Board of Directors

Meet the members of our Board of Directors: 

Monica Lebre, MS, RD, LDN

"As president, it’s important to me to empower dietitians to become leaders in the field of food and nutrition. In addition, I find it most valuable to give back to the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, network with other professionals in the state and continue the excellent work of past presidents."


Melanie Mott, PhD, RD

"As President-elect, I plan to use my past leadership experiences to support the development of future dietetic leaders, encourage a diverse MAND membership base, and continue to promote registered dietitians as the nutrition experts."


Kristen Schreck, MS, RD, LDN
Past President 




Meredith Luoko, RDN, LDN

"I am a passionate, motivated and dedicated nutrition professional eager to engage members through active communication. As secretary-elect, I hope to gain a vast understanding of the role of secretary within MAND in order to better serve my future role as secretary. I plan to collaborate with the secretary and the MAND BOD to assist as needed and gain valuable leadership experience within the nutrition community."


Hailey Crean, MS, RD, CDE, CSOWM

"I am interested in getting more involved with the local dietetic associations and nutrition community. I am hopeful that my past board experience will be of benefit to the group while allowing me to network with others."

Kristine Welch Taylor, MS, RDN, LDN, ACSM, CPT

"I love th numbers! I look forward to sharing my financial experience and skills gained from previous management positions, consultant work, and my own personal interest in finance. My goal is to continue the successful financial operations of MAND through careful oversight of the budget and solid communication within the organization."


Valerie Machinist, MS, RD

"My experience with MAND, particularly as part of the Executive Committee and President, has given me great insight into the needs of the organization and how it runs. The financial piece has always been interesting to me and I love the numbers! I think it's important that our financial position reflects the vision and mission of the organization, and that we continue to use our funds and support our members to that end. Additionally, clear communication with our Board of Directors and members on our financial operations will remain and imporant piece of this role for me."


Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND

"I want the vision and direction of AND to reflect the needs and concerns of MAND members.  I want my voice as a delegate to reflect the voice of MAND.  As your delegate, I will work hard making sure our needs and the needs of our profession are being met."



Kelley Bradshaw, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Liasion to Area Associations and DPGs


  • Strengthen the relationship between Area Associations, DPGs and MAND as a whole
  • Increase participation/membership in Area Associations and DPGs 
  • Host talks, seminars, or similar that are lead by Area Associations and DPGs


Jacqueline Michetti, MS, RD, LDN, 
Liaison-Elect to Area Associations and DPGs

  • Make sure these groups feel cohesive with the MAND and Academy
  • Provide support to host great events for members, elevating the breadth and depth of these groups 
  • Perform all of the responsibilities of this role in a timely and efficient manner

Adrienne Hatch, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Education

"In my role as Director of Education, I aim to provide a variety of exciting educational opportunities for members working within all practice areas of our field. This is my first leadership role within MAND, and I hope to bring forth new ideas for educational and professional growth. My past leadership experience in various organizations and motivation to keep members engaged and excited about learning opportunities will help me to do so.  I look forward to working with other MAND members and board members."

Nicolette Star Maggiolo, RD, LDN
Director-Elect of Education 

"In this position I hope to continue collaborating effectively with Adrienne Hatch, the 2018-2019 MAND Director of Education, in fulfilling the annual Education Committee responsibilities. I look forward to assisting in the planning and organization of engaging educational events throughout the year. With great enthusiasm, I aspire to attract varied, engaging, and well-spoken speakers for ANCE 2019."


Laura Kim, RD, LDN 
Director Member Communications/ Public Relations 

"I hope to increase MAND engagement through communicating all the exciting and positive endeavors of our members. I look forward to helping implement exciting changes to how we communicate to our members."



Christina Ypsilantis, RD, LDN
Director-Elect Member Communications / Public Relations 

"Going from Email Liason to Member Communications/PR, I hope to further cement the positive outreach between MAND board members and the MAND community. I also look forward to highlighting the active and passionate work of members of our community. Together with the organization, I plan to uphold the missions and beliefs of the Academy and MAND as the Director of Member Communications/ PR."


Jennifer Parker, RD, LDN
Director of Technology

"I plan to work with other board members to help with the exciting transition to the new MAND website. At the same time, I will work to keep content as updated as possible and see that elections run smoothly."

Emily Stone, MS, RDN
Director-Elect Technology 

"As Director-Elect of Technology, I look forward to working with the Director of Technology to oversee the MAND website. I hope to leverage my experience in the technology field to ensure that users of our website and other technologies have a smooth experience and can find the information they seek, and that the information be accurate and up-to-date."


State Policy Representative


State Policy Representative-Elect


Renee Reynolds, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Nominating Committee Chair

"I would like to help MAND recruit enthusiastic, well motivated, and qualified RDs to become active board members. I look forward to collaborating with the Board to identify key ways to attract new RDs in the coming year."

  Meghan Ariagno, MS, RD, CSOWM
Nominating Committee

"As part of the Nominating Committee, I hope to work with the chairs to nominate individuals to be on various roles on the Board who understand and feel passionate about MAND's vision, mission and values."
  Wai Ling Balsley, RDN, LDN
Socials for Success Coordinator

"I find that Social For Success is great platform for me, as a MAND member, to connect with other Dietitians. So through the casual fun events, I want to provide a networking platform to all MAND members from different areas of the Massachusetts state and to create bonding between members from various settings."
  Erin Reese, MPH, RDN, LDN
Socials for Success Coordinator

"As a Socials for Success chairperson, I would like to bring together MAND's early-career and soon-to-be dietitians for fun networking events. I would aim to engage the majority of early MAND members throughout the course of the year with events that gather us around food, professional development, and outdoor activities. I would aim to help early members meet fellow RDs and RDs-to-be that they may not otherwise cross paths with and get to know them better as fellow professionals and friends."
  Stephanie DiRocco, MS, RD, LDN
State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC) and Diversity Liason

"I look forward to working with the MAND board, students and volunteers to support AND’s mission to actively identify and offer nutrition and dietetics opportunities to individuals with varied skills, talents, abilities, ideas, disabilities, backgrounds and practice expertise.  Building diversity and inclusion within MAND and AND will strengthen the future practice of RDs and DTRs."

Quynh Tu, RD, CDE, LDN
State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC) and Diversity Liaison - Elect

"My goals are to reach out to our population, share the potential of the dietetics profession, draw interest from individuals with diverse backgrounds and make the dietetic tapestry of Massachusetts more vibrant and better serving to the needs of our commonwealth."

  Dana Fryer, Dietetic Intern
MSDA President 

Lindsay Bolland, Dietetic Intern
MSDA Vice President

  Laura Foresta, RD, LDN
Public Health Liason
  Michael A. DeAngelis, MS, MPH, RD
Public Policy Coordinator 

"When I was an undergraduate student, the Academy (ADA) had a button that read “If Dietetics is your Profession, Politics is your Business.”  The role of public policy has increased in recent decades, and while the level of policy involvement remains controversial, it is a means to improve the health of the 360 million Americans and 6.7 million residents of Massachusetts.  My goal as the Public Policy Coordinator would be to advance a sound agenda for policies that will support RDNs and DTRs and the Academy’s agenda to improve the health of Massachusetts residents, enhance nutrition services for residents, advance a state nutrition policy that can serve as a model for national nutrition policy, and equip communities to implement nutrition policies and programs at the local level.   Nutrition policy can be crafted on Beacon Hill under a gold dome, but in the end it must be real and effective on Main Street.  I will strive with my fellow colleagues to support policies that create change and benefit the nutrition profession and Massachusetts."
Public Policy Coordinator - Elect
  Gisele LeBlanc, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAND
Director of Reimbursement 

"In this time of intense change in health care, it’s important that dietitians stay well informed of topics that may impact their profession. It’s also important to highlight how dietitians are able to impact the business of healthcare by maximizing hospital reimbursement through Medicare’s incentive based programs. With the focus on prevention, the climate is also ripe to demonstrate the value of dietitians in outpatients/ambulatory as well as in private practice. In my role, I plan to highlight the work of dietitians making a difference, facilitate the training of those looking to enhance their knowledge of reimbursement practices and focus on outcomes tracking."
Director of Reimbursement-Elect

Jennifer Heinen, MS, RD, LDN
Consumer Protection Coordinator

"I am proud to be a member of the MAND board, helping to advance the profession and advocate for RDNs in Massachusetts."

  Erin Kenney, MS, RDN
Email Liason

"As the email liaison, I plan to highlight the astounding work of the dietetics community with MAND members, keeping them informed and up-to-date on upcoming events and opportunities."
  Shennie Quintanilla, RD
Social Media Manager  

"My main goal with managing the social media accounts for MAND is to keep members informed of educational, informational, and social opportunities within the local and national organizations. I also want to maintain a presence with other state chapters, post great photos of members working together, and network with each other to keep our organization strong and unified."


Meet our MAND Staff Members! 



Maureen Kelly Gonsalves, M.ED., RD
MAND Administrative Director

Sarah Conca, MPA, RDN, LDN
MAND Public Policy Research Assistant

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

ANCE 2019 will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019. We hope to see you there!

Public Policy

Public Policy

Do You Want to Make a Difference for Your Profession and Your Community?  Visit our Public Policy Section.