Cal-Pro-NET at San Jose State University

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Faculty and Staff





Picture of Linda SweeneyLinda M. Sweeney, MS, RD, SNS

Cal-Pro-Net Center Coordinator

San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0058
408-924-3125 phone
408-924-2923 fax  

Linda Sweeney joined CalProNET as an assistant coordinator in the summer of 2007 and started as the full time coordinator in January 2008. Her BS degree was earned at California State University Los Angles through the Coordinated Undergraduate Dietetic Program. A Registered Dietitian with a clinical dietetic background, she has also worked with the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program and as a Consulting Dietitian in Long Term Care.

Linda completed her Master’s degree at San Jose State University while working at Santa Clara County Public Health Department as a Public Health Nutritionist. There she worked on a grant through the Network for a Healthy California to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and to increase physical activity for better health.

CalProNET has been an opportunity for her to experience the exciting field of School Nutrition. She has enjoyed meeting and working with professionals in this area and has developed a deep appreciation for the job they do. She is an active member in the San Jose Peninsula District Dietetic Association and the California School Nutrition Association.


Picture of Lisa MelhouseLisa Melhouse, RD, SNS

Nutrition Education Consultant

California Department of Education
1430 N Street 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Lisa Melhouse is a Nutrition Education Consultant (NEC) with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division. She oversees projects related to the expansion of nutrition and food service education programs and resources for school districts and other School Nutrition Program sponsors. Currently, she coordinates the partnership with the CDE and the California Professional Nutrition and Education Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center at San Jose State University.

Prior to her work as an NEC, Ms. Melhouse worked as a Field Service Manager in the Field Services Unit of NSD for six years. Ms. Melhouse was also the Director of Dietetics at Agnews Developmental Center, Department of Developmental Services before transferring to the NSD. Ms. Melhouse received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and a minor in Corporate and Community Fitness from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is also a Registered Dietitian.


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Ashwini Wagle, MS, RD

Associate Professor and Director for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

 Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0058


Ashwini Wagle earned her MS in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 93' and is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) at University of New England. She comes to San Jose State University with over ten years' experience as a registered dietitian (RD) in several skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her basic areas of interest and research are food and culture, especially traditional health beliefs, practices, and food behaviors for multiple ethnic populations, especially South Asians; food insecurity and hunger; and foodservice systems.

She received the Outstanding Faculty award by the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Student Club for seven consecutive years for her work with students. Teaching is a very demanding and challenging profession, but the rewards of success cannot be measured. Ashwini Wagle has devoted the past eleven years of her professional life to SJSU because she believes and supports the mission of this university.


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