Meet Our Interns

Class of 2018-2019

Hannah Sneska (Clinical Track)Sneska

  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)McCabe

  • 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)

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Lowe
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Hebron
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)Cain
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Flores
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

DeVenezia
  • 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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Malloy
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Burgess
  • 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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Derrick
  • 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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Curless
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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)

Weeks
  • 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

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

Class of 2018-2019 (PDF)