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 S. Holliday, MS, RD, LDN

Amanda S. Holliday, MS, RD, LDN

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

Beth Jenks, MS, RD, LDN

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.


Kate Sayre, MPH, RDN, LDN

Kate Sayre, MPH, RDN, LDN

Kate Sayre, MPH, RDN, LDN
Outreach Services Coordinator

Kate is originally from New Jersey and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics at Rutgers University. She came to UNC for the Master’s of Public Health/Registered Dietitian Program. Within the Department of Nutrition, Kate coordinates the continuing education program and teaches motivational interviewing to master’s students. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her husband, son and two boxers, experimenting in the kitchen or sewing.


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.


Jennifer Cantwell Wood, MPH, RDN

Jennifer Cantwell Wood, MPH, RDN, LDN

Jennifer Cantwell Wood, MPH, RDN, LDN
Director of PRISM

Jennifer Cantwell Wood has recently moved to Chapel Hill from Greensboro, NC where she worked as a Registered Dietitian in private practice specializing in Women’s health. She is very excited to join the team as the Director of PRISM. A graduate of the MPH/RD program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, she put the global in her life and work by spending the first part of 2016 living in Santiago, Chile with her family. She enjoys cooking and exploring international cuisines and spends as much time as she can when she is not working running and playing tennis.


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.

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