Get to Know a WAMDA BoD Member: Bree Orchard, MS, RDN, LDN (soon-to-be CLES), Public Relations/ Community Outreach and Social Chair 1
Current place of employment and job title:
Senior Nutritionist at Community Action Pioneer Valley’s WIC Program (serving Franklin, Hampshire, North Quabbin areas)
What inspired you to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics?
I went to a volleyball camp at Auburn University during my freshman year of high school, where I met their team dietitian. She explained what her role was and I thought it would be amazing to be able to work with volleyball players as well as talk about nutrition all in one job. (I loved volleyball and food, what could be better?!) Later that same year, my grandma, whom I was extremely close to, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The importance of nutrition became a critical talking point. I did research on the various places I could potentially work as a dietitian and realized that the possibilities were endless! Taking nutrition classes in college solidified my dreams for becoming a dietitian and I knew I was in the right place. WIC has always been near and dear to my heart as it was a program my family utilized more than once and what I dedicated my master’s capstone research to. I am thrilled to be working for such a great program and coming full circle!
Why did you become a WAMDA member?
I love the fact that there is a group for dietitians within my area! It’s a great way to network and get to know other people.
What goals do you have for your career?
There are so many different populations I want to serve as a dietitian. I have always loved sports nutrition, but I really love working for WIC. I also am a huge advocate for HAES and being an anti-diet dietitian and would love to get some sort of certification in that regard. I also am about to be a Certified Lactation Education Specialist (CLES), which has made me want to pursue education in lactation even further and become an IBCLC some day. I love that I can do all sorts of different things and work with so many people from various backgrounds.
What are your favorite hobbies outside of work?
Camping, hiking, reading, baking, and spending time with my favorite people!
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