Faculty and Staff
Laura McKnight, MPH, RD, LD
Clinical Associate Professor
Office: Garrison Hall 620
MPH, 1999, Idaho State University
BS, 1986, Idaho State University
I am an Idaho native and feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in this beautiful state. Creating positive learning experiences for students is my highest priority.
Basic and Quantity Foods, Foodservice Systems Management and Community Nutrition
Dietitians in foodservice management, dietetics education, service learning
Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RD
Office: Garrison Hall 619
PhD (Nutrition), University of California - Davis
BS (Dietetics), California State University - Northridge
Nutritional Biochemistry; Experimental Foods; Community Nutrition
Iron status and cognition; Neurochemical control of food intake; Assessment of dietary intake and physical activity
Charlene Byington, MEd, RD, LD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dietetic Internship Director
Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship Clinical Coordinator
Office: ISU-Meridian Health Science Center 1311 East Central Drive Meridian, Idaho 83642
MPH (Nutrition), University of California - Berkeley
Dietetic Internship, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
BS (Food and Nutrition), University of Idaho
Ruth is a native of Idaho and has lived in Boise for over 35 years. She is active in the local and state dietetic associations, and has been president of both. She is currently the Delegate from Idaho to the House of Delegates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving her second term. Ruth was also the first chair of the licensure board for dietetics in Idaho.
In 2013, Ruth was named the Outstanding Educator for Dietetic Internships for Area One.
Her hobbies include gardening and cooking, skiing, mountain bike riding, backpacking, river rafting, and traveling.
Public Health, Non-diet Approach, Childhood feeding issues, Hunger, nutrition-focused phyical assessment.
Health at Every Size Approach, feeding and advocating for the homeless and low income (food security).
Allisha Weeden, PhD, RD
Office: Garrison Hall 604
PhD, 2008, Kansas State University
MS, 2004, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, 2002, Kansas State University
Mary Dundas, PhD, RD, LD
Administrative Assistant 1
Office: Garrison Hall, room 603
Tracie is the person who greets you when you stop by the Dietetics Program offices (Located in Garrison Hall on the 6th floor) and/or when you call us. Her roles include new undergrad and intern applicatants, current student files for both Meridian and Pocatello Campuses) and office finacial record keeping and many other important tasks that help the Dietetics Program run efficiently. Tracie graduated from ISU with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a Master of Health Education degree.
ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
800/877-1600, ext. 5400