Charis F Ross, MS, RD, CSP

Delegate Area 5 

Charis F Ross, MS, RD, CSP

Residence:        San Diego                          


  • MS, Oklahoma State Univ., Food/Nutrition/Institutional Administration
  • BS CA Polytechnic State Univ., San Louis Obispo, Dietetic/Food Administration

Internship:          Post Masters at Univ. of Kansas Residence Halls and Lawrence Memorial Hosp.                             

Professional Experience:                                    

  • Pediatric Dietitian, USAF & USAFR, 20 years
  • Lecturer, Eastern Washington State Univ., Cheney WA, 1.5yrs
  • Dietitian, Univ. of Kansas residence halls, Lawrence, KS, 2yrs

Leadership Expereince:

District Activities:                            

  • San Diego District: President, Past President, 2016-2018
  • Nominating Committee, 2013-2015
  • Bylaws Chair 2015-2016 & 2017-2018

Mission Statement: CA Delegate-The field of nutrition and dietetics is consistently changing at all levels. As delegate, I hope to provide the local districts with important topics at the state and national level as well as providing those at the state and national level with the concerns and topics important at the district level.

Additional Information: 

Currently, I am employed at the Naval Medical Center-San Diego as a civilian employee after serving in the Air Force for 10 years.  Although a credentialed provider for ages birth to 100, I specialize in pediatrics.  I cover the inpatient pediatric ward, the pediatric intensive care ward and a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit.  I also see a few outpatient pediatric patients, cover the cystic fibrosis clinic which is a satellite center for the military consortium Cystic Fibrosis Center and teach a prenatal nutrition class.  As we have a pediatric residency program, I serve as an adjunct professor for this program.  During this time I was also a reservist in the Air Force, serving as a dietetic internship preceptor.  I retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During this time, authored women’s health chapter in the web-based Nutrition Care Manual 2007 electronic edition.

I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and received my degree in Dietetics-Food Administration from the department of Home Economics.  My route to registration was a Master’s degree in Food, Nutrition, Institution Administration from the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  I then completed a post-master’s 6 month work experience at the University of Kansas residence halls and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in Lawrence Kansas.

I was active in 4-H from 4th grade through my first year of college.  My projects were clothing and foods as well as raising sheep.  During high school, I was deciding on careers which I narrowed down to becoming a dietitian or a lawyer, and decided on dietetics as I thought I could get through school faster (little did I realize it would be as long!).  Also, I had enjoyed my projects in 4-H which also influenced my decision to major in dietetics. During my senior year of high school, my youngest brother was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.  This diagnosis further made me want to get a degree in nutrition.

Although I like all areas of pediatrics, I particularly like working with patients who have cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders. 

I became involved in SDDA as a means for networking as well as it is important to be involved to keep the profession alive and moving forward.  I also feel that none of us get where we are in our professions without the help and support of others.  I have had excellent professors, mentors and colleagues so being involved in SDDA is a way to give back to all those who came before me.   I have served as President-elect, President, served on the Nominating committee and became chair, served as co-chair for the awards committee and have been by-laws chair from 2016 to the present.

My hobbies are reading, sewing, knitting, walking and being a member of the Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California.

A couple of quotes that applies to our ever changing field come from James Mackintosh-“It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are”.  And from Lady Bird Johnson-“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid”.