Welcome our newest staff member, Danyel Smith!

Please help us welcome our newest staff member, Danyel Smith!

She is an alumus of Virginia Commonwealth University and is our new Intern and Volunteer Coordinator!

Why did you choose to come work with Fit4Kids?

In the summer of 2015, I volunteered for Fit4Kids..and truly loved every minute of it. I was a little timid at first, because I had never taught nutrition to children before, and honestly didn’t know what to expect. But with the genuine support of and candid conversations with each of the staff members, I grew as a leader personally and professionally. To this day, I still talk about my experience that summer, because I learned so much about health, the children of Richmond, and the non-profit world as a whole from that experience. When the opportunity was presented to work here, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind!

What has been your best experience with Fit4Kids thus far?

My first week working here and participating at the Game On, Girl! Summer Summit was absolutely spectacular. What a way to start your new job! The girls were tough to crack at 9am Monday morning, but it didn’t take them long to warm up and get in the game. I loved being their coach!

Have you had any particularly memorable or funny moments while working with Fit4Kids?

For me, the small things really matter. On my last day as a volunteer for the summer of 2015, I received a card from Kayla, thanking me for my commitment to F4K. It warmed my heart so much, that I still have that card to this day. In fact, it’s sitting right on my new desk!

Favorite food?

That’s the thing…I love food. So this question is incredibly difficult for me to answer. My favorite fruit is blueberries because they are so versatile. I love seafood, Italian and Indian cuisine..you name it!

Mountain or beach vacation?

Because I am tall, I love being able to look up at something bigger than me. For this reason, my favorite vacation would be to the mountains rather than the beach.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

As a young professional, this question is asked frequently. I aspire to be a professor, to both do research on the cultural influences on healthy eating, as well as impact the lives of students through mentorship and teaching. I plan to pursue a PhD in health psychology to reach these goals!

Give Danyel a shoutout on our social media pages or email her at danyel@grfit4kids.org!