Faculty for Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

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Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, CHES

Program Director, Master of Clinical Dietetics program

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health program



Best described as a "scholarly practitioner", Dr. Vogelzang teaches from the perspective of an academically prepared health professional. As a registered dietitian/ nutritionist and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vogelzang is nationally recognized for her work in community nutrition. She holds a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University, a MS in Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University, a PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Community Health from Walden University, and a MAT in Biology from Miami University. She has studied internationally and has research experience in the area of international conservation and sustainability as well as funded domestic research in health behavior and food insecurity.

Vogelzang is president of the Board of Directors for Roosevelt Park Ministries in Southwest Grand Rapids, Secretary for the Board of Rescue One Foundation Haiti, and the active in the Society of Public Health Education and American Public Health Association, Ethics Section. She serves on the Ethics committee for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as the Collaboration, Partnership, Diversity and Inclusion chair for the Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy. On the GVSU Campus, Vogelzang is a Design Thinking Coach for the Design Academy, and active on the Health and Wellness Task Force.

Vogelzang is highly recognized as an educator and practitioner on both the State and National levels.

District and State Awards:

  • Indiana Dietetic Association as Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year
  • Indiana's Honored Dietitian
  • Central District Dietetic Association's Honored Dietitian
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha Outstanding Professor  Award

National Level Awards:

  • American Dietetic Association Foundation Excellence in Practice Award: Community Nutrition
  • Consultant Dietitians in Health Care Facilities Distinguished Member Award
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society


Libby MacQuillan

Elizabeth (Libby) MacQuillan, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor, Clinical Dietetics

Elizabeth (Libby) MacQuillan is a Registered Dietitian with special interests in nutrition education and maternal-infant nutrition and health. For the past six years, Libby has served as instructor for four nutrition courses in the undergraduate Dietetics program at Western Michigan University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. She is committed to the creation of competent, compassionate dietetics professionals and to advancing the field of nutrition and dietetics through excellence in teaching and research.

Libby has worked as a clinical lactation consultant and a clinical dietitian in a hospital-based bariatric and medical weight loss practice, where she enjoyed assisting patients in making lasting lifestyle changes that lead to positive transformations in health.  Libby has also promoted healthy relationships with food and weight in children and adolescents in her previous role as consultant dietitian for the Fuel Up to Play 60 and Great Start Readiness programs in Michigan schools and childcare centers.

In her doctoral program, she earned high honors for both research and teaching efforts, earning the top Community Research award at the 2016 Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Science Research Day. She also earned the 2016 All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award from the WMU Graduate College. 

Libby earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and received both her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.  She holds completed certificates of training in Adult Weight Management and Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Kris Baird

Kristin Baird, MS, RD, CNSC, FAND

Affiliate Professor and Supervised Practice Coordinator, Clinical Dietetics

Kristin graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and a Bachelors of Science in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in communication. She completed her Dietetic internship / master's program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Kristin has been working in the nutrition / dietetic field for over 27 years. Throughout her career she has been a preceptor and mentor to dietetic students and interns. For the last several years Kristin has worked in one of her favorite areas -  clinical nutrition / nutrition support. She also has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient clinical, community/wellness, outpatient/private practice, and academics. Kristin has been active in Dietitians of West Michigan, The Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Parenteral and Enteral Society. Kristin has lived with her family in Muskegon, Michigan for the past 24 years and in her spare time enjoys all outdoor activities, travel, and Crossfit.

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