DCMAND Annual Conference 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024

Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library

501 W. St. NW
Washington, DC 20059

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(Subject to change at any time)

8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am

9:15 – 10:15 am
The Farm Bill: Implications for the Food System and Nutrition Practice
Christina Badaracco, MPH, RDN, LDN

10:15 – 10:25 am
Break & Visit Exhibits

10:25 – 11:25 am
Culinary Medicine
Jennifer Leon, RDN, LN

11:25 – 11:45 am
Break & Visit Exhibits

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
The New Game-Changing Drugs for Diabetes and Obesity
Mary Finckenor, MA, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM, CSSD, CCRP

12:45 – 2:15 pm
Lunch & Visit Exhibits

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation
Elizabeth Reeves, DCMAND President
Audie Spear, DCMAND Nominating/Awards Chair
Noah Praamsma, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

2:45 – 3:45 pm
“Powered By” Digital Health: Apps, Wearables, and More
Rachel Stahl Salzman, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES

3:45 - 3:55 pm
Academy Foundation Moment
Amanda Berhaupt

3:55 - 4:10 pm
Stretch Break

4:10 – 5:10 pm
Pass the Baton - A Coaches Guide to Empowering Participants to Take the Lead When it Comes to Diabetes Prevention
Stephanie Jenkins, MA, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP

5:10 – 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks
Elizabeth Reeves, DCMAND President

DCMAND has requested approval of 6.0 CPEUs (including 1.0 Exhibits CPEU) for this event from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.



Christina Badaracco

Christina Badaracco, MPH, RDN, LDN, works as a healthcare consultant and thought leader, focusing on evidence generation, quality measurement, and advancing the role of nutrition in healthcare. She also regularly writes, teaches, and develops curriculum about nutrition, culinary medicine, and sustainable agriculture—including publishing The Farm Bill: A Citizen’s Guide in 2019, publishing five cookbooks with the Transamerica Institute, and co-developing a culinary medicine elective at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Christina previously worked for the EPA, Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, Oakland Unified School District, NIH Clinical Center, and more. She serves as president-elect for the DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is on the board for Slow Food DC, supports the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative's nutrition working group, and contributes to various other organizations. She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in Italian Language and Culture, from Princeton University. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was selected as a 2023 Emerging Dietetic Leader and 2021 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Jennifer Leon

As the Chief Culinary Medicine educator for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Culinary Medicine Program, Jennifer Leon teaches synchronous, hands-on courses to health professionals, residents, medical students, undergraduates, and community members. She teaches in-person at the Seva Teaching Kitchen in downtown Washington, DC, and from her own kitchen via Zoom. She is also working to grow the Culinary Medicine Program at GW, including expanding course offerings both internally at GW and externally as well.  Culinary Medicine programming centers on the combination of the science of nutrition with the art of cooking, is based on Mediterranean Diet principles, and is applied to each individual's palette, preferences and nutrition priorities.

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Mary Finckenor

Mary Finckenor, MA, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, CSSD, is registered dietitian with a master’s degree in Nutrition Education and specialty certifications in diabetes and sports dietetics. Mary currently works as the dietitian and diabetes educator at the Cardiac Rehabilitation at Morristown Medical Center and is a dietary consultant with Atlantic Health System’s Sports Medicine, Corporate Health and Executive Health Programs. She is passionate about speaking and excels at breaking down current nutrition trends and helping people live and eat healthier in the real world. For over a decade she has given hundreds of programs on dozens of topics. She has presented at numerous national, state, and local conferences and is a sought-after speaker for corporations in the greater New York metropolitan area.

Rachel Stahl Salzman

Rachel Stahl Salzman, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES is a Lecturer in Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Rachel is passionate about empowering people with diabetes to develop sustainable lifestyle changes and leverage diabetes technology and digital health to improve their health and quality of life. In addition to her clinical practice, she coordinates NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH)/WCM Diabetes Prevention Program, precepts for the NYPH Dietetic Internship Program and contributes to medical education.

Rachel currently serves as President-Elect of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) Metropolitan New York Chapter and Diabetes Technology Chair of the Diabetes Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her dedication and leadership hve earned her numerous honors, including the Rising Star Award from ADCES in 2022 and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year from the New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) in 2016.

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Stephanie Jenkins

Stephanie Jenkins is both a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist with 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Food & Nutrition from Morgan State University and her Master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Science from The Ohio State University. 

Following graduation, Stephanie began her career as a Fitness Specialist, providing wellness programming for active-duty soldiers at the Pentagon. Wellness programming involved nutrition education and physical activity readiness. Other work-related experience included serving as the Police and Fire Clinic Health Educator for Providence Hospital. This role entailed developing health promotion programs for first responders, including stress management, nutrition education, weight management and physical activity.  Prior to accepting her current position, Stephanie also worked for the DC VA Medical Center, overseeing the Healthy Teaching Kitchen and MOVE Weight Management program for veterans. Additional experience has also included rehabilitative, residential, corporate, and community health settings with emphasis on nutrition and clinical management. 

Currently, Stephanie is the Program Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s Diabetes Prevention Program for the Mid-Atlantic region.  Stephanie has been with the organization for five years, initially starting out as a Kaiser Nutritionist before taking on the role as Program Coordinator. 

Stephanie is also a certified Master Trainer Select from Emory University’s Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center and is a member of the Master Trainer Select Advisory Committee. Stephanie loves empowering others to take charge of their health and is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Sponsorship Opportunities

DCMAND is proud to offer several options for supporters of the nutrition and dietetic industry. Thanks to strong partners, we can continue to provide exceptional educational experiences to more than 300 upcoming and experienced dietitians from all across the DC Metro area. Sponsorships will allow us to shape food choices and improve the nutrition status of the state by a philosophy of serving the public first.
We continue to adjust our annual programming and networking opportunities to optimize health through food and nutrition. This year’s conference is a one-day event on Friday, April 12 at the Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library in Washington, DC.

Please view this year’s sponsorship opportunities ranging from $200 – $2,500. If you are unable to attend but would be interested in providing products for distribution or digital resources to share with our membership, please let us know. Thank you for your consideration!

Thank you Annual Conference sponsors!

You are invited to join DCMAND members following the Annual Meeting for a social hour and networking event at El Techo on Friday, April 12th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Feel free to attend the entire event or just stop by for a few minutes and say hi. Please RSVP for the event no later than April 10, 2024 by completing the Google Form:

Reach out to with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!