Election 2024

An official election is being held for members to vote for candidates interested in serving on the 2024-2025 DCMAND Board of Directors (BOD).

To participate in the election, please:

  • Review the slate of candidates below.
  • Confirm you are an Academy member and have selected DCMAND as your affiliate.
  • Submit your ballot by Friday, March 29, 2024.
Charmaine Jones

President-Elect - Charmaine Jones, MS, RDN, LDN

Charmaine is Owner of Food Jonezi. Her area of expertise includes personalized nutrition counseling and corporate wellness programs. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of District of Columbia. Charmaine has partnered with organizations such as DC Medicaid Programs and presented to broad audiences sharing food and nutrition recommendations to employees at Planned Parenthood, American Dental Education Association and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2019, Charmaine was invited to speak at Yale University’s Black Students Solidarity Conference to discuss the misrepresentation and stereotyping of Black foods in the field of nutrition and dietetics. This presentation was based on her article “Do I Have to Eat Like White People,” which was acknowledged and further emphasized by Huffington’s Post in the article of “White People Foods Is Creating an Unattainable Picture of Health.” Charmaine has shared her expertise in widely known wellness magazines. She also served as a Health and Wellness Committee Expert for Superfeet, Inc., in 2019. Charmaine and her colleagues created a podcast, “Misrepresentation of Cultural Foods,” to educate for diversity and inclusion of cultural foods and reduce the stereotyping and misperception of Black foods.

Statement about joining the BOD: My mission is to positively impact the DC Dietetic Community by leading with effectiveness, implementing fresh ideas, and focusing on building and strengthening partnerships within the profession.

brianna ballard mullenix

Treasurer-Elect - Brianna Mullennix, MS, RDN

Brianna is a Registered Dietitian who earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of North Florida and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons University. Brianna completed her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays with a Health Promotion Concentration. Brianna is exceptionally passionate about serving her community through connecting clients to an inclusive, “all foods fit” approach to nutrition care. She has worked in the dietetics field for over five years in a variety of positions supporting Universities, Hospital Dining, and most recently Lead Dietitian with Odyssey Eating Disorder treatment center at RTC/PHP/IOP levels of care.

Statement about joining the BOD: With past experience on the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association board, I am very passionate about collaborating with Dietitians to promote and advance our profession. I am very excited for the opportunity to volunteer alongside leading professionals and contribute to the enhancement of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am a process-thinker and hope to contribute through the detailed support of treasurer-elect.

Jenn K

Nominating Committee Chair - Jennifer Krasilovsky, RDN

Jennifer is a community dietitian at Food & Friends and DC resident. She is a career changer and received a degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia after working in the culinary field. Jenn has been an active member of DCMAND since 2018 and has held the positions of Student Representative, Sponsorship Chair and Public Policy Coordinator during her time on the board.

Statement about joining the BOD: Through her extensive involvement in DCMAND, Jenn has developed a deep understanding of the various needs of the different committees and positions. As Nominating Committee Chair, Jenn will work closely with members and the board to foster inclusivity, participation, and encourage diverse perspectives within the organization.

Nancy Irias

Nominating Committee 2nd seat - Nancy Irias

Nancy is the Interim Program Coordinator for the Extended Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition and Dietetics. Her interest in Nutrition has always been a curiosity to understand how food fuels our body and how it can impact our overall health. She enjoys teaching nutritional education to groups of all ages and providing food demonstrations to improve healthy eating habits in participants of the EFNEP program living in Washington, DC.

Statement about joining the BOD: While completing my bachelor’s degree, I was nominated to be the student representative from DCMAND, and it was such a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I would be more than honored to fill in the Nominating Committee 2nd seat this year. I will make sure to bring my best to the table and collaborate with the board members the best I can.

Matthew Walker

Professional Development Committee 2nd seat - Matthew Walker, MSFN, RD

Matthew is a registered dietitian originally from Bryan, Texas working as a community dietitian for Food & Friends in northeast Washington, DC. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Texas A&M University, Matthew attended the University of Maine, where he completed his dietetic internship with a focus on public advocacy and received a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, writing his thesis on Consumer Characteristics, Acceptance and Knowledge of, and Preferences for Kombucha. He is passionate about eliminating hunger and the disparities in access to food between differing socioeconomic groups and is proud that his current work enables him to help address these issues. In his free time, Matthew enjoys weightlifting, watching Baltimore-based sports teams, and harvesting and preparing his own food.

Statement about joining the BOD: I’m running for the second seat of the Professional Development Committee because I recognize that, just as the field and practice of nutrition is constantly changing, dietitians must adapt as well. At a time when our profession frequently has to address nutrition information delivered by less reliable and less evidence-base sources, continuously adding skills to the dietitian’s toolkit is the best way to distinguish ourselves in the field of medical nutrition therapy, and I feel I can contribute to finding opportunities to enhance that skillset.