With diverse professional backgrounds, our faculty bring expertise and experience to the classroom. Having work experience in a variety of settings, the faculty understand the skills needed in the world of work.
Elizabeth Vargo, MS, RD, LDN
Professor/Director of Dietetic Programs
Graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Dietetics, an M.S. from the School of Health Related Professions, University of Pittsburgh and post graduate work at Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh in Instructional Design.
Director of the Dietetic Programs at CCAC. Faculty at Penn State University. Senior Dietitian for a national long-term care company. Member of various professional organizations. Recipient of The American Dietetic Association 2004 "Outstanding Educator for Dietetic Technician Programs" for the Area VI region.
Miriam N. Wilson, MS, RD, LDN
Graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Dietetics and a M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Coordinator of Dietary Manager Program at CCAC
Adjunct faculty at Clarion University and University of Pittsburgh
Consultant Dietitian for Glade Run Lutheran Services
Clinical Dietitian at UPMC Passavant Hospital
Helenkay Smith, MS, RD, LDN
Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania-B.S. Dietetics & Nutrition
Masters in Nutrition, IUP
Adjunct faculty in the Dietetics Program at CCAC
Practicum Coordinator/Instructor at CCAC
Coordinator-Pathway III/Practicum Experiences at a Distance
Nutrition Specialist-Fitness & Wellness Center, Passavant Retirement Comm.
Clinical Dietitian Allegheny General Hospital
Kathy Gonzalez, MEd, RD, LDN
Graduate of University of Pittsburgh, BS Clinical Dietetics/Nutrition
Masters in Education, Penn State University
Adjunct faculty in Dietetics Program at CCAC
Corporate Dietitian & Vice President Health Care Services—Metz & Associates
Nutrition Services Manager-UPMC St. Margaret Hospital
DIT 210 Human Resource Management
Phyllis Mandella, RD
Graduate Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Institutional Management.
Adjunct faculty in the Dietetics Program at CCAC. Coordinator/Instructor of CCAC's Food Service Training Program. Director of Nutrition Services for the Rehabilitation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. Adjunct Professor, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.