2018 - 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
BREE NEISON, VICE PRESIDENT
Bree began her college career six years ago as a biology major, changed to nursing, and after a two year hiatus from school and going through a personal weight loss and health journey (losing 30 lbs in the process), found her passion in the study of nutrition and dietetics. Always a lover of science and helping people, this career path felt like the perfect fit. Bree is interested in Community Nutrition, working with children and/or lower-income families. Her main goal is to open a private practice and be her own boss, while helping many people change their lives through nutrition, as she did.
NICOLE ROCKENBACH, VICE PRESIDENT
Nicole is a junior in the Nutrition and Dietetics program at MSU. She is originally from California but has lived in Colorado for almost four years now. She took four years off from school and only decided to go back when she realized how passionate she is about nutrition! She loves volunteering in community based settings such as the Honey Project and We Don't Waste. After graduating she is looking at going for her Masters in Public Health and then pursuing her RD credentials. She wants to make healthy community changes on a large scale. One day she would love to start an organic co-op and make fresh veggies and fruits more readily available to all. In her spare time she loves hiking, gardening, reading and planning her wedding!
PAMELA MORTEL, SECRETARY
Pamela is a Junior majoring in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Pamela works as a Service Representative at 24 Hour Fitness, is an active member of Tri Sigma sorority, and spends her spare time volunteering as a Nutrition Educator/Child Educator at Metro Caring. Every week, she cooks with children while incorporating a nutrition-based lesson plan, and provides healthy meal samples to families. Upon graduating, she plans on achieving her RDN credentials and pursuing a career as a Pediatric Dietitian! When not at school, working, or volunteering, Pamela enjoys exploring the city, trying new foods, and spending time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters
ERIKA ROSTRON, TREASURER
LETICIA CORONA, MARKETING COORDINATOR
Leticia is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, currently working towards her Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree. Upon completing her degree, Leticia’s goal is to get accepted for a dietetic internship in efforts to become a registered dietitian and pursue a career. She is passionate about nutrition and loves the positive change it can bring out in the world. Currently Leticia works for different health and wellness initiatives at the YMCA, where she is able to share nutrition education with others. Outside of school, Leticia enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family and friends, hiking, drawing, and exploring the outdoor world. This is her first year on the board and she is very excited to see what great experiences it will bring.
MEGAN PFEIFER, MARKETING ASSISTANT
JORDAN JURCZAK, SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
JENNIFER WANBERG, SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBMASTER
Jennifer is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver working towards her masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She works as the primary dietary technician at Denver North Care Center while also volunteering ten hours a week with both Cooking Matters and Metro Caring in order to spread her burning passion in nutrition like wildfire. Jennifer first began her journey in the nutrition world when she learned how food can either help or hinder her Rheumatoid Arthritis and high blood pressure. She understands diets set themself up to "die", and therefore yearns to someday write a book on the art of moderation. In her spare time, Jennifer professionally photographs birds while fishing, works on her vegetable garden, and keeps active through roller blading, ice skating, and yoga.
SHAWN PORTWOOD, BLOG EDITOR
Shawn is a senior at Metro State, finishing his BSc. In Dietetics with a minor in Biology. He spent the first half of his adult life serving in the US Marine Corps and working as a business analyst for several large corporations before deciding to go back to school and pursue a degree that gave him a chance to help others. In doing so, he found a love for science and research which will be catapulting him into graduate school in 2019, where he will pursue a PhD in nutritional biology to research the microbiome and how nutrients interplay with our gut microbes. He currently works as a lab assistant in an immunology lab at National Jewish hospital helping research B-cells. In his spare time, he is currently training for his second full marathon.