Faculty for Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

Jennifer Ford

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.

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.

Libby MacQuillan

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.

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Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, FAND, CHES

Associate Professor

Clinical Dietetics

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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