About Vicki

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Hi, I am Vicki.  Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little.

My soul opened up to food as a young girl growing up in the middle of Long Island, NY.  I was fortunate to have access to a bevy of ethnic and cultural food choices. My Czechoslovakian heritage (my maternal family is Czech and Slovak) made me keenly aware of the eastern European cuisine of pierogies, stuffed cabbage, walnut and poppy seed rolls and cabbage soup.  I am so incredibly grateful to my grandmother, Ludmila “Milly” Masek, who had natural culinary talent and a keen sense of flavor.  With a touch of this and hint of that – no recipes required, her dishes always culminated in deliciousness.  (Now that I think about it, she would have been called a “super taster” today…)  

 

Little did I know, but my love of food and desire for educating people on how food choices impact health, happiness and longevity, would become my career.  I attribute my path toward nutrition communications with my education.  As an alumna of The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and  Loyola University Chicago’s Food & Nutrition Program, I am so thrilled to combine both of my loves – nutrition and communications, into my every day life.

 

I am a writer. My work has appeared in a variety of publications; here’s a quick peek.  I have been interviewed as an expert resource by various media outlets.

 

I speak to diverse audiences with the hope of revolutionizing the way people think about food and its effects on their health. Here are some sites and topics of recent speaking engagements.

 

I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have served on many boards, committees and working groups in the organization. Most notably, I have served on the executive committee of the Food and Culinary Professionals and served as chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs – both dietetic practice groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently a board member for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and I am serving as the Vice Chair for the Academy’s Member Value Committee.