About Us

Welcome to the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND).

I am Deidra Nelson, and I am honored to serve as your president of MAND for 2017-2018. I have loved spending my entire career serving MAND and the Memphis community through nutrition.  I have seen first hand the work MAND has done since being an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis and this year, we will continue to do this through honoring our mission statement: promoting optimal nutrition and well-being for all people.

I will follow the lead of our affiliates, Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), to continue building the dietetics profession. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnerships with other local organizations to have the largest impact on the community we serve.  Also, we will be doing more to promote diversity in our profession, working closely with the TAND diversity chair. We are dedicated to our members and have numerous scholarships and awards that I encourage you to apply for. Not only do we want to uplift our community (Eat Right to Fight Hunger Gala, NNM activities, etc), we also want to uplift our members in any way we can.  We are very fortunate to have an outstanding board of directors and phenomenal members who help this organization continue to thrive.

I am excited for what we have in store this year and working with each of you!


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Deidra Nelson,  MAND President     2017-2018