2017 - 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
CHRISTINE CARUSO, PRESIDENT
Christine Caruso is a Human Nutrition & Dietetics major at MSU Denver, graduating in May 2018. An avid cook since she was a teenager, she’s enjoyed sharing the health benefits of cooking and sharing meals with others for most of her life. Upon moving to Denver two years ago, she decided to make a career change, and pursue Nutrition to find a way to share the power of food with others. As the Coordinator for the Denver based co-op Walk2Connect, she organizes and leads food-focused walks, to educate her community on food and wellness. She also serves on the Board of the Denver Dietetics Association, which has been an excellent opportunity to become more immersed in the Nutrition profession. After graduation, she looks forward to becoming a Registered Dietitian, and continuing to bring health and wellness to her neighbors in Denver.
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.
STEPHANIE WIESE, SECRETARY
Stephanie is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, working towards her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Stephanie is on the board of the Denver Dietetic Association and also works as an intern at the Health Center on campus doing Nutrition Counseling. She enjoys volunteering in her spare time, with Colorado Feeding Kids, Open Door Ministries and We Don’t Waste. She was previously in banking for 12 years and then decided to go back to school to pursue her passion, helping people through nutrition. After graduation, Stephanie plans on pursuing a dietetic internship and going on to become an RDN. After that her plans are to work at Tri-County Health Department in the WIC program.
NICOLE ROCKENBACH, TREASURER
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!
MOLLY WEISHAHN, SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBMASTER
Molly is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, working towards her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Molly works as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Littleton Hospital in acute care setting and also loves volunteering her time with MetroCaring as a Nutrition Educator. Every week she teaches nutrition based lesson plans to a group of adults, while incorporating a healthy cooked meal. She plans on achieving her RDN credentials and work as a ICU RDN and provide nutrition education in a community setting! In her free time, Molly enjoys exploring the outdoors, trying new foods at various restaurants, and spend quality time, laughing, with friends and family.
GRACE BURNS, SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
Grace is a junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is majoring in human nutrition and dietetics. Grace's goal, after getting her RD, is to get a masters degree in dietetics and work at Children's Hospital. She has a passion for working with kids and helping them developing a healthy lifestyle that carries on into adulthood. Grace has worked with the H.O.N.E.Y Project, Food for Thought, and has helped coordinate the meals for summer programs at her local church. This is Grace’s first year on the board, and she is excited to continue helping nutrition students get involved with the ACSDA and discover the resources it has to offer. In her free time, Grace enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her loved ones.
STEPHANIE U. , MARKETING COORDINATOR
Stephanie is a senior as Metropolitan State University in the Human Nutrition and Dietetics program working toward becoming a Registered Dietitian. While pursuing her first degree in Integrative Physiology Stephanie worked a few years with athletes and upon receiving her degree worked in physical therapy with patients at all stages in life. Following this she decided to attend culinary school to learn the fundamentals of cooking before realizing the best way to combine her love of food and wellness were best combined as a Registered Dietitian. She plans on attaining her RD and helping people improve their health through nutrition!
JULIA LAMPHEAR, NUTRITION NERDS COORDINATOR
Julia is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and will then be working towards a Masters in Nutrition, with plans to earn an R.D. credential. She is the volunteer coordinator and curriculum creator for the H.O.N.E.Y Project (Hands On Nutrition Education for Youth), a local non-profit organization. Working with H.O.N.E.Y has made her realize that she is passionate about working with kids to promote a healthier lifestyle at a young age, regardless of where her career eventually takes her. Her areas of interest within nutrition include clinical pediatrics, community nutrition programs, or research. Julia’s journey into nutrition began in High School when she developed an unhealthy relationship with food and covered it with the excuse of being a vegetarian. After learning more about nutrition, she realized that what she ate was more important than simply how much she ate. By becoming a dietitian, Julia hopes to impact many young lives by encouraging positive food experiences that lead to developing long-term healthy relationships with food. .