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Board of Directors

Michelle Nicolet

Michelle Nicolet
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

mnicolet@kidsinnutrition.org

Michelle leads education, operations, chapter growth and management, training, website development, funding, and marketing.

Angela Shields

Angela Shields
Co-Founder & Chairwoman

ashields@kidsinnutrition.org

Angela oversees all sectors and provides support for overarching nonprofit development strategy.

Sean Clancy

Sean Clancy
Board Member

sclancy@kidsinnutrition.org

Sean leads curricula research and advises on nonprofit development.

Our Story

Michelle and Angela's journey began during their first year at UC Santa Barbara when their shared passion for the significance of good nutrition brought them together. Influenced by personal experiences where food served as a catalyst for mental and physical healing, they expanded their contemplation from the individual level to encompass larger systems of public health and environmental sustainability.

 

In their second year as undergraduates, the duo transformed this vision into a tangible nutrition education program. After numerous late-night sessions crafting the initial nutrition curriculum, they piloted the 7-week lesson plan in a 1st-grade classroom at Washington Elementary School in Santa Barbara during Spring 2014. Over the subsequent two years, they dedicated countless hours to solidify the program's foundation at UC Santa Barbara and the surrounding community, ensuring a sustainable education model. KIN has since transcended traditional classroom boundaries, extending its reach to local libraries, after-school programs, clinics, remote Zoom lessons, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

In Spring 2020, Michelle and Angela embarked on creating a comprehensive fifth-grade food sustainability curriculum, exploring a range of topics at the intersection of nutrition, health, and the environment. This curriculum aims to bridge gaps between these often separate fields, envisioning nutrition through a multi-sectoral lens to enhance public health and ecological systems. After virtual piloting in Santa Barbara classrooms, the curriculum is set to commence its first in-person pilot in Spring 2024.

As KIN evolved, it transformed into a leadership development program, empowering university students from diverse backgrounds to advocate for health and the environment in their communities. Michelle and Angela discovered the effectiveness and innovation of this model, where university students mobilize others to teach and mentor youth. In essence, KIN serves as a platform to amplify the representation of younger generations, advocating for issues that will significantly impact their future.

Advisory Committee

Ryan Kokoska

Ryan Kokoska is a 4th-year Medical Student at Indiana University School of Medicine, but in the KIN world, she is well known for her nutrition name, Sweet Potato! She went to UCSB to play soccer and quickly joined KIN in 2016. She then founded the Indiana KIN Chapter in 2021 to share the amazing lessons with kids in her hometown. As a doctor, she will apply her lessons from KIN to every patient encounter.

Jayson Toweh

Jayson Toweh is a Stanford Ph.D. student focusing on identifying the health, environmental, and social impacts of climate change and creating co-benefits from developing sustainable energy transition. Previously he has worked with the U.S. EPA, The World Bank, and serves on Harvard's Board of Overseers. His interest and work in health and well-being brought him to work with KIN helping support their mission and group. Jayson is from Atlanta, GA, and resides in Palo Alto, CA, with his dog Jojo.

Rosie Urkevich

Rosie is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for community health, equitable nutrition education, and sustainable food systems. She obtained her Associates degree in Culinary Arts at SUNY SCCC in Schenectady, NY and a Bachelors in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Her passion for community-based interests brought her to volunteer for KIN to assist with program development, outreach, and partnership building. Rosie lives in Troy, NY with her husband Ian and pet turtle, Turtleman.

Stephanie Eisenthorne

Stephanie is a 4th-grade general education teacher who enjoys having an inclusive classroom. She obtained her Masters in Education at Mills College and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara. While at UC Santa Barbara, Stephanie became a founding member of KIN, was their Director of Development her senior year, and taught their classroom program. In her free time, Stephanie loves playing soccer, hiking, and seeing friends.

HQ Volunteers

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Natalie is an advocate for environmental justice and a  researcher in food history and education. With a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, she pursued her Master's in History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her focus includes community-led food justice movements, inclusive nutrition education, and food's role in social justice, with a particular interest in school food programs. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate certificate in food studies from UCLA,  where she first learned about KIN and joined the KIN team.

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Kaitlin is a medical student at Indiana University with a passion for promoting health through nutrition and lifestyle. Her time working with patients has shown her the many moving parts that make up someone’s health, many of which are related to the environment around us! Prior to medical school, her time studying Biological Engineering ignited an interest in food security and food systems. She loved learning about sustainable agriculture and how to optimize food production to feed our growing society. Getting involved with KIN has brought her background in agriculture and engineering full circle with her medical training. KIN's Food Sustainability Program, reinforces the connection between a person’s health and the environment/food they have access to. She is excited to work with KIN to help educate the next generation on how to not only care for their own health, but also the health of the planet. 

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Hi y'all! My name is Suhritha and I'm from Dallas, TX. I first became involved with KIN as an instructor during my undergrad at UC Berkeley and am so happy to be continuing to volunteer with KIN today! I just completed my Master's in Human Nutrition at Columbia University and hope to incorporate the principles of nutrition education into the medical field as a future physician. In my free time I love to read, hike, camp, and explore new restaurants in New York CIty.

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Nondiscrimination Statement

Kids In Nutrition (KIN) is committed to a society in which all people are treated equally, opportunity is justly distributed, and all voices are heard. We affirm and seek diversity in gender, race, color, ethnicity & national origin, age, sex, class, religion, ability, life experiences, and background as both a positive contribution to our organizational environment and a critical asset for informing and enabling our work. With this in mind, we are committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member and we approach every organizational decision with a commitment to diversity.

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