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Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Courtney Bascom
As a Charlottesville native, Courtney is absolutely thrilled to be back in her hometown and begin the next step towards becoming a dietitian at UVA. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After college, Courtney began working as a pediatric dental assistant where she counseled patients and their families on nutrition for oral health. Through this experience, Courtney developed an interest in pediatric nutrition as well as a desire to serve her community through nutrition education. She compelted Kansas State University's online didactic program in dietetics while doing an AmeriCorps year with a hunger relief nonprofit in Raleigh, North Carolina. She coordinated their Cooking Matters program, a nutrition and culinary program helping to facilitate dietary behavior change in low income communities throughout North Carolina. In this role, she coordinated over 20 six-week Cooking Matters courses. While pursing her dietetics degree, Courtney also assisted in the research and development of a PICU feeding algorithm to streamline enteral and parenteral nutrition support at The University of North Carolina Hospital. Through her time spent researching and developing the algorithm, along with hours spent observing the PICU, Courtney developed a greater interest in clinical pediatric nutrition support. She also spent several weeks volunteering at a camp in Rutledge, Georgia for children with Type I Diabetes. Aside from nutrition, Courtney loves spending time with her friends and family, trying new restaurants and doing anything outdoors.

Katrina Beining
Originally from Ottoville, Ohio, Katrina graduated cum laude with her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in May of 2015. After graduation, she took a job as a cafeteria cook in a K-12 school and became a DTR. She hosted nutrition talks at a local YWCA directed towards the public, and specifically for domestic violence victims living on-site. During her undergraduate career, she worked with her professor, Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, and her research team where they compared the appetite affects of capsaicin and capsiate, spicy and sweet peppers, respectively, in a sample food study. The research was published in Chemosensory Perception this past year. She was the publicity head of her school's Student Nutrition Association for one year and the secretary for two years. Katrina has worked at her parents' nursery and landscaping business for over ten years, where she created a kids' education program entitled. "Where Our Food Comes From." She has always enjoyed working with children and demonstrated that through various experiences including diabetes camp dietary staff, elementary reading tutor, girls' tween camp speaker, and Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management training. Katrina hopes to one day start a nutrition department within the OBGYN office to increase emphasis on prenatal care. What she looks forward to the most about UVA Hospitals is observing procedures and becoming a part of the care team. She decorates cakes as a hobby and has for 7 years. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family. 

Meagan Bridges
Meagan is a career changer with a background in Arabic and Middle Eastern affairs. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in political science in 2006 and received an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown in 2008. After working for several years in Washington, DC, she returned to school and earned her B.S. in dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia in 2016. In addition to achieving a 4.0 GPA, Meagan served as president of the Student Dietetic Association during her final year at UDC. In this role, she planned and led a variety of nutrition outreach projects, including Cranksgiving, a citywide bike ride and scavenger hunt involving over 200 participants who biked different grocery stores to collect food for a local homeless shelter. Meagan also volunteer at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture as a farm educator and farmers market counselor for WIC clients, along with the Washington Senior Wellness Center as a nutrition educator and meal planner. In addition, Meagan has been a volunteer fundraiser and policy advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the past 10 years. Her career interests include neurology and nutrition support, as well as policy and advocacy. A native of rural North Carolina, Meagan has lived in Syria and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East but is especially excited about calling Charlottesville home. She is a Pure Barre teacher and an avid outdoors enthusiast. She also enjoys distance cycling with her husband and hiking with her dog. 

Katie Couch
Katie graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in May of 2015 with a degree in Nutrition Science. During her undergraduate career, she quickly became appreciate of the world of dietetics and the incredible resources the field has to offer. She remained at Auburn an additional year to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics while also working on her master's degree. She will graduate in August of 2016 with a Master of Science in Nutrition. During her undergraduate years, Katie worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for organismal biology labs and also had the opportunity to work alongside her professor and graduate students with their research on fucoxanthin. Prior to starting graduate school, Katie spent the summer with a clinical dietitian spending time in grand rounds and aiding in developing specific nutrition interventions for patients. She quickly recognized the importance of a dietitian in a clinical setting and the vital role dietitians play on the healthcare team. As a graduate student, Katie was award a graduate assistantship and worked as a graduate research assistant focusing on obesity management and reimbursement of these services provided by dietitians. She additionally worked as a graduate teaching assistant to the undergraduate Medical Nutrition I and II classes. Katie is most excited about interning in the large teaching hospital setting that the University of Virginia Hospital offers and expanding her nutrition knowledge and patient interaction skills. In her free time, Katie loves to cook, read and eat good food! She cannot wait to explore the city of Charlottesville and all it has to offer. 

Abby Crosby
Abby, originally from Knoxville, TN, graduated cum laude from Tennessee Tech University in May of 2016 with a BS in Nutrition and a double minor in Chemistry and Biology. She achieved the Dean's list every semester, earned numerous scholarships, and was honored with the 2016 award as Most Outstanding Student in Dietetics. Abby seized many opportunities during her undergrad, including serving as Vice President of the FND club, participating as a student ambassador for the College of Human Ecology, was actively involved in three separate honor societies; Mortar Board, Kappa Omicron Nu, and Omicron Delta Kappa; worked as a student orientation leader, and sat on the board for the Student Success Center Search Committee. Outside of campus life, Abby was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, regularly worked at the campus food pantry, and presented her senior thesis about nutritional concerns with pediatric burn patients at TAND. Her senior year, she had the opportunity to shadow dietitians at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and completed her field experience at Cookeville Regional Medical Center with dietitians in the ICU and Oncology Unit. These experiences solidified her passion for clinical nutrition, and she hopes to one-day work in pediatrics, specializing in neonatal nutrition, burn therapy, or trauma. She cannot wait to begin this new journey as a member of the UVA Health System's team, and discover what Charlottesville has to offer! Abby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies, watching forensic true crime shows, and everything Disney.

Bree Grim
Bree graduated with high distinction from Penn State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutritional Sciences, and an emphasis in Public Health Nutrition and Policy. Bree made Dean's List 7 out of 8 semesters. Throughout her junior year, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a lab studying the effects of iron status on cognitive function in young to middle age women across the globe, and volunteered in the sports nutrition department testing NCAA athletes using the BodPod machine. In her undergraduate career, she was also involved in the Student Nutrition Association and THON, the Penn State Dance Marathon that benefits the Four Diamonds and pediatric cancer research. Bree gained valuable clinical experience by interning with five registered dietitians at Chambersburg Hospital for a summer, causing her to want to purse a career in clinical nutrition. Bree hopes that in her professional career, she will be able to work with people to help treat and manage various diseases using nutrition, knowing the vital role it plays in both acute and chronic disease. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and vacations to the beach. Originally being from a small farm town located outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Bree is excited to move to Charlottesville to explore the unfamiliar area and become a part of the University of Virginia Health System.

Catelyn Hill
Catelyn graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a concentration in Dietetics and again in 2016 with a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a concentration in Clinical Physiology and Metabolism. As a Hokie, Catelyn served as the president and the president-elect of the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association. She also worked as a sports nutrition employee at the Nutrition Oasis, served as a nutrition counselor, volunteered at the Blacksburg community garden and taught spin classes as a group exercise instructor. Outside of classes, Catelyn volunteered as a Student Dietary Data Collector at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital where she met individually with patients at risk for developing bedsores during inpatient hospitalizations. As a Masters student, Catelyn served as head investigator on a large cross-sectional investigation and met with 325 children and adolescents ages 6-18 years old. Her thesis work focused on determining the validity and reliability of a beverage questionnaire in children and adolescents. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Catelyn loves running and has completed three marathons! She loves helping others and is excited to go into a career where she can continue to pursue her passion for nutrition. Catelyn is excited to move to Charlottesville and explore everything the city has to offer!

Tracy Ramsing
Tracy graduated cum laude from Clemson University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Chemistry. She achieved President's list her last four semesters at Clemson. While pursuing her degree, Tracy worked as a Student Ambassador, leading recruitment events for prospective nutrition students, and sports nutrition volunteer, distributing post-workout snacks to NCAA athletes. She also worked with fellow students on a two-semester project developing and standardizing a nutritious food product for kids. Tracy spent one summer as a camp counselor and another working at a weight loss clinic and Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University where she created pamphlets, posters, and recipes for educational events she hosted with the oncology dietitian. She also created eight weeks of lunch and dinner menus with more nutritious options for a senior living community. Last summer she worked as a dietary aide at Eating Recovery Center, The Carolinas, an outpatient eating disorder treatment center, where she portioned food based on individualized meal plans and conversed with patients during meals. Among the field of clinical nutrition, Tracy is particularly interested in eating disorders, maternal nutrition, or another area that would allow her to continue working with children. In her free time, Tracy loves to be outdoors, attend sporting events, enjoy a cup of tea, try new recipes, and spend time with family and friends. She is excited for this new adventure in Charlottesville. 

Molly Rockford
Molly graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology Nutrition Management Program in May 2016. Her stellar grade point average along with multiple leadership and volunteer experiences including her role as Co-President of the Student Dietetic Association, Nutrition Educator at a local foodbank, and obtaining a Personal Success Skills Leadership Certificate allowed her to become a member of the nationwide honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Molly's diverse work history has provided her with valuable experiences in many aspects of dietetics. Working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years helped her build a solid foundation by teaching her dedication, determination, and how to successfully prioritize tasks. In an effort to diversify her experience and further prepare her for a career in dietetics, she worked as a Diet Office Assistant at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. Working in the healthcare setting provided valuable experiences allowing Molly to become more comfortable with patient contact, while working with medical records taught her the importance of efficiency and paying attention to detail. Molly hopes to become a clinical dietitian excelling in cancer research and providing evidence-based nutrition and integrative therapies to prevent and treat cancer, while helping patients thrive. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Molly is excited for all the sunshine, experiences, and adventures awaiting her in Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys attending country music concerts, gardening, hiking, and baking. Her homemade baked goods have won multiple awards at the New York State Fair.

Rachel Vanderpool
Rachel is a native to Philadelphia, PA and grew up for several years in the Dominican Republic, where her parents are from. In May 2007, she graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After working in social services for three years, Rachel decided to pursue a career in nutrition as a way to integrate her interests for healthcare, food, and service. In 2011, she earned a Certificate in Whole Health Education from the National Institute of Whole Health in Wellesley, MA and a Certificate in the Didactic Program in Dietetics from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 2016. In Boston, Rachel worked in food retail and restaurant management and volunteered at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Student Health Center at Simmons, and a nutrition private practice. Her most formative experience involved shadowing a registered dietitian in the Celiac Center at BIDMC, where her responsibilities included developing educational materials for patients diagnosed with Celiac Disease and researching Gluten Free products for quality assurance. She also volunteered for Cooking Matters, a non-profit organization that provides healthy cooking and nutrition classes for low-income families. Rachel's career interests include digestive health, integrative and functional nutrition, food insecurity issues, and farm-to-table initiatives that support local economies. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys yoga, ethnic cuisine, dance (especially Afro-Latin styles), studying Portuguese, and podcasts. She is grateful to live in a warmer climate and thrilled to explore the opportunities at UVA Health Systems and beyond. 

Jacquelyn Zema
Jacquelyn graduate magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. At Oneonta she developed a passion for prenatal and infant nutrition. Jacquelyn gained valuable experience in pediatric nutrition while volunteering at the local Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She attended nutrition counseling appointments and created monthly nutrition newsletters, which incorporated the breastfeeding benefits and recipes using food from the local farmers' market. Jacquelyn was also a teaching assistant for the "Nutrition Assessment" course during her junior year. She created practice quizzes, held review sessions, directed students on the use of bioelectrical impedance, and presented a lecture on biochemical assessment. The summer prior to senior year, Jacquelyn became the Special Diet Coordinator for the Cooperstown Dreams Park, a youth baseball camp for players across the country. During this time, she developed weekly menus for the players and their coaches with food allergies, which ranged from peanuts and tree-nuts to varying combinations of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, etc. During her senior year, Jacquelyn assisted patients with meal choices and explained dietary restrictions through the hospital's electronic health record. In Jacquelyn's free time, she enjoys the outdoors, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to explore Charlottesville and to be challenged at the University of Virginia Health System.

Jenna Zemering
Jenna grew up on Long Island, New York, and received a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing at the University of Hartford in 2007. Her career began in retail buying and jewelry design until she found one of her true passions, personal training, to which she received certifications in 10 different practices and was featured in many publications, including her most recent work in a fitness book. Ms. Zemering graduated magna cum laude from CUNY Hunter College in May 2016 with a master's degree in nutrition. Jenna Served as co-president of the nutrition club, where she hosted several events within the community and university. She was inducted into the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society for her academic excellence and rank in her graduating class. Throughout her graduate schooling, Ms. Zemering volunteered her time as a nutrition assistant at the Metropolitan Hospital, where she conducted outpatient education classes for people with diabetes to help deepen their understanding of the disease. In the summer of 2015, Jenna served her community as a volunteer at City Harvest, working as a nutrition educator for children at partnered community centers in New York City. Ms. Zemering provided stimulating opportunities for hands-on learning to preadolescents in both nutrition and physical activity. She enjoys live music, fitness, and traveling. Jenna Meryl Zemering is looking forward to being part of the UVA Health System in Charlottesville!

 

 

 


 

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