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Faculty for Clinical Dietetics, M.S.
Jennifer Ford, MA, RDN
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Clinical Dietetics
Jennifer serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Clinical Dietetics Coordinated Graduate Program. She has over 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and throughout her career has worked in a variety of settings, that include leadership roles, inpatient clinical dietetics, outpatient nutrition counseling in bone marrow transplant, hematology, oncology, surgical oncology, gastrointestinal and gynecological oncology, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, community/wellness, media/marketing. Her past dietetic experience also consists of working in cardiology, neurology, critical care, medical and surgical intensive care, gastrointestinal, orthopedics, medical surgical, nephrology, diabetes, women’s health, high risk obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and bariatrics.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Masters of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences from Western Michigan University (WMU). She is also board certified as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Jennifer is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning through Walden University. Her research areas include simulation-based education, competency-based education, diet and disease prevention.
Elizabeth (Libby) MacQuillan, PhD, RDN, CHSE
Assistant Professor, Clinical Dietetics
Libby earned her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2017. Her dissertation is titled Birth Record Analysis of Gestational Diabetes: Applications for Intervention Planning. In her doctoral program, she earned high honors for both research and teaching efforts, receiving the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2016 and the All-University Graduate Research Excellence Award in 2017. She is the first Registered Dietitian in the U.S. to earn the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator credential from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Elizabeth has worked clinically as both a registered dietitian and a lactation consultant. Her research interests include spatial analysis of nutrition-related health outcomes, maternal-infant nutrition, and pedagogical advancements in the clinical education of registered dietitians, such as the use of simulation. Her work has been published in the journals Public Health Reports, Journal of Community Health, and Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. She has also presented her research at the recent national meetings of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the American Public Health Association.
Randalynn (Randy) Hajek, MPH, RDN
Visiting Professor, Clinical Dietetics
Randalynn Hajek completed her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Central Michigan University and her Master of Public Health degree at Michigan State University; she completed her dietetic internship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has worked as a clinical dietitian for over ten years with a wide array of experiences including establishing and growing several oncology nutrition programs. Randalynn has a big-picture approach to nutrition, as well as a clear understanding of treatment approaches, giving the field a unique perspective. Randalynn has worked with students in a variety of capacities, as an adjunct instructor, as well as a preceptor, and is excited to further that impact for future dietitians. In her spare time, Randalynn enjoys soaking up every moment with her two rescue pups. She also enjoys hiking, podcasts, current events, and thrifting shopping. Her favorite indulgences include coffee and fancy cheeses.
Takara Page, MS, RDN, CNSC
Affiliate Faculty & Supervised Practice Coordinator, Clinical Dietetics
Takara received her Bachelors in Dietetics from Michigan State University and went on to do her graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. During her time as a clinical dietitian she achieved board certification for nutrition support, a credential she still holds. She spent the majority of a decade working as a Director of Nutrition Systems managing multiple nutrition programs and dietitians. She has an extensive background in process improvement, and program implementation.
Her leadership experience includes many elected and nominated positions such as president of the Southwest Michigan District Dietetics Association, and Public Policy Coordinator for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a recipient of the Young Dietitian of the Year award from MiAND.