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Education

Aug 2009Present

Bachelor of Science

Ashland University

I am enrolled in Ashland University's Didactic Program in Dietetics, which is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Current Cumulative GPA:  3.994

Work experience

Sep 2011Present

Peer Tutor

Ashland University: Academic Success Center

I tutor other students in Human Nutrition and Anatomy and Physiology.  These are courses that I have previously completed, and the professors of these courses recommended me for the tutoring position.  After the tutoring sessions, I submit session reports to communicate with the professors the progress that the students are making.  In the Fall 2012 semester, I completed a 2-hour veteran tutor training session, which involved learning modules and discussions to further develop tutoring methods.  Tutoring has helped me acquire proficient communication skills, teaching techniques, knowledge, and time management.

Mar 2012Present

Independent Consultant

Thirty-One Gifts

As an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, I create my own business schedule, recruit my own customers, take orders for products, place orders, and distribute orders.  I schedule parties for my customers, which can either be online catalog parties or parties in their home.  For the parties held in the hostess's home, I provide materials for the hostess to invite her friends, and I coach her in methods that will make her party successful.  On the day of the party, I arrive early to set up a display of the products and greet the guests as they arrive.  I make the party interactive with the guests as I implement games and show the versatility and benefits of the products.  When I see customers who love Thirty-One products or have an interest in starting their own business, I encourage these women to begin on their own journey with Thirty-One.  In addition, I have had fundraisers for people, in which I donate my profit from their party for their cause.  In order to stay up to date on the current trends and new products, I go to team meetings once every three months.   I’m also responsible for communicating to my team leader on a weekly basis.  I have various company deadlines to meet.  As a means for advertising, I maintain my own personal website and Facebook page for my customers.  My website is also used as an office to submit orders and manage my finances.  This job requires self-motivation, time management, creativity, organization, and communication skills.

Oct 2012Present

Nutrition Educator

Whitaker-Myers Insurance Group

I was involved in implementing a nutrition education program to approximately 40 employees at two companies.  I created handouts and spoke to employees about BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, nutrition, and SMART goals for chronic disease prevention.  This program is being conducted by members of the Ashland University Dietetics program.  The purpose is to educate employees at the insurance company and the companies they provide insurance.  Potentially, this program will help employees make healthier decisions and improve their health status.

Jul 2012Aug 2012

Dietary Staff

Central Ohio Diabetes Association: Camp Hamwi

Camp Hamwi is a residential summer camp for children living with diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes.  I served on the dietary staff with about nine other dietetics students during Junior Week of Camp Hamwi, which was for campers ages 7 to 12 years old.  I learned how to work alongside other dietetic students, dietitians, nurses, physicians, and medical students.  I prepared and served food to approximately 75 campers and staff members.  One afternoon I helped with an educational nutrition program for the campers.  I participated on night rounds with the doctors and nurses on two different nights.  At about midnight, we went from cabin to cabin checking blood sugars.  If someone was too low, I gave them the proper food or beverage to treat their low.

Jun 2012Jul 2012

Prep Cook

Gull Lake Ministries

I worked for six weeks as a prep cook during Family Camp at Gull Lake Ministries, a conference center in south-western Michigan.  A typical day consisted of working for 14 hours straight, preparing and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I served approximately 300 people daily.  I learned how to take direction from the superior chefs and work with other kitchen staff.  I learned how to follow recipes and prepare food in bulk.  By doing this, I gained experience using the grill, tilt skillet, stove, ovens, mixer, and food processor.  My knife skills improved greatly because I cut vegetables, fruit, bread, and/or meat daily.  I set up buffets for breakfast and lunch and served dinners by the plate.  I helped take inventory and organize the stock room, refrigerators, and freezers when shipments arrived.  I was able to apply my food safety knowledge as I prepared,served, and stored food.  We cleaned the kitchen every night and deep cleaned the whole kitchen once a week. 

I also worked four days of Ladies' Days, which are conferences with a Christian focus for women.  For these days, I prepared gallons of chicken salad and helped on an assembly line to make 600-800 box lunches daily.  From this experience, I became better at working under stress, working efficiently, and meeting deadlines.

Besides working in the kitchen, my other duty was to be a look-out on the beach during swim time once a week.  For this position, I interacted with the families as I helped them get fitted with life jackets and sent them out in paddle boats and canoes.  I also was an extra set of eyes for the lifeguards as I monitored the water as the children swam and played on the inflatable water toys.

May 2012May 2012

Office Assistant

MB Images

I helped the lead photographer at multiple summer baseball team photo shoots.  This involved filling out paperwork and communicating with customers about the photo packages they could order. I also edited and ordered students' school pictures and baseball pictures using a special photography software program.

Jul 2011Jul 2011

Camp Counselor

North Western Ohio Christian Youth Camp

I was a camp counselor for five 9-year old girls for one week.  I led cabin devotionals and participated in group activities involving all the campers and counselors.  This was a volunteer position.

May 2010Aug 2010

Dietary Aide

Vancrest Health Care Center

I prepared the dining room to seat approximately 35 residents by lining the table with tablecloths and setting the necessary utensils at each place setting. I also prepared a drink cart ahead of time, which contained all the beverage options.  As the residents arrived in the dining room, I greeted them and served them their drinks.  I learned the residents' health conditions that required dietary modifications.  I made thickened beverages for those who had swallowing problems.  It was also important for me to learn their dietary restrictions so I could serve them the proper meals and give them the necessary utensils.  In the kitchen, I also assisted in plating meals to be sent out to residents' rooms by following their meal tickets.  I often had to transport meal carts to the other units in the nursing home.  After meals, I cleaned the dining room and kitchen and did dishes.

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Office Assistant

Page Engineering, Inc.

I used the program AutoCAD (computer-aided design) to document properties of past surveying jobs in multiple counties.  I also organized files, cleaned the office, ran errands to other local businesses, and typed business letters, memos, and surveys.

Jun 2007Aug 2007

Office Assistant

Page Engineering

I used the program AutoCAD (computer-aided design) to document properties of past surveying jobs in multiple counties.  I also organized files, cleaned the office, ran errands to other local businesses, and typed business letters, memos, and surveys.

Cook at Gull Lake Ministries

AU Student Dietetic Association

Family Consumer Sciences Club

Dietary Staff at Diabetes Camp

Volunteer Work

Dietetics

Honors

Conferences Attended

Certifications

Nov 2011Present

Certified Peer Educator

The BACCHUS Network
Apr 2012Apr 2017

Certified ServSafe Food Protection Manager

National Restaurant Association

Research

  • The Health Beliefs and Dietary Behaviors Among Truck Drivers

My undergraduate research project was conducted during the Fall 2012 semester at Ashland University.  Initially, I wrote a literature review on the research that has been conducted on truck drivers in relation to nutrition and health.  I then developed a questionnaire to analyze truck drivers' attitudes and dietary behaviors, primarily associated with the consumption of dietary fat and sodium.  I collaborated with two local trucking companies to conduct this research.  Data was analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics 19.  Results from this study indicate that nutritional interventions need to be implemented with this segment of the working population to help reduce obesity levels and improve eating habits.

  • The Analysis of Lead and Cadmium Content in Cookware from Cameroon, Africa

I assisted in the chemical analysis of cookware samples made from scrap metals in the Cameroon to investigate if the lead and cadmium content in the cookware would pose a danger to consumers’ health.  Results showed very low levels of lead in the cookware and leaching from the cookware in comparison to U.S. standards.  Therefore, the pots and ladles did not pose a serious threat for lead exposure to the families that used them.

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), January 2011-Present
  • Ohio Dietetic Association (ODA), January 2011-Present
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society, March 2011-Present
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society, April 2010-Present
  • Ohio Nutrition Council (ONC), April 2012-Present
  • Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group, May 2012-Present

Teaching High School Students

I prepared a PowerPoint presentation about grains and nutrition.  I taught this lesson to a 20-student high school class called "Global Gourmet."  I also taught a 20-student class called "On Your Own" about the decisions involved in choosing a college, choices made during college, and developing professionally.  These presentations were given on March 8, 2012, at West Liberty-Salem High School in West Liberty, Ohio.

Sports Nutrition Counseling Assistant

During the Spring 2013 Semester, I provided diet analysis and nutrition recommendations for an Ashland University Track and Field athlete under the supervision of a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).  My responsibility is to observe counseling sessions with the permission of the athlete, take notes during the session, and provide dietary recommendations to assist in the athlete's goals.  My recommendations are reviewed by my supervisor before they are given to the athlete.

Publications

  • Nutrition Newsletter at Ashland University- I write articles for this newsletter that is distributed throughout the Ashland University campus.  It is published about two to three times per semester.  My past article topics have included the benefits of flaxseed, eggs, sodium content in bread, vitamin C and the 5-second rule.
  • Wooster Motor Ways monthly newsletter-  In September 2012, I began writing a nutrition column for this truck company's monthly newsletter that they sent to their employees.  I focus on topics that truck drivers would be concerned about or need to have more awareness of.   My responsibility is to research a topic that is supported by scientific evidence, write an article based upon the information, and submit it to the company’s Human Resources Manager by a deadline so she can include it in the newsletter.

YMCA Weight Loss Program

I helped with the Ashland YMCA Weight Loss Challenge in Ashland, Ohio in January 2013.  This program has over 30 participants and meets on a weekly basis. I helped weigh the participants, calculated their BMI, and gave a presentation about BMI and health risks.  I also observed presentations given by dietitians to learn their teaching methods.

Ashland University Organizations

  • Dean's Student Advisory Council for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, October 2012-Present
  • Ashland University Student Dietetic Association (AUSDA), January 2011-Present
    • Secretary, March 2011-December 2011
    • Co-Chair of Speaker Committee, December 2011-December 2012
  • Peers Promoting Organized Wellness (PPOW), August 2009-Present
    • Co-President, August 2011-Present
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Club, August 2010-May 2012
    • Secretary, August 2011-May 2012
  • Ashland University Track and FieldAugust 2009-May 2011

Honors and Scholarships

  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and CollegesNovember 2012
  • Dean’s List at Ashland University, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009
  • Margery & Dean McBurney Endowed Leadership Scholarship, August 2011
  • Alpha Lambda Delta’s Trow Undergraduate Scholarship, July 2011
  • ADA Foundation’s American Dietetic Association Scholarship, July 2011
  • Outdoor Track & Field All-GLIAC Academic Excellence Team, May 2011
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Sophomore Award, February 2011
  • Julia Leininger Memorial Endowed Scholarship, August 2010
  • Ashland University Presidential Award for Scholastic Achievement, 2009
  • Grimes Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, 2009
  • ACRUX Investigation Agency/Frank Robinaugh Scholarship, 2009
  • Mary Eleanor Morris Scholarship, 2009
  • The Honda-OSU Math Medal Award for Excellence in Mathematics, 2009