Mentors

Mentor Supervisors

 AnnalieseAnnaliese Herren

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor Supervior

Annaliese Herren is in her last semester as a nutrition student. She is from Castro Valley, California and worked extensively with children growing up. She currently works as a nanny and coaches for a program called Girls on the Run, which empowers girls to grow into strong women. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking Monkey Face and being active in nature. She also serves her Chico community as a member of Gamma Phi Beta.


VeronicaVeronica VanCleave

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor Supervisor

Veronica VanCleave is a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at Chico State and is originally from Santa Rosa, California. She’s the director of the Autism Spectrum Food Activity Lab, which is a program offered through the Department of Kinesiology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and gardening.


Mentors

BriBri Lofink

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor

Bri Lofink is finishing up her degree in nutrition and dietetics this semester. She is originally from Plumas County California. She also works at the Center for Healthy Communities teaching nutrition lessons to middle and high school students. In her spare time she enjoys making DIY gifts, hiking, and cooking. 

CassieBinghamCassie Bingham

Nutrition Mentor

Cassie Bingham is a senior nutrition student from Morgan Hill, California. She currently works at Sutter Dining and is the president of the Embodied club on campus, where she aims to promote body positivity on campus. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to become a community dietitian.




EmilyBrownEmily Brown

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor

Emily Brown is a senior nutrition student with a minor in exercise science.  She is originally from Novato, California.  She is the treasurer of the Embodied club here on campus. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring Upper Park.  She hopes to become a clinical dietitian working with rehab patients. 



Sean GSean Gertjejansen

Exercise Mentor

Sean is in his last semester of the Kinesiology program, earning his graduate degree in Exercise Psychology. He is originally from Orange County, CA. He works as a group exercise instructor at the WREC, and as an exercise buddy in the WellCat Fit program. His hobbies include reading, playing with his cats, mixed martial arts (MMA) training, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. He hopes to one day work as an exercise psychology consultant.




KeilaHKeila Hernandez

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor

Keila Hernandez is a senior in the dietetics program. Her goal as a nutrition student is to help those struggling with disordered eating.  As a Napa Valley native, Keila enjoys a glass of wine, great cuisine and good conversation at the dining table with friends and family. Keila is fluent in Spanish and French and has lived in many countries. She loves to travel! Her hobbies include writing music, singing, playing the piano, watching films, and being outdoors. 

MeganHMegan Howard

Exercise Mentor

Megan is working towards her bachelor's degree in exercise physiology. After graduating, she hopes to continue on to physical therapy school. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing sports, and just staying active in new and fun ways.

MJMary Jane Johnson

Nutrition and Exercise Mentor

Mary Jane is a senior-level nutrition student. She is working towards getting her master's degree and becoming a dietitian. Currently she is a waitress and a dietary aide. She enjoys dinner parties, nature and new experiences.

JennyRodriguezJenny Rodriguez

Nutrition Mentor

Jenny is in her last semester as a Nutrition and Food Science major with an option in Dietetics. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in the near future and go on to become a Registered Dietitian. A Bay Area native, Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her three children and husband on the beach. She works as a Community Nutrition Assistant at the Center for Healthy Communities. Jennifer also volunteers for several diabetes-related organizations.

KaraWKara Winterton

Nutrition Mentor

Kara Winterton is in her last semester as a Nutrition and Food Science major with an option in Dietetics. She is from Riverside, California and transferred to Chico from Humboldt State University. Kara works as a Community Nutrition Assistant at the Center for Healthy Communities in Chico. In her free time she enjoys spinning, cooking, and hanging out with her friends and roommates.