I hadn't heard the term "registered dietitian" until a few years
ago, but when I did and learned what it was, I knew I had found my
calling. The light bulb went off and after one day of
consideration, I decided to go back to school. I had previously
received a B.A. in Italian Studies that went along with my love of
romance languages, but I hadn't made a clear picture in my head as to
how I would use Italian in my career. When I thought about
becoming a registered dietitian, however, the picture was very clear
indeed. It would combine subjects that had always interested me:
cooking, healthy eating, psychology, disease, and community. The
science portion of this major has been a huge challenge for me, and
yet, I see that the chemistry and biological science courses I have
taken have opened my eyes to the world, and also humbled me as a
person. I have respect for the human body and all of the amazing
things that it does.
Currently, I am SDA President, and I am very excited to be among a
group of sharp, motivated, and warm people. I am interested in
diabetes, as it is an illness that can be improved greatly by lifestyle
change. Antioxidant research is also a field that I would love to
be a part of, but really, there are many aspects of nutrition that
excite me. As for my non-school life, I am very social, like to
throw dinner parties, and go see local music. I have been a
singer and performer since I was a little girl and now do local cafe
gigs singing jazz. Combined with my nutrition studies, I have
found that the balance of music and science and makes me quite happy,
and I am thankful for having figured that out.
Succeeding: Jasmine Vassar
Vice President - Chhayleng Touch
Hi, my name is Chhayleng, yet I also go by “Leng.” I
am finishing up my first year at San Francisco State University as a
Dietetics major. I decided on this journey of becoming a Registered
Dietician when I realized that a lot of health issues could easily be
resolved or prevented simply by leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
Consequently, I am a strong advocate that food can be medicine.
I enjoy the field of dietetics because it offers a variety of
opportunities to interact with people concerning eating healthy.
Currently, I volunteer at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and highly
enjoy the clinical aspect of this field. Every day at the hospital is
never the same and it provides me with new challenges that I look
forward to each time.
I also appreciate the other spectrum of dietetics, community nutrition.
I have lectured on various nutrition topics at the Orientation Center
for the Blind in Albany and classrooms alongside Registered Dietitians.
I find that this area can be just as, if not more, rewarding. For the
Fall 2012 – 2013 school year, I will be participating in the Peer
Educators Advocating Campus Health (P.E.A.C.H.) program where
I’ll be able to further gain community experience and I could not
be more elated.
I feel that as a nutrition educator, I need to be a good role model. I
try to practice the healthy eating and active lifestyle that I promote
through running and Crossfit. Other interests I have are meeting new
people, blogging and baking.
Succeeding: Alicia Connor
Secretary - Stefany Iraheta
Hi, my name is Stefany and I am honored to be the new secretary
for the SDA 2012-2013. It has only been recently that I have been
interested in Dietetics, as I did not know it existed before. When I
realized my strong interest in food, I wanted to know more about how it
reacts within the body from a nutritional standpoint. After have taken
DFM 458, I continue working in the Vista Room kitchen as a volunteer,
and throughout the year will be volunteering in a hospital. I will
graduate in Spring 2013 from SFSU and gradually will go to grad school
to do research primarily about obesity/child obesity.
I love to bake, watch movies, workout, do almost anything artistic,
take care of animals (previously wanted to be a veterinarian), do math
:p (yes I do like math), and play games (like Sudoku).
Succeeding: Olivia Chang
Treasurer - Samantha Wu
Hi, my name is Samantha Wu (Chik Sum) I love food. I am so
passionate about it that I decided to make a career out of it. Being a
foodie, I respect all kind of food and learned to balance them. I
am currently volunteering at California Pacific Medical Center and
assist patients to make appropriate diet choices base on their special
needs. I am responsible for organizing activities to promote healthy
life styles for SF state students as a Peer Educator Advocating Campus
Health (PEACH). My goal is to collect and develop recipes that are
delicious, easy and affordable. Food, as necessary as it is, has the
power to change people’s health.
Succeeding: Olivia Chang
BADA Representative - Brian Douglas
My name is Brian Douglas. I am graduating May 2013 from the
dietetics program. I am most interested in public policy
and school nutrition. I chose this field because of my interested
in sustainable agriculture and policy in this country. I love
educating others on how to improve their health while also making food
choices that benefit the environment. Humane treatment of animals
and that way animals are fed is another area I am passionate about
defending. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors. I love
to travel and I love my time spent as dad to my 18 month old
Suceeding: Maya Schaffer
Website Coordinator - Liz Neilson
Hi! I'm Liz Neilson and I'm very excited to serve as
Website Coordinator for this year's SDA group. I just love
everything about food - learning where it comes from and how it affects
our bodies, cooking, and most importantly, sharing gorgeous meals with
loved ones! I am a senior in the dietetics program and I am
currently a nutrition volunteer at the San Francisco VA Medical Center,
as well as a working at the VA with the new Community Living Center
Cafe opening at the facility. Besides nutrition, traveling is my
passion and in my free time I love doing anything outdoors with my
husband and our dog. I am excited about the year ahead and my
continued path to becoming a dietician.
Succeeding: Lauren Remley
Marketing & Fundraiser Coordinator
- Shyana Sadiq
My name is Shyana (pronounced Shy-na) and I have always had a passion
for anything food related. Meaning, I love to cook, bake, learn
about nutrition, and educate others about nutrition. Last year I
was the farmer's market committee leader for SDA, and I am very excited
that i will be the marketing and fundraising chair this year.
Some of my volunteer experience includes volunteering
at General Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center, and at Wu Yee
Succeeding: Sonia Malhotra
Activities Coordinator – Connie Duncan
My name is Connie Duncan your new activity coordinator! J I
am originally from Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. I had a change of
career plans when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in 2009. Italians
have a different view of food and value the quality over quantity. I
had the opportunity to go wine tasting, olive oil tasting in Tuscany
and treasure these experiences, for they truly skewed my view on food
and nutrition. I am a big fan of farmers markets and anyplace where
food is fresh and organic. I believe what we put into our bodies is
important to our overall well-being and everyday lives which will
greatly impact our future as well. I am extremely excited to be the
activities coordinator for SDA next year and hope that I can make it
the best it can be and may be fun for everyone as well!
Succeeding: Nicki Noury
Student Dietetic Association of San Francisco State