Nine graduates of the
North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program celebrated their accomplishments at a ceremony and reception held Thursday,
June 8, 2017, at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Hammond.
Members of the 24th graduating class are pictured with North Oaks Nutritional Services Director
Ann McDaniel-Hall at far left and North Oaks Dietetic Internship Director
Leslie Ballard at far right. Graduates include: (front row, from left)
Kathleen Walton Schneider of Mandeville; Carlie Francis Sternfels of Thibodaux;
Savanna Lace Willeford of Walker; Brittany Nicole Craft of Abita Springs;
(back row, from left) Grace Elisabeth Mansfield of Baton Rouge; Tiffany
Marie Adams of Abita Springs; Sarah Kelly Erwin of Meridian, Mississippi;
Courtney Diana Pietrogallo of Baton Rouge; and Michelle Marie Mackie of
Palm Bay, Florida.
“Don’t be afraid to be the best,” shared Elizabeth Sloan,
keynote speaker for the commencement exercises. “You be the best,
and everyone around you will rise to be their best.”
She also shared tips for success, such as joining a professional organization
and continuing education, and encouraged the graduates to share their
expertise with their colleagues.
With 26 years of experience as a registered dietitian, Sloan has served
as the director of dietetics and assistant professor of dietetics at Nicholls
State University in Thibodaux since 2012. She also is a certified diabetes
educator and lactation consultant.
Three students earned award recognition during the program.
Erwin 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
Mackie was honored with the “Always Remembering Others” Award,
given in honor of North Oaks Patient Representative Dannye Young Taylor
by her husband, Dr. Rodney Taylor.
Craft was recognized as the 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.
Diplomas were conferred by Leslie Ballard, director of the North Oaks Dietetic
Internship Program and registered dietitian.
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.