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 |

State Policy Representative
Lesley McPhatter, MS, RD, CSR |

Legislative Consultant
Andrew Lamar |

Assistant State Policy Representative
Susan Noble, RD, CSR |

State Regulatory Specialist
Elva Chowdhury, MS, RD |

Alliances Chair
Christine Izquierdo, MS, RD, CDN |

Consumer Protection Coordinator

MNT Reimbursement Advisor


Blue Ridge District
Angie Bayliss, MS, RDN, CSP |

Greater Richmond District
Nana Ofosu-Benefo, MS, RD, CDN |

Northern District (State)
Christine Izquierdo, MS, RD, CDN |

Southwest Virginia District
Kristen Dehr, MS, RD, LD |

Tidewater District
Sarah Dill |