Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association

WRDA is a professional organization of nutrition experts serving Westchester, Rockland, and their neighboring counties.  Please explore our website for information about the dietetic profession, opportunities, and events for dietitians in our district as well as the latest news and information on nutrition and health. Our membership is made up of nutrition professionals who work and/or live in the Westchester/Rockland area.  

WRDA is committed to leading the future of the dietetics profession and its members while serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and well-being. We are an affiliate of the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) and all of our members are members of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

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WRDA Board Elections Results

Congratulations, 2021-2022 WRDA Board!


Krish Drummond, RDN, CDN

Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN, CDN, CDE, CLC, FADA

Co-Presidents Elect

Jenna Lebowich, MS, RDN, CDN

Jessica Tosto, MS, RDN, CNSC

Immediate Past President



Dima Salhoobi, MS, RDN, CDN


Sofia Rafi, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

Membership Chair

Melissa Keeney, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

Nominating Chairs

Janice Shaw, MS, RDN, CDN

Donna Varamo, RD-E

If you are interested in a committee position or learning more about WRDA, please contact us at WRDABoard@gmail.com. 

Volunteers are needed for the following committees:

  • Community Outreach

  • Continuing Education Programs

  • Reimbursement

  • Public Policy

  • Technology

  • Student Liaisons and Student Volunteers

    Student Blog posts

    Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:51 PM • Anonymous
    Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:44 PM • Anonymous
    Wednesday, April 07, 2021 8:35 AM • Anonymous
    Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:22 PM • Anonymous

    WRDA 2021-2022 Scholarship Congratulations to the Recipients 

    The WRDA is pleased to award three scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year: one $1,000 and two $500 amounts.

    Congratulations to the scholarship recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year:

    Kristen Nicolai, Hunter College School of Public Health $1000
    Marissa Lau, Pace University $500
    Madison Grande, University of New Haven $500

    The scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in a food and nutrition (nutritional sciences/dietetics) program or to students accepted into an internship or AP4 program for the 2021-2022 academic year. In order to receive the WRDA scholarship, the applicants must reside in Westchester or Rockland County and/or attend a college or internship/AP4 program in either of these counties.

    NYSAND Updates on Public Policy and Reimbursement Issues

    NYSAND held a series of lunch-hour updates on public policy and reimbursement issues in January and February 2021.  Links to recordings can be found below and on the NYSAND website.  Further information is available from the WRDA Public Policy Co-Chairs, Elisa M Bremner and  Susan Juechter.  Email WRDABoard@gmail.com to contact them.  

    Reimbursement and Telehealth Updates
    Lois Chait, NYSAND Reimbursement Chair & Ellie Wilson, NYSAND Medicaid Taskforce Co-Chair

    Federal Policy Updates for 2021

    Jessica Garay, NYSAND Public Policy Coordinator

    Therapeutic Diet Order Writing Privileges Bill Update

    Josephine Connolly-Schoonen & Ann Darcy, NYSAND TDO Taskforce Co-Chairs with Chrissie Rutigliano, Roffee Group

    NYS Licensure Bill Update

    Karen Ostrum, NYSAND Licensure Taskforce Chair with Chrissie Rutigliano, Roffee Group

    Upcoming Meetings

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00 PM • Webex

    Join the WRDA

    Join the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association today. Check out our Membership Benefits and apply today.

    2021- 2022 Programming 

    Fall 2021 WRDA Kick Off & Networking Event: Oncology Nutrition: Advances in Practice & Research

    Date: 28 October 2021

    Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm via Webex

    Presented by: Peter Adintori, MS, RD, CSO, CDN, CNSC, Clinical Research Dietitian at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Adjunct Clinical Professor at Pace University.

    Networking Event will follow the webinar:

    Attend this virtual event to meet the 2021-2022 WRDA Board, network with other nutrition professionals, and learn about the most up to date nutrition and scientific information in Cancer Research.

    Continuing education for this activity is approved for 1 credit with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 

    Looking for a CPEU certificate for a past WRDA event?

    Event attendees for all 2020-2021 events were emailed a link to the CPEU certificate after program completion.  If you can't find the email or the link is not working, send an email to WRDABoard@gmail.com with the title and/or date of the event.  We can verify attendance in the event log and email you a copy of the certificate.  Please allow at least 10 days lead time for certificates.  

    Send your MNT Success Stories to NYSAND

    NYSAND is asking for our assistance to highlight MNT Success among our members. This effort is to engage and show NYS Legislators that dietitians are vital to the healthcare continuum.  

    What can you do?  NYSAND is seeking concise snapshots of your MNT success stories to share in a social media and grassroots lobbying campaign.  Think of these stories as "MN-Tweets" and try to keep them as direct as possible.  The goal is to demonstrate the outcomes of MNT to these decision-makers and hearing directly from you is important!  These stories or snapshots of your successes can include positive outcomes or patient/client testimonials (No personal health information). NYSAND will use these as a way to appeal and show NYS how important MNT is.

    You can share the information on the form found on the NYSAND website.  You'll need to sign in to the NYSAND website or create an account and the form is easily completed from there.  We hope to hear from as many of you as possible!

    Let's Engage With Our Legislators

    WRDA's Public Policy Committee would like to remind you that nutrition advocacy doesn't end with voting!

    The Tisch Center for Food Policy rates your representatives.  Click on an interactive map to see whether your legislators voted to keep food safe, healthy, and affordable. 

    Or you can check your legislator's report card to see how many bills they've sponsored, their voting record, and more! 

    Visit the Academy's Action Center to weigh in with your legislators.  The work has been done for you, all you have to do is sign your name to a letter for your representatives.  You are encouraged to add any additional information to personalize your letter.  Advocating for your patients, the public, and your career couldn't be easier!

    Email: wrdaboard@gmail.com
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