SDFSA Officer Bios

Emely Ordonez – President

Hello everyone, I’m Emely Ordonez, your SDFSA President! I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in Nutrition Dietetics and Food Science with a minor in Political Science. My interest in nutrition lies in the public health and public policy sector which I aspire to work in or impact someday. My favorite things to do include dancing, learning something new on YouTube, and spending time with my dog and family!

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Isabel Chen – Co-Vice President

My name is Isabel, and I am your co-VP! I am a Nutrition and Dietetics major and I will be graduating in 2023.  I love all things health, wellness, fashion, and tennis-related! Some of my hobbies include tennis, reformer pilates, and traveling to new places. My two favorite destinations are Turks and Caicos and Amalfi Coast!

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Whitney Gibson – Co-Vice President

My name is Whitney Gibson, and I am a senior majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have personally realized the significant impact nutrition has on our society and individuals depending on RDN’s for their health and well-being. I believe the implementation of good nutrition can and should be the  front line defense for our society. My career goal is to become a Registered Dietitian and help others live healthier and happier lives. When I am not in school, I enjoy baking, running, taking my dog for walks, and being with my family and friends.

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Melissa Pineda – Co-Secretary 

 

I am a pun loving caffeine enthusiast that will make dad jokes at random. I enjoy reading, video games, and writing poetry. My favorite pastime currently is reading while listening to the sound of rain.

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Rebecca Callo – Treasurer

Hello everyone, my name is Rebecca Callo and I am a fourth-year nutrition and dietetics major. I will be SDFSA's treasurer for this new school year. My passion for nutrition stems from my previous job as a certified pharmacy technician, where I was inspired to learn more about food as medicine. After looking into different specialties in nutrition, I wanted to pursue a career as a sports dietitian. In high school, I was part of the sports medicine pathway as well as an athlete, so sports nutrition is the perfect fit for me since it blends my passion for sports and nutrition. My favorite meal is nourishing bowls, it is such an easy and delicious way to incorporate as many food groups into your meals. Some of my favorite hobbies include camping, hiking, star-gazing and spending time with my family!

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Skyli Chia – Fundraising Officer

My name is Skyli Chia and I am a senior majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. I found an interest for food through my passion for weight lifting. I hope to improve the lives of others with my degree. Some of my favorite activities have to be spending time with my dogs and of course, working out.

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Shannon Jaramillo – Co-Editor

Hi all, I’m Shannon Jaramillo, a senior in the the FCS nutrition and dietetics program and the co-editor for SDFSA. My own personal health conditions inspired a hunger for nutritional education. I have yet to find a person who doesn’t like to eat but often find that they don’t know how to eat. I aspire to bring heath awareness to all foodies. When I’m not cramming for school I like to be outdoors with my daughter and partner. You can find me shouting at a Kings or Dodgers game, walking around Disneyland, or jumping on a plane to somewhere new.

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Emily Nasir – Co-Editor

Hi! I’m Emily and I’m your Co-Editor for this semester. I am currently a fourth year at CSUN majoring in Nutrition Dietetics and Food Science and will be graduating Spring 2023! I’ve always been interested in the field of Nutrition and looking towards the natural rather than the pharmaceutical side of medicine. I am particularly interested in the field of Child Nutrition and I hope to get into that field someday as an RDN. Some of my hobbies include going to the mall, traveling, spending time with my family, and trying new restaurants.

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Estefania De Los Santos – Co-Publicity

Hi everyone my name is Estefania De Los Santos but I go by Stef, I am a fourth-year nutrition and dietetics major. I will be the new SDFSA co-publicity officer for this school year. As a student-athlete at CSUN, having a good relationship with food has always been a top priority for me, so when I found out nutrition and dietetics was a major I was fascinated by the idea of helping other athletes reach their top potential. 

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 Joseph Zenteno– Chief Communication Officer

Hello, my name is Joseph Zenteno and I'm the SDFSA Chief Communications Officer. I'm majoring in nutrition and dietetics and I'm currently working towards becoming a registered nutritionist and personal trainer. My interest in health and fitness was sparked by going through a long weight-loss journey (down 300lbs ), and it further developed when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle and researching the science behind plant-based nutrition/fitness (vegan for the animals for over 3 years). I aspire to one day be able to use my personal experience and formal education to help individuals reach their health and fitness goals. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, and trying out new vegan restaurants.

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Lauren Zepernick– Diversity Officer

I am a Junior Nutrition and Dietetics major at CSUN. I am the oldest of 5 children from Dayton, Ohio. I am deeply interested in allergen nutrition as some of my family struggle with autoimmune disorders. I am a transfer student from LAVC. I follow a well-rounded plant-based diet and deeply believe in food's power as medicine. I am passionate about becoming an RDN and opening my own clinic to serve my community. I hope to offer sliding-scale outreach opportunities to those with low income, as I believe knowledge is power, and I came from a low-income family with little knowledge about the power of food as medicine. I hope to help heal my family and those in my community through food nutrition.

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Rebecca Navon– Historian

Hi! My name is Rebecca Navon and I am a fourth-year FCS nutrition and dietetics major at CSUN. I am so excited to continue my journey to becoming an RD because it combines my passions — learning about nutrition and helping people! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, drawing, reading, volunteering, and spending time at the beach. 

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Alyssa Valles– Legislative Officer

Hi my name is Alyssa, and I am your Legislative Officer!! I am a fourth year student at CSUN and my major is Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science. My passion for nutrition and dietetics started from the enjoyment of fitness and learning about nutrition at a young age, while giving advice, help and personal training to those needing guidance with their fitness journey and education on eating healthy. As I got involved in more clubs and many internships on campus as well as working as a diet aid for over 2 years and a behavioral health technician at a inpatient treatment center for eating disorders, I knew being a clinical dietitian would be the perfect career for me. I love being apart of the clients healing and recovery process with nutrition, meanwhile learning to fuel their bodies with a purpose and provide education. Outside of school, I enjoy working out, cooking, hanging with friends and family and traveling! 

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Noel Lawson – Ways and Means Officer

Hi! My name is Noel Lawson. I have always been fascinated with food. The ability to affect health with diet is such a powerful thing! The connection between mind and body is incredible. I love taking my passion for helping people and integrating it with my passion for food. In fall 2020, SDFSA provided a link to this new and amazing world as I navigated my first year back to school in almost 20 years. Because of opportunities presented through this club, I applied for and was accepted into my ultimate dream student internship with the L.A. Dept. of Public Health, working directly with a Registered Dietitian in the MCAH division on resources for children and people with Gestational Diabetes. I am excited to serve and give back to the club that has given so much to me! I want to encourage every person reading this to take the next first step in your journey. It can be scary at times, but the world is waiting to support you through these moments!

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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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