Faculty for Clinical Dietetics, M.S.
Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, FAND, CHES
Associate Professor and Program Director
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
- American Public Health Association Food and Nutrition Section: Catherine Cowell Award
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Elizabeth (Libby) MacQuillan, PhD, RDN, CHSE
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.
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.
Jennifer Ford, MS, RDN, CSO
Assistant Professor, Clinical Dietetics
Jennifer graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic internship/master’s program as Western Michigan University. She is also board certified as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Jennifer has been working in the dietetics field for over 20 years. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient clinical and outpatient nutrition counseling (bone marrow transplant, hematology, oncology, surgical oncology, gastrointestinal and gynecological oncology, radiation therapy and chemotherapy), community/wellness, media/marketing and academics. She has also worked in numerous multispeciality clinics and was part of multiple tumor boards (breast, colon, prostate, gynecology, bone marrow transplant and melanoma). Her past dietetic experience also consists of working with various patient populations including cardiology, neurology, critical care, medical and surgical intensive care, gastrointestinal, orthopedics, medical surgical, renal, diabetes, women’s health, high risk obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and bariatrics. Over the last several years, Jennifer has worked in an Administrative Leadership role in Nutrition Services and Clinical, Outpatient and Community Nutrition.
Jennifer is pursuing a Doctorate of Education and has interests in culinary medicine, plant-based eating, and vegetarianism. She has lived in the Hudsonville/Jenison area for the past 21 years and in her spare time enjoys yoga and boating on Lake Michigan with her family.