Class of 2014-2015

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Martha Lawder

Originally from Florida, Martha enlisted in the Navy working with computers before finding her interest in nutrition. She started her formal education when her enlistment ended in 2008 and with her move to California. She has since graduated from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) with a B.S. in Dietetics. Martha has also supplemented her formal education with volunteer opportunities such as a research assistant at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at UC Davis, diet aide at UC Davis Medical Center, teaching assistant with the Sutter Options for Success workshops at Sutter Roseville, and Peer Health Educator at The Cove, CSUS. In the academic setting, Martha has served as a teaching assistant for Understanding Nutrition, Principles of Food Preparations, and Learn to be a Chef. She has also assisted in ensuring the success of her fellow students by working as a Peer Mentor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Additionally, Martha has held leadership positions such as Student Liaison for the Northern Area Dietetic Association (NADA) from 2013-2014, Vice President of the Food and Nutrition Club at CSUS from 2012-1013, and NADA Nutrition Fuels Fitness Fun Run committee member 2012-2013. In 2013, Martha was honored by the California Dietetic Association for Outstanding Dietetics Student. Martha is excited for the fast paced learning environment of the internship and finding her niche in the dietetic world.

Tarra Mumma

Tarra Mumma graduated in 2014 from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Major Dietetics. Her experiences include foodservice through In N Out Burger, peer advising in Family and Consumer Sciences, nutrition counseling with fellow students in an outpatient setting, diet analysis data entry, motivating individuals in a diabetes weight management group, producing and presenting lesson plans with Meals on Wheels, and strong leadership skills through her presidency in the Food and Nutrition Club. Her references describe her as “very enthusiastic, willing to learn and will take on any job”, “works very well with patients”, “passionate in the area of dietetics”, “demonstrates strong communication skills”, “very respectful and genuine person, with a quiet, but confident demeanor”, “stands out from her peers in her leadership skills, professionalism, initiative, and dependability”, “detail oriented”, “her positive attitude and enthusiasm make her a joy to work with”. She is most interested in medical nutrition therapy and hopes to specialize in cardiovascular care. Tarra hopes to help people better understand their bodies and how good nutrition can help improve their lives. Having lived in the Sacramento area, Tarra would like to give back to this community by providing her knowledge and skills as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Rupinder Tumber

Rupinder Tumber graduated from UC Davis in September of 2010 with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. She has volunteered at North Bay Healthcare and Sacramento Food Bank & Food Services to gain experience in clinical, food service, and community nutrition. She is a Certified Dietary Manager and ServSafe certified. Her work experiences include being a Diet Clerk, Relief Accounting Technician, and Relief Food Service Supervisor at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Her references describe her as hard working, flexible, and pleasant. She is interested in continuing her education in clinical and food service aspects of nutrition. She intends to find her area to specialize in the nutrition field during the course of her dietetic internship. She wants to continue her work in healthcare in the Sacramento area and intends to reach out to communities for health awareness after becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Leah Towns

I grew up in the wonderful town of Lodi, CA where I graduated from Lodi High School in 2009 and promptly moved to San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate career at Cal Poly. I studied applied nutrition and was provided a great education and an excellent introduction to the dietetics related occupations. I discovered that the possibility of becoming an authority for people who do not have the resources to learn about or understand what nutrition is excites me. A few of my work experiences while at Cal Poly include being a research assistant for a study on the health effects of pistachios on human research participants, providing nutrition education lessons for elementary school classes, working with the local meals-on-wheels program, and serving as an assistant for a student-operated body composition and metabolic testing program. Two months after graduating in June 2013, I moved to Davis, became a dietetic technician, registered and began working as a dietetic assistant at UC Davis Medical Center. In regards to dietetics, it has been an incredible learning opportunity. It has also helped me hone my customer service skills, problem solving, and stress management abilities due to the chaotic nature of the position. One aspect of the internship that I am most looking forward to is the opportunity to experience the vast array of dietetics professions that have the ability to individually contribute to the health of the community. I am also fascinated by how public policy effects community nutrition, public health and the role of registered dietitians and am hoping to glean more information in the year to come. I am an outgoing and energetic person and intend on making the absolute most of my time in each rotation. I am eager to learn and am a quick study. In my spare time, I love to read for hours on end, restore old furniture and visit my amazing family in Lodi. I am thrilled by all games and especially enjoy movie and pop culture trivia. I also like to cook Chinese food for my sister and friends and go hiking in the region despite my fear of sun damage and tripping over small rocks.

Crystal Orozco

Hello everybody! Saludos para todos! My name is Crystal Orozco, and I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. My passion for nutrition traces back to growing up in an immigrant household with little resources or awareness about how to develop healthy eating habits. I observed firsthand how limited access to nutritional information can not only affect the health of a family but also an entire community. I hope to one day be a leader in underserved communities like the one I grew up in and motivate others to adopt healthy lifestyles. I have interned with health clinics in both Davis and Sacramento, working as a translator for an RD specializing in pregnancy and gestational diabetes. I also volunteered with Clinica Tepati, which primarily served uninsured populations in Sacramento. In fall 2013, I participated in the Latino/a Health Internship Study Abroad Program through UC Davis and traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I expanded my cultural sensitivity and capacity to work with diverse populations in both clinical and community-oriented settings. With the little spare time I have, you can find me salsa dancing!

Shannon Brodie

Shannon graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition in June 2013. She is currently working as a Diet Clerk in a 300-bed hospital at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. She has work experience in food service at a large scale summer camp and volunteer experience in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Upon completion of her internship, Shannon desires to work as a Clinical Dietitian in the Sacramento area. For her senior project, Shannon conducted a literature review of the effect of micronutrient supplementation on birth outcomes in HIV-positive pregnant woman in sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently, her long term goals include international nutrition-related study or work. In her free time, Shannon loves to read, bake, run and drink coffee.

Ravleen Grewal

I graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with a B.S. in Clinical Nutrition. I then pursued a master’s degree in Nutritional Biology and graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a M.S. in Nutritional Biology. Obtaining a master’s degree was always a huge goal for me. It was important for me to gain the appropriate skills to be able to critically evaluate scientific research. I have had several work experiences throughout my undergraduate and graduate education. Some include working as a dietetic assistant at the Eating Recovery Center, of California, as well as various internship experiences in cardiac rehabilitation at the UC Davis Medical Center, foodservice rotations at the Sacramento Unified School District, and community nutrition projects at the Health Education Council. I spent time in graduate school focusing on studying diabetes for my master’s project. I hope to become a certified diabetes educator in the future and work in clinical nutrition. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program and the unique, various rotations interns get to experience. A public policy concentration is also an important asset to my internship experience because I believe it is important to become an advocate for my community and I am interested in learning more about this concentration. I am looking forward to experiencing public policy in more detail and the other multiple opportunities that this internship offers.

Mary Ann Ratuita

Mary Ann Ratuita was 'Made at Sac State' and graduated with a BS in Dietetics. Her passion for nutrition progressed from taking a simple nutrition course as a freshman in college. From then, her strong belief in the power of food evolved into a thrilling foundation for her future as a Registered Dietitian. Mary Ann enters the program with 5,000+ hours of well-rounded experience in food service management, community, and clinical setting in the Sacramento area. Early practices as a nutrition and food volunteer at Sutter General Hospital, an intern at Soil Born Farms and a barista at Starbucks throughout college has led her to becoming a Diet Assistant at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. Mary Ann was a recipient of the 2014 Mercy San Juan Medical Center Scholarship. She also shared her positivity and excitement for nutrition in Guatemala in 2012 and Panama in 2014 with “Volunteers Around the World”. Her references describe her as "dedicated to providing the very best level of care and expertise," "a great resource," and a "highly organized, exceptional communicator and effective student leader." Mary Ann holds herself to high standards with plans to encourage others to properly and effectively invest in their quality of life.