Voting is now closed. These are the bios that your officers submitted prior to being elected.
- My name is Sarah Guardacosta and I want to be the next President for the Student Nutrition Organization. Due to the experience I gained in being an officer this semester in SNO, I think that I am widely qualified for the position and can ease the transition with the new officers. As the Events Coordinator, I communicated with the other officers and with many of the members and helped in making this semester amazing. I have shown mentorship to both the younger members in SNO and to those around me looking for guidance. I look forward to mentoring next years nutrition students and helping them better understand the nutrition world outside of school and guide them down their career path.
- Hi friends! I'm Rachel, a junior Foods and Nutrition major here at State, and hopefully your future Vice President! Originally I was a musical theater major, but decided that the health and fitness world was were I ultimately belonged. I'll never regret my time in theater though, because that is what has shaped me to be the person and leader I am today!. Playing the lead character in shows taught me how to bring together an ensemble of diverse people to become a team. The biggest act I learned from being in theater though was that of service to others. Putting in weeks and weeks of rehearsal time to produce two hours of entertainment to others is a "labor of love" that I enjoyed giving for years and years. Now, I wish to give that love to SNO. Joining the organization has opened the door to many great opportunities that will lead to success in the future, and I want to use my skills, passion, and desire to give this same experience to others by becoming a future leader of SNO. This past semester I have been leading the NUT 205 review sessions, as that was one of the things I loved the most during my first semester as a member. I also have regularly attended the officer meetings to see the "behind the scenes" of the organization. If elected, I wish to create a Review Session committee to not only give others the chance to hold leadership positions, but to benefit our members with their academics. I also wish to maintain and expand our membership by holding more events with other organizations on campus, like the Greek community and fitness clubs - my ultimate wish though is to give back to the members and help others succeed within the major. Just like an apple, "I'm hardcore"!
- Abigail Carandang is a born and raised San Diegan who transferred to SDSU this past fall. She has been an active member of SNO for three, going on four, semesters. Although she wasn't an SDSU student yet, she still joined SNO to become exposed to the nutrition world and familiarize herself with the program at state to ensure it was a right fit for her. This semester she served as Vice President of the Food Recovery Network committee within SNO. Her main responsibilities include assisting in pioneering the movement by finding donor agencies wiling to donate food, finding and purchasing necessary supplies, communicating with the partner charity agency, and creating the operations handbook. She is also a member of the newsletter committee, in which she assists Marie with the editing and compiling of the newsletter every other week. Additionally, Abigail held the events coordinator position of the Students for Public Health organization on campus and was just elected Vice President of Internal Affairs for next year. Currently she is planning the end of the year banquet for the club. Beyond campus involvement, Abigail is a server at Shogun Restaurant, team member of BITE, regular volunteer for Heartfelt Helpings, and an intern under the Registered Dietitian of Operation Samahan. In her internship, she assists in restaurant interventions by conducting menu analyses and recipe modifications to provide healthier dish options at locally owned Asian American Pacific Islander restaurants. In the future, Abigail hopes to own her own cafe that offers healthy and nutritious dishes. This is the driving force behind her decision to join SDSU's Foods and Nutrition program.
- My name is Derrick Foster and I am running to be Secretary. As secretary I will be responsible for keeping official records of everything that goes on at meetings, keeping track of membership points, and receiving and responding to messages sent to the SNO email accounts. I am a very organized person and always stay on top of my tasks and responsibilities, so as your secretary I will strive to keep up to date with all correspondence sent by members to the SNO emails and consistently update the member points spreadsheet to keep it as up to date as possible so you know where you stand throughout the semester. Over the last several weeks I have been attending officer meetings to get a better idea of how SNO is currently run in order to provide a smooth transition for members next semester as a new team of officers takes over the organization. SNO members are the lifeblood of this organization and I cannot wait to serve and get to know all of the members that make the Student Nutrition Organization one of the biggest and best organizations on campus!
- Hi SNO members! My name is Carissa McEwan and I am running for the events coordinator position. Here is a little bit about myself for those of you who don't know me. I am a third year Foods and Nutrition major with the hopes to become a registered dietitian. After I become a RD, I want to become a diabetes educator. For 11 years, I have been living with Type 1 diabetes and I want to relate and help people who struggle with this disease. I have lived in San Diego my whole life and I transferred to SDSU last fall from Grossmont College. I wanted to get involved so of course I joined SNO! I was blown away with the level of organization, professionalism, and passion that every member of SNO had. The officers and everyone were so welcoming and the events I attended gave me an insight to new opportunities. I want to keep that level of professionalism and passion so we can continue the great ethics that have been set forth. I feel I am qualified for this position because I became a store supervisor at the age of 18, and held that position for 4 years. While upholding that position, I gained experience in organizing, scheduling, planning, and preparing events within the store and for the community. If I become elected I look forward to providing many volunteer opportunities for our advancement and for making both personal and professional connections.
Professional Outreach Liaison
- Hello SNO! My name is Emily Pisciotta and I am a third year Foods and Nutrition student here at SDSU. I’m originally from Shelton, Connecticut and I moved here three years ago for school. I was originally a biology major but after my first semester, I re-evaluated what I was studying because I wanted to major in something I was passionate about and could apply to my life and use to benefit others. After a little soul-searching, I met with Kelly Lane and had her sign off on my switch to Foods & Nutrition. My goal is to become a registered dietitian, and from there I’m still exploring different options. I am currently working at the healthy snack cart with Scripps Green Hospital, a diet tech with Center for Discovery in Vista and getting more involved in SNO every day. When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy baking cakes, doing pilates, chalkboard art and spending time with my roommates and friends. I would like to be your next professional outreach liaison and I believe that I am a great fit for the position because I feel confident in assuming its responsibilities as I have worked alongside Farah for the past two semesters. I have attended CAND-SD meetings and conference calls, and networked with RDs. One significant experience that impacted me the most was the first time I attended a CAND-SD meeting. I was filling in for Farah and honestly had no idea what I was doing, but I took the challenge. After the meeting, I began speaking with RDs about our gala and many were impressed about the event. At this moment, I realized that SNO is a team and I was working as a teammate. I realized that SNO study sessions, workouts with Arda and volunteering events were all ways we build each other up individually so we could improve as a whole and in turn benefit our campus. Jen’s 205 study sessions, 5Ks, the GF expo and biweekly meeting have helped me grow as a student, a professional and a friend. I want to take on more responsibility in this team by continuing to network with nutrition professionals. I want to connect you all with the RDs I work with, shadow and in CAND-SD who can mentor, inspire, and open many doors for your career. So vote for me as your professional outreach liaison as I will be sure to continue making SNO a team that will help you grow as a student, a professional and a friend, just as it has for me.
Health and Fitness Liaison
- My name is Sonny Whitaker and I'm applying for the Health & Fitness Liaison position. A bit about myself, I'm 29 years young and experienced in the ways of the Force; the Air Force, that is! My jokes are dumb, but I try, and it's the effort that counts. I served six years in the military, and while I operated primarily in a Medical Administrative capacity (i.e. paper pusher, dead inside), I also ran the mandatory fitness sessions for my flight, so I have experience b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶u̶n̶p̶o̶p̶u̶l̶a̶r̶ ̶coordinating group workouts. I'm a Foods & Nutrition major, but I still enjoy McDonald's; I don't care if it isn't real chicken. What I do care about is helping others reach their fitness goals and I hope to bring my forced enthusiasm and fun workouts to the good people of SNO, an organization I've had the pleasure to be a part of for over a year. Thank you.
Marketing and Media Manager
Gabrielle (Elle) Teitelbaum
- My name is Gabrielle (Elle) Teitelbaum. I am a junior in the Foods and Nutrition major and I am running for the Marketing and Media Manager position. I have been interested in holding a leadership position this whole year as it has been the most involved in SNO I have ever been. I went on the Barcelona trip with Jen and Farrah and many other Nutrition majors and became so inspired and close to them, they really pushed me to get involved in this community and I haven’t looked back since. I love this organization and believe that people just need the right nudge to get involved. I believe marketing and media outreach to be the most important aspect of gaining new members and keeping our current members informed. I am constantly checking our Facebook page and love to see all the information it offers and would love to contribute even more to it. I have had brand ambassador and demo specialist jobs in my past, these jobs rely heavily on media and marketing to reach out to potential new customers and to gain interest in the product. I currently work at BCB on campus and that has given me insight to the customer service industry, which also relies on outreach and public relations. Maintaining a positive face and grabbing a potential new customer’s attention is how to grow a business, just like growing an organization. I have many exciting ideas to implement the next year that would allow our members to be more involved and more informed about not only our organization but also the Foods and Nutrition major.