Dietetic Intern Class of 2018-2019

Allyson Carroll was born in Illinois but has lived in Little Rock, AR for most of her life. In her free time, she enjoys oil painting, drawing, hiking, and playing with her Australian shepherd, Fletcher. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in May 2018. During her time at the UofA, she worked with a dietitian at UAMS Northwest Community Health & Research Center. This job allowed her to gain a broad range of experience in the dietetics field and confirmed her decision in pursuing the MSDI at UCA. At the age of 16, Allyson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which influenced her decision in becoming a dietitian in the future. She fell in love with managing her disease and was interested in learning more about how the body is impacted by what we consume. After the MSDI, she will strive to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and work with people who need to modify eating habits due to the new diagnosis of a disease.



Kayton Carroll grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas with her twin brother and sister. In 2014, she started her collegiate career at UCA, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Nutrition in May 2018. Kayton enjoys camping, drinking coffee, hiking, bike riding, and watching reruns of The Office. Kayton is interested in school nutrition programs but is looking forward to the dietetic internship to explore all areas of the dietetic field.


Whitney Henry is a graduate from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition. She developed a passion for nutrition through two different avenues; parenthood and exercise. On a personal journey for better physical health, she started doing research regarding the importance of proper nutrition for fueling performance. This interest leaked over into the type of fuel she was providing for her children who were in the most vulnerable stages of growth and development. Because of her love for sports, Whitney would love a future as a sports dietitian for a collegiate level team, or higher. Whitney and her husband have two daughters, and as a family they love spending time together doing just about anything. She is an avid fan of Friends, Razorback football, being on the water, and Disney World.


April Holloway was raised with her two sisters and three brothers in Morrilton, AR and has spent the majority of the past 16 years as a central Arkansas entrepreneur in Conway, AR.  Concurrent with owning and operating The Smith House (“Smith” being her maiden name), April returned to school to complete her BS in Nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas. Along the way, she found and married the love of her life. She is passionate about health & fitness and nutrition, and she lives her life consistent with these principles. Upon completion of the UCA MSDI program, April plans to put her efforts to work in an environment where she can teach people how it is possible to live better lives through proper nutrition.  She is also very interested in completing further education/certifications with emphasis in sports nutrition.  
Penny Howard grew up in the small community of East End, AR. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She worked at Bingham Road Child Development Center as their cook for many years. It was this experience that would ignite her passion for nutrition. She plans on seeking out a position that will allow her to work closely with the Child Nutrition Program, after completing UCA’s MS/DI program. However, she will keep an open mind with all her rotations in case her journey in dietetics takes her down a different path.


Jaqueline Howell was raised in Mayflower, AR, under the care of her mother and grandmother. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with her Bachelor’s in Nutrition May, 2018. Her hobbies include writing, photo-journaling, and traveling the world collecting anything from coffee mugs to business cards. Jaqueline chose to pursue a career in dietetics because she is a firm believer that nutrition education can make a huge impact on a community. Her mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis has shown her first-hand how nutrition education can improve certain conditions as well as overall health. Currently Jaqueline is interested in geriatric nutrition and would like to work directly with elderly clients to help ensure they are properly nourished. However, she is looking forward to branching out during the internship and finding her place in the profession.


Tatiana Leakey is originally from the Russian Federation, where she received her Doctorate in Medicine. She moved to the US and worked as a research scientist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Later, she decided to pursue the career of a Registered Dietitian.  She is a registered yoga teacher, bringing her passion for yoga to the professional level. Her interests extend to Community Nutrition, Culinary Medicine, Preventive and Personalized Medicine. After completion of her MS/ Dietetic Internship, Tatiana sees her future as a founder of the Health and Wellness Center. She enjoys cooking, gardening, fitness, and spending time with the family.


Dorlisa Munroe was born and raised in the islands of The Bahamas with her father, mother and 3 siblings, one of whom is her fraternal twin. She moved to Conway, Arkansas to pursue her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in December 2017. Dorlisa enjoys volunteering at many community service events; if she is not out and about helping others, she enjoys winding down watching Youtube videos about beauty and cooking. Dorlisa’s interests in nutrition sprouted from a connection of health and diet from a young age, while observing her mom experience medical issues. One of Dorlisa’s most passionate topics within nutrition is food insecurity. After completing the MSDI program, her goal is to serve within a community that is underprivileged by assisting the population’s health through nutrition related means. Dorlisa’s ultimate goal is to receive her Ph.D in nutrition.  
Amanda Schluterman grew up on the outskirts of Branson, MO in a small town called Kirbyville. She graduated from College of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014. Amanda then married her husband Alex in September 2014 and moved to Conway, AR to pursue a Master’s. It was working at a day treatment facility that she discovered her love of nutrition. She started at University of Central Arkansas to complete another Bachelor of Science in Nutrition to be eligible for an internship and graduated again in 2018. She loves reading, gaming, and watching movies while drinking a hot cup of tea. While interested in school nutrition and helping to develop community programs to help the underserved, Amanda plans to use the internship to find her niche within the nutrition field.  
Kristen Shores was raised in White Hall, AR. in 2006, she moved to Conway to attend the University of Central Arkansas where she received a Bachelors in general FACS in 2009. After working for DHHS at the Conway Human Development Center for several years, she returned to school to get a more focused degree in Nutrition and received a Bachelors in Nutrition in 2014.Then, to further expand upon her knowledge, she returned again to receive a Master’s of  Science in FACS with an Emphasis in Nutrition in 2016. In addition, she also began working at the Baptist Health Medical Center that opened in Conway during the fall of 2016. She gained her food service experience as an ambassador and enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to be behind the scenes of a commercial kitchen and everything it entails. She and her husband, Jonathan, now live in Greenbrier and have a beautiful, rambunctious three year old boy, Deklan, and a mini Australian Shepherd, Sadie. They enjoy spending time with extended family, boating, hiking, camping, and being involved in their church.  
Ireland Stone-Smith was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up on Conway, AR. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She chose to pursue a profession in the field of dietetics because she is passionate about learning how food impacts the human body. She teaches yoga in her spare time at UCA during the Fall and Spring semesters. She loves the outdoors, animals, and travelling. Once she completes the MS/DI program at UCA she dreams to be a registered dietitian nutritionist in the community setting. She wants to work with local schools and shelters to help families live healthy lives.  
Kristen Wooten graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2018. She was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas with her three siblings. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, hang out with friends, read books, and travel. Her love for food and nutrition stems from time spent as a child playing and helping in her grandparents’ vegetable garden. These fond moments instilled a desire to know where her family’s food comes from and to teach others about healthy and sustainable living. A family history of weight related diseases further inspired her to pursue a career in nutrition where she knows she can make a positive impact by guiding others to a better way of living. While she has interests in diabetes education and weight management, she sees the dietetic internship as a unique opportunity to explore all the various areas of the profession, and plans to keep an open mind so that she can find her perfect niche.