Meet The Team
Nutrition On Demand At Your Service!
Shelley Maniscalco, MPH, RDN started Nutrition On Demand in 2016 as a way to leverage her 20+ years working on nutrition science, communication, and activation in the DC metro area, providing strategic
nutrition support to national organizations and solution-based support to individuals and families.
She began her career in DC in corporate wellness, moving to the National Academies to work on the Dietary Reference Intakes. Her next endeavor focused on conducting health professional- and consumer-research and incorporating findings into communications on a variety of nutrition topics at the International Food Information Council. Immediately before creating Nutrition On Demand, Shelley led communications for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate at USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and built the USDA/CNPP Nutrition Communicators Network partnership program from the ground up.
Since leaving USDA, Shelley has focused on supporting a wide range of corporate clients, families, and individuals in meeting nutrition-related goals and joyfully wears multiple hats as a dietitian, advisor, entrepreneur, coach, and mom. Her credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from Penn State University, a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she is a registered dietitian.
Angela Leone, MS, RDN came to Nutrition On Demand after three years leading the Digital Nutrition Marketing team at USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
She offers an insightful understanding of nutrition policy and communication in the Federal government, particularly within her areas of expertise including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, Child Nutrition Programs, government food databases, and developing technology-based solutions. Angela has a passion for all things food and enjoys devoting time to helping underserved populations through Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program. Her background also includes assessing food safety in commercial kitchens.
Angela is a registered dietitian with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa and holds master’s degrees from Indiana University in Nutrition Science and Applied Sport Science.
Courtney Puidk, MS, RDN, LDN specializes in advocacy, communications, and cultivating health by applying customized nutrition counseling and lifestyle coaching.
After earning a BS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Illinois Chicago, and an MS in Holistic Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue her dietetic internship, emphasizing policy and communications. She has provided program analyst and communications services to consulting agencies and programs within the DC government, such as the DC Healthy Schools Act Initiative and DC Health. She also acts as a policy and advocacy leader for several dietitian interest groups and is an appointed member of the DC Mayor’s Council for Physical Fitness, Health, and Nutrition.
In addition to her extensive background in nutrition, Courtney has 10 years of experience teaching Pilates and indoor cycling. She has donated her free time to philanthropy centered around community health and increasing food access. These varied experiences have allowed her to hone a unique way of communicating, connecting with people, and creating audience-centric approaches. Courtney is a registered dietitian licensed in Washington, DC.
Brittany Wood MPH, RDN found her love for nutrition and wellness in the kitchen cooking for friends and family. The first part of her career was spent utilizing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support to optimize her patient’s health in a skilled nursing facility. She has also worked with individuals suffering from eating disorders through the utilization of intuitive eating principles in nutrition counseling and behavioral therapy.
Brittany currently works in local child nutrition programs sharing her love of cooking and nutrition through the integration of school food and nutrition education in the classroom. Throughout her career, she has strategized training programs, creative marketing campaigns, and nutrition education for various populations. She believes in personalized care through guided counseling and motivational interviewing in order to meet an audience where they are.
Brittany holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Ali Epstein, MS specializes in bringing nutrition to you. With an MS in Nutrition Education, Ali comes to Nutrition On Demand with a concentration in making nutrition understandable, accessible, and impactful at each stage of life.
At American University, Ali realized her passion in helping improve the obesity epidemic. After earning her BS in Public Health, Ali began her graduate nutrition coursework and developed Parenting Yourself, a lifestyle and wellness podcast for chasing that healthy glow. On her podcast, you can hear Ali talk with a wide range of health professionals and experts, as well as peers for maximum audience connection and relatability.
Ali’s experience includes higher education health communications with Aramark; business-to-business collaboration at The Partnership for a Healthier America; health legislation on Capital Hill; and leading physical activity, nutrition, and gardening lessons with the Washington Redskins’ Charitable Foundation and FreshFarm’s FoodPrints in DC Public Schools. When off the clock, Ali can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen, at her latest fitness studio craze, or trying DC’s newest brunch/restaurants with friends.
Jillian Griffith, MSPH, RDN, is a public health professional passionate about improving the food environment to have a positive impact on nutrition behaviors and health outcomes. She currently serves the Washington DC community as a registered dietitian nutritionist in the grocery retail setting, working with low-income communities to spread the message of healthy eating through classes, community events, individual counseling and store tours.
Jillian started her career at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), where she became interested in the role the private sector can play in shaping the food environment and impacting health outcomes among black and brown communities. Using social media as a tool through @SpoonfulofMelanin, Jillian is working to expand the traditional roles that dietitians have played in the health and wellness space while also promoting diversity within the field of dietetics.
Jillian’s alma maters include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Tricia Psota, PhD, RDN is a nationally-recognized and trusted food and nutrition expert specializing in research, policy, communications, entrepreneurship, chronic disease prevention and treatment, and plant-based nutrition. She is proficient at translating complex science into easy-to-understand guidance through engaging presentations and communications. She has been featured in print, on radio, and on TV. She is a published author, including five book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
Tricia is a reviewer for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and Advances in Nutrition and an adjunct faculty member for George Washington University’s online Master of Public Health program. Previously, she worked in academia, government, clinical care, and business serving as Executive Director of Victus Health and Wellness Center, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Community College of Philadelphia, Assistant Director of Research at the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Health Disparities, Metabolic Clinical Research Dietitian at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, and Outpatient Dietitian at the National Center for Weight and Wellness. In addition, she worked at USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion on the evidence analysis, policy development, and translation of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for American, including MyPlate communications.
Tricia received three degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, including a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Doctorate in Nutrition. Follow her @NutriciaPsota.