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Nutrition and Foods

Contact and Faculty Information



Dana Wassmer Dana Wu Wassmer,
Professor, Nutrition
Chair of Allied Health Programs

Dana Wu Wassmer received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University. She has numerous work experiences including Research Intern for Kellogg’s Cereal, Dietary Director for a long term care facility, Nutrition Specialist at University of Michigan, Clinical Dietitian at a large county hospital, Private Consultant for patients, athletes, and public and private agencies, and education.

Dana has taught at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Sacramento State and is currently a Nutrition Professor and Chairperson at Cosumnes River College. She has published and presented at various local and national professional meetings. Dana also publishes monthly nutrition articles at:

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Dana has been recognized and awarded with the Young Dietitian of the Year from the American Dietetic Association, Emerging Leader Award from the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University, Recognition of Service Award from the American Dietetic Association, American Dietetic Association Outstanding Education Educator Award, among others. Dana is also an avid runner. Thus far, Dana has completed countless half marathons, century rides, marathons, including the Death Ride and qualifying and running the Boston Marathon.


Prof. Hagenburger Timaree Hagenburger,
Professor, Nutrition

Timaree Hagenburger is a Registered Dietitian, with a Master's Degree in Public Health. She is a full-time nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College and has also taught at San Joaquin Delta College. Timaree is a professional speaker working in corporate wellness and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She writes a monthly column for the Lodi News Sentinel, manages her resource-rich website (, teaches hands-on nutrition/cooking classes in her community featuring fresh produce and local products and serves on the executive boards of Slow Food Lodi and the Northern Area Dietetic Association. While teaching is her passion, Timaree has also worked in a variety of practice settings ranging from the acute care hospital and ambulatory clinics (out patient counseling for diabetes, weight management, hypertension, etc.), to community nutrition (counseling high risk pregnant and post partum women, infants and children through WIC), medical nutrition therapy for renal patients and educational material and policy development and program evaluation for the State of California's WIC Branch.

Timaree cherishes opportunities to connect with her students and others around her to share her knowledge and passion for food, cooking, physical activity and good health. Her style is a marked by a blend of fun and practicality, as she offers strategies and inspiration for finding pleasure in preparing and partaking in nourishing meals.

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Adjunct Faculty:

Julie BoarerPitchford Julie BoarerPitchford,
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

Julie BoarerPitchford has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006.

Julie graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1995, After completing her internship and passing the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian, she gained experience working in both the clinical and community nutrition settings. She returned to school earning a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition in 1999 from the University of New Haven. She currently works full time as a Public Health Nutrition Consultant for the California Department of Public Health-Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

After discovering she had a passion for teaching, Julie returned to school again and earned a PhD in Education in 2010 from Capella University.  Her dissertation research examined the assessment practices of community college instructors.  She has taught NUTRI 300 (Nutrition) and NUTRI 320 (Children's Health, Safety, and Nutrition) both in the face-to-face classroom and online format.  She currently teaches at both Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College.

When Julie is not working, she enjoys bike riding along the bike trails in Folsom with her husband.

Adjunct Faculty:

Alison Dimond,
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

 Adjunct Faculty:

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 Veronica Lopez,
 Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

 Veronica Lopez obtained her Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2005 in Nutrition. After completing graduate school, she continued her research at UC Davis and then at The Pennsylvania State University. These research positions allowed her to integrate Nutritional Science with cell biology, molecular biology and physiology to better understand the role of minerals on many women’s health issues including pregnancy, lactation, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Given her experiences in the basic sciences, she understands the challenges facing many first-generation students or those from working-class or minority backgrounds in pursuing careers in the sciences. Her positions provided her opportunities to blend her teaching and research responsibilities with mentoring. She is passionate and committed to be a positive steward of higher education at Cosumnes River College. She also continues her commitment toward mentorship nationally through the FASEB-MARC Peer Mentor Network (

 When not in the classroom, Dr. Lopez enjoys supporting her community by participating in local 5K races, walking/hiking with her Labrador Retriever and spending time with her family.

Adjunct Faculty:

Kristine Wise Kristine Wise,
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

Kristine Wise has a master's degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University and obtained her doctorate in Nutritional Biology at University of California, Davis.  Her area of research has focused on bone health in postmenopausal women, with an emphasis on physical activity. When not in the classroom, Dr. Wise enjoys running, water skiing, cooking, and spending time with her family

Mailing Address:

Department of Nutrition and Foods
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 96823-5799

Area Dean:

Robert Johnson
(916) 691-7390

Area Administrative Assistant:

Deborah Lee
(916) 691-7391

Program Counselor:

Lee Weathers-Miguel
(916) 691-7316

Financial Aid:

(916) 691-7325


(916) 691-7410

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