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Nominations & Elections

2020-2021 DCMAND and Academy Elections are Open

The polls are open February 1st through February 15th! It's time to vote for next year’s leaders in the DCMAND Board of Directors Election and the Academy’s National Election. Here’s how to vote:

Step #1: Review the DCMAND nominee’s statements below or come meet the candidates at our Elections Happy Hour on Wednesday, February 5th from 6-8pm at Black Finn in DC!

Step #2: Cast your vote for the DCMAND Board of Directors.

Step #3: Review the National Election candidates and cast your vote in the Academy’s National Election.

When you cast your ballot in the National Election, you will receive a coupon good for $10 off your next purchase from the eatrightSTORE.

Did You Know? Last year only 16% of DCMAND members voted in the National Election … we can do better than that, DCMAND!

Please note: You must be a DCMAND member to vote and will be asked to provide your Academy member number for verification.

DCMAND 2020 Slate of Candidates


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Colleen Sideck

I'm a Pennsylvania native, who moved to the DC metro area nearly 5 years ago to pursue my Master's in Public Health Communications and Marketing. I've worked as a Registered Dietitian in the areas of clinical nutrition and corporate wellness, and you can currently find me employed in the federal nutrition space. I'm passionate about translating complex health information into clear, concise messages and helping people adopt healthy habits that last. I have experience using spreadsheets to track event expenditures, and I believe that I could apply my organizational skills to be successful as DCMAND's Treasurer Elect/Treasurer. In my free time, I find happiness through music, exercise, green space, travel, friends, and snuggles with my cat.

Statement of Goals: I want to maintain DCMAND's financial stability and integrity, while working closely with the Board of Directors to fulfill their requests for funds in a timely manner.

Professional Development Committee

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Nominating Committee

Sachelly Julian-Serrano

I obtained my B.S. in Nutrition, MS in Nutrition, and Dietetic Internship from the University of Puerto Rico. In 2018, I moved to the D.C. area upon completion of my dietetic internship for a Summer Research Fellowship at the NCI/NIH. I am currently a Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow at the NCI/NIH, where I study dietary risk factors and genetic susceptibility to pancreatic cancer. In most of my free time I am dancing with my family, planning my next trip, or exploring beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico.

Statement of Goals: To promote activities and events to strengthen connections among D.C. dietitians and encourage DCMAND members to be a part of the Board of Directors.

Mary Elizabeth Jarosz

Since graduating in May 2018 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health coordinated MSPH/RD program, I have been working at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a Program Specialist of Clinical Trial Affairs. In this role, I support clinical research teams across the country so that they can provide high-quality, timely conduct of clinical trials. Additionally, with the emerging availability of highly-effective CF therapies and the community's desire to prioritize nutrition, I have also had the opportunity to support preliminary projects and studies focused on nutrition in CF. Surprisingly, I am the only RD at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Therefore, it is important to me that I stay connected and involved with DCMAND and the dietetic community.

Outside of work, you can find me trying out new restaurants, challenging myself to a work out, or digging into a crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

Statement of Goals: My goal is to promote greater engagement and involvement in DCMAND board positions and events.