SHPN Leadership

RobertaRoberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE

Interim Chair / Director of Professional Development & Events

Roberta has been a dietitian since the 1980s and a sports dietitian for the past 25 years. Currently, she holds two positions at Baylor College of Medicine—Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Associate Course Director for the Clinical Application of Basic Science Course—Nutrition. She also teaches an introductory nutrition course at Rice University and is the sports dietitian for the Rice University Owls.

Past positions include the Director of Sports and Adolescent Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital, and sports dietitian for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, and Houston Ballet. She believes that the great thing about being a sports dietitian is that as the profession evolves, so can you!

As a mom, she is very proud of her three children, and her daughter Dr. Katie McInnis is a sports dietitian based in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. In addition to her teaching and Chair responsibilities, she provides nutrition education and services to the athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in sports nutrition and is a preceptor for Dietetic Interns wishing to do a sports nutrition rotation. Chris served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Performance from June 2013-May 2016. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. She has presented many times to many different groups on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services on a budget, advocating for the critical need of sports dietitians in all college programs. She is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, published in September 2017. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport. She was the 2018 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN) Achievement Award recipient.

Melinda.jpgMelinda Valliant, PHD, RD/LD, CSSD

Treasurer

Melinda received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, a Master of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science from The University of Mississippi (UM), better known as “Ole Miss”. She has worked as a clinical dietitian, chief clinical dietitian, fitness center director, sports dietitian and currently as Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management and as Director of the Center for Health and Sports Performance at UM. In these roles, she provides administrative oversight of the department, teaches graduate sports nutrition courses, and oversees student research projects.

She and her husband, Stephen, have three children—Marty who is also an alumnus of Ole Miss and 15-year-old twins, Wells and Rebeka. As a family they enjoy traveling, outdoor activities and attending sporting events.

Dr. Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. In addition to her teaching and Chair responsibilities, she provides nutrition education and services to the athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in sports nutrition and is a preceptor for Dietetic Interns wishing to do a sports nutrition rotation. Chris served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Performance from June 2013-May 2016. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. She has presented many times to many different groups on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services on a budget, advocating for the critical need of sports dietitians in all college programs. She is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, published in September 2017. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport. She was the 2018 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN) Achievement Award recipient.

Caroline.jpgCaroline Mandel, MS, RD, CSSD

Secretary

Caroline has been a registered dietitian for 29 years and is in her 22nd year as Director of Performance Nutrition at the University of Michigan Athletic Department, providing medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and fueling programs to over 900 division-I varsity student-athletes competing on 29 teams, and overseeing a staff of four performance dietitians. She lectures on a variety of performance nutrition topics, both locally and nationally, and previously worked as a Nutrition Specialist in Preventive Cardiology.

Caroline earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts, then completed dual Masters of Science degrees in Kinesiology and Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan. She was elected as secretary to the SCAN Executive Committee and now serves on the newly formed SHPN dietetic practice group’s executive committee.

She is a former collegiate swimmer but loves to explore other types of exercise. She and her husband, Scott, live in Ann Arbor and are proud parents of their adult daughters, Hailey and Leah.

Dr. Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. In addition to her teaching and Chair responsibilities, she provides nutrition education and services to the athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in sports nutrition and is a preceptor for Dietetic Interns wishing to do a sports nutrition rotation. Chris served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Performance from June 2013-May 2016. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. She has presented many times to many different groups on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services on a budget, advocating for the critical need of sports dietitians in all college programs. She is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, published in September 2017. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport. She was the 2018 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN) Achievement Award recipient.

Jen.jpgJennifer Ketterly, RD/LDN

Founding Chair

Jennifer earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and her MS in Clinical Nutrition/Sports Nutrition while at the University of Kentucky. She is currently the Associate Director of Sports Performance at the Duke Sports Science Institute and a faculty member in Duke’s Department of Orthopedics. She also serves as the sports dietitian for the Charlotte Hornets and North Carolina Central University Athletics. Much of her early career was spent working as a sports dietitian in sports and athletic medicine throughout various division-1 institutions. She served as the Chair of the SCAN DPG from 2018 to 2021 and has now taken over this role for the new SHPN DPG.

She likes to spend her free time hiking with her family on the weekends and working on new SHPN initiatives. She has a strong, funny, willful 4-year old that is full of energy and two very fluffy, gorgeous Persian cats that get way more sleep than she does these days!

Dr. Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. In addition to her teaching and Chair responsibilities, she provides nutrition education and services to the athletes at WCU and mentors undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in sports nutrition and is a preceptor for Dietetic Interns wishing to do a sports nutrition rotation. Chris served on the Executive Committee of SCAN as the Director of Sports Performance from June 2013-May 2016. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. She has presented many times to many different groups on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services on a budget, advocating for the critical need of sports dietitians in all college programs. She is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, published in September 2017. Chris enjoys working out, hiking, playing golf, gardening, and watching almost any sport. She was the 2018 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN) Achievement Award recipient.

Heather Fink.jpgHeather Hedrick Fink, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CLT

2022 Keynote Sessions Committee Member

Heather Hedrick Fink, owner of Nutrition and Wellness Solutions, LLC, is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics as well as her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Heather is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Heather has been providing nutrition, fitness and wellness programming to individuals, corporations and athletic teams for more than 20 years.

Heather’s interests and extensive experience are in the areas of wellness, disease prevention, weight management, food sensitivities, exercise programming, vegetarian nutrition, and sports nutrition, ranging from the recreational to the ultra-endurance athlete. Her sports nutrition practice includes acting as the sports dietitian for the IUPUI athletic department, as well as working with club teams, individual athletes, trainers and coaches to optimize their nutrition and hydration strategies. Heather works with first responders to enhance their nutrition for job performance, overall health and longevity. She has appeared on local NBC, CBS and cable television shows and news broadcasts to educate central Indiana residents on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Heather is the author of two books, the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training and Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition. Heather is also an accomplished triathlete, duathlete and marathon runner who has qualified for and competed in the Hawaii Ironman and Boston Marathon.

Michele Macedonio.jpgMichele Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

2022 Keynote Sessions Committee Member

Michele Macedonio, a registered, licensed dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, is the owner of Nutrition Strategies®, LLC a nutrition consulting business providing nutrition communications, education, and counseling specializing in sports and human performance, cardiovascular health, and wellness.

Michele works with physically active people including youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Her clients have included two professional soccer teams, Xavier University Men’s Basketball team, and the University of Dayton Men’s Basketball team. She served as the Cincinnati Bengals’ team dietitian for eight years and 11 years as team dietitian with the Cincinnati Reds MLB baseball team.

Michele is a consultant and spokesperson for members of food and beverage industry, has authored nutrition articles and education materials, book chapters including the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions of SCAN Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals, and is co-author of The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight.

Her professional volunteer and leadership positions have included Editor-in-chief of SCAN’S PULSE, SCAN Chair, Director of Sports-Dietetics USA, SHPN Keynote Sessions Committee, and CDR’s Board Certification Specialty Panel.