Featured Alumni

Jamie Hurley

"I am a State of Wisconsin Licensed Registered Dietitian (RD) who completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology; Nutritional Science/Dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

I am thankful for being a part of this program as it provided me with the education, volunteer experience, work experience, internship experience, and mentorship needed to be successful.  As a student of this program I remember our professors being open to questions, assisting when needed, and sharing numerous opportunities to volunteer and/or gain work experience in the field.  This was beyond valuable to me, and ultimately led to my current role as Director of Food Service for the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System.  I truly enjoy the work I do in providing healthy, kid-friendly meals to ensure students are well-nourished throughout the day.

My suggestion for future students is to get involved in as many areas of your community as you can!  The more you network, the more individuals you will meet, and the more you will grow personally and professionally. Plus, by being involved, you may hear of opportunities you never even knew existed."

Dustin Dietrich

"I graduated from UWGB in spring of 2012 and then started my dietetic internship in fall of 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO. I had driven through Colorado on a road trip that previous year, and decided that I was ready for a change of scenery. My internship experience was wonderful, and one of my last rotations led to my current job. We had a two week rotation with then Apria healthcare in Denver, which provided home tube feeding services to patients all over the country. This was one of my last rotations, and they happened to be hiring for another RD when I was there. After finishing the rotation, I was encouraged to apply for the position. I started just a few weeks later in June of 2013 and have been with the company ever since. We are now Coram/CVS Specialty Infusion Services, and our office in the Denver area services thousands of patients on home tube-feeding for about half of the country. The RD's role is to make sure that the tube feeding regimens are appropriate to meet our patients' nutritional needs, and troubleshoot/correct any issues that come up with their supplies and/or tolerance. Via phone, fax, and e-mail, I work with the patients, their families, and their physicians to make any necessary prescription changes. I never saw myself in this role (or ever knew a job like this existed) when I was a student at UWGB, but I think that's a testament to the variety of opportunities that are out there for RD's and nutritionists in today's healthcare system."

1. Be willing to learn about avenues that your degree can take you that you haven't previously considered - it might be a really good fit. 
2. Meet clients/patients where they are; you'll be a lot more credible to them if you do. 
3. Remember that small victories add up to big accomplishments. 

Daniel Schultz, Registered Dietician

After his coursework at UWGB, Daniel dedicated his career to preventing future generations of children from dealing with the struggle of diet and lifestyle related diseases. Daniel served two years with the national service program, FoodCorps. His service involved helping the Des Moines Public School District with school gardens, local sourcing, after school cooking programs, and in-classroom nutrition education programs. 

Daniel's nutrition career has also involved researching the food environments of Wisconsin and Montana and writing articles for websites Livestrong.com, eHow, and SFGate Healthy Living. His coordinated graduate program in Community Health with an emphasis in Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University focused on the nutritional implications of government food assistance programs, including The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). His WIC research was selected to be presented at the 9th Annual Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference. The WIC food package implications systematic review is published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Daniel also researched the integration of nutrition and agriculture into the field of dietetics and the unique sustainable food systems concentration for the Montana Dietetic Internship. During his dietetic internship, he also completed an internship at the USDA;s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion, where he helped assess the public comments for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report.

Daniel recently accepted a position at Tufts University working with the ChildObesity180 program as a project administrator. His work will focus on helping to integrate physical activity programs into the Boston Public School District. His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The New York Times, Blog by Mark Bitman, Food Politics blog by Marion Nestle, Ecocentric.com., The Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Radio. 

Advice to current and future UWGB nutritional science and dietetics students:

"Take a systems approach to your work and focus on the prevention instead of treatment of disease. As important as it is to make an impact with individual counseling sessions, as practitioners everyone must be aware of the systems and policies in place that impact the client's health outcomes and food choices. As future registered dietitians, you have the power and knowledge to help play a role in preventing lifestyle related diseases and can advocate for local policies that create a culture of health in your community."

Lee Hyrkas

Lee is a registered dietician, diabetes educator and performance nutrition specialist at Bellin Health. He specializes in providing evidence-based nutrition counseling to enhance athletic performance as well as promoting health and wellness. Lee's goal is to assist every athlete and active individual in maximizing their athletic potential and performance.
Lee completed his undergraduate work at UWGB. During his time at UWGB, Lee worked at the Kress Events Center as a student assistance strength coach and personal trainer. These opportunities provided him with valuable hands-on work experience and allowed him to broaden his knowledge on the impact of nutrition on sports performance. Additionally, Lee completed his dietetic internship at UWGB. He completed multiple internship rotations at Bellin Health. Lee believes the dietetic internship played a significant role in helping him obtain a position at Bellin Health. 
Lee encourages nutritional science students to seek out hands-on experience. Experiences may include working at a health club, volunteering at food pantries, or shadowing registered dietitians in a variety of settings (clinical, foodservice, long-term care, etc.). He believes this is an ideal way for students to determine their areas of interest within dietetics and possibly lead to future job opportunities. 

Kristen Kizer

"I originally received a B.S. in Biology from Calvin College, so UW-Green Bay was a second degree for me. I remember looking at the class requirements and being excited about taking every single option. Before I even became a student, Deb Pearson let me schedule an advising meeting with her, treating me like her own student before I even applied to the university. 

I applied immediately for an internship and received my top choice at the University of Houston. I was introduced to my internship class as a 'student of Karen Lacey', a now-retired UW-GB professor who was and still is a pioneer in dietetics. I think this speaks to the scope and far-reaching reputation of UW-GB. In my internship, I felt better prepared than many of my fellow interns and managed all my rotations well. I received a full-time job offer from one of my internship rotations and have been in a role I absolutely love since then. UW-GB's emphasis on real-world practical assignments was invaluable and I've even used projects I did in undergraduate in my professional setting.

Currently I  am a registered dietitian in the Wellness department at Houston Methodist, the number one hospital in Texas, where I do individual nutritional counseling focusing on weight loss and diabetes prevention and management. I create and teach several group classes a week and am also a fitness instructor. I precept the dietetic interns and have started working with the professional soccer players for Houston's M.LS team, the Dynamo.

My advice to students is to be bold in trying to get experience both before and during the internship, and to always be learning. When you're a dietitian, people expect you to know absolutely everything. I'm always perusing grocery stores, searching PubMed for evidence-based answers and currently working towards my Master's degree."