Spotlight on Member Kathryn Rocha, RD

Rocha family

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from UMassAmherst
Dietetic Internship: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Graduate: Masters in Business Administration from UMassAmherst

My interest in the Nutrition field stemmed from experiences with my family growing up. My aunt is an RD, and she was always a happy, healthy role model, who enjoyed food, but didn't obsess about her weight. She inspired me to look into Nutrition as an undergrad and I really enjoyed the science and loved the healthy environment.

I am now in my eighth year working for Abbott Nutrition as a Therapeutic Nutrition Representative. My favorite part of the job is the opportunity to work alongside all of the great nutrition professionals here in Massachusetts. I learn so much from each of them on a daily basis and only hope they can learn something from me along the way too.

I've been on the WAMDA Board for seven years, starting off in the Legislative and Public Policy position, I spent several years on Nominating Committee and am currently serving as the President-elect. I also enjoyed working with the Road Race Committee for several years.

When I'm not at work, I love chasing my 2 daughters, Sydney (3) and Sierra (1) around inside and out. My husband, James, and two English bulldogs join in the fun whenever they can. As a family, we love traveling and swimming. When James and I can get away for the day, we enjoy snowboarding and when I need to get my thoughts in line, I like to go out for a run.

I'm looking forward to working even more closely with our WAMDA membership as President for the 2013-2014 year. I encourage everyone to reach out and get involved with this wonderful group!