2020-2021 Executive Board


Vice President

Helory Kojongian

Greetings my name is Helory Kojongian! Enhancing my nutrition knowledge and learning sustainable ways to improve overall wellness is my true passion. I am a strong believer that sustainable, healthy eating should be simple and enjoyable. I am currently a senior in the Nutrition and dietetics program at CSU Los Angeles. I am currently actively pursuing my business in financial education with a future aspiration to develop a nutrition consulting business. As your vice president of the SDA, I have the unique privilege to collaborate with students, professors, and staff to successfully provide an association to build growth development and preparation for the dietetics world.Let’s learn and grow together!

Tiffany Nguyen

Hi everyone! My name is Tiffany and I am a senior majoring in Nutritional Science. I am originally from the Bay Area and recently transferred to CalstateLA Fall 2019. I aspire to become a Clinical  Registered Dietitian in hopes to be working in a hospital setting. I hope to help others reach a healthy relationship with food and find ways to overcome health conditions by implementing evidence based nutrition. I look forward to strengthening our learning experience with new ideas, plan events effectively and efficiently, and cultivate the importance of nutrition to the public. In my spare time, I love to hang out with family and friends, try new food and go on boba runs, and especially enjoy the outdoors by going hiking, working out, and traveling to new places. I also enjoy cooking and watching kdramas. I can't wait to work with the rest of the team to create a fun and educational environment for you all!



Cristina Gomez

Hi all! My name is Cristina and I am a third-year nutritional science student en route to becoming a registered dietitian. I’m really interested in the role that nutritious food, in conjunction with our cultural food-sharing customs, plays in our overall health and well-being. I also strongly subscribe to the idea that every person deserves access to affordable nutritious food and nutrition education. A little bit about me is that I grew up along the San Diego-Tijuana border, and my favorite pastimes include spending time in nature and spending quality time with my loved ones. Alongside my fellow SDA board members, I look forward to providing our peers with a space full of resources and exciting opportunities

Social Media Manager

Alyssa Hokanson

Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa and I am a senior studying Nutritional Science. I am the Social Media Manager for this semester. Currently, I am working in a restaurant, so using social media is key, therefore,I have been able to develop these skills. I aspire to become a future RD. I hope to find a position in the future where I can help work with at risk mother’s in the community and provide basic nutrition to them and their young children. I would also like to work in community nutrition education or with programs like WIC. I believe the children are our future and we should do everything possible to give them the right tools to have successful eating habits. 

Joanna Maglalang

My name is Joanna Maglalang, a senior majoring in Nutrition. I have been elected as the Treasurer for this upcoming 2020-2021. My extracurricular activities include volunteering at Project Angel Food and the CSULA Food Pantry. The Dean's List is one of my academic achievements that I strive to accomplish every semester. In the field of Dietetics, I hope to contribute to the greater good by applying my knowledge to a clinical setting. My current goals encompass applying for the Master's program and attaining my certification. As Treasurer, I hope to bring steadfast results and present a carefully managed budget for SDA. 

Special Projects Manager

Ricky Gil De Montes

Hello! My name is Ricky and currently in my senior year studying nutritional science. I grew up in the SGV, and since joining sports in high-school I have developed an ever growing passion for nutrition. Originally, I started off with my own self studying, then figured I’d give nutritional science a shot and haven’t looked back. I love learning about new ways to better my health, and spreading the knowledge I learn from this journey to everyone around me to help avoid the risk of disease. I’m currently on the road to becoming an RDN, and I’d love to accomplish something extraordinary involving nutrition. 


Suzanne Elizondo

Mandy Hillstrom

Dr. Mandy Hillstrom holds her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.  Dr. Hillstrom currently is a Professor at California State University, Los Angeles and is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.  Her areas of research have focused on family based weight management programs, the built environment and their role in access to healthful food choices, and most recently, mental health outcomes among adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.  Dr. Hillstrom has spoken and presented at many local and national conferences.  Dr. Hillstrom absolutely enjoys training the next generation of leaders in dietetics.

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