Meet the Interns

Dietetic Interns 2015


Haley Barnes

Elizabeth Abouaf

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Undergraduate University: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Something about myself: Something about myself: I love nutrition and dietetics because it combines my passion for working with people with my other passions for both food and science, making this field a great fit for me. I graduated this past June from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.

       Throughout my time at Cal Poly I was fortunate to be exposed to several highly meaningful work opportunities. During my summers I worked at Bearskin Meadow Diabetes Camp in various roles throughout the years. This exposed me to diabetes management techniques and allowed me to work among and learn from experienced endocrinologists. Starting in the fall of my Junior year I began working as a Food Program Assistant at the Cal Poly ASI Children's Center where I learned valuable elements of child nutrition and foodservice first-hand.

      I currently have an interest to work with diabetics or with renal patients in the future, but I am committed to keeping an open mind in all of the diverse rotation settings during my dietetic internship, I was initially drawn to the Fresno State Dietetic Internship because of all of the unique rotation sites that it offers. I am confident that this experience will help me determine what path I would like my dietetic career to follow and I am so excited and honored to be a part of this program.

 

Wayne Chang

Wayne Chang

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Undergraduate University: UC Davis

Graduate University: Marywood University

Something about myself:  Nutrition encompasses the power of preventative medicine. Preventing a problem before it becomes one is an admirable approach that I am proud to follow and lead by example. Growing up as a borderline obese boy, I have always known I love food. However, it was not until my transition to understand health and weight management, that I discovered my passion had a trajectory to follow, the nutrition major! Having played sports most of my life and running track in college, sports nutrition has always been an enthusiasm of mine. After developing a concrete background in Clinical Nutrition, I look forward to combining my knowledge and experiences I attain form the internship, my Master’s in Sports Nutrition, and ethnic background to share with others in a counseling or one-on-one situation to improve health and weight management.

 

Mary Grace Hallare

Mary Grace Hallare

 

Hometown: Visalia, CA

Undergraduate University: California State University, Fresno

Something about myself:  I fell in love with nutrition when I taught myself how to cook during my early years in college. It completely changed my perspective on food and nutrition where healthy eating can still be delicious and wholesome. Since then, I've been very passionate in the field to promote healthy eating and cooking through nutrition education. This includes my involvement in the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the Nutrition and Exercise Education Program and my work as a kitchen assistant for 3 years My experiences have taught me to become an efficient, flexible worker and team player, As an intern, I am eager to extend my services and refine my skills as I learn more about the various disciplines of nutrition. My hobbies include, reading, running with my dogs, and watching TV.

 

Lacey Harter

Lacey Harter

Hometown: Atwater CA

Undergraduate University:  California State University, Fresno

Graduate University:

Something about myself: I have been a flight attendant for 11 years, and during 9 of those years I obtained my degree in dietetics with a minor in chemistry. I also procured a second job as a nutritional aide for two years, providing me with invaluable, hands on experience. It has been a wild ride, and I encourage anyone who wants to pursue higher education to go for it! All the challenges I faced with balancing being a great student, working, and having time with my family has only been beneficial to honing my skills at time management and multitasking. I am ecstatic to start my dream dietetic internship here at Fresno State! The more I am exposed to the field, the more I find fascinating, be in food systems management, clinical, or community settings. I plan on pursing my master’s in education, and eventually a doctorate. The beauty of being a RD/RDN is the profession encourages reaching for the stars, and that is exactly what I am excited to do.

 

 

Kimberly Moyer

Kimberly Moyer

Hometown: San Carlos

Undergraduate University: San Carlos

Graduate University: UC Davis

Something about myself:  As a runner in high school, I began to realize the drastic impact nutrition could have on my performance, and overall health. I decided to follow my interest and pursue a degree in Clinical Nutrition at UC Davis. During my time there, I gained experience in food service while preparing meals for the homeless population with Davis Community Meals, I had the opportunity to explore my interest in maternal and child nutrition working with the Sweet Success Program at a local perinatal clinic, as well as complete a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor training course,

          After I graduated, I was able to apply my education while working in a clinical setting as a diet clerk, aide and ultimately DTRa Nutrition plays a critical role in the healing process patients go through in the hospital, and I discovered how my role can have profound effects.

          In my free time, I love going on runs, spending time with friends and family, cooking and of course eating! Recently, I've enjoyed studying American Sign Language at a local community college, and learning about Cal Fresh outreach with the Second Harvest Food Bank in my hometown.

            I am very excited to take the next step as a dietetic intern and I can't be more grateful for this opportunity! I am very excited for the variety of unique rotations that Fresno State offers its interns, and to gain more insight into the many roles of an RD.

       

 

Kristen Peterson

Kristen Peterson

Hometown: Fresno, CA.

Undergraduate University: California State University, Fresno

Something about myself: I was born and raise din Fresno and I am a graduate of Fresno State. My passion for nutrition started when my brother became ill with Ulcerative colitis. It drastically changed the foods he could eat, which made me look at food in a new way. I not only wanted to help my brother, but others who also have struggles with food. I now love nutrition and can't wait to be an RD.

 

Haley Powers

Haley Powers


Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA.

Undergraduate University: UC Davis

Something about myself:  I fell in love with nutrition because it is the ultimate equalizer. 'It transcends borders, socio-economic classes, communities, and cultures. While the need to nourish our bodies is inherent, the true value of nutrition and dietetics is something that requires a deeper understanding. I strive to obtain a career that can help others reach that understanding. Through my time with community outreach events, internships, and volunteer work, I have seen just how drastically nutrition can impact the world around us. I feel compelled to be at the forefront of the health and wellness field and to aide in the efforts of disease prevention through nutrition. The Fresno State Dietetic Internship is a crucial step in my journey to better include my community in this important conversation.

 

Gene Thao

Gene Thao

Hometown: San Jacinto, CA

Undergraduate University: UC Davis

Something about myself:  I fell in love with nutrition because it is the ultimate equalizer. 'It transcends borders, socio-economic classes, communities, and cultures. While the need to nourish our bodies is inherent, the true value of nutrition and dietetics is something that requires a deeper understanding. I strive to obtain a career that can help others reach that understanding. Through my time with community outreach events, internships, and volunteer work, I have seen just how drastically nutrition can impact the world around us. I feel compelled to be at the forefront of the health and wellness field and to aide in the efforts of disease prevention through nutrition. The Fresno State Dietetic Internship is a crucial step in my journey to better include my community in this important conversation.

 

Emily Valdez

Emily Valdez

 Hometown: San Jacinto, CA

Undergraduate University: California State University, Fresno

Something about myself:  I transferred to Fresno State from community college four years ago as a nutrition major. During my time at Fresno State I decided to double major in Sociology. I graduated in May 2015 with a BS in Nutrition, a BA in Sociology, and A certificate in Cross Cultutral competency. I have worked in a grocery store for seven years, and have volunteer experience at places such as Valley Teen Ranch, St. Agnes Medical Center, and the Fresno Sate NFL Prep Program. I am very interested in community and sports nutrition. I also love to travel and explore new paces. I am very excited to learn more about being an RD through the internship!

 

 Kathryn Vietti

Kathryn Viettti


Hometown: Fresno, CA

Undergraduate University: California State University, Fresno

Something about myself:  Being born in Fresno and raised in Clovis, I have grown up as a fan of the Bulldogs! Initially I began my college career as a Kinesiology major. As a former member of Fresno State’s Division I swim team and lifelong athlete, this seemed like a natural field of study. However, after working with the Fresno State sports dietician, I was attracted to the field of Dietetics. Naturally I was drawn to the area of sports nutrition, but throughout the years I have become excited about the seemingly endless possibilities the field of dietetics has to offer. My goal is to learn and experience as many different areas of nutrition and to give back to the community in any way I can. Down the road I would love to work with weekend warriors and athletes helping them achieve their goals through nutrition. In my free time I love to workout, watch sports (especially football!), read, play video games, talk food, and spend time with my family.