Public Policy Team

Meet the VAND Public Policy Team

Better health for Virginians is a top priority for VAND.  The Public Policy Team has been structured to provide the information and support that members need to be effective advocates at the local, state, and federal level.  Please contact any of the following team members for more information and get involved!  We need action-oriented nutrition professionals influencing policy in Virginia.


Public Policy Coordinator (Federal)
Nana Ofosu-Benefo, MS, RD, CDN | nanaataa@gmail.com

State Policy Representative
Lesley McPhatter, MS, RD, CSR |  ultrard1102@gmail.com

Legislative Consultant
Andrew Lamar | andrew@lamar-consulting.com


Assistant State Policy Representative
Susan Noble, RD, CSR |Susanmnoble13@gmail.com

State Regulatory Specialist
Elva Chowdhury, MS, RD | echowdh@live.com

Alliances Chair
Christine Izquierdo, MS, RD, CDN | christine.dougherty1@gmail.com

Consumer Protection Coordinator
TBD

MNT Reimbursement Advisor
TBD


DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

Blue Ridge District
Angie Bayliss, MS, RDN, CSP | ajh5j@virginia.edu

Greater Richmond District
Nana Ofosu-Benefo, MS, RD, CDN | nanaataa@gmail.com

Northern District (State)
Christine Izquierdo, MS, RD, CDN | christine.dougherty1@gmail.com

Southwest Virginia District
Kristen Dehr, MS, RD, LD | dehrkl@mfa.net

Tidewater District
Sarah Dill | dill.sarah.n@gmail.com