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Session and Speaker Details

Find out more about the exciting session and speakers for the 2021 MAND Virtual Conference. Register TODAY! Can't make it live? Don't worry - you can purchase access to watch the recordings for the same number of CEUs!

Food Access and Food Security in Maine since the Coronavirus Outbreak

The information presented in this session is part of the National Food Access and COVID Research Team, or NFACT. As part of NFACT, UMaine have collected survey data over the past year to better understand the ways in which COVID-19 has specifically affected the food security of Mainers, with the long-term goal of comparing our data to similar data sets in other states and U.S. regions. Preliminary survey outcomes will be reviewed along with program and policy opportunities for Maine nutrition professionals.


Presented by Rachel Schattman, PhD

Dr. Rachel Schattman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Food and Agriculture. The overarching goal of her work is to engage in research that leads to sustainable agricultural and food systems. In pursuit of this goal, she works with specialty crop producers, agricultural advisors, and communities to identify and address production challenges, specifically through the lens of climate change adaptation and food security. Her approach is grounded in complimentary traditions of agroecology and participatory action research (PAR).  


and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD

Kate Yerxa, MS, RD is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and holds a joint teaching appointment with the School of Food and Agriculture. Kate is the state coordinator for the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and has experience designing and evaluating nutrition education interventions for food insecure populations. 

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Infant and Child Nutrition

Presented by Dr. Robert Murray

Dr. Robert Murray spent over 20 years in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Ohio State University School of Medicine. For 5 years, he served as the director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, offering medical and surgical treatments for child and adolescent obesity. Dr. Murray also was the pediatric medical director for Abbott Nutrition from 2003-2006. For over a decade Dr. Murray was an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health, serving as chair in the final 4 years. He is a Board member of Action for Healthy Kids as well as of the Children’s Hunger Alliance, and previously served on the Board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Dr Murray is the immediate past President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Updated Diabetes Guidelines, Meals, Meds and More

In 2019, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released their revised Nutrition Therapy Consensus Report. The session will equip Registered Dietitians with evidence-based guidelines and tools to apply these guidelines into practice to improve patient outcomes. The session will also highlight several medications for diabetes treatment and role of diabetes technology in clinical practice. Speaker will share personal experience of incorporating the evidence into practice and share resources for practical application.

Rachel Stahl, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES

Rachel Stahl is a Clinical Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. She provides medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management education in an acute care and outpatient setting, with a focus in prediabetes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight management. Additionally, she leads the hospital's Diabetes Prevention Program, and is actively involved in both patient and interdisciplinary education, especially as it relates to diabetes management and technology.

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Guidelines for Nutrition in CKD: Implications for Practice

This session will review the newly updated clinical practice guidelines for CKD. It will highlight the key recommendations from the interprofessional workgroups regarding Nutrition Assessment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Macro- and Micronutrients. Emphasis will be given to the implementation of these guidelines into clinical practice.

Laura Byham-Gray, PhD, RDN, FNKF

Dr. Laura Byham-Gray is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions at Rutgers University. She has received several extramural research grants from the federal agencies to investigate energy expenditure and protein-energy wasting in patients on renal replacement therapies. Dr. Byham-Gray has held numerous elected and appointed positions at the national, state, and local levels of National Kidney Foundation, The American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.  She has also served as the associate editor for the National Kidney Foundation publication, the Journal of Renal Nutrition.  Dr. Byham-Gray was the chief editor for two books:  Nutrition in Kidney Disease (Springer Publications, 2014), and the A Clinical Guide to Nutrition Care in Kidney Disease (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013), and has over 100 peer-reviewed articles and presentations to her credit. 


Perspectives from a Maine Dietitian- Insights and Case Studies

This session will review treatments and treatment centers available in the state of Maine for the end stage renal disease patient.  Case studies will be presented on nutritional situations based on patients in various parts of the state.

Naomi Stuart MS RD LD

Naomi Stuart, MS, RD, LD is a renal dietitian who has been with Fresenius Kidney Care for over 20 years, serving as a Clinic Dietitian, Contract Dietitian, Lead Dietitian and most recently as Manager of Nutrition Services. Naomi completed her undergraduate degree at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and her master’s degree in Nutrition at East Carolina University.  She has been a renal dietitian for the majority of her professional career. She has published articles in the Journal of Renal Nutrition and in the Journal of the Canadian Dietetic Association. Naomi co-authored a chapter,  Management of the Adult Hemodialysis Patient, in  A Clinical Guide to Nutrition Care in Kidney, 3rd and 4th editions.  Naomi is most proud of  her efforts towards encouraging and mentoring many renal dietitians over past 20 years. Naomi has been a registered dietitian for 24 years. 


Fetal Origins of Chronic Disease

The clinical dietitian-nutritionist faces both challenges and opportunities while serving the public. To do this effectively, new competencies and skills are needed. Epigenetics describes how genes are upregulated or downregulated without changes to genetic sequence. Early nutrition exposures imprint changes to the individual’s phenotype and can lead to hypertension, obesity and insulin resistance later in life. Participants will be able to identify the chronic disorders that are affected by maternal nutrition or malnutrition, describe important measures for maternal-child health, and identify areas for additional research.

Sylvia Escott Stump, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND

Sylvia Escott-Stump is a Faculty Associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has authored 9 editions of Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care; 5 editions of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process; and 3 editions of Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications: A Nursing Approach.  Sylvia served on the Board of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. At the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she served as President; Speaker of the House; Chair of the Standardized Language task force, Nutrition Educators and Preceptors Council, and the Clinical Nutrition Management practice group. Her honors include the Academy’s Medallion Award, Fellow of the Academy, Lenna Frances Cooper Lecturer, Outstanding Dietitian from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate.


New Approaches to the Nutritional Care of Food Allergic Patients

There are 32 million Americans suffering with food allergies, which is a cause of much concern due to its life-threatening potential. Recent trends reveal both a rapid rise in food-induced anaphylaxis admissions as well as a rise in self-reported food allergy. This session will apply the evolving science in this advanced area of practice to address the nutritional needs of the food allergy community within specific stages of life. As dietitians, we must understand the dietary factors that have changed our commensal microbiota, driving this increase in food allergy.

Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA

Ellen Karlin is a nutrition consultant with a vast professional and personal knowledge and expertise in helping food allergic patients manage their food allergies and improve their eating habits.  She has worked both in private practice and at the Comprehensive Asthma and Allergy Center in Maryland for the past 34 years. Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Medical Science degree in nutrition education from Emory University. Ellen is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). A nationally recognized speaker, she has delivered numerous lectures and workshops on the topic of food allergy. She was the technical reviewer for the 1998 ADA publication “Food Allergy”, author for the Food Allergy section in the ADA’s 2009 Nutrition Care Manual and technical reviewer for the Food Allergy section in the ADA’s 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual. She was the technical reviewer for the chapter on food sensitivities in the 2010 ADA Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. She was the co-author of “Dental and Oral Considerations in Pediatric Celiac Disease” published in Journal of Dentistry for Children, May 2016 and has contributed to a variety of other resources.

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