Student Spotlight

Renae Brown, MS, RD

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Renae Brown completed the sum of her degrees at CWRU, with a BA in Biology & Anthropology and an MS in Nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center, and was hired on directly thereafter. She currently works as an outpatient dietitian with a focus on diabetes, chronic kidney disease, hyperlipidemia, and weight management.   

Renae was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award from the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and 2017-2018 Chef RD award from the Memphis VA.  Her goal is to be a fuel for the dietetic force in media and public policy.


Stephanie Merlino-Barr, MS, RDN, LD

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Stephanie Merlino-Barr is a double graduate from the Nutrition Department at CWRU, having received her BS in Nutrition and completed her MS in Nutrition in the Combined Dietetic Internship program at University Hospitals. Stephanie is now pursuing her third degree from CWRU and is a first year in the Clinical Translational Research PhD program.

Stephanie works as a clinical dietitian in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MetroHealth Medical Center. Stephanie’s passion for neonatal nutrition began as an undergraduate researcher at CWRU and was supported by continuing research opportunities in her graduate degree as well as a 4-week staff relief rotation in the NICU at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.  This training and exposure allowed Stephanie to directly enter a specialized field of nutrition, in a position that combines her passions for clinical work, education, and research.


Mary Bailey-Swanzy, MPH, MS

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Mary Bailey-Swanzy, MPH, MS has been offered a Public Health Associate fellowship by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The competitive, two-year training program allows participants the opportunity to work with public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings.  More information on the program is available here.

Graduating in May 2018, Mary is the first graduate of the combined MS in Nutrition/Master of Public Health degree program offered jointly by the Department of Nutrition and the Master of Public Health Program.  She has been placed with the Washington State Department of Health in Olympia, Washington to complete her fellowship program.


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Dana Goldberg

Dana Goldberg is a Dietetic Intern at University Hospitals in the Combined Dietetic Internship and Master's in Nutrition Degree Program. She was awarded the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship this year, which will allow her to extend her education by foreign travel after graduation in December. She is planning to work with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children to help combat malnutrition and other health challenges in southern India.

Additionally, Dana is the recipient of the recipient of the 2018 Pauline E. Hart Scholarship through the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Alana Fayman

2017-2018 Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program student, Alana Fayman, has been awarded the 2018 Karen A. Porcelli Scholarship from the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Theresa Serna

CDI/MDP program student and VA dietetic intern, Theresa Serna, has been awarded the Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.


Sarah Cassatt

CDI/MDP program student and dietetic intern, Sarah Cassatt, has been awarded the Corrinne H. Robinson Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. 


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‌Logan Glosser

As a senior majoring in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Logan won second place at the Experimental Biology Conference in the Diet and Cancer RIS competition. Dr. James Swain, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition was the advisor and mentor for Logan's project on "Dietary Iron and Intestinal Tumorogenesis.