Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors:


Nicolette Star Maggiolo, RD, LDN


There is no denying that this past year has tested our personal and professional lives in countless ways. My awe of members in this dietetics community has only amplified, as I have witnessed so many of you come together to support one another through such trying times. Thank you, to our dietetics community, for constantly inspiring me. I hope that through this upcoming year you feel truly valued and appreciated as a member of this community. Together, I look forward to a year of creating opportunities for meaningful connection and fostering moments of career development. My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who engages as a member of MAND, and specifically to those who selflessly dedicate their time to the Board of Directors. Cheers to a happy and healthy year ahead!



Frances Parpos, RD, LDN, CDCES


I am honored to serve as this year’s President-Elect. I plan to work closely with our President and assist her in leading the MAND community. I have great interest in public policy and am excited to work with and support the Public Policy Panel as their liaison. I have been involved with the ANCE planning committee for over a decade, which is a testament to how much I value being involved with MAND and its members. Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Christina Ypsilantis, RD, LDN

Past President


Lynnea Spencer, MEd, RD, LDN, SNS


As a member of the board, I hope to broaden my knowledge and networking to different areas of nutrition and wellness beyond my current comfort zone. I also hope to be able to stay up to date on the ever-changing science and recommendations surrounding nutrition and the dietetics field and to be able to share that information with other dietitians across the state!



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 an important piece of this role for me.


Ming Cheung, MS, RD, LDN


As the Treasurer-Elect, I hope to continue to strengthen the financial position of MAND so that we may better serve our members. I am excited to have the opportunity to help during these challenging times and look forward to making an impact.


Kristin Otto, MS, RD, LDN


As the treasurer-elect, I look forward to utilizing my business/accounting background to help optimize spend for MAND events. I hope this will help to strengthen and maintain the organization. Positioning MAND to financially thrive so members can obtain the most benefit for years to come is something I would love to accomplish.



Nolan Reese, RD, LDN

Liason-Elect to Area Associations and DPGs

Our profession greatly benefits from stronger networking and sharing ideas. I'm excited to help my fellow dietitians make new connections across Massachusetts.  Even though our current situation might limit physical meetings, I look forward to engaging our area members and facilitating the exchange of ideas across DPGs. 


Jennifer O’Brien,  MEd, RD/LDN

Director of Education

As the Director of Education for the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics I hope to develop strategic partnerships with the statewide education committee to ensure awareness of trends and changes related to licensure requirements and continuing education. I also intend on providing relevant and interesting professional growth opportunities to promote advanced practice and sustained development for the Registered Dietitian. Finally, I aspire to incorporate my passion for dietetics and education during my experience in an administrative director role to develop and grow as a dietetics professional myself, and serve as an advocate for professional advancement of the Registered Dietitian. 



Shelby Burns, MS, RD, LDN

Director Member Communications/Public Relations

My vision as incoming Director of member communications is to continue to help grow our newly open blog as well as unite with social media to present current nutrition information, present us as experts in the field, gain readership, and continue to build upon the network of RD’s in MA. Within the role, I look forward to bridging any communication gaps and putting an organized process in place for blog posts.


Shennie Quintanilla, MS, RD, LDN

Director-Elect Member Communications/Public Relations

Communication is key in every relationship. My vision for communications and social media involves an engaging platform where dietitians can come together, our organization can relay messages to the community, and we create an inclusive and welcoming space for all in this modern, tech-savvy world. Follow @eatrightma on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and check out the blog Today @ MAND!


Brigitte DeVeau, MS, RD

Director of Technology

In this position, I will strive to support the MAND community by keeping our website current and informative. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the members of the board this year.



Jessica Seltz, MS, RD 

Director-Elect of Technology

I am very excited to take on the role of director-elect of technology. As past president of the MSDA, I have been very involved with the Massachusetts academy this past year. I look forward to continuing to work with the board of directors in helping to support the Nutrition and Dietetics community. 



WaiLing Balsley, RDN, LDN

State Policy Representative

I would like to advocate for the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and be the voice of nutrition and dietetic profession in the state legislation. Increase the awareness among the MAND membersof current legislative topics and policies.  Empower MAND members to be familiar with the state legislation by providingreliable resources and updated information.


Judith Dowd, MA, RD, LDN

Nominating Committee Chair

I plan to expand the outreach for new leadership in MAND by seeking experienced dietetics practitioners to run for office and also encouraging more recent credentialed RDs living in Massachusetts to step up to a board position where their skills and interests fit best, and where the professional networking can really skyrocket. Everyone has at least one leadership niche and MAND has a variety of opportunities.



Brittany Taylor, MS, RD, LDN 

Nominating Committee Chair-Elect

As a member of the Nominating Committee, I hope to assist in identifying motivated and talented dietitians across the state and encourage them to utilize their skills for MAND. I look forward to identifying new ways to get dietitians involved during this unique time of primarily virtual interactions. 


Melanie Mott, PhD, RD

Nominating Committee



Dana J. Fryer, MS, RDN, LDN

Socials for Success Director

Through my role as direct for socials for success my goal is to create fun and engaging opportunities for dietetics students and dietitians to meet new peers outside of their typical work/social circles. I hope that members attending a socials for success event will leave with at least one new connection.



Allegra Egizi, MD, RDN, LDN

Socials for Success Director-Elect

As direct-elect for socials for success, my goal is to organize exciting events, strengthen relationships, and ultimately help MAND grow as an organization. I am a passionate and outgoing dietitian with a genuine love for the field and a natural inclination to lead, and I’m really looking forward to being on the Board of Directors this year!


Rachel Andrade, MS, RDN, LDN (she/her)

Director State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC) and Diversity Liaison

I am honored to represent MAND as this year's Diversity Liaison and SPRC ton continue to support the outstanding work of the DEI Committee. Lack of diversity within the dietetics profession has been well documented. This lack of concordance hinders our ability to provide inclusive counseling and support to folks who may benefit from our services. I will collaborate with dietetics professionals, students, and like-minded organizations to increase awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion within our field. Together, we will strive to remove barriers to entering the dietetics profession, engage in recruiting and mentoring activities for students of diverse backgrounds, and provide educational opportunities to enhance cultural competence and humility.
"Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace and not just tolerate diversity." ~ Nellie Borrero


Susan Hazarvartian, MS, RD, LDN

Director-Elect State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC) and Diversity Liaison

Each and everyone has a unique strength and different background that makes every person special. I want to work as a team member to get all these strengths, different backgrounds, and create knowledge together to get everyone as much information as possible, to get a special bond for each person to know that they are special! Diversity is a mixed bag and having informative knowledge makes us stronger people all together!


Anna Bondy, MPH, RD, LDN

Public Health Liaison

 As the public health liaison, I hope to build upon our existing connections to the public health community and find meaningful ways for MAND to contribute to public health policy. I also hope to create visibility for the profession of dietetics among public health groups and find new ways to collaborate.


Jordan Shute, MS, RD

Public Policy Coordinator

In this position I am looking forward to working with and learning from the PPC to encourage member interest in policy that affects nutrition professionals. Policy can seem like a large, nebulous thing, but I hope I can help MAND members engage in policy through education, and action alerts, and see the value in learning about and participating in this arena. 




Kelly Kane, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Nutrition Payment Specialist (Formerly Director of Reimbursement)

My goal is to contribute to the development and implementation of reimbursement strategies for dietitians, improve the working knowledge of the coding, billing, and reimbursement processes, especially with telehealth, and provide resources related to compliance with regulations which allows dietitians to achieve quality patient care through efficient and effective financial processes.


Ellen Lowre

Nutrition Payment Specialist-Elect (Formerly Director-Elect of Reimbursement)


Lauren Oliveira, MS

Email Liaison

As email liaison I will collect MAND announcements from all committees, board of directors, DPG and area associations in order to inform MAND members on the astounding work, upcoming events and opportunities within the dietetics community.



Lisa Lombardini, MS, RD, LDN 

MDEF President

As the president of MDEF, I look forward to being able to provide financial assistance to aspiring and current nutrition professionals. I hope to be able to raise enough funds to provide additional scholarships to those in underrepresented communities and those with significant financial hardships.



Dolores Wolongevicz, PhD, MS, RD, LDN 

MDEF President Elect


Lily Spik

MSDA President

As MSDA President, I hope to create an environment that fosters self-assured, empowered, and curious future professionals by providing the resources necessary to develop a growth mindset.


Meet our MAND Staff Members! 


Maureen Kelly Gonsalves, MEd, RD

MAND Director of Operations


Sarah Conca, MPA, RDN, LDN

MAND Director of Public Policy

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

2022 ANCE will be virtual on Friday, March 25th. 

Public Policy

Public Policy

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