College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science

Meet the Current Class

 Meet the 2017-2018 Dietetic Internship Class

  

Kelsey Felter

Kelsey began her undergraduate studies as a speech language and hearing sciences major at Boston University (BU). After spending a year at BU, she learned the importance of health professionals working as a team, especially Speech Language Pathologists with Registered Dietitians. Nutrition and health was always an important part of her personal life. As she learned how nutrition impacted patients suffering from dysphagia in her speech classes, Kelsey realized how passionate she was about using nutrition therapeutically to promote health and prevent illness. This growing passion for nutrition helped Kelsey make the decision to transfer to the University of Delaware (UD) to continue her studies as a dietetics student. UD gave Kelsey the opportunity to study culture’s effect on food and health across the country and world as she travelled to Hawaii, South Africa, and Zuni and Navajo reservations in New Mexico and Arizona.  After finding her passion for nutrition and culture, Kelsey graduated from UD with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics. Outside of her studies, Kelsey enjoys playing cards, going on hikes, traveling, building bonfires with friends, playing with any dog that is available, especially her lab Myla, and enjoying any activity outdoors.

 
 

 Danielle Ferguson

Danielle graduated in May 2017 from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics. Danielle was born and raised in Fort Washington Pennsylvania as the eighth of eleven children. Growing up, her family loved athletics and placed an importance on practicing a healthy lifestyle. Danielle participated in competitive sports from a young age and found her passion for lacrosse and nutrition during high school. She followed that passion and played a collegiate career for the WCU Women’s lacrosse team. She loved demonstrating a healthy lifestyle and being a nutrition advocate for her team and continues to want to share that lifestyle balance with other athletes. She is excited to continue gaining knowledge and experience to further her career as a future dietitian. Outside of nutrition and athletics, Danielle loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, hiking around the trails near Philadelphia, attending concerts, and relaxing at the beach.

 

Emily Glass

Emily Glass was born and raised in Sterling, Connecticut. Emily’s interest in nutrition all started with food.  Growing up, she was always exploring her mother's spice cabinet, looking up recipes and cooking whenever she got the chance. Her interest in food brought her to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island to pursue a degree in culinary arts. She quickly realized the power culinary arts and nutrition could have when combined together and hopes to share that with others. Emily graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in culinary nutrition. On campus, Emily was captain of the Women’s tennis team and involved in the Collegiate Ambassador Team and Sans Gluten. Emily has had many experiences working within the foodservice industry as a Chef at Gillette Stadium and The Sagamore Resort. This past year Emily has worked at the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Center assisting with clinical nutrition research studies and has developed and taught nutrition education programs for Montgomery County Department of Recreation. In her free time, Emily enjoys being outdoors, hiking, going to the zoo and spending time with her family and friends.

Rebecca Handley

Rebecca Handley graduated in May 2017 from the University of Alabama’s Distance Didactic Program in dietetics with a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition. Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Rebecca’s passion for health and wellness began at a young age. Being an athlete since the age of four, Rebecca quickly learned the importance food and nutrition had in maintaining good health, optimizing performance, and facilitating recovery. Working closely with personal trainers, nutritionists, and healthcare professionals throughout her athletic career, Rebecca developed a deep passion for the healthcare industry, influencing her to obtain her first bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in biology from the University of Tulsa in 2013. After a short time being on the business side of a healthcare career, Rebecca quickly learned she was missing the aspect of developing deeper connections with patients through hands-on experiences and personal interactions, stimulating her decision to pursue a career in dietetics. While working toward her second degree, Rebecca relocated to Washington, D.C. in May 2015 and has worked as a Healthcare Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton ever since to continue to gain additional knowledge and experience in both the business and clinical sides of healthcare. On her off-time, Rebecca enjoys going on long runs with her dog Luna, playing competitive soccer, and exploring new sites and restaurants around the Greater D.C. Area.

Emily Kohler

Emily, a New Jersey native, studied Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. She spent her childhood dissecting the phrase
“you are what you eat,” addicted to the shock of realizing what wellness can do. For Emily, this was a hobby and was not
realized as a potential career until her advisor noticed her inability to cease talking about her recent nutritional discoveries. After gradating in May 2016, Emily took on the role as a Food Service Manager in Harlem for New York City’s Department of Education, gaining an understanding of the intensity of managing a kitchen as well as leadership. In addition to this, Emily’s passion lies in healing others mentally and physically, while also advocating for nutritional education in underserved populations. Emily spends her free time with loved ones, exercising, or talking about Game of Thrones.

Alexandra Long

Alexandra was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up living with her Italian and Czech grandparents. Food was always a culturally important aspect of Alexandra’s life; she was taught by her grandparents how to garden as well as forage for ingredients such as dandelions and mushrooms. At the age of eight, she moved to the rural town of Benson, North Carolina, and stayed in NC until graduating from high school at Johnston County Early College Academy with her Associate in Science. Alexandra was able to return to Pittsburgh after being accepted into the Swanson School of Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh. However, during the summer following her freshman year, her grandfather’s health began to decline with the progression of his cancer. While living with her grandfather, Alexandra saw firsthand the importance of maintaining good nutrition during illness, and this prompted her to transfer out of engineering in order to pursue dietetics. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking through the many parks in the city. Pittsburgh’s gastronomic scene has also flourished during her time in school, and she visits new restaurants weekly in Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods.

Adam Sachs

Adam is a Maryland native from Ellicott City. He was always interested in cooking and the culinary arts and eventually chose to attend Johnson & Wales University due to their reputation as one of the top culinary schools in the US. Adam was a collegiate athlete, which helped him to recognize how vital nutrition is for athletes, as well as general well-being. Given his interest in hard sciences, Adam chose to major in culinary nutrition with a minor in clinical dietetics, in the hope of becoming a registered dietitian. Adam graduated from Johnson & Wales in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Adam has worked in several restaurants and still loves to cook; one of his major goals in a career in dietetics is to be able to help people learn to cook food that is both healthy and delicious. Adam was a runner for the Johnson & Wales Division III cross country team, and continues to stay active and run local races in the Baltimore/DC area. Given his athletic experience, Adam would also like to work with athletes on the collegiate level, to help them better understand the role nutrition plays on their performance.

Melissa Talley

Melissa grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.  When she was three years old, she fell in love with playing sports and being part of a team. In high school, she was on the swim team as well as the track and cross-country teams. She continued her running career by being part of UD’s Division I track and cross-country programs. Her interest in nutrition developed her sophomore year when she was diagnosed with a stress fracture. After realizing that nutrition plays a large part in an athlete’s life and overall performance, her interest in nutrition developed into a passion. During her time at UD she worked as a Dietary Aide in a nursing home, worked with the dietitian in the outpatient bariatric center at St. Francis Hospital, and created nutrition-focused Instagram infographics for student-athletes. When Melissa isn’t running or eating you can find her listening to music, escaping to her favorite beach in Avalon, NJ, attending sporting events or playing with her three cats, Snickers, Simon, and Karl.

 

Daniel (Danny) Turner

Danny grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Maryland (UMD) and his Masters of Science in human nutrition at Drexel University in Philadelphia. While at UMD, Danny taught himself the basics of cooking and nutrition, knowledge which allowed him to gradually lose 60 pounds. This experience, along with his family history of diabetes and Crohn’s disease, led him to pursue a career in dietetics. Danny knows very personally the impact that nutrition has on health and quality of life, and wants to empower others by sharing his knowledge and experience. For fun, Danny likes taking long walks while listening to podcasts, picking up barbells at the gym, and playing games on his self-built PC. He lives in Takoma Park with his girlfriend, and dreams of one day owning a dog.

 

Julia Werth

Julia graduated from the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in nutritional sciences and journalism in May 2017. She grew up just north of Boston, and from a very young age loved to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Throughout middle and high school as she began running more seriously and cooking more often, her interest in what truly comprised a healthy diet for each individual person grew. Upon entering college, Julia decided to combine her passions for writing, food and exercise and has continued seeking out opportunities that allow her to do just that ever since. This past summer she completed a fellowship for the Connecticut Mirror where she covered mostly healthcare related stories. She also maintains a personal blog at werthyourwhile.com, which focuses on cooking, traveling and running adventures. Other than nutrition and writing, Julia continues to run, and is currently training for her third marathon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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