Leslie Cunningham Sabo, PhD, RDN
Leslie has led federally-funded school- and community-based nutrition intervention research projects for more than 20 years, using a community-based participatory research approach. She has spent time working with diverse populations in both rural and urban school districts and communities to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition and physical activity programs for both children and adults. Leslie has expertise in the development of dietary and food choice assessment tools. A recent focus has been to determine the impact of experiential cooking interventions on children’s fruit and vegetable preferences, and cooking attitudes and self-efficacy. Currently, Leslie serves as Project Director for “Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids plus Parents and Play.” This is a 5-year, nearly $2.5M childhood obesity prevention project applied research activities, training of future scientists, and translation of findings to school and community settings. Leslie also teaches a graduate nutrition education and theory course and an undergraduate community nutrition course. For fun, Leslie enjoys gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, biking and kayaking with husband Mark and other family and friends.
Extension Nutrition Specialist
Jessica Clifford, MS, RDN
Jessica is an Extension Nutrition Specialist at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science Human Nutrition. In 2013, she received a Master of Science degree in Food Science Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and as part of the program completed a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon graduating with her masters, Jessica was hired by the Department of Food Science Human Nutrition to work as an Extension Nutrition Specialist and as the Intervention Coordinator for the Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play program. Jessica currently collaborates on Fuel for Fun projects in her role as an Extension Nutrition Specialist. Jessica’s interests include experiential education to improve cooking skills and food preferences as well developing effective nutrition education materials. She enjoys cooking, running, hiking, and traveling.
Maura graduated with a BA in communications and a minor in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Food Science and Human Nutrition department at CSU. Maura has a background in community nutrition working with Registered Dietitians to develop and teach nutrition and culinary education curriculum. She contributes to the School Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Laboratory by aiding with data collection and focus groups for the Fuel for Fun project and helps to measure plate waste in school cafeterias through the Healthy Planet Healthy Youth project. Upon graduation Maura plans to become a Registered Dietitian so she can teach kids and adults alike the tools and skills they need to have a healthy life long relationship with food.
Amy is a MPH graduate student in the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, concentrating on Nutrition and Dietetics. Amy graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Most recently served a year with Americorps, teaching gardening and cooking classes to elementary school students and empowering them to take control of their health and create a healthier planet from farm to fork. During her service with Americorps and through domestic and international undergraduate research experiences, she was able to study and better understand the barriers to healthy eating in different communities through various social-ecological lenses. After graduation Amy hopes to use her registered dietitian training to help individuals become healthier while concurrently becoming involved with organizations and initiatives such as farm-to-school, which promote healthier communities and a healthier environment. In her free time, Amy may be found hiking up the tallest mountain she can find, scheming yet another recipe that combines chocolate and beans, or getting cozy in a coffee shop.
Megan is a graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University specializing in community nutrition. She works with the Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play program and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Megan graduated from Stony Brook University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health & Community Health Education. During her time at Stony Brook, she assisted with the construction and maintenance of school and community gardens as an intern for a student-run service organization. She also gained management experience through her work with the Stony Brook Athletics Fueling Station. Following graduation, Megan wants to become a registered dietitian and incorporate her interests in public health and advocacy into her career. In her free time, you can usually find Megan running, cooking, hiking, or reading a book in a favorite coffee shop.
Chelsea is a PhD student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU. She completed her BS in Biology at UC San Diego and then moved to South Korea for several years, where she taught English and got her MS in Biology at Seoul National University. After returning to the US, she worked at UC Santa Cruz as a Scientific Data Analyst. She was also involved with the Homeless Garden Project, a Santa Cruz non-profit that underlines the importance a strong sense of community, a local food system, and nutrition in promoting well-being. She loves how food touches such diverse aspects of our lives and is excited to study nutrition at CSU as a way to combine her interests in biology, teaching, community outreach, and nutrition. Her hobbies include hiking, cooking, traveling, and reading.
Sam graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo in 2013. Inspired to seek adventure outside her home state of New York, she moved to Telluride, CO to live the mountain life for three years before returning to academics with a focus on nutrition. Sam decided on dietetics as a career path with the goal of bringing evidence-based nutrition information and programs to the public. Sam hopes to improve food security, child health outcomes, and the local food system through her work in the School Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Lab, as well as in her future career. Within the lab Sam is involved in assisting with systematic reviews and the Fuel For Fun Follow-up study. Sam’s Plan B project involves collaboration with EFNEP to design and pilot test a series of 15-minute cooking activities with 3rd through 5th graders for use in EFNEP’s nutrition education curriculum. When not diligently working towards these ends Sam spends her time cooking, skiing, hiking, and playing disc golf.
Andrew is a second-year graduate student in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU. After getting his undergrad in nutritional science, Andrew discovered how empowering an education in nutrition can be in helping him develop healthy eating habits, and he wants to help others in that same way after he graduates from CSU with his master’s degree and becomes a registered dietitian. Currently, Andrew is working on studying the correlation between diet quality and mealtime regularity with the hopes of helping others improve their diets with his research. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys a variety of hobbies, including baking artisan bread, rollerblading, and studying chess.
Rakia Raney, 2017, Student Project: Designing a Classroom Observation Tool to Measure: Children’s Cooking Skills
Kalyn Clemens, 2016, Student Project: Fuel for Fun Family Blog 2.0: Further Testing The Feasibility of Using a Blog to Engage Fuel for Fun Parents
Kelsie Dunn, 2015, Student Project: Validating Portion Size Assessment Methods in Elementary Schools with Self Service Salad Bars
Renae Addington, 2015, Student Project: Development and Administration of Survey to Measure Elementary School Teachers’ Nutrition Beliefs and Practices in the School Environment
Paula Smologa, 2015, Student Project: The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Blog Tailored to Parents of Children Participating in the Fuel for Fun Program
Adam Hillman, 2014, Student Project: The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Action Packs
Katie McKenna Schreck, 2014, Student Project: Fuel for Fun Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play: Assessing the School Environment
Shanna Stocker, 2014, Student Project Addressing the Barriers and Motivators for Enhanced Parent Participation in the Family Component of Fuel for Fun
Rebecca Washa, 2014, Student Project: Demystifying Cooking: Breaking the Barriers for Parents of School-aged Children and Implications for Use in a School-based Nutrition Intervention
Erin Harner, 2014, Student Project: Fuel for Fun: Family Component and Family Nights Events
Xanna Burg, 2017, Epidemiology
Brittany Shenk, 2016, Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles
Emily Anderson, 2015, Public Health Nutrition
Laurie Musgrave, 2015, Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles
Amanda Mancuso, 2014, Health Communications
Addie Cutler, 2017, Food Science Human Nutrition
Caitlin Jacobson, 2017, Food Science Human Nutrition
Kenny Knowski, 2016, Health and Exercise Science
Spencer Brown, 2015, Health and Exercise Science
Morgan Wheeler, 2015, Health and Exercise Science
Rae Brandenburg, 2015, Food Science Human Nutrition
A.J Krumholz, 2014, Health and Exercise Science
Kari Koza, 2014, Health and Exercise Science
Karin Bainer, 2014, Health and Exercise Science
Rachel Washington, 2013, Health and Exercise Science
Kara Dewe, 2013, Health and Exercise Science
Sarah Daurio, 2013, Health and Exercise Science
- Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, Professor and Head of Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition and Director of NEEDs Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Garry Auld, PhD, RD, Professor, FSHN, CSU
- Susan Baker, EdD, Professor and Extension Specialist, FSHN, CSU
- Laura Bellows, PhD, MPH, RD, Associate Professor, FSHN, CSU
- Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RD, Retired Assistant Professor and Director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, FSHN, CSU
- Meena Balgopal, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, CSU
- Kathleen Kelly, PhD, Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Marketing & Social Issues, CSU
- Lynn Walters, Founder and Jane Stacey, Program Director, Cooking with Kids Inc.