Nutrition and Foods

Meet Our Nutrition Faculty

Meet Our Nutrition Faculty



Dana Wu WassmerDana Wu WassmerMS, RD
Professor, Nutrition
Chair of Allied Health Programs
wassmed (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

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 the University of Michigan, Clinical Dietitian at a large county hospital, Private Consultant for patients, athletes, 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 published monthly nutrition articles.  In addition, she is currently serving as one of the Tri-Chair of the CRC Guided Pathways.

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Professor Wassmer has been recognized and awarded the Young Dietitian of the Year from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Emerging Leader Award from the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University, Recognition of Service Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Education Educator Award, among others.  Professor Wassmer is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell/T.Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  Dana is an avid runner and cyclist.  Thus far, she has completed countless half marathons, century rides, marathons, including the Death Ride and the Boston Marathon.


Timaree HagenburgerTimaree HagenburgerMPH, RD, HFS
Professor, Nutrition
hagenbt (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

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 nutri/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, Professor Hagenburger 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.

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Professor Hagenburger 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.

Adjunct Faculty:

Julie BoarerPitchfordJulie BoarerPitchfordPhD, RD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
BoarerJ (at) flc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Julie BoarerPitchford graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing a dietetic internship at the Community Hospitals of Central California she passed the national exam to be able to hold the title of Registered Dietitian (RD). 

Julie gained experience as an RD working in both the clinical and community nutrition settings. She then returned to school earning a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven. After discovering she had a passion for teaching, Julie returned to school again and earned a Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University. Julie is also certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell/T.Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

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Julie has been an adjunct instructor with the Los Rios Community College District since spring 2006. She currently teaches at both Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College in the face-to-face, online, and hybrid settings. Julie received the Falcon Award for Teaching and Learning Effectiveness in 2012-2013 from Folsom Lake College. 

Julie also works as a Nutrition Education Consultant for the California Department of Education.  In her role, she develops training and educational resources for food service directors who participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.

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



Adjunct Faculty:

Alison DimondAlison DimondMS, RD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
dimonda (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Alison has been a committed CRC Nutrition Professor since 1991. For the many years, she has inspired students both in the classroom and through creative modalities which have successfully reached thousands of students online. Her efforts continue to focus on "students feeling my presence". Her strength is believing in everything she teaches. "I am a role model for these students and practicing what I preach is my signature."

Alison is a Registered Dietitian and holds her Nutrition Science degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Davis with an emphasis on exercise, blood pressure, and weight cycling.  

Her family is her passion followed by cooking, gardening, photography, #vanlife travel, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and dog walking.


Adjunct Faculty:

Serena FullerSerena Fuller, PhD, RD                         Adjunct Professor, Nutrition                                    fullers (at) flc [dot] losrios [dot] edu 

Serena Fuller holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. Her doctoral work explored the complex genetic architecture of obesity and cardiovascular disease using a variety of mouse models. Dr. Fuller is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and completed her Dietetic Internship with a wellness focus at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Over the past several years, she has held adjunct faculty appointments at five different public institutions.  Her expertise is in the following areas: obesity and food insecurity, community nutrition education, and population nutrition action using the socioecological model. Her fieldwork focuses on implementation, evaluation, and research in obesity prevention for diverse populations with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches to support healthy eating using the socioecological model’s framework to guide the intervention.  Dr. Fuller also conducts research on dietary assessment tools using quantitative and qualitative methods.  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Fuller loves running, cooking and spending time with her daughter and husband. 

Adjunct Faculty:

Laura Hall, PhD, RDNLaura Hall, PhD, RDN

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

halll (at) flc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Dr. Hall graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (SLO) with her Bachelors in Nutrition. She then completed the dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center and passed the national registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN). Laura received her PhD from UC Davis in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in International and Community Nutrition. While working on her PhD, she was the dietitian on several research projects and started a nutrition counseling center at a gym. Laura worked as an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly, SLO for ~5 years. She taught nutrition in aging, general nutrition and clinical nutrition courses/labs. Three students obtained their MS degrees while assisting Laura on her research projects. She has presented and published her research. Laura also worked as a clinical dietitian (weekends/on-call) at French Hospital, San Luis Obispo. Currently, Laura has taught nutrition at several different community colleges and she enjoys teaching students about health and wellness. She is a busy mom with 3 kids who loves hiking/running and making healthy meals for her family.


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Desiree RojoDesiree Rojo, MS, RD                           Adjunct Professor, Nutrition          rojod (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu   

Desiree graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Dietetics in 2011.  She continued on earning a Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition in 2013 from the University of California, Davis. She continues to lecture for the MAS program at UC Davis.  She currently works part-time as a Child Nutrition Consultant for the California Department of Education. 

Desiree enjoys being with her family, cooking, trying new foods, reading, hot yoga, biking, vacationing, learning, and inspiring others to reach their potential!  


Adjunct Faculty:

Marie SchirmerMarie SchirmerPhD, RD

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition

SchirmM (at) losrios [dot] edu 

Marie Schirmer graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS degree in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at UC San Francisco. She earned her MS degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist.  She has been teaching introductory nutrition (Nutrition 300) and other nutrition courses at American River College since 2000. Nutrition is Dr. Schirmer's passion, and she enjoys teaching students about how healthy eating throughout life can improve overall health. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, trying new healthy food recipes, and spending time with her family.

Adjunct Faculty:

Kristine Wise Kristine WisePhD
Adjunct Professor, Nutrition
wisek (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

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.

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. Wajeeha YoungWajeeha Young, DrPH, MPH, CPH, RD

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition   youngw (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

 Dr. Young earned a Doctorate in Public Health degree (Dr.PH.) in Nutritional Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Loma Linda University. She holds the Certified Public Health (CPH) and Registered Dietitian (RD) certifications as well. She has been an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona in both the School of Agriculture, where she teaches nutrition, and the School of Engineering, where she teaches statistics, for the past six years. Dr. Young has also taught graduate courses at California State University, San Bernardino, and other universities in Southern California.

Being born and raised in the Middle East and educated in the United States, Dr. Young possesses a unique combination of ethnic, academic, and professional qualifications that provide her students with important resources. She is acutely sensitive to the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse population and strives to provide a level of academic guidance and mentorship that will allow her students to gain skills and knowledge that facilitate their future academic and professional pursuits.

Dr. Young believes it to be of paramount importance that students learn the scientific method so that they can critically analyze any nutritional recommendations they discover in the media. With nutrition being the very sustenance of life, combined with the thrill of discovery that is scientific research, Dr. Young finds the marriage of these two areas endlessly fascinating. Her ultimate goal is to leave her students with the curiosity, critical thinking skills, and resourcefulness necessary to become not only excellent students but informed members of society.



Mailing Address:


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



Area Dean:


Kimberley Harrell, PhD
(916) 691-7390
Kimberley [dot] Harrell (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu



Area Administrative Assistant:


Lynn M. Hurtado
(916) 691-7391
huradl (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu



Program Counselor:


Lee Weathers-Miguel
(916) 691-7316
weathel (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu



Financial Aid:


(916) 691-7325





(916) 691-7410