Audrey Monroe, registered dietitian, is the director of nutrition for the Kansas Beef Council in Topeka, Kan. In this role, Audrey leads up all nutrition programming and is the primary contact for Kansas health professionals’ questions about beef nutrition information. She is a versed nutrition spokesperson, appearing on state radio and television shows and being quoted in state media outlets like the Kansas City Star.
Audrey worked for more than 4 years at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, Colo., as the associate director of issues management. In this role, she worked with the media and other industry stakeholders to answer questions and develop materials about the beef industry’s commitment to sustainability, animal care, health and nutrition and food safety. Audrey spearheaded the industry’s first-ever corporate social responsibility report and also was at the forefront of the “pasture-to-plate” movement to help consumer understand where their food comes from. Prior to this role, Audrey worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in Washington, DC, helping trace foodborne disease outbreaks back to the source.
Audrey graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University in 2006 with dual bachelor’s degrees in agricultural communications and journalism and public health nutrition. She went back to Kansas State University to obtained dietetics’ degree in 2010. Audrey completed her dietetic internship with Tri-County Health Department in Greenwood Village, Colo. In her public health-focused internship, she conducted primary research and wrote a manuscript, “An Evaluation of Community Gardens in a Low-Income, Denver-area WIC Setting to Identify Barriers and Benefits.” Audrey had a variety of clinical nutrition experiences, including performing staff relief at Denver Health, a 500-bed acute care level-1 trauma center; completing inpatient pulmonary nutrition and outpatient special needs nutrition rotations at the 258-bed Children’s Hospital Colorado and counseling high-risk WIC clients on a variety of conditions, including pediatric feeding and growth issues and breastfeeding complications. Through her dietetic internship and volunteer experiences with the Denver Rescue Mission and the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Audrey provided nutrition education to low-income, low-education audiences that included extensive work with Burmese, Nepalese and Somali refugees and African asylees.
Audrey is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the Kansas Dietetic Association, the Kansas City Dietetic Association and the Kansas Nutrition Council. She currently is the Marketing Chair for the Kansas Dietetic Association.