Meet Our Intern Group

Alicia Blaine

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood for many reasons. One being that the nutrition faculty are passionate and knowledgeable, and you can sense their excitement for nutrition topics when you walk into a classroom. Another reason is that I completed my undergraduate degree in nutrition at Marywood and I couldn’t imagine completing my graduate degree anywhere else. Lastly, because Marywood’s graduate program focuses on multiple areas of nutrition, and really centers in on the overall health of the public. During my sophomore year at Marywood, I had the opportunity to travel to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala with fellow nutrition and physician assistant students and faculty where we worked with the public on balancing meals and preventing disease. My passion in the dietetics field lies within the clinical setting, specifically medical nutrition therapy and disease prevention. I hope to work in a hospital setting once I’m credentialed, treating and educating patients on improving their health status with proper nutrition.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan to sit for the RDN exam in Summer 2022, and I can’t wait!




Annie Heyen

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
Marywood has always been a second home to me. As an undergrad at Marywood, I was a part of the Honors program, being able to complete my own undergraduate honors thesis research study looking at the integration of religion and spirituality into the dietetic practice. I was also able to lead a women’s ministry called Delight, give tours as an Admissions Ambassador, set up events for faculty members to share their faith story through Agape Latte, and play two collegiate sports (softball and volleyball). Marywood helped form me into the woman I am today and I couldn’t imagine not continuing my time at Marywood for my on-site internship. Some of my nutrition interests are in community nutrition, the connection between faith and food, and nutrition counseling. Fun Fact: I was my high school’s valedictorian that skipped graduation. My softball team made the state finals that happened to be on the same day as graduation. So I ended up graduating on a softball field four hours from my classmates and winning the state championship all in one day!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
Summer 2022




Aimee Carignan

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood due to the personality of the directors of the dietetics program. A fun fact about me is my favorite food has been broccoli since I was 4!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I hope to take the RDN exam as soon as possible when I graduate in 2022.




Bryana McCartney

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood for my internship because I felt completely at home here while completing my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. The small, close-knit classes, endless support from Marywood’s professors and the welcoming atmosphere made the decision quite easy for me. I could not picture myself being anywhere else. I am able to complete my internship and master’s degree through the distance track which provides me the opportunity to network and learn from dietitians within my hometown as well new locations. I am interested pursuing a career in a long-term care facility or as a community setting once passing the RDN exam. I also hope to travel back to San Lucas, Guatemala for mission work with the Health Promotors.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date to pass the RDN Exam is July 2022.




Celene Woolley

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
Initially, I did not think I could handle the responsibility of a distance DI program. I applied for on-site programs in New Mexico (my home state) and did not get a first round match, so when I received an email that Marywood had distance spots open for second round match I decided I had nothing to lose. During my interview for the program, I immediately felt welcomed and supported with Stephanie and Micki and I knew that Marywood was where I wanted to complete my internship and master’s degree. I am so grateful to have gotten that email! A fun fact about myself is that I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my boyfriend, cat, and dog. I love outdoor activities like hiking and camping and I love to travel! I have never been to Pennsylvania, so I cannot wait to come explore the state when I am there for graduation.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan to take the RDN exam in summer 2022 soon after graduation!




Chaeeun Lee

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I applied to Marywood University during my second-round matching. I honestly didn't know if Master was something I wanted to do. I was also wary about the first year being completely online (distance program). After talking to Stephanie and Micki, I realized that their confidence in the program and readiness to help out made me want to venture on with this program. I am now finishing my first year of this program, and I can say that I am in awe. I gained so much knowledge and support from professors and staff at Marywood University. I am truly grateful for this experience; I am glad I chose Marywood's internship program because I can see myself thriving and becoming a better version of myself. A fun fact about myself is that I love sloths! I love how slow they move and yet make progress as they go. They remind me of the quote, "There is more to life than simply increasing its speed."

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan on taking the RDN exam in June 2022.




Colleen Caulfield

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s program because of the great reputation of the school, close knit faculty and their faith based values. The Distance Track allowed me to secure my rotations locally so that I could build my network near home and work around my family’s needs. The online courses are flexible and allow me to work during hours that fit my schedule. Marywood also has a fantastic completion rate for the program and pass rate for the RDN exam. I am enjoying the internship process and feel as though I’m growing professionally and personally. I look forward to seeing where my RDN license takes me and toward celebrating all my hard work!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date for passing the RDN exam is July 2022.




Cristina Laudisio

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s dietetic internship program because of my wonderful 4-year experience as an undergraduate student here. The university fosters a close-knit community, and I couldn’t imagine not staying here for graduate school! During my time as an undergraduate, I have realized that the nutrition professors are one-of-a-kind and passionate about helping students reach their fullest potential. Marywood’s reputable program is allowing me to complete my graduate degree and internship hours all at once, which is an amazing opportunity. This internship will allow me to gain experience in all aspects of nutrition, which will help me find my true passion within the field. In the future, I hope to work in a clinical setting with a pediatric population, help those struggling with disordered eating, or become a Sports Dietitian for a University athletic team. Fun Fact: I’ve known I wanted to become a Dietitian since 7th grade!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
Summer of 2022




Daytona Kassy

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Maywood due to the length that the program has been offered. For this reason it made me attracted to a program that has been around a long time which would hopefully help me make the connections I needed and the experiences to be the best RDN I could be. preferred area of practice: I want to work in oncology or transplant nutrition preferably acute care-inpatient. Interesting fact: I have been to 7 countries and ½ of the United States. I love to travel and hike with my Pitbull Daisy May!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
June 2022!




Eric Schley

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood University for the onsite track because I needed to get out of Wisconsin to learn about dietetics from different perspectives. I graduated from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and never expected to be pursuing a Master’s Degree in addition to the internship. However, I decided that the best time to continue my education is as soon as I could. When I applied, I believed that Marywood would provide me the best opportunity to learn in a more intimate setting. I believe that my education at Marywood through my coursework and the internship will help me work within the nutrition focus that I feel most appealing, sports nutrition. I am very excited to work through the internship, nurture professional relationships, and learn all that I can during my time at Marywood.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan on to take and pass the RD exam during the summer of 2022.




Erica Bohn

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s distance dietetic internship program because of how well-established the program is as well as their high success rate on the RD exam. The fact that I could complete my internship rotations in the area I grew up in was another huge plus for me. A unique benefit of this program was how I could complete my master’s degree simultaneously. I am very confident Marywood has set me up for success! In the future I hope to focus on Pediatric and Adolescent nutrition, yet I am very open to other areas of practice. I am very excited to join the wonderful RD community upon graduation!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
Summer of 2022




Erin Wingen

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose to list Marywood University’s RDN Internship Program as my first choice in the DICAS matching portal because of the program’s combined Master’s Degree and internship program, as well as the relatively small student enrollment at the university. I knew that the small class sizes would allow my professors and advisors to give each intern individual attention and allow us to develop as a community. This sense of community will afford me the opportunity to collaborate and learn with my classmates as we develop academically and professionally. After graduating, I plan to take and pass the RD exam, and then pursue a career in clinical nutrition, specifically with pediatrics/neonatal care in a hospital setting. Lastly, a fun fact about me is that I played competitive basketball for almost 16 years of my life!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I hope to take and pass the RDN Exam upon completion of Marywood’s Internship Program, during the Summer of 2022




Erin Nash

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood University because the distance track allowed me to complete my master’s degree and rotation hours in my hometown of California. I was accepted during the second round of matching and immediately felt welcomed and encouraged by Stephanie and Micki. Unlike other programs, I felt that my professional strengths and experience were more valued than just my grades. After attending the University of Arizona for undergrad, I knew I wanted to attend a smaller university for graduate school. I appreciate that the directors and professors are constantly available for guidance and 1:1 support. I currently work with adolescents with eating disorders and plan on specializing in this population as a Registered Dietitian.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I am aiming to take the RD exam by August 2022 to allow time for studying and traveling.




Francesca Pollander

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
Marywood is the sister school of my undergraduate school, Immaculata University, and the way they both are so welcoming to its students is what drew me in. I have always wanted to graduate with a master’s degree in Nutrition since I applied to Immaculata, but no one told me about the big internship that is involved in the process! As senior year approached, I knew that I had to adjust my goals and set sights on a new path for them. As the only dietetic internship I applied to, I chose Marywood because they gave me a sense of hope and faith in myself that, at the time, I did not feel within myself for a long time. As scary as the whole graduate school and dietetic internship process is, Marywood’s dual program and directors presented themselves in the most welcoming and non-intimidating way possible, which made me feel comfortable and confident. Junior year of high school I started researching on my own nutrition and the cognitive effects of a healthy lifestyle through food and activity. The internship’s concentration of health and wellness is exactly why I chose this field of study, so how could I not take up the opportunity to earn my master’s and prepare for the RDN exam through their program? Being in the distance track and living in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area has been challenging, especially with COVID, but this is the path I felt was right, so I intend on finishing strong! Fun Fact: As a previous student leader and always being asked this in class the beginning of each semester, I dread this question. I find a few facts about my life interesting, and most include me being crafty or creative, but I never know which one is the most “fun” fact. In honesty, I had to ask my best friend what her fun fact for me is and she said, “you can MacGyver anything, because you can figure out having to fix things with materials you already own without having to buy anything for it.” So with that, my fun fact is I like to fix and create things.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I hope to take my RDN exam as soon as life allows me to in 2022. I am very excited and passionate to begin my next chapter after Marywood.




Gabrielle Lippincott

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood because it has given me the opportunity to pursue a Master degree in Sports Nutrition while completing a dietetic internship with a well-respected program. The faculty that I have had the pleasure to work with at Marywood have made the transition from undergrad to grad school as smooth as possible and I am extremely grateful to be a apart of this community!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
Summer 2022, after completing my Master Degree and Dietetic Internship




Jaquelyn Meluskey

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s program because I knew that it would be the best for me in order to succeed academically. They have an amazing nutrition and dietetics department, and I knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of. I found this program to be very appealing because I am able to get my master’s in nutrition as well as a dietetic internship. Nutrition is something I am very passionate about and I am so happy that I am completing it at Marywood. Fun Fact: I became interested in nutrition halfway through my undergraduate career and since changing my major I have never been happier with any other decision. Once I started learning the importance of proper nutrition and how it can prevent and help disease states, I found it so fascinating. I also have a strong passion for sports nutrition and how it can help with performance and recovery. I hope to pursue sports nutrition later in my career and help athletes perform to their full potential.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
June 2022




Jennifer Wilcox

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I really liked this program’s two-phase design. I like that phase one is more focused on taking graduate level courses, it allows you to focus and not rush through classes. Then in phase two, the concentration is more so on the rotations. I think that the two-phase design minimizes stress unlike other programs where you have to take most of your graduate classes while doing your internship. I also like that Marywood offers a in person and distance track. As a wife and dog mom, I think I would be very sad if I had to live away from my family for 2 years! A Fun fact about me is that I am secretly pretty good at golf!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target is to take it by early or mid-June 2022




Jessica Kozlosky

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s internship program because I came to the school as a freshman and loved my time here with the faculty and community; everyone in the nutrition department is really amazing. After I learned that Marywood also offers the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree alongside completion of a dietetic internship, I jumped at the chance. When I become an RDN, I want to work in diabetes care, especially with teens and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes. After getting enough hours of experience, I want to take the exam to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I also have an interest in renal nutrition.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan to take and pass the RDN exam after I graduate in May 2022.




Jocelyn Owan

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood because I get a whole year to find my own preceptors and I am able to receive one-on-one meetings to discuss past preceptors in my state. I knew I wanted a distance program, but I was always intimidated to find my own preceptors. Having a year to find preceptors and people tell me possible locations for my rotations in my area made me confident in choosing Marywood. Fun fact: I’m 5’1 ½” and about 120 lbs. and I could carry my >200 lb. boyfriend.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date to take the RDN exam is June 2022.




Lauren Butler

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s dietetic internship for a couple of reasons. At first, I was unsure whether or not I wanted to take on my graduate degree while completing a dietetic internship. I wasn't sure if I was able to handle the amount of work that would be required. After completing my interview I felt super comfortable, they assured me that it was doable and answered every question that I had while talking about goals that I had for the future. I also spoke with former students who were local and they encouraged me by telling me how much support was offered by the faculty, and how much they enjoyed the program. I also chose Marywood because I would be able to achieve all of my goals while maintaining a flexible schedule and staying in a location that I am comfortable with. My intended area of practice is pediatrics or acute care, I can’t wait to see the opportunities that arise from completion of this program!

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My goal is to take the exam by the end of Summer 2022!




Leslie Healey

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s Dietetic Internship program because of the guidance and dedication that I received while achieving my Didactic Program in Dietetics certification. The teachers are amazing and the nutrition department creates a supportive community for the students. Marywood also provides a competitive program that fully prepares a student for the high expectations required of a dietetics professional. Their concentration in health and wellness lays a solid foundation for any nutrition concentration that a student wants to follow. Upon completing the RDN exam I am excited to pursue a career in clinical dietetics with a specialization in gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. I also want to be involved in community efforts in educating conscious consumerism when purchasing food products and demystifying the marketing tactics on food labels. I find there is so much misinformation in the media about food in relation to health and believe that dietitians are a great resource to fulfill this need for reliable nutrition advice.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
Upon completion of the Masters and DI program, I plan on taking the RDN exam in June of 2022.




Lorie Mae Batacandolo

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I stumbled into the world of nutrition while majoring in Culinary Arts for my Associate’s. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in food, but I didn’t know exactly how. While taking a basic nutrition class for that major, I fell in love with the coursework. That teacher pulled me aside and told me I would make a great Registered Dietitian one day. Before that, I had never even heard of a dietitian and now here I am in Marywood’s Master’s Dietetic Internship Program. I chose Marywood’s MSDI program because of their focus on health promotion. While other programs focus on treatment through nutrition, I believe that promoting good nutrition to prevent illness and add more life to our years is so important, yet so underappreciated. With so many people posting on social media as “nutrition professionals” and giving phony information, it’s important for the real professionals to get out there and spread the facts. I was a little hesitant about taking on Marywood’s distance program from all the way in sunny California because I was worried that I wouldn’t feel as immersed in the program, but I knew from the interview that I would be in good hands with Stephanie and Micki. They are always just an email away and they adjust to every curveball the pandemic has thrown at them. I’m excited to use what I learn through my journey with Marywood to get people excited about proper nutrition, and to help people break up with their yo-yo diets.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan to take the RD exam in the Fall of 2022.




Megan Housel

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I am extremely grateful to join Marywood’s MS/DI program during second- round matching. This program focuses on Health and Wellness promotion and I am excited to incorporate this into my future goals as a RD. Even though I am in the distance track and all interactions are online, I still feel very supported by Stephanie, Micki, and the professors I have had thus far. A fun fact about myself is that I have worked as a DTR for the past 5 years in Clinical Nutrition.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
June 2022




Mitchell Romanowski

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s program because Marywood feels like home. The program does an exceptional job at helping students through the application process and preparing students to take the RDN exam. Throughout my time at Marywood, the faculty is what has stood out to me the most. I have never been apart of a program with more kind, helpful, and motivating staff. They have helped me tremendously throughout my time and it only feels right to continue this journey along side them. I have been the captain of the Marywood Men’s Rugby team for the past three years and sports is something I am very passionate about. To combine coaching, sports, and nutrition is a dream scenario for my future career path. After becoming an RDN, my goal is to become a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and work with athletes of all ages to help optimize their performance on and off the field. Marywood has helped me develop great confidence in my ability to be a leader and has given me an exceptional base of knowledge to build on for years to come.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date to take and pass the RDN exam is May/June 2022




Monica Senour

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s MSDI Program because of the familiarity from applying to the school for undergrad and because of the wonderful reputation the school has for higher education, which I am very lucky to be a part of. I received my BS in Nutrition from La Salle University. La Salle’s program was small like Marywood’s, which is an environment I find I thrive the most in, with more connection and opportunity. I am proud of my classmates and myself because the two years, combined with internship and master’s work is tough, but I am appreciative of the flexibility of the distance program. The director, Stephanie, and clinical coordinator, Micki, were welcoming from the start and continue to be resources and supporters for mine and my classmate’s education and career paths. I love everything about the field, mostly outreach and educating the public, and see myself as a clinical dietitian because I admire the collaboration of healthcare professionals in the clinical setting.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date to take the RDN exam is post-graduation, mid-summer of 2022!




Sarah Lopez

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood’s internship program because they are a great school and well known. After my call with the director I felt confident this school would be a great fit. It is great that they offer the opportunity to receive a master’s degree and complete the internship at the same time. I am glad I chose to take the MS + DI route with Marywood because it allowed me to have a flexible schedule. The program is preparing me for the role as a Registered Dietitian, the staff and the professors are amazing. I am still deciding on an area of practice, but I would like to work with the pregnancy population or pediatrics.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
My target date for passing the RDN exam is June 2022




Shannon Graham

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood University’s Dietetic Internship program because of the wonderful reputation the nutrition department has. I studied Nutrition and Dietetics for my undergraduate degree at Marywood also and saw firsthand how motivating and supportive the professors and staff are. One factor that really caught my interest in the program was the fact that I would be receiving my master’s degree along with completing my supervised practice hours in the internship. I think the multiple different rotations in the internship will allow me to gain experience in all fields of nutrition and help to better prepare me for the RDN exam. As of right now, I plan on pursuing a career in clinical nutrition and eventually opening a private practice.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan on taking the RDN exam in May or June of 2022, after completing my master’s degree and the Dietetic Internship.




Siena Senn

Why I Chose Marywood's Program:
I chose Marywood because I did my undergraduate degree here and loved all of the professors and their passion for the field of dietetics that they share with their students everyday. I also liked the fact that Marywood offers a distance track which allowed me to go back home and pursue my goals there. A fun fact about myself is that I have swam across the St. Lawrence Seaway from the United States to Canada.

Target Date to Take & Pass RDN Exam:
I plan to take my RDN exam as soon as I am able to. I have already been studying hard and feel as though I will be well prepared when the time comes.