Sheila serves as a National Science Liaison. In this role, she works with various stakeholder groups to strengthen the food safety and nutrition DC-centric agency interactions, as well as providing linkages between those stakeholders and appropriate NIFA staff based in Kansas City.
Sheila came to the agency in 2021. She previously served as the senior advisor of nutrition and food safety at USDA Office of the Chief Scientist (2017-2018), on detail from the National Institutes of Health (2012-2018). During her federal service, she helped put forth the first-of-its kind National Nutrition Research Roadmap and chaired a USDA Inter-Departmental Nutrition Workshop Series.
Sheila received her B.S. in 2000 and J.D. in 2007, with a Certificate in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences/Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. Her post-doctoral training focused on urban and regional planning and public health nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her R.D.N. internship through a distance program at Iowa State University in 2018. She was admitted into the Illinois Bar in November 2007.