Dietetic Conference this Tuesday (11/19), 6-9pm

Join the UC Berkeley Student Dietetic Association and our 5 guest speakers–respected dietitians in the Bay Area–for experiences, tips to success and career paths in dietetics this Tuesday (11/19), 6-9pm at 174 Barrows Hall (UC Berkeley)! Please visit the Facebook Event Page for the latest updates and to RSVP. We welcome any students and members of the community to attend.

Below are the biographies of our honored speakers. If you have any questions that you would like to get answered, feel free to send it to email!
Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian and UC Berkeley Nutrition Science – Dietetics alumni. While attending UC Berkeley, she was an active member of SDA, and served numerous officer positions, including president. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she completed the VA Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Internship Combined Program and received her MPH from UCLA. Currently, she works for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, where she works under two grants – one aimed at helping low-income individuals make healthy food choices and be physically active, and the other focused on breastfeeding promotion. Working on these grants allows her to be involved with a variety of different projects, including teaching nutrition education classes to low-income community members; providing nutrition education at community events; training other providers to teach nutrition and physical activity through train-the-trainer sessions; and working on policy, systems and environmental changes.

Evelyn Little, MS, RD
Evelyn received her B.S. in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She continued onto the Coordinated Masters in Dietetics program, where she earned her M.S. and completed her supervised practice hours at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. She recently moved to San Francisco, where she started a job as a Per Diem Clinical Dietitian at California Pacific Medical Center.

Joanne Ikeda, MA, RD is a nationally recognized expert on pediatric obesity and the dietary practices of ethnic and immigrant population. Ikeda has been a pioneer in conducting community collaborative research on the food habits and dietary quality of California’s low-income, immigrant and ethnic populations. Her findings are used to develop culturally sensitive and relevant educational programs for these groups, which have included Hmong families in the Central Valley; Vietnamese-American communities in Northern and Southern California; Native Americans in rural areas; and African American women in urban areas of the state.

Alisha Rowe, MS, RD attended the University of North Florida for undergrad, then continued with their combined dietetic internship program, and graduated in 2011 with her MS in Nutrition, and completed her 1200 internship. After graduation, she moved out to San Francisco, and worked full-time at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital as an outpatient dietitian. Alisha also has experience with eating disorders and nutrition & wellness. Currently Alisha is the operations manager for a fresh smoothie start-up in San Francisco. She believes that there is so much opportunities for Dietitians beyond the traditional hospital, food service, and community sectors. She hopes to create and provide a new platform for dietitians in health & wellness field.

Shauna Pirotin, MPH, RDN
I attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate in Dietetics and pursued a coordinated program at the University of Washington in Seattle where I completed my Dietetic Internship and Masters in Public Health. This program interested me since I always had an interest in community nutrition. In my current position, I work as a manager at the Native American Health Center WIC located in the Fruitvale District in Oakland, where I help with administrative tasks and overlook and perform nutritional counseling for low income Women, Infants and Children. Between my internship and my current position, I did evaluation work for San Francisco Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Services program, childhood obesity prevention research for UC Berkeley’s Center for Weight and Health, and worked briefly as a nutrition consultant for Marin’s Head Start Program.

Light refreshments will be provided and the cost is $2 for UC Berkeley SDA members and $3 for non-members. Come for an informative night, and we look forward to seeing you there!


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