President: Sara Zellers
A non-traditional, returning student to the University of Memphis. I was raised in a military family and lived all over the East coast of the United States growing up, but East Tennessee was always my family's home base due to extended family living there. I received an Associate's of Science from Roane State Community College in 2005 and the moved to Russia and lived in St. Petersburg for most the summer and fall of the same year. Upon returning to the United States, I moved back to Memphis and have held jobs in many diverse fields from professional cake decorator, Head Start teacher, teacher's aid in the public school system, and Registrar at the Civil Right Museum to name a few.
My background in working with children and their guardians in a variety of settings, from low income families receiving government assistance to middle and upper class families has made me realize that nutrition education needs is universal in our current society. Every family should have access to the resources and expertise necessary to lead a healthy, well-balanced life. I am passionate about the field of dietetics because there is so much bad information out there and having access to leaders in the field is vitally important to our society's journey to health across the board.
Vice President: Summer Pennington
Treasurer: Rachel Scott
Secretary: Katie O'Bar
Public Relations: Brittaney Myers
When I first began attending the University of Memphis in 2010 I was a Biology major. A close friend introduced me to the Dietetics program and I felt at home. We are a close knit group of students with the same passion. After I graduate I plan to complete my Dietetics internship, earn a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition and begin working as a Dietitian.
Web design/Historian: Katie Adams
I am Katie Adams, the web design/historian for SAND this year. I found my interests for dietetics in my sophomore year of college after previously being a student at the U of M’s Rudi E. Scheidt school of Music. After I’d dedicated and committed the majority of my time to the arts, I soon discovered an even greater joy for pursuing dietetics as an art in finding creative ways for healing and providing health to others. I believe my backbone and experiences have developed my empathy and spirit to encourage healthy relationships with food and for clinical nutrition practices. The program at the U of M continuously influences me as a student with knowledge, confidence, and opportunities that expand my interests for becoming a registered dietitian. After graduation in May of 2017, I plan to further my education by applying for the clinical nutrition/internship graduate program at the University of Memphis. In my spare time I also enjoy hot yoga class, cooking, writing, reading, trying new things, traveling, painting, eating, playing guitar and blogging on my website! I am very thankful to be a part of this organization and to be surrounded by people who are as enthusiastic about this field as I am! I am very excited to serve the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Web Design/Historian this year!
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