About

Food Smart Colorado is a collection of information about food, nutrition and health, food safety, and various recipes and how-tos that has been developed over many years by faculty, staff, and student employees of CSU Extension. Some current members of the team are below:

Marisa Bunning

Marisa Bunning

Work Title: Professor and Extension Specialist – Food Safety
Favorite Food: Okra – fried, pickled, or in gumbo!
A bit about Marisa: After a long and meandering journey around the world, I realized I wanted to focus on the importance of food safety and quality and food’s role in connecting us to past generations as well as our current environment. Click here for my faculty bio.


Jessica Clifford

Jessica Clifford, MS, RDN

Work Title: Extension Specialist – Nutrition
Favorite Food: Home-grown garden tomatoes
A bit about Jessica: Jessica provides nutrition education outreach across the state to help Coloradans make healthy choices and lead a healthy lifestyle. Aside from her work, Jessica enjoys any outdoor adventures, traveling, and cooking.


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James Peth

Work Title: Assistant Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition
Favorite Food: Lasagna
A bit about James: James develops and teaches various courses in food science and human nutrition. His main interest is preparing experts in the integrative science of nutrition who are equipped to address complex issues in public health.


Elisa Shackelton

Elisa Shackelton

Work Title: Extension Specialist – Digital Outreach Communication
Favorite Food: Sourdough bread – a staple in my household and always have plenty of starter to share with anyone interested! My mantra: Give us this day our daily (sourdough) bread!
A bit about Elisa: Elisa has been a health educator for over 35 years, transitioning from classroom teaching to online technology and delivery over the past decade. Her true passion is helping others learn relevant and timely information or skills, and then seeing the pride and self-satisfaction they gain by doing so.


Chelsea Didinger

Work Title: PhD Student – Food Science and Human Nutrition
Favorite Food: Pulses!
A bit about Chelsea: Chelsea is a PhD student at Colorado State University. Her project is on the processing and health benefits of beans. She enjoys nature and food – hiking, gardening, cooking, baking, and fermenting.


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Elizabeth McEvoy

Work Title: Student Worker, Colorado State University Extension
Favorite Food: Any kind of homemade fruit pie!
A bit about Elizabeth: Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and current Masters of Public Health candidate. She is passionate about nutrition education, food security and good data practices to inform public health programs. When she is not working, Elizabeth enjoys running, any excuse to get outdoors and trying new recipes.


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