Welcome to the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!



The Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) is a dedicated group of about 1,300 nutrition professionals. Our mission is to empower members to be Maryland’s food and nutrition leaders. Our vision is to optimize the health and well-being of Marylanders through food and nutrition.  MAND is a 501(C)(6). Membership is open to members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) who reside in Maryland or choose Maryland as their sole affiliate.  

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The Academy Vision and Mission. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

As part of the Academy, we encourage all dietitians to be part of YOUR chapter.  Join MAND. As part of the MAND, you get to be part of the change! The following are positions that will be available for 2017-2019.

If you know of Registered Dietitians who are interested in any of the positions below and are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and MAND, please let them know.

You are welcome to submit: A picture, resume and letter of intent and contact information to Chimene Castor, EdD, RDN, LDN email: ccastor214@gmail.com by January 31, 2017, by 11:59 PM. 

The available positions are:




*Delegate (3 year term)

*CPI Chair-Elect

*Communications Chair

*Nominating Committee Chair

*Nominating Committee Position

*Nominating Committee Position

*Clinical Nutrition Division Chair

*Education & Research Division Chair

*Food & Nutrition Management Division Chair


 State Legislative Interactive Workshop 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

MAND’s State Public Policy promotes the health of Maryland citizens 
particularly when Registered Dietitians & Licensed Nutritionists are heard!  
Attend 1 hour of a legislative hearing and see your legislators in action—
see WHOM they are learning from.  Understand why you must be involved.


7:30-7:45 AM:  Registration & Breakfast provided.

7:45-8:15 AM:  Team Interactive Workshops.  Issues to be discussed with
legislators will be discussed with your team and led by your team leader.  You will be able to ask questions.

8:15-8:45 AM:  Keynote Speaker: “How to Approach Legislators”
Marc Korman, District 16 House of Delegate

8:45-9:00 AM:  BREAK/Walk to appointments

9:00-10:00 AM:  First meetings with Legislators

10:00-10:15 AM:  BREAK/Walk back to meeting room

10:15-10:45:  Lobbyist Speaker:  “Is Healthcare Going to be Different in the State with the New Administration?” Barbara Brocato and Associates and MAND Lobbbyist-Dan Shattuck

10:45-11:00 AM:  BREAK/Walk to appointments

11:00-11:45:  Second meetings with Legislators

11:45 AM-12:00 Noon:  BREAK/Walk back to meeting room

12:00-12:45:  Lunch/Speakers

“Update on Current Efforts on Regulation and Insurance Network at the State Level”
Speakers:  Arnetta Fletcher, RD, PhD and Anna Bondy, RD, LD


“Federal Policy Efforts”
Speaker:  Livleen Gill, MBA, RD, LDN, President, Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND)

12:45-1:00 PM:  BREAK/Walk to Legislative Hearing

1:00-2:00 PM:  Attend one hour of a Legislative Hearing in the House or Senate
(we must split up)

2:00-2:15 PM:  BREAK/Walk back to meeting room

2:15-3:15 PM:  Closing
Remarks.  “What We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?” 
Speaker:  Barbara Brocato and Associates and MAND Lobbyist-Barbara Brocato

Please note Bills and Testimony already given by MAND will be provided to attendees by their Team Leaders before the day of the Workshop.

Program Objective:  Opportunity for Licensed Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist to visit legislators

Learning Objectives:  By the end of the Workshop, attendees will understand:

1.  The importance of active advocacy for the profession of RD’s and the health of Maryland citizens with the State Legislature.

2.  How to refine a political advocacy message for optimum impact—branding yourself

3.  Talking to legislators is fun and impacts our profession!4.  Use dialog to communicate the importance of nutrition in promoting health and learning a legislators’ point of view.


Andrea Ciccone Troutner, RD, LD, LDN, CDE



Mobile:  (301) 466-0611

How the Public Policy Panel is working

for MAND Members

In 2016 our Maryland State Public Policy Interactive Workshop had 77 members visit their legislators and once again show that Dietitians & DTR’s vote and as the Nutrition Experts are able to act as a resource to our legislators. After doing these meetings for several years and increasing our numbers . . .

Our presence has gotten us to the table:

PRIVATE PRACTICE DIETITIANS: House Bill 1318/Senate Bill 92:  This bill addresses the Access of Health Insurance Companies Networks.  Dan Shattuck, our lobbyist, arranged to have an RD as a part of the work group to address network adequacy and access within the network.  Livleen Gill, Anna Bondy and Glenda Lindsey are representing MAND on this workgroup.

AID FOR DIABETIC STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS:  House Bill 771/Senate Bill 71.  This bill allows for the State Health Department training of volunteer (all employees of the public schools) to act in the absence of a school nurse to aid students requiring aid with diabetes.  This would allow students to participate in school trips and other activities they would otherwise be unable to attend.  The workgroup to determine these regulations will include two MAND members, Andrea Troutner, a CDE and Marla Caplon, an RD with the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Once again we could not have accomplished this without the connections of our lobbyist/strategists: Barbara Marx Brocato and Dan Shattuck.


For the last 2 years leaders in MAND have been working with the Maryland Office of Healthcare Quality on providing comments on the regulations for Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities. More to come on the final draft in the 2016-2017 year.

This June the Public Policy Workshop will bring MAND Members to the Federal level.  From time to time we send out an E-blast that asks members to respond to Action Alerts.

With this being an election year, it is a great time to have our voices heard.

We ask that each of our members take 15- 20 minutes during the year and get engaged in public policy dialogue.

The Public Policy Panel: 2016-2017

Barbara Hoffstein, RD, LDN, Public Policy Coordinator

Andrea Troutner, RD, LD, LDN, CDE, State Policy Representative

Anna Bondy, MPH, RD, LDN, Reimbursement Representative

Arnetta Fletcher, Ph.D, RDN, State Regulatory Specialist


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