Gabriela Martinez is a 1st-year Nutritional Science graduate student and future dietetic intern. She graduated from Arizona State University in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Dietetics. Gabriela works for WIC as a nutritionist and ASU as a graduate research assistant. She has been working in the research field for over 1 1/2 years with her mentor Sonia Vega Lopez. Gabriela is currently working on the development of the online adaptation of the Families Preparing the New Generation program (a nutrition-focused parenting intervention). Her thesis explores weight-related conservations between Latino parents and adolescents and the overall mealtime environment.
Ivan Zacarias is a Registered Dietitian, IBCLC and first year Masters student. He received his Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Arizona. He is a first year TRANSCEND Trainee. Ivan is currently working as a Nutrition Consultant for the Arizona WIC program at ADHS and is a PRN Clinical Dietitian at Valleywise Health Medical Center. His thesis will explore how WIC benefit redemption is affected by allowing issuance of 2% milk for certain eligible WIC participant categories.
Julia Nieforth is originally from New Jersey and she received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics at UArizona. She is currently a master dietetic intern at ASU where she is a part of the Maternal Child Health Training Program. She is currently doing research for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition under the GusNIP grant. Her thesis is looking at Produce Prescription Programs and their relationship between consuming Fruits and Vegetables and add sugars in households with children.
Kala Narramore is a Registered Dietitian (RD), 1st year Master’s student, and 1st year Maternal and Child Health trainee working under Dr. Meg Bruening in the College of Health Solutions. Kala works as the Nutrition and Wellness Specialist at a local Phoenix school district. Kala first received a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry from NAU with her second BS in Nutrition (Dietetics) from ASU. Upon graduation, she worked as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) at a Banner hospital where she was then accepted in the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship. Her thesis is examining the participation of facilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and potential barriers to non-participants.
In May of 2020, Megan Hoovler received her BS in Nutrition (Dietetics) from the College of Health Solution and a certificate in Leadership and Ethics from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU. She is currently working with Drs. Meg Bruening and Jennie Bever alongside second year DNP student, Danielle Lopez, on a project with 4th Trimester, a community based organization that embraces families in transition to parenthood. Her thesis project is examining nutrition during this transition as well as postpartum complications. Next year, Megan will complete her dietetic internship and sit for the registered dietitian exam. Once credentialed, she hopes to serve families in a community close to the mountains where she can pursue her love of hiking with her two pups!
Presently Steven Ortiz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, first year master’s Student, and first year Maternal and Child Health Trainee working under Dr. Meg Bruening in the College of Health Solutions. He works as a Registered Dietitian for the Pinal County’s Women Infant and Child (WIC) program. He received his first bachelor’s of Arts from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics) from Arizona State University (ASU). Upon graduating from ASU, he continued to work for the WIC program and was later accepted in the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship. His thesis will explore the redemption rates of fruit and vegetables among WIC participants in rural and urban food deserts.
Victoria is a first year Master's student and also Maternal and Child Health trainee working under Dr. Meg Bruening and Dr. Whisner in the College of Health Solutions. Victoria recently graduated with her Bachelor's in Nutrition Dietetics from ASU in Fall 2019, in addition with a certificate in School Nutrition. Upon graduation, she obtained her DTR certificate and has been working in Phoenix Children's Hospital as a Nutrition Technician in where she works with supplemental nutrition and breast milk needs for the hospital's patients. In addition to that, she is also currently a teaching assistant for Medical Nutrition Therapy laboratory. Her thesis focuses on researching how sleep wake patterns and dietary intake impact the development of gut microbiome and its correlation with childhood obesity.