Meet The Instructor 

Hi, Everyone! My name is Nicole Ryan and I am the registered dietitian that will be leading the NutriSmart Menus "Growing Roots" initiative! Since I can remember, I have been cooking in the kitchen. What started as a small dream when I was a young girl watching the Food Network while being transfixed on all of the beautiful creations the chefs made on their shows has now turned into my career! I am so grateful to be doing what I am passionate about and love each and every day! 

After I graduated from the University of Akron with my bachelors of science in dietetics, I began working at Pisanick Partners, LLC alongside a stellar and profoundly intelligent team of world changing dietitians. I began my career functioning as the Consulting Director of Nutrition Services for the Woodridge Local School District. For 3 years working at the district, I have been afforded the ability to learn what it truly takes to run a successful child nutrition program while managing staff and ensuring that students receive the best, most nutritious meals possible. I also served as the lead consultant for Tallmadge City Schools as well as the lead consultant for the Head Start at David Bacon preschool program. 

In March 2017, I also began working as the lead instructor at the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute (ICASI) in Chesterland, OH teaching the Nutrition for Culinary Professionals course.  This course allows me to impart my nutrition knowledge as well as provide hands-on cooking practicums for students learning how to cook while still maintaining an optimal nutritional profile by utilizing nutrient dense foods with functional aspects. Since the conception of my role at ICASI I have also had the honor to work and learn alongside executive chefs that have collectively been in the culinary industry for over 50+ years. 

In addition to my professional roles, I am also a passionate believer that every child should have the right to access and recieve adequate nutrition. On average, the American youth are more exposed to foods that are harmful to their bodies than helpful. Broccoli won't solve the health crisis of our nation on its own but nutrition education, irradiating barriers to fresh foods, fighting food insecurity, and early exposure to healthy foods WILL.  

We must remember that we have a profound responsibility, as food service professionals, to procure, create and serve the best foods we can for our students as their health is impacted tremendously with each bite of food they take. 

It is my mission to merry my knowledge about child nutrition programming with my culinary skills to creating training opportunities that will elevate any school's child nutrition program.

- Nicole Ryan, RDN, LDN <3

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