Education & Training

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership Institute, Ohio Quality Productivity Forum, United States Army Humanitarian Nutrition Course, Physicians in Management Course I and II, Air War College Seminar, Academic Instructor School
PhD in Human Ecology, Institutional Management. Dissertation: Perceived Quality and Delegation in US Military and Civilian Hospital Dietetic Departments
MS in Human Nutrition and Food Management. Project: Impact of Contracted Medical Food Service at Small USAF Medical Treatment Facilities.
Distinguished Graduate – AFIT.
Graduated first in class, awarded Colonel Miriam E. Perry Award
Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition – Dietetics and Home Economics Education

Board Certification

Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
April 96 to present

Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist – Dec 76 to present
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Reg # 419791

Professional Experience

2015- Present

2015- 2018  

EF Myers Consulting, Inc

Director , Australian publishing company offering dietetics textbook and website with clinical cases

President, SpectraWell is dedicated to creating healthier workplaces! Our latest initiative is to bring the principles and ideas from Slim By Design into corporate wellness. Includes certification for dietitians as wellness leaders and on-line course for employees.

REAL AMERICAN HEROES OR NORTH DAKOTA (Formerly called Fallen Soldiers of North Dakota)
Secretary/Treasurer, Nonprofit organization aimed at raising funds and supporting North Dakota veterans , service members and families of those who suffered injuries while on active duty.

NUTRITION TODAY COLUMNIST, Quality Improvement Consultant to National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) for Tulsa project, Monsanto’s Company Sustainable Yield Pledge Award (SYPA) Award Reviewer, Consultant to Institute of Medicine/National Academies Press for development of reference: Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrition Requirement – 2006

Phased Retirement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Complete research projects and manage transition for new Chief Science Officer. Research projects include: Patients, Family Practice and Dietitians: A Team Approach to Heart Failure, Energy Balance 4 Kids with Plan, Diabetes in India Nutrition Guidelines Study, and International Diabetes Outcome Study.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) formerly called the American Dietetic Association

Chief Science Officer – Research and Strategic Business Development


Director, Scientific Affairs and Research (SAR) (2000-2009)

AND is a 70,000 member professional association.  Represents the AND at key national and international scientific/policy conferences (Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada, Spain, Japan, France), committees and taskforces; identify, cultivate, establish and maintain strategic partnerships with health, scientific and research organizations (National Heart Blood and Lung, International Life Sciences Institute, USDA); present testimony on nutrition related issues to government entities and policy makers; advisor to AND HQ teams and organizational units; provide leadership and assist in positioning AND a leader in global food & nutrition efforts.  Staff member of AND Board of Directors.  AND liaison for Obesity and Healthy Weight for Kids Initiatives.  Oversee 10 staff supporting 3 ongoing joint Board of Directors and House of Delegates committees (Evidence – Based Practice, Research and Nutrition Care Process / Standardized Language) and other BOD task forces.  Provides direction for national and international dietetics practice-based research networks. Oversees research and evidence analysis projects with annual budget of over $2,000,000.  Increased RSBD annual revenues from $0 to over $785,000

• Obtained federal, Industry and foundation funding for AND projects and research initiatives. One cooperative agreement with USDA is for up to $896,000 over 5 years. ANDF agreement with industry provided $2,500,000 in mini-grants.

• Initiated and planned development of Evidence Analysis Library and standardized language for dietetics; developed and implemented business plan for revenue generation for standardized language publications and licensing and products developed for Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) . Over 155 volunteer members actively involved in content development for EAL.

• Conceived concept of Dietetic Practice Research Network, obtained funding and facilitated the first three mini-research projects (International Diabetes Outcomes Study, Standardized Language Validation, Critical Thinking in Measuring Energy Expenditure, and Descriptive Study)

The United States Air Force       Various


Human resource and program manager for nutritional medicine operations with an annual budget of $47,500,000 and 678 personnel providing services for entire United States Air Force (USAF) for 2.7 million beneficiaries. Liaison to other Department of Defense (DoD) nutrition and dietetics functions. Direct managerial responsibility for 68-78 person dietetic departments.

• Led development of interdisciplinary education module of the DOD/VA Diabetes Clinical Practice Guidelines
• Completed cost benefit analysis for medical nutrition therapy for Military Health System (DoD)
• Led development of DoD nutrition outcome information system Developed USAF Dietetic strategic plan; led DoD Nutrition Committee Strategic Planning
• Appointed to VA Steering Committee for Clinical Staffing Study and Food and Nutrition Board Planning Proposal Group for Nutrition Services


Managed quality for a medical center with 1,100 personnel and an annual budget of $27,000,000. Advisor to top executive at USAF Command headquarters responsible for three medical centers, four small, hospitals and five clinics in US, Azores and Germany

• Planned and facilitated strategic planning for 130 bed medical center
• Developed training materials and taught quality and business case analysis
• Developed new USAF dietetics manning standards
• Proposal for dietitian in non-traditional settings accepted by USAF Surgeon General


Managed department of 48 personnel and an annual budget of $1,600,000. Advisor to top executive at USAF Command headquarters responsible for eight hospitals, two medical centers and the world-wide aeromedical evacuation system.

• Deployed during DESERT SHIELD / STORM and supported 1,200 bed field hospital in the Middle East
• Revised DoD cost allocation system for dietetic services to address inpatient & outpatient services
• Nationally recognized cholesterol reduction project; implemented command wide


Managed 44 person (military and local national civilian employees) department providing support for a 150 bed overseas medical center (Republic of Philippines). Advisor to top executive overseeing one medical center and five smaller hospitals in Japan and Korea.

• Developed computer program for automating clinical dietetics and inventory management
• Consultant to Philippine Military Academy for food service upgrade project


Managed the only USAF 10 month dietetic internship. Completed AF level staff projects.

• Completed staff project identifying new peacetime and wartime manpower requirements
• Achieved 10 year accreditation for USAF Dietetic Internship


Managed nutrition care on a 65 bed inpatient unit as well as outpatient nutrition counseling. Completed staff projects for Associate Chief for Dietetics.

• Developed Statement of Work for nutritional medicine service at 35 bed hospital in-house; retained as in-house function by creating bid less than contractor’s bid


Managed 19 person department providing inpatient food service and nutrition care for 80 bed hospital.

• Renovated serving line and food production area; coordinated continuous meal service
• Implemented innovative call-in menu in dining room


Evidence Analysis Library

September 2002 – July 2012

Led development of Evidence Analysis Library and evidence analysis process used by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to summarize and synthesize research in support of Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, position papers and Academy interests.

Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network

October 2002 – July 2012

Led development of concept for Dietetics Practice – Based Research Network and facilitated first research projects. Expanded basic concept in two pilot studies internationally: International Diabetes Outcome Study (IDOS) and Diabetes in India Nutrition Guideline Study (DINGS)

Nutrition Care Process

January 2003 – July 2013

Provided key staff support for development of Nutrition Care Process and support materials for implementation both in US and Internationally.

International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT)

January 2003 – July 2013

Provided key staff support and international consultation on the development, refinement and implementation of the IDNT, a standardized language used by dietitians to describe their services and care.

Other Professional Activities

University Related

Chair, Development Committee (2007-2008) Board of Visitors (2005-2008), College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University

Adjunct Professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Adjunct Professor, North Dakota State University

Adjunct Professor, Hotel Restaurant, Institutional Management and Dietetics at Kansas State University

Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Related

Committee on Military Nutrition, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences 2007 – 2013

Dietary Reference Intake publication working group, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences 2003-2006

Member, Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries, National Academy of Sciences, 1999

Military Liaison to Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy of Sciences, 1997 – 2000

Food and Nutrition Board Proposal Planning Committee — Evaluating nutrition services and developing nutrition outcome measures, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences 1997

Business and Industry

Monsanto’s Company Sustainable Yield Pledge Award (SYPA) Award Reviewer, 2013

Careers through Culinary Arts Program, Chicago Board of Directors, 2006 to 2008

Member, Board of Directors, Soy Nutrition Institute, 2005-2006

Special Section Food and Nutrition Editor: Combating Obesity: Fighting the Overweight Epidemic. Newsweek, 2004

Strategic Planning Consultant for Southwest Ohio Mental Health Consortium, 2000

Professional Society Related

Reviewer, Identifying and Preventing Overweight in Childhood Clinical Practice Guideline, HEATSM (Healthy Eating and Activity Together), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2006

Reviewer for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 1992 – 2000

Health Research Advisory Committee of The American Dietetic Association, 1997-2000

Commission on Accreditation/Approval of Dietetic Education (CAADE), 1996-1998

Co-Chair, Dietetic Internship Review Panel, Commission on Accreditation/Approval of The American Dietetic Association, 1996-1998

Standards of Education Committee, 1996 – 1998

Site Visitor, Commission On Accreditation/Approval of The American Dietetic Association, 1985 – 2000

Federal Agencies and Public Policy Related

Numerous testimonies to federal agencies and organizations such as Institute of Medicine on a variety of topics related to research and nutrition

Member of Dietetics People to People Delegation to China, November 2000

Military Related

Military Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Food Service Systems, 1991 – 2000

Consultant on Food Service Equipment and Design to Philippine Military Academy, 1987

Secretary of Air Force Quality Assessment Team Examiner, 1994(Evaluated base in competition for AF Baldridge award)

Ad Hoc Committee on Promoting Diversity in Dietetics Council on Education (ADA), 1994

Air Mobility Command Quality Assessment Team Member, 1993 (Evaluated base progress using Baldridge criteria)

Membership in Professional Organizations

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)/The American Dietetic Association (ADA) 1975 to present

American Society for Nutrition (2003 to present)

Institute of Food Technologist (2001-2012)

Food Service Systems Management Education Council (1987-1992)

American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators (ASHFSA) 1994-1999

Professional Honors

Dietetics Honors

 Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award:  Dietetics Globalization;  Practicing in harmony across borders to maximize effectiveness.  2013

Lydia A Roberts Memorial Lecture:  Dietetics Practice Based Research:  Research for the profession — by the profession, 2011

Outstanding Service Award, The American Dietetic Association 1997, 1998, 1999

Military Honors

Staff Educator of the Year, Malcolm Grow USAF Regional Medical Center – 1985

Meritorious Service Medal –  1987, 1994, 1999  and Air Force Commendation Medal 1979, 1984

Outstanding Section Contributor, Writing Award, Squadron Officers School – 1983

Distinguished Graduate Air Force Institute of Technology  (MS program at the Ohio State University)

Col Miriam E. Perry Award for outstanding graduate, USAF Dietetic Internship – 1975-1976

Alumni and Other Honors

Honorary Doctorate of Laws, North Dakota State University, 2010

Graduate School Commencement Speaker, Kansas State University 2012

Alumni Fellow, Kansas State University, 2011

Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University, 2009

Board of Visitors:  North Dakota State University, College of Human Development and Education, 2005 to 2009

Distinguished Research Award, College of Human Ecology of Kansas State University, 2002

Guest Speaker for Masters Speaker Program, College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University, March 2000

Who’s Who of Women Executives – 1989

Outstanding Young Women of America – 1988

1987 Outstanding Young Professional The Ohio State University College of Home Economics Alumni Association

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities North Dakota State University – 1975

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