Dr. Karina Christopher
Dr. Karina Christopher is an assistant professor at EKU splitting her time between the dietetics program and the Master of Public Health. She also volunteers her time with the athletic department at EKU. She has served on the KAND board for over 6 years.
Jackie R. Walters, MBA, RD
I’m serving as Consumer Protection Coordinator this year, and I wasn’t included on the web page. I have previously served as president, president-elect, and secretary. I have a 34-year dietetics career in school food service, hospital administrative dietetics, hospital administration, public health and education
New Member Liaison
Rachel Mallison is the new member liaison for KAND. She is a clinical dietitian at UK Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and has been working as a clinical dietitian for 3 years. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship in her hometown of Kettering, Ohio through Andrews University. She loves to travel, cook, and spend time outdoors.
Alex DePriest is a Dietetic Intern in the Coordinated Program at the University of Kentucky. She is currently completing her last rotation of the Supervised Practice Program and is grateful for the incredible learning experiences that each rotation has offered. She hopes to pass the RD exam and eventually go on to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. Alex served as the Student Representative for the Coordinated Program on the KAND Board during the 2017-2018 year. The opportunity to serve in this capacity allowed her to collaborate with key leaders in the local RD community and to learn about the dedication that goes into creating a successful statewide Academy. Alex looks forward to future involvement with KAND.
Liz Combs is a faculty member in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky. Liz is also the Director of the Coordinated Program. Liz’s background is in outpatient nutrition services and weight management counseling, and she holds a national certification in childhood and adolescent weight management.
Corey Hawes MS, RDN, CNSC, LDN
My name is Corey Hawes, this is my second term as Tellers Committee Chair. I have been a dietitian for almost 5 years, receiving my Bachelor’s and Master’s at the University of Kentucky and working on my Doctorate at Rutgers University currently. I am currently the Dietitian for the Pediatric DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology and Kentucky Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Clinics at the University of Kentucky.
President-Elect for KAND
Nominating Chair for LAND
I am currently the Pediatric Dietitian for University of Louisville Physicians Pediatric Gastroenterology. With ULP I serve on the board for the Wellness Committee, which promotes better health and wellness for the ULP and U of L employees. My interests outside of my professional world include my family, cooking, traveling to new places, and fitness (cycling, running, lifting weights, etc) . I love trying new recipes with my little girl, I love traveling to new places each year, and I love trying new workouts. When I’m not on the go (which seems like hardly ever), I like to relax at home with a good bourbon and ale 8. I am currently completing my Graduate degree in nutrition. I absolutely love counseling children and their families and one day I would love to also teach pediatric nutrition at the college level.
State Policy Representative
While originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I have called Lexington home for the past four years. I completed the University of Kentucky Hospital Internship in 2015 and have served as a clinical RD serving cancer patients at Markey Cancer center since finishing the internship. I am completing my Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Kentucky and will graduate December 2018.
is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and an Associate Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at WKU. There she teaches courses in Human and Life Stage Nutrition, MNT and Community Nutrition, while doing research in the nutritional implications of heart failure, Educational approaches in Nutrition and Dietetics and program improvement through outcomes assessment. She received Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration, Hospitality Management and Dietetics from Western Kentucky University.
Lauren Roberson, MS, RD, LD
Lauren is currently an instructor in the Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Communication with an emphasis on public health campaigns. Lauren is acting president of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to that Lauren has served on the nominating committee and as National Nutrition Month Coordinator. Her passion for dietary behavior change was sparked during her role as a Research Associate for Cooperative Extension. Prior to that Lauren worked as a Clinical Dietitian for 2 years, specializing in surgery and MNT for behavioral health patients. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky DPD program and Master’s program in Dietetic Administration.
Katie Lewis, MS, RD, LD
State Media Representative
In 2012, I moved to Lexington from upstate NY for University of Kentucky Hospital’s dietetic internship. I work as a clinical dietitian specializing in hematology oncology at UK Hospital. My interests include plant-based nutrition, recipe development, and film.
Adrienne founded MANAGEMENT, Inc., an association management company, in 1999. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in nonprofit organizations, and is a Certified Association Executive. Adrienne was named NAWO Business Owner in 2009, and honored with the 2011 Athena Leadership Award for her service on international boards and mentoring women to begin their own businesses.
New Membership Chair
B.S. Dietetics from University of Kentucky Currently a clinical dietitian at Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center for the past 16 years.
Rachel Harrington, MHA, RDN, LD
Rachel Harrington is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Science and has also served as a previous State Regulatory Specialist and the Public Policy Panel. She completed her undergrad at UK and Masters with Chapman University, and is currently working on her Doctorate with UK. She is an Assistant Professor at EKU, is married to Husband, Brad and has two kids, Ellen (18), and Luke (16). Her professional Interests include, Community Nutrition, Public Health, Obesity, Adolescent and College-Age Nutrition, while she is personal Interested in Camping, hiking, reading, spending time with family.
Heather Shrum RDN
Krystal graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Dietetics and completed her internship through Iowa State University. She now works as a clinical dietitian in central Kentucky.