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Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Char Byington, Director of Dietetic Internship and Clinical Assistant Professor

Char Byington, MEd, RDN, LD

Department Chair / Director, Dietetic Internship / Clinical Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 620

(208) 282-3091



Staff Members

Administrative Assistant Lisa Peart

Lisa Peart

Administrative Assistant

Office: Garrison 603

(208) 282-5719

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD

Natalie Christensen, RDN, CSSD, LD

Sports Dietitian, Smart Cooking on the Run Everyday

Office: Reed Gym

(208) 282-3095


Faculty Members

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Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RDN, LD


Office: Garrison Hall 619

(208) 282-3953


Barbara Gordon, Director of Dietetic Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor

Barb Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

Program Director, MS in Nutrition / Asst. Professor

Office: ISU-Meridian 665

(208) 373-1904


Kris Hilvers, Dietetic Internship - Meridian, Coordinator

Kris Hilvers, MS, RDN, CNSC, LD

Coordinator, Dietetic Internship / Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: ISU Meridian 666

(208) 373-1729


Patricia Z Marincic, PhD, RDN, CLE,  Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Patricia Z. Marincic, PhD, RDN, CLE


Office: ISU Meridian



Jenifer Reader, Clinical Assistant Professor

Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 602

(208) 282-1238


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Allisha Weeden, PhD, RDN, LD

Director, DPD / Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 604

(208) 282-3591



Emerita Faculty

Mary Dundas, PhD, FADA, Professor Emerita

Mary Dundas, PhD, FADA

Professor Emerita



Laura McKnight, Clinical Associate Professor

Laura McKnight, MPH, RDN, LD

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita

Ruth Schneider  Ruth Schneider, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RDN, FAND, LD

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita