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Jan 2011Present

Cooking Matters AmeriCorps Member

Solid Ground

- Coordinated 3-4 cooking and nutrition classes weekly for low income populations in both English and

Spanish across King County, WA.

- Coordinated, trained and supported three volunteers per class. Substituted as the nutrition or chef volunteer as needed.

- Solely developed and executed nutrition training for volunteer nutrition team to improve teaching and knowledge base.

- Spearheaded Shopping Matters with a community partner to serve the local Latino community.

- Orchestrated cooking demos at local food banks and farmer’s markets to teach clients about unfamiliar foods.

- Created and delivered a training on Food Insecurity in WA state for Notre Dame Mission Volunteer AmeriCorps group.

- Successfully expanded Cooking Matters through satellite programming at WA State Indian Reservations.

- Organized a volunteer appreciation party with a local Ethiopian chef for 20+ Cooking Matters volunteers.

- Wrote weekly blog posts on nutrition and Cooking Matters events.

- Collaborated with project members to make nutrition activities more culturally and nutritionally relevant.

- Organized and placed orders to gather supplies from key donors.

- Administered and collected course evaluations and surveys to report on program’s effectiveness.

- Worked with a diverse client base of different ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds and mental/ physical ability.

Jul 2010Dec 2010

A2Z Project Intern

Academy for Educational Development

- Provided administrative and logistical support to a six year international nutrition project.

- Created a tracking database to ensure all contracts and deliverables were successfully fulfilled for a compliant project close out.

- Collaborated with project team to create charts for A2Z report, Are We Making Progress on Reducing Anemia in Women?

-  Coordinated with AED accounting department on vendor payments, expense reports and check requests.


Aug 2012Present

University of Alabama
Aug 2006Apr 2010


Cornell University
Feb 2009Jul 2009

IFSA-Butler, Argentine Universities Program

- Studied development, nutrition, art and theater in Spanish at local Argentine Universities including: la Universidad de Buenos Aires, la Universidad Católica de Argentina, and la Universidad de Salvador.

- Lived with a host family to achieve fluency in Spanish and to experience local culture.


Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Fluent in written and oral Spanish.  Very comfortable speaking to both groups and individuals about healthy food choices and cooking in Spanish.  

Selected work


Interest in Diabetes, Obesity, Food Policy, Public Health and Exercise. 


Janna dePorter is professional with a strong background in nutrition and health education.  She has worked as the AmeriCorps member for Cooking Matters for the past two years because she believes strongly in the value of service and nutrition education.  Her goals are to promote awareness around nutrition and healthy living to all communities, especially those living on low incomes and Spanish speaking populations.  She seeks to do this through becoming a Registered Dietitian and working in health promotion.  Long term, she wants to work in public health to ensure that all people have nutrition literacy and access to healthful foods that will allow them to thrive.