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Danielle Smenda

  • Ashland OH


Aug 2013Present

Ashland University

I am currently working on obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Dietetics. Working with food and nutrition is my passion and my goal is to help others better understand the benefits of good nutrition and make a positive impact and difference in the process. This degree is classified in the Health Sciences category and I am taking an assortment of science, health, and nutrition courses. After obtaining this degree, I plan on getting a required internship in order to take the national Registered Dietitian exam. Even though I am still undecided on the path of nutrition I would like to pursue in the field of Dietetics, I am interested in behavior nutrition, medical nutrition, children/adolescent nutrition, and weight management. 

Work History

Jun 2011Present

Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor

Brooklyn Recreation Center

As a lifeguard, it is my job to watch over all patrons and ensure that they are safe in our facility.  I also perform various chores such as checking the chlorine and pH levels in the pool and cleaning the facility. I am required to be CPR, AED, and First Aid certified for this job. I am also a certified Water Safety Instructor and teach swimming lessons to children of all levels. 

Aug 2014Present

Mixologist at Tuffy's Smoothie Bar

Ashland University Tuffy's Smoothie Bar

My job as being a mixologist at Tuffy's Smoothie Bar is to make delicious, nutritious smoothies for other Ashland University students. We also sell an assortment of other snacks and drinks. I perform food safety skills in order to keep the facility clean. I also stock the shelves with food when it runs out and have learned how to handle the money in the facility. 

Dietetics Experience

Active Member in Ashland University's Student Dietetics Association (August 2013- Present)  

Attend all meetings and participate in events such as National Nutrition Month events we host, work at concessions stands to raise money for our association, and participate in service and fundraising events. 

Ashland University Student Dietetics Association- Service Committee Chair (January 2014- Present)  

Organize and plan service projects and events for the committee and other Ashland University students to participate in. Events include sharing healthy recipe ideas at Buehler's grocery store, presentation on Spices and Seasonings at Cross Roads Church in Mansfield, and a blind-folded healthy foods taste test at our main dining hall. 

Teaching Weight Management classes on good nutrition with RD, Claudia Utlintz, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center in Weight Loss Clinic (Summer 2014)

Every 2-3 weeks in the summer, I taught nutrition lessons to patients involved in the weight loss clinic at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. I was given specific topics and made presentations with activities. Nutrition topics included reading a food label, eating well during the holidays, and the importance of fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. 

Shadowed RD, Ann Jakubowski, MetroHealth Center- Wik (Summer 2014) 

Spent the day learning Ann's role as a dietitian in her facility. I learned an abundance of information about community nutrition, the importance of nutrition during pregnancy, children nutrition, and breast feeding. 

Outside Activities

  • Ashland University Club Swimming- President
  • Ashland University Religious Life- Active Member 


Dec 2011Present

First Aid/CPR/AED

American Red Cross
May 2014Present

ServSafe Certification

May 2012Present

Water Safety Instructor

American Red Cross