MPH/RD Faculty and Staff
Amanda S. Holliday, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition. Director, Practice and Continuing Education Division
A native of North Carolina, Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University and completed her dietetic internship and master’s degree at Rush University Medical Center. Amanda is the program director of the Coordinated Master’s Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a clinical assistant professor. Amanda teaches several classes within the MPH/RD Program and co-chairs the MPH Academic Committee. She is also the chair of the PACE Division within the Department of Nutrition, a division focusing on practice, advancement and continuing education. Her areas of interest are dietetic education, aging, dementia care, interprofessional education, clinical nutrition and management. She enjoys being with family (which includes two cats and a very spoiled basset hound), walking, yoga and trying new restaurants with friends.
Beth Jenks, MS, RD, LDN
Assistant Program Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition
Beth completed her Bachelor’s of Public Health in Nutrition at UNC’s public health school and her Master’s of Science in Food and Nutrition and dietetic internship at UNC-Greensboro. Beth is the assistant program director of the Coordinated Master’s Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys backpacking with her husband on the Appalachian Trail, gardening and cooking.
Jonathan Earnest, MA, CHC
Lead Academic Coordinator
Jonathan studied Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management at The University of Central Florida and holds a Master’s of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from The University of South Florida. As the Lead Academic Coordinator, Jonathan manages recruitment, admissions, registration, student and faculty support, scholarships/funding, class schedules, alumni data, student listserv administration, and all student events. In his free time, he serves as a Certified Health Coach, teaches English as a Second Language, and loves trying new foods and restaurants.
Administrative Manager of the Practice and Continuing Education (PACE) Division
Tammy is the Administration Manager of the Practice and Continuing Education (PACE) Division. She oversees the administrative on-boarding and compliance of contracts for internship placements and provides assistance for the continuing education component of PACE. Tammy and her husband enjoy jet skiing, kayaking, and fishing on the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina. Tizzy, the family’s beloved Boston Terrier, enjoys barking at the rustling marsh grass.
Kate Sayre, MPH, RD, LDN
Instructor and Outreach Services Coordinator, Nutrition
Kate is the outreach services coordinator and an instructor within the Department of Nutrition. She graduated from Rutgers University and completed the MPH/RD program here at UNC Chapel Hill. Kate teaches nutrition counseling to master’s students, assists with supervised practice experiences and coordinates the continuing education program. Kate is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Kate’s areas of interest include nutrition education, disordered eating and interprofessional education. In her free time, Kate enjoys being active, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with her family and friends.
Seema Agrawal, EdD, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition
Seema completed her Bachelor’s in Dietetics and dietetic internship from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and her Master’s of Science in Nutrition at the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned her Doctorate in Education from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Seema is a clinical assistant professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the coordinator of the online MPH program. She enjoys being with her family in Maryland, walking, knitting, traveling with her family, new dining experiences, and photography.
Melissa Walter, MPH, RDN, LDN
Program Specialist, PRISM Technical Director
Melissa, a graduate of the MPH/RD program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, came to the Department of Nutrition after developing a pilot corner store food access initiative with the NC Department of Agriculture. Melissa currently teaches nutrition courses in the community and works as a Registered Dietitian specializing in nutritional impacts on the brain and aging. She also brings prior entrepreneurial skills in design and web development–as well as her experience as one of the first students to use PRISM!–to her role as PRISM’s technical director.