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Erin Eggert, MS, EP-C

Family Living Agent
University of Wisconsin-Extension in Monroe County

Education: BS, Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Fitness, double minor in Spanish and Nutrition, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; MS, Nutrition, Exercise, and Food Sciences, Specialization in Exercise Science, South Dakota State University

The research over the past few decades has become more and more clear that there's no "one size fits all" type of fix for anything. In order to see change, addressing the issue in a transdisciplinary, multi-level light is necessary. TOP taught me how to think critically with that transdisciplinary perspective and how to find and work with others to address an issue and make a change. In my current work, I do just that.

 

Kristen Roles, MS, EP-C

Clinical Research Coordinator
Washington University School of Medicine–Program in Physical Therapy

Education: BS, Exercise Science, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Specialization in Exercise Science, South Dakota State University

One of the most important ways TOP prepared me for my current position was through the concept of being transdisciplinary. By having an open mind to the ideas of others, especially those from different professions, we are able to understand a situation with a better-rounded viewpoint. Similar to TOP, my current research team has a variety of educational backgrounds. Together we are able to presents our ideas of what we may consider to be most important and assess any situation more critically.

 

 Megan Jacobson, MS, LN, RDN

Nutrition Field Specialist
SDSU Extension

Education: BS, Nutrition, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition, Exercise, & Food Sciences, South Dakota State University

 

 

The TOP Program provided me with the skills necessary to serve in a leadership capacity and increased my knowledge on the importance of collaborating with a variety of disciplines. Being able to embrace a team collaboration has positively impacted the growth, reach, and sustainability of the programs I have been involved with. In my current position with SDSU Extension, I have gained experience in working with a variety of local, state, and national partners to accomplish common goals related to decreasing chronic disease. Though partnerships, I help to integrate evidence based programs within South Dakotan communities.

 

Alyssa Sorenson, MS, RD, LN

Lead Dietitian/Associate Product Development Specialist
Profile by Sanford

Education: BS, Nutrition & Food Science-Dietetics, Specialization; Exercise Science. South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition, Exercise & Food Science-Nutritional Sciences Specialization, South Dakota State University

 

In my current position, I have been part of a multidisciplinary team to provides a program for teens that focuses on healthy and appropriate weight management through nutrition, activity and lifestyle modification. TOP prepared me in providing me the knowledge and skills in childhood obesity prevention as well as working with a multidisciplinary team.

 

Corey Selland, PhD, EP-C

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Black Hills State University

Education: BS, Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics with a specialization in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MS, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Science, South Dakota State University; PhD, Nutrition, Exercise, and Food Science, South Dakota State University

The TOP Program prepared me for my current position by providing me with several experiential learning and research opportunities. Personally, the variety of research opportunities as a member of the TOP Program were the most beneficial. I was able to stretch my comfort zone and knowledge by working with individuals from a variety of disciplines with a common vision and goal.

 

 Tara Shafrath, MS, EP-C, RYT

Health and Physical Activity Field Specialist
South Dakota State University Extension

Education: BS, Exercise Science and Minor in Health Education, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition, Exercise and Food Science, Specialization in Exercise Science, South Dakota State University

 

In my role as a Health and Physical Activity Field Specialist, I collaborate with colleagues from many disciplines and backgrounds to bring health and physical activity resources to the state. The TOP program allowed me to hit the ground running in my current role as I was equipped with the knowledge of the obesity epidemic and tools to be able to apply to my current job. I value collaboration with experts in many fields and partnerships from various entities that are working towards the goal of making South Dakota a healthier place to live, work and play. The TOP program supported my work and personal values making being a student with the program very worthwhile and rewarding.

 

Robert Juenemann, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator
Mayo Clinic

Education: BS, Biology and Animal Science, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Specialization in Nutrition, South Dakota State University

 

The TOP program opened my mind to a new method of problem solving and logical thought organization. The program reiterated the need and increased efficiency of bringing professionals from multiple disciplines together to solve a common goal. In my current role, I work with professionals within the organization, as well as across the country from a number of professions, with the common goal of providing a higher quality of life and healthcare to cancer patients.

 

Megan Bren

Megan Bren, MS, RDN, LN

Dietitian/Nutrition Family Visitor
Community Action Wayne/Medina (Head Start) in Wooster, OH

Education: BS, Dietetics, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences, Specialization in Nutrition, South Dakota State University

 

The TOP Program helped immensely in getting my current position. The program allowed me to gain the knowledge of how to gather information and resources on topics related to targeting childhood obesity prevention, such as increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Getting the opportunity to listen to well-known and innovative professionals in the Nutrition field (Brain Wansink) through the program prepared me for the 'real world' of working with communities.

In my current position, I still use information that was given during the TOP Program, such as the way I read and analyze research articles, working with community members, working with grants, and bringing new ideas/resources to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in 3-5 year olds.

 

Lindsay Moore

Lindsay Moore, MS

Consultant
Moore Healthy Living, LLC; Owner

Education: BS, Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Wyoming; MS, Nutrition, Exercise and Food Science, South Dakota State University

 

 

TOP helped me to build a network with other professionals in multiple fields. After graduate school, I was hired as the Project Coordinator for a multi-state trans disciplinary USDA/NIFA grant project. When the time came to leave South Dakota, I was able to start my own LLC and serve as a consultant. Since then, I have worked in the same capacity as the Project Coordinator while also picking up contracts with other universities, private consultants.  Additionally, I served in the creation and now the development of the statewide Florida Food Policy Council, which is again, trans disciplinary in nature.  TOP helped me to build skills that allow for effective collaboration with other professionals in various fields.  It’s all about working together towards a common goal!

 

Hilary Overby

Hilary Overby, MS, EP-C

Southeastern Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Volunteers of America, Dakotas

Education: BS, Exercise Science, South Dakota State University; MS, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Specialization in Exercise Science, South Dakota State University

 

How the TOP Program prepared you for your position: During my time in the TOP Program I learned a lot about working with individuals with various backgrounds who taught me how to look at things from multiple perspectives that are outside my scope of knowledge. I also learned about working with rural communities from a distance which has been beneficial for me because I now work with colleagues located all across the state and coalitions that spread out throughout the Southeastern portion of South Dakota.