Michela Lessard

Michela Lessard

Dietetic Program Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-0264
Office: UNH Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall #109, Durham, NH 03824

MSDI- Illinois State University

BS- University of Maine Orono

Job Description
Michela Lessard joined the Nutrition team at UNH in 2021 as the Dietetics Program Coordinator. In this role she supports the DPD and MSDI programs with accreditation requirements and the coordination of rotation opportunities for our students within the community. She also teaches NUTR 831 and NUTR 832 and assists in many of our student simulation experiences.

Areas of Specialty
Michela worked as a Registered Dietitian (RD) in healthcare for 10 years before joining the UNH team. She worked primarily as an inpatient RD before transitioning to a management role and overseeing dietitians in inpatient and outpatient roles, as well as managing foodservice staff for 8 years. Her love of working with people, watching them grow in skill sets, and encouraging their career opportunities is what drew her to working in the role she is in today.

Experiencing new things with my kids, cooking, hiking, reading, gardening, and travel

Favorite Part of the Job
“I love observing the growth of our students and seeing how their passion for the different areas of nutrition evolve as they gain different experiences. Another highlight for me in this role is working with our local preceptors to ensure they feel supported by our program and know how much we appreciate them. Establishing and maintaining those relationships helps ensure our students have the best experiences possible!”