Marcia Nahikian Nelms is currently a professor of clinical health and rehabilitation sciences and director of the dietetic internship in the Division of Medical Dietetics-College of Medicine at Ohio State University and a registered dietician. She has practiced as a dietician and public health nutritionist for over 25 years. Her clinical expertise centers on the development and practice of evidence-based nutrition therapy for a variety of conditions including diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, and hematology-oncology for both pediatric and adult populations, as well as the development of alternative teaching environments for students receiving their clinical training. She is the lead author of Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology (2016) and Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach (2014), both published by Cengage Learning. In addition, she has contributed to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Manual sections on gastrointestinal disorders and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters for other texts. Dr. Nahikian Nelms has received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Teaching for the State of Missouri, the award for Outstanding Dietetic Educator in Missouri and Ohio, and the PRIDE award from Southeast Missouri State University in recognition of her teaching.
Karen Lacey, MS, RD, CD is currently the director of the dietetics program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Karen has over 15 years of experience in dietetics' education, having also previously directed the dietetic internship at UW-Green Bay. Her career in dietetics began as a clinical dietitian and her expertise focuses on the implementation of ADA's Nutrition Care Process; having chaired the work group that first developed the Nutrition Care Process and Model in 2003. She is a coauthor of Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach, 3rd. Ms. Lacey has been and remains very active with the national, state and local dietetic associations. She has served on ADA's Commission for Dietetic Education (CADE) and continues to be a program reviewer for CADE. Karen is also a member of ADA's Association Position Committee and was recently elected as the Wisconsin Dietetic Association President-Elect. Ms. Lacey completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from Valparaiso University, and a Master's of Science in Dietetics with emphases in Clinical Dietetics and Management from Mt. Mary College, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Karen is the recipient of ADA's Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award for both Didactic Programs and Dietetic Internships from Area 2 as well as Wisconsin Dietetic Association's State Medallion Award.