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Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, CDN

Head, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition

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Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, CDN

Head, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
Professor of Health Sciences
Director NEEDs Center

SLA (78)-A622
180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone:  585-475-4208   |  FAX:  585-475-2160  | Emailbalihst@rit.edu

Barbara Lohse is a nutrition education engineer and Head of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT. Formerly the Principal Investigator of the Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed program and Research Professor at Penn State and currently a Professor of Health Sciences in the College of Health Science and Technology. Dr. Lohse has experience providing evidence-based, theory-driven nutrition education to low-income audiences in Pennsylvania and beyond. Dr. Lohse received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Master of Science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a PhD in nutritional sciences and educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has experience as a clinical dietitian, dietetic internship director, Extension specialist in nutrition, nutrition instructor and researcher. She works with others to focus nutrition education on health and eating behaviors that are effective, yet feasible and sustainable and contribute to the vision of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition: Scholars, students, citizens “walk the talk” to secure health for all.

Curriculum Vitae


Elizabeth Ruder, PhD, MPH, RD

Assistant Professor

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Elizabeth Ruder, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor

SLA (78) – 1693 180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone:   585-475-2402  |  FAX:   585-475-1260  | Email:ehrihst@rit.edu


Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD

Lecturer, Dietetics and Nutrition Program

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Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD
Lecturer, Dietetics and Nutrition Program

CMIS 78-1694 180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone:   585-475-4374  |  FAX:   585-475-1260  | Email:ammihst@rit.edu

Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD is a Lecturer in the Dietetics and Nutrition Program in the Wegmans School for Health and Nutrition at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a behavioral nutritionist and has been a practicing dietitian for more than 14 years, working in both in Maine and in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Maia completed her PhD in Food and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Maine with a research focus on childhood obesity and motivational interviewing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine. Research interests include motivational interviewing and promoting nutrition-related behavior change.


Bill Brewer, MALS, CES

Director of Exercise Science

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Bill Brewer, MALS, CES
Director of Exercise Science

CBET (75-3161) 153 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone:   585-475-2476   |  Email:wsbscl@rit.edu

Bill possesses a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion earned through the SUNY Empire State College. He has worked in corporate, commercial and medical rehabilitative settings as a health promoter and fitness specialist. He is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.

As Director of Exercise Science at RIT Bill developed the Exercise Science Program to enhance the utilization of exercise as a therapeutic modality within our healthcare system as well as focus on the science of athletic conditioning. Areas of physiology that are of particular interest to Bill include cardiorespiratory adaptations, thermoregulation during physical activity and the most compelling of all, the role of adherence to regular exercise in the preservation of functional capacity.

The mission of his educational endeavors is to seek the synergistic point of convergence where activity, good nutrition, stress management, and values clarification create a wellness lifestyle that provides an optimal life experience.


Elizabeth Kmiecinski, MS, RD, CDN

Associate Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition Program Director

Elizabeth Kmiecinski, MS, RD, CDN

Elizabeth Kmiecinski, MS, RD, CDN
Associate Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition Program Director

SLA (78)-A624 180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone:   585-475-2357   |  Fax: 585-475-2160 |  Email:eakism@rit.edu

Liz Kmiecinski received a B.S. in Dietetics from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She completed a Dietetic Internship at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston WV. Currently, Liz is the program director and faculty advisor for the Dietetics and Nutrition program at RIT; teaching a variety of undergraduate courses including Medical Nutrition Therapy, Sports Nutrition, and Nutrition & the Mediterranean Diet which includes a faculty-led study abroad component to Croatia. She also volunteers with various community organizations including Meal-on Wheels, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry and St. Peter & Paul Soup Kitchen.


Brenda Ariba Zarhari Abu, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Brenda Ariba Zarhari Abu, PhD

Brenda Ariba Zarhari Abu, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

SLA (78)-A 623 180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone:   585-475-4516   |  Fax: 585-475-2160 |  Email:  baaihst@rit.edu

Dr. Abu is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT. She was formerly a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Nutritional Sciences Department at Texas Tech University. Dr. Abu received her PhD in Nutrition from the University of the Free Sate (South Africa), a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors) in Community Nutrition from the University for Development Studies (Ghana).

Dr. Abu has experience as a clinical dietician, lecturer and nutrition consultant. Her research interests include micronutrient deficiencies, food security, maternal and child nutrition, program/project design and impact assessment, and stakeholder engagement. She works with others using a multi-disciplinary approach, to addressing food and nutrition security among college students and senior citizens (USA). She is also involved with addressing anemia in low income communities using sustainable food-based approaches while facilitating stakeholder engagement (Ghana).


Kathryn Faulring, MPH, CHES

Sr. Staff Specialist

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Kathryn Faulring, MPH, CHES
Sr. Staff Specialist

SLA (78)-A620 180 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone:   585-475-6117  |  FAX:   585-475-1260  | Email: KZFIHST@rit.edu 


Barbra Cerio Iocco, MS, RD

Professor Emeritus

Barbra Cerio Iocco, MD, RD

Barbra Cerio Iocco, MS, RD
Professor Emeritus

Email: bxcism@rit.edu

Barbara is a Professor Emeritus in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT. She received her Associates degree from SUNY Morrisville and her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Buffalo State University College. Barbara began her academic career in 1985 and taught a variety of courses in food and nutrition. In 1997 she spent a year in Dubrovnik, Croatia helping to launch the Hospitality and Service Management program for RIT. She continues to teach in Croatia on a biannual basis. During her time at RIT, she also taught courses for RIT at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Throughout her career, Barbara has been involved in scholarship that includes all aspects of food and nutrition, including issues of food safety.


Adjuncts

Seann McArdle, MS

Seann McArdle, MS

Seann McArdle, MS

Email:slmciar@rit.edu

Seann serves as the Assistant Director of the RIT Wellness Instructional Program where he oversees all fitness classes and instructors along with managing RIT’s Exercise Science facility known as the Fitness Lab. He enjoys sharing his passion for functional movement and strength training while striving to help others reach their fitness goals. Seann received his BS in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology from the College at Brockport and his MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified personal trainer, sports performance coach and professional rescuer. Additionally, Seann also holds the Exercise is Medicine credential from the American College of Sports Medicine.


Michael Fahy, EdD

Michael Fahy, EdD

Michael Fahy, EdD

Email:mpfscl@rit.edu

Mike holds an EdD, in Higher Education Leadership and both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Athletic Training. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1999, and earned his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist credential in 2004. Mike currently works at Golisano Children’s Hospital as a member of the Advancement team. In the many years he has been teaching at RIT he has consistently received the highest performance ratings on the student satisfaction surveys


Michael Stojkovic, MS

Michael Stojkovic, MS

Michael Stojkovic, MS

Email:mrspsn@rit.edu

Mike has a Master’s Degree in Education and is the Associate Director of Wellness for the Human Resources Department at RIT. Mike has many years of experience delivering and administering employee health, fitness and comprehensive wellness programs in corporate, commercial and academic settings.


Timothy Keady, MS, CHES

Timothy Keady, MS, CHES

Timothy Keady, MS, CHES

Email:tckshc@rit.edu

Tim has a Master’s Degree in Health Education. He is an Exercise Scientist, Health Counselor, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Health Education at SUNY Brockport, and a retired Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-D).

Tim is the Associate Director for Student Wellness at RIT.  His position is part of the Student Wellness Leadership Team.  His responsibilities include assisting in the administration of Student Wellness, Supervision and Oversight of the RIT Ambulance, and supervision of student employees and volunteers (Nutrition Education and SWAT).

As the University’s Health Educator, Tim develops and delivers Institute-wide health education programs and activities, serves as a community resource on issues of emergency response, leads health promotion and disease prevention efforts, directs wellness initiatives and teams, and provides individual health counseling.

Tim brings a great deal of real world experience to his role as an adjunct in the Exercise Science Program.  His goal is to provide an opportunity for students to learn and prepare for their future role as health professionals.  Tim’s classes are very well received and reviewed.


Michelle Schrouder, MS

Michelle Schrouder, MS

Michelle Schrouder, MS

Email:michelle.schrouder@rit.edu

Michelle is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, BS in Psychology and the University of Rochester, MS Counseling.  Full time, Michelle is the Associate Director of the Wellness Instructional Program in the Division of Student Affairs at RIT.  She holds certifications in Counseling, Coaching and Fitness from the Cooper Institute, American Association of Lifestyle Counselor, Summex Health Management, Novartis Nutrition, AFAA and other national organizations.   She is very energetic and enthusiastic about the Exercise Science Program and is an excellent adjunct instructor. Her many years of experience teaching health, fitness and stress management seminars contribute to the relevant content she delivers in her classes.  Along with her professional experience, Michelle was a member of the St. Bonaventure Women’s Soccer Team and is a certified New York State Soccer Coach.


Mary Anne McQuay, RD

CBORD FSS Manager

Michelle Schrouder, MS

Mary Anne McQuay, RD

CBORD FSS Manager

Phone: 585-475-6502 | Email:mamfsa@rit.edu

Mary Anne McQuay, RD is a Registered Dietitian/Cbord MMS Manager for Dining Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and an adjunct instructor in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from RIT. She has been a food service dietitian since 2000, managing and training staff in the use of menu management software. Mary Anne has also developed nutrition education programs in collaboration with student and staff wellness programs. She is interested in promoting nutrition education programs that coach behaviors toward a sustainable, healthy lifestyle and enjoys teaching nutrition students about the importance of knowing how to purchase and cook healthy foods for themselves as well as the customers they serve.


Molly Gavin, BS

Molly Gavin, BS

Molly Gavin, BS

Email:mehciar@rit.edu

Molly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She currently works as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor in the Wellness Instructional Program through Student Affairs at RIT.  Her fitness classes and personal training sessions are in high demand and represent the skills and abilities that will become part of our students’ repertoire of capacities.  The course she teaches, Group Exercise, is one of the most engaging and popular classes in the curriculum.  Her instruction builds a foundation of practical skills for an exercise based career.


 

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