Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduates of the ICAN-Reach Lab

Jamie Glover

Jamie Glover is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition and a Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. She currently serves as a Project Coordinator on the Fruved project in the REACH Lab. Jamie grew up in rural Alaska, and completed her undergraduate degree in Food, Human Nutrition, and Hospitality with a concentration in Dietetics at the University of Arkansas. She enjoys playing with her dog, biking around Knoxville, reading, cooking, and running.



Jessica Jurcak

Jessica is a graduate student seeking both Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition and Master of Public Health degrees. She grew up in Olmsted Falls, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Ashland University. Her career interests include improving others’ health through nutrition education and behavior change, sustainability for food systems and the environment, and corporate wellness. Jessica enjoys doing yoga, running, trying new recipes, cheering for her Cleveland sports teams, and listening/dancing to country music.


Randa Meade, MPH

Randa Meade completed her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the University of Tennessee in December 2014 and is now a doctoral candidate in nutrition. Randa is a Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leadership Trainee. Randa’s research interests include family meals and food insecurity. Upon completion of the PhD, she would like to move to Washington, D. C. to work with federal nutrition policy. She is originally from Clintwood, Virginia and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University. Randa enjoys reading and listening to audiobooks, cooking, yoga, photography, traveling, and spending time with her dog Duke.

Mackenzie Ruppert

Mackenzie Ruppert is a second year graduate student working on her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition.  She is also starting the dietetic internship this coming January.  Mackenzie’s thesis work is on developing and validating a survey that measures college students’ perceptions on the healthfulness of their college campus, otherwise known as the College Environment Behavioral and Perception Survey (CEBPS).  She is also working on developing and managing a website for a multi-state research group called the HCRC.  Mackenzie is originally from Dodgeville, Wisconsin and moved to Tennessee when she was younger.  She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee.  In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys reading, running, watching sports, hanging out with her friends, and playing with her nephew.


Kelsey Shanklin 


Kelsey Shanklin is a graduate student seeking a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition.  Kelsey serves as the Campus Coordinator for the USDA food and fitness research study, iCook 4-H.  She is interested in childhood nutrition education interventions, and hopes to work in public health nutrition.  Kelsey is from Corinth, Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion from Mississippi State University.   In her free time, Kelsey enjoys running, hiking, and exploring downtown Knoxville.

AmyAmy Sparks

Amy Sparks is a graduate student in the Nutrition Public Health Department and will be starting the dietetic internship in January 2014.  Amy graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Business in May 2012.  Her thesis is focusing on protein consumption and sources of protein information for college males.  Amy also enjoys shopping, exercising, cooking new recipes, and football games.






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