Class of 2018-2019
Hannah Sneska (Clinical Track)
- Bachelors in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016
- Masters in Food and Nutrition Studies from George Mason University in 2018
- Spent the last year working as a Nutritionist at Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- NDTR and worked in the dietary office at a INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital
- Interned for Children's National Obesity Institute in Washington, D.C.
- Co-Founded a hunger and homelessness awareness club on campus
- Assisted and shadowed a dietary manager at a nursing and rehabilitation center
- Served as an international mentor to incoming international students at UNCG
- Studied Abroad in Northern Ireland for a semester
- Held a variety of leadership roles in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
- Has a 1 year old, 9 pound Shih Tzu baby named Bear who is treated like a human son
- Obsessed with Harry Potter and has been to both Hogwarts in Orlando and Warner Brothers Studios in London
- Once got head stuck in between railings over Niagara falls in Canada (family will never let me live it down)
- Loves scuba diving and has dived in Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic
Annie McCabe (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics emphasis, and a minor in biochemistry from the University of Arizona
- Group Fitness Instructor at Campus Rec
- Food Service Associate for Tucson Medical Center
- Resident’s Assistance at the University of Arizona
- Institutional Food Management Lab lead preceptor
- Co-Founder of the Sports Nutrition Club (SNC)
- Studied the Mediterranean diet in Verona, Italy
- Loves working out—running, cycling, hiking, yoga, lifting weights
- Absolutely love trying new things and stepping outside my comfort zone
- Traveling is a passion of mine—excited to explore Charleston, SC!
Taylor Lowe (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Carson- Newman University in East Tennessee
- Four-year member of the indoor and beach volleyball team
- Dietary clerk at Tennova Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Carson-Newman University nutrition tutor
- Intern at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; prepared special infant formulas for NICU and conducted quality improvement project evaluating cost of food waste in hospital kitchen
- Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer in Nashville, TN
- Has completed 2 half-marathons and already planning to run some races in the Charleston area.
- Love hiking, boating, camping, and visiting national parks
- Born in Cleveland, Ohio and am a huge Cavaliers and Indians fan.
- Love the beach and can’t wait to enjoy Charleston’s beautiful scenery.
Abbie Hebron (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, with a minor in Biomedical Sciences from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO
- Tutor and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Leader for Anatomy and Physiology courses for three years
- Intern for the First Lady of Missouri, Dr. Sheena Greitens, during Summer 2017
- Recipient of “People’s Choice” award for her senior research presentation, “Food for Thought: The New Field of Psychobiotics”
- Presented original research on the public’s knowledge and perception of RDNs at Missouri’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MOAND) Conference
- Nine-year volunteer with Girls on the Run as a junior coach, office volunteer, and running buddy
- Created her own program, “Let’s Hear it for the Girls” where she travels around the state empowering young women to live healthy lifestyles
- Middle child of five girls
- One of the biggest St. Louis Blues fans you’ll find and won the owner’s suite tickets to the Winter Classic game at Busch Stadium in 2017
- Has learned and/or taught dance since the age of 3
- Past author for a national blog (Distinguished Young Women of America) and quoted by another blogger
Amanda Cain (Clinical Track)
- Bachelors degree in Dietetics from Jacksonville State University (AL)
- Secretary of Dietetics & Culinary/Hospitality Association
- Content creator for The Odyssey Online
- Volunteer/intern for Food & Nutrition Services department and patient companion at Huntsville Hospital
- Received "Outstanding Senior" award for JSU at Alabama Dietetic Association meeting
- Secretary of JSU Spanish Club
- Volunteer at local soup kitchen
- Team member at Chick-fil-A
- Volunteer nutrition counselor for JSU ROTC program
- Plays flute, piccolo, and ukulele
- Has the two cutest dogs in the world - a cheagle and a boxer/terrier mix
- Once participated in an ultimate Frisbee competition without a single practice beforehand
- Considers speaking in Spanish a favorite pastime
Natalia Flores (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor degrees in both Dietetics and Exercise Physiology from Florida State University
- Peer facilitator for the Body Project
- NSCA certified personal trainer and CPR/ AED certified by the AHA
- Dietary aide at an eating disorders rehab center for almost three years
- Certified Peer Health Educator
- Volunteer at the Florida State athlete fueling station
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Loves lifting weights and competes in powerlifting meets for fun
- Entire family is from Chile and spent 6 months living there and working with dietitians in the hospital
- Previously hiked a volcano and mountains in both Chile and Argentina
- Can play the piano and drums
Emily DeVenezia (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); minor in Exercise Science
- Student Dietetic Association President
- Student Nutrition Educator for RIT students, athletic teams, and recreational clubs.
- Diet Office Assistant at Highland Hospital
- Diet Clerk at Highlands at Brighton (transitional care facility)
- Summer nutrition intern for 3 Rochester area school districts
- Community nutrition rotations with Selects Academy, an elite youth girls hockey program
- Volunteer for various programs through FoodLink, a regional food bank, including Cooking Matters for Kids, and Curbside Market.
- CURCS (Connecting Universities to Rochester City Schools) volunteer tutor.
- Studied abroad in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, & Bosnia.
- One of my life goals is to volunteer in Africa
- Completed 5 half-marathons and love participating in local road races for charities.
- Hiking and camping in the Adirondacks is one of my favorite pastimes - slowly but surely working my way through all 46 high peak
Abby Malloy (Clinical Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics (minor in foods) from the University of Central Missouri (UCM)
- President of the UCM Student Dietetic Association (SDA)
- Student worker at the Campus Cupboard
- Received a National Engaged Leader Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success
- Senior Center volunteer
- Member of the Central Missouri Academic Collegiate Scholars honors society
- Organized SDA funded trips to both FNCE and MOAND
- Participated in the USDA funded grant, FRUVED, by conducting audits and assessing the health of UCM students
- Studied abroad in Florence and Rome, Italy to learn about eating habits in different cultures, and hope to continue to travel and see more of the world.
- I was a cheerleader for all four years of high school and one semester in college. Go Mules.
- One of my dreams is to learn how to play an instrument, and I am currently learning how to play the ukulele.
- I want to own all of the dogs ever, especially a Great Dane.
- I my own garden in the future so I can grow some of my own food.
Kelly Burgess (Community Track)
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Dietetics, with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics from Western Kentucky University (honors program).
- Family and Consumer Science summer intern at University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
- Undergraduate Research: food insecurity and the impact of nutrition education
- Nutrition Opinions Columnist for the College Heights Herald (student-led newspaper at WKU)
- Room Service Ambassador at Williamson Medical Center, a local/county hospital
- Student Dietetic Association President at WKU
- Peer Assisted Study Session Tutor for Anatomy and Physiology
- Volunteer “shopper” at a food pantry called the “Manna Mart” through HOTEL INC (a ministry assisting those in poverty)
- Volunteer for Wholesome WKU- a program that educates students about healthy and mindful eating on campus
- Delivered nutrition education to at-risk mothers and parents in Haiti on a mission trip.
- A few of my favorite things are coffee, hot yoga, dark chocolate, and days spent in the sun.
- I was a dancer from ages 3-18, taking lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe.
- I love meeting new people and spending time with friends, but my favorite alone activities are reading and painting.
- I am often found in the kitchen doing recipe experiments in hopes of inventing healthy, tasty “concoctions.”
Bailey Derrick (Community Track)
- Graduated from Eastern Illinois University (Cum Laude)
- Participated in the National Student Exchange and spent my senior year at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
- Have been both a nutrition educator and culinary instructor in Colorado and South Carolina
- Was a member of Eastern Illinois University’s official dance team
- Dietary aide at a long-term care facility
- Was president and philanthropy chairman of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Delta Delta Delta
- Have attended a leadership conference at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital twice.
- Soon to be married to my middle school sweetheart, Mrs. Goggin coming July 2018.
- I have been snowboarding since 6th grade and have boarded all throughout Colorado, the Midwest and at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
- I am the middle of three sisters.
- I spent two weeks in Thailand this past summer.
- Fitness is a passion of mine and it is a goal of mine to eventually complete a marathon.
Morgan Curless (Community Track)
- Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Illinois State University
- Teaching Assistant for Food Science nutrition course
- Sports Nutrition Assistant for Illinois State University’s Football Team
- Dietitian Assistant at Hy-Vee grocery store
- “Simple -Fix” Program Coordinator for development and production of healthy meals
- Nutrition educator and menu developer for a mentally/physically handicapped home
- Dietary Aide in skilled care unit for local senior citizens
- Grew up in a town with 2 stop lights
- Country music and concert fanatic. You can find me at the nearest country concert in Charleston this year.
- Love spending my days anywhere outside: exploring new cities, outdoor concerts, and being active
- Has never lived outside of the Midwest and am excited to move to Charleston. Currently making a restaurant must visit list.
Savannah Weeks (Community Track)
- Bachelor of Music with a minor in nutrition from Belmont University
- DPD Verification Statement from the University of Houston
- Farm Volunteer at Hope Farm in Houston
- Research Intern at MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Summer Intern with Manna Project International in Managua, Nicaragua
- Service Learning Intern with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
- President of Slow Food Belmont
- I’m a former opera singer and violinist and I still play/sing occasionally
- I worked as a church musician while I attended Belmont and as a bartender while I went to UH
- I leash trained both my cats
- I’ve never lived in one place longer than five years and am really excited to start my next adventure in Charleston.