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Meet Our Nutrition Faculty

Meet Our Nutrition Faculty

 

Faculty:

Dana Wu WassmerDana Wu WassmerMS, RD
Professor, Nutrition
Chair of Allied Health Programs
wassmed (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Dana Wu Wassmer received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University. She  has numerous work experiences including Research Intern for Kellogg’s Cereal, Dietary Director for a long-term care facility, Nutrition Specialist at the University of Michigan, Clinical Dietitian at a large county hospital, Private Consultant for patients, athletes, public and private agencies, and education.

Dana has taught at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Sacramento State and is currently a Nutrition Professor and Chairperson at Cosumnes River College. She has published and presented at various local and national professional meetings. Dana also published monthly nutrition articles.Cosumnes River College. She has published and presented at various local and national professional meetings. Dana also published monthly nutrition articles.

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Professor Wassmer has been recognized and awarded with the Young Dietitian of the Year from the American Dietetic Association, Emerging Leader Award from the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University, Recognition of Service Award from the American Dietetic Association, American Dietetic Association Outstanding Education Educator Award, among others. Professor Wassmer is also certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell/T.Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Dana is also an avid runner and cyclist. Thus far, she has completed countless half marathons, century rides, marathons, including the Death Ride and the Boston Marathon.

Faculty:

Timaree HagenburgerTimaree HagenburgerMPH, RD, HFS
Professor, Nutrition
hagenbt (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Timaree Hagenburger is a Registered Dietitian, with a Master's Degree in Public Health. She is a full-time nutrition professor at Hagenburger is a Registered Dietitian, with a Master's Degree in Public Health. She is a full-time nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College and has also taught at San Joaquin Delta College. Timaree is a professional speaker working in corporate wellness and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She writes a monthly column for the Lodi News Sentinel, manages her resource-rich website (Cosumnes River College and has also taught at San Joaquin Delta College. Timaree is a professional speaker working in corporate wellness and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She writes a monthly column for the Lodi News Sentinel, manages her resource-rich website (www.thenutritionprofessor.com), teaches hands-on nutri/cooking classes in her community featuring fresh produce and local products and serves on the executive boards of Slow Food Lodi and the Northern Area Dietetic Association. While teaching is her passion, Professor Hagenburger has also worked in a variety of practice settings ranging from the acute care hospital and ambulatory clinics (out-patient counseling for diabetes, weight management, hypertension, etc.), to community nutrition (counseling high-risk pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children through WIC), medical nutrition therapy for renal patients and educational material and policy development and program evaluation for the State of California's WIC Branch.

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Professor Hagenburger cherishes opportunities to connect with her students and others around her to share her knowledge and passion for food, cooking, physical activity and good health. Her style is a marked by a blend of fun and practicality, as she offers strategies and inspiration for finding pleasure in preparing and partaking in nourishing meals.

Adjunct Faculty:

Julie BoarerPitchfordJulie BoarerPitchfordBoarerPitchfordPhD, RD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
BoarerJ (at) flc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Julie BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.

Julie graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1995, After completing her internship and passing the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian, she gained experience working in both the clinical and community nutrition settings. She returned to school earning a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition in 1999 from the University of New Haven. She currently works full time as a Public Health Nutrition Consultant for the California Department of Public Health-Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

After discovering she had a passion for teaching, Julie returned to school again and earned a PhD in Education in 2010 from Capella University.  Her dissertation research examined the assessment practices of community college instructors.  She has taught NUTRI 300 (Nutrition) and NUTRI 320 (Children's Health, Safety, and Nutrition) both in the face-to-face classroom and online format.  She currently teaches at both Capella University.  Her dissertation research examined the assessment practices of community college instructors.  She has taught NUTRI 300 (Nutrition) and NUTRI 320 (Children's Health, Safety, and Nutrition) both in the face-to-face classroom and online format.  She currently teaches at both Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College.Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College.

When Julie is not working, she enjoys bike riding along the bike trails in Folsom with her husband.

 

Adjunct Faculty:

Alison DimondAlison DimondMS, RD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
dimonda (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Alison has been a committed CRC Nutrition Professor since 1991. For the past 26 years, she has inspired students both in the classroom and through creative modalities which have successfully reached thousands of students online. Her efforts continue to focus on "students feeling my presence". Her strength is believing in everything she teaches. "I am a role model for these students and practicing what I preach is my signature."

Alison is a Registered Dietitian and holds her Nutrition Science degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Davis with an emphasis on exercise, blood pressure, and weight cycling.  

Her family is her passion followed by cooking, gardening, photography, #vanlife travel, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and dog walking.

Adjunct Faculty:

Serena FullerSerena Fuller, PhD, RD                         Adjunct Professor, Nutrition                                    fullers (at) flc [dot] losrios [dot] edu 

Serena Fuller holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. Her doctoral work explored the complex genetic architecture of obesity and cardiovascular disease using a variety of mouse models. Dr. Fuller is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and completed her Dietetic Internship with a wellness focus at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Over the past several years, she has held adjunct faculty appointments at five different public institutions.  Her expertise is in the following areas: obesity and food insecurity, community nutrition education, and population nutrition action using the socioecological model. Her fieldwork focuses on implementation, evaluation, and research in obesity prevention for diverse populations with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches to support healthy eating using the socioecological model’s framework to guide the intervention.  Dr. Fuller also conducts research of dietary assessment tools using quantitative and qualitative methods.  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Fuller loves running, cooking and spending time with her daughter and husband. 

Adjunct Faculty:

 

Tammy McMurdoTammy J. McMurdo, MS, RD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
mcmurdt (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Tammy graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics in 1996. After completing her internship to become a Registered Dietitian, she spent the next few years working at a San Diego area community clinic for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and HIV/AIDs Case Management Programs. While working in this local community based setting, she returned to school earning a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition in 1999 from the University of New Haven. After obtaining her graduate degree, Tammy spent the past 15 years working with community-based nutrition education programs at the state level including the WIC Program and the University of California Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Tammy currently works for the University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education Program as their statewide curriculum lead. Her favorite projects included educator training on learner-centered education and developing curriculum and education materials for use with culturally diverse audiences. Teaching at the community college level has always been of interest to her. Tammy looks forward to teaching nutrition to CRC students so they are better informed to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.

Adjunct Faculty:

 

Desiree RojoDesiree Rojo, MS, RD                           Adjunct Professor, Nutrition          rojod (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu   

Desiree graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Dietetics in 2011.  She continued on earning a Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition in 2013 from the University of California, Davis. She continues to lecture for the MAS program at UC Davis.  She currently works part-time as a Child Nutrition Consultant for the California Department of Education. 

Desiree enjoys being with her family, cooking, trying new foods, reading, hot yoga, biking, vacationing, learning, and inspiring others to reach their potential!  

Adjunct Faculty:

Irene RoltschIrene Roltsch, MS                                         Adjunct Professor, Nutrition                                      Roltsci (at) arc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

After starting college at Rutgers University, Irene completed her BS and MS in nutrition at Colorado State University. She was then employed by the Biomass Research Center at the University of Arkansas analyzing a potential animal feed supplement. Her next position was at Michigan State University working on vitamin A and breast cancer research.

Irene has been an adjunct professor at American River College since 2006 teaching general nutrition and sports nutrition.  In 2016, she also began instruction at Cosumnes River College. In addition to teaching, Irene has worked as a nutritionist at Arden Hills Wellness Resort. While there, her duties included writing articles, consultations, and presenting monthly public nutrition/wellness seminars. She has also given seminars for groups in her community.Cosumnes River College. In addition to teaching, Irene has worked as a nutritionist at Arden Hills Wellness Resort. While there, her duties included writing articles, consultations, and presenting monthly public nutrition/wellness seminars. She has also given seminars for groups in her community.

Proper nutrition and exercise are both vital for a healthy lifestyle. To practice what she teaches, Irene loves cooking nutritious (delicious) foods for her family.  She has also been a Jazzercise instructor since 1985, conducting those classes four nights a week. On other days, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, bicycling, snowshoeing, and skiing (downhill and cross country).

Adjunct Faculty:

Kristine WiseKristine WisePhD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
wisec (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Kristine Wise has a master's degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University and obtained her doctorate in Nutritional Biology at University of California, Davis.  Her area of research has focused on bone health in postmenopausal women, with an emphasis on physical activity. When not in the classroom, Dr. Wise enjoys running, water skiing, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. Wajeeha YoungWajeeha Young, DrPH, MPH, CPH, RD

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition   youngw (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

 Dr. Young earned a Doctorate in Public Health degree (Dr.PH.) in Nutritional Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Loma Linda University. She holds the Certified Public Health (CPH) and Registered Dietitian (RD) certifications as well. She has been an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona in both the School of Agriculture, where she teaches nutrition, and the School of Engineering, where she teaches statistics, for the past six years. Dr. Young has also taught graduate courses at California State University, San Bernardino, and other universities in Southern California.

Being born and raised in the Middle East and educated in the United States, Dr. Young possesses a unique combination of ethnic, academic, and professional qualifications that provide her students with important resources. She is acutely sensitive to the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse population and strives to provide a level of academic guidance and mentorship that will allow her students to gain skills and knowledge that facilitate their future academic and professional pursuits.

Dr. Young believes it to be of paramount importance that students learn the scientific method so that they can critically analyze any nutritional recommendations they discover in the media. With nutrition being the very sustenance of life, combined with the thrill of discovery that is scientific research, Dr. Young finds the marriage of these two areas endlessly fascinating. Her ultimate goal is to leave her students with the curiosity, critical thinking skills, and resourcefulness necessary to become not only excellent students but informed members of society.

 

Mailing Address:

 

Department of Nutrition and Foods
CosumnesCosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 96823-5799

 

Area Dean:

 

Kimberley Harrell, PhD
(916) 691-7390
Kimberley [dot] Harrell (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu 

 

Area Administrative Assistant:

 

Lynn M. Hurtado
(916) 691-7391
huradl (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

 

Program Counselor:

 

Lee Weathers-Miguel
(916) 691-7316
weathel (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

 

Financial Aid:

 

(916) 691-7325

 

Admission:

 

(916) 691-7410