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2016-2017 (Cohort 6) Students

Robin Keyser

Robin Keyser

 

Robin Keyser, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is pursuing a graduate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences focusing on nutrition and plans to graduate in May of 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2015. Robin will be completing the SDSU Nutrition and Dietetic Internship her second year of her master’s program throughout the state of South Dakota. She is involved with the TOP certificate program based on her interests in studying the factors on childhood obesity and would love to continue her career as a diabetic educator for children with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Through this program she is excited to expand her knowledge on educating the public on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with children as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in either the clinical or community setting.

Carol Gibbon

Carol Gibbon

 

My goal in life is to positively impact others and I am specifically passionate about helping others reach their optimal health! Originally from Wichita, Kansas, I moved to South Dakota to pursue a Masters in Sport and Recreational Studies and a Certificate in Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention, while serving as the Fitness Graduate Assistant at the Wellness Center on campus. At one point in my life I was obese but I chose to change my lifestyle while pursuing a Bachelors of Communication at Wichita State University in Kansas. Now aspire to maintain my current healthy lifestyle and help others develop their own. A year into my personal journey out of obesity, I became a Personal Trainer, then a lifeguard, and group fitness instructor. With many family members fighting obesity and my own bout with it, I have a drive to help others, which is why I am pursuing the TOP graduate certificate. I would love to study how student involvement in collegiate recreation affects individuals and their children in later years. Are the participants still health and active? Did they raise their children to be healthy and active? Some studies have shown that people who participate in physical activities in their early to mid-twenties tend to be more active later in their lives. This is why I believe so strongly in the power of collegiate recreation and why I seek to offer the best opportunities possible for college students across the world. I expect to graduate it May of 2018 and hope to continue my work in collegiate recreation as a Fitness Coordinator.

Josie Sieberg

Josie Sieberg

 

Josie Sieberg of Good Thunder, Minnesota received a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from South Dakota State University in 2016. She is now pursuing a masters degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science, specializing in Exercise Science. Josie has worked part time within the field of childhood development for eight years and hopes to continue with a similar focus for her future.  She is interested in doing research in the field of childhood obesity prevention and believes a Transdisciplinary approach to this problem is the only way we will find a solution and bring an end to this epidemic. Once obtaining her degree, Josie hopes to find a job creating family oriented wellness programs and implementing them within a community.

Kaylee Karsky

Kaylle Karsky

 

Hi, I am from Sioux Falls, SD. I graduated from South Dakota State University with my bachelor’s degree in Dietetics in May of 2016. I am pursing my Master’s in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition. I plan on completing my degree in May of 2018. I will start to write my critical review paper on how weight related behaviors influence weight loss. I am pursing the TOP graduate certificate because I want to further my knowledge of working in a transdisciplinary team so that I can be more successful as a Registered Dietitian.  The TOP program will give me the knowledge and experience that I will need to successfully educate my future patients. After graduation I plan on using my skills in my internship, passing the RD exam, and becoming a clinical registered dietitian.

Francesca Willard

Francesca Willard

 

Frankie Willard received her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in Dietetics in May of 2016.  She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition.  She is also currently an accepted intern in the Nutrition and Dietetic Internship here at South Dakota State University and hopes to graduate by May of 2018.  Her thesis will focus on food availability and physical activity in relation to 6 South Dakota counties with obesity rates greater than 40%.  Frankie is pursuing the TOP graduate certificate to get more experience in childhood obesity prevention and to learn more about ways that she can use those experiences in her future career as a registered dietitian.  Her professional career goals after graduation are to work on a Native American reservation in an Indian Health Services clinic.   She wants to work in both the clinical and community settings and hopes to incorporate those together to create healthy, happy living environments on Native American reservations!

Nicole Pinkelman

Nicole Pinkelman

 

Nicole Pinkelman grew up in the country around the small town of Saint Helena, Nebraska.  She is currently pursuing towards a master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science as a part of the Dietetic Internship Program.  Nicole completed her undergraduate degree with the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in May 2016 with a bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and hopes to complete her master’s degree with dietetic internship in May 2018.   While pursuing in her bachelor’s degree, Nicole was a dietitian’s assistant at a local Hy-Vee in Lincoln.  This sparked her interest in community wellness and, therefore, attaining a TOP graduate certificate.  Childhood obesity has always been a special interest of hers, so she based her research thesis on how parental influence may affect childhood obesity.  After attaining a master’s degree, completing her dietetic internship, and passing the RD exam, she hopes to become a clinical dietitian at her local hospital in Yankton, SD.

Molly Millage

Molly Millage

 

Molly Millage was born and raised in Sioux Falls. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated in May 2016 with a double major in Nutrition, Exercise & Health Science, and Dietetics. Molly is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nutrition and Exercise Science, specializing in Nutrition as a dietetic intern with the goal of graduating in May 2018. She spent two years as a group fitness instructor at the UNL campus recreation center. Molly completed an internship with the Nebraska Department of Education, specifically working in the Nutrition department with the National School Lunch Program. She also interned with the UNL Sports Nutrition Department and worked with various athletic teams on campus. Molly’s thesis is focused on childhood obesity and the impact of the home environment. Molly is excited to be a part of the TOP Graduate Certificate Program so she can expand her knowledge of childhood obesity while also learning the importance of working in a team. After graduation Molly plans to take the dietetic registration exam to pursue her career as a Registered Dietitian.

Derek Tolbert

Derek Tolbert

 

Derek Tolbert of Gilbert, AZ received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Sioux Falls in January of 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science with an emphasis on Exercise Science and plans to graduate in May of 2018. He also has experience working in both personal training and strength and conditioning. His research looks into the biomechanics of lumbopelvic stability and quality of life in persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Derek is pursuing a certificate in the TOP program to gain experience working with transdisciplinary teams in an academic/research setting. After graduation, he would like to pursue a doctorate degree and to remain involved with research and academia.