Introducing VAND’s New Professional Education Chairperson!

Welcome to Dr. Devon Golem, who will be replacing Kristen Chang and Wendy Phillips as VAND’s Professional Education Chairperson for the 2016-2017 membership year!


DevonDr. Devon Golem is the founder of the Institute of Continuing Education for Nutrition Professionals ( and lives in Charlottesville, VA.  She has experience as an educator, researcher, clinician, and nutrition counselor.  She served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at New Mexico State University until May 2016.  She has completed research and published on many nutrition-related topics including sleep and obesity, dietary strategies and behavior, weight bias, food insecurity, household food supply and emergency preparedness, and childhood obesity.  Dr. Golem earned her PhD in nutritional sciences with an emphasis in exercise science from Rutgers University.  She became an RD in 2003 and has worked in clinical, community, and research settings.  Dr. Golem is extremely passionate about professional education in our field and is excited to serve as the Professional Education Chair for VAND 2016-2018.

If you are interested in publishing on the VAND blog or presenting a webinar, please email her at

“To gain and maintain expertise, we must keep learning.”  Devon Golem, PhD, RD

Welcome to the Official VAND Blog!


Welcome to the official blog of the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! We are excited to host this site for YOU, our members, to have a forum to connect with each other, hear about nutrition practices in Virginia, and help us fulfill our mission to empower members to be Virginia’s food and nutrition leaders. Through this blog, we can provide nutrition education to the public, to optimize the health of Virginians through food and nutrition expertise.

We are soliciting blog posts from RDNs and NDTRs throughout Virginia, featuring original content. Have an idea for a post but not sure if it is what we’re looking for? Email us and ask – we will help you develop it into something for our blog! Please contact Wendy Phillips or Kristen Chang, VAND’s Co-Chairs for Professional Education to submit a blog post or idea. And of course, we will ask you to send a professional headshot to accompany the post.

Wendy Phillips
Kristen Chang
Kristen Chang

We look forward to hearing from you! Contact us at

Kristen Chang, MS, RDN, CSSD & Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, FAND
Professional Education Chairpersons
Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics