Class of 2016-2017
The CSU Sacramento Dietetic Internship Program is proud to include these eight interns. Please learn more about these bright individuals by reading bios below.
Roula earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics with a minor emphasis in biological sciences from California State University, Sacramento in Spring 2015. She was the recipient of the prestigious President’s Award and Dean’s Academic Award for her outstanding academic achievement and extensive community services. She has volunteered at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op where she served as a nutrition and cooking educator, assisting individuals with limited budgets to find feasible ways to make healthier food choices. She also volunteered the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) in Sacramento, where she provided quality care, education, and counseling to women and children. Most recently, Roula has worked as a diet assistant at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, where she has worked directly with patients, interviewing them about food preferences and adjusting their menus and snacks to meet their dietary prescriptions; this job has helped Roula to acquire strong interview and communication skills. She wishes to serve as a clinical RD at one of the Sacramento area hospitals where she can accommodate the needs of patients for whom nutritional assistance is critical. She also hopes to continue volunteering in communities in need of nutrition education. Roula’s long-term goal is to earn her doctorate in nutritional biology with an emphasis in metabolism, allowing her to conduct professional research and teach in the future.
Elizabeth (Liz) Hatten
Liz graduated with Cum Laude honors from California State University, Sacramento in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a minor in Biological Sciences. She is a Diet Technician at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville where she enjoys being part of a team that delivers excellent nutrition care. In addition, she has accumulated over 4000 hours of food service experience working as a barista throughout college, where she was awarded and recognized for her team spirit and leadership. While at CSUS, Liz enjoyed the opportunity to mentor her peers as a professor’s assistant for one of her favorite courses on food and culture, as well as an introductory nutrition course. Following the completion of the dietetic internship, her immediate goal is to remain in the Sacramento area and practice as a clinical inpatient dietitian. She plans to further explore her interest in promoting the quality of life and health for the aging population by obtaining board certification as a specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. Aside from her interests in dietetics, Liz enjoys baking, watching Giants baseball, going to country concerts, and spending time with her husband and their dachshund puppy, Louie.
Amanda was born and raised in Sacramento where her passion for nutrition and dietetics blossomed at a young age. Pursuing a career in dietetics became apparent to her in high school as she realized she could integrate her love for nutrition with her interest in science. Without a doubt in her mind, Amanda decided to major in Foods and Nutrition at San Diego State University. During her undergraduate education Amanda gained experience in many areas including volunteering in nutrition services at a local hospital as well as being an active member of the SDSU Student Health Advisory Board and Student Nutrition Organization. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition, Amanda went on to work in the clinical research field where she gained valuable knowledge regarding research advancements for individuals with diabetes. Additionally, Amanda has experience working as a weight control counselor for Medifast Weight Control Centers where she provided motivational nutrition and behavioral counseling for individuals seeking a healthy lifestyle. Through her educational and employment experiences, Amanda’s passion for dietetics grew tremendously and she knew that she wanted to make a significant difference in the health field as a Registered Dietitian. Amanda is looking forward to completing her dietetic internship through Sacramento State University and is grateful for the opportunity.
Ashley is originally from Portland, Oregon, and has spent the last four years living in Ellensburg, Washington before arriving here in Sacramento. While completing her Food Science and Nutrition/Dietetics degree at Central Washington University she participated in undergraduate research for a variety of classes, worked part-time in foodservice, and competed as a full-time track and field student-athlete at the NCAA D2 level. There she received awards of Academic All-Conference, awarded to student-athletes that exceed in both academics as well as athletics. Her undergraduate research included studying the effects of Cadmium Chloride on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells, as well as testing the acceptability of baked products that were altered to increase nutritional value.
Ashley enjoys living an upbeat, busy lifestyle, while still allowing time for friends, family, and her favorite hobbies of running, and anything pertaining to the outdoors. Her passion for nutrition and dietetics is based around the idea of balance and all-around wellness, focusing particularly on nutrition-based chronic disease prevention. Ashley spent previous summer breaks from school working as a nutrition internship for Camp Blue Spruce, a worry-free camp for kids with food allergies. Here, she provided detailed meal plans for up to 80 children with severe food allergies, while also gaining insights into the process of quantity food production. While awaiting the start of her internship, Ashley spent last summer working as the site coordinator for the summer lunch program at FISH Food Bank in Ellensburg. Grateful for the opportunity to further her career in dietetics, she looks forward to completing the California State University, Sacramento’s Dietetic Internship Program.
Melissa graduated from UC Davis with a major in Clinical Nutrition and a minor in Spanish. In college she grew passionate about growing health issues in the country. Wanting to learn more about the underlying causes for these health concerns, she pursued her Master of Public Health degree at UC Berkeley. She has a wide range of work experiences. In high school she worked as a peer educator for a health and sexuality program at Girls Inc., experiencing how a public health program functions. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a swim instructor, barista, and finally a PCR technician testing mice RNA samples in a UC Davis laboratory. During her MPH program, Melissa was an assistant office manager for a small produce company and a volunteer for the San Francisco YMCA teaching health and nutrition workshops. Her nutrition and public health education, along with her volunteer and work experiences have helped her learn about multicultural perspectives along with the complexities within the health care system. This inspired her to further her nutrition education through the Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program and to become a Registered Dietitian. She hopes to integrate public health and nutrition to address complicated health issues on multiple levels of intervention. In her free time, Melissa loves cooking, baking, reading, wine tasting, hiking with her dog, running, and road biking with her parents.
Katherine is a recent graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics Management and a minor in Business Administration. During her time on campus she involved herself in academic and work experiences; she was vice president of the Nutrition Club and peer mentor for freshman health professions students. She is also very committed to volunteering in the local community and has pursued experiences in food banks, healthcare facilities, and childhood centers. Katherine is extremely passionate about holistic health, nutrition, and physical activity. Growing up in Colorado, she has spent a great deal of time outdoors hiking, biking, camping, and skiing with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking (and eating), as well as weight lifting and running. She is excited to move to California and explore the area, both outdoors and in. Starting this internship at CSU Sacramento is a great opportunity, and Katherine is excited to learn more about dietetics through her rotations in diverse locations. In the future, she hopes to work within corporate wellness and health promotion.
Michelle graduated from UC Davis class of 2016 with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. She was raised in San Diego, California by a family that appreciates wholesome ingredients and home cooking. An introductory nutrition class in her sophomore year of college was the catalyst for pursuing a degree in nutrition. Michelle participated in several work and volunteer experiences throughout her undergraduate career – she was a student manager for two years at the student- run, central hub of campus, known as the Coffee House where she helped serve thousands of customers every day. Michelle also worked at the Health and Wellness Center where she led a five-series class about wellness and healthy lifestyle changes for students; she also helped run a food access resource known as Fruit and Veggie Up! Michelle volunteered for many organizations in Sacramento such as the UC Davis Medical Center and the Health Education Council. Additionally, her role as the Vice President of the Student Nutrition Association at UC Davis helped foster a sense of community among members. From organizing volunteer opportunities to orchestrating professional networking events, her goal was to provide collaborative opportunities for community engagement. In her free time, Michelle likes cooking and experimenting with new recipes or spending time with friends.
Gina is a graduate from California State University Chico (‘15), receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences, option in Dietetics. During her four years of study, she received six separate honor awards for her academic achievements. Gina was also an intern at the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, which is a large grant-funded community nutrition program that aims to serve low-income communities in the northern part of California. She also interned at Oroville Hospital Post Acute Center in Oroville, CA and Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, CA. Her roles at these hospitals included working closely with dietitians and conducting nutrition assessments, medical charting, attending meetings with other health care professionals, and assisting in the kitchen. Gina made time to be an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and a student member of the on campus club, Nutrition and Food Science Association. Since graduation, she was a Diet Clerk at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Silicon Valley. Her job includes ensuring every patient is getting the proper nutrition his or her body needs each day. She has also taken on more responsibility and became a superuser for the new dietary software that has been implemented hospital wide. In addition to working at Good Samaritan Hospital, she has volunteered her time to help the certified diabetes educator raise awareness during National Diabetes Month. Her goals include becoming a clinical dietitian and one day starting a private practice. She hopes to help individuals live a healthier life and to prevent/manage chronic disease through nutrition and wellness.