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Impact Lives

Experience Expert Instruction From Today's Leading Practitioners

Our faculty are accomplished researchers, outstanding educators and real-world practitioners with backgrounds in nutrition counseling, school-based obesity intervention programs, preventative healthcare and clinical dietetics. All full-time faculty are credentialed experts, all of whom have earned the highest degree in their field. They are published in peer-reviewed research publications, have received research grants and are active in professional organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Our distinguished faculty pride themselves on the individual attention and career mentoring they offer students.

Benedictine MSNW faculty member Catherine Arnold, EdD, MS, RD, LDN

Catherine Arnold, EdD, MS, RD, LDN

Department Chair and Professor, Nutrition

Dr. Arnold's research interests include Determining Predictors of Health Behavior Change, Educational Assessment, and Nutrition Education Outcomes Research.


Benedictine MSNW faculty member Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D., CHES

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Dr. Bonnie Beezhold joined the faculty full-time in 2011. Previously, she held positions as Clinical Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Arizona State University and Regional Research Interviewer.


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Dr. Sheila Campbell, Ph.D., RD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Campbell is a registered dietitian.  She earned her PhD from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and her Master of Science degree in human nutrition and clinical dietetics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she also completed a dietetic internship.


Benedictine MSNW faculty member Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., RD, CSSD

Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., RD, CSSD

Instructor, Nutrition

Ms. Jan Dowell joined the Nutrition Department as an adjunct instructor in 2008.


Benedictine MSNW faculty member Julie M. Moreschi, M.S., RD, LDN

Julie M. Moreschi, M.S., RD, LDN

Dietetic Internship Director

Ms. Julie Moreschi joined the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. In 1997 she was hired as the Dietetic Internship Director.


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Dr. Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D.N.

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Teresa Pangan, PhD, RDN has launched ventures all throughout her career combining her passion for uncovering the brilliance in people and knack for business skills.


Benedictine MSNW faculty member Karen Plawecki, Ph.D., RD, L.DN

Karen Plawecki, Ph.D., RD, L.DN

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Dr. Karen Plawecki joined the faculty full-time in 2012. Recently, she was the Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Illinois, Champaign.


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.

Adjunct Professor

Jodie Shield joined the Nutrition Department as an adjunct instructor in 2013. She is currently President of Healthy Eating For Families, Inc.