Kim Pennington MEd, RD, LDN

Director, Solmaz Institute

Contact Info:
Phone: (828) 328-7473
Office: 237 McCrorie
Email: kimberly.pennington@lr.edu


  • Master of Education, Food, Nutrition, & Food Service Mgmt, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Dietetic Internship, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC
  • BA, Biology, 2nd Major Home Economics-Foods & Nutrition Concentration, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Julie Covington Ed.D, RD, LDN

Director, Dietetic Internship Program

Contact Info:
Phone: (828) 328-7453
Office: 236 McCrorie
Email: julie.covington@lr.edu


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • M.S., Foods, Nutrition and Institution Administration, Oklahoma State University

  • B.S.P.H., Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Lauren Brady MA, RD, LDN

Asheville Program Coordinator

Contact Info:

Phone: (828) 407-4275

Office: 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Email: lauren.brady@lr.edu


Tonya Harris RD LDN

Hickory Program Coordinator

Contact Info:

Phone: (828)328-7687

Office: 236 McCrorie

Email: tonya.harris@lr.edu



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