Board of Directors

Meet the members of our Board of Directors: 

Kristen Schreck, MS, RD, LDN
President

"As president, I plan to apply my knowledge from previous experiences on the board to continue to support the organization's mission and goals. I strive to empower the directors and committees to meet their objectives."

Monica Lebre, MS, RD, LDN
President-Elect 

"As President-Elect, 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."

 

 

Valerie Machinist, MS, RD, LDN
Past President 


Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Director of Nutrition/Product Manager / Optum Healthcare

 

 

 

Renee Reynolds, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Secretary 

"I have really enjoyed participating on the MDA board these past few years, This position will be a great opportunity for me to stay actively involved in MDA and take on a new role and responsibilities. I am very organized and detail oriented which will help me formulate the agenda and document our meeting minutes. I also look forward to collaborating with the past and current president to make edits to our bylaws and policy and procedures manual."

Meredith Luoko, RDN, LDN
Secretary-Elect

"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."

Ashley Desrosiers, MS, RD
Treasurer

"I am eager to contribute the experience I’ve gained in my day-to-day career managing multi-million dollar budgets on behalf of clients to the MDA. Through our work together, it is my hope that with the other officers, I can help ensure MDA is in a strong financial position through responsible and consistent monitoring of its funds. Likewise, I look forward to the networking opportunity and getting to know more of the talented RDs in our community."

 

Kristine Welch Taylor, MS, RDN, LDN, ACSM, CPT
Treasurer-Elect

"I love the 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."

 

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN
Delegate

"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."

 

 

Dan Camerota, RD, LDN
Liasion to Area Associations and DPGs

"After having served on the Executive Board for the MDA for the past two years, both as an elect and as the Liason to Area DPG’s, I have gained valuable experience in the working mechanism of the MDA. I look forward to working alongside the incoming Liaison to help strengthen the communication between our Area Associations & DPG’s. Over the past year we have worked together to improve our strategies and I look forward to continuing that work if I am elected as Liaison-elect once again. Thank you."


    

Kelley Bradshaw, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Liaison-Elect 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



Nicolette Star Maggiolo, RD, LDN
Director of Education

Adrienne Hatch, MS, RD, LDN
Director-Elect 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."

Katherine Saunders, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Director Member Communications 

"I have not had the opportunity for significant involvement with MDA to date.  I have learned over the few years, the importance and benefit of establishing strong communication between dietitians across the state in different clinical settings.  Communication and collaboration on shared areas of interests can enhance outcomes at individual units and overall elevate the dietitian’s role within health care.  I hope to gain a better appreciation for the activities of the MDA and use this as an opportunity to network with other professional colleagues."

 

 

Amanda Cunningham, RD, LDN, CPT
Director-Elect Member Communications

"In this position I would like to expand my networking skills and increase my involvement in the Academy as well as the “world of nutrition” we as registered dietitians are a part of. I would like to learn more about the roles/duties behind each position across the Board, especially public policy for this is an area I wish to further understand. In addition, I wish to strengthen my current skills, acquire new skills, and connect with other members involved in the Board."

 

Wai Ling Balsley, RDN, LDN
Director of Public Relations 

"There are two goals I would like to achieve during the term. First, promoting dietetics professionals to the general public by increasing exposure of Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technician, Registered. Second, enhancing the relationship between MDA and the Academy by communicating closely with the Academy spokespersons."

 

Elizabeth Gingold Matteo, MS, RD, LDN
Director-Elect Public Relations

"I hope to help the public better understand the role of the dietitian in various professional settings including healthcare, community, and corporate settings.  It would be my intention to increase public awareness of a dietitian’s unique training and expertise.  I would like to shed light on dietitians throughout the state who are pioneering practice in new and evolving areas of the field of dietetics."

 

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."

Joy Galloway Shen, MS, RDN
Director-Elect Technology 

"My goal is to work with the Director of Technology to develop an outstanding MAND website on a new and improved platform. Utilizing new technology, I will maximize our site's ability to reflect who MAND is and what we do. I will enjoy coordinating with the Communication team and other MAND leaders to keep the site up to date with all of our exciting endeavors, to enable MAND members to richly engage in our profession together."

   State Policy Representative (TBD)

 

State Policy Representative Elect (TBD)

 

Meghan Ariagno, MS, RD, CSOWM
Director Career Pathways & Awards

 

Christina Taddei, MSF, RDN, LDN
Director-Elect Career Pathways & Awards

"I want to bring awareness of the many opportunities dietitians have in the workplace, especially to students and interns who are starting out in their nutrition careers. Using ANCE as a forum, to bring students and interns together and have resources available for them to ask questions and explore possibilities for career pathways."



 

Caitlin Van Dreason, RD, LDN
Nominating Committee Chair

"I am excited for the opportunity to become more involved in the MDA community that gives so much to the registered dietitians in this area.  Having worked as a Registered Dietitian for the past 10 years I am looking forward to working with others in the profession to help accomplish new goals."

  Kara Kelly, M.Ed., RD, LDN
Nominating Committee

"I would enjoy to learn more about the nominating process, as I have been in my current position for the last few years and would appreciate a different perspective! I would appreciate this opportunity to enhance the nominating process to improve the overall quality of MAND board members  and positions."
 

Katrina Stephanides, RD, LDN
Nominating Committee

"Having been involved with MAND since becoming an RD I have gained so many valuable experiences, knowledge and connections. Serving a role on nominating committee will allow me to motivate, encourage and share my positive experiences with other local RDs to become involved with MAND so they can also benefit the way that I have."  

  Bridgitte Carroll, MS, RDN, LDN
Socials for Success Coordinator
  Laura Kim, RD, LDN
Socials for Success Coordinator
  Peggy Leung-Strle, MS, RD, LDN, CLC
Mentoring Chair
  Jocelyn Brault, MS, RDN
State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC) and Diversity Liaison
  Melanie Mott, PhD, RD
Awards Chair 
  Grace Ling, Dietetic Intern
MSDA President
  Anson Lai, Dietetic Intern
MSDA Vice President
  Alison Gerber
Liaison to MA Public Health Associations
  Laura Foresta, RD, LDN
Liaison to MA Partnership for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Plan - Healthy Eating CoP
  Michael DeAngelis, MS, MPH, RD
Public Polic 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 (TBD)
   Director of Reimbursement (TBD)
  Gisele LeBlanc, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAND
Director of Reimbursement-Elect 

"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."
  Emily Lotterhand, MBA, RD, LDN
State Regulatory Specialist 

"As a dietetic internship director and clinical nutrition manager I feel it is necessary for our dietetic association to value the importance of regulatory affairs. Many of our jobs depend on federal and state funding. I would like to be more involved in this process for continued success in our field and stress the importance of this process to the interns. The more I understand and I am involved in the process the more I can do to help move our profession forward."
  Jennifer Heinen, MS, RDN, LDN
Consumer Protection Coordinator
  Christina Ypilantis, RD, LDN
Constant Contact Liaison
  Jessica Krefting, MS, RD, LDN
Social Media Manager

 


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