FSN Student Advisory Committee 2020-21

The FSN Student Advisory Committee provides consultation to the faculty on relevant undergraduate and graduate student issues. They are ready to bring your comments and concerns to the department, so stop them in the halls or email any member directly.

Prospective students, do not hesitate to reach out to our students if you have any specific questions.


FSN Student Advisory Committee Elected Officers:

Chair: Rose Vernon-Giorgi

Vice-Chair: Lauren Londoño

Secretary: Aviva Schiff

 

Food Science and Nutrition Student Advisory Committee Members 2020-21

 

Rose Vernon-Giorgi, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Santa Maria, California

High School: Coastal Christian High School

Community College: Allan Hancock College

Currently located: Orcutt, California

Career Interest: I plan to work as a clinical Registered Dietitian working with renal and oncology patients.

Inner-Department Activities: Student Parent Coalition Club - Vice President, Student Assistant to the Dietetic Internship Director.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love to garden, growing food and flowers. I also love hiking and jumping with my four children at the trampoline park.

Favorite Food: Cashews

Emailrovernon@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rose-vernon/

 

Valeria Diego, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Sacramento, California

High School: Monterey Trail High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

First-Generation College Student

Career Interest: My goal is to become a Registered Dietitian. I want to serve and work with underserved Latinx communities.

Inner-Department Activities: Lead Scholar Mentor for Health and Well-being through the Cal Poly Scholars Program, Research Assistant with the Cal Poly Center for Health Research, Coach for PULSE, Dietary Aid, Latinx Cultural Association

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love to explore the SLO area on my free time! Some of my favorite activities are going to the farmers market downtown, and watching K-dramas.

Favorite Food: Poke and my mom's red enchiladas!

Emailvdiego01@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/valeria-diego-a34647187/

 

Elle Brandt, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I grew up in San Juan Capistrano, California

High School: San Juan Hills High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I plan to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) after I graduate and eventually go to medical school to become a doctor.

Inner-Department Activities: I am the nutrition peer advisor and I also work as a Covid-19 screener at the Performing Arts Center and Poly Canyon Village.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love to hike and lift heavy weights. I spend my money on concerts (when Covid-19 wasn't a thing).

Favorite Food: Tacos

Emailegbrandt@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/elle-brandt/

 

Aviva Schiff, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science 

Concentration: Culinology

From: Marin County, California

High School: Redwood High School in Larkspur, California

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: Open to a lot of different areas, but especially interested in product development or sensory.

Internships: 2019 Meal Preparation intern at Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Inner-Department Activities: Student Assistant on Cal Poly Chocolates.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I enjoy running and being outside, cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Food: Pumpkin pancakes with chocolate chips

Emailavivais333@gmail.com

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/aviva-schiff-b29373162/ 

 

Ashley hudson, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Dana Point, California

High School: Dana Hills High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I would love to become a Registered Dietitian and open up my own practice where I can specialize in women's health.

Internships: I have worked with a local Registered Dietitian, and my tasks included revising course content and social media management.

Inner-Department Activities: Nutrition Club, Research Assistant, PolyFit volunteer

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love being outside, whether it's hiking or going to the beach, and I love cooking up new healthy recipes.

Favorite Food: Tacos

Emailashudson@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-hudson-/

 

Eleanor Hulse, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Seattle, Washington

High School: The Bush School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I want to be a Registered Dietitian. I'm not sure what I would like to specialize in yet, but I'm interested in community nutrition, nutrition policy, and the inner-workings of the food industry.

Inner-Department Activities: I have been involved in Nutrition Club and am excited to join the the new Nutrition Journal Club.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Unsurprisingly, cooking is my favorite way to spend my free time. I also love walking and I dabble in embroidery.

Favorite Food: Anything with chocolate, or a good bowl of pho.

Emaileghulse@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-hulse-b7551b180/

 

Lauren Jaeger, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Concentration: Advanced Food Science

From: Saint Louis, Missouri

High School: Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Currently located: Saint Louis, Missouri

Career Interest: I want to create and develop food products that improve lives by working in Research and Development (R+D).

Internships: I was a Research and Development intern at Solvaira Specialties and a Research and Development intern at IsoNova Technologies, both in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Inner-Department Activities: Food Science Club

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Sailing, lacrosse, biking, cooking

Favorite Food: Pide

Emaillmjaeger@calpoly.edu

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/lauren-j-b3b378160

 

Alyssa Amaral, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Gonzales, California

High School: Notre Dame High School in Salinas, California

Community College: Monterey Peninsula College

Currently located: Gonzales, California

First-Generation College Student

Career Interest: I want to become a Registered Dietitian with a specific focus in sports nutrition.

Inner-Department Activities: Nutrition Club

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Watching/playing sports, cooking, shopping, and spending time with my family.

Favorite Food: Sushi

Emailaamara02@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssaamaral/

 

Eve Olivares, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Manhattan Beach, California

High School: Mira Costa High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I am hoping to pursue a career in sports nutrition.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Going to the beach, exercising, spending time with friends, cooking, and reading.

Favorite Food: Dark chocolate

Emaileeolivar@calpoly.edu

LinkedInlinkedin.com/in/eve-olivares-b63628194

 

Allison Stauffer, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Concentration: Culinology

From: Huntington Beach, California

High School: Huntington Beach High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I am currently an Intern at Smucker’s and would love to enter the product development or quality assurance field.

Internships: Taco Bell, food innovation team and Smucker’s, Quality Manager

Inner-Department Activities: Food science club, Chocolate Production, CAFES Ambassadors, IFT Product Development Team

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Cooking, baking, playing with my dogs, arts and crafts, gaming

Favorite Food: Tiramisu

EmailAestauff@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttp://linkedin.com/in/allison-stauffer-844410170

 

Jackson Sizemore, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Food Science

Minor: Packaging

Concentration: Advanced Food Science

From: Thousand Oaks, California

High School: Newbury Park High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Study Abroad: I studied abroad in Spain during the Summer of 2019. I was there for one month and studied the Spanish Language as well as Spanish Customs and Cultures.

Career Interest: I am interested in pursuing a career in the food industry, specifically in Food Safety or Sensory Sciences.

Inner-Department Activities: Current President of the Cal Poly Food Science Club, Student Manager for Cal Poly Jars Production Team, Former Student Assistant for the Sensory Analysis Team, Captain of the IFT College Bowl Team

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Traveling to new places, baking desserts, and playing piano

Favorite Food: Pot Roast with Spaetzle

Emailjtsizemo@calpoly.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackson-sizemore/

 

Kimiko Casuga, BMS food science program

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science (BMS Food Science Program)

Concentration: Advanced Food Science

From: Fremont, California

High School: Washington High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: Food safety and microbiology research.

Inner-Department Activities: Cal Poly Jam, BBQ Sauce, and Chocolates Production Student Assistant; Food Safety research; IFT MARS Product Development Competition Team (2021); Food Science Club member

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Cooking/baking with family, exploring new food stops with friends, watercolor, and catching up on new shows/movies!

Favorite Food: Japanese curry udon or sukiyaki

Emailkcasuga@calpoly.edu

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/kimiko-casuga

 

Kassidy Bates, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Concentration: Advanced Food Science

From: Honolulu, Hawaii

High School: 'lolani School

Currently located: Honolulu, Hawaii

Career Interest: Research and Development (R+D).

Inner-Department Activities: Women’s Beach Volleyball Club, Food Science Advisory Committee

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Surfing, cooking, beach volleyball

Favorite Food: Dark chocolate

EmailKbates06@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/kassidy-bates-5a010017a/

 

Jennifer Zielke, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition

From: Atascadero, California

High School: Atascadero High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I intend to become an RD and work with teenagers with eating disorders.

Inner-Department Activities: I am on the Student Advisory Board's peer mentorship program committee.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love cooking, baking, and running! I also train in a martial art called Aikido.

Favorite Food: Anything with avocado

Emailjzielke@calpoly.edu

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-zielke

 

Blayke Harrison, NUTRITION

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Nutrition Science/Applied Nutrition

From: Santa Barbara, California

High School: Dos Pueblos High School

Community College: Santa Barbara City College for one year in between my freshman and sophomore years at Cal Poly.

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I hope to pursue research and teaching at the university level after completing my graduate degrees.

Internships: At Titan Sports Performance in Santa Barbara where I helped train and educate high school and collegiate athletes to perform better at their respective sport(s).

Inner-Department Activities: I am involved in research with two professors: Dr. La Frano (Food Science and Nutrition department) and Dr. Greever (Kinesiology department), and I am an instructional student assistant.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Resistance training, watching movies, reading, and playing with my two cats.

Favorite Food: Potatoes

Emailbwharris@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/blayke-harrison-4a97aa137/

 

Jordan Beiden-Charles, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Minor: Fruit Science

Concentration: Culinology

From: Boulder Creek, California

High School: San Lorenzo Valley High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I plan to pursue Food Product Development with an emphasis in sustainability and reduction of food waste.

Internships: I had the opportunity to work at Swanton Pacific Ranch before it was affected by the CZU fire. I prepared two meals a day for upwards of 20 students and staff. While there, I had the opportunity to assist on watershed, marsh land, and range land work. Additionally, I completed a project related to local food sourcing for meal preparation.

Inner-Department Activities: College Bowl, Sensory Team, Laboratory Assistant, Research Assistant, Foodster Internship

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Cooking/Baking, Martial Arts, Hiking, Fermenting, Trivia, Board/Card Games

Favorite Food: Thai Curry

Emailjbeidenc@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-beiden-charles-she-her-b39859149/

 

Siena Whitaker, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Minor: I want to minor in environmental science or sustainability.

Concentration: Culinology

From: Denver, Colorado

High School: Kent Denver High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I would love to continue baking and I also want to help people.

Inner-Department Activities: Food Science club

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Baking, reading, watching Netflix, finding good boba and sushi.

Favorite Food: Sushi or noodles

Emailsjwhitak@calpoly.edu

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/siena-whitaker-b664901ba

 

david rodriguez, NUTRITION

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Applied Nutrition & Nutrition Science

From: San Diego, California

High School: Eastlake High School

Community College: San Diego Mesa College

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, CA 

Career Interest: I will be a Registered Dietitian with a private practice.

Inner-Department Activities: Working on research on Intermittent Fasting and its effects on performance.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Working out, surfing and dancing salsa.

Favorite Food: Sushi

Emaildrodri16@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/david-rodriguez-6bba111a0/

Other: I am a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise.

 

Degan Fisher, NUTRITION

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Nutrition

Minor: Biology

Concentration: Nutrition Science 

From: San Jose, California

High School: Leigh High School

Currently located: San Jose, California

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, going to the beach, and going on hikes.

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Emailddfisher@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/degan-fisher-038930207/

 

Lauren Londoño, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Minor: Political Science

Concentration: Nutrition Science

From: Pleasanton, California

High School: Amador Valley High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: Pursing a BS in Nutrition Science and a minor in Political Science to eventually work in the field of public policy and public health.

Internships: In high school (2017-2019). Go Green Initiative: I was responsible for creating Integrated Waste Management and Energy usage Reports and recommendations for the City of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Unified School District.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love cooking, surfing, running, and hiking. I am also passionate about sustainability and zero waste.

Favorite Food: Vegan Mac and Cheese

Emailllondono@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-londoño-8922321aa

 

Abby Appleby, NUTRITION

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Nutrition

Concentration: Nutrition Science

From: Snohomish, Washington

High School: Snohomish High School

Community College: Everett Community College

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I would like to go into dermatology.

Inner-Department Activities: Nutrition Club

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: I love to go on walks on the beach, spending quality time with friends, and exercising.

Favorite Food: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Emailaappleby@calpoly.edu

LinkedIn:http://linkedin.com/in/abby-appleby-6485631ab

 

Patrick Shenefield, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Food Science

Minor: Packaging

Concentration: Culinology

From: East Greenwich, Rhode Island

High School: East Greenwich High School

Currently located: San Luis Obispo, California

Career Interest: I would love to work in product development. Hopefully I will be able to work in another country at some point in my life.

Inner-Department Activities: Food Science Club, Cal Poly Jams and Chocolates

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Music, Movies, Baking

Favorite Food: Fried Chicken

Emailpshenefi@calpoly.edu

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-shenefield-b219071

 

Cassandra Monterrosa, FOOD SCIENCE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Food Science

Concentration: Advanced Food Science

From: San Diego, California

High School: James Madison High School

Currently located: San Diego, California

Career Interest: I want to pursue a career with food technology, but open to see where the world takes me.

Favorite Activities/Hobbies: Cooking, spending time with my dog, and finding new places to eat.

Favorite Food: Chicken wings

Emailcmonte06@calpoly.edu

LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/cassandra-monterrosa619

Other: I am involved in other clubs and organizations on campus. I am the DEI chair for Sigma Omega Nu and the DEI chair for Women in Science Society.

 

ANONYMOUS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, Food Science

Major: Food Science

Minor: I am adding an English minor in creative writing.

Concentration: Culinology

 

 

 

 

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