Top accomplishment this year:
Regional winner of the Rising Star Award within Sodexo Senior Living.

What’s been your most rewarding moment?
My most rewarding moments are when residents attend and enjoy the occasional nutrition presentations I give featuring healthy snacks or desserts. Last March, we made “nice cream,” an ice cream alternative using frozen bananas pureed in a blender with other fruit and spices. Residents really seem to enjoy events like these, and of course it helps when they compliment my recipe.

What would you like to accomplish in your career in the long term?
I would really like to teach or mentor interns and new dietitians in some higher capacity once I gain more experience and education. I enjoy teaching, empowering, sharing my experiences and learning from others.

How do you think the industry will change in the next five years? How do you think that will impact your goals and career?
I think there is a push to include more locally sourced ingredients in all realms of the foodservice industry. The farm-to-table movement is making headway, and I am excited to see where it goes. This will positively impact my goals and career, because I think the clients will appreciate knowing where their food came from and may be more open to trying new, healthy foods.