Potomac Post – Winter 2018

Letter from the President

Happy 2018, everyone!

I hope you are all rested and recharged for what promises to be a busy 2018 for DCMAND.

In case you haven’t heard, DC is hosting FNCE 2018! We hope you will all join us October 20 to 23 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center downtown. A group of us recently met with the FNCE planning team when they came to town for a site visit to the convention center and we learned so much about what it means to be a host city. We look forward to sharing that with you soon so keep an eye out for opportunities to volunteer and opportunities to help us plan our free booth. And I hope you’ll also block off October 24 for what promises to be the largest Academy lobby day ever!

Speaking of policy, DCMAND will also be reviving our annual state legislative day later this spring. This event will offer opportunities for CEUs, professional development, networking, and meeting with members of the DC Council and their staff to promote our profession. This is a great opportunity to practice your advocacy skills and a very approachable first step for anyone who has been unsure about joining AND’s quarterly advocacy days on Capitol Hill. And if you’re interested in policy leadership, email We are looking for a diverse group to help coordinate visits with all 13 members of the Council.

Lastly, we will soon be unveiling our organization’s new strategic plan, developed by a group of current and past board members (Whitney Bateson, Carolyn Wait, Robyn Douglas, Tricia Psota, Kris Sollid, and myself) with the expert guidance of DCMAND Executive Director Carrie Kiley. To help develop this plan, we surveyed our entire 2016-2017 membership, current and past board members, area non-member dietitians, and local leaders in food and nutrition to see how we can best serve our members and our profession. This roadmap will guide our programming and member benefits over the next several years and we look forward to hearing from you as we work to maximize the value of your membership.

Hannah Martin, MPH, RD
DCMAND President

Letter from the Editor

Greetings DCMAND members!

Part of our responsibility as nutrition professionals is staying up-to-date on all things nutrition…which means not only the new research, but the new consumer trends.  As 2017 came to an end and 2018 began, I have noticed an influx of the top trends to watch out for in 2018 in the media.  So in case you have tried not to pay too much attention to the latest nutrition trends, I wanted to share what I gathered as the important (or interesting) trends as we head into 2018.

  1. Probiotics.  This one seems like old news, but if you are like me, the gut microbiome remains a top interest in my own professional development. A Today’s Dietitian survey polled a group of dietitians who agree that fermented foods are a true superfood.  Read this article to find out what other foods that group of dietitians like to recommend.
  2. Adaptogens.  These natural substances have been recognized for around 60 years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Adaptogens help mediate stress responses within the body.  New research will continue to develop in order to understand more about the in vivo mechanisms of action. [Panossian, A. (2017). Understanding adaptogenic activity: specificity of the pharmacological action of adaptogens and other phytochemicals. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.]
  3. Raw water?  This has to be the most interesting trend of the three.  Especially when the filtration and marketing of drinking water has transformed filtered water into a money-making industry.  Read this article for more information.

Now for what to look out for beyond the trends…

In order to stay in the loop with all the latest nutrition information, don’t forget about the annual meeting DCMAND offers.  So don’t forget to mark your calendars.  April 20, 2018 will be DCMAND’s annual meeting at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.  Expect announcements in future E-blasts for information on registration.

This years theme is  “The Whole Package”,  looking at the body as a whole to improve the effectiveness of our nutrition practice.  Speakers will be exploring topics like how nutrition affects body systems, uncommon collaborations, and work-life balance.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Early-Bird Registration: February 1-28
Normal Registration: March 1- April 17

Brittany Wood, RDN
Potomac Post Editor

What has DCMAND been up to?

On December 1, 2017, 30 members of DCMAND were treated to a half-day CPE event at one of the most iconic buildings in the DC metro area: the Pentagon. The event, entitled Health and Nutrition: A National Security Issue, included a 1 hour guided tour of DoD headquarters, followed by an invigorating 1½ hour seminar presented by LTC Victor A. Suarez, U.S. Army. In the seminar, LTC Suarez, who currently serves as the Chief of Staff at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, discussed research he conducted in 2016-17 as an Army War College Fellow at George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. His project focused on ways and means to optimize health readiness of the force by incorporating lessons from the most successful corporate health and well-being programs and by creating an aspirational culture of health during all stages of one’s service to improve health outcomes, lower healthcare costs and produce healthier service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. The DCMAND Board of Directors sincerely appreciates LTC Suarez’s dedication to health and nutrition promotion, as well as his willingness to speak our members about this exciting movement within the DoD community. DCMAND would also like to extend our appreciation to LTC Mark Paolicelli, U.S. Marine Corps, who was instrumental in coordinating the logistics for this exciting event.

Meet the Board Member

Name: Stephanie Johnson, RDN, LD
BOD Position: PDC Chair and Webmaster
Education: Montana State University
BS – Food and Nutrition, Dietetics
BS – Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences
Dietetic Internship- Virginia Tech, Falls Church
Current position: Associate, N. Chapman Associates and Nutritionist, Advocates for Better Children’s Diets

What you like most about your position? 
In my current positions, I get the opportunity to work with all types of clients including private businesses, non-profit organizations, government, schools, professional organizations, and individuals in the DC community. I love that I get to stay up on current events and that every day is different. I enjoy the creativity and critical thinking that this position requires. They also let me do some graphic design on occasion, which I love.

Favorite activities outside of work:
When not working, I try to spend my time exploring all of the wonderful and interesting events and places available around the District. They seem to be endless. When at home, I enjoy making my boyfriend try vegetarian dishes, painting, and small design projects.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC:
Amazing free events (i.e., Gloria Gaynor concert and disco at the Library of Congress!)

Meet the Cindy Reeser Award Winner of 2016-2017

Name: Jenny Dang, RD
Education: B.S in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State (December 2015), Internship at Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia location (May 2017)
Current Position: Nutrition Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for Northern Virginia Family Services and Food Policy Associate for Food Directions

What you like about your position?
I’m actually starting the Nutrition Coordinator position early January! I really enjoyed my Head Start rotation during the internship, and am excited to pursue this area full time. I look forward to implementing nutrition programs for young children and their families because I believe this is the stage where I can empower them to develop a strong nutrition status and lifestyle habits. In my Food Policy position, I like that I can work on a variety of topics such as the nutrition facts panel and food labeling.

Favorite activities outside of work:
Hiking, painting, playing the piano, cooking

Favorite thing to do in DC: 
I love visiting the monuments at dusk. There are few tourists around at that time, so you can really soak in the experience. In the metro area, I love having a picnic by the water in Old Town.

Persimmons: The New Flavor of the Winter

Article and Recipe by Jenny Dang, RD

Step over pomegranates, clementines, and pears. There is a new, popular winter fruit and its name is persimmon.

Persimmons have a reddish-orange color and different varieties are round like a tomato or resemble more of a heart shape. The two most common types are hachiya persimmons (astringent) and fuyu persimmons (non-astringent). Astringency creates a dry or puckering sensation in the mouth.

Hachiya are more heart shape and contain tannins, creating a bitter and astringent taste if not eaten ripe. When ripe, they taste sweet and have a jelly-like consistency. To speed up the ripening process, place hachiya in a brown paper bag with an apple or a banana because these fruits produce ethylene gas, a ripening agent. Hachiya are ripe when they have a deep orange color and will feel very soft and plump to the touch.

Fuyu persimmons are round like a tomato and have an orange color similar to a pumpkin. They taste crunchy like an apple or a pear, but they can also taste similarly soft to hachiya when ripened longer. They can be eaten fresh as a snack or sliced up and used as a topping for salad, breads, pie, yogurt, oatmeal, and toast.

Both varieties can be eaten raw or pureed for ice cream, jam, and baked goods. Persimmons can be found at Asian grocery stores but are also popping up in stores like Safeway, Whole Foods, and Costco.

Spiced Persimmon Oatmeal
½ cup oats
½ cup milk
½ cup water
1 persimmon
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract

Bring milk and water to a boil, add oats, and reduce to medium heat.
Finely dice the persimmons, reserving ¼ to ½  for a topping.
Add diced persimmons, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the oats and stir occasionally.
Cook to desired consistency and transfer to a bowl. Top with diced persimmons, nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, coconut flakes, or honey.

In Case You Missed It…

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has announced this years theme for National Nutrition month.  Believe it or not, but March is right around the corner.  The theme this year is “Go Further with Food”.  The messages of this year reflect the need for cutting back on food waste, and putting that responsibility directly in the consumer’s hands as well as emphasizing food safety.

Public Policy Update

The Academy will be seeking input from Academy members and DPGs over the next two years as we make recommendations on the upcoming Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025.

Additionally, the Academy will select nominees to serve on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). Nomination criteria for the most recent 2015 DGAC was detailed as:

“Prospective members of the DGAC should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition and chronic disease and be respected and published experts in their fields. The prospective members also should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of the Guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public’s health and well-being through research and/or educational endeavors. Expertise will be sought in specific specialty areas that may include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease; type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity; osteoporosis; cancer; pediatrics; gerontology; maternal/gestational nutrition; epidemiology; general medicine; energy balance, which includes physical activity; nutrient bioavailability; nutrition biochemistry and physiology; food processing science, safety and technology; public health; nutrition education and behavior change; and/or nutrition-related systematic review methodology.”

If you would like to nominate any qualified experts, including yourself, who meet the criteria for DGAC nominations, please submit their name(s), credentials and contact information to Nate Stritzinger at Contact Pepin Tuma at for additional information.

Upcoming Policy events in Washington DC:

  • The  2018 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference will take place February 25-27 in Washington, DC. Join the more than 1,200 individuals who have registered to attend what is expected to be the largest anti-hunger conference. It’s not too late to register today. The draft agenda and additional information can be found on the conference website.
  • Obesity Care Advocacy Day and Congressional Briefing will take place on Capitol Hill, February 27. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in conjunction with Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) leaders will host the second annual Obesity Care Network Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 27 in Washington, DC. Participants will attend meetings with Capitol Hill offices between 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and a lunch briefing at noon. The day’s events will conclude with an ANDPAC and ObesityPAC reception 4:30 – 6 p.m. to honor legislators who have championed efforts to promote patient access to, and coverage of, obesity treatment services. Register today and join us!

Potomac Post – Fall 2017

President’s Message

With the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics turning 100 this year and FNCE coming to DC in 2018, it is a very exciting time to be a DCMAND member. Our affiliate has made great strides over the past several years with improving our communications platforms (see below!), consistently hosting an engaging annual meeting, and many behind-the-scenes changes that will help us serve you better. I hope to continue these improvements and welcome your feedback throughout the year.

Leading up to FNCE 2018 when we will need all the help you can give to make us an amazing host affiliate, the Board is ramping up ways for our members to get involved. We would love your help with social media, planning the annual meeting, public policy/advocacy, Second Century, writing content for the Potomac Post, or general event planning. Additionally, if you know a stellar student, we are still seeking a Student Representative for our Board.

I am honored to begin my year serving as your president, and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at potlucks, happy hours, educational events, FNCE, our annual meeting, and “in the wild” through professional connections.

All the best,
Hannah Martin, MPH, RD

In Case You Missed It …

DCMAND’s annual Welcome Potluck was held on Tuesday September 12th in Washington, DC. This potluck is held for our members each fall, and it provides a great opportunity for networking with other RDs, DTRs, and dietetic students in the DC metro area. Thank you to all who attended and contributed foods and beverages to the event; you helped to make it a success! As always, remember to follow DCMAND emails and social media posts for our latest updates and upcoming events

Board of Directors Spotlight

Meredith Dillon

BS (Nutrition and Dietetics), University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland, 2016

Role in DCMAND: 2017-2018 Secretary

Current position: Outpatient Pediatric Dietitian, Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Children’s National Health System

What you like most about your position: Teaching newly diagnosed children with Type 1 Diabetes is such a rewarding process to be a part of. Many families feel out of control after diagnosis, and equipping children and families with tools they can use to take control of their diagnosis is powerful and so much fun.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work: Exercise is a huge part of my life and I am a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training. I’m always looking to try a new workout to challenge my body. I am also a season ticket holder for Pitt Football, so many weekends are spent traveling to Pittsburgh to see my favorite college team!

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: The Capital Crescent Bike Trail runs right from my house to the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown.  My ideal Sunday in DC would be biking to the boathouse for an hour of Stand-Up Paddleboarding and then heading over to the Shirlington Dog Park with my beagle mix puppy.

DCMAND Member Feature

Juliet Rodman RDN, CPT

Degree (education and internship):  BS in Exercise Science – Guildford College, BS in Dietetics – University of Maryland, Dietetic Internship- Virginia Tech

Current position: Chief Wellness Officer at Wellness Corporate Solutions

What you like most about your position:  As Co-Founder and Chief Wellness Officer for Wellness Corporate Solutions I have had the opportunity to build a network of over 1700 RDNs nationwide.  Working with this group and my internal corporate team WCS delivers expert health education, health coaching, and wellness program services to over half a million customers. I believe my company succeeded in the corporate wellness space because of our “never give up” entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to consistently deliver an excellent product.  I believe the expertise and professionalism of the RDN sets us apart from other companies in the industry. Our mission has always been to spread wellness in the workplace and I am so proud of the work we have accomplished.

One more exciting fact: The Academy’s Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG has selected me as the 2017 Outstanding Dietitian Award Winner!

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work:   I can be found moving at most times of the day whether it’s in the office on my treadmill desk or participating in any of my favorite activities such as CrossFit, yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, cycling, hiking and jogging trails wherever I go.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC:  Brunch at Chaplin’s (8th and P) with my son Nolan and his friends!! Utterly delicious!

Letter from the Editor

Happy Fall DCMAND members!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  The leaves are changing, I can break out my collection of scarfs, and it also means FNCE is right around the corner.  Unfortunately, while I am not able to make it Chicago this year, I do hope some fellow DCMAND members will be attending.  If you are lucky enough to be attending, please consider sharing your experience and writing a brief blurb to be featured in the winter Potomac Post.

Contact Brittany Wood at to share your FNCE experience, or to nominate a colleague to be our featured member.

Brittany Wood, RDN
Potomac Post Editor

Hokie Bowl

Potomac Post – Spring 2017

President’s Message

I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by! I feel like it was just yesterday when I wrote my first president’s message. Over the course of the year, I’ve had the good fortune to meet (or reconnect) with many of you at our seasonal networking events, board meetings, FNCE Boston, the NBC4 Health Expo, Quarterly Advocacy Days, the National Nutrition Month Celebration, and most recently, at our dynamic Annual Meeting, “Dietetics 2.0: Updating our Profession for the Second Century.” I’ve heard many wonderful stories of our members finding new opportunities by networking with their fellow peers. The Board of Directors hopes to continue to provide these opportunities over the next year. If you haven’t joined us for an event yet, we encourage you to come out and see what the fuss is all about. Many of our gatherings are available to you at little to no cost–so what are you waiting for?

I want to thank those of you who participated in this year’s strategic planning survey. Your feedback on the direction of the affiliate and programming is very valuable as we make plans for the next fiscal year. I would also like to thank the current Board of Directors–this year would not have been a success without your hard work and dedication to the profession! Many thankless tasks such as communication strategy development, bylaws revisions, and venue searches are happening behind the scenes in order to bring you, our members, a full-year of valuable programming. We do this because we believe in the advancement and benefit of our profession. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be in these positions at all.

So without further ado, I am officially handing the torch over to the next board. The list of upcoming members can be found on the website after the current year volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as either the Student Representative or the Volunteer Coordinator, please email Hannah Martin at

It’s been a pleasure to serve you.

Signing off,
Robyn Douglas, MPP, RDN, LDN

Letter from the Editor

DCMAND members,

I hate to admit it…but this year was my first attending a DCMAND annual meeting. For those of you that attended, I am sure you will agree with me- it did not disappoint. The meeting was tailored to our diverse membership; there was definitely something for everyone. We learned about 3-D printed food- is that really a thing?!? And instead of just sitting and listening all day, we got to stand up and IMPROV during a unique afternoon session. It was fun, and I am not just saying that because I should. So, if you missed the opportunity to learn and grown with us this year, I hope to see you next year.

As we wrap up another successful year, I feel it is necessary to reflect on all of the positive things we have done together this year. From the various networking happy hours to volunteering with S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat) and the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo; we have been making our mark as the nutritional professionals in D.C. And as we head into the next year, I hope to see more of you get involved!

I am excited for what is to come this next year, with a new Board of Directors, and more opportunities to learn and grow with all of you in DCMAND.

Warm regards,
Brittany Wood, RDN
Potomac Post Editor 2016-2017

Second Century Update

Christina Riley, DCMAND’s Second Century Liaison

Happy birthday to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy)! To celebrate 100 years, the Academy and its members have launched the Second Century Initiative. This initiative aims to guide the future of the profession over the next century and to explore opportunities to impact health and nutrition around the world. It began in 2016, seeking input from members through a survey and member summit, to build a vision and identify areas of focus. This year, the Academy is working within the six key vision areas identified to create innovation projects, build partnerships with other organizations, and fundraise to support the implementation of these projects. The six key vision areas include:

  • Accelerating progress through technology
  • Revealing evidence through gold-standard research
  • Empowering consumers through education and creating an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice
  • Advocating for stronger policies
  • Optimizing wellness through healthcare and customized nutrition solutions, and
  • Fueling innovation through investment.

We encourage members of DCMAND to be engaged and make your voices heard throughout this process. Here are some ways you can be involved:

  • Be open to new ideas and bring your passion, energy, and commitment to support this initiative.
  • Send comments, questions, or ideas for the initiative to
  • Visit the Second Century website for updates about the project and future plans.
  • Attend FNCE 2017 to hear about the partnerships and innovation projects that will launch in 2018.
  • Provide a donation to support the Second Century initiative and future projects.

We appreciate all of our DCMAND members and would like to thank those who have already been engaged in the efforts mentioned above. We look forward to the innovation and collaboration this project will inspire across the membership and will continue to provide updates on how to be involved over the next year!

Public Policy Update

Courtney Puidk, MS, RDN, LDN
DCMAND Public Policy Coordinator

DC Licensure Update

Stephanie Johnson, RD; Senator Tom Carper DE (D); Robyn Douglas at the Academy’s Quarterly Advocacy Day – February

The DC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition has filled all vacancies. At the December meeting, the Board decided that beginning with the 2017 licensure renewal period, all DC licensed dietitians and nutritionists must complete 2 CEUs of LGBTQ training per 30-CEU licensure period. Subcommittees will begin to work on definitions for Scope of Practice and Licensure, as well as how to conduct CEU audits. They will be seeking input from the public, if interested in participating, please contact for more information. The next meeting of the DC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition will be held on June 8, 2017.

Register Now: Public Policy Workshop

There has never been a better time to show the important role food and nutrition play in our nation’s health: Attend the world’s largest food and nutrition policy and advocacy summit, the Academy’s Public Policy Workshop, June 25 to 26, in Washington, D.C. Exciting changes make this year’s PPW the “go-to” event to sharpen your communication skills, advocate for the profession and develop new high-level personal and professional relationships. A new video shows why attending PPW is so important.
Learn More

USDA Maintains Current Nutrition Standards in School Meals, Moves to Allow Flavored Low-Fat Milk

On Monday, Secretary of Agriculture Perdue provided guidance to school nutrition directors that sodium and whole grains requirements will stay current for the coming 2017-18 year. Any additional changes will be addressed through the regulatory process, which will be available for public comment. To address decreasing milk consumption and meeting the needs of calcium, a new interim rule will be promulgated and open for public comment which is expected to allow low-fat flavored milk. USDA also noted that they supports technical support to help address specific issues related to whole grains, sodium and dairy in the school meals programs. These issues were discussed during the debates and negotiations on child nutrition act reauthorization with input from our member leaders. We continue to support our school nutrition directors who will move forward serving children nutritious meals.

2017 Award Winners

Another congratulations to all of our 2017 award winners that were recognized at the annual meeting!

Emerging Dietetic Leader: Elana Natker
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Stephanie Johnson
Outstanding Dietetic Student Award – Coordinated Program: Nasheba Alexander
Outstanding Dietetic Student Award – Didactic Program in Dietetics: Aisha Moten
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year: Sydni Arnone
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Merel Kozlosky
Ann Litt Graduate Student Award: Suzanne Bowser
Cindy Reeser Undergraduate DPD/Dietetic Intern Award: Jenny Dang
50 Year Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Shirley Blakely

Going Beyond the Month: A Look Back at this Year’s National Nutrition Month

Rachel Gabauer, RDN, LD
2016 Emerging Leader Award Winner

For one month of every year, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which serves to remind us of the value of healthy living as well as the role of the dietitian. This year’s theme was “Putting your Best Fork Forward” – which is not only catchy, but it should also make you ponder: how have I and how can I continue to put my “best fork forward?” It is important for everyone – dietitians, clients, patients – to think of how they can make a conscious effort on a daily basis to become a healthier person, a more successful professional, and an innovator in the field of nutrition.

I used National Nutrition Month as a time to become more mindful – mindful of my own personal dietary and physical habits and mindful of my professional growth. On a personal level, I’ve applied evidence-based research to improve my health by transitioning toward a more plant-based diet. I’ve also found new ways to exercise that are both enjoyable and sustainable for my lifestyle. As a new clinical dietitian, this year’s National Nutrition Month was especially significant to me. I implement the idea of “putting my best fork forward” by improving my clinical practice, participating in journal clubs and webinars, and hopefully providing a meaningful impact on the lives of my patients.

These concepts of mindfulness and self-improvement are ones that should resonate with us far beyond just the month of March. I encourage all of you – friends, colleagues, fellow dietitians – to use National Nutrition Month not only as a way to celebrate the field of nutrition, but also as a reminder that there is always room for personal and professional growth in our lives. We should not limit ourselves to one month per year to “put our best fork forward,” but rather encourage and support one another on a daily basis to become healthier and happier people.

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Jenny Dang & Megan McFadden
Virginia Tech Dietetic Interns

During March and April, we worked with the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) School Nutrition Services team. We recipe tested and developed vegetarian options for the 2017-2018 school year.

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we helped the TC Williams Titans put their best fork forward into Hokie Bowls. On Friday, March 24, TC students had the opportunity to sample a fresh vegetarian taco bowl that included roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned black beans, chopped lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Over 50% of student responses to the Hokie Bowl samples indicated that they would be a good addition to the menu for the 2017-2018 school year. However, the major critique was that the bowls needed more heat. After returning to the kitchen, we revamped the recipe by substituting the sweet potatoes with a cheesy black bean & brown rice mix and by adding more spices to the black beans. Over 75% of student responses to the revised Hokie Bowl samples indicated that students were excited about the new potential vegetarian menu option.

Try Jenny and Megan’s Hokie Bowl at home!

Servings: 4-5
Serving Size: ½ cup


  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 1-15 oz can black beans
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Dash of red pepper
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 ½ cups cheese

Instructions: Mix the spices with the black beans and cook for 20 mins at 350 F. Cook the brown rice according to the package. Mix cooked beans and rice together with ½ cup cheese. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and desired amount of cheese.

Board of Directors Feature

Hannah Martin, MPH, RD
Education: MPH/RD from UNC Chapel Hill’s coordinated program

Role in DCMAND : I am the President-Elect through June 1, at which point I will become the President for one year. I previously held public policy roles on the board from 2014 to 2016.

Current position: I am a Policy Analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Prevention Initiative

What you like most about your position: I like the very broad range of issues that I get to work on, including: health professional training standards, reimbursement for obesity treatment, military health, food service guidelines, sustainable agriculture, and how housing policies impact health.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work: I am a cyclist and involved with the Women and Bicycles program. Only 26% of DC-area cyclists are women and W&B is a wonderfully supportive sisterhood devoted to increasing that number.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: My favorite thing about DC is having dozens of authentic cuisines from other countries at my fingertips. I grew up in farm country so it’s still crazy to me that I can eat from 6 continents here.

Member Feature

Zile Jones, RD

Education: Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University
Keene State College Dietetic Internship

Current position: Long term care at a facility in Maryland.

What I like most about my position: First what I like about my position is, it is what brought me down to the DC area. I am excited to become involved with local organizations and get to know the area. In addition I appreciate the flexibly and availability to take on more roles- for example I have been able to cover for different facilities under the same company in the area and see how they operate, and I plan on taking on a student in the coming months.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: I have always been into hiking and have been enjoying exploring local hikes around D.C. Recently I went to Harpers Ferry and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail which was beautiful.

Free Webinar

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation invites you to join a webinar exploring the Academy and Foundation’s international journey, including the direction for our Second Century. The Global Food and Nutrition Resource Hub, developed through an educational grant from the Foundation, will be featured, including materials focused on Central America:

  • Background information on key nutrition-related topics in Central America, including how to explain health and nutrition concepts to this population
  • Educational illustrations to help teach these key nutrition-related topics in Central America
  • A collection of food illustrations and nutrient comparison charts unique to the local food supply of Central America

Main learning objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Describe some of the current Academy and Foundation work in the global space
  • Tour the Global Food and Nutrition Resource Hub and the resources available there
  • Be engaged and inspired to learn more about international nutrition programs and pursue opportunities in the global space

Webinar details:
Thursday, June 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT
CPEU hours: 1.0
Register here

Robyn and Lucillie

Potomac Post – Winter 2016

Whats Happening in DCMAND?

Another successful Food and Nutrition Conference Expo has come and gone this fall. FNCE is one of the most exciting conferences in the field of dietetics, and this year was no different. Our very own affiliate’s president, Robyn Douglas, had the chance to meet Lucille Beseler, 2016-2017  President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As we head into winter, DCMAND has been getting in the holiday spirit!  Members gathered on Wednesday, November 16th for a networking happy hour at Duke’s Grocery in Dupont Circle to collect Thanksgiving donations for a local nonprofit organization, So Others Might Eat (SOME). Thanks to our members’ generous donations, we collected 13 Thanksgiving dinner baskets and 8 turkey gift cards for SOME! Each basket made the Thanksgiving holiday brighter for a low-income family in DC.

Didn’t get a chance to make it to our last event?

As many of you already know, DCMAND has been promoting Registered Dietitians as the leading nutrition experts in the District at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo for many years. This year, the Expo is January 7th-8th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Volunteers will facilitate a nutrition trivia game, discuss the importance of RDs and how to find an RD, and answer general nutrition questions from patrons.

Please consider signing up for at least one of the shifts (only 3-4 hours long) by emailing DCMAND Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Snyder at If you are a DC licensed RD, please indicate that as well, as you may be asked to be the point person/leader for your shift. As part of the DC licensure law, we must have a DC licensed RD at the table at all times. Some assistance with set-up and clean-up may be needed during the first and last shifts.
[T-shirts and food will be provided to all volunteers, so please include your t-shirt size and any food allergies when you email Emily to sign up for a volunteer slot]

Not only does DCMAND provide opportunities for networking and community outreach, but we also provide educational opportunities for our members. The 2017 annual meeting will take place Friday, April 28th on American University’s brand new Tenley Campus. The Ssecond Ccentury of the Academy will be celebrated as we learn more about the future of food and nutrition science.

Anticipate more details in the near future.

BOD Member Spotlight

Name and Credentials: Kari N Harris, MPH, RD

Education: Masters of Public Health in Nutrition and Registered Dietitian credential at UNC Chapel Hill

Role in DCMAND: Secretary

Current position: Federal Health consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP

What you like most about your position: The nature of consulting provides a great degree of flexibility in the type of work I do. I enjoy the variety and working with other consultants who are constantly striving to provide the best for our clients.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work: Anything that involve the outdoors, my dog, running, and babies are my favorite (especially if they can all occur simultaneously, like the Run for Every Child 5k fundraiser for Children’s National). Prior to joining Deloitte, I worked as a clinical research coordinator at Children’s National NICU; those families and their babies have my heart to this day so I look for opportunities to continue to support them and the clinical team that does work at Children’s National and The Children’s Inn at NIH.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: DC is a great city for running. I just completed my second Marine Corps Marathon the end of October and am constantly recruiting friends to run with me or bike alongside on my long runs.

DCMAND Member Spotlight

Name and Credentials: Amaris Bradley, MPH, RD

Education: I have my B.S from Florida State University and my MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; I completed my internship rotations through the coordinated program at UNC-Chapel Hill at a number of diverse sites that included a semester with the nutrition team at Silk Soymilk, headquartered in Colorado.

Current position: Senior Manager of Partnerships at Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)

What you like most about your position: PHA is a unique nonpartisan nonprofit in that we work primarily with the private sector to broker meaningful commitments to help end the childhood obesity crisis within a generation. We have the great fortune of working with incredible leadership at its helm; First Lady Michelle Obama is our Honorary Chair. What I love about my role and the organization is that we live and thrive in the critical intersection between public health advocacy and corporate accountability. We have a brilliant team of creative minds that identities efforts companies can and do make that are good for their bottom line while making healthier products more affordable and accessible for communities that need them most. I like to think, as a result, that we’re impacting the food supply in positive and significant ways that extends beyond a changing policy landscape and fluctuating consumer demand.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work: I’m a yogi and need to get my ‘om’ on pretty regularly to stay sane in DC’s fast-paced work environment; I’m also a foodie and will always jump at the opportunity to try the ever-expanding dining scene in the district. My husband and I love to travel so if I can combine the above two with an experience abroad that is definitely my happy place.

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: In addition to the above, some current and specific favorites include: jogging from my home in Dupont Circle up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Friday night live jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church for a true DC jazz experience, and a stroll through the temperate Botanic Gardens on a cold day.

Do you know a dietitian that deserves to be featured in the next Potomac Post? Email Brittany Wood at



Potomac Post – Fall 2016

Greetings From the President

Fall is just around the corner!  Here at DCMAND, we cannot believe how quickly time has gone by.  

During the summer, we recruited and oriented new board members.  See the feature article on our new Treasurer-Elect, Courtney Paolocelli.  During our annual orientation in July, the board participated in lengthy discussions on the current State of the Affiliate to understand DCMAND’s past, present, and desired future.  These areas of opportunities, along with member input, will help our Strategic Planning Committee provide recommendations that will shape the future of DCMAND.  In August, our first board meeting of the year was held at Capital Area Food Bank’s beautiful facility in Washington, DC.  

Meetings and orientation weren’t the only activities DCMAND participated in over the summer.  Make sure to check out the article on our Beer Institute Event.  We learned valuable information to help our clients with alcohol choices and networked with friends, old and new.  

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to join us over the summer as we have a Fall full of networking opportunities lined up.  Please join us for our annual DCMAND Welcome Potluck on Thursday, September 15 in Washington, DC.  Make sure to represent DCMAND at the Academy’s first Quarterly Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on Monday, September 26.  To register, click here.   Going to FNCE?  DCMAND will host a casual networking happy hour on Monday, October 17 at Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen in Boston, MA.  And finally, save the date for our next board meeting and local member event on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Are you interested in doing more with DCMAND?  We are always looking for volunteers to help with our events and become more familiar with the running of the organization.  Please contact Emily Caras, Volunteer Coordinator at

Robyn Douglas, MPP, RDN, LDN

DCMAND President 2016-2017

Input Needed on Wellness and Prevention for Fall House of Delegates Meeting

Twice per year, the Academy’s House of Delegates meets to discuss matters of importance to our profession and our members. When the House convenes in October just prior to FNCE, the mega-issue on the agenda is our profession’s role in wellness and prevention. With increased public interest in wellness, industry attention to consumer demand for healthier options, and a shift toward prevention in health care, now is a crucial to determine how credentialed food and nutrition professionals can play an integral role in the future. Through this meeting, the House will seek to identify opportunities for credentialed professionals in wellness and prevention programs and services; determine the skills and strengths needed to take advantage of these opportunities; and establish action steps that will enable members and the Academy to take on their desired roles in area of wellness and prevention.

To help DCMAND’s Delegate better represent you as members and advance the national conversation on this topic, please take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding your experience with wellness and prevention in your career as well as your insights on opportunities and needed skills. The survey provides space for additional comments, but if you would like to talk directly to the DCMAND Delegate, you are welcome to contact Carolyn Wait at

If you would like to read the full Fall 2016 meeting backgrounder on wellness and prevention, please go to and log into your Academy account.


DCMAND Summer Beer Institute Event

On July 13, DCMAND members attended an informational presentation by Joy Dubost, PhD, RD, CSS for a networking happy hour at the Beer Institute. Dubost is a Master Brewer and Senior Director of Science and External Affairs for the Institute, which is the trade association for America’s major brewing companies. Unlike foods and beverages that have nutrition facts labels, most alcoholic drinks are not required to list calories, carbohydrate, or other nutrients. Dubost discussed the recent announcement of the Beer Institute’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, in which member companies will provide calorie, carbohydrate, protein, fat, and percent alcohol information on all labels by 2020. Ingredients will be disclosed separately on labels, websites, or via a QR code.

Dubost also reviewed the recommendations related to alcohol in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines state that if alcohol is consumed, it should be in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age. It’s important for registered dietitian nutritionists to understand the definition of a standard “drink.” Dubost explained the calculation of alcoholic drink-equivalents as defined in the Guidelines. To calculate the drink-equivalent when alcohol content or portion size varies, multiply the volume in ounces by the alcohol content in percent and divide by 0.6 ounces of alcohol per drink-equivalent. One drink-equivalent is 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol), 5 fluid ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol). For more information and a chart of drink-equivalents, see Appendix 9 of the Dietary Guidelines.

Board of Directors Member Spotlight

Courtney P. Paolicelli, DrPH, RDN, LD, CDE


  • DrPH (Health Promotion and Health Education, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2012)
  • MPH (Nutrition [combined with DI], University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004)
  • BSPH (Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002)

Role in DCMAND: 2016-17 Treasurer-Elect

Current position: Social Science Research Analyst, US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

What you like most about your position:

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I have always been interested in how we evaluate nutrition policy and food assistance programs, and in my current role at USDA FNS, I am able to do just that. As a member of FNS’s Special Nutrition Evaluation Branch, I oversee several nationwide studies that investigate outcomes associated with federally-funded programs such as WIC and the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. I truly enjoy this role as it allows me to leverage my dietetics skills and training in a research capacity, while also contributing to the evidence base around programs addressing food insecurity.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work:

While it’s still technically “work,” my favorite activity outside of my full-time job is teaching nutrition courses to graduate students. I currently teach two courses as adjunct instructor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University (Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle in the Fall semester, and Nutrition Assessment in the Spring semester). I truly enjoy the learning environment of academia, and I am constantly inspired and energized by my students and fellow faculty members.  

Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC:

Being the proud wife of a US Marine, my absolute favorite event in DC is the Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks on 8th & I Streets SE. From the playing of the national anthem by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, to the impeccable performance of the Silent Drill Platoon, this event honors and exemplifies the skill, precision and discipline required of our men and women in uniform. These Evening Parades take place every Friday in the summer, and if you haven’t previously attended one, you definitely should put it on your DC bucket list.


DCMAND Member Spotlight

Sasha B. Bard, MS, RD

Education: BA in Spanish; MS in Nutrition; UMD Dietetic Internship

Current position: Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move!

What you like most about your position:

Working at the White House, I am surrounded by talented, intelligent, and passionate people, who are working hard to make a difference in our country. I learn something every day and couldn’t be more grateful for my team and the leadership within the Office of the First Lady. And it goes without saying, having the honor to work for a First Lady who has carried the torch for all of the work we do as dietitians, is priceless.

Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work:

Experimenting in the kitchen, SUP, snowboarding, gardening, and puppies.

Favorite thing to do in DC:

Try out new restaurants.

Letter From the Editor

As featured in our member spotlights, DCMAND members are some of the most influential dietitians in the field, and I am pleased to be the Potomac Post editor for the 2016-2017 year.  Currently, the Academy is gearing up for the second centennial celebration of our national organization come 2017, and DCMAND is anticipating an exciting year full of educational and networking opportunities for the affiliate members. Looking forward to the best year yet!

Warm regards,
Brittany Wood, RDN



DCMADA March Potomac Post

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March 2013 Edition

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Greetings DCMADA members,


We’re at the start of spring and easing into to a time of renewal. The weather has been at best, but we are appreciative of the bright mornings and clear skies.


The District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association is on the move – and to build on its organizational structure and foundation.


Also, this is the time of year when we’re focusing on both educational programs and outreach in the community.


Academy Election Results
Thanks to all of the DCMADA members who voted this year! The Academy has announced the 2013 election results. 


Board of Directors
President-elect: Sonja Connor, MS, RD, LD (OR)
Director-at-Large: Catherine Christie, PhD, RD, FADA, LD/N (FL)

Read more here.

Be sure to subscribe to The Potomac Post Blog because we update the content regularly.  Feel free to submit your content to Katrina Butner and Jean Gutierrez by the 10th of each month to potentially be included in the Potomac Post mailing!

Katrina Butner, PhD, RD Jean Gutierrez, PhD, RD
Potomac Post Editors

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Potomac Post: October, 2012


DCMADA Volunteer Opportunities

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The DCMADA board has been busy! We’ve been working on our bylaws, policies, community outreach efforts, networking opportunities, web site, mentoring program, education events, and annual event planning.  We’ve even gone green by making the Potomac Post a fully electronic communication.

We need your expertise to continue this good work and continue to move forward. Can you spare a few hours a month? If so, please consider volunteering for one of our open positions:

  • Licensure Liaison
  • Awards Chair 
  • New Member Liaison
  • Strategic Planning

Council on Professional Issues (Division Chairs):

  • Clinical Nutrition Chair
  • Community Nutrition Chair
  • Consultation and Private Practice Chair
  • Food and Nutrition Management Chair

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathryn Strong at  

If you have already volunteered, we will be getting in touch with you soon to provide additional information.

DCMADA 2012-2013 Board Kick-Off

On the evening of Wednesday, August 29, 2012, more than 40 DCMADA members attended a Board kick-off and welcoming event at the home of Rebecca Scritchfield. President Dianne Benjamin led the brief business meeting and thanked the Board for their contributions, especially who worked over the summer.  Liz Dennis, Treasurer, continued the good work of her predecessor (Erika Pijai) and opened a new bank account for the organization.  The Public Policy Committee also started the work of planning for a Food Day event for 2013.  Rebecca received special thanks for graciously hosting this kick-off event. Whitney Bateson and Liz Rahavi were thanked for their effort planning the kick-off meeting. I know we all look forward to another great year!  Please enjoy the photos of members at the event below