SDFSA Officer Bios
Sherryl Soukup – President
Sherryl Soukup is currently a junior, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to her career change to healthcare, she contributed to the growth of several companies in the financial sector, promoting teamwork in her various leadership roles. Sherryl is passionate about healthy eating and other lifestyle choices which promote a proactive and holistic approach to overall wellbeing. She likes reading about nutrition, discussing healing through food, and inspiring and empowering others. With a blend of seven nationalities in her heritage, Sherryl strives to promote cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity. She enjoys learning, music, humor, dancing, hiking, and a variety of outdoor sports. Sherryl became an SDFSA officer in her second year of membership and has found involvement in this organization to be so informative and rewarding!
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.
Sharona Schnall – 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!
Diana Lugo – Co-Fundraising Officer
Hello, my name is Diana Lugo and I am a senior Majoring in Nutrition in Dietetics. My goal is to motivate people to shift to a healthier lifestyle and to be able to help the younger generations and teach them about nutritions and its benefits.
Lori Minaskanian – Co-Fundraising Officer
Lori Minaskanian has been an active member in the Student Dietetic Food Science Association since her freshman year at California State University, Northridge. At a young age, she knew she wanted to approach health holistically by combining her love for Nutrition and Dietetics with Fitness to educate and help others reach their health wellness goals. She is a Certified Personal Trainer that is passionate about fitness and helping others make informed dietary choices to fuel their body properly. She hopes to inspire her greater community and encourage healthy eating and exercise patterns.
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 – Diversity Chair
Hi! My name is Shelby Becker, I’m a senior in nutrition and dietetics and the diversity chair for our club. I love cooking, dancing, and hiking out in nature!
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.