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Faculty and Staff
Mary Anne Gorman
PhD, RD, LD, FADA
Anne VanBeber
PhD, RD, LD, CFCS
Lyn Dart
PhD, RD, LD
Gina Hill
PhD, RD, LD
Rebecca Dority
MS, RD, LD, CDE

Samantha Powell
MS, RD, LD
Debbie Gillespie
MS, RD, LD
Judy Sargent
MS, RD, LD
Lindsey Gorman
RD, LD

Mary Anne Gorman, PhD, RD, LD, FADA

Professor and Chair
Director, Departmental Honors Program

Dr. Mary Anne Gorman has been associated with Texas Christian University since 1983. She received a B.A. in Biology and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas prior to completing a Ph.D. in Nutrition with a minor in Statistics and Computer Science at Texas Woman's University. A Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Dr. Gorman received designation as a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association in 1995.

Dr. Gorman was Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics from 1991 to 1998. She assumed the role of Department Chair again beginning in 2013. Additionally, she was Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from 2001 through the summer of 2004. She has published more than 60 articles in professional journals, edited a monograph for the American Oil Chemist's Society, authored 10 chapters in reference textbooks, and has made over 120 presentations at state and national professional meetings. Dr. Gorman is the author of two editions of the Position Paper on Dietary Fiber in Health Promotion and Disease Risk Reduction of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Gorman received the 1999 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Dietetic Association and received an Honorable Mention for the Huddleston Award for Outstanding Nutrition Research by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1989. In 2011, Dr. Gorman was an author on a research presentation that received the First Place Award in the Professional Member Scientific Research Category at the Restaurant Chefs Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Gorman is currently teaching Experimental Foods, Research Methods in Nutrition, Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle and other courses in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

 

 

Anne VanBeber, PhD, RD, LD, CFCS

Professor

Dr. Anne VanBeber, a nutrition educator since 1983, has been a faculty member of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University since 1992. She received a B.S. from Texas Tech University with a double major in Home Economics Education and Food and Nutrition. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University where she majored in Nutrition with a minor in Food Science. Dr. VanBeber is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and is also Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. VanBeber served as Department Chair and Director of the TCU Coordinated Program in Dietetics from 1998 to 2013. She is also a former Director of the TCU Didactic Program in Dietetics, a position she held for six years. Her current teaching responsibilities include Food Preparation, Meal Management, Gourmet Foods, and Food and Culture. She has completed culinary arts training at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone and the University of Alaska. In addition, she has traveled extensively in Mexico, which has enhanced her knowledge and skills in Latin American cuisine and culture. During Summers 2012 and 2013, Dr. VanBeber led a TCU study abroad program to Seville, Spain.

Dr. VanBeber is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. For both organizations, she has held leadership positions at the state level. She served as the 2012-2013 Director of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She has also served as an officer in the Fort Worth and Dallas affiliates of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. VanBeber holds memberships in the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners (DEP) and the Food and Culinary Professionals (FCP) practice groups. She is an accomplished author, with over 30 refereed articles in professional journals, 13 articles in professional newsletters/magazines, and five chapters in reference books. She has conducted numerous presentations at state and national professional meetings and enjoys presenting food and nutrition-related programs to community and public organizations. Dr. VanBeber is a sought-after nutrition expert who has been quoted in Today's Dietitian, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Arthritis Today, Family Circle, Woman's Health, Fitness, Oxygen, Looking Good Now, She Knows Low Carb, and Fort Worth Texas magazines as well as in other electronic and print media.

Dr. VanBeber was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2001. She was also awarded as the Academic Advisor of the Year by the TCU Panhellenic Association in 2004 and has been honored as a Preferred Professor by the TCU Mortar Board chapter on several occasions. In December 2009, Dr. VanBeber was honored by TCU with the Dean's Teaching Award for significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.

 

 

Lyn Dart, PhD, RD, LD

Associate Professor
Director, Food Management Program

Dr. Lyn Dart joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2001. She served as Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from 2004-2007 and was appointed Director of the Food Management Program in fall 2007. Dr. Dart received a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics through the Coordinated Program at Texas Woman’s University. She also holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University in Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Dart has additional professional work experience with prior practice as a nutrition and dietetics consultant in community research and nutrition education, business management, clinical dietetics, and private practice.

Dr. Dart is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Fort Worth Dietetic Association, Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the following Academy Dietetic Practice Groups: Nutrition Education for the Public, Dietetic Educators of Practitioners, Research, and Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Dr. Dart is also an active contributor in the Fort Worth community and currently serves as a nutrition and dietetics consultant for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Tarrant County Public Health, and Meals on Wheels, Inc. As an educator, Dr. Dart is committed to increasing community-based opportunities for student learning – with an emphasis on community-campus partnerships that support collaborative research and nutrition education, and engage students in service-learning to improve nutritional health outcomes in local communities. More recently, Dr. Dart has focused on developing interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice opportunities for dietetics students and is partnering with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), UNT System College of Pharmacy, UNTHSC School of Health Professions, and TCU’s Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences on a newly funded five-year project for interprofessional health care students.

Dr. Dart was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Dietetics Educator (Coordinated Program in Dietetics) from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Area III Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Dietetic Practice Group. Dr. Dart’s current teaching responsibilities include Communication and Education for Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics; Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research; Food Management Practical Experience; and as a faculty coordinator for Supervised Practice in General Dietetics; Supervised Practice in Community Nutrition; and Culminating Supervised Practice.

 

 

Gina Hill, PhD, RD, LD

Associate Professor
Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Dr. Gina Jarman Hill joined the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in 2003. Dr. Hill was appointed the Director of the Didactic Program (DPD) in 2007. Dr. Hill received her B.S., M.S., and PhD in Food and Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Hill has worked as a clinical dietitian and as a consultant dietitian for a number of facilities.

Hill is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who has been actively involved in the Fort Worth Dietetic Association (FWDA), the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Texas Dietetic Association), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association.) She is also a member of four dietetic practice groups; the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP), Medical Nutrition Practice Group (MNPG), Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group (PNCHPG), and Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN). In 2001, Dr. Hill was honored by the Texas Dietetic Association as a Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.

Dr. Hill served as the clinical coordinator for the Medical Nutrition Therapy supervised practice rotations for nine years from 2004-2012. Her current teaching responsibilities include Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Community Nutrition, and Infant and Child Nutrition. She served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from Fall 2007 through Summer 2013 when she was appointed as Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She has been honored as a Preferred Professor by the TCU Mortar Board chapter.

Her current research interests include lactation and human milk, nutritional status of elderly living in the community, clinical nutrition, and the relationship between nutrition and behavior. Dr. Hill is a faculty member of the TCU Center for Oncology Education and Research. She enjoys working in partnership with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Inc. to evaluate and strive to improve the nutritional status of the home-bound elderly where she also serves on the nutrition committee. During Spring 2013, Dr. Hill began partnering with the teachers and administrators at University Christian Church (UCC) Weekday School (WDS) to create a community learning garden. Students enrolled in Dr. Hill’s Community Nutrition and Infant and Child Nutrition classes developed a curriculum about nutrition, health and gardening and taught lessons to preschooler children. She looks forward to continuing this fun and important, “Seed to Plate” program.

 

 

Rebecca Dority, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Instructor II
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

Rebecca Dority joined the Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2007. She received a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine, with a minor in Psychology. Her M.S. in Human Nutrition was earned from Tufts University in Boston, MA. Mrs. Dority is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the dietetic practice group Nutrition and Dietetic Educators of Practitioners, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Fort Worth Dietetic Association, as well as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Senior Citizen Services of Tarrant County. She served a two year term on the SCS Executive Board as Vice President from 2010 to 2012. Mrs. Dority was a recent member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the National Kidney Foundation's North Texas Council on Renal Nutrition, where she held the position of co-chair from 2002 to 2003.

Prior to joining the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Mrs. Dority was employed as a Diabetes Program Coordinator with the Medical Clinic of North Texas, with previous experience in renal and clinical dietetics. She formerly served as adjunct faculty for Tarrant County College. Mrs. Dority's current teaching responsibilities for the Department of Nutritional Sciences include Advanced Nutrition, Contemporary Issues in Nutrition, Food Systems Management, Supervised Practice in Food Systems Management, and Career and Professional Issues in Nutrition. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the TCU Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association. Mrs. Dority is an active member of both the TCU Faculty Senate and the TCU University Compensation Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Dority was the recipient of the 2010 Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award. She has also been honored as a Preferred Professor by the TCU Mortar Board chapter. In Spring 2013, Mrs. Dority was promoted from the rank of Instructor to Instructor II.

 

 

Samantha Powell, MS, RD, LD

Lecturer

Samantha Powell joined the Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2011. Ms. Powell earned her B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.S. in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with over 20 years’ experience in the clinical, private practice, and dietetics education arenas. She has worked as a clinical dietitian at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth as well as the Assistant Chief Clinical Dietitian at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. For many years, Ms. Powell coordinated the Dietetic Technician program at Tarrant County College, where she taught classes and planned the community, food management, and clinical supervised practice components of the program. She has most recently been working in the community setting at Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, where she is involved in programs designed to keep people out of the hospital and healthy at home.

Her current teaching responsibilities include Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II, Contemporary Issues in Nutrition, Quantity Food Production, Meal Management, and Supervised Practice in Clinical Nutrition.

Ms. Powell was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Diet Technician programs from the Texas Dietetic Association, as well as from the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching from Tarrant County College. Ms. Powell’s professional memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Dallas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also on the Board of the Fort Worth Dietetic Association where she served as President in 2011. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

 

 

Debbie Gillespie, MS, RD, LD

Adjunct Faculty

Debbie Gillespie joined the Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2013. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with over 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of dietetics including clinical, oncology and cardiovascular research, renal, health promotion and public health education. She received her B.S. in Home Economics and Consumer Sciences - Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned a M.S. in Medical Dietetics from Saint Louis University while serving as a graduate teaching assistant and dietetic internship preceptor. She conducted her research project on the cost-effectiveness of various educational approaches for treating patients with hyperlipidemia at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and her findings were published in the Journal of the American Dietetics Association. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Outside of TCU, Mrs. Gillepsie currently serves as a volunteer for the Community Storehouse in Tarrant County and the Greater Keller Women’s Club.

Mrs. Gillespie recently moved to the Fort Worth area from Mons, Belgium. While living in Europe she explored her passion for food and expanded her culinary arts training by taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Acquolina in Venice and Cucina Italiana in Soignies, Belgium. Prior to living overseas, she held positions as an Adjunct Instructor, Public Health Grant Coordinator, and STOPS Student Advisor at the College of Southern Maryland. Her strong desire to promote health and wellness through nutrition has been demonstrated through her involvement in developing education materials for high-risk cancer clinics and the Fit Foods program at the Medical University of South Carolina as well as weight management and employee wellness programs at Civista Medical Center in Maryland. Mrs. Gillespie’s responsibilities at TCU include teaching Contemporary Issues in Nutrition and Food Preparation labs.


 

Judy Sargent, MS, RD, LD

Adjunct Faculty

Judy Sargent joined the Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2003. She received her B.S. in Nutrition from Texas Christian University and M.S. in Institutional Management from Texas Woman's University. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a member of the American Dietetic Association, Texas Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Association, and Texas Association School Nutrition (TASN). She has held several leadership positions with TASN, including president. She has taught numerous courses on nutrition and finance across the state for the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Association School Nutrition. In addition, Ms. Sargent has taught as an adjunct faculty member for Tarrant County College. Ms. Sargent is currently employed as Director of Child Nutrition for Birdville ISD. With over 30 years of experience in education, she has a strong interest in conveying that good nutrition is essential for the educational process of students. She has spoken to Congress on the state and national level on the importance of breakfast for school-aged children.

 

 

Lindsey Gorman, RD, LD

Lab Coordinator

Lindsey Gorman joined the Nutritional Sciences staff in 2012 as the Lab Coordinator. In this position, Ms. Gorman oversees the daily operations of the Nutritional Sciences laboratories, maintains equipment, and purchases equipment and food. She also organizes special/routine departmental functions and manages student laboratory experience. In addition, she serves as the coordinator of departmental special events and administrator of special projects.

Ms. Gorman received a B.S. in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics from TCU. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who has been actively involved in the Fort Worth Dietetic Association (FWDA), the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). In 2011 she presented her undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Nutrition Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (TAND FNCE) as well as at the TCU College of Science and Engineering Student Research Symposium. Outside of TCU, Ms. Gorman works as a PRN Clinical Dietitian at Huguley Memorial Hospital in Fort Worth. She also has experience as a Consulting Dietitian in various long term care facilities.

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