President

Tyler Chase

Position: President

Year in Dietetics: Junior

Medford, OR

“Hi, My name is Tyler Chase. I am currently a junior in the Dietetics program. I have always had a passion for fitness and nutrition, growing up playing sports in high school and briefly in college. This interest led me to enroll in the dietetics program at OSU and pursue a career as a registered dietitian. Once I began taking nutrition and science courses, I quickly learned that the physiology behind what we eat is fascinating and knew I wanted to work as a clinical dietitian. I have been a member of NDC since my freshman year and personally credit the club for much of my success thus far. As President, I hope to continue to provide the same motivating and beneficial atmosphere to current and future NDC members.”

 

 

Vice President 

Jamie Reynolds-Gordon

Position: Vice President

Year in Dietetics: Junior

Prospect, OR

Hi All!  Growing up, I saw first-hand how poor health could negatively impact one's quality of life. My mother suffered with low blood sugar that ultimately affected everyone around her. Through diet and education she was able to improve her blood sugar and now leads a normal healthy life! I knew at an early age I wanted to help people be the best they could be. My passion for helping people led to Oregon State University and my goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. I am a non-traditional student who raised five children first and when my youngest entered college I decided it was my turn to pursue my dreams! They say prevention is the highest form of medicine and my goal is to help educate people on the importance of nutritious food and the role it plays in health. I love cooking, gardening and hiking in the mountains! I am excited to be a part of NDC and look forward to meeting everyone! If you see me around campus or have any questions feel free to contact me! Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful year!!!!

 

 

Secretary

Jessica Perry

Position: Secretary

Year in Dietetics: Junior

McMinville, OR

Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Perry and I’m a junior in the Dietetics program. After working in the foodservice industry for twenty years, I’m aspiring to become a Clinical Dietitian because I feel passionately about people and food. My questions of “what will happen if I cook this a certain way” to “how will these things taste together,” have developed into a desire to understand food in its entirety. I am also fascinated by how our bodies metabolize nutrients. Being a member of the NDC has been a valuable experience for me, and I look forward to being your Secretary.

 

Treasurer

Christiana Aplet

Position: Treasurer 

Year in Dietetics:  Pre-dietetics

Scappoose, OR

My name is Christina Aplet, and I am a second year post-bacc student. I graduated from the University of Portland in 2014, with a degree in Biology. I have always had a passion for science, health, and nutrition. My family’s history of weight-related health problems triggered my interest in preventative healthcare. After working in early childhood education, and witnessing the importance of proper adolescent nutrition, I decided to pursue a career in pediatric dietetics. My goal is to become a registered dietitian and work with at-risk kids. I love the outdoors, painting, and cooking. I am looking forward to being your NDC Treasurer!

 

 

 

Public Relations

Giavanna Saporito

Position: Public Relations

Year in Dietetics: Junior

Medford, OR

Hey guys! My name is Gia Saporito and I am a second-year Post-Bacc student. I graduated from Linfield College in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and minor in French. I love love love food; making food, eating food, talking about food, you name it! It fascinates me how nutrition has a direct effect on our bodies performance and I enjoy talking with people about optimizing their body's performance through balanced, healthy and tasty meals. My dream is to run my own nutrition/wellness clinic one day; pairing fitness and nutrition resources. I like meeting new people and making people laugh. So, if you see me around, come up and say "Hi" and I will give you a good story.  

 

 

Webmaster

Vickie Padron

Position: Webmaster

Year in Dietetics: Junior

Oregon City, OR

Hello my name is Vickie.  When people ask me why I want to be a Registered Dietitian and my answer is always the same; “Food is my life.” I grew up in a large family, and my parents did foster care for over a decade. I noticed at a very young age that not everyone had the same food choices, preferences, or reactions to food that my family had. When I started noticing food allergies, I remember wanting to tell people that it will be okay because there were so many more foods out there for them, than the foods they could not have. I have wanted to help people with food since I was 5 years old, but I never knew how to go about it so when I graduated high school at 17, I thought Culinary school was the answer. For a while being a chef was enough for me.

I got to work with many different kitchens, food systems, and people but I always felt like something was missing. I realized, when I oversaw the school system kitchen, that I had a need to reach more people with the message of food and everything that it can do. I ended up deciding that I needed to go back to school to become an RD. I want to focus my attentions on pediatrics because being part of a foster home I saw that children tend to suffer the most when it comes to insecurity, allergies, or medical issues with food and nutrition. I love food, my husband, my dog, my family, laughing, any dog really, and yes even school most of the time. If you ever have any questions or need someone to just chat with come up and say hello!