Top Row (from left): Christy Fielden, Lisa Shkoda, Tammy Templeton, Christina Valero, Alison Atkins, Eva Delaney
Bottom Row (from left): Crystal Hazzard, Jackie Krainski, Bailey DeBarmore, Sheila Mulhern, Callie Neelands, Kaylyn Pratt
Welcome to the Class of 2014!
Alison graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. She was on the President’s List, reserved for students earning a grade point average of 3.9 or higher, for her last four semesters. During her time as an undergraduate Alison worked as a Human Anatomy Teaching Assistant and found that the experience helped her grow as a leader and as an effective communicator of medical knowledge. In addition to her academic work, Alison was active within her sorority chapter as the philanthropy chair of The Leslie George Memorial Fund whose purpose is to raise eating disorder awareness around campus. She was recognized for her academic excellence by the National Sorority of Sigma Sigma Sigma with a sterling silver Coat of Arms Scholarship Ring. During the summer of 2012, Alison was a student volunteer at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland where she developed a keen interest in medical nutrition therapy. While at Holy Cross, Alison assisted her supervisor with the implementation of a Performance Improvement Plan involving hospital-wide nutrition support. Alison also worked as a Health and Wellness Intern in the city of Rockville, Maryland where she was able to show off her creative side by preparing a 14-page nutrition booklet for all city employees using Adobe InDesign. In her free time, Alison enjoys running, cooking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Bailey graduated this past May from the Cornell University Nutritional Sciences undergraduate program with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Gerontology. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, she decided to pursue dietetics as a career as a high school junior, inspired during a track camp nutrition talk about how food fuels our bodies. During her freshman and sophomore years, Bailey pursued a minor in Exercise Physiology, worked as a personal trainer, and spent time as a nutrition intern with the Cornell Strength and Conditioning Department, as well as a summer intern at the UNC Chapel Hill Sports Nutrition Department. The summer after her sophomore year, Bailey interned at a long term care facility in Raleigh and realized her passion for the elderly. She switched her minor to Gerontology that following fall. Her immediate career goals are to pursue clinical dietetics, and in the long-term, work as a dietitian in a long-term care facility, particularly in dementia care. Bailey is passionate about fitness and staying active, and spends much of her free time outdoors (when the sun is out in Ithaca) or weight lifting. This past year Bailey began volunteering at local area churches in childcare programs, looking after (but mostly playing with) young children. Bailey loves to be outside, be active, and play with dogs and kids, and is dedicated to her relationship with God. She is looking forward to the milder weather and friendlier people that Charlottesville has to offer, an environment much closer to where she calls home.
Eva grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and graduated with honors in 2013 from Virginia Tech with a degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and a concentration in Dietetics. As a dean’s list student, she was inducted into the Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society in the spring of 2012. During the summer of 2012, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit alongside a registered dietitian analyzing total parenteral nutrition data. As a service-learning project during her senior year, she worked with a local organization called Micah’s Backpack where she and the other volunteers strived to decrease childhood hunger while attempting to choose the most nutritious options for the children being affected. She became a student Nutrition Counselor during her senior year and worked with many undergraduate and graduate students as well as members of the faculty and staff on their diet and exercise habits. Eva was extremely active within her sorority beginning with her initiation in the spring of 2010. She served as the Vice President of Programming in 2011 and then moved onto serving as the President of Delta Gamma in 2012. Although she is not positive where the field of dietetics will take her, she has immensely enjoyed Medical Nutrition Therapy and is excited to put to practice what she has learned. She is extremely interested in pediatric nutrition, nutrition support, and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. While outside of the classroom, she really enjoys exercising, watching movies and reading almost any type of book.
Christy earned her bachelor’s degree in applied biology from Georgia Tech in 2007, and worked as an environmental consultant at a small company in Charlottesville for four years. While working as a consultant, she realized she wanted to switch to a career that would allow her to incorporate her personal interest in nutrition while also allowing her to help others improve their overall health and well-being. Ultimately, Christy returned to school while continuing to work. During the last year of completing required course work, Christy began working as a dietary aide at Martha Jefferson Hospital (MJH) to gain experience in a food service setting and interact with a variety of patients. Additionally, Christy has volunteered at MJH in the food and nutrition service department helping update the program the department uses to develop recipes, plan menus, set diet restrictions, and manage patient meal orders. Her work with the program has improved the organization of stored recipes and identified dietary restrictions for review by the dietitian. In August 2012, she graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. Christy is interested in teaching children and adolescents about nutrition, with a focus on providing necessary tools and information they need and in empowering them to make healthful decisions. Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, attempting to garden, learning about photography, and is an avid baker.
Crystal graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in May of 2008, but her love of food and nutrition inspired her to pursue a second degree with a focus in dietetics. She decided to continue her education at Radford University. There, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated summa cum laude in May of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Throughout her time at Radford, Crystal was a member of the student dietetic association and devoted much of her time to volunteering with Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system. One of her projects was to redesign the school lunch menus to meet the new USDA guidelines. During the project, she led a team of students to develop five-week cyclical menus for the elementary, middle, and high schools, which are now used in four local school systems. Crystal also created, designed, and edited a quarterly nutrition newsletter that is distributed throughout the MCPS system and is available via the school’s website. These volunteer experiences have inspired her to one day pursue a job in the field of school nutrition. Crystal hopes to help children learn how to lead healthy lives by exposing them to healthy foods at school. Outside of work and study, she enjoys cooking, eating great food, wine tasting, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Jackie graduated from the Nutritional Sciences Department at The Pennsylvania State University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Gerontology. As a student Jacquelyn has received many honors such as Dean’s List, induction into the Alpha Epsilon Delta: Health Preprofessional Honors Society and was the recipient of the NASA WISER Scholarship, a Space Grant for Women in Science and Engineering Research, allowing her work on a project funded by the National Institute of Aging. During the academic year, Jacquelyn worked at Wegmans Food Inc in the Create-A-Cake department of the bakery, where she was able to utilize her knowledge of food, creativity, and passion for educating others, to interest customers in products by enhancing their overall shopping experience. She also had the opportunity during the summer months to be a Clinical Informatics Intern at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she worked hand-in-hand with physicians and nurses to implement an Electronic Medical Record System throughout the Ohio Valley Region. Her passion for teaching others continued during her senior year of undergrad where she was a Teacher’s Assistant for an Introductory Nutrition class, giving her the opportunity to develop reviews of class material to present before exams and grading student assignments. When she isn’t preoccupied with studying, Jacquelyn enjoys baking, cooking, traveling, Zumba, and also singing. She is excited to see what further educational and career opportunities will be opened after successful completion of the Dietetic Internship.
Sheila graduated with honors from the University of the District of Columbia with a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. While a student there, she served as an officer with the Student Dietetic Association and helped organize student participation with Washington, D.C. area events. Some of these included the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo, the American Heart Association cooking demo partnerships and nutrition education with Kids in the Kitchen. During her senior semester, she conducted research at the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. She had the opportunity to work in the lab facilities where she tested and analyzed the cholesterol-lowering effects of glyceollin compounds, which are found in soy foods. This increased her interest in exploring nutrition in disease management. Sheila also volunteered with the Nutrition and Food Services Department at George Washington University Hospital helping with patient assistance by facilitating meal plan questions and order processing. Additionally she served as a student representative on the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Metro American Dietetic Association Chapter (DCMADA). Sheila has a previous B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College where she majored in art history. Her prior career background was in public relations and publishing where she worked at publications including Forbes.com and Washington Life Magazine. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys running, especially with her close proximity to the D.C. area monuments.
Callie graduated from the dietetics program at the University of Wyoming in May 2013. She received many academic honors including the Wyoming Dietetic Association Scholarship and the Ben and Allene Kohrs Scholarship for outstanding dietetic students. In 2012, she was inducted into the University of Wyoming Mortar Board chapter; one of the highest honors at UW. In addition to Mortar Board, Callie was a member of the Student Dietetics Association and Phi Upsilon Omicron Honorary. She served in leadership roles on campus and participated in community projects such as the Eppson Center’s Women on the Move Initiative, the Laramie Children’s Garden project, Body Image Awareness Week and Operation Diabetes. In the summer of 2012, Callie volunteered at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in her hometown of Cheyenne, WY, where she assisted with menu creation and patient services. In 2010, Callie co-created community nutrition education materials promoting “Healthy Holiday Eating on a Budget”. The project was sponsored by the Centsible Nutrition Extension Service and was distributed to agencies and residents statewide. She also served as a coordinator for the Community Health Advancement Program’s Grocery Delivery Service in which she organized weekly volunteers to deliver groceries to senior residents in the local community. Callie’s interest in working with children was encouraged through volunteering at the University of Wyoming’s Early Childhood Education Center. Her goals are to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition support at a Children’s Hospital and further her education in counseling.
Kaylyn Pratt graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Science. She double majored in Hospitality Management and Dietetics with a concentration of Nutrition and Dietetics and her second major was Exercise Science. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she was a valuable contributor on WKU Women’s Soccer team for four years. She maintained a 3.77 GPA and was named to both the President’s and Dean’s list. After her colligate career was completed, she was an athletic tutor for nutrition and exercise science courses, and passed her love of soccer on to future generation by coaching various age groups. Even with busy schedule she found time to volunteer in the community; she created a walking plan for the Community Action Center of Southern Kentucky; wrote monthly newsletters to increase health awareness, and restarted the student-run Hospitality and Dietetic Association. She also completed 500 hours at the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center where she took blood pressures, read EKG’s, heart rates, oxygen levels, and hooked patients up to monitors. Kaylyn spent 2 months performing the dietary analysis for an Overfeeding Study at Washington University in St. Louis. As a part of this study, she also participated in weekly patient counseling sessions and calculated macronutrient needs. Though not certain of her exact career path in dietetics, she has a strong interest in childhood obesity, pediatrics, and adult nutrition support. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, baking, and playing with her cat Adi.
Tammy graduated from Radford University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Psychology. During her academic years at Radford, she was an active Student Ambassador and member of the campus Dietetic Association. She volunteered at Lewis Gale Medical Center in the Foodservice Department where she had the opportunity to create monthly foodservice handouts with healthy eating themes for patients for patients and also a fluid restriction handout to assist patients in managing coronary heart failure symptoms. She also volunteered at Richfield Retirement Community under the Director of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she reviewed patient charting information to complete Comprehensive Nutrition Assessments for information to be uploaded on the Minimum Data Set and sent to the Federal Government to determine Medicare expense needs for patients. A career in Nutrition and Dietetics was a dream Tammy pursued on her own and she maintained employment for as much as forty hours per week as a Lead Medical Records Technician or Accounts Receivable Specialist while receiving her education. During her years of employment she developed managerial and professional communication skills. Despite education, employment, and volunteer commitments, she maintained an overall 3.8 GPA with a 3.9 GPA in her DPD courses. Tammy enjoys educating individuals about the health benefits of nutrition and plans to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, as well as counsel individuals concerning weight maintenance and disease prevention and management.
Ielyzaveta (Lisa) Shkoda
Lisa graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition (concentration in Dietetics). Lisa received the 2013 Illinois Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year in a DPD Program Award from the Illinois Dietetic Association, which is given to one dietetic student in Illinois per year. She is the Founder and President of NutrImpact, a community service organization composed of dietetic students, interns, and RDs. As a part of NutrImpact, she prepared workshops, cooking classes, grocery store tours, and nutrition resource guides for organizations that do not have resources to employ RDs. Lisa was awarded two Kids Eat Right Mini-Grants from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to lead nutrition presentations in her community. Lisa served as an Activity Coordinator at the UIUC Student Dietetic Association. In addition, she provided nutrition education to patients at Avicenna Community Health Center, a free non-profit clinic for the uninsured. She organized a 5K Run/Walk for Avicenna that had more than 130 participants and raised more than $3,000. Lisa was the Student Leader at the Carle Foundation Hospital surgery center, where she managed a team of clinical volunteers. Lisa was actively involved in nutrition, cancer, obesity, and genetics research at the UIUC for two years. She won the second place poster prize at the 2012 Institute for Genomic Biology Fellows Symposium, where she competed with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. In her free time, Lisa enjoys cooking and gardening.
Christina graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in dietetics and her minor in psychology. She received several awards and academic honors including induction into the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She also received the Carol B. Papillon Dietetic Scholarship for her outstanding commitment to dietetics. Outside the classroom, she was a member of the Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association and spent time volunteering with Micah’s Backpack and Soup for Seniors. She has extensive foodservice experience, working in restaurants since the age of seventeen. During 2011 and 2012, Christina was fortunate enough to work for Prince William County Public Schools as a Nutrition Intern. Here, she worked extensively on projects for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, putting together healthful recipes for Middle School cooking clubs, creating reference binders for cafeteria workers to monitor quality and consistency, and creating menu signs to visually compare the school menus to MyPlate. She realized her true passion of clinical dietetics when she spent time shadowing at Potomac Hospital’s Oncology Center in Woodbridge and Carilion Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. Although unsure of the path she will pursue in clinical dietetics, she is particularly interested in Oncology and pediatrics. When she is not studying, Christina enjoys staying active by running and hiking, experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, playing with her dog Apollo, and spending time with close friends.