Name a hearing screener volunteer who once worked as a pastry chef, but who is now turning her love of food and science into a new career. Did you answer this trivia question with “Lindsey Belden?” If not, let me introduce you to a Beaumont Parenting Program volunteer who is enthusiastic, energetic and caring in her role, and in her life. And I can tell you, there is nothing trivial about her contributions to the Program.
Lindsey has travelled a winding road along her career path. Her original course of study was in Linguistics – with an eye toward working in publishing. After completing an internship in that field, she decided it wasn’t her calling and switched to culinary school. Despite loving to bake, Lindsey found the role of pastry chef was too repetitive and decided to keep her culinary arts personal rather than professional. That is when Lindsey decided to pursue a course of study in dietetics. When she completes her coursework and internship in April 2020, Lindsey plans to sit for the national dietitian exam and focus on either diabetes education or neonate nutrition.
In support of her goals, Lindsey is a volunteer hearing screener with the BPP. This role gives her the opportunity to gain experience working with patients. Lindsey is also a trainer in her hearing screener role, teaching new volunteers the ropes. When she’s not needed as a hearing screener, Lindsey lends a hand in the Parenting Program office, helping with paperwork and processing. She brings a positive attitude and a bright smile with her every day we get the pleasure of her company and assistance.
Lindsey lives in Ferndale with her husband Todd and their dog and two cats. She and Todd married in 2017, after having met playing bar trivia – an activity they still enjoy. They honeymooned in Europe, and Lindsey recommends visiting Salzburg, where she first tried orange wine. She and Todd also saw a gazebo used in the filming of the “The Sound of Music”. She also enjoyed Paris, France, and the little town of Hallstatt in Austria. She hopes to make their next big trip be to Costa Rica, where she wants to spend some time volunteering at a dog rescue, and visiting coffee and chocolate farms. In the meantime, she is looking forward to her extended family’s yearly trip to Frankfort this summer.
In her spare time, in addition to travelling and playing bar trivia, Lindsey likes to read, garden and play with her animals. Her favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender and Zadie Smith. Fun Fact: Lindsey was born at Beaumont Hospital, and has seen her pediatrician while making her volunteer rounds.
So name a Beaumont Parenting Program volunteer who brightens up the Parenting office, lightens the load for parents concerned about their child’s hearing test, and frightens the other teams at bar trivia night. Now we all know the answer to that one: Lindsey Belden.
– Nicole Capozello, Beaumont Parenting Program Staff