A Message From Our President
I am honored to serve as Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's President for the 2018-2019 year! I have served in various positions on MAND’s board since 2011, and I am pleased to take on the role as President this year.
This past March, MAND had a very successful Annual Meeting led by Katie Meade and Kathy Egan—a big thank you to them for their hard work and dedication in planning a terrific event! Our next MAND Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 1st, 2019 at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Kathy Egan and Liz Entin are leading the charge for planning—and we are looking forward to another fabulous conference!
It was great to connect with many of you at FNCE in Washington D.C. from October 20-23rd! The joint MAND/DCMAND FNCE Reception on October 22nd at Elizabeth’s on L in D.C. was a successful and enjoyable event. There were 60 MAND members and 50 DCMAND members at the reception, which provided a great opportunity for networking with fellow MAND members as well as with our neighboring D.C. RDNs. A tremendous thank you again to the American Dairy Association Northeast for partially sponsoring our event!
The Academy’s Public Policy Workshop (PPW) kicked off immediately after FNCE on the evening of October 23rd. A record-breaking 1,400 members stormed Capitol Hill on October 24th to meet with our respective legislators to discuss malnutrition, which was the main theme for this year’s PPW. MAND had 30 members in attendance, which was one of the highest turnouts for Maryland at this event!
We have an exciting remainder of the year lined up! MAND’s State Legislative Interactive Workshop (SLIW) 2019 has been scheduled for February 13th in Annapolis. Last fiscal year, we hit a record number of attendees (approximately 85 people), and we hope to top that this upcoming year! Stay tuned for more details as we approach February—please consider attending to meet with your state representatives, promote our profession, and make your voice heard!
MAND also has scheduled quarterly networking events at various locations throughout Maryland. We had a great turnout at our locations in Baltimore City, Annapolis, and Rockville at our last event on August 28th. Feedback from members has been very positive, and members have commented that they enjoy the opportunity to meet their fellow colleagues in a more casual setting. Stay tuned and check out our E-blasts for details on upcoming networking events!
Lastly, I encourage each of our members to be engaged and to volunteer with MAND. Whether you have a few hours a week or just a few hours a year, MAND needs you! We currently have an open position on the board, so if you are interested please email me at email@example.com. Interested in providing input directly to the Academy? Considering becoming a “VIP” (Valuable Information Provider) to help guide decisions and have the Academy obtain perspective from a variety of viewpoints. If you are interested in obtaining more information about being a VIP, please contact MAND’s Delegate, Jessica Kiel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to another great year and connecting with many of you at our upcoming events!
Megan Larson, MS, RD, LDN, FAND