upwaRD™ is a professional recognition and development
program for emerging nutrition communicators.

Congratulations to our upwaRD™ class of 2021

At FoodMinds, we believe in the value of registered dietitians (RDs) and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) — and that’s why we employ more of them than any other communications agency. Through upwaRD, we’re elevating the voices of up-and-coming nutrition leaders who have recently begun their careers and have wasted no time in making a notable splash in the world of nutrition communications.

Meet the 2021 class of upwaRD™!

Kylie Sakaida MS, RD, LDN
Mackenzie Burgess RDN
Huma Chaudhry RD, LDN
Antonio Castillo MS, RD, LDN

Thank you to everyone who applied or nominated an up-and-coming RDN and we look forward to sharing more from our winners throughout the year!


Class of 2022

Dasha Agoulnik MS, RD
Kristen Carli MS, RD
Cindy Chou RDN
Paula Rubello MS, RDN

Class of 2021

Mackenzie Burgess RDN
Antonio Castillo MS, RD, LDN
Huma Chaudhry RD, LDN
Kylie Sakaida MS, RD, LDN

Class of 2019

Alice Figueroa MPH, RDN
Melissa Groves RDN, LD
Ariana Haidari RD
Drew Hemler MSc, RD, CDN
Brianna Tobritzhofer MS, RD, LD

Inaugural Class of 2018

Valerie Agyeman RD
Stefanie Dove RDN, SNS
Julie Harrington RD
Emily Kyle MS, RDN
Tessa Nguyen RD, LDN