Nutrition and Wellness

Meet Our Team

Dr. Chapman-Novakofski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition education, and has specifically addressed issues related to the older adult, including osteoporosis and diabetes. She has authored more than 200 publications, and is a recognized speaker nationally and internationally. She has received many awards for her teaching, research and outreach.

Kristen DiFilippo is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. She is the  Professional Education Coordinator for the Nutrition and Wellness concentration area of MFLN. Kristen’s research focuses on app based strategies to support nutrition education for behavior change. Kristen earned her bachelor’s and PhD from the University of Illinois and her master’s from Eastern Illinois University.

Robin Allen has been a Registered Dietitian since 1980 and is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the Nutrition and Wellness group for the Military Family Learning Network (MFLN). She is an adjunct faculty member of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Program (FSHN) at the University of Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Institutional Management from the University of Alabama in 1980, and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois in 1998.

Karen Hawkins is a registered dietitian in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, Military Community and Family Policy. In this position, she led the Healthy Base Initiative Food Team and the DOD Food and Nutrition Subcommittee for three years. She currently co-chairs the Military Nutrition Environment Working Group addressing the food environment in the DOD community. Ms. Hawkins worked as the first corporate level dietitian with the Defense Commissary Agency. She also worked in state and community level public health in Virginia. She is a  retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve with 12 years on active duty. She completed her B.S. in Home Economics/Dietetics at Georgia Southern University, a dietetic internship at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, TX and an M.A. in education and human development from George Washington University. She has also completed classes towards a Doctorate in Health Education through A.T. Still University, MO.

Lauren Sweeney, a Registered Dietitian and Program Coordinator for the Nutrition and Wellness group for the Military Family Learning Network (MFLN), completed the Master of Science-Dietetic Internship program at the University of Florida. Previously serving as the Program Coordinator for the University of Florida IFAS Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, the SNAP-Ed implementing agency for the state of Florida, she has spent her career focusing on school wellness, community nutrition, and improving the environments in which we live, work, and play.