Getting to Know SAFHS: Meet Rachel L. Luckett

12768121_10154029119813331_2224211232044250555_oThe successes of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are largely due to its dedicated employees who are passionate about their work. Our “Getting to Know SAFHS” series highlights some of our talented faculty and staff and lets you know a little more about them.

What is your job role at UAPB?
Extension Specialist 1- Nutrition Leader.

Where is your hometown?
I was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Crossett, AR.

Where did you go to college?
I attended college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

What did you major in?
Hospitality/Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition.

What year did you graduate?
I graduated in the spring of 1994 from UAPB and the fall of 2003 from UAMS.

What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy building relations with Extension and related organizations to better our community, state and national-level nutrition education with SNAP-Ed participants.

Describe your career before you came to UAPB.
I was a diabetes coordinator/health specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health and an in-person assister guide with the Future Builders, Inc. and the Affordable Health Care Act. I was an adjunct professor in the area of nutrition with Ouachita Technical College in Malvern, AR and a food manager and interim manager at the Arkansas Department of Correction Tucker Unit, where I also served as a classification officer. Later, I worked as an Extension agent for the Pulaski County Arkansas Cooperative Extension Office.

If you weren’t working at UAPB, what would your dream job be?
Traveling with a professional sports team as a dietitian.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love sports, reading, enjoying family and friends, traveling and ministering to the needs of others.

Do you have a favorite movie or book?
I enjoy Will Smith and Tyler Perry movies. One of my favorite books is “Walking in Total God-Confidence” by Donna Partow.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Hawaii and Paris are just some places I would like to travel to.

Who is your hero?
Superwoman.

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