North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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President's Message

Rachael Costello

Hello and Welcome to the North Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NSAND)!

My name is Rachael Costello and I am excited to serve as the President of NSAND for the 2020-2021 term.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing and talented group of nutrition professionals and students.  We have planned a full and engaging year of programming with diverse themes and current nutrition information. 

We plan to offer 15 CEUs over the course of the year.  This is an amazing value for all our members!  Our Fall and Winter programming will be webinar-based, which will allow for some flexibility for our members with no need to leave the comfort of your couch while you enjoy the programming! We are also hoping to offer some virtual networking sessions as well to build our community at a time when it is difficult to meet in person.  We are hopeful that our March and April meetings will be in-person, but as we are all too familiar with, that decision cannot be finalized at this time.

Our goal is to provide a variety of current topics that appeal to a diverse group of practitioners.  Some of our topics for the 2020-2021 year include: bariatric nutrition, addressing implicit bias in dietetics, feeding patients with gastroparesis, achieving personal wellness in a stressful time, turning social media to your advantage and the many uses of honey/bee products, just to name a few!  Our dues this year are reduced at $40 for RDs ($35 with registration before Oct 1), $25 for DTRs, $15 for students ($10 with registration before Oct 1), and $15 for retired Academy members. This is such a great value and investment in your professional growth!

Please find us online:
Facebook (@EatRightNS)
Twitter (@EatRightNS)
Instagram (@EatRightNSAND)

We cannot wait to kick off the year in September with Updates in Bariatric Nutrition on September 16th, and we hope to see you all then!

To year of learning and growth-

Rachael Costello MS, RDN LDN


2020-2021 Board of Directors
Position Name
President Rachael Costello
[email protected]
President-Elect Traci Wessel
Past President Maddie Martini
Secretary (Interim) Traci Wessel 
Treasurer  Mia Greco
Nominating Chair Georgia Hammerli
Program Planning Committee Kristine Adrwoski, Traci Wessel, Mia Greco, Maddie Martini, Rachael Costello
Social Media Committee Alex Sarkisian, Daria Sajac, Kristine Adrowski


NSAND Schedule of Virtual Events
September 16, 2020
Topic:  What's New and Happening in Bariatric Surgery Nutrition: What you Need to Know for Evidenced-Based Practice
Speaker:  Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA, RDN, LDN, CLT
Time:  7-9PM
CPEUs:  2.0
October 13, 2020
Topic 1:  Polite Discrimination and Professionalism:  Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in Nutrition and Dietetics
Speaker: Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND
Time:  7-8PM
CPEUs:  1.0
Topic 2:  This Life Sh*t is Hard - Trying to Move from Merely Surviving to Thriving  
Speaker:  Beth Ripperger, MA
November 11, 2020
Topic 1: Nutritional Care of the Patient with Gastroparesis
Speaker: Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RDN
Time:  7-8PM
CPEUs:  1.0
Topic 2:  Personalized Nutrition/Nutrigenomics
Speaker:  Mary Rozga, PhD, RDN
Time:  8-9PM
CPEUs:  1.0
January 20, 2021
Topic 1: Memory Care Dining Practices:  Feeding Patients with Dementia
Speaker: Megan Rhodes, MS, RDN, LDN
Time: 7-8PM  
CPEUs: 1.0 
Topic 2: Culinary Techniques with Meat Alternatives  
Speaker:  Lacey Siomos
Time:  8-9PM
CPEUs:  1.0
February 16, 2021
Topic 1: Harnessing Social Media to Maximize Your Practice
Speaker: Michele Fumagalli, RD
Time:  7-8PM
CPEUs:  1.0
Topic 2:  Critical Care Nutrition Management Fundamentals and Q and A for ICU Dietitians 
Speaker: Christine Scarcello, MS, RD, CNSC
Time:  8-9PM
CPEUs:   1.0
April Date TBD
Topic 1: Beeswax Foodwrap and Honey Tasting Workshop
Speaker:   Noel Ilkow of Nonie's Bees
CPEUs:  2.0


NSAND Mission

NSAND serves  as an advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being!

NSAND Benefits

  • Network with informed nutrition professionals!
  • Earn CEUs by attending state of the art nutrition and culinary presentations!
  • Be in the know of current job and career opportunities!
  • Be nominated for Dietetic Awards!
  • Have fun at NSAND events while supporting your professional organization and making professional connections!
  • We’d love to have you become involved on the NSAND board and membership!

NSAND Members

Who We Are: NSAND's membership consists of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Dietetic Interns, and Nutrition & Dietetics students.

What We Do: The expertise, training and credentials that back these professionals are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices. The majority of RDs work with other health care professional to coordinate treatment and prevention of disease in a variety of settings. RDs are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

Where We Work:

  • Healthcare i.e., Hospitals, HMOs, Clinics
  • Food Management
  • Business and Food Industry
  • Private Practice
  • Fitness Centers/Sports
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Long Term Care Centers

Contact Us

[email protected]
Like NSAND on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter @eatrightNS or @eatrightNSAND on Instagram