Registered Dietitians

Need a registered dietitian expert on dairy science, child nutrition or dairy’s health benefits? Midwest Dairy Council’s registered dietitians can provide interviews, sound bites and answers to your dairy nutrition questions.

Steph-Cundith-2016Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Spokesperson and Communications Manager

Stephanie Cundith is a registered dietitian and Nutrition Spokesperson and Communications Manager for the Midwest Dairy Council, where she provides scientific, accurate and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition. She conducts television, print and radio interviews across Midwest Dairy’s ten-state region and serves as a national media spokesperson for the National Dairy Council.  She is a Dairy Makes Sense blogger, as well the Midwest Dairy Nutrition Service Center coordinator.

Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a master’s degree in nutrition from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She completed her dietetic internship at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stephanie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and certified in adult and child and adolescent weight management. She is a member of the Kansas Dietetic Association.

Prior to joining the Midwest Dairy Council, Stephanie worked for a health and weight management company, where she coached people on improving their nutrition and fitness. She also served as a spokesperson to the Wichita, Kansas, community, delivering health messages to the media, and to health and business professionals. Before this, she worked as a dietitian in clinical and public health settings. Stephanie is the mother to one son. She’s an avid runner and has completed more than ten marathons and ultra- marathons. Follow her on Twitter @scundithRD, connect on LinkedIn.

Contact:
316.440.7436
scundith@midwestdairy.com


Ashley Anderson_lprAshley Anderson, RD, LD
Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma

Ashley Anderson is a Health and Wellness Program Manager for the Midwest Dairy Council, where she is responsible for promoting programs in schools like Fuel Up to Play 60 and serves as a liaison to health professionals and spokeswoman responsible for television, print and radio interviews in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Ashley provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas and she is certified in child and adolescent weight management.  Ashley is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as the director of communications for the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ashley received the Arkansas Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the Midwest Dairy Council, Ashley worked for Arkansas Health Center as a clinical dietitian. She has also previously worked with schools and communities to promote nutrition and physical activity as a community health promotion specialist for the State of Arkansas.

Ashley enjoys spending time with her family by competing at horse shows, hunting, hiking, camping and rock climbing. You can follow her on Twitter @OzarksHunter.

Contact:
501.778.3722
aanderson@midwestdairy.com


Robin Brown_lprRobin Brown, RD, LDN
Illinois

Robin Brown is a Director for Health & Wellness at the Midwest Dairy Council, where she serves as a liaison to health professionals in the state of Illinois, and conducts television, print and radio interviews in the Chicago markets. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Robin provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition as well as promoting programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60.

Robin holds an undergraduate degree in Speech & Hearing sciences from the University of Arizona. Robin holds a second bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also completed her internship. Robin has a certificate in childhood and adolescent weight management from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) and is a member of AND. Robin is also a member of the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND).

Prior to joining the Midwest Dairy Council, Robin worked with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) where she created menus to meet the National School Lunch & Breakfast Program regulations.  She also gave various nutrition talks to the CPS community (students, parents, teachers, lunch room managers). Before this, she worked as a dietitian in a clinical setting.

You can connect with Robin through LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @rlevyrd.

Contact:
872.201.0474
rbrown@midwestdairy.com


Beth Bruck-Upton_lprBeth Bruck-Upton, MA, RD
Nebraska

Beth Bruck-Upton is a Director of Health and Wellness in Nebraska where she is responsible for promoting programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 in schools and serving as a liaison to health professionals across the state by providing up-to-date health and nutrition research, tools, and resources to support Nebraska residents on the journey to good health. Beth conducts TV, radio, and print media interviews across Nebraska.

Beth is a registered dietitian with more than thirteen years of experience in nutrition education and health promotion. Beth has been with the Dairy Council since 2008. She is committed to providing the public with accurate and realistic health tips.

Beth graduated from the University of Nebraska, completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University and earned a Masters in Fitness and Wellness Management at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is certified in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Beth is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and serves on the board for the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Beth also serves on many coalitions throughout Nebraska working together to promote optimal health.

In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, Cooper and Kenli.

Follow Beth on Twitter @BethUptonRD and connect on LinkedIn.

Contact:
402.763.9784
bupton@midwestdairy.com


Alyson FendrickAlyson Fendrick, RD, LD
Iowa

Alyson Fendrick is a Registered Dietitian and Health and Wellness Program Manager for the Midwest Dairy Council where she serves as a liaison to nutrition professional in Iowa.   She is also a spokesperson for the Midwest Dairy Council conducting television, print, and radio interviews in the Iowa market. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Alyson provides accurate, scientific, and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition.

Alyson is a graduate of Iowa State University receiving a B.S degree in dietetics and completed a dietetic internship at Great River Medical Center.  Alyson is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including the Food and Culinary Professionals DPG. She is well respected as a dietitian receiving the Supermarket Dietitian of the Year Award from Produce for Better Health Foundation in 2014.  She is also recognized as a leader receiving the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Emerging Dietetic Leader award in 2015.  Additionally, she was recognized by her peers as the Distinguished Dietitian of the year in 2014 by the Oklahoma City District Dietetic Association.

Prior to working for Midwest Dairy Council, Alyson worked as a Corporate Dietitian for HAC, Inc. where she was the company’s spokesperson for food and nutrition. She was also the Supervisor of Food and Nutrition for Norman Regional Health Systems as well as a Clinical Dietitian.  Alyson enjoys mountain biking with her husband and running with their black lab.

You can connect with Alyson through LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @AlysonApproved.

Contact:
515.965.4625
afendrick@midwestdairy.com


Char Heer, LRD
North Dakota

Char Heer is a Health and Wellness Program Manager with Midwest Dairy Council. Char is responsible for promoting programs like Fuel Up To Play 60 in schools, sharing nutrition education resources with health professionals and keeping North Dakota dairy farmers informed of the numerous dairy promotion programs and projects. She is also responsible for TV, radio and print media interviews in North Dakota and has  conducted more than 200 presentations to health professionals, educators and school food service personal on nutrition-related topics.

As a farmer’s daughter and rancher’s sister, Char is passionate about educating people about where are food comes from and the hard work, dedication and pride of farmers to help feed the world.

As a licensed registered dietitian, Char Heer is committed to communicating science-based nutrition and health messages to the public. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the North Dakota Nutrition Council and the Bismarck/Mandan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Char enjoys gardening and spending time with her two grandsons.  You can follow her on Twitter @cheerRD.

Contact:
701.782.4154
cheer@midwestdairy.com


Whitney Jerman_lprWhitney Jerman, MS, RD, LN
South Dakota

Whitney Jerman is a Health and Wellness Program Manager for Midwest Dairy Council where she promotes programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 in schools and serves as a liaison to health professionals in South Dakota. She is also a spokesperson for Midwest Dairy Council conducting television, print and radio interviews. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Whitney provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition.

Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science with a specialization in dietetics from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and earned a Master of Science Degree in Dietetics from SDSU. Whitney is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as an active board member for the South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics who selected her as South Dakota’s Young Recognized Dietitian of the Year in 2016. Prior to joining Midwest Dairy Council, Whitney worked as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting providing both inpatient and outpatient nutrition services as well as serving as a community resource with regular nutrition focused presentations for a variety of audiences.

You can connect with Whitney through LinkedIn and following her on Twitter @WhitneyJerman.

Contact:
605.338.3776
wjerman@midwestdairy.com


AlexLarsonAlexandra Larson, MS, RD, LD
Minnesota

Alexandra Larson is a Registered Dietitian and Health and Wellness Program Manager for the Midwest Dairy Council where she serves as a liaison to nutrition professionals in Minnesota. As part of her position, Alex is involved with organizations such as the Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Action for Healthy Kids. She provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition to help parents and children establish lifelong healthy eating habits. Alex is a spokesperson for Midwest Dairy Council conducting television, print and radio interviews across the state of Minnesota.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout receiving a B.S. degree in dietetics, and completed a dietetic internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. She also has a M.S. degree in Professional Development from Winona State University.

Prior to joining Midwest Dairy Council, Alex was a supermarket dietitian with Hy-Vee, Inc. in Winona, MN where she gained a unique insight into consumer food trends and behaviors. Alex enjoys training and competing in triathlons, blogging and spending quality time with family, friends and her two golden retrievers.

You can connect with Alex through LinkedIn and following her via Twitter @AlexLarsonRD.

Contact:
651.328.3386
alarson@midwestdairy.com


Jessica MackeyJessica Mackey, MPH, RD, CSP, LD
Eastern Missouri, including St. Louis

Jessica Mackey is a Health and Wellness Program Manager for Midwest Dairy Council where she promotes programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 in schools and serves as a nutrition liaison to health professionals in Missouri. She is also a spokesperson for the Midwest Dairy Council conducting television, print, and radio interviews in the St. Louis market. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Jessica provides accurate, scientific, and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition.

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her dietetic internship and Masters of Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Jessica is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a board member of the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the St. Louis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Prior to joining Midwest Dairy Council, Jessica worked as a clinical dietitian at a children’s hospital where her experience allowed her to become a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Jessica has also worked at a federally qualified health center where she provided nutrition assessment and education to at risk populations. In addition, she has experience working in the school setting promoting healthy eating and lifestyles and assisting with school wellness plans.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She is active in recreational sports, loves being outside, and volunteering her time.

You can connect with Jessica by following her on Twitter @jcmackeyrd or LinkedIn.

Contact: 
314.449.5005
jmackey@midwestdairy.com
Contact:
314.449.5005
jmackey@midwestdairy.com


Marley Sugar_lprMarley Sugar, RD, LD
Kansas and Western Missouri

Marley Sugar is a Registered Dietitian and Health and Wellness Program Manager for Midwest Dairy Council, where she serves as a liaison to health, nutrition, and wellness professionals in Kansas. She is a spokesperson for Midwest Dairy Council conducting television, print and radio interviews in the Kansas City market and Springfield, Missouri market. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Marley provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition.

Marley earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship with ARAMARK in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of the Healthy KC Eating Action Team, Healthy Communities Wyandotte Nutrition Action Team, School Nutrition Association, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and currently serves as an active board member for the Kansas Nutrition Council, Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Kansas PTA.

Prior to joining Midwest Dairy Council, Marley worked as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting providing inpatient nutrition services with a focus on critical care, renal, oncology and wound healing. Marley enjoys the change in seasons, appreciates the art of music, loves traveling around North America and spending quality time with her family and friends.

You can connect with Marley by following her on Twitter @marleysugarRD.

Contact:
913.319.7239
msugar@midwestdairy.com