Interns from left to right starting from the top row. Click on the links below to view the interns' profile:
Erin graduated from CSU Sacramento in May of 2010 with a second Bachelor in Family and Consumer Sciences: Dietetics. She graduated Cum Laude with her first Bachelor from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Electronic Publishing and Imaging in June of 2005. She enters the program with 700 hours of experience; the majority is in community nutrition followed by foodservice aspects of dietetics. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experiences include outreach coordinator and nutrition intern at Elderly Nutrition Program, and nutrition services volunteer at Mercy General Hospital. She would like to empower people through education and counseling to take control of their health in both the community and clinical settings. In the future, she also hopes to further her education in the culinary arts. Her references describe her as “supportive, conversational and friendly”, “highly responsible, dedicated and trustworthy”, “courteous, respectful and cooperative”, “excellent verbal communication skills”, “works well independently, is a self-starter and asks important questions for clarification”, “very bright and has boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity”, “excellent ability to think conceptually and integrate knowledge”, and “demonstrates good critical thinking skills and gets along well with people”. She is originally from Northern California and looks forward to the opportunity to network and find a career opportunity in the Sacramento area after completion of the internship.
Tinisha (Tish) graduated from CSU Sacramento in May of 2009 with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences: Dietetics. She is proficient in conversational Spanish. She enters the program with over 5000 hours of experience; the majority is in foodservice followed by community aspects of dietetics. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experiences include being a foodservice provider at Caminar-Residential Treatment Facility, volunteer at La Clinica – Great Beginnings, facilitator at Leah’s Pantry, and intern at Sutter Health Workforce initiative. Her career goal is to work in maternal and child nutrition to provide nutritional pre- and postnatal care and lactation education. Her references describe her as “very productive and efficient”, “(having) a professional attitude”, “self-starter”, “reliable and always meets deadlines”, “organized (with) good follow through”, “great initiative with attention to detail”, “exhibits a great attitude and spirit with (colleagues and clients)”, “an effective leader and shown professionalism in her communication of expectations and directions”, “(having) perseverance, initiative, and intellectual creativity”, “exceptional”, and “level-headed”. She is interested in a well-rounded experience, and is attracted to the balance and diversity the program will provide. She has grown up in the Bay Area, is devoted to working in Northern California after completion of her internship.
Jennifer graduated from CSU Chico in May of 2008 with a BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences: General Dietetics. In addition, she is working towards her MS in Nutritional Science at CSU Chico.She enters the program with over 1600 hours of experience; the majority represented by community nutrition followed by foodservice aspects of dietetics. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experiences include a community nutrition assistant and student intern at Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, and a teacher’s assistant handling daily meal care for infants at Associated Students Child Development Lab. Her graduate research focuses on ethnic produce and its presence at farmers markets. She is interested in strengthening her clinical skills, and would like to apply her knowledge to teach at the college level. Her references describe her as “very organized, professional, and thorough”, “absorbs everything quickly and completes tasks efficiently”, “outstanding communication skills and personable manner”, “able to build positive relationships”, “(possess) genuine love and commitment to the field of nutrition and the communities she serves”, “exudes maturity and professionalism”, “a positive role model for both youth and peers she worked with”, impressive time management and organizational skills”, “a hard worker and very reliable”, and “a very good public speaker”. She is excited about the variety of placements and experiences offered by the Program, and the cultural diversity of our region. She looks forward to establishing professional roots in the Sacramento area, and hopes to settle here long into the future.
Taylor graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June of 2010 with a BS in Applied Nutrition. She enters the program with over 1000 hours of experience, of which the vast majority from foodservice experience hours, followed by clinical aspects of dietetics. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experiences include working as a nutrition care assistant at Doctor’s Hospital of Manteca (DHM), volunteering at DHM and San Joaquin General Hospital, and working as a shift leader at Baskin Robbins. She hopes to become a clinical dietitian and a certified lactation consultant. Her references describe her as “quick learner”, “adapts to different situations with ease”, "exceptional”, “brings both intellectual curiosity and creativity in every experience”, “self-directed and always conducts herself in a professional manner”, “hard worker and (an) asset”, “always willing to lend a hand”, “very punctual and dependable”, “diligent and committed”, and “interacts well with all levels of hospital staff”. Although she is interested in clinical, she wants to be well-rounded in all areas of dietetics and looks forward to dedicating herself in every aspect of the internship. She wants to remain in Northern California after the internship to give back to the community where she grew up.
Priscilla graduated from CSU Los Angeles in June of 2010 with a BS in Nutritional Science. She is fluent in French and Mauritian Creole. She enters the program with over 1000 hours of experience, represented predominantly from foodservice followed by community hours. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified and has a certification in alternative nutrition. Her experiences include being the President of the Student Dietetic Association at her school, a nutrition intern at Mission Hospital in Orange County, St. Jude’s Medical Center and Harbor Hills Housing Community, foodservice worker at CSU Fresno, media intern with LAD-CDA, nutrition phone consultant with New Health Consultants, and volunteer at LA Regional Food Bank, What’s In Your Lunch Box? Inc., Torrance WIC and LA American Diabetes Association. She is interested in making a difference in her community through nutrition education and prevention, and looking to gain enriching experiences throughout her internship year. Her references describe her as “prepared and enthusiastic”, “confident, an excellent public speaker, and is a true leader”, “(having) many worldly experiences and …able to relate to people from a variety of cultures”, “a pleasure to work with and is highly regarded by (students and faculty)”, “(having) a good approach to problem-solving, which is creative yet practical”, “going above and beyond what is expected”, “most talented, productive, scholarly and impressive”, “exceptional”, “impressive ambition, drive and professionalism”, and “a consummate professional, always approaching situations with poise and attention to detail”. She came to California three years ago from Mauritius, and has wasted no time actively participating in leadership and volunteer opportunities. She is eager to experience all areas during the internship, and hopes to explore how she can make a difference in our region.
Genelle graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June of 2010 with a BS in Applied Nutrition. She is competent in conversational Spanish having spent time in the Dominican Republic and Spain. She enters the program with over 2000 hours of experience; the majority is in foodservice followed equally by clinical and community aspects of dietetics. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experiences include being a dietary aide and catering associate at Morrison Company and as a nutritionist and camp counselor at Bearskin Meadow Camp (Diabetic Youth Foundation). She hopes to explore the diverse opportunities dietetics has to offer during her internship. She has particular interest in working with overweight children, and hopes to develop a strong foundation in clinical dietetics and diabetes education. Her references describe her as “most knowledgeable, competent, motivated, and organized”, “an integral part of the team”, “extremely well liked and respected by all ...she works with on a daily basis”, “remains positive and driven even during times of stress”, “never hesitant to ask questions to improve depth of understanding”, “very well organized and self-directed”, “goal-oriented”, and “bubbly, enthusiastic, friendly who will no doubt have a fine bedside manner”. She is from the Napa area, and is looking forward to the diverse exposure our program provides and the ability to network with professionals in the area to seek employment opportunities after graduation.
Ronli graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison in May of 2009 with a BS in Nutritional Science – Dietetics. She is proficient in conversational French and is currently learning Spanish. She enters the program with over 3000 hours of experience, represented predominantly from community and foodservice hours. She is also ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified. Her experience includes: nutrition education and food stamp outreach VISTA at the Humboldt County Food Bank, foodservice worker at St. Mary’s Hospital, MOVE! program assistant at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and catering at both Wisconsin and UC Berkeley campuses. She has a strong interest in community nutrition and food and nutrition policy, and is excited and open-mined about exploring the other dietetic areas through her rotations. Her references describe her as “very responsible and mature”, “friendly, cooperative and dependable”, “excellent inter-person skills”, someone who “shows exceptional teamwork …and drives others to exceed department goals”, “(having) mastered different approaches to situations ...can flexibly respond when required”, “a phenomenal asset”, “extremely self-motivated”, “exhibits strong leadership qualities, a true team player, and performs well under stress”, “a superb writer and communicator”, and “show(ing) tremendous leadership potential”. She is from Berkeley and is interested in opportunities in a demographically and culturally diverse region such as Sacramento.
Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Loma Nazarene University in May of 2010 with a BS in Dietetics. She is proficient in conversational Spanish. She enters the program with approximately 450 hours of experience; the vast majority from community experience hours, followed by foodservice and clinical aspects of dietetics. Her experiences include being an assistant for a private practice dietitian, a diet menu assistant at Scripps Mercy Hospital, and a nutrition intern at Kaiser Permanente Weight Management Clinic and San Diego Rescue Mission. She hopes to apply her passion for teaching and nutrition during her internship, and has interests in working in the community in either an outpatient or school setting. She has seen dietetic professionals in action through meetings of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, and understands the importance of being an active member of the dietetics community to impact professional development, research, and policy. Her references describe her as “bright, very capable and adaptable”, “someone on whom I could rely”, “works well with others …to accomplish complicated networking tasks”, “(having) leadership potential, excellent time management skills, strong initiative and maturity”, “easy to be around …delightful”, “exceptional, dedicated …fabulous”, “invaluable” and “the type of person you can task with little guidance and …surpass all of your expectations. She is from Bakersfield, and hopes to network and “open (her) eyes to the numerous health care services” the Sacramento region has to offer.