Ellie Meyers MS, RD, CPT

Associate Sports Dietitian

Ellie joined KJN as a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, specializing in performance nutrition for athletes and active individuals of all ages. As an avid baker and pizza lover, Ellie believes that even the most elite of athletes can achieve their nutrition goals while enjoying their lives with family, friends and food!

Coming from a family of athletes and as a former collegiate athlete herself, Ellie is passionate about developing relationships with her clients to design effective and sustainable performance-based nutrition programs. This involves helping athletes develop practical fueling and hydration strategies to achieve long term performance goals with health in mind. From a young age, Ellie was raised to understand not only the importance of nutrition for fueling health and performance, but also of fostering a positive relationship with nutrition and movement for a good quality of life. For this reason, she approaches performance nutrition from a holistic and flexible perspective.

Ellie has experience working with both collegiate and professional athletes in 1-1 and team capacities, including sports such as hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling and more. She also has experience working in a variety of settings, including clinical and private practice.

Education:
B.A Biology: Rutgers University
M.S Nutrition and Food Science: Montclair State University
Dietetic Internship: University of Delaware

Kate Evans MS, RD

Consultant Dietitian and Nutrition Assistant

Kate is a second-career dietitian who has been working with the KJN team since 2020. After spending her early career in nutrition communications and marketing, Kate was inspired to go back to school to expand her nutrition knowledge and obtain her Registered Dietitian credentials.

Kate has expertise in performance nutrition for clients of a variety of ages and athletic backgrounds. Because of her personal experience struggling with a gastrointestinal (GI) condition as a collegiate triathlete, she is passionate about supporting the unique needs of athletes and people with GI disorders through one-on-one nutrition counseling. Through her Master’s thesis, she explored the intersection between GI disorders and disordered eating, and she is well equipped to address both in active individuals.

Kate strives to help people establish dietary patterns that enable them to feel their best by applying an evidence-based, weight-inclusive approach. She emphasizes the importance of balancing flexibility and structure to foster a positive relationship with food while implementing fueling strategies that support performance and health.

When she’s not working with clients or helping out with the content here at KJN, Kate can usually be found swimming, biking, backpacking, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

Education:
B.A. Business Economics: University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. Nutritional Sciences; University of Washington

Stephanie Mendez, RYT

Nutrition Assistant

Stephanie is a second career dietetics student and completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Business at the University of San Francisco where she was also a collegiate cheerleader. She spent six years working in the music industry as an executive assistant and digital account manager. During this time, she struggled with GI issues. It was her love for movement and research about nutrition that helped her find relief. She ultimately decided to change careers and follow her passion of becoming a registered dietitian. She is also a yoga instructor, certified personal trainer, and Ayurvedia wellness counselor. Stephanie completed an internship with UCLA’s Olympic sports teams and a Post-Baccalaureate in Nutritional Science at Cal State LA. She is currently completing her dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic where she plans to complete rotations with the Center for Gut Rehab and Transplant. She hopes to use this knowledge to specialize in GI and sports nutrition in order to help athletes live a life without pain and limitations in order to thrive on the field.

When Stephanie is not interning or behind the scenes at Student Athlete Nutrition, you can find her adventuring the city with her beagle Oliver, traveling the world, getting lost in a mystery novel, or forever trying to make the perfect pb&j sandwich. 

Education:

B.S. International Business: University of San Francisco
Post-Baccalaureate in Nutritional Sciences Certificate: Cal State University, Los Angeles
Dietetic Internship: Cleveland Clinic; Anticipated Graduation June 2023

Emily Recupero

Creative Associate

Emily is a freelance graphic designer who specializes in logo design, lettering, illustrations, social media graphics, gif creation, and broadcast video editing. She aspires to share her passions by connecting her creative work with socially responsible causes and companies, like Kelly Jones Nutrition.

As a college student, Emily realized her passion for graphic design while completing a summer digital media program. From there she honed her skills in digital graphics and began working for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department, designing social media ads, team logos, and animations for sports arenas. She also worked for the national restaurant group, Barteca where she illustrated and animated branded gifs for ‘bartaco’, which garnered over 13 million impressions on Instagram.

Growing up a competitive dancer and athlete, Emily quickly developed passions for both art and physical health. Due to her personal experiences with mental health, excessive exercise, and disordered eating, she advocates for awareness on these topics. Emily found her passion for wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability, which encouraged her to begin practicing a plant-based lifestyle. She realized this was also the best eating style for her both physically and mentally, and now encourages others to integrate plant-forward practices into their life.

Emily’s work is featured throughout the Kelly Jones Nutrition blog and social channels in a variety of ways as well as in broadcast and digital projects for national clients, such as food commodity boards and plant-forward food companies. Learn more about Emily’s work on her website.

Education:
B.S. Digital Marketing: University of Connecticut
Certificate of Digital Media & Motion Graphics: University of Connecticut, Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media