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Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Health Promotion at MUSC leads system-wide initiatives related to organizational wellness and promotes health and wellbeing to students, employees, patients and the external community. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Charlotte, master’s degree from The Citadel and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining MUSC, Dr. Johnson held faculty appointments at Duke University and Charleston Southern, and served as an adjunct professor at the Citadel. Dr. Johnson has conducted numerous presentations and speaking engagements at the local, state and national level and also dedicates her time and talents to professional and community organizations. She is currently serving as board chair for the Bee Cause, a non-profit extension of the Savannah Bee Company and as an appointed member of the Trident Technical College Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, Citadel School of Science and Mathematics Advisory Council, and the Lowcountry Land Trust Business Leadership Council.
Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. As the Wellness Dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion, she develops policies and programs to advance health on the MUSC campus and in the community. In her work as a dietitian over the last 11 years, she has provided direct patient care to those undergoing dramatic diet and lifestyle changes in an effort to lose weight, improve their medical problems, and get healthier. She graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Master’s in Nutrition from Boston University, and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow, and connects us to our community. She believes the healthiest foods are those that come from as close to the ground as possible – and require a fork to be eaten.
Carmen Ketron, MES, MPA has worked in the agroecology field since 2011 as a farm hand, researchers and practicing small scale farm and garden educator. Carmen holds a Masters in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Administration where her research around food system nonprofit operations led her to the MUSC Urban Farm in 2015. She serves as the Farm Educator, managing day to day growing operations and volunteer coordination for the Urban Farm.
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