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KIN UC Santa Barbara

KIN UC Santa Barbara



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Anastassia Dardenne

Chapter Director

Hi everyone, My name is Anastassia Dardenne and I am a UCSB senior majoring in cell and developmental biology. I strongly believe that nutrition impacts everything: from our health to our overall happiness and well-being. I want nutrition education to be part of a standard K-12 curriculum across all schools in the United States and believe that Kids in Nutrition is making great strides toward achieving that goal. In my free time, I really enjoy cooking (whether healthy or slightly less healthy) and spending time outdoors. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions, or collaboration opportunities. I am always happy to share our wonderful program.

Kaila Yi

Outreach Co-Director

Being a KIN volunteer is such a fulfilling part of my college experience because I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to support KIN's resonating philosophy and teach kids that it can be fun to prioritize a balanced diet. During my free time, I love baking, embroidery, going to the beach, and watching movies!

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Aisha Aranda

Outreach Co-Director

I’m a first-year Biopsychology Major and want to go to medical school to be a physician. I love that KIN, not only inspires kids to take charge of their eating habits, but it encourages them to be creative with their foods!!! It is rewarding to see how the kids get excited about food and how ready they are to take on the next challenge. In my free time, I love to drink coffee, cook, and spend time with my family.

Zixin Lu

Food Access Co-Director

Hey, everyone! My name is Zixin, and I’m a second year Pre-Biology major. I’m one of the Directors of Food Access, and I’m so excited to work on expanding towards our mission of fighting food insecurity in our classrooms and across Santa Barbara. For me, Kids in Nutrition is an incredibly rewarding program to be a part of, and I love being able to play a role in increasing the access to food education for the younger generation. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to talk!

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Vy Pham

Food Access Co-Director

Hi, My name is Vy Pham. I'm a 4th year UCSB student majoring in biology. I love being a part of KIN because it gives the kids an opportunity to learn more about nutrition in a fun and interactive learning environment. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, finding new coffee shops and restaurants, hiking and spending time with my friends.

Gianna Zeno

Research Director

Hi! My name is Gianna Zeno and I’m a second year Biology major. In my free time I love cooking and working out. I’m so grateful to be a part of KIN because of how impactful this curriculum is on the students we teach. I love how fun and enriching KIN is for all of our students, while also teaching them sustainable habits that will last a lifetime. I can’t wait to see what we do next! 

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Lily Weiss

Clinic Coordinator

I am very excited to start as the KIN director of Franklin Clinic classes as I have really enjoyed being a volunteer so far. I love KIN because it’s exciting to see the kids have fun while they learn about nutrition. In my free time, I like to roller skate and go on runs by the beach.

Connor Vo

Education Director

My name is Connor and I am a third year Biological Sciences major at UCSB. I joined KIN because I thought it would be a great experience talking to kids about what it means to live a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Not only do I have a super fun time teaching, but I've also gotten closer to the Santa Barbara community as well! When not studying for my biology classes or doing KIN activities, I like to read, spend time outdoors hiking, surfing, and gardening. 

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