CRYSTAL VASQUEZ, MS, RDN, CNSC
VICE PRESIDENT MEMBER BENEFITS &SERVICES
Education: Ms, Nutritional Science, California State Univesity, Chico
Internship: California State University, Chico
- Clinical Dietitian, Oroville Hospital (2 years, current)
- Associate Faculty, Butte Community College (Current)
- Outpaitent Dietitian, Ampla Health (under a year)
- Secretary 2018-2020
- Newsletter Chiar 2017-2019
Mission Statement: I want to serve in this new position because I feel many RDNs, DTRs, and students are not aware of the many benefits available to them. I want to encourage member involvement and an open line of communication between the membership and the board. I have also had experience in this area with other organizations. The best way to make changes in an organization is through presonal involvement; we cannot expect movement by sitting on the sidelines.
Crystal Vasquez, MS, RDN is a Clinical Dietitian at Oroville Hospital and Instructor at Butte Community College. Crystal completed her education at Chico State, earning a B.S. in Food and Nutrition with Honors and minors in Psychology and Health Promotion and an M.S. in Nutrition Education. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Before becoming an RD, she was a DTR working with mentally and physically disabled adults in care homes, having both clinical and food service-related duties.
Crystal is a member of several AND DPGs. She has been selected to write articles for the Dietitians in Nutritional Support DPG and the Renal Dietitians DPG; focusing on the benefit of FNCE2019 presentations and how those presentations apply to her daily practice as a clinical RD. For the past four years, Crystal has served at the district level as CAND Northern Area District’s Secretary and previous Newsletter Chair. She has also served the CA Academy as a Public Policy Ambassador, having regular communications with legislators to promote our profession.
Crystal has a passion for evidence-based nutrition practice, which has led her to have a variety of experiences in her dietetics career, including speaking a national conference (Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013) and presenting research at several CAND conferences. Her research in childhood nutrition, “Association of Parental Attitudes and Restrictions during Childhood on College Students’ Eating Habits,” has been presented at the California Dietetic Association annual conference and at the CSU Student Research Competition.
Crystal has a long-standing history of giving back and serving multiple organizations. She has experience in promoting membership benefits not only in her roles as a leader in CAND NAD but served as Membership Coordinator for international organizations and a founding club president of a college campus organization.
Crystal’s leadership experience has not only been limited to dietetics but also to social justice movements and in her local Blue Star Moms group supporting our military families. When not working, furthering her education, or serving in a variety of leadership roles, she is a mother to six grown children and enjoys spending time with her family and pets, and doing yoga and spinning.