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.