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VOA welcomes new registered dietitian

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Elizabeth Goodwin

Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Goodwin as the new regional registered dietitian. The position serves all of the Volunteers of America programs in both Montrose and Delta counties, providing oversight and direction to dietary directors and their food service staff members.

Goodwin completed her bachelor of science degree in dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 2009. She then completed UNC's distance dietetic internship program that took her to the Colorado Department of Public Health on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Douglas County Schools, Parker Adventist Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and Medallions skilled nursing facility. In 2013, she became a board certified specialist in gerontological nutrition.

Goodwin's experience with older adults began with Morrison Community Living and Christian Living Communities, a Colorado based, not-for-profit organization providing continuum care retirement communities in the Denver metro area, with whom she was employed for six years.

"In that time I was the nutrition care manager, assistant director of dining services and regional clinical nutrition manager. I was a registered dietitian for 90 long-term care residents including memory care and rehab," she said. "I supervised a kitchen staff of 19 including an executive chef and part-time registered dietitian."

Goodwin soon became the regional clinical nutrition manager overseeing several accounts in Colorado. With this role, she hired and trained new registered dietitians, provided clinical coverage, completed mock surveys and clinical reviews.

Volunteers of America Regional director of operations Craig Ammermann said, "Elizabeth comes from an organization that shares many of the same goals and philosophies as Volunteers of America. We are very fortunate to have her join our management team and lead us in the future direction of aging nutritional planning, care and services."

She was attracted to the position with Volunteers of America due to its mission of uplifting older adults.

"I wanted to continue to work with seniors and for a company that showed love and compassion to their elders. I found that in Volunteers of America," she said. "My goal is to improve the overall dietary departments with a special emphasis on weight loss control, which is a very important and critical factor for overall good health of our senior residents."

Goodwin is a Colorado native and grew up in Colorado Springs, where her family owned a small motel. She likes to run, hike and bike. In recent years, she has been hiking the 14'ers in the summers with her family.

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