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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Nutrition Services & Patient Education

Section Members


Kay Craven

Kay W. Craven, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE; Section Head

BS, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 1988
Dietetic Internship, James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, 1989
MPH, East Carolina University, 2009

Kay Craven is a RDN and CDE who joined the Department of Family Medicine full time in 2008.Previously she worked in a variety of settings in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.She feels working with patients with diabetes is her special clinical calling.She partnered with the Pitt County Schools and Vidant Wellness to enhance the Healthy Living education program for 9th grade students.Their work was designed to help students achieve a healthy weight for high school students.She also coordinated the work of the Food Literacy Partners Program in Pitt County.

Ms. Craven has worked as a nutrition/diabetes educator in an endocrinology clinic in Georgia, a nutrition consultant, and also as a health care science and technology instructor for the Phenix City schools in Alabama. Additionally, she has served as the director of disease management at the Institute of Healthcare in Columbus. Her outside interests include cooking, walking and spending time with her family.Her husband is an engineer with Electrolux in Kinston.They have a middle school aged so who loves playing the trumpet and running track.


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Kathryn Kolasa PhD, RDN, LDN
Professor Emeritus
Affiliate Faculty

BS Michigan State University 1970
PhD University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1974
Kellogg Leadership Fellow 1985

As professor emeritus and affiliate faculty, Dr. Kolasa remains an active volunteer teaching nutrition to medical students, residents, and attending physicians.She was section head for 30 years and is recognized as a Master Educator of the Brody School of Medicine.She is a consultant to Vidant Health's Nutrition Initiative.She also mentors students and faculty through research projects, publications, and curriculum development.Her weekly nutrition column, now co-authored with students, has appeared in the Greenville Daily Reflector since 1986.She serves on the Institute of Medicine's Global Forum for Innovations in Health Professions Education.She is available to speak to groups.Her outside interests include golf, travel, scuba diving and snorkeling. Her husband is a retired banker who plays competitive amateur senior golf.


Jill Jennings

Jill Jennings BS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Specialist

BS, Nutrition Science, East Carolina University, 2010
Internship, East Carolina University, 2012
MS, Nutrition Science, East Carolina University, 2015

Jill D. Jennings is a RDN who completed her undergraduate and graduate education in ECU's Department of Nutrition Science, and she completed her internship in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. She serves as an instructor for the innovative "Eat Smart, Move More, Weight Less" program based at NC State University. In 2013, she joined Family Medicine as part of an interdisciplinary team that addresses the nutritional, pharmacological, and behavioral medical needs of underserved populations in Eastern North Carolina.Services are delivered through the use of telemedicine. She has a life-long passion for cooking and finding new ways of preparing old favorites in healthier ways. Her background as an avid cook and caterer makes her the perfect instructor for cooking classes and food demos.In cooperation with ECU TV she developed the series "Eat Right Now!" to help patients translate nutritional advice into practical action in the kitchen. The videos can be seen on the Family Medicine website ( She also co-developed Helping Hands: A Guidebook for Volunteer Meal Providers available at:

Among other things, Jill has lived and worked as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. She and her husband, a faculty member at ECU, moved to Greenville in 2003.



Lamia (Lana) Nasrallah MPH, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Assistant

BS, Nutrition Science, East Carolina University, 2012
Internship, East Carolina University, 2013
MPH, Analysis and Management Concentration, East Carolina University, 2014

Lamia (Lana) Nasrallah is a RDN who completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at ECU and has worked in a variety of clinical and public health settings in Eastern North Carolina. She completed a dietetic internship at ECU where she gained experience in providing nutrition care for a number of medical conditions including trauma and critical care, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, renal and hepatic disease, obesity, cardiovascular, and bariatric surgery patients.  She joined Family Medicine in 2014 as part of an interdisciplinary team that addresses the nutritional, pharmacological, and behavioral medical needs of underserved populations in Eastern North Carolina.She delivers Medical Nutrition Therapy for diabetes through the use of telemedicine. Her graduate work involved advocating food literacy and healthy eating, and providing nutritional and physical activity education for community groups in Eastern North Carolina.  Her long term goal is to use her MPH degree to develop and implement community programs intended to prevent, reduce, and manage high risk chronic diseases.


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Catherine S. Sullivan MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, RLC
Affiliate Faculty

BS, Dietetics, East Carolina University MPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Catherine Sullivan is an affiliate faculty member who is a Clinical Instructor and Director of Training at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.She served as clinical assistant professor, nutrition specialist and lactation consultant full time in the Department of Family Medicine from 2000-2006 and as the State Breastfeeding Coordinator at the NC Division of Public Health from 2006-2013. Her passion is to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding so that all mother baby dyads meet their breastfeeding goals.She, her husband, and son are avid ECU Pirate fans.