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_lprStephanie 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 and Dairy Report 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 an active board 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 is a marathoner and member of Midwest Dairy’s Team Dairy running team. You can follow her on Twitter @scundithrd.

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. Ashley is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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 eleven 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, and the Omaha District Dietetic Association. 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.

Contact:
402.763.9784
bupton@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 writes a monthly blog for Midwest Dairy Association on various health and nutrition topics. Char has conducted more than 200 presentations to health professionals, educators and school food service personal on nutrition-related topics such as children’s health, bone health, functional foods and the importance of dairy in a balanced diet.

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, an active board member of the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is active in the North Dakota Nutrition Council and the Bismarck/Mandan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Char is the mother of two boys. 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. She 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.

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.

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, the Missouri Dietetic Association, and the St. Louis Dietetic Association.

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.

Contact:
314.449.5005
jmackey@midwestdairy.com


Marley Sugar_lprMarley Sugar, RD, LD
Kansas and Western Missouri

Marley Sugar is a Health and Wellness Program Manager in Kansas, where she serves as a liaison to health professionals and is responsible for promoting programs like Fuel Up to Play 60. She is a spokeswoman for Midwest Dairy Council, conducting television, print and radio interviews in the state of Kansas and in the Kansas City metro 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 Kansas Nutrition Council, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Kansas Dietetic Association, and currently serves as an active board member for the Kansas City Dietetics Association.

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, and loves participating in recreation sports 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


Erin Thole_lprErin Thole, MS, RDN, LDN, CPT
Iowa

Erin Thole is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Health and Wellness Program Manager at Midwest Dairy Council in Iowa. She is responsible for Nutrition Affairs by being a liaison to health professionals in Iowa. As part of this position Erin is involved with many organizations such as the Food Bank of Iowa, Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Iowa Food Systems Council, and the Healthiest State Initiative to name several. Erin works closely with these nutrition and medical community throughout the state to educate health professionals, parents and children to help them establish lifelong habits of good nutrition and physical activity. Erin is also a spokesperson responsible for television, print and radio interviews in major markets across Iowa.

Erin is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. As a graduate student, Erin’s research centered on total food intake, nutrition profile, physical activity, multi-media and its association with overweight and obesity in children and adults. During this time, Erin was also involved with providing 1:1 consultations to participants in a research based weight loss clinic. Post graduate school, Erin went on to complete her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was involved with another weight loss clinic called Healthy Charleston Challenge.

Prior to joining Midwest Dairy, Erin was an independent nutrition consultant specializing in sports nutrition and weight loss in Chicago. In combination with her own consulting business, Erin worked as a personal trainer, personal chef, nutrition blogger, and running coach. Over the years, Erin has presented at state and national conferences including the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Obesity Society, and the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Contact:
515.965.4625
ethole@midwestdairy.com