SDFSA Officer Bios

Brian Mitchell – President

Brian Mitchell is a senior, majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in nutrition and dietetics.  Because of his own personal struggle to maintain a healthy weight throughout his life, Brian has decided to commit his life to offering compassionate medical nutrition therapy to patients hoping to make meaningful lifestyle changes.  Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree from CSUN, Brian hopes to be accepted into an accelerated nursing program with the ultimate goal of becoming an ICU Clinical Nurse Leader. Recently, Brian began working on a research project with his mentor to discover links between the consumption of fermented foods and a reduction in preventable chronic disease.  Beyond academics, Brian has begun a quest to become proficient at making artisanal sourdough bread and home fermented yogurt and pickles.  With so many opportunities at CSUN available, Brian is excited to continue expanding his personal and academic endeavors!

Alondra Valdez – Co-Vice President

My name is Alondra and I am a senior majoring in nutrition and dietetics. My interest in studying nutrition sprang from my love of food and wellbeing. I love learning about the latest research in the nutrition field about chronic inflammation due to lifestyle choices. Some of my hobbies are watching YouTube videos, taking nature walks, and working out.

Karina Valera – Co-Vice President

 Karina Valera, Senior Majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Human Lactation. Her interest in Nutrition began after taking an Intro Nutrition course at her Community College and began to learn more about nutrition and how she can help me the community to have a better understanding and relationship towards food. Besides being the Co-Vice president of SDFSA, she is also the Secretary of the Food Recovery Network and an Undergraduate Research Assistant with USDA pathways to Success Fellow. After graduating, she will continue her journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Fun Facts: Loves watching anime, k-drama, and loves to represent the Oaxacan culture through dance, tradition, and food.

Austin Quintanilla – Treasurer

Hello, my name is Austin Quintanilla and I am currently a junior at CSUN. I am majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics with the goal of ultimately becoming a Registered Dietitian. I am obsessed with the power that nutrition has to impact the health and wellness of our lives. I currently work in a Hospital in the Dietary Department where I have developed a big interest in Food Service Management. SDFSA became a part of my life before I even started my journey at CSUN. This organization has given me priceless information and so many other resources in the past year since I became involved. I hope to contribute to the club as much as I can during my time here at CSUN and after. 

Jasmine Martinez – C0-Secretary

 

My name is Jasmine Martinez, I am a junior majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have found nutrition to be such a powerful subject that is very impactful in several aspects of our overall health and I hope to spread that knowledge to help individuals live healthier lifestyles. Aside from school, I enjoy watching tons of movies and exercising!

Chloe Hartounian – Co-Secretary 

My name is Chloe Hartounian and I am a senior studying FCS - Nutrition & Dietetics. My career goal is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is either working in the community or in management. I love being a part of SDFSA because of all the amazing educational opportunities we provide to Nutrition & Food Science students. When I am not in school, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and taking walks.

Adan Hadad – Co-Publicity Officer

My name is Adan and I am senior graduating this spring. My major is nutrition and dietetics and my goal is to become a registered  dietician ( RD).  I love to cook, travel, and spend time with my dog. 

Sharona Schnall – Co-Publicity Officer

My name is Sharona Schnall, and I am a junior majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics at CSUN! Starting from my childhood, I have been educated on the importance and key facts of nutrition. I would like to inspire others to develop healthier habits and also teach accurate nutrition information! Some of my hobbies include watching Netflix, reading books, cooking, baking, dancing, and playing with my cats!   

Isabel Chen– Chief Communications Officer

My name is Isabel Chen and I am your chief communication officer! I am a Nutrition and Dietetics major and I will be graduating in 2023.  I love all things health, wellness, fashion, and community-related. I used to work and study in the fashion industry and through some challenging health and mental issues, I realized that my passion is no longer in fashion. I changed my major when I started school at CSUN and I have never looked back since! I hope that one day I can help women and men who struggle the same way I did through health and wellness holistically!

Desiree Hosena – Co-Fundraising Officer

"My name is Desiree Ann Hosena, and I am in my senior year of the DPD program. I fell in love with the healing aspect of eating nourishing foods after starting off as a volunteer with Kaiser Permanente. After this experience, I changed my major to Family Consumer Sciences with a primary focus on Nutrition and Dietetics. I hope to empower individuals to be their most resilient selves by providing them with the necessary resources to take their health into their own hands. When I'm not studying, you will see me working out, backpacking, or on a foodie adventure!"

Lorena Melendez – Co-Fundraising Officer

Hi, my name is Lorena Melendez and I am the fundraiser officer. I am a senior majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. Since high school I knew I wanted to major in Nutrition because I was fascinated on how food can help prevent most of the diseases our nation is suffering from. I am currently involved in a research study that focuses on the behavioral outcomes of Latinos with pre-diabetes that are being exposed to a Diabetes prevention program that also integrates the New technology of Nutrigenomix testing. 

My future goals are to become a Registered Dietitian and obtain a masters  in Public Health  or Human Nutrition. A fun fact about me is that I considered myself an optimistic person and I like to smile and make people laugh. 

Anush Mkrtchyan – Co-Editor

Hi! I am Anush Mkrtchyan, a senior in DPD program. I have Associates in Kinesiology, and I believe nutrition and exercise science need to be applied together to clinical and non-clinical settings. I love eating plant-based foods, especially micronutrient-rich foods, such as kale and other greens, avocado, acai, and other berries. Micronutrient-rich foods are known to enhance exercise performance as well as improve brain function. I would like to apply my knowledge to help others live healthier lives by encouraging healthy eating and exercising patterns. 

Beverly Ann – Co-Editor

I want to help others understand how food can make their bodies strong and healthy. I love learning, nutrition, science, food, sports, working out and animals. I enjoy being a part of the SDFSA because it's a nutrition loving community.

Shelby Becker – Legistlative Officer

My name is Shelby Becker, I am a fourth year Nutrition and Dietetics student. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors, and staying active! I hope to one day help promote healthy practices for individuals and prevent chronic illnesses.

Araxia Boghossian – Historian

My name is Araxia Boghossian, and I am a senior majoring in FCS Nutrition and Dietetics. I was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. I enjoy traveling, hiking, and listening to music. After graduating from CSUN, I want to pursue a graduate degree. I want to help my community by showing that eating right and feeding our bodies with the best kind of nutrients is the best cure for our society's many health problems.

Chanel Kenner – Ways and Means Officer

Chanel Kenner is a Nutrition and Dietetics student who is passionate about nutrition and health and making it more accessible to all people. As a lifelong athlete (formerly an elite figure skater and dancer) Chanel has always been passionate about health, and did not feel fulfilled in her former career as search and social marketing specialist. Sitting all day at a desk creating reports in excel was not her passion! So at 32 she headed back to school to pursue a career in nutrition. She is happily married and has a beautiful, curious, and strong (almost) three year old, Sophie, who has given her life a new meaning and purpose she never imagined. As the Ways and Means officer for SDSFA, she is able to incorporate her strengths, like communication, and connect with her dietetic peers at school. Outside of school and mom life, Chanel loves being outside-- hiking, going to Disneyland (can't wait to go back!), exploring new restaurants, and chilling by a pool.

Cyrille Mirasol – Web Administrator

My name is Cyrille Mirasol and I am majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. My career goal is to become a Registered Dietitian. I have always been interested in food and nutrients and how they affect all aspects of an individuals' life. As a Registered Dietician, I want to be able to help people improve their health and help them make a better dietary choices. I do volunteer work at Food Share organization, helping my community at Ventura County fight against hunger. In my free time, I love to cook for my family, go hiking, and spend time with my family and our three dogs.

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