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


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