Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) 2019 Annual Meeting

Monday, April 1, 2019          

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Check In, onsite registration & breakfast starts at 7:30 AM

Location: Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd, Baltimore, MD  21244


MAND’s Annual Meeting is the premier educational and networking event for nutrition professionals in Maryland. This event attracts over 250 nutrition professionals from Maryland and neighboring states. The Annual Meeting features cutting edge presentations on clinical research, public and environmental health, emerging trends, and more in order to enable our members to continue to be the leading experts in nutrition.


Over 8 CEUs, continental breakfast and hot lunch (featuring crab cakes), wine and cheese pairing evening reception, poster session, networking, vendors, free SWAG and much more!

Speakers presentations and/or handouts will be available on our website,, for 2 weeks prior and 30 days after the meeting.

Target Audience:  

Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Dietetic Technicians, Nutrition and Dietetic Students, Dietetic Interns, and other Healthcare Professionals are welcomed.


Continental breakfast, coffee service, beverage breaks, and a hot lunch buffet. Vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options will be available.  Optional evening reception includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine and cheese pairings.  


Parking is free and ample.

MAND Annual Meeting Agenda April 1, 2019

FOOLproof nutrition: FACT VS. FICTION

7:00am - 8:00am

Vendors arrive and set-up

7:30am – 5:00pm

Registration and Information table open

7:30am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am – 8:45 am

Business Meeting (1 CEU)

8:00am- 4:00pm

Exhibits and Poster Displays

2 CEUs (1 for each)

9:00am – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

Megan Larson, MAND President

9:15am – 10:15am

Keynote Speaker –

Barbara Mayfield - FOOLproof Your Communication. Conquer Miscommunication. Craft words that work!


10:15am- 10:45am

Break, exhibit & posters

10:45am – 11:45am

Concurrent Session 1 (1 CEU)


Fact vs Fiction


Samantha Lewandowski & Jacquelyn Stern – Navigating Feeding and Weight Concerns in Children and Adolescents (Eating Disorder Prevention)

Mark Messina – The Health Effects of Soy Foods: Separating the Science from the Nonsense

Rosemary Riley – Culinary Medicine, The Dietitian as Leader, Innovator and Researcher

11:45am – 12:45pm


12:45pm – 1:15pm

Lobbyist update (0.5 CEU)


Concurrent session 2 (1 CEU)

Ryann Mayer – Nutrition Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Common Ground – Fact Checking the Headlines:  Pesticide Residues in Food and More Insights into Food Production on the Farm

Kendall Singleton – Make Health Insurance Work for Your Private Practice

2:15pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent session 3 (1 CEU)

Nanette Steinle – The Role of Probiotics, Prebiotics in Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Christine Palumbo – Disruption Today’s Food and Nutrition Trends – What You Need to Know

Ellin Karlin – Treating Patients with Food Allergy and Intolerance

3:30pm – 3:45pm


3:45pm – 4:45pm

Closing session – Kris Sollid

Diet tribes and diatribes: Is it a “healthy” debate?


4:45pm – 5:00pm


5:00pm – 7:00pm

Evening Reception

Continuing Education Credits: up to 8.5 CEUs

The Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a local affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), will receive up to 8.5 continuing professional education units (CPEU’s) for attendance. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials.  A CEU certificate will be provided to all attendees upon completion of a meeting evaluation survey (emailed to all attendees the week after the meeting).


*Early Bird Special: Register by 02/15/19 to receive $20 off.  Discount will automatically apply at checkout.  Sorry, no further discount provided for Student/Dietetic Int

ern/Retiree rate.  

Registration Opens:  02/01/19

Registration Closes:  03/18/19


Optional evening networking reception and awards ceremony (includes wine & Cabot Creamery Cheese pairings) and heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Time is from 5-7pm.  You can purchase tickets online with conference registration or on site.  Reception generously sponsored by the American Dairy Association Northeast.  Fifty year members and MAND award winners will be recognized at this reception.

Due to space limitations, registration is limited to the first 250 registrants.

On-site registration MAY be available pending availability.  There is a $20 extra fee for those registering on-site.  We will accept checks or credit cards on site (no cash please).

Refund Policy:  If you need to cancel for any reason, a full refund will be offered until 03/18/19. After 3/18/19 and up until 1 week prior to the event (3/25/19) we will provide a 50% partial refund.  No refund is available for no shows or those who cancel after 03/25/19.  

All registrations are online.  There are no paper forms.  Our signup system allows for only one registration per order.  Please contact to make arrangements to register multiple people or if you need an invoice for a purchase order.  


Printed Booklet of Presentations:

Want to take notes?  We are offering an optional booklet of printed presentations for an additional $15.  Booklets will be distributed at check in for pre-registrants only.  Please select this option when registering online.  

Suggested Attire:

Business casual or nicer please.  Comfortable shoes are suggested.  Don’t forget your business cards for networking!

For Nursing Mothers:

A private lactation room will be available for your use.  Please bring your own cooler as there is no refrigeration.  Inquire about location at check in.

Reduced Room Rates:

We have negotiated a block for rooms for the rate of $109 a night for the night of 03/31.  Parking is free and rate includes a free hot breakfast and wi-fi.  The hotel is right next door to the conference center (1 minute walk):  

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore/Woodlawn
1810 Belmont Avenue, Windsor Mill, Maryland, 21244, USA

TEL: +1-410-281-1111

Call or use this booking link:

Our group code is: MAN

All reservations within this block must be made prior to March 1, 2019. The cancellation of guaranteed reservations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax.

Poster Session:

Students as well as professionals are invited to submit an abstract for our poster session. All abstract submissions are expected to have at least one author present to discuss the poster during the meeting.

Please submit electronically using this form:

Abstract deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

The MAND Poster Award of Excellence recognizes quality posters at the MAND Annual Meeting.  A $50 dollar prize will be award for the top student poster and the top general (professional) poster.  

More information on the poster session can be found here:

Exhibit Booth and Sponsorship Opportunities
Now accepting exhibitors and sponsors!  

The deadline to register as an exhibitor/sponsor is midnight EST Friday March 15, 2019.  

See our full list of sponsorship opportunities:


More information can be found on our sponsorship page:

Already sending employees to the conference?  Some sponsorship packages INCLUDE free conference registration for up to 2 attendees.  

Questions about booths and sponsorships? Please contact:
Elizabeth Entin, MPH, RD, LDN
Chair-Elect, Council on Professional Issues
Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

MAND Award Nominations:

Do you know someone who should be recognized for their great work in the field of nutrition and dietetics? Do you want to be considered for an award yourself? MAND is accepting nominations for the following 2019 awards (click on each to open downloadable award application):

*Student can be either be a dietetic intern or in a didactic program in dietetics (DPD). We will give out one award for each category.

Self-nominations are accepted for all awards.

Please email completed form to MAND Awards Chair: Angela Green All applications along with Resume/CV must be returned by 2/20/2019

Recipients will receive:


Speaker Bios (listed in order of program):

Barbara J. Mayfield, MS, RDN, Founder and President, Nutrition Communicator, LLC, leads other nutrition professionals in creating and delivering compelling communication that is evidence-based, meaningful, memorable, and motivating. She is Editor-in-Chief for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guide to Nutrition Communication, slated for publication late 2019. She honed her expertise during 16 years on the faculty of the Nutrition Science Department at Purdue teaching future nutrition professionals to be effective nutrition communicators. Barb has also worked as an early intervention specialist and served the WIC Program as a nutrition educator, high-risk counselor, breastfeeding coordinator and local program coordinator. Barb led Noteworthy Creations, a company dedicated to high quality nutrition education resources for 17 years. She has published books and curricula for preschoolers, early elementary, high school, college, and professional audiences. Barb received a B.S. in Dietetics from Purdue and an M.S. in Human Nutrition from Cornell. She received multiple teaching awards at Purdue, was named Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Indiana Academy and the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors. In 2018 she was inducted into the Purdue Nutrition Science Hall of Fame. Earlier in her career, she received the Academy’s RYDY Award, and Purdue Alumni’s Outstanding Young Professional Award.

Samantha Lewandowski, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD is a Maryland native, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 15 years’ experience. She is a Certified Eating Disorder RD through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), and specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating and family feeding. Samantha is aligned with Health at Every Size (HAES ™) and practices an anti-diet, and weight inclusive approach to nutrition and health. She currently maintains a nutrition counseling practice in Columbia working with families, adolescents, and adults. Prior to private practice, she spent over ten years with the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt as the outpatient nutrition coordinator. She also has nutrition experience in employee wellness and health promotion, and long-term care. Having presented to numerous professional and community-based audiences, Samantha enjoys discussing eating disorder prevention, feeding strategies, and the harms of diet culture. She is passionate about helping individuals move forward in their recovery and establish positive health behavior changes to create a balanced, healthy relationship with food and body.

Jacquelyn A. Stern, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with over 20 years experience. She has a private practice in Annapolis, Maryland where she provides nutritional counseling to both adults and children. Jacquelyn is passionate about helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, eating and their body. She sees clients one on one to help them with a variety of health conditions. She helps people make lifestyle changes from a place of self-care and self-compassion. Whether she is working with a client with diabetes, high cholesterol, family feeding or an eating disorder, she practices from a Health at Every Size(HAES), weight neutral approach. She is a non-diet dietitian, and helps guide clients back to intuitive eating. Jacquelyn started her career as a Registered Dietitian and personal trainer at Total Health Concepts in Virginia, where she counseled patients on cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, and eating disorders. She worked for five years as the nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion coordinator for the MD WIC program in Montgomery County. Over the last fifteen years her practice has focused on one on one counseling with clients. She worked for several years at Digestive Disorders Associates and Annapolis Internal Medicine in Annapolis. She has developed a niche in helping people make long term changes with health and nutrition.

Dr. Mark Messina is the co-owner of Nutrition Matters, Inc., a nutrition consulting company, an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University in California, and the Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute. Dr. Messina devotes his time to the study of the health effects of soyfoods. He writes extensively on these subjects, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters for health professionals. Dr. Messina is the chairperson of the editorial advisory board and writes a regular column for The Soy Connection, a quarterly newsletter that reaches over 250,000 health professionals. Dr. Messina has given over 600 presentations to health professionals in 52 countries and has organized 10 international conferences on the role of soy in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Dr. Rosemary E. Riley is an experienced and accomplished nutrition educator. She received her MS and PhD in Human Nutrition and her MA in Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University.  She retired from Abbott Nutrition after 25 years of nutrition research and education for healthcare professionals and consumers.  Since her retirement she is focusing on community nutrition education, specifically culinary medicine for individuals with diabetes, cancer, and other nutrition-related conditions as well as Pediatric Residents from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is devoted to promoting these types of programs, the role of the dietitian in them and the collection of outcomes to verify their impact.  She teaches Lifespan Nutrition at Ohio Wesleyan University and is an active volunteer and Board Member of  Local Matters and Walk with a Doc, community health organizations in Central Ohio.  She is President of Straight Talk : Nutrition, LLC.

Ryann Mayer is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition practicing at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Previously she was a dietitian at Sinai Hospital, dietetic intern at the Pennsylvania State University and graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Dietetics. Her primary focus over the past 4 years has been in gastroenterology. She has presented at the American Dental Association national meeting on the role of dental providers in the prevention of pediatric obesity and the Crohn’s &  Colitis foundation of America-Maryland/Southern Delaware chapter on proper nutrition for adults & pediatrics with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

CommonGround ( is a group of volunteer farm women interested in engaging in conversations about food and farming. The CommonGround philosophy is sharing farm experiences based on positive interactions, transparency of farm practices, inclusiveness of all types and methods of farming, and science-based answers. Each volunteer brings their own farm experience to discuss how they apply today’s farm practices based on available technology, soil types, plant or animal nutrition needs, weather, and market conditions. Our panel includes: Paula Linthicum, a grain and livestock farmer from Montgomery County, Amanda Heilman, a dairy farmer and certified crop advisor from Worcester County. In addition to local farmers, Jenny Splitter will provide a science and news perspective. Jenny covers agriculture, food and technology for and is part of the science communication project, Scimoms.

As Head of Business Development for the company’s contracting and billing departments at Healthy Bytes, Kendall Singleton is responsible for the financial growth of the nutrition counseling reimbursement company. Kendall frequently delivers presentations on the business of health insurance in-person and via webinar to dietitians, dietetic interns, and certified nutrition specialists across the country. Kendall has conducted one-on-one business coaching with hundreds of individual private practice dietitians to date.

Dr. Nanette Steinle is an endocrinologist and registered dietitian.  She is an associate professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine and serves as the Chief of Endocrinology, Maryland VA Health Care System.  Dr. Steinle has expertise in the areas of genetics of blood pressure, diabetes and eating behavior.  She currently conducts clinical research and implementation studies aimed at improving diabetes care and diabetes prevention.  She has conducted research investigating the role of prebiotics in metabolic disease.

As a nutrition specialist with the ability to deliver often complicated scientific information in an “audience friendly” style, Christine Palumbo has given more than 375 nutrition and health presentations to professional organizations and consumer groups, and to corporations as part of wellness programs.  Her client list runs the gamut from the American Board of Pediatric Dentists, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its state affiliates, to major corporations including BP, Ace Hardware Corporate and Unilever Food Solutions. Christine is a graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 2012, she was named the University’s “Outstanding Alumnae,” the highest honor given at St. Catherine.  Christine holds a Master of Business Administration, with a Marketing Concentration, from Chicago’s DePaul University.  In addition to her extensive nutrition work, Christine is active as an eMentor with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in fact, is the top volunteer mentor for the Academy.

Ellen Karlin, a nutrition consultant with vast professional knowledge and expertise in food allergy and intolerance, has worked at the Comprehensive Asthma and Allergy Center in Maryland for the past 32 years. Ellen holds a Master of Medical Science degree from Emory University in Nutrition Education. A popular speaker, she has delivered numerous food allergy lectures at nutrition, dietetic and nurse practitioner conferences throughout the United States. She was the technical reviewer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ADA) publication “Food Allergy” and presented an ADA teleseminar “Food Allergies and the New Labeling Law”. She is author for the Food Allergy section in ADA’s 2009 Nutrition Care Manual and lead technical reviewer for the Food Allergy section in ADA’s 2010 and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals. She was the technical reviewer for the chapter on food sensitivities for the 2012 ADA Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. She is the co-author of “Oral and Dental Manifestations of Pediatric Celiac Disease”, published in May, 2016 Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, and has contributed to many other resources.

Kris Sollid is a registered dietitian with a passion for improving nutrition science communications. As the Senior Director of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Kris monitors nutrition research making media headlines to analyze how nutrition science is conveyed and its impact on consumer attitudes, beliefs and trust in information related to food and health. Since joining IFIC in 2009, his role has included leading consumer research projects, educational resource development, social and traditional media engagement, and timely written contributions to IFIC Foundation’s website, as well external consumer and peer-reviewed publications. Kris has earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BA Geography) and the University of Maryland, College Park (BS Dietetics). He is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as President of DCMAND, the Academy's District of Columbia Metro affiliate.  You can follow Kris on Twitter @SCRDinDC and IFIC Foundation @FoodInsight.

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