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Work experience

Aug 2013Dec 2013

Graduate Staff Assistant

Northern Illinois University - Housing and Dining Services

Managed 6 to 8 civil service staff members, 15 to 20 students and 2 to 4 student managers. Managed the floor, oversaw cook's preparation and production sheets, developed and marketed a nutrition education board and responded to customer comments through a poster board dedicated to comments.

Aug 2011May 2013

Graduate Assistant

Northern Illinois University - Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences Department

January 2013 - May 2013 : Research assistant to faculty member of the department.

August 2012 - December 2012 : Taught a section of food preparation lab to undergraduates. Taught lesson, oversaw weekly food preparations and graded assignments and tests.

August 2011 - May 2012 : Taught lab section of Catering course. Oversaw student production of foods and catering events.

Aug 2010May 2011

Manager of BodyWorks Nutrition Counseling Clinic

Bradley University - Family and Consumer Sciences Department

Managed student run nutrition counseling clinic by training 24 over counselors and scheduling the use of counseling room. Counseled students and faculty/staff on primarily weight loss and obesity concerns.

May 2009Aug 2010

Summer Intern to the Clinical Nutrition Manager

IU Health at Methodist Hospital

Completed a variety of projects in 2 summers at IU Health including nutrition analysis of new food items for employees and patients in a sub shop, patient satisfaction survey result analysis, compiled a list of allergens in commonly served foods and computer projects in CBORD and Cerner for patient and cafeteria menus.


Portfolio of Work


Aug 2011Dec 2013

Masters of Science

Northern Illinois University

Graduate Certificate of Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity completed December 2012

Aug 2012Dec 2013

Northern Illinois University

Completed 1200 hours in life-cycle, food-service, clinical, community and professional practice rotations.



FCNS 698 - Project



Sanitation License

Department of Health of the State of Illinois
Dec 2013


American Red Cross

Professional Memberships

- Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Degrees and Certificates

- Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL - 2011 to 2013

- Graduate Certificate of Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL - Completed in December 2012

- Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics - Bradley University, Peoria, IL - 2007 to 2011

- Minors in Health and Biology

- Bachelors of Science in

Psychology - Bradley University, Peoria, IL - 2007 to 2011

Academic Plan of Study

- Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

- Fall 2013 : Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics

- Spring 2013 : Intensive Metabolic Support, Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics, Project

- Fall 2012 : Maternal and Child Nutrition, Strategies for Modifying Nutrition Behaviors*

- Spring 2012 : Micronutrients, Issues in Eating Disorders and Obesity*, Workshop in FCNS*

- Fall 2011 : Macronutrients, Research Methods, Biostatistics, Nutrition Factors in Eating Disorders and Obesity*

* Indicate classes for the Graduate Certificate of Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity

- Bachelors of Science in Dietetics

- Spring 2011 : Medical Nutrition Therapy, Investigative Food Topics

- Fall 2010 : Nutrition Assessment, Advanced Nutrition, Introduction to Personal Community Health

- Spring 2010 : Consumer Issues in Healthcare, Life-cycle Nutrition, Management in Food-service

- Fall 2009 : Community Nutrition, Family Relations, Food-service Systems, Principles of Management

- Spring 2009 : Family Systems and Applications

- Fall 2008 : Introduction to Nutrition, Adult Development and Aging

- Spring 2008 : Introduction to Economics, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

- Fall 2007 : Introduction to FCS, Introduction to Food Principles, Principles of Psychology

Career Goals

Allison's career goals include using the knowledge and skills learned during her Graduate Certificate of Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity as well as her dietetic internship and Masters program in a professional setting. During her internship, Allison found a passion for working one on one with people and helping them reach their individual goals. Allison also hopes to put the management skills that she gained from her position as a Graduate Assistant in the dorm cafeteria to use, either in foodservice management or in management of other professionals.

Dietetic Internship Plan of Study

- Fall 2013 : Professional Practice - Completed at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, IL.

- Provided 5 weeks of staff relief in this rotation for this acute care hospital. Monitored critically ill patients on enteral tube feedings and TPN for modification and product changes.

- Fall 2013 : Community Nutrition - Completed at Rockford Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Outpatient, Rockford Memorial Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Services, Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital and Fox-Valley/Tri-Cities Dialysis Centers.

- Participated in the care of a variety of patients, from dialysis to diabetes to neonates to women and men with eating disorders.

- Summer 2013 : Medical Nutrition Therapy - Completed at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital and Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, IL.

- Provided staff relief to two RDs at this rural community hospital. Cared for patients with conditions including cancer, cardiovascular complaints, renal failure, trauma, bowel obstructions, organ failure, diabetes, wounds and orthopedics.

- Spring 2013 : Food Systems Management - Completed at Stevenson Dining Hall at Northern Illinois University.

- Planned and implemented a themed dinner, A Midnight in Paris, with another intern for Stevenson Dining Hall and participated in a variety of management activities including managing a shift, closing, opening and handling trouble customers and staff.

- Fall 2012 : Life Cycle Nutrition - Completed at VNA WIC and Tomcat Health Center at East Aurora High School, CATCH, Northern Illinois University Campus Recreation Center and Oak Crest.

- Participated in the care of individuals through out the life-cycle in a variety of settings through one on one education, group education and classroom style teaching sessions.

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Allison graduated in December of 2013 with a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb Illinois, where she also completed her dietetic internship. Allison completed the Graduate Certificate of Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity in December of 2012, a 12 credit hour certification program based on prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. At Northern, Allison worked at an on campus dining facility as a Graduate Assistant, supervising civil service and student workers while taking on responsibilities including a nutrition education board inside the cafeteria, responding to customer comments via a comment board, monitoring preparation and production sheets and handling all staff and customer complains that arose. Allison also taught a food preparation lab, worked as a research assistant to a professor and taught a catering class while at Northern.

Allison also graduated from Bradley University in Peoria Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Psychology with minors in Health and Biology in May of 2011. While at Bradley, Allison ran the on campus nutrition counseling clinic, BodyWorks, under the direction of a Registered Dietitian. She was responsible for training 24 nutrition counselors, all senior dietetic majors, and scheduling all counseling appointments.