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



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