The Practice and Continuing Education (PACE) Division has the mission of bridging education with real-world practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics. We support students during their training to become Registered Dietitians, further the practice of nutrition through providing services within our practice component and provide professional continuing education to current practitioners.

PACE Division Faculty and Staff

Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday, MS, RD, LDN

Amanda S. Holliday, MS, RD, LDN
Associate Professor, Nutrition
Program Director, Nutrition and Dietetics Program
Director, Practice and Continuing Education Division

A native of North Carolina, Amanda is the program director of the Future Education Model – Graduate Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an associate professor. Amanda teaches several classes within the Nutrition and Dietetics 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. Additionally, Amanda is a site visitor for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her areas of interest are dietetic education, aging, dementia care, interprofessional education, clinical nutrition and management.


Beth Jenks, MS, RD, LDN

Beth Jenks, MS, RD, LDN

Beth Jenks, MS, RD, LDN
Assistant Program Director, Master of Public Health (MPH)/Nutrition and Dietetics Program

Beth completed her BSPH in Nutrition at UNC’s School of Public Health and both her MS in Food and Nutrition and dietetic internship at UNC-Greensboro. She is the assistant program director of the MPH/Nutrition and Dietetics Program at UNC-CH and co-teaches a pre-practicum preparation course and coordinates supervised learning experiences for students. She enjoys walking, gardening, cooking and visiting North Carolina’s beautiful mountains and beaches.


Seema Agrawal

Seema Agrawal, EdD

Seema Agrawal, EdD, MS, DipSAD, RDN, LDN
Dr. Agrawal is a teaching assistant professor with more than thirty years of clinical experience in dietetics. She is interested in populations with special needs, and the development of specific interventions to improve the quality of life. She works primarily with students enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. Dr. Agrawal is a member of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.


David Gaviria

David Gaviria, MPH, RDN, LDN

David Gaviria, MPH, RD, LDN
Originally from a small beach town in Florida, David holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Health Science and Psychology from the University of South Florida. He moved to North Carolina in 2019 to attend the UNC MPH Dietetics & Nutrition program, which he completed in 2021. David is now a registered dietitian and doctoral student in the UNC Department of Nutrition. His areas of interest include quality improvement in graduate-level dietetics curriculums, sports nutrition, military nutrition, and eating disorders. In the PACE division, David works as a program specialist focusing on PRISM operations. Outside the office, you can find David training for endurance races, hiking, traveling, and exploring local coffee shops and breweries.


Melissa Walter, MPH

Melissa Walter, MPH
Melissa closed her business and left the worlds of sustainable design and healthcare design to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2012, while at the same time studying and volunteering in oncology and integrative medicine. She recently completed her Master of Public Health from UNC. She came to the Department of Nutrition after developing a pilot corner store food access initiative with the NC Department of Agriculture. She is currently working on various projects within the Department. Melissa spends her spare time engaging with her local farming community and working with her puppy to become a therapy team.


Tammy Elliott

Tammy Elliott

Tammy Elliott
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.