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I AM

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Nutrition, Media, Education Professional
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Nutrition

2022 - PRESENT

FORSYTH MEDICAL CENTER

Sr. Director Food and Nutrition Services 

Novant Health/Morrison Healthcare-Compass One Account

2017-2022

MORRISON HEALTHCARE/WAKEMED NORTH & CARY HOSPITALS

DIRECTOR, FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES

Champions the day-to-day operations of the foodservices division by providing team leadership, overseeing profitability, and providing nutritionally balanced meals.

2015-2017

WAKEMED HOSPITAL

EDUCATION SPECIALIST, FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES

Spearheaded the planning, development, and execution of staff education programs for over 150 food services hospital employees at a major regional hospital.

2014-2015

Dietetic Internship

Completed 1200 hours of practice supervised by registered dietitians in the areas of food service management, clinical, and community.

Journalism

1998 - 2011
WXII 830 AM

RADIO NEWS PRODUCER

WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL

WEB PRODUCER

WXII 12 NEWS 

SENIOR WEB WRITER & EDITOR, INTERNET BROADCASTING

WGHP FOX 8

WEB PRODUCER

WTVD ABC11 

WEB PRODUCER & JOURNALIST

EDUCATION & CERTFICATIONS

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

MASTERS OF SCIENCE, NUTRITION SCIENCES

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY. DURHAM, NC

PRESENT

SERVSAFE MANAGER

CUM LAUDE

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, HUMAN SCIENCES (DIETETICS)

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY. DURHAM, NC

PRESENT

SERVSAFE PROCTOR
BACHELOR OF ARTS, COMMUNICATION STUDIES

UNIVERSITY NORTH CAROLINA. CHAPEL HILL, NC

ADVISORY BOARDS / COMMITTEES 

Town of Cary Information Services Advisory Board

Wake County Government Northern Region Advisory Committee

WakeMed PETALS Advisory Committee

WakeMed Magnet Champions Advisory Board

UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Community Outreach and Engagement Core Advisory Board

UNC Breast Cancer Environment and Research Program Advisory Committee

 
 
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As a wife and mother of three including identical twins, I curate experiences for my family centered around food and travel. In the early stages of my career as a journalist, I focused on advocacy and the representation of marginalized voices. I grounded myself in fitness and utilized my experience to unlock my clients' fitness potential. While working in television news, my passion for food, nutrition, and wellness sparked an idea to document my training for an Olympic distance triathlon. Blogging my experience turned into a weekly health and fitness feature for ABC11 WTVD News and served as a catalyst to return to the classroom and learn more about nutrition.

 

As a subject matter expert, my professional environment allows me an opportunity to teach future dietitians, train hospital food service staff, and develop processes and procedures that aid in the excellent care of patients. Although my path has been non-traditional, it has allowed opportunities to share and teach utilizing many skills learned throughout my 20+ year career. I remain inspired by my ability to connect with a larger audience and affect the human experience with food.

 
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SERVICES

WELLNESS RETREATS

An experience curated to focus on your wellness needs including menu planning, cooking demos, and food education. Retreats are designed for small groups and can be scheduled locally or as a weekend destination at the coast, the mountains, or wherever you choose.

NUTRITION EDUCATION

Interactive sessions can be booked in 30-minute increments and are ideal for classrooms, office meetings, or gatherings where hands-on education is desired. Subject areas include general nutrition, grocery shopping, kitchen pantries, and cooking.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Book a subject matter expert in the field of nutrition and lifestyle. Ideal for special events and workshops.

ONE-ON-ONE

A nutrition degree expert will come to your home and provide assessments of your refrigerator and pantry. This service can include a field trip to the grocery store and a cooking tutorial as add-ons.

Interested in booking for another event? Submit Inquiry Here
*I am not a registered dietitian or licensed nutritionist. I do not provide medical nutrition therapy or weight loss counseling. *
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CONTACT

It is my pleasure to pursue my passion, and help educate our community on the importance of good health and nutrition. I look forward to speaking with you, and offering my services at your next event. 

Please submit a inquiry, or contact me by e-mail or phone. 

Thank you and I look forward to working with you.

 

Tel: 336.575.4012

Email: akiia@alumni.unc.edu

Service Area: Triangle/Triad. 

Retreats can be booked for any location.

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Thank You! I will be in touch with 24-48 hours.

*I am not a registered dietitian or licensed nutritionist. I do not provide medical nutrition therapy or weight loss counseling. *

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