I earned a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from The Ohio State University. I then completed a PhD in non-ruminant nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and also completed the requirements to become a registered dietitian. I joined the Kent State University faculty in 1988 where I teach and advise both undergraduate and graduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. Courses taught include Applied Nutrition; Community Nutrition; Cultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition and Health; Complementary and Alternative Nutrition Therapy; Micronutrients and Nutrition. I am also involved with the Nutrition Outreach Program that provides nutrition assessment, counseling and presentations for students, faculty and staff. I am the advisor for the Student Dietetic Association where members network with professionals in the field of nutrition and are involved in community service. My primary professional interest is community nutrition including health promotion/nutrition education over the life span and maternal/child nutrition.