Member Spotlight - Tiffany Grant

 

Tiffany Grant, MA, RDN, LD

Project Registered Dietitian

Community Nutrition Champion Training

Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners


 

Tell us about your job.

I am currently working with Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners (OKTEP) and USDA Food and Nutrition Services to develop training curriculum for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations nutrition paraprofessionals. I am also a contract dietitian for the adolescent behavioral health services program at a local mental health and addiction recovery center.     

 

What do you find most interesting about your job?

I love teaching and sharing nutrition education, developing curriculum for a nutrition paraprofessional training has been a fun challenge. We are working with Native American families and communities so making sure we honor traditional foods and practices and include them into this training is one of our top priorities. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Native American households and communities across the United States.  

 

How did you get into this field?

I started my career in community nutrition developing nutrition education for the Chickasaw Nation, American Indians and other community members almost 12 years ago. During those years I also worked with FDPIR providing cooking demonstrations to participants and nutrition education for employees. This experience allowed me the opportunity to work with OKTEP and FNS on this nutrition paraprofessional training project.

 

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I currently live outside of Ada, Oklahoma and work from my home.

 

Where did you go to college and/or complete an internship?

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Central University and my Master of Arts degree in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma. I also completed my internship through the University of Oklahoma.  

 

Besides your profession, what are your hobbies?

I love working with my husband, Brett. We own a construction company and I enjoy helping him build and renovate houses and working on projects around our own house. I typically spend any free time at home cooking or testing new recipes and spending time with our four-legged children. I also serve on the East Central University Alumni Association and Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics BODs as well as the NEP DPG as the Professional Education Chair.  

 

What are your favorite foods?

Mexican food, any and all of it. Anything spicy, the hotter the salsa or pepper, the better!  

 

What is on your bucket list?

Travel. My travel list is long but includes Canada and all of Europe. Hopefully we can check some of those places off the list soon!

 

How long have you been a member of NEP, and why did you join?

I’ve been a member since 2014 and joined because I am constantly working with the public and this DPG is a great resource for those of us providing nutrition education throughout our communities.