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Robert (Bob) Blancato, MPA

Robert “Bob” Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm. He spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. With over 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and public service, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and also the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition and the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition. As a volunteer, Blancato is on the AARP Board of Directors, serves on the Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and from 2016 to 2018, he chaired the American Society on Aging (ASA). In 2019, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar to the National Advisory Council on Rural Health and Human Services.

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Dana Buelsing Sowards, MS, CAPM, LSSGB

Dana Buelsing Sowards, MS, CAPM, LSSGB is the Manager of Quality Standards Operations at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She works closely on practice resources for credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners. These include the Academy Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance, Definition of Terms, Practice Tips, Case Studies, Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii), and related learning modules. Dana has a MS in Public Service Management with an emphasis Health Care Administration from DePaul University. She also obtained the credential Certified Associate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute, and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Mujahed Khan, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND

Mujahed Khan, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND is Senior Manager of Quality Improvement at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He oversees the design and implementation of the Academy’s quality initiatives as well as advance member engagement within the National Quality Strategy. Over the last few years, he has been instrumental in establishing the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii). His past work includes managing research and guideline development according to evidence base practice methodology for the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library. He brings 5 years of food industry experience working with multi-national companies such as Kerry Ingredients. Mujahed has an extensive background in food regulation including HACCP, Codex Alimentarius, FDA codes, and GMPs working with an international food certifier. Mujahed received his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, from Benedictine University and MBA in Healthcare Management from Dominican University.

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