Captain Lori Maggioni, a Registered Dietitian in the United States Army, plays an important role in improving the health and nutrition of our Nation's soldiers, retirees, and their family members.

FDNS Degree and Year:

University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, May 2009 (double major) - Baylor University, Master of Science, Nutrition, December 2011

Mentor:

Dr. Mary Ann Johnson

Undergraduate Research Project:

Thanks to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences' Undergraduate Research Grant, I was able to gain experience in Masters-level data collection, analysis, and scientific writing through my research project, 'Osteoporosis Risk Factor Differences Between Older Blacks and Whites in Georgia.' Furthermore, I had the opportunity to present my research in a poster session at the 2008 Georgia Dietetic Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Current position:

Registered Dietitian, United States Army

My current job entails:

I am currently serving as Chief, Medical Nutrition Therapy at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. In this role I oversee evidence-based nutrition services for over 250 inpatients and 400 outpatients per month and coordinate the feeding of over 10,000 inpatient meals per month. I provide leadership for a staff of 20 military and civilian personnel, including six registered dietitians. I organize nutrition-related health and wellness events to benefit more than 111,000 enrolled beneficiaries over a four-state region. Additionally, I improve force readiness through providing monthly nutrition classes to Active Duty and Reserve Units. It has been a great honor to serve in the US Army and improve the health and nutrition of our Nation's heroes, retirees, and their family members.

The primary reason I chose to attend UGA and be a part of FDNS was because:

The strong reputation for academic excellence, high-caliber professors, undergraduate research opportunities, and variety of extracurricular and leadership activities. The rigorous undergraduate coursework combined with my research experience laid the foundation for me to excel in the US Military-Baylor University Graduate Program in Nutrition. I can tell you that without a doubt, attending UGA and graduating from FACS has been one of the greatest experiences I could have ever hoped for. Having the opportunity to serve as a FACS Student Ambassador during undergrad allowed me to develop my public speaking, networking, and leadership skills while working in a strong team-centered environment. These skills have directly translated into my successful career as an officer in the military and nutrition professional.