Kelli J. Williams, PhD, RD, LD, is Department Chair and Professor of Dietetics at Marshall University. She received her doctorate degree from The Ohio State University and has worked in various settings as a dietitian. Her primary interests are in health promotion/disease prevention and obesity. She has conducted research on food availability for rural elderly, perceptions of healthy diet and weight among Appalachian adolescents, and the impact of nutrition education in schools. Currently, Dr. Williams is involved with Marshall’s Nutrition Education Program and serves as the grant’s principal investigator.
Mary Kathryn Gould
Mary Kathryn Gould, EdD, RD, LD, is a Professor of Dietetics and Director of the Dietetic Internship program at Marshall University. She completed her dietetic internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland and received her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and her doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. Before her career as an educator, she worked as a dietitian in the community, acute care, and long-term care settings. Her primary interests are in clinical nutrition and nutrition education. She has conducted research on preceptor training programs for supervised practice as well as weight perceptions of adolescents in an afterschool program. In addition, Dr. Gould has developed and presented nutrition education programs for employees of local and state businesses in the Tri-state area.
Amy Gannon, MS, RD, LD is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Dietetics Program at Marshall University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and Foods at West Virginia University and her dietetic internship and master’s degree in Dietetics at Marshall University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also at Marshall. Before her career as an educator, she worked in community nutrition and in nutrition education. She also worked in both outpatient and inpatient clinical care. Her primary interests are in childhood obesity, nutrition education, and nutrition throughout the lifespan. She has conducted research on the impact of nutrition education in elementary and preschools and in early childcare settings. She also serves as an outpatient dietitian for HealthyKids Weight Management Clinic in Charleston, WV, specializing in the treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity and co-morbid conditions.
Mallory Mount, MS, RD, LD, CDE is an Assistant Professor of Dietetics at Marshall University. She completed her master’s degree and her dietetic internship at Marshall University. Before her career as an educator, she worked as a dietitian in the community, acute care, and outpatient settings. Her primary interests are in clinical nutrition, diabetes, health/promotion and disease prevention, and nutrition education. In addition, Mallory is the dietitian for Camp Kno-Koma, the diabetes camp of WV. Mallory has also provided nutrition education in various settings in Ohio and West Virginia.
Department of Dietetics
Tim Bender, MS, RD, LD is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Distance Dietetic Internship at Marshall University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Marshall University as well as his dietetic internship and master’s degree. Before his career as an educator, he worked as Director of the Marshall University Nutrition Education Program, which is a grant funded program providing an array of nutrition education services in early elementary classrooms. He has conducted research on the impact of nutrition education in early elementary classrooms. He practiced as a dietitian in a weight management clinic, working with patients who had undergone gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedures. His primary interests are in sports nutrition and nutrition education. He also owns a private practice serving as a dietitian in workplace wellness, community nutrition, weight management, clinical nutrition, and sports nutrition.
Department of Dietetics
Richard “Rick” Rogers is a Program Assistant I within the Department of Dietetics. Since August 2013, he has been responsible for providing administrative support to the dean while managing daily operations of multiple departments within the COHP. Rogers serves as liaison with university units, outside organizations and the general public. Prior to his position at Marshall, he worked for the city of Huntington as the assistant finance director for 23 years as well as the state of West Virginia Tax Department and the Cabell Huntington Health Department. Rogers received his bachelor’s of business administration from Marshall in 1984. Growing up in a big family in Huntington, Rogers said he has always been a fan of Marshall athletics and considers himself lucky to work for the best university in WV.
Nutrition Education Program
Alicia Fox, MS, RDN, LD
Director of Nutrition Education Program
Alicia Fox, MS, RDN, LD is the director for Marshall University’s Nutrition Education Program. After obtaining a degree in retail merchandising from Ohio University, Alicia gained more than ten years of management experience. Alicia completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in dietetics from Marshall University as well as her dietetic internship. While completing her dietetic internship, Alicia worked for the Nutrition Education Program as an educator. Prior to Alicia’s role as director, she provided outpatient nutrition education and counseling. Alicia’s primary interests are in community nutrition, nutrition education and diabetes education.
Kathrine Clark, MS, RD, LD
Kathrine Clark is a Registered Dietitian working as a Nutrition Educator for Marshall University’s Nutrition Education Program. Kathrine serves the eligible Putnam County Elementary schools and has a passion for creating and enhancing the lives of our youth through nutrition education. With encouragement from her surroundings, she graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s degree and completion of her dietetic internship.
Mekayla Hart, MS, RD, LD
Mekayla Hart, MS, RD, LD is the Nutrition Educator for Mason County, WV. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall University, where she attained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Dietetics. She also completed her dietetic internship at Marshall University, which introduced her to the Nutrition Education Program. Her primary interests are in nutrition education and community involvement. She is passionate about serving local communities and loves to work with the youth and elderly populations. In addition to being the Nutrition Educator for our schools in Mason County, she also works as a clinical dietitian at a rehabilitation hospital in Huntington, WV.
Jessica Walden, MS, RD, LD, BBA
Jessica Walden, MS, RD, LD, BBA, Nutrition Educator for Cabell County. Traditionally, Jessica attained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and in Management from Marshall University. After years in the retail and local media industry, Jessica’s interest for understanding the science behind the human body, disease states, wellness, and nutrition from food and beverages blossomed. As a non-traditional student, Jessica received a Bachelors and Master’s of Science in Dietetics and completed the on-site Dietetic Internship through Marshall University. As a registered dietitian, it is with great enthusiasm that Jessica provides nutrition education in her native county, the community in which she is raising her own family.
Rachel Sallade, MS, RD, LD
Rachel Sallade, MS, RD, LD is the Nutrition Educator for Kanawha County, WV. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and Foods at West Virginia University, and then went on to complete her masters degree and internship in Dietetics at Marshall University. Before her career as an educator, she worked as a public health dietitian for The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In addition to the Nutrition Education Program (NEP), she also works as a dietitian for the PEIA Weight Management Program in Charleston, WV. Rachel is passionate about pediatric nutrition, mindful and intuitive eating, the culinary arts, and helping improve the health and food literacy of low income individuals.
Brandi Sentz, MHA, RD, LD, CDE
Brandi Sentz, MHA, RD, LD, CDE is the nutrition educator in Lincoln County for the Marshall University Nutrition Education Program. Brandi completed her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and then completed her dietetic internship and a master’s degree at Marshall University. Later, she received a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Brandi has experience in many different aspects of nutrition, but much of her career has been in consulting and outpatient setting. Her primary interests are pediatric nutrition, diabetes education, and the treatment of eating disorders.
Tonya F. Parker
Tonya Parker is an Administrative Assistant for the Nutrition Education Program. Tonya holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall University from where she graduated in 1993.