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Kate_Ackerman.jpgKate Ackerman, MD, MPH

Presentation Title: Unique Aspects of the Female Athlete

Kathryn (Kate) Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM is board certified in Internal Medicine; Sports Medicine; and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She is the Founder and Medical Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Associate Director of the Sports Endocrine Research Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the Co-creator and Director of the International 2-day Female Athlete Conference held biennially in Boston, MA, USA.

Dr. Ackerman was a varsity rower in college and later represented the US at the World University Games and the World Championships. She is currently a team physician for US Rowing, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research focuses on the Female Athlete Triad (Triad) and the various aspects of Relative Energy in Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). She has authored/co-authored over 100 articles and book chapters related to sports medicine, endocrinology, rowing, bone health, and female athletes. She has presented extensively nationally and internationally on sports endocrine topics including exercise-associated hyponatremia, diabetes and exercise, intersex and transgender athletes, eating disorders in sport, Triad, RED-S, and bone stress injuries. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s RED-S and Female Athlete Health working groups and a member of the World Rowing Sports Medicine Commission.

Dina_Aronson.jpgDina Aronson MS, RD
Lead Dietitian
DQPN

Presentation Title: The New Age of Dietary Assessment: Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities

Dina Aronson is an internationally-recognized nutritionist, author, and speaker specializing in wellness technology and lifestyle nutrition. She is lead dietitian for Diet ID, a digital startup devising innovative methods to assess and track diet and behavior change. She has worked with numerous technology companies, fitness organizations, and culinary teams to build nutrition-related digital apps. Serving on several boards and committees dedicated to educate people on health and wellness, Dina is passionate about empowering people to optimize their health by using customized solutions, including creative nutrition and fitness technology. Dina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and her Master’s in Nutrition from Tufts University. She has been active in many state, local, and practice group level associations, and serves on the Today’s Dietitian Magazine Editorial Advisory board. In her spare time, Dina enjoys spending time with her family, vegetable gardening, weight training, cycling, hiking, and plant-forward cooking.

asche.pngAngie Asche, MS, RD, CSSD, LMNT
Owner, Sports Dietitian
Eleat Sports Nutrition, LLC

Presentation Title: Success in Sports Nutrition: Expanding Services and Increasing Profit

Angie Asche is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics, certified exercise physiologist, and the owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition®. Angie has a Master’s degree in Nutrition & Physical Performance from Saint Louis University, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since founding her private practice, she has worked with hundreds of collegiate and professional athletes in the MLB, NHL, and NFL. Her company has become widely known across the social media space as providing evidence-based nutrition; reaching an audience of over 150k between her social media channels and blog views. Her expertise and recipes have been featured in numerous publications, including Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Food Network, Shape, Runner’s World, and NBC News.

barringer.pngNick Barringer, PhD, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Assistant Professor
United States Military Academy (US Army)

Presentation Title: From the Battlefield to the Playing Field: Lessons in Performance Nutrition from Warfighters

Nick Barringer is an expert on nutrition and performance for the tactical athlete.

Nick currently researches and serves as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. Previously while working at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine he researched Warfighter nutritional requirements in differing environments to include deployed Special Operators. Prior to that, he taught performance nutrition at the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. Nick served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a member of the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program where he oversaw the nutrition and aspects of the physical training of Rangers.

Nick received his undergraduate degree in dietetics from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in kinesiology from Texas A&M.

Nick is passionate about improving nutrition and performance in tactical athletes and has the unique perspective of a researcher, teacher, and practitioner who has gone through physically demanding courses such as Ranger School, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE), Airborne, Air Assault as well as having deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan so he best understands both the academic and applied demands of the tactical athlete. Nick has presented at both national and international conferences on tactical athlete nutrition and performance and his research has appeared in multiple media outlets such as Science Daily and Men’s Journal.

braun.pngAmanda Braun
Director of Athletics
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Presentation Title: From the Director’s Chair: Nutrition & Well-being Within Today's Mid-level DI Athletic Departments

Amanda Braun is in her seventh year as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the first-ever female to hold that post at Milwaukee. She was named to the post in March 2013 before officially taking the reins of the department on May 1, 2013. In her tenure on campus, she has helped Milwaukee to new heights, starting by playing the lead role in bringing Panther men’s basketball contests back downtown. She also was instrumental in helping the University secure naming rights for UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The department also received its first-ever $1 million gift under Braun’s watch in Fall of 2016, the largest ever made to Milwaukee Athletics at the time. A former basketball player at Siena College, Braun graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. She later earned a master’s in sports administration from the University of North Carolina.

Nancy Clark MS, RD, CSSD

Presentation Title: Have We Revolutionized Sports Nutrition? What's Old, What's New

Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) counsels both competitive athletes and casual exercisers in her successful private practice in the Boston-area (Newton, MA). She has extensive experience helping thousands of active clients—from “ordinary mortals” to Olympians—win with good nutrition. Her nutrition advice and photo have even graced the back of the Wheaties’ box! She has been Team Nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox. Her best-selling Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook has sold over 750,000 copies and now is available in its 6th edition (2020). Nancy also writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete's Kitchen, which appears regularly in over 100 sports and fitness publications and websites.

In addition to inspiring sports-active people to win with good nutrition, Nancy educates dietitians, trainers, coaches, and other health professionals about how to effectively teach the sports nutrition message. For more information: www.NancyClarkRD.com

Graeme Close
Professor of Human Physiology
Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

Presentation Title: Cannabidiol (CBD) and the Athlete

Graeme is a professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he combines his academic research with nutrition and physiology consultancy to some of the worlds leading sporting organizations. He is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, the Head of Performance Nutrition to The European Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team and consults to several Premier League Football clubs and players. Graeme is the Deputy Chair of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and is a fellow of both The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and The British Association Of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Academically, Graeme’s research is focussed upon muscle damage and repair with a specific interest in Vitamin D and most recently cannabidiol (CBD).

Cathy Goldstein

Presentation Title: Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Performance and Recovery

Cathy Goldstein, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center. She sees patients with a variety of sleep disorders and provides education on attaining optimal sleep health across campus; including Michigan athletics. Her research centers around use of consumer technologies to track sleep.

Huggins_2020_Headshot.jpgRobert A. Huggins, PhD, LAT, ATC
Assistant Research Professor,
President of Research & Athlete Performance and Safety, Korey Stringer Institute
Director, ATLAS Project

Presentation Title: Developing and Implementing Heat Polices and Hydration Protocols for Athletes

Dr. Robert Huggins is currently the President of Research and Athlete Performance & Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute and he is also Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. His is responsibilities include the supervision, management, and coordination of research initiatives conducted by KSI. One of Dr. Huggins’ major areas of research is athlete performance. In his position he routinely conducts sweat electrolyte analyses and whole-body sodium turnover in marathoners, ultra-marathoners, cyclists and triathletes to determine their individualized fluid and electrolyte needs. He also implements personalized heat acclimatization strategies for athletes who are required to compete in hot and humid environmental conditions. Dr. Huggins has clinical experience at mass medical events such as the Falmouth Road Race, Boston Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon where he has treated more than 60 cases of exertional heat stroke. He received his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut in 2007, his master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2008, and his doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut in 2014.

B__Johnson.jpgBrittany Johnson PhD, RDN, CSSD, CPT
Assistant Professor/Lead Dietitian Researcher
US Spine & Sport Foundation/Point Loma Nazarene University

Presentation Title: Rapid Fire: Stoke the Fire: Fueling Firefighters for Optimal Health and Performance

Brittany Johnson is an Assistant Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in the DPD program. Her primary interest focuses on nutrition and fueling for tactical athletes. She is currently investigating the relationship between nutrition and health concerns within first responder populations. Her research is focused on developing and implementing nutrition programs for tactical athletes. Johnson has a strong passion for studying intervention methods to optimize diets to improve individuals' health and performance. In addition to her interest with tactical athletes, Johnson researches how social media influences body image and eating attitudes among college students. Brittany Johnson is completing her PhD in Health and Human Performance at Concordia University Chicago and working on a FEMA funded research project with San Diego firefighters.

johnson.pngNeil Johnson, MBA
Sports Analytics Developer
ESPN Analytics

Presentation Title: Sports Analytics

Neil Johnson is a sports analytics developer at ESPN. He has been with the company since 2016. Neil is a part of the Sports Analytics group at ESPN where they produce statistical models such BPI, FPI, and NBA Real Plus-Minus and works directly on player tracking data from the NBA, the NFL, and other leagues. Additionally, Neil’s interests include pushing sports computer vision research and looking at ways to make emerging and complicated technologies more accessible and widespread.

kjones.pngKelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Owner, CEO
Kelly Jones Nutrition, LLC (self-employed)

Presentation Title: Success in Sports Nutrition: Expanding Services and Increasing Profit

Kelly Jones is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and owner of Kelly Jones Nutrition, a consulting and media spokesperson company. She works with high school, collegiate and professional athletes and directed nutrition and medical fitness programs for fitness clubs, including one of the top three independent gyms in the nation. Kelly represents food companies and sports organizations on television and at live events and is regularly featured in publications such as Runner’s World, Women’s Health, US News, and The Washington Post. As an associate professor of nutrition for nine years, she taught nutrition and sports nutrition, and also co-created an exercise science transfer studies program. Her Master’s thesis at the University at Buffalo was focused in exercise nutrition and she founded the school’s sports nutrition dietetic internship rotation. Kelly also runs an online women’s sports nutrition course and shares additional resources through her blog.

Jennifer Ketterly, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Presentation Title: From the Director’s Chair: Nutrition & Well-being Within Today's Mid-level DI Athletic Departments

Jen Ketterly is the Director of Sports Nutrition at the UNC Human Performance Center and an Assistant Professor in the department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine. She is also the sports dietitian for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets and North Carolina Central University Athletic Department. She is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics with 20 years of practice across collegiate & professional sports, athletic medicine, and the food & beverage industries. Jen is also a founding principal of Performance 365, a sports nutrition consulting group working with athletes, team organizations, universities and aligned industry partners. A multisport athlete growing up, Jen played basketball while at Cornell and has coached women's basketball at the high school and AAU levels.

lebron.pngMónica Lebrón
Deputy Athletics Director and Chief Operating Officer
Tulane University Athletics

Presentation Title: From the Director’s Chair: Nutrition & Well-being Within Today's Mid-level DI Athletic Departments

Dr. Mónica Lebrón was named Deputy Athletics Director and Chief Operating Officer for Tulane University Athletics in August of 2016.

As Deputy AD, Lebrón serves as second in command within the Tulane Athletics Department, overseeing all internal and external day-to-day operations. In addition, she serves as the sport supervisor for football, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, and sailing where she facilitates all scheduling and budget management, among other tasks. She also oversees the entire external side of the department which includes all revenue generating operations. 

Lebrón joined the Green Wave after spending the 2015-16 year as associate athletics director for development at the University of Georgia. While there, Lebrón oversaw all aspects of athletic fundraising, raising a record $56.96 million for the 2016 fiscal year. Prior to Georgia, Lebrón was assistant athletics director for Development from 2012-14 before being elevated to associate athletics director at Ole Miss.

In addition to her time at Georgia and Ole Miss, Lebrón served as Senior Major Gifts Officer (2008-11) and senior associate director (2011-12) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she oversaw a portfolio of 500+ donors. Lebrón also worked in various capacities at Gator Boosters, Inc., from 2004-08, where she worked heavily with the athletics alumni base.

Lebrón graduated from Yale University in May 2001, where she was a four-year letterwinner and starter for the school’s softball team. She earned her master of sports administration and MBA from Ohio University in June 2003. Most recently, she earned her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Tulane University in the spring of 2019.

llewis.pngLisa Lewis, EdD, CADC-II
Licensed Psychologist and Certified Addictions Counselor

Presentation Title: Unique Aspects of the Female Athlete

Dr. Lisa Lewis is a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor. She earned her doctorate in Counseling and Sport Psychology at Boston University. Lisa has worked in college mental health, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment centers since her career began in 2003. She currently provides psychotherapy and consultation services at her private practice in Brookline, MA, and online. She is also part-time faculty at Northeastern University. Dr. Lewis works with a general population and specializes in working with athletes and athletically minded clients who struggle with mental health problems or addictions. Other athletes and high-achieving professionals come to her practice in hopes of achieving a personal goal or enhancing motivation to pursue goals. Dr. Lewis also provides workshops and consultations for personal trainers, strength coaches, and nutrition coaches, both for their own professional development, and to enhance their communication and motivational skills with their clientele.

Dana Lis, PhD, RD, CSSD, CPT
High Performance Sport Nutritionist, Director of Performance Nutrition;
Project Scientist, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Intercollegiate Athletics, UC Davis;
Performance Dietitian for Israel Start-Up Nation World Tour Cycling, Sacramento Kings NBA

Presentation Title: Collagen Supplementation: From Lab to Field and International Collaboration to Elevate Performance Solutions

One foot in leading edge-research and the other in high performance sport Dana has always played a unique simultaneous role of researcher and practitioner. An integral Project Scientist within the department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at University California Davis (Baar Lab) she lead sport science work that scaled bench lab research to human studies. Nutritional strategies to reduce injury, advance return to play and improve performance in athletes has been the focus of her research over the past 5 years. In the field, as a high-performance sport dietitian, Dana focuses on two polar sports as a consultant in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings and also with the World Tour Cycling Team Israel Start-Up Nation. Recently, Dana has taken on a new position with Science in Sport as the US Head of Performance where she is dedicated to enhancing knowledge to practice in sport science. Most importantly, she is also a mother to an adventurous little boy and spends every spare second in the mountains on skis or bikes. Dana continues to strive towards pushing the envelope of evidence-influenced sport nutrition by closing the gap between novel research and applied performance nutrition.

Kausen_Mauldin.jpgKasuen Mauldin PhD, RD
Associate Professor, San José State University

Presentation Title: Rapid Fire: Practical Considerations: Using DXA for Body Composition Analysis

Dr. Kasuen Mauldin’s current research focus is in applied clinical nutrition and dietetics, defined as the study of diet and health and the practical application of nutritional science. She received her PhD in Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research training involved using molecular techniques to elucidate biochemical pathways in human metabolism. She received her clinical nutrition training at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and currently has an affiliation with Stanford Health Care as an outpatient Clinical Dietitian. In her research endeavors, she combines her knowledge of metabolic biology with her clinical expertise as a Registered Dietitian. Dr. Mauldin is also very interested in effectively teaching science curriculum in interprofessional education.

mcglory.pngChris McGlory, PhD
Assistant Professor
Queen's University

Presentation Title: The Role of Omega: 3 Fatty Acids in Skeletal Muscle Anabolism

The aim of Dr. Chris McGlory's research program is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to exercise training and disuse. He is particularly interested in developing nutritional interventions to minimize a loss of muscle mass and/or function in a variety of settings, such as that which occurs in response to immobilization and surgery. He is currently examining the efficacy of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid and essential amino acid supplementation to influence muscle mass, protein synthesis, and mitochondrial function in response to exercise training and inactivity. He specializes in the use of stable isotopic tracers to track skeletal muscle protein turnover during periods of fasting, feeding, training, and immobilization. His work also employs a range of specialist methodologies such as deuterium labelling of proteins and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as a variety of molecular biology techniques for measurement of enzyme activity, protein expression, and post-translational modification.

Dr. James Morton

Presentation Title: International Collaboration to Elevate Performance Solutions

peeling.pngPete Peeling, PhD
Associate Professor
The University of Western Australia

Presentation Title: Iron and the Athlete: Key Considerations and Nutrition Strategies

Peter received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2009, where he investigated exercise-induced mechanisms relevant to iron deficiency in endurance athletes. This work highlighted the potential influence of the iron-regulatory hormone, hepcidin, on iron metabolism. Peter has since worked as an applied sports physiologist within the Australian National Sports Institute Network, and he currently holds the role of Research Director at the Western Australian institute of Sport. Peter is also an Associate Professor in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches and researches in applied physiology, with a focus on sports nutrition and the iron requirements of athletes.

proctor.pngDavid Proctor, MSc

Presentation Title: Voices of Recovery from Eating Disorders in Sport

David Proctor is an elite athlete who attended Boston University from 2004-2009 where he was a member of the Track & Field and Cross-Country teams. During his time with the Terriers, David set three individual, school, and New England records, and was a member of three record-breaking relay teams. He was nationally ranked in the NCAA rankings each year with a peak ranking of #2 in 2007. During that season, David became the first collegiate athlete in New England to run a sub-4-minute mile, a time that placed him #11 in the overall World Rankings. He also set multiple conference records and was named Conference MVP and the NCAA Eastern Athlete of the Year. David still represents England and Great Britain at the European and World level, and is based in Manchester, UK, where he is currently training for his 5th consecutive Olympic Trials in 2020.

quatromoni.pngPaula A. Quatromoni, DSc, MS, RDN, LDN

Presentation Title: Voices of Recovery from Eating Disorders in Sport

Dr. Quatromoni is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Boston University where she’s been an investigator on the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study for more than 20 years. As a Registered Dietitian, she has clinical expertise in sports nutrition and eating disorders. In 2004, she pioneered the sports nutrition consult service for student athletes at Boston University. She’s published widely, including several clinical case studies and research papers on athletes’ eating disorder onset and recovery experiences. In 2015, she joined Walden Behavioral Care as a Senior Consultant where she led the creation of the GOALS Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program that treats competitive athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Quatromoni earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition from the University of Maine, was a dietetic intern at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and earned her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the BU School of Public Health.

Rawson.pngEric Rawson, PhD, FACSM, CSCS
Professor
Messiah College

Presentation Title: Dietary supplements and performance: Do we have a consensus?

Eric S. Rawson is Chair and Professor of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Dr. Rawson received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. Over the past two decades, Dr. Rawson’s research has focused on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has studied the effects of the dietary supplement creatine on muscle and brain function. Dr. Rawson has been an active member in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 1996, has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees, on the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee, as Chair of the ACSM National Chapter Nutrition Interest Group, and is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM regional chapter. Dr. Rawson has delivered more than 150 professional presentations, is co-editor of the text Nutrition for Elite Athletes, co-author of Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations.

Jonathan_Scheiman.pngJonathan Scheiman, PhD
Co-Founder and CEO
FitBiomics

Presentation Title: The Future of Fitness: The Microbiome & Next Generation Probiotics

Jonathan is a co-founder and the CEO of FitBiomics, a biotechnology startup that is sequencing the microbiome of elite athletes to identify and isolate next-generation probiotics for applications in consumer health and nutrition. Jonathan received his PhD in Biomedicine from the NYU Sackler Institute, with a focus on molecular oncology. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in George Church's lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, at Harvard, where he worked on transformative sequencing technologies and programmable cellular engineering. Having played Division I college basketball at St. John’s University and coached inner city public high school basketball, one of Jonathan’s long-term goals is to use sports as a medium to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Trent Stellingwerff

Presentation Title: International Collaboration to Elevate Performance Solutions

Chris_Talley.jpgChristopher Talley
Founder/CEO
Precision Food Works, Inc

Presentation Title: Artificial Intelligence Applications In Dietetics

Chris Talley is a nutritional biomarker specialist who has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in blood/urine analysis. He has provided franchise-level services to teams in all professional sports. Amongst more than 5,000 elite athletes that have performed biomarker testing, he has worked with 6 Major League Baseball MVPs, 4 MLB Cy Young award winners, >50 MLB All Stars, 2 NBA MVPs, >50 NBA All Stars, 2 NFL MVPs, >80 NFL Pro Bowl Nominees, Gold medalists in >20 Olympic events, 15 X-Games champions, and a large number of household-name athletes who hold records and/or championship titles in their sports. He provided nutritional testing services to at least one team in each Super Bowl between 2014 and 2019. He is also Red Bull’s high-performance nutrition counsel, ensuring that all of the company-sponsored athletes remain without equal.

tenforde.pngAdam Tenforde, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School

Presentation Title: Unique Aspects of the Female Athlete

Dr. Tenforde is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is a sports medicine physician at the Spaulding National Running Center – one of the only centers in the United States exclusively dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of running-related injuries. Dr. Tenforde has the unique perspective of being both a doctor and a former professional runner who was an All-American at Stanford University where he contributed to three NCAA National Team Championships and later qualified for the Olympic trials. Dr. Tenforde’s research has focused on the evaluation of biological and biomechanical risk factors for stress fractures, tendinopathy and other running injuries. He is also investigating how to prevent injuries in athletes. Additionally, he has ongoing research investigations in other topics within the field of medicine including effective use of telehealth to optimize patient care and procedures including shockwave treatment for management of overuse injuries in athletes.

thomas.pngCaptain Carrissa Gail Thomas, Captain in the United States Air Force
Operational Support Team Dietitian
United States Air Force

Presentation Title: Embedding Nutrition Professionals to Optimize Health and Performance of Military Personnel

Carrissa received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Biology with a program in nutrition and her Masters in Nutrition from the US Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. She worked as the sole dietitian assigned to the Air Force’s new Operational Support Team for 2 years, and is working at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. In this role, she provided macrolevel nutrition education and recommended environment modifications to optimize health and human performance in military populations.

Andrea_Watkins.jpgAndrea Watkins, MEd

Presentation Title: Voices of Recovery from Eating Disorders in Sport

Andrea Watkins was a student-athlete at Boston University from 2004-2010 competing in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. She was a four time NCAA Championship qualifier in the 5000m, 10000m and cross country. She was a three time All-American and set two school records in the 5000 and 10000m distances. She also holds multiple conference championship and New England Regional championship titles alongside MVP honors. Andrea earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters of Education in Health Education from Boston University. She went on to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials in 2016 with a 2:37 qualifying time in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Andrea recently retired from her competitive running career to pursue her passion for health education and nutrition. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition while working as an endoscopy technician at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH.