MEET THE TEAM

RD Team Leads

NEEM’s humanitarian trips are led by a team of qualified Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). For each trip there are approximately 2-3 RDs. They are the ones who make NEEM what it is. They all share the same vision and values of NEEM. You’ll meet them at your info sessions and, trust me on this, you’ll love them! They’re the ones creating nutrition education, making improvements through evaluations, and using their knowledge to make a sustainable change.

 

Marisa Christensen BS, RDN

Marisa Christensen BS, RDN

Private Practice Dietitian

Marisa Christensen BS, RDN

Private Practice Dietitian

Taylor Hale BS, RDN

Taylor Hale BS, RDN

Clinical Registered Dietitian

Taylor Hale BS, RDN

Clinical Registered Dietitian

Jaqueline Neid-Avila MDA, RDN, CD

Jaqueline Neid-Avila MDA, RDN, CD

Community Nutrition Registered Dietitian

Jaqueline Neid-Avila MDA, RDN, CD

Community Nutrition Registered Dietitian

Ellen Garr BS, RDN

Ellen Garr BS, RDN

Clinical Registered Dietitian

Ellen Garr BS, RDN

Clinical Registered Dietitian

Board of Directors

Taylor Hale

 

Taylor recently graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Family and Human Development. She works as a PRN Dietitian at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Taylor grew up in a very service oriented family where serving in the local community was a priority. She also spent much of high school living abroad attending an International School where she gained a fascination for global issues and culture. She has deep rooted passions for sustainability, community engagement, and women empowerment. Taylor’s goal is to specialize in lactation and maternal nutrition to better support women locally and globally. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, yoga, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

Landon Hobbs

 

Landon is a current medical student at the University of Virginia with plans to specialize in Neurosurgery. Landon studied Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. Landon has performed humanitarian aid to those in the Dominican Republic and Las Vegas. He has used his ability to speak Spanish to serve in free clinics, help in translation services at hospitals and doctors’ offices, aid in Spanish immersion elementary classrooms, and to help current patients. In addition, Landon has served with the youth in local scouting organizations, helped teach elementary students about health and has volunteered hundreds of hours in local hospitals. Landon is currently working with special needs patients as their advocate and is also the Student Health Insurance Representative at UVA School of Medicine. Landon is an avid advocator for education and providing medical services to all who need them.

Jaqueline Neid-Avila

 

Jaqueline has more than five years of experience working as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Jaqueline earned both her Master’s and Bachelor degree from Utah State University. She started her career working with eating disorder clients and teaching intuitive eating principles and body positivity. Jaqueline currently works for Utah State University Extension focusing her efforts on community nutrition education and hunger solutions. Jaqueline still promotes classes based on a mindful eating approach. Jaqueline serves as a dietetic preceptor and has mentored many dietetic interns. When Jaqueline is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband planning their stateside and international travel adventures.

Steven Christensen

 

Steven began his schooling at Utah State University where he majored in Kinesiology with a minor in Chemistry. He plans to obtain his DDS/DMD degree and open the practice of his dreams. He has work experience in agriculture, construction and healthcare fields. He’s provided humanitarian work from Nepal to the Navajo Nation in Arizona and plans on more in the future. As an outdoor enthusiast, you’re likely to find him outside whenever his nose isn’t in a book or working.

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