Highlighting Our Incredible VAND Members!
Ashley Roth MS, RDN
Interviewed by: Kristen Chang MS, RDN, CSSD
Ashley, what is your current position of employment? I currently work as the Partnership Engagement Manager and Registered Dietitian for Common Threads, a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. I create recipes, curricula, and nutrition focused communications for Common Threads. I also serve as a preceptor for dietetic interns, and as an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University.
What inspired you to join the field of dietetics? I have always loved food and cooking! I worked at a restaurant in high school. I started as a host but found myself wanting to be in the kitchen. I worked the salad and dessert station which I think is fitting as all foods fit in a healthy diet. Balance is key! My interest in culinary expanded to nutrition and when I was in college and became really interested in food science, nutrients and their role in our bodies. My interests and education led me to study community nutrition which has been the focus of my work since graduating.
What is the best thing about being a part of VAND? VAND creates a community of RDNs at the local and state level for professional networking and personal connections. I enjoy the VAND annual meetings as well as legislative day – both events keep me engaged with the dietetics community outside of my workplace and provides opportunity to engage with advocacy and access continuing education.
Tell us something surprising about yourself! I went skydiving for my 18th birthday! It was an amazing experience!
What are your favorite things to do outside of work? I have two little ones, ages 6 and 3, and they keep me busy! We love to play outside, work in our garden, bake and decorate cookies.
What is your most exciting event planned for 2021? I’m not planning anything big due to COVID, but I’m optimistic that we will soon be able to travel and participate in activities when it’s safe to do so! I hope to go to a concert or go on a vacation – somewhere glamorous!
Thank you to Ashley for being such an important part of our profession!