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Jan 2012Present

Ashland University

Co-Curricular Involvement:AU Student Dietetic Association: Fundraising Chair

Jan 2012-Present

As a member of AUSDA, I attend meetings to plan events and hear presentations from professionals in the field. I help with events that SDA is a part of on campus, such as NIRSA, as well as those that engage the community in nutrition education, such as informational videos and teaching sessions for local school systems. As the Fundraising Chair, I plan and coordinate events to raise money for our organization as well as the local food bank.

AU Dietetic Student Mentor

Aug 2013-Present

As a student mentor, I assist incoming first-year dietetic students become acclimated to campus and college life as well as introduce them to the AU dietetic DPD. We meet to discuss how their transition is going and answer any questions they may have. It is also my duty to encourage them to become involved in the campus dietetic association, AUSDA, as well as the state and national associations.

Peer Tutor: Human Nutrition (DIET320)

Aug 2013-Present

As a peer tutor, I work various hours per week to help students understand and learn the content from the Human Nutrition course. Students may be dietetic majors, nursing majors, exercise science majors, or various others. Tutoring time periods are generally about an hour long per session, and all sessions are recorded for content discussed and improvement made.

Ashland Center for Nonviolence: Intern

Aug 2012-May 2013

As a student intern in the ACN, I gain experience in everything from communication skills to computer knowledge.  I have many different roles including programming, communication to members, budgeting, organizing office resources, and setting up meetings.  This opportunity has helped me to network and gain a great amount of professional experience. 

AU Rec Services: Group X Fitness Instructor

Aug 2012-Present

As a group exercise instructor, I lead group fitness classes for students and community members. Classes include Yoga, Pilates, and total body toning classes. These classes increase participants' fitness levels as well as help relax and stretch. Communication and field knowledge are key components of the position.

Orientation Team: member

Mar 2012-Dec 2012

As an Orientation Team Leader, I attend the freshmen summer drive-in orientation days and assist them in becoming familiar with campus, lead them through the orientation process, and answer any questions about Ashland University and college in general that they may have. Throughout the fall semester, I co-teach a freshmen seminar class called Accent on Success. Here we teach the students valuable skills such as time management, health and wellness in college, and study skills.

Community Care GreenTeam: Co-Leader

Jan 2012-Dec 2012As a co-leader of the Green Team, I work with the other co-leader to plan and execute events that promote environmental awareness and promote green ideas. To do this, excellent communication with many campus organizations is essential, and careful organizational skills are imperative. Our big events occur in April during Greek Week, and some events include a Green Fashion Show, a recycled percussion concert, a community stream clean-up, and a recycled pet toy making event.

Aug 2010Dec 2011

Slippery Rock University

Co-Curricular Involvement:Honors Program: member

As a member of the honors program, I had the opportunity to be in smaller, more challenging courses, select housing with other honors students, attend shows and speakers on and off campus, and travel near and far, in and out of the country. I traveled to Italy as an honors student in March of 2011 and traveled with them to Charleston, SC later in that same month. It was a remarkable experience to interact with different cultures and grow in my understanding and appreciation of them.

Strength and Conditioning Association: Secretary

The SACA holds events relating to health and fitness, ranging from basic lifting instruction to wheelchair basketball games. The organization also brings in professional speakers in the field such as physical therapists, sports nutritionists, and strength coaches. As secretary, my work included keeping track of attendance at all events and meetings, rewarding students with points for each SACA occasion. I also worked with the rest of the executive board to brainstorm ideas and help plan events and speakers. Communication and professional conduct was very important in this position.

First-Year Leader Scholar Program

The FLSP allowed students to complete the first two out of three levels of the Compass Leadership program offered at Slippery Rock University. FLSP engaged the students in activities that helped them to understand themselves on many levels including personal emotions, learning styles, and leadership styles. Through learning my own character, I was able to better understand how I interact with others of similar and different characters. This greatly helped me to improve my leadership and communication skills when it comes to working in groups and acting as one team for a common goal.

Related Experience


David Vanata

Ashland University DPD Director, advisor, and professor

Wesley Bonadio

Former Assistant Director of Programs at Ashland University Recreation Center; Supervisor for group fitness instructors.

John Stratton

Work experience

Jun 2009Present

Summer Maintenance

Olmsted Falls City Schools
  • Summer custodial duties
  • Cleaning and organizing of all classrooms, hallways, offices, and gymnasiums

Head Custodian: Larry Hamilton (440-427-6523)

Jul 2012Aug 2012

Youth Yoga Instructor

Berea Recreation Center
  • Instruct and demonstrate hatha flow yoga for 11 year-old children
  • 45 minute class sessions
  • develops communication skills and interpersonal skills
Feb 2012May 2012

Sales Associate

Family Video
  • Customer service-communicate with customers about the movie selection, account balances, and rental information
  • Lead customers through the store on first-time tours, informing them of the rental deals and store arrangement
  • Cash register-effectively and efficiently take care of the customer
  • "Customer service is our top priority."
May 2011Aug 2011

Customer Service, Cashier

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Assisted customers in shoe selection and other requests
  • Phone and cash register responsibility
  • Facility organizing and cleaning

Managers: Nikkii and Heidi (440-250-0249)

Mar 2008Aug 2008

Sandwich Artist

  • Subway sandwich preparation
  • Inventory and stock
  • Cash register
  • Customer service
  • Sanitization of store


Jan 2013Jan 2015

PiYo Strength

Beachbody/Bluepowder Productions
Jan 2012Jan 2014

Adult/Infant CPR and First Aid

American Red Cross
Feb 2012Feb 2013

Practical Yoga Instructor

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

Nutrition Newsletter Articles


  • Community Service
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Reading

Other Experience


  1. SRU Weekend of Welcome: As a sophomore at SRU, I moved back to school 4 days early and assisted the freshmen move-in process. I spent my Thursday and Friday mornings and afternoons helping the incoming freshmen move their luggage and school supplies from their cars to their dorm rooms.
  2. Orthopedic Associates, Westlake, OH: For a total of 17 hours in December and January of 2010-2011, I volunteered at this outpatient physical therapy facility. Duties included assisting the PT with equipment and materials, washing and changing pillow cases and towels, and communicating the patients needs and keeping them company.
  3. Habitat for Humanity, Canton, OH: I spent a Saturday afternoon in Canton, Ohio with a group of honors students and Habitat volunteers constructing a house for a family. Teamwork and communication was essential, as well as the utilization of leadership skills to keep the process organized.
  4. Habitat for Humanity, Mansfield, OH: I spend a Saturday morning with AU students at the Little Buckeye Children's Museum in Mansfield, Ohio. The facility consists of giant, creative areas designed and decorated to look like real-life places. For example, the lower level included a mini grocery store, a hair salon, a doctor's office, and fun areas such as a prehistoric dinosaur dig and a reading room. My group assisted in the upper level, painting and constructing new areas for the children's future use.
  5. Food Pantry, Olmsted Falls, OH: Through my church, I was able to volunteer at my local food pantry a couple of times over the summer 2011. I assisted the families by organizing the food, searching the stock for items requested, and helping the families choose their groceries.


  1. Dietitian Judy Steffes, Southwest General Hospital: I had the opportunity to shadow a clinical dietitian in July of 2011.  She oversees patients in the MICU. I learned about the job duties of a clinical dietitian and was able to learn how she calculates the dietary needs of each patient.
  2. Group Fitness Instructor Annie Hoover: In February of 2011 I shadowed a group fitness instructor during her "Buff N Tuff" class at a local recreation center. I loved the experience and am looking forward to teaching some forms of group exercise in the future. I learned how important communication and clarity is in this setting, as well as knowledge of the exercise.
  3. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Christine Carr: In April of 2011 I shadowed a clinical exercise physiologist at Southwest General Hospital. While I enjoyed the experience and had great conversations with Ms. Carr, I realized that the clinical setting is not my taste for a long term career, especially in the cardiac and ICU areas.
  4. Physical Therapist Tim Porco, Orthopedic Associates: In October of 2010 I shadowed an outpatient physical therapist in Westlake, Ohio. I enjoyed the experience but decided that the career was not for me. I observed Dr. Porco attend to patients with various injuries, from shoulder surgeries to broken toes.
  5. Physician Assistant Marius Florian: During high school, I shadowed a physician's assistant at Southwest General Hospital while trying to decide my career path. I was fortunate enough to observe a biopsy, fluid extraction, and the insertion of a picc line. I enjoyed the experience.

Why Dietetics?

I am interested in dietetics for a couple of major reasons. Firstly, I am fascinated by the human body and the science behind how it works to keep us alive and functioning properly. Secondly, I am fascinated by food and how its compositional components react with the body, allowing us to function.

I am a big proponent of community service and duty to others. I know that I have been extremely blessed throughout my life and I feel that it is my duty to give back and serve those that I can help.

For this reason, I am interested in community nutrition and wellness aspects of the dietary field. I wish to help improve the lifestyles of others through my knowledge and expertise.