Highlighting Our Incredible VAND Members!
Interviewed by: Taylor Horne, RD
What inspired you to join the field of dietetics?
My biggest inspiration was definitely my mother. She wasn’t able to finish college, due to the hardships of World War II, and always wanted to pursue a degree in Food Science and work in a ‘test kitchen’. Even though I chose a career in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, I think I have fulfilled her dream, of which I am very proud!
What is the best thing about being a part of VAND?
Let me first begin with the best part of being a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I first got involved with the Diabetes Care and Education (DCE) Practice Group of the then ‘ADA’ in the early 1980’s and served in several leadership positions, including chair of the practice group in 1987-1988, which provided me with many wonderful opportunities – these include challenging myself to become an effective public speaker and developing leadership skills, networking with dietitians across the country to learn and share with each other, and promoting excellence in nutrition specific to diabetes and obesity. This national experience carries over to the best part of my state experience with VAND – networking with dietitians across the state and continuing to promote advancement in nutrition related to diabetes and obesity.
Tell us something surprising about yourself!
During the course of my 35-year career at the University of Virginia (UVA), I had the opportunity to travel internationally on several occasions with my colleagues from the University of Virginia School of Medicine to train health care professionals in diabetes and nutrition, including physicians, nurses, and dietitians, in the countries of Ghana in West Africa, Cairo in Egypt, Mexico City in Mexico, Seoul in South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. What a wonderful way to learn about new cultures, meet new colleagues from around the world, and make a difference in the lives of people, especially in high-risk and under served areas of the world!
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Travel! – My husband and I traveled to Greece in June to participate in a bike/sail trip to the Cyclades and Sardonic islands.
Physical Activity – I love to swim and workout at the gym!
Singing – I have been singing since an early age, beginning with my sisters as the ‘Green Trio’ and continuing on in school and church choirs in later childhood and throughout my adult life.
Reading – Especially historic novels.
What is your most exciting event planned for 2018?
Professionally – Planning a statewide networking meeting in Richmond in June 2018 with my colleagues at UVA for the 44 CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs in Virginia.
Personally – Travel! I’ll be taking a biking and sailing trip to a Greek island in June, and another bike trip to Mallorca Island in Spain in September.