Board of Directors

Meet the members of our Board of Directors: 

Executive Board


Kristen Schreck, MS, RD, LDN 


Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Lecturer, Boston University 

Previous job positions:

  • Nutrition Services Program Manager, Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Per Diem Clinical Dietitian, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Per Diem Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Boston Children’s Hospital

What you want to accomplish in this position:

As president-elect, I would like to apply my knowledge from previous experiences on the board to continue to support the organization’s mission and goals. I would seek to increase my knowledge of the various board positions and responsibilities in order to best empower the directors and committees to meet their objectives. In addition, I look forward to the exciting opportunity of welcoming Academy members nationwide to Boston for FNCE in 2016.

Monica Lebre, MS, RD, LDN


Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Adjunct Instructor - Northeastern University; Adjunct Instructor
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Owner/Founder - Private Practice - Monica Lebre Nutrition

Previous job positions:

  • Nutrition Coordinator/Senior Bariatric Dietitian - Brigham & Women’s/Faulkner Hospital -2010-2013
  • Per Diem Clinical Dietitian, Long Term Care - NewBridge on the Charles Sept 2010 – Dec 2010
  • Sodexo - Inpatient Clinical Dietitian - 2003-2010

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Previous job positions:

  • Outreach Coordinator & Wellness Specialist / MA DPH Occupational Health Surveillance Program
  • Independent Nutrition Consultant
  • Health Educator & Registered Dietitian / Cornell University Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors


Renee Reynolds, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC


Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Clinical Dietitian, Massachusetts General Hospital

Previous job positionsN/A

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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


 Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Clinical Dietitian, Mount Auburn Hospital 

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Dietitian / Dietary Administration -  New England Baptist Hospital (Sodexo)
  • Outpatient / Corporate Wellness Dietitian -  A Healthy Balance, Inc. 

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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


 Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Account Director, Nutrition Communications, Mullen Lowe
  • Adjunct Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Epilepsy Program

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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


Present Job Title/Employer
  • Registered Dietitian & Onsite Health Promotion Specialist, Optum

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager, Sodexo, Steward Carney Hospital
  • Registered Dietitian & Certified Personal Trainer, Wellbridge Athletic Club
  • Clinical Dietitian, per diem, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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


Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University

Previous job positions:

  • Nutrition Author
  • Media Expert

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Liaison to Area Associations and DPGs

 Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Registered Dietitian, Personal Chef & Consultant: Daniel M. Camerota RD LDN

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Dietitian, Morrison Healthcare
  • Outpatient Dietitian, Energy Center Nutrition

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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              

 Present Job Title/Employer:  
  • Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Manager, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Professional Activities:

  • MAND – Director Public Relations
  • Weight Management DPG – Coaching subunit  volunteer

What you want to accomplish in this position:

  • 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

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Research Dietitian/U.S. Army (Natick, MA)

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Research Dietitian/Meridien Research (Tampa Bay region FL)

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Sodexo (UMass Memorial Medical Center) Clinical Nutrition Manager – Memorial Campus

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Dietitian (UMMMC)
  • Home Care Dietitian (Natick VNA)

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Clinical Inpatient Dietitian/Emerson Hospital
  • Nutrition Counselor/Personal Trainer/Body + Fuel

Previous job positions:

  • Administrative Assistant/Boston City Hall
  • Diet Technician/New England Sinai Hospital 

What you want to accomplish in this position:
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 

Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Registered Dietitian at Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

Previous job positions: N/A

What you want to accomplish in this position:
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 Relation

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Registered Dietitian at Boston University’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center.  I also currently oversee marketing for the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center.

Previous job positions:

  • Teaching Assistant at Boston University
  • Group Fitness Instructor at New Balance Fitness Club
  • Account Manager, Advertising at Turner Broadcasting, Inc. (TBS/TNT/TruTV networks)

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Clinical Dietitian 2 - UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Nutrition Educator, Let’s Go Program - YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Previous job positions:

  • Clinical Dietitian - Southcoast Health

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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

Present Job Title/Employer:
  • Private practice,

Previous job positions:

  • Research Coordinator, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dietetic Intern, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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 



State Policy Representative-Elect




Meghan Ariagno, 

Director Career Pathways & Awards


Christina Taddei, MSF, RDN, LDN

Director-Elect Career Pathways & Awards

Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Site Leader/Registered Dietitian/ Onsite Health Promotion Specialist/ Optum
  • Engagement Associate / Optum

Previous job positions:

Prior to my role with Optum, I was in school/internship and prior to that, I worked for in the finance industry.

  • Acadian Asset Management, Performance and Attribution Analyst 2006-2009
  • State Street (formally Investors Bankaa nd Trust), Performance Annalyst 2004-2006
  • State Street (formally Investors Bankaa nd Trust), Security Lending 2002-2004

What you want to accomplish in this position:

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.

Committees & Chairs 


Caitlin Van Dreason, RD, LDN 

Nominating Committee Chair


Present Job Title/Employer:

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager for Sodexo Healthcare at Cambridge Health Alliance

Previous job positions:                        

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager at Norwood Hospial
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager at Harrington Hospital 

What you want to accomplish in this position:

  • 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 Die
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