A world of new challenges and opportunities awaits was the message delivered
by commencement speaker and Louisiana Office of Public Health Nutritionist
Melissa M. Guillory to the 21st graduating class of the North Oaks Dietetic
Internship during a ceremony on June 5 at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference
Center in Hammond.
Graduates include: Kelly Beard of Kingwood, Texas; Ashley Braud and Amanda
Hotchkiss of Baton Rouge; Bryan Delchamps of Covington; Emily Nickens
of Ponchatoula; and Sara Perrilloux of Hammond.
“There are so many interesting and different opportunities for dietitians
and nutritional professionals today,” Guillory attests. “You
may be doing something you had no idea that you might enjoy, and you will
be challenged by it.”
Emily Nickens received the Mary Nelson Award, given by the Dietetic Internship
faculty for exceptional work, enthusiastic attitude, dedication to the
dietetic profession and academic excellence. The award is given in memory
of the late Mary Nelson, who was a professor in dietetics at Southeastern
Louisiana University in Hammond, La.
The Southeast District Dietetic Association chose Kelly Beard as recipient
of the Carol Bertrand Award for Excellence. The award was created in memory
of the late Bertrand, who was a registered dietitian and graduate of North
Oaks’ second Dietetic Internship class.
The “Always Remembering Others” Award, given in honor of North
Oaks Patient Representative Dannye Young Taylor by her husband Dr. Rodney
Taylor, was presented to Kelly Beard.
The North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program offers qualified individuals
a unique opportunity to attain eligibility for the Registration Examination
for Dietitians through 1 year of supervised experience.
For more information about the North Oaks Dietetic Internship, contact
the program office at (985) 230-6548 or