Professional and Alumni

KON Member Spotlight

This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.

The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff.

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Member Spotlight - 2011

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December 2011 - Katarzyna Kordas

Katarzyna Kordas Dr. Katarzyna Kordas is an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at the Pennsylvania State University.  She earned a PhD in International Health with a concentration in nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She has been a KON member since 2009 and is the faculty advisor of KON Tau Chapter at Penn State.  Dr. Kordas mentors graduate and undergraduate students, and is committed to promoting research careers for young women.

Dr. Kordas studies the independent and combined effects of micronutrient deficiencies and environmental metal exposures on children's cognitive and behavioral development. The specific focus of her research group is on iron deficiency and lead exposure as examples of the nutrient-metal interactions, but the group is also interested in other nutrient-metal pairs, like manganese and iron or cadmium and iron.  ...

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November 2011 - Virginia Quick

Virginia Quick Virginia Quick, PhD, R.D. holds her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate degrees in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and has been a proud member of Kappa Omicron Nu Society since 2003.  This past September she started a position as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care Fellowship Training Program at the University of Minnesota’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Here she is collaborating with the Project EAT (Eating and Activity among Teens and Young Adults) team at the School of Public health on various research projects. 

Dr. Quick’s main research of interest includes examining eating behaviors and disordered eating in youth and young adults, particularly those with diet-related chronic health conditions.  She plans to share and build upon her recent published dissertation, “Characteristics and Disturbed/Disordered Eating Behaviors of Young Adults with and without Diet-Related Chronic Health Conditions”, as she continues to pursue her dreams of becoming a respectable researcher and teacher in academia. 

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August 2011 - Jill Jayne

Jill Jayne Jill Jayne, MS, RD, is the country's only Rockstar Nutritionist. Jill is the leading expert at creating and delivering interactive media about health for kids and families. She is an agent for social change around childhood obesity prevention and treatment, creating acclaimed live performances, original music and tools for educators that make nutrition rock. Jill has been a proud Kappa Omicron Nu member since 2002 serving as president from 2003 to 2004 of The Omicron Tau Chapter at Penn State University. In support of the research and development of her innovative approach to childhood obesity, Jill received the Eileen Maddox Fellowship 2005-2007. Jill also contributed "What Does a Dietitian Do?" (2008), Kids and Careers Module to the KON Library.

Jill is president and creative director of Note to Health, a New York City-based company specializing in age-appropriate, interactive multimedia productions designed to teach kids about health. Jill’s work has been performed for over 170,000 kids across the United States and has been featured in national media outlets including NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, and industry trade publications.

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July 2011 - Jessica Collinsgrove

Jessica Collinsgrove Jessica Collinsgrove of Crete, Illinois, was selected to carry the departmental flag at Northern Illinois University commencement in DeKalb. Collinsgrove, a 2007 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and daughter of John and Ginger Collinsgrove, was selected as a flag bearer for the College of Health and Human Sciences at the 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony May 14. Collinsgrove graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Family Social Services.

While attending NIU, she served on the executive board for Kappa Omicron Nu, Omicron Beta Gamma chapter. This is the Family and Consumer Sciences honor society, and she was also named to the dean's list for several semesters. She interned earlier this year at Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center in Oak Forest. Collinsgrove has been accepted to the NIU graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy for Fall 2011. She is one of 12 students chosen for the program and tuition is waived. She will complete the program in two years and would ultimately like to start her own practice.

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June 2011 - Leah Shapiro

Leah Mary Shapiro Leah Mary Shapiro is a member of Omicron Tau Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, Penn State University, as well as being a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society! She earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management with High Distinction. As the Valedictorian of her major she was the Student Marshall during graduation, earning a 3.94 GPA during her 4 years at Penn State. She will soon begin her new career working for the Vista Host Hotel Management Company in their Manager in Training program. 

During her time at Penn State she was the president of Omega Phi Alpha Sorority, a member of the "THON Hospitality Committee," a THON dancer in 2011 and contributed over 50 hours of community service per semester. THON (Penn State Dance Marathon) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It is a year-long effort which raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. All of the students efforts culminate with a two day, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon and last year they raised over $9.56 million!

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April 2011 - Tiffany Oster

Tiffany Oster Tiffany M. Oster is a member of Omicron Lambda Chapter and a National Student Board Member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. She is currently completing an accelerated dietetic internship at Virginia State University. 

Oster earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, graduating with Honors. She previously earned double Associate Degrees from Central Oregon Community College; an Associate of Art and an Associate of Science in Exercise Science.  During her time at Oregon State University, she was active in the campus community and was selected to represent the College of Health & Human Science undergraduate students by speaking at the College’s annual Celebration of Excellence.  She was also a recipient of the Health & Human Science Undergraduate Research Award Program for her work on a Nutrition & Exercise Science Department research project, which resulted in her first abstract publication. 

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March 2011 - Julian Trivino

Julian Trivino Julian Andrew Trivino is a National Student Board Member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society as well as serves in the Florida State University College of Human Sciences Alumni Board.

Trivino earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.  He graduated with Honors as an undergraduate and was offered a position as a Teaching Assistant and consequently a full scholarship into the Master’s in Exercise Physiology program. During his time in the graduate program he participated in several community service activities in and around the Tallahassee area. He was inducted into the Dr. Hortense Glenn Society as a first year Master’s Student. This society recognizes no more than the top 1% of students in the College of Human Sciences per year who exhibit outstanding leadership and service while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

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January 2011 - Gladys Gary Vaughn

Gladys Gary Vaughn Gladys Gary Vaughn is Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an officer of the 25-member board of Habitat for Humanity.

Vaughn holds a doctorate in home economics education and administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and is the immediate past national president of The Links Incorporated, two of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Vaughn is a past chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors.

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