1. What is your educational background?
I have a BS in Nutrition from UMass Amherst and a MA in Food Service Administration from Framingham State College.
2. How did you get involved in the nutrition field?
When I was in high school, my elderly aunt was hospitalized and put on a puree diet because she didn’t have her dentures. Due to weight loss, they did not fit. It was sad to see her not be able to eat. At that moment I became more interested in nutrition.
3. What are you presently doing in the nutrition field?
I am an RD, CDE in Pediatric Endocrinology at Baystate Health, where I have been for 14 years. Prior to that I worked in long term care.
4. What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family.
5. Do you do any volunteer work in the nutrition field or in your community? If so, please describe.
I try to attend the annual JDRF One Walk at Six Flags which funds type 1 diabetes research.
6. Tell us more about yourself!
I have been married for 30 years to my husband Kevin. We have two children, a daughter age 27 who is getting her PhD at Penn State and a son age 25 who works in Quality Assurance at a food manufacturing facility. Our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 5 and is my inspiration for my career. I have 3 cats, Baloo, Bagherra and Mia.
7. Is there anything else you would like to do in your career?
I would like to continue to mentor my younger colleagues and students.