With over seven years of experience as a practicing registered dietitian, Tara has contributed to the field in various professional capacities. Previously, she worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as the state project coordinator for an after school nutrition, fitness & cooking program funded by a Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) grant through the 4-H Youth Development department at UNL. Her current role, however, is Extension Educator in Gage County covering the areas of food, nutrition, and health with a focus on healthy youth and families, food access, local food systems and food safety. Outside of Gage County, her accountability region includes Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson and Saline counties. She also serves in a volunteer capacity with the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, working to advance the profession.