Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors:


Christina Ypsilantis, RD, LDN


This will certainly be a trying year ahead. I want to thank you for being MAND members and a special thank you to those of you on our Board of Directors. Everyday, I am inspired by our community and appreciate learning from all of you. We are going to have to be creative this year, and I am going to view that as a positive! I look forward to keeping our member momentum strong, continuing to create opportunities for connection (whether virtual or in-person as permitted), and to further foster our career development. Wishing you all much health this next year. 


Nicolette Star Maggiolo, RD, LDN


As President-Elect, I look forward to working in great tandem with President Christina Ypsilantis, Past-President Melanie Mott, and the entire MAND Board to bring continued excellence to our profession. During these unforeseen times, I hope that we may lean into our MAND community for support more than ever. I have always treasured the relationships and professional development opportunities that MAND has afforded me. We’ll certainly have to be creative this year.  Whether virtual or in-person as permitted, my hope is that we engage new and diverse members, support professional development for our future leaders, and continue advocating for registered dietitians as nutrition experts. Most of all, I hope that members feel they are a valued part of our community.

Melanie Mott, PhD, RD

Past President

Felicia Stewart, RD, LDN



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 and imporant 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.

Tara Hammes


As an Academy Delegate, I will authentically represent MAND members and its Board of Directors at HOD meetings. Through multiple channels, I will share detailed information from the Academy while soliciting MAND member questions and feedback on mega issues. I will contribute additional time as needed to participate in various HOD committees and projects. My aim is to convey the HOD’s roles and their direct impact on the professional Registered Dietitians of Massachusetts.


Robin Stone, MS, RDN, LDN

Liason to Area Associations and DPGs

As Liaison to Area Associations and DPGs, I look forward to helping grow our connections within and across our geographical regions, as well as through our special areas of practice


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. 


Michelle Leonetti, RDN

Director of Education

As Director of Education and Co-Chair of ANCE Speaker Selection, I look forward to working with the committee members to introduce new and innovative topics to the MAND community that enrich our practices. Given the restraints on physical gatherings, we'll look to transition our events to engaging virtual platforms to continue learning and growing our interests. 


Jennifer O’Brien,  MEd, RD/LDN

Director-Elect of Education

As the Director of Education-Elect 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. 


Sierra Parker, RD, LDN, CNSC

Director Member Communications/Public Relations

Communication is key in all aspects of work and life, but especially when it comes to health and nutrition. With all of the competing blog platforms on nutrition advice, I hope to increase the frequency of our MAND blog publications and team up with our directors on a more regular basis to engage more members. My goal is that all MAND members have an opportunity to have their voice heard and represent the field of dietetics. 


Dana Steinmetz, RD, LDN

Director-Elect Member Communications/Public Relations

As director elect of Member Communications I will strive to support the Director of Communications in any way needed. I hope to facilitate candid conversations with fellow board members, as well as MAND members, to assure we are reaching all members accordingly. Through flexibility and teamwork, I will take ownership of projects given to me, while also taking initiative on my own. I look forward to growing as a dietetic professional and networking with other clinicians who have a passion for nutrition.


Rachel Caty, MPH, RDN, LDN

Director of Technology

I look forward to using my technology experience to ensure that our website is up-to-date, user friendly, and informative so the MAND community can find the information that they need. 



Lauren Jalali, MS, RD, LDN

State Policy Representative

As nutrition professionals, I believe in the importance of understanding how public policy influences our work with individuals and communities, and which state level policies can affect our practice and our population. In this position, I want to help MAND members understand current and upcoming public policies and how they relate to our roles as nutrition care providers. I will also promote awareness among state legislators regarding important public policies that align with AND/MAND priorities and the role of the nutrition professionals in improving public health outcomes.


Wai Ling Balsley, RDN, LDN

State Police Representative-Elect

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.


Coleen Liscano, MS, RD, CSP, LDN, CNSC, CLE FAND

Nominating Commitee Chair

I desire to collaborate with volunteer leaders to best identify the  candidates who desire to shape the future of our profession and offer a noteworthy slate of candidates to lead MAND in this ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

Judith Dowd

Nominating Committee


Brittany Taylor, MS, RD, LDN 

Nominating Committee

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. 


Claudia Gumina, MPH, RD, LDN

Director of Socials for Success

In this position, I want to help create comfortable spaces for new dietetic professionals to connect, while engaging in fun, social activities. I would love to be able to provide others with the opportunity to be active in their community in ways they would not have otherwise done. I will encourage members from diverse backgrounds to meet and share ideas that will ultimately prove valuable to the dietetic community as a whole.


Dana J. Fryer, MS, RDN, LDN

Socials for Success Director-Elect

Through my role as direct-elect 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.

Norah Ismail

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


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.


Sarah Andrus, MS, RD, LDN

Public Policy Coordinator

As dietitians, we aim to effect change. Quite often, our role focuses on individuals and communities. In this position, I hope to make it easier and enjoyable for members to stayupdated on nutrition-related policies and learn about opportunities to help effect change at the policy level.


Jordan Shute, MS, RD

Public Policy Coordinator - Elect

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

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.


Jule O’Donovan, RD, LDN

Consumer Protection Coordinator

I plan to expand resources regarding licensure for Massachusetts dietitians, and to ensure safety of the public by promoting dietitians as the reliable source for nutrition information.


Erin Kenney, MS, RD, LDN, HCP

Email Liaison

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, MS, RD, LDN

Social Media Manager

My vision for social media is to create a transparent and engaging space for all our Massachusetts Dietitians and fellow dietetics affiliates to stay updated on events, policy, and current happenings in our field. Follow @eatrightma on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!


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.


Jessica Seltz

MSDA President

As President of the MSDA, I hope to create a community which supports and empowers students to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics, and provides them with the resources they need become future leading professional! 


Kelly Siverhus

MSDA Vice President

As MSDA Vice President, my goal is support and empower nutrition and dietetics students from all backgrounds by providing them the tools, resources, community, and networking opportunities essential to becoming proficient future professionals in the field.

Meet our MAND Staff Members! 


Maureen Kelly Gonsalves, MEd, RD

MAND Director of Operations


Sarah Conca, MPA, RDN, LDN

MAND Director of Public Policy

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