Faculty Leadership Team

Program Directors

Katie Bigart, MS, RDN, LD

Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at CWRU.  During her graduate experience Katie worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Community Dentistry at CWRU, where she studied the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in adolescents, helping guide them toward proper nutritional goals and action plans. During her time at CWRU, Katie also gained nutrition and dietetic experience in a variety of practice settings.

Katie began her career as a K-12 school nutrition consultant for Pisanick Partners, LLC in Cleveland, OH, where she developed, analyzed, and implemented USDA compliant menus for 13 Northeast Ohio School Districts. She also provided Administrative Review preparation for school kitchen audits and trained staff on Professional Standards for State and Local Nutrition Programs.

Katie then joined Be Well Solutions as an Account Manager and Wellness Dietitian.  During this time she helped to develop worksite wellness programs for a variety of corporate, public and municipal clients.  Katie coordinated and managed health screenings, performed individual nutritional consultations, group presentations and served and facilitated client wellness committee meetings.

Katie is a certified Health Coach through the American College of Exercise and embraces the balance of an active and healthy lifestyle, filled with hiking, weightlifting, cooking and movies.  She loves spending quality time with her husband, boy/girl twins and two dogs.

Suzi Hinck, MS, RDN, LD

Suzi Hinck completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry and biomedical studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. During her undergraduate experience, she was a Research Associate at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN focusing on building patient demographic databases. She also was chosen to be a Mayo Scholar through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN during which her team conducted research focusing on the medical and financial feasibility of orthopedic surgical devices. She also completed research in physical chemistry focusing on protein stability.

Suzi began her career in health care at Midwest Eye Banks (now named Eversight) in Chicago, IL. In her role, she facilitated cornea donation in a multitude of ways including procuring, processing, completing eligibility, and shipping donations nationwide. She also served as quality improvement coordinator, where she ensured regulatory compliance for the company’s Chicago division. While living in Chicago, Suzi developed a passion for health and wellness and had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer chef focusing on clean and healthy eating strategies and oversight of corporate wellness training.

After moving to Cleveland, OH Suzi began her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Public Health Nutrition. She completed a masters in nutrition and a dietetic internship through CWRU.  In addition to her classroom studies, Suzi’s rotations included Lake Health System, Berea City Schools, Cuyahoga County WIC Program, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, DaVita Dialysis, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Suzi began her dietetic career as a Dietitian and School Nutrition Systems Analyst at Pisanick Partners in Cleveland, OH.  During her year there she developed, analyzed, and implemented USDA compliant school nutrition programs for twelve school districts in Northeast Ohio.  Since joining Be Well Solutions as a Wellness Dietitian she has continued her commitment to public health by providing individual nutritional assessments, group presentations and demonstrations, reviewing biometric results with individuals and groups as well as providing nutrition specific suggestions for improvements leading to a healthy lifestyle.

Suzi strives to live a healthy and active life. In her free time, she enjoys running, road bicycling, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two delightful daughters.

Faculty Advisor Team

Katie Bigart, MS, RDN, LD

Suzi Hinck, MS, RDN, LD

Tristyn Patrick, MS, MBA, RDN, LD

Trisha Sterringer, MS, RDN, LD

Karli Swank, RD, LD