obesity education policies for health professionals. Previously she was a Nutrition Policy Fellow at the Food Research and Action Center working on CACFP and WIC policy. Hannah received an MPH and BSPH in Nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a DrPH in health policy at the George Washington University. Hannah previously served as the Public Policy Coordinator and State Policy Representative on the DCMAND Board and she was DCMAND’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for 2018.
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).
Stephanie Johnson, President-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 and project management. 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.
Sarah Goff, Treasurer
Sarah is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Children’s National Medical Center, working with the inpatient pulmonary, adolescent, and general medicine services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center.
Brittany Cines, Treasurer-Elect
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.
Meredith Dillon, Secretary
Meredith is a Pediatric Outpatient Dietitian for Children’s National Health System, specializing in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Prior to joining the diabetes team, she worked in general nutrition at Children’s National Health System, primarily counseling children and adolescents with obesity. She received her BS in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Maryland.
Marissa Donavan, Professional Development Committee Chair & Webmaster
Marissa Donovan is a registered dietitian with a passion for translating complex nutrition concepts into easy-to-understand messages and individualized nutrition plans. She believes strongly in creating a food environment that makes it easier for all of us to make better choices everyday. She works as an in-store nutritionist for Giant Food, helping customers make the best nutrition choices for themselves and their families through one-on-one consults, store tours, and community events. Marissa earned a MS in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics at Syracuse University, and her dietetic internship through Tri-County Health Department in Colorado.
Laura Sullivan, Professional Development Committee, First Seat
Laura is a bariatric dietitian for GW Medical Faculty Associates where she predominantly works with pre and post op surgery candidates as well as general weight loss and GI counseling. She is passionate about educating and helping others achieve overall health and wellness. She devotes her non-working hours to her company, Legend Nutrition & Fitness where nutrition counseling and personal training are individually and uniquely designed for each client to achieve their health goals in an optimal way. She received her BS in Dietetics from James Madison University and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University. She is pursuing her Master’s in Public Health emphasizing in Physical Activity at University of Maryland.
Camille Range, Professional Development Committee, Second Seat
Adair Lindsay, 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 individual nutrition coaching sessions, body composition screenings, health presentations and wellness challenges. Prior to working for FOH, Adair founded Eating with Integrity, a burgeoning nutrition practice located in Washington, DC. She also taught Food Science at the University of DC and implemented the SNAP-Ed program in preschool classrooms throughout the District. Adair earned degrees from Earlham College (BA Biochemistry) and Bastyr University (MS Nutrition) and completed her dietetic internship with Virginia Tech.
Valerie Agyeman, Nominating Committee Chair
Valerie is a 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 nursing center, helping the elderly population meet their nutritional needs every day. She has interest in nutrition communications and public health and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health degree in the near future.
Ali Hard, Nominating Committee, First Seat
Ali Hard, M.S. Nutrition and Public Health, RD, serves as Senior Associate for Federal Government Affairs at the National WIC Association. Ali received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia University. At NWA, Ali leads the office’s work on Capitol Hill, managing relationships with congressional offices. She also works closely with NWA’s national partners and represents the association on advocacy coalitions. Prior to joining NWA, Ali served as Tisch Scholar at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy at Columbia University. In that capacity, Ali helped to lead federal advocacy work and policy research around child nutrition. Ali conducted research on WIC, food insecurity, and health as Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras of Simmons College in Boston. During her Dietetic Internship and graduate studies, she completed rotations the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Policy Initiatives and Advocacy office, Cicatelli Associates Inc., which manages the WIC Training Center for New York State, the Office of Senator Gillibrand (NY), and the Mayor’s Food Policy Office in New York City.
Hannah Barker, Nominating Committee, Second Seat
Hannah is a registered dietitian who specializes in weight management. She currently works as a Bariatric Surgery Nutritionist for Kaiser Permanente, and enjoys providing nutrition counseling and education to pre-operative and post-operative patients. Hannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at the University of Maryland, and completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech.
Courtney Puidk, Public Policy Coordinator
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.
Laurie Hainley, Potomac Post Coordinator
Laurie is a registered dietitian with an expertise in global food and nutrition affairs, nutrition analysis and scientific communications. She currently works as a senior account executive at FoodMinds, a food and nutrition communications and consulting company that specializes in harnessing science, public affairs, food values and communications to meet business and public health objectives. Prior to this position, Laurie served as the social media consultant for the company Honest Tea, where she developed recipes, blogs and photographic content for the brand’s various media platforms. She has also offered her scientific communications expertise as a media consultant for a dietetics private practice, developing bi-monthly newsletters and social content on various health and wellness topics for the public. Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and she completed her dietetic internship with Virginia Tech in 2014.
Colleen Sideck, Strategic Communications Chair
Colleen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in health communications and marketing. She is a Health Coaching Program Coordinator for Wellness Corporate Solutions and a recent graduate of George Washington University’s Master of Public Health program. Prior to completing her MPH, Colleen worked as 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.
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.
Vanessa King, Community Initiatives Chair
Vanessa is a licensed dietetic nutritionist with a background in fitness and global health. She received her BA from the University of Toronto and her MS from American University. In Fall 2017 she joined the first group of Health and Wellness Coaches certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Besides serving on the DCMAND Board she is a lecturer at George Washington University, loves yoga and a good Crossfit WOD. If you have an idea for a community event please email her!
Min Krishnamurthy, Member Relations Coordinator
Min is a Registered Dietitian who received her Master’s degree from Bastyr University in Nutrition Science. Her post-grad work was done in the Washington DC area through Virginia Tech’s Dietetic Internship. She has experience with whole foods and plant-based nutrition and has a passion for cuisines of the world and a deep respect for the traditional Indian ingredients with which she grew up. Min’s nutrition philosophy involves functional foods, intuitive eating principles, integrative medicine, and mindfulness through meditation and yoga. She is also a certified yoga instructor and had a previous career in business analysis and information technology consulting. Her background provides her with interpersonal and public speaking skills which are essential in making the science of nutrition clear and accessible to all. As an in-store nutritionist for Giant Food, Min counsels clients and offers classes and workshops on a variety of topics from diabetes and weight management to the latest food trends. Min lives in Washington, DC and loves exploring the outdoors via hiking, cycling, kayaking, and sailing, as well as taking time to travel and volunteer in distant lands to fully immerse herself in different traditions and cultures.
Megan Smith, Fundraising Committee Chair
Megan currently works for Heath Care Services group as a Long Term Care Dietitian. She also does nutrition consults, education, and kitchen demonstrations for low-income populations with a company called Food Jonezi. Additionally, she counsels patients at Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness located on U-Street. She loves being Fundraising Chair for DCMAND because it is an awesome way to stay connected and meet people who share similar interests.