INAP: Featured Members

Updated:Apr 21,2014


Jill Nicholls, PhD, Vice President, Nutrition Affairs for the National Dairy Council

Jill joined the National Dairy Council in 2003. She integrates her experience in nutrition research, nutrition guidance and science-based communications to educate health professional, government, science and business stakeholders about the role of dairy foods in healthy dietary patterns and the food supply. She monitors developments in the food and nutrition policy environment, and works with the Innovation Center for US Dairy to help industry stakeholders understand the implications of policy and regulatory developments.

Before joining the NDC, she worked with a variety of agricultural commodities at Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations in Sacramento, California. During graduate school, she taught courses in food science, nutrition and physiology at the University of California, Davis, and worked as a science writer at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, focusing on food, agriculture and health.

Jill earned her Doctorate in Nutrition and Master of Science in Food Science from the University of California, Davis, and her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from the University of Arizona. Jill is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the American Heart Association.


Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1979.
Dr. Kris-Etherton’s research expertise is cardiovascular nutrition.  She conducts controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the role of diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).  These studies have evaluated established and emerging CVD risk factors including lipids, lipoproteins, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, measures of oxidative stress and adhesion molecules.  Her research integrates clinical and basic research to evaluate underlying mechanisms that account for the diet-induced clinical responses, including the molecular mechanisms of action. 

Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on many national committees that have established dietary guidelines and recommendations.  She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program, the Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients Committee of the National Academies, the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2005, and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association that published diet and lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD.  She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) as well as The National Lipid Association, and the recipient of many awards including the Kritchevsky Career Achievement  Award from the American Society of Nutrition (2012), the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award from the American Dietetic Association (2007), the Elaine Monsen Research Award from the American Dietetic Association Foundation (2005), the Foundation Award for Excellence in Research by the American Dietetic Association (1998), and the Lederle Award for Human Nutrition Research awarded by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (1991).  She was President of the National Lipid Association (2011-2012) and Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of The American Society for Nutrition (2010-2012).  Presently, she is Vice Chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee.  Dr. Kris-Etherton has published over 280 scientific papers, 30 book chapters and co-authored 4 books.

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