Member Spotlight - Tiffany Grant
Tiffany Grant, MA, RD, LD - Food Demonstration Specialist Coordinator
Tell us about your job.
I work for the Chickasaw Nation Get Fresh! program, which is a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education program in South Central Oklahoma. As the Food Demonstration Specialist Coordinator, I work with the Get Fresh! team to develop nutrition education for the Chickasaw Nation, other American Indians and community members in a variety of settings. I enjoy being able to coordinate our food demo specialists and our 30 plus shows each month as well as our off-site demonstrations and events. I also serve as the coordinator for Body Adventure. Body Adventure is a fun multisensory exhibit for students in grades K-5 that travels to different schools to teach kids the importance of healthy eating and lifestyles in a hands-on, interactive way.
What do you find most interesting about your job?
I love my job because we have the opportunity to reach out to so many different generations on a daily basis. No two days are the same, we may be doing a cooking demonstration for elders one day and the next we are in the garden with preschoolers teaching them where their fruits and vegetables come from. I love that I have the opportunity to educate others and know that we are making a difference in our communities.
How did you get into this field?
I honestly stumbled upon this program when I was in school working on my master’s degree and knew that I had to be a part of something that can have such an impact on someone’s life. I started out as a part-time demonstration specialist until I completed my internship and was fortunate enough to be hired on full time; the rest is history!
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Luther, Oklahoma. I’m a small town girl that was lucky enough to graduate from the same school as my parents and grandparents. Not many people have a principal that went to school with your grandparents and coached your parents. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Where did you go to college and/or complete an intership?
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Central University, “Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger,” and I completed my Master of Arts in Dietetics and my internship through the University of Oklahoma.
Besides your profession, what are your hobbies?
I took four years of wood technology in high school and fell in love with woodworking. My husband is a builder/contractor so in our spare time we like to build furniture. Our project list is never ending!
What are your favorite foods?
I love food so this one is hard to narrow down, but I would say my favorite type of food is anything Mexican and my favorite food would probably be Brussels sprouts. I would put them on the menu daily if I thought I could convince my husband that we needed them on a daily basis.
What is on your bucket list?
I do not have an actual bucket list, but I do love to travel and I am always up for new adventures…who knows what the future holds!
How long have you been a member of NEP, and why did you join?
I’ve only been a member for a couple of years. I decided to join so that I could connect more with those that are out there doing the same things that we do every day. I enjoy having a group of professionals to reach out to and learn from.
Any other interesting things you would like to share with NEP members?
I truly believe that it is our duty as nutrition experts and leaders in our profession to take time to be a mentor and support those that are new to dietetics. I continue to grow and learn so much from my own mentors and that inspires me to be there as a support system to as many students and young professionals as I can. I am currently on my fifth year serving as a preceptor for dietetic interns during their community rotations and I am also adjunct faculty for East Central University where I teach nutrition to undergraduate students. If you are not a mentor, I encourage you to reach out to students or young professionals. It continues to be a rewarding opportunity for me and one that I hope to continue for many years to come!
Interview by Pauline Williams