For the past 26 years, Shari has worked as a dietitian in the grocery industry for two major retailers in the Midwest. In her retail roles, Shari has managed consumer health communication, community events, nutrition programs, and solution-selling strategies.
Shari has served as a nutrition expert and corporate spokesperson, providing food and nutrition advice through monthly television spots on ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates and local radio segments. She has also conducted numerous educational presentations to community groups and professional organizations throughout the country. Her timely nutrition and food product information and strategic social media messages have reached millions of consumers.
Shari also was a key contributor to the “Simply Cook” book to assist low-income consumers with planning and creating easy, affordable, healthy meals. The book has received many positive accolades from community health educators and over 150,000 copies have been distributed to individuals and through local food banks.
In 2014 Shari was a finalist in the first ever Retail Dietitian of the Year award through the Retail Dietitian Business Alliance and has also been honored twice with the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietitian of the Year Award.
Shari holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from Andrews University in Michigan. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She serves as an advisory board member for the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and as a Supermarket Dietitian Advisor for the National Turkey Federation. Other advisory roles include those with the Food Marketing Institute, the Michigan State University Dietetic Internship program. She is a past chair of the Food and Culinary Professionals DPG Supermarket Dietitian Sub Group.