ABOUT

Sharing Excitement. Sharing Ideas. Sharing Community.

  • Network with fellow dietetic students & nutrition professionals and learn about the various opportunities in our field

  • Attend monthly meetings & hear from featured speakers from diverse subcategories of the field (sports nutrition, clinical, workplace wellness, & more)

  • Develop your leadership skills and get involved with your campus & community – we have several subcommittees in which you can explore your interests

  • Receive guidance & support for the DICAS process - SNDA members get free entry to our Dietetic Internship Application Workshop!

  • Access to our bimonthly newsletter - The Bite straight to your inbox

This is a safe place to hangout and meet new people. I really enjoy every meeting, and I'm looking forward to the fun activities. In addition, knowing that my participation will be helpful for the SNDA community is giving me a sense of pride. There is no better way to built your volunteer hours, have fun, make new friends, and learn from the most creative people!

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MEET THE TEAM

 

ADVISORS

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Jennifer Stimson

DPD Director

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Dr. Gretchen George

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LEADERS

EVELIN ESQUIVEL

President

My name is Evelin (she/her/hers). I am a 5th year graduating in Spring 2022 with a BS in Dietetics & Nutritional Science with double minor in Athletic Coaching and Special Education. I am a first-generation college student. My career goals are to treat the underserved communities. I am passionate about delivering individualized, culturally accurate, and a holistic approach to nutrition. I hope to contribute to the literature and continuously look for research opportunities on nutrigenomics and the microbiome.
 
I currently work for Health Promotion and Wellness on campus as a Cal Fresh Health Educator and as a Student Assistant for Dr. Hosmane in Microbiology. I have worked as a Dietary Supervisor, Medical Assistant, and a phlebotomist. I volunteer with UCSF DeLiver Care providing Hep C treatment for the homeless population in the Tenderloins, UCSF vaccination clinics, and Bay Area Community Health’s Food Farmacy. I continue to look for opportunities to grow academically, professionally, and personally.
 
In my free time, I love to take care of my plants and bunnies, weight lift, read, meditate, practice yoga, and eat! I love book recommendations.

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KRISTEN ROSE

Vice President

Hello everyone, my name is Kristin Rose. After a very long academic career I am finally in my senior year of the Dietetics and Nutrition Program at SFSU, yay! Before falling in love with this field, I was training to become a Respiratory Therapist. However, I started taking Nutrition classes and decided to pivot. I personally have found solace in studying nutrition as I have had dietary restrictions with my own autoimmune disorder for years. Living with confusion and anxiety around food can be incredibly distressing. As I further my career in this field I hope to ease and ultimately alleviate that fear and confusion for others. My goal with this work is to help everyone foster better relationships with food and health overall.

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VICTORIA HAYNES

Secretary

I am currently a senior nutrition and dietetics students minoring in public health. I came to SFSU as a transfer student back in the Spring 2020 semester. After choosing whether to major in nutrition science or environmental science for a few years, I finally committed my education to studying the field of nutrition for a few reasons. It is not only where my passion lies, but I knew I could make true change within the profession. Growing up into an African American household, food was more than just food. I was culturally, emotionally, and physically connected to what I ate. Having many family members who battled with Hypertension, sleep apnea which is linked to obesity, Cancer, and Type II Diabetes, I began to realize the common health disparities within my community. When choosing this major, I wanted to give my family, friends, and community the best knowledge possible when it comes to food choices because most of my loved ones suffered from nutrition and lifestyle related diseases. In the future, I plan to eliminate health disparities and food apartheid within low-income communities and people of color. Becoming a culturally inclusive and competent Registered Dietitian is my main goal and then eventually starting my own private practice to connect people back with their cultural foods! If I’m not studying you can usually catch me sightseeing or exploring outdoors, attending a jazz show, or cooking/eating my favorite dishes from the Caribbean and India.

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TIFFANY LEI

Co-Treasurer

Hi there! As a senior Dietetics student at SFSU, I am excited to spend my last year expanding my knowledge and community alongside others with the same aspirations in nutrition. After a long-awaited journey, I am finally one step closer to pursuing my career goal as an RDN. Throughout my volunteering experiences at the hospital and Balance Beings, I learned to develop a passion for health and wellness through food more and more each time. 

All the amazing people and communities I was able to be a part of thus far have helped shape my values in life. I hope to become an influential figure for others and encourage them to make good eating choices. I want to be in a position where I can help educate them about maintaining a happier and healthier lifestyle. I believe everyone deserves to know how to ensure their well-being and live the best life possible. 
 
In my free time, I love to cook and experiment with different recipes. Whenever I'm not cooking, you can find me on YouTube watching others cook instead. During the pandemic, I've also developed a new hobby for sewing. I enjoy taking on mini-projects for myself and would spend hours working on them.

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EVELYN GODINEZ

Co-Treasurer & Newsletter Editor

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STEPHANIE AMIR

Activities Coordinator

Hi!! My name is Stephanie and I am a post- baccalaureate student in the Nutrition & Dietetics program. Nutrition has been a lifelong passion of mine, and after working for some years in the legal field, I decided to go back and pursue my dream.
I grew up in Israel, eating a typical Mediterranean diet, and would spend hours observing my mother cook dishes entirely from scratch, which is where my love of veggies and fresh cooking originated. I am always excited to share my recipes from home, but also love learning to cook new cuisines! I moved to the US almost five years ago and a favorite activity of mine has been going to local markets and discovering new produce. I have gained experience volunteering at a food bank and as a nutrition educator, which has opened my eyes to the different needs of the individuals in the community. I hope to utilize this knowledge as a future RDN and spread my passion for all things nutrition, while helping people learn personalized tools that will best fit their lifestyle. 
In my free time when I am not studying or cooking, I enjoy hiking, eating, lifting weights and reading in the sun.

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PRIMO INES

Website Coordinator

Hey everyone! My name is Primo and I am a senior in the Nutrition and Dietetics program with minors in Health Education and Sociology. I started my college career at San Jose State as a Biomedical Engineering major, but I decided to come to San Francisco State when I realized that I was passionate about meeting others and talking about health and fitness. I decided that pursuing an education in nutrition was a better fit for me and my goals. My goal is to share the love and joy of a healthy and balanced diet with others so people can live long healthy lives and live their dreams. I am interested in working with people to find individualized ways to improve wellness through good nutrition, and fostering communities where healthy eating and lifestyles are the norms. I enjoy reading, running, eating, coffee, and playing video games in my free time. I love traveling and learning about different cultures and foods.

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JENNIFER JUNG

CAND-BADA Representative

Hello everyone! My name is Jen Jung and I am honored to be serving as your CAND BADA Representative this year. I’m in my senior year as a post-baccalaureate student following my curiosity about the world through food. 
 
My first degree was in filmmaking, and it led into a 10-year career in print and digital production management. I enjoyed the fast pace of the work, but the better I got at optimizing processes, the less and less human interaction my work required. I started to miss meaningful connection with others and even began to feel disconnected from the work itself. To fill this void, I volunteered with CUESA’s farmers market at Ferry Plaza, held skill-sharing workshops in my tiny apartment, staged with a local fermented foods purveyor, and cooked breakfast at the Zen Hospice Guest House. Preparing meals for hospice residents--while pregnant—fanned the flame of purpose within me. In 2017, I left my career to commit to nourishing our elders as an RD. 
 
It’s rare nowadays, but when I have free time, I enjoy dancing, holing up at the library, or trying out an ambitious new recipe.  

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SHARLENE UMALI

CAND-DVD Representative

I am a post-baccalaureate Dietetics student. I received my bachelor’s degree from SFSU in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition/Food Service Systems Management. I realized that I wanted to shift my focus to nutrition as part of prevention and management of chronic diseases leading to my aspirations of becoming an RDN. Through my experiences, I also noticed that there was a need for diverse representation and advocacy within the nutrition field and I wanted to be a part of the change. I currently work as a dietary clerk at a San Francisco hospital and have volunteered in various settings including local food pantries and the SF VA Medical Center. I have always had a passion for cooking and believe that balanced mindful eating is part of a healthy lifestyle. I hope to educate people within my community and promote wellness through food. Outside of school and work, I enjoy cycling, hiking, trying new recipes, and spending time with my family.

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ALMA ESTRABILLO

Balanced Beings Subcommittee Leader

Hi friends! My name is Alma! I am a senior at SFSU! I was born in the Philippines and moved here to the U.S at 10 years old. I am a first-generation college student in my family. The reason I chose this major was because of my father who was rushed to the hospital and had to have surgery, I also want to help end world hunger as I personally experienced not having food for a week due to a flood that hit the whole city where I lived in. We had to rely upon the mayor's food distribution (which included a pound of rice, canned goods, water) and had to ration that as we were a family of six. I am grateful to have joined SNDA and allowed me to connect with my fellow dietetic students who made me feel so welcomed and provided me the resources I needed to start my dietetic journey here at SFSU. I hope that you will also be interested in joining the SNDA to make a difference or just looking for volunteer hours! My hobbies are reading the bible, going on adventures with family and friends, photography and sunsets!

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CARMEN CASTRO

EDucate Subcommittee Leader

Hola everyone! I am a first-generation college student pursuing a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics (N & D) with a minor in Holistic Health. My journey within N & D began during my time in eating disorder treatment. As a queer, fat, WOC, my treatment experience was mixed. Unfortunately, I did not receive the same level of care as my peers and can validate the inequity of care within the ED community for those historically marginalized. On the other hand, I did experience quality nutrition care from one of the RDNs on my treatment team during that time. She went above and beyond and was supportive, creative, and very inspiring.  
 
These experiences and my education drive my motivation and passion to be a part of the necessary changes in eating disorder support services. I'm on my way to becoming an RDN and hope to gain a Masters in Public Health (MPH); as well as a certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist and Intuitive Eating Counselor. I'm also very passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion within our profession, addressing the social determinants of health that disproportionately impact underprivileged groups, and shifting N & D away from toxic diet culture and weight-centric models. I truly believe health and well-being can be found at every size. Every person is deserving of quality care and has the right to attain optimal physical and emotional well-being. So, let's all take a compassionate and holistic approach to N & D and positively impact our communities! 

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SUMMER WILLIAMS

Sports Nutrition Subcommittee Leader

I am going into my final year at SFSU as a dietetics student. I am a post-bach student and also hold a BA degree from Pepperdine in Advertising. Currently, I am a personal trainer and health coach in the Bay Area and have worked in Corporate Fitness & Wellness, managing group fitness for the United States for LinkedIn as well as various other fitness locations. In addition, I was an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil for 5 1/2 years in two different shows in Las Vegas. Following my time at Cirque, I moved to Australia to be with my boyfriend (now husband), Adam, and begin my new adventure. I lived there for 2 years, and have since moved back and now live on the coast near Half Moon Bay.

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PINAR ROBLES

EDucate Subcommittee Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Pinar Robles and I am a dietetics student at SFSU. I am currently finishing up my last semester with an anticipated graduation date in December. There are several things I am looking forward to in the near future including applications for graduate programs and internships. I believe the term ‘food is medicine’ needs to be advocated more as many of the conditions our society faces today ties closely to our unhealthy habits around food. I believe there can be a great change through stronger, positive correlations between understanding the importance of food and overall healthy eating behaviors through the science of nutrient metabolism. With my past and current experiences in the nutrition field including being an assistant food service manager and dietary aide at Cordilleras Mental Health Facility, diet clerk at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, and volunteering for RDN and Chef, Alicia Connor, I have been able to experience various aspects of dietetics applied to a wide population, which led me to find my true passion in this field of study.
 
I’m driven to deepen my knowledge in dietetics as I pursue my education further. I am proud to be a co-leader for EDucate this semester as I believe that education regarding eating disorders needs to be more widespread in gaining awareness and understanding behind the emotional impact food has on our society through positive and negative coping mechanisms, habits, and behaviors to become a greater source of help to community members. 

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JUSTIN LEE

Farmer's Market & Food Justice Subcommittee Leader

Hi guys! My name is Justin and I am a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. I initially majored in Nutrition and Community but after taking one class on nutrition and learning how different foods play a role in affecting our bodies, I was hooked on learning about the differences it can make in our health. It was really eye opening to see the different diets and lifestyles that many of us are accustomed to. I have a passion for cooking and want to help teach and spread the knowledge of the importance of a diet, while promoting healthy and tasty meals. My meals used to only consist of meats and rice but as time went on, I learned that this was not a balanced diet. Within the past few years I’ve started to incorporate various foods to supplement my diet, while learning a few tricks in the kitchen. I have been able to transform even the foods I hate the most into tasty delectable treats. In the future, I aspire to become an RDN and hope to spread wellness while being able to help educate others on their needs of a healthy diet. If I’m not studying or working out, I’m usually finding various new dishes to create, or brainstorming on ways to spice up an old recipe.
 

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ALYSSA ABINA

Food Justice Subcommittee Leader

Hello everyone!
My name is Alyssa and I am a senior at San Francisco State University pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have chosen to study this major because of my interest with food and its relation to human development. This passion began during my childhood. I have grown up playing sports and participating in many sources of physical activity, at a young age I have learned the importance of feeding your body to its fullest potential to continue doing the things you enjoy. To add on, I am a large advocate for nutrition education and teaching others beneficial information about fueling their bodies that can be used throughout their lifetime. After my last year at San Francisco State University I plan on continuing my education towards becoming a registered nurse. I am looking forward to using my nutrition background for future opportunities in the nursing profession. When I am not studying, other activities I enjoy doing in my free time are traveling, going to concerts and of course trying new food!

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GLORIA TAJTAJ

Mentorship Subcommittee Leader

Hello! My name is Gloria Tajtaj and I am a senior Nutrition and Dietetics major. My interest in nutrition stems from  being an athlete. I have always been very active from running track, doing martial arts and riding my dirt bikes. I would  do all these things, over work my body and not fuel it properly, as a result I would always feel  physically and mentally exhausted . Through my education at SFSU I have learned how to better take care of myself and those around me, I have truly noticed the difference that has made in my life. I am currently volunteering for a geriatrics RD at  the San Francisco veterans affair medical center  and after graduation I hope to become a RD and work in geriatrics as well. In my free time I like to try new recipes, Ride dirt bikes, play my flute and paint.
 
As a Mentor sub-committee leader I hope to create a space where we can help each other reach our educational goals. I am a first generation college student and  I know it can be hard to find that support  but with this group we can work together to find opportunities, meet people and make connections that can  set us up  to take on  our desired career.

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KRISTI STOECKEL

Public Policy Subcommittee Leader

Hi all, my name is Kristi Stoeckel. I’m a senior at SF State majoring in Dietetics & Nutrition, with a minor in Health Education, and I’m excited to serve as a leader on the Public Policy subcommittee! Food policies, health equity, and community nutrition are issues close to my heart and the ultimate inspiration for my decision to become an RDN. Several social determinants prevent people from accessing or choosing healthy foods, and I believe more equitable nutrition policies and legislation will positively impact our communities. As an SNDA Public Policy subcommittee leader, my goal is to raise awareness and highlight some of the critical issues stemming from these policies and celebrate progressive change. 
 
I’ve enjoyed working in the food-service industry for more than 15 years as a restaurant manager, server, and bartender. I love traveling, hiking, camping, reading, and sharing delicious food with my partner and friends in my free time. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work closely with the SNDA and our SFSU community! 

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PATRICK WU

Public Policy Subcommittee Leader

Hello everyone! My name is Patrick, I’m a senior at SFSU majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. I grew up in San Francisco, where I ate tacos and cheeseburgers for lunch and ate my mother’s traditional Chinese cuisines for dinner. When I’m not working as a personal trainer or studying, you will most likely find me in the kitchen, practicing my bread recipes while listening to NPR, practicing playing piano, or spending time with my dog. I love learning about food science, and I aspire to become a RDN that specialize in senior care. I’m excited to be a Co-Leader of SNDA’s Sub-Committee Public Policy.
 

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SHEALYN MAHLER

Sports Nutrition Subcommittee Leader

Hi there! My name is Shealyn Mahler and a senior at SF State. I am currently majoring in Dietetics & Nutrition and extremely excited to serve as a leader for the Sports and Nutrition subcommittee! Growing up as an athlete through middle school, high school, and even some of my college years, I know how important it is to fuel your body right for any athletic performance. Participating in sports and engaging your body in high intensity movements/workouts requires a great deal of thought when it comes to recovery, sustainable energy,  and strength maintenance. I have always had a special place in my heart for athletes and those who enjoy being active, as I have walked in the same shoes and know how important nutrition and lifestyle can be. As a Sports and Nutrition subcommittee leader, I pledge to help increase awareness around the importance behind spots nutrition and make this year one to remember!

 

As for me, I can thoroughly state that food and nutrition are my true passions in life. I am typically a home body but there are always two places you will find me: either in the kitchen, cooking up a new recipe, or in the middle of a workout, in the pool, gym, on hiking trail, or on a basketball court. I love to do it all. I am also a part of the Army National Guard and am proud to serve my country while also serving my community. When I am not working out or cooking, I love to volunteer at the Palo Alto VA in the Food and Nutrition Services Department, helping out our Veterans in need.

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