An Update from STAND
Hello fellow TAND members! As we wrap up yet another wonderful year in our organization, I wanted to take a moment to thank all my fellow STAND Board members. We have recently experienced some unprecedented times in our world and organization, but our board members have continued to work hard and prepare for the upcoming year of STAND.
Social Media Co-Chair, Natalie Brandenburg, is currently finishing her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Congratulations Natalie! After the Dietetic Internship, she plans to take and pass the credentialing exam. She is also excited to improve her food photography and writing skills while contributing to EDIBLE Nashville and on her Instagram page, @thecaliforniabowl. In addition, Natalie hopes to incorporate more of her dietetics background into her work in food product development. She is excited to pursue any nutrition-related experience for her growth within this ever-changing field.
Social Media Co-Chair, Sarah Turner, is preparing to graduate from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She has been matched with the Dietetic Internship at The University of Tennessee at Martin and will begin this program in the fall. After completing this internship, Sarah plans to pass the credentialing exam, and begin working towards her CSSD, as her dream is to be a private practice sports dietitian.
Amanda Steele, STAND Treasurer, is also concluding her senior year. She is finishing up her bachelor’s degree at The University of Tennessee at Martin. This summer she plans to head to South Dakota to work as a cook at Mount Rushmore in Dakota Kitchen. Afterwards, she will be moving to Oregon, as she has been accepted into the Oregon Health and Science University to complete a combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Human Nutrition for the next two years.
Secretary Carmen Bell also has bright plans. She is wrapping up her senior year in the Nutrition and Food Science program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and has been matched with the Iowa State University Dietetic Internship program. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in Leadership in Nutrition from MTSU while completing her internship. After completing these programs, Carmen plans to pass her credentialing exam and start working in an outpatient setting. She hopes to someday start a community service project to educate underserved populations on nutrition-based disease management.
Our President-Elect, Ash Abro, is finishing his junior year at MTSU, and is busy fulfilling his role as Project Assistant and Student Ambassador for the grant, Blue Raiders Drink Up, and serving as the secretary for the Food Science Association at MTSU. Ash plans to start searching for programs offering a master’s degree in nutrition and is especially interested in pursuing a future in functional nutrition. We are happy to have Ash returning as the STAND President for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, as well!
Like the other seniors, I am quickly approaching the date I graduate from MTSU with my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics degree. I am delighted to say that I have matched with the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship and am eager to begin this next chapter in my life. I feel very confident that this program will provide me with a solid foundation for a future in clinical dietetics, specifically in nutrition support.
It was a privilege and honor to be a part of STAND and serve as the President for 2019-2020. Thank you to all our members and supporters! I look forward to seeing what the future holds for STAND.