Thesis

Work History

Work History
Jan 2014 - Present

Nutrition and Regulation Specialist

Topco Associates
  • Review label copy and provide feedback regarding regulatory compliance for general merchandise non-food category and 25+ food categories on a daily basis.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the GMA FMI Voluntary Front-of-Pack (FOP) Nutrition Labeling System on labels.
  • Contribute to the collection, review, and maintenance of product information from product vendors.
  • Monitor regulation and litigation around “All-Natural” labeling and communicate information to key stakeholders.
  • Support competitive intelligence initiatives among competitor grocery stores by conducting review of claim language and label copy, completing specific marketplace research, and performing other tasks as necessary.
Sep 2014 - Present

Nutrition Advisor

Vaughan Athletic Center
  • Identify community need for fact-based nutrition information and initiate monthly nutrition class series on topics relevant to the population demographics. Plan, organize, prepare, and present on materials for each class.
  • Serve as the representative for nutrition counseling, presentations, and other areas as requested.
Jun 2012 - Oct 2012

Food Demonstrator at the Aurora Farmers Market

Kane County Fit for Kids, Northern Illinois University
  • Developed newsletters highlighting monthly produce, recipes, nutrition facts, and children-focused activities.
  • Co-conducted food demonstrations on recipes featured in the flyer.
  • Engaged spectators by offering samples of products.
Aug 2011 - May 2012

Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Co-taught a required undergraduate nutrition and dietetics lab to 60 students.
  • Prepared application assignments related to course material.
  • Graded assignments and projects per course outlines.
Sep 2007 - Nov 2011

Personal Trainer

USA Athletic Club and Spa
  • Marketed personal training skills to increase client base at a 7,000 member health club.
  • Promoted health and exercise in the lives of clients by providing instruction focused on their unique needs.
Mar 2009 - Aug 2011

Dietitian Assistant

Provena Mercy Medical Center
  • Interpreted diet orders, physician and dietitian consults, and floor stock orders for a 250 bed hospital.
  • Coordinated with patients via in person or the phone to complete food orders, while monitoring computer calculations of nutrients to ensure compliance with diet restrictions.
  • Collaborated with the entire food service team to ensure patient satisfaction and tray accuracy.
Sep 2009 - Aug 2011

Food Service Supervisor

Provena Mercy Medical Center
  • Oversaw the food service and cafeteria operations to guarantee satisfaction of patients and customers in a timely, efficient, and safe manner in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Supervised 15 employees per shift, assuring their behavior was responsible and their actions supported the department's mission.

Education

Education
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Master of Science

Northern Illinois University
Aug 2008 - May 2011

Bachelor of Science

Northern Illinois University

Certifications

Certifications

Ellen Parham EDOC Award

Northern Illinois University

BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Certification

National Heart Association

ServSafe Certification

National Restaurant Association

Skills

Skills

Regulatory Nutrition

Complete in-depth food and non-food label review and regulation monitoring daily.

Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition Counseling

Completed 8 weeks of training and instruction and 5 weeks of staff relief at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, a 260 inpatient bed hospital, with rotations in Cardiology, General Medicine, Oncology, Orthopedics, NICU, PICU, Critical Care, Progressive Care, and Outpatient units. Obtained long-term care clinical experience at Oak Crest Retirement Center, focusing on altered food and beverage consistencies, adequacy of intake, and overall quality of life. Provided nutrition counseling to college students at the NIU Student Recreation Center, outpatient clients at St. Alexis Medical Center, outpatient clients at the Dupage Medical Clinic, and low-income families at WIC.

Research

Analyzed research on food labeling, nutrition claims, nutrient profiling systems, and barriers to using current labeling for graduate school thesis. Completed intervention-based study on NuVal by remaining self-directed and motivated. Operated SPSS for results analysis. Investigated and graded research related to glycemic index and weight gain.

Food Preparation/Cooking Demonstration

Co-facilitated “cholesterol lowering” discussion and recipe sampling of dishes cooked together with the Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee. Conducted 6 cooking demonstrations at Mariano’s. Conducted a cooking demonstration on how to make “southwest salad” to developmentally delayed adults through the Association of Individual Development. Worked as a Food Demonstrator at the Aurora Farmers Market. Worked as a kitchen cook at Batavia Rehabilitation Center.

Public Speaking

Present monthly nutrition class series to a diverse park-district audience. Co-facilitated “Banishing the 3 Ds: Dieting, Drive for Thinness, and Body Dissatisfaction” presentation for NIU students during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Provided weekly instruction to undergraduate nutrition and dietetics students as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Educated Kindergarden-5th grade students on physical fitness and nutrition during 3 full days of teaching C.A.T.C.H (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) based lessons. Presented “Eat for the Health of it” to Oakcrest Retirement Center Employees Informed students of healthy snack options at area convenient stores and grocery stores and introduced the hunger scale during a full school day of presenting “Snack Attack: Eating Healthy While You Are Out and About” to students at East Aurora High School. Presented case study patient with nutritionally complex diagnosis to clinical dietitians. Endorsed National Eating Disorder Awareness Week individually through live interviews both on DeKalb Radio Station and Northern Illinois University Broadcast TV.

Career Goals

Within the next 5 years, Noell plans to work with in the health field as a clinical dietitian, outpatient dietitian, or long-term care dietitian.

Academic Coursework

Northern Illinois University

College of Health and Human Sciences

Department of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Fall 2011

FCNS 604; Research Methods   

FCNS 645; Macronutrients

PHHE 605; Biostatistics in Public Health

FCNS 616; Nutrition Factors of Obesity & Eating Disorders

Spring 2012

FCNS 646; Micronutrients

FCNS 602; Issues in Eating Disorders and Obesity

FCNS 650; Workshop in FCNS

FCNS 699A; ThesisFCNS 652; Workshop in Dietetic Practice:Clinical Care Issues

Summer 2012

FCNS 613; Nutrition & Physical ActivityFCNS 699A; Thesis

Fall 2012

FCNS 529; Strategies of Modifying Nutrition Behavior

FCNS 699A; Thesis

FCNS 617; Dietetic Internship:Food Systems Management

FCNS 653; Workshop in Dietetic Practice:Management Issues

Spring 2013

FCNS 615; Intensive Metabolic Nutrition Support

FCNS 600A; Nutrition and Dietetics SeminarFCNS 699A; Thesis

FCNS 610; Dietetic Internship:Life Cycle Nutrition

Summer 2013

FCNS 618; Dietetic Internship:Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy

FCNS 624; Dietetic Internship:Medical Nutrition Therapy

Fall 2013

FCNS 699A; Thesis

FCNS 619; Dietetic Internship:Community Nutrition

Dietetic Internship

Food Service

Stevenson Dining Hall

Lifecycle

NIU Student Recreation Center

Women, Infants, and Children—VNA of Aurora

Oakcrest Retirement Center

DeKalb school district--CATCH

Clinical

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

Community

Linden Oaks

Hy-Vee employee owned grocery store

St. Alexius Medical Center—Outpatient Dietitian

Dupage Medical Group—Diabetes Center

Professional Practice

Mariano’s Fresh Market

Brief Biography

Noell found her love for nutrition while working as a personal trainer. She realized that many of her clients sought her for advice, yet she didn’t have any knowledge in that area. She took an introductory nutrition course at her local community college, and decided to sign up for additional coursework at Northern Illinois University that following semester. Since then, she has completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics, while also completing her 1200 hours of applied practice for the dietetic internship. During her graduate school course work, Noell worked towards a certification in Eating Disorders and Obesity to enhance her counseling abilities. Lastly, she is CPR/AED certified and is a current member of ADA, IDA, and WSDA.

In her freetime, Noell equally enjoys being in the kitchen or at the fitness center, promoting a healthy balance in her life. Noell also enjoys traveling to “anywhere and everywhere” and plans to travel to more exciting places on her bucketlist.

Professional Memberships and Affiliationships

Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally American Dietetic Association), 2009-2014

Member of Illinois Dietetic Association,  2009-2014

Member of the West Suburban Dietetic Association, 2012-2014