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Robyn Douglas, Past-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 15,000 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’s of Public Policy from George Mason University and her B.S. from the University of Tennessee. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Tech. Robyn has previously served on DCMAND’s Executive Committee as Treasurer and was a member of the Public Policy Committee. When Robyn is not working or volunteering, she enjoys staying active with yoga, cooking, and traveling.
Hannah Martin, President
Hannah is a Senior 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.
Kris Sollid, President-Elect
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 Senior Director of Nutrition 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).
Courtney Paolicelli, Treasurer
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).
Sarah Goff, Treasurer-Elect
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.
Meredith Dillon, Secretary
Meredith is an 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.
Stephanie Johnson, Professional Development Committee Chair & 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.
Marissa Donavan, Professional Development Committee Chair-Elect
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.
Carolyn Wait, House of Delegates Representative
Carolyn is a senior 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 an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before serving as President, Carolyn was the Recording Secretary and President for DCMAND.
Brittany Cines, Nominating Committee Chair
Brittany is a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Children’s National Health System, specializing in gastroenterology 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.
Valerie Agyeman, Nominating Committee First Seat
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.
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.
Brittany Wood, Potomac Post Coordinator
Brittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently working in a residential treatment center for individuals with eating disorders. She graduated with a B.S. in Dietetics from James Madison University and her dietetic internship was completed at Virginia State University. Brittany 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.
Collen 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.
Adair Lindsay, Social Media Coordinator
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.
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!
Laurie Hailey, Member Relations Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator
Laurie is a registered dietitian with an expertise in food and nutrition affairs, nutrition analysis and scientific communications. She currently works as an account executive at FoodMinds, a food and nutrition communications company that specializes in harnessing science, public affairs, and communications to meet clients’ business and public health objectives. Prior to this position, Laurie served as the social media consultant for the company Honest Tea, and she continues to lend her nutrition communications expertise as a media consultant for a dietetics private practice in Northern Virginia. 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.
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.
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.