To the MAND community and beyond,
It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 year. When asked a few years ago if I would be interested in running for President, I had not anticipated managing an organization of over 2,000 dietitians and diet technicians in the midst of a global pandemic.
Last week, I held my last Executive Team meeting and wanted to reflect on my work this past year. In February of 2020, during the Academy’s President Elect Training, I wrote down a list of goals for my year as President. They were as follows: increase membership, survey our membership, increase voter numbers (both at the state and national level), increase social media presence (huge thank you to Shennie, our Social Media Manager, this was all due to you!), improve membership participation, hold Academy training sessions. While I wasn’t able to accomplish all, I honestly thought throughout the year I hadn’t accomplished any, until I sat down and looked back at this list last week. It was with the help of our MAND Board Members, Executive Team, and our MAND members- that we were able to keep ourselves afloat this past year.
Area affiliates continued to hold events, we held our first virtual ANCE, MDEF rolled out a new fundraiser with some of the highest contributions to date, the diversity liaison brought themselves to inspirational new heights, PPP organized a well-attended (over 150 participants) Virtual Day on the Hill, and so much more. Mind you, our members who were also navigating their jobs and roles as dietitians in the pandemic accomplished all this.
I would like to thank each and every board member for their commitment, dedication, time, and patience during this past year. There was a lot of learning and rolling with the punches, so I appreciate you rolling along with me. To MAND members, thank you for all you’ve done this past year, and for your continued dedication to MAND. Thank you to Melanie Mott, Past President, for her consistent guidance throughout this year. I would not have made it through, without you.
With all the being said, I now introduce all of you to Nicolette Maggiolo, our new MAND President for the July 2021-June 2022 fiscal year!
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