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Our Team

Lindsey Haynes-MaslowLindsey Haynes-Maslow, Ph.D., MHA
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Dr. Haynes-Maslow has many areas of expertise, including food and nutrition policy, chronic disease prevention, community-based participatory research, diversity, and inclusion in foods and nutrition programming.

Dr. Haynes-Maslow researches policies that lead to healthy behaviors. An expert on the intersection between food systems, nutrition, and public health, as well as the impact of government policies driving the food system, she has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit, private, and public organizations that focus on obesity prevention for low-resource communities.


Jayne McBurney, MS

Program Coordinator

headshot of Jayne McBurneyJayne has a BS in Family Relations and Human Development and an MS in Home Economics Education, completing both degrees at Ohio State University. She coordinates the federal nutrition education program Steps to Health, NC State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Jayne was a Social Media and Technology Associate for nutrition education programs last year, and a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension for 10 years before joining Steps to Health.

When not at the office, Jayne enjoys traveling, time with her family, and using her skills and abilities in service projects.


Breyana Davis, MPH

Food and Built Environments Associate

Breyana Davis

Breyana has an MPH in Community Health from Armstrong State University and is CHES certified. Breyana previously served Pender and New Hanover counties as a Nutrition Educator.

She came to our team with experience working with SNAP populations in Georgia where she focused on PSE intervention in low-income communities. Her previous work has provided her great experience with healthy retail initiatives, community-based education programming, faith and health initiatives, and social marketing campaigns.

Some of Breyana’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, and attending festivals.

Catherine Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Nutrition Programs ManagerHeadshot of Catherine Hill

Catherine is the Nutrition Programs Manager for the Department of Agricultural & Human Sciences and works with the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens, Steps to Health, and EFNEP.

A Raleigh-native, Catherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition from NC State University. She then completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at Meredith College. She has previous experience in behavior modification strategies, patient education, curriculum development, and nutrition counseling for weight management and chronic disease prevention. She believes that nutrition is a key ingredient to an overall healthy lifestyle. In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking, running with her beagle, and traveling with her husband.


Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RDN, LDN

Curriculum Development Extension AssociateHeadshot of Kate Hoy

Kathryn has a BS in Nutrition, a BS in Management, and a BS in Entrepreneurship from Indiana University. She completed a Master of Food and Nutrition in addition to her achieving her RDN/LDN credential at Bowling Green State University in 2011 and is currently a doctoral candidate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina with an emphasis on the evaluation of food assistance programs.

Kathryn worked for Cornell University and is an expert in behavioral economics interventions in the food environment. She has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating public health nutrition programs across the country and she has created both national and state-level nutrition curricula.

Kathryn is an avid sports fan and is a former competitive cyclist who is slowly getting back into endurance athletics after having her son in late 2018. She loves to spend time outside with her family, exploring new parks, playing video games, reading all genres, eating good food, and 1950’s fashion.


Caren Maloy, MS, RD, LDN

Senior Nutrition EducatorCaren Maloy

Caren provides direct education programs for adults in the Greater Triangle area. She has over 20 years of clinical and foodservice experience in hospital and healthcare settings with leadership in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating healthcare promotion and community-based nutrition education programs. Caren has a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Marymount College and an MS in Foods and Nutrition from Florida State University.

In designing and facilitating nutrition education programs for limited-resource populations, Caren motivates and coaches adults to improve their nutrition and health through access to classroom and remote nutrition education classes as well as guided supermarket tours.


Data Analysis & Food Systems Associate

*Coming Soon*

Christian Woods
Nutrition Education Outreach and Materials Management

Extension AssistantChris Woods

Chris began his 9-year stint at NC State as a CALS student and has evolved into an employee on campus while completing his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. His road to his current position with SNAP-Ed was a definitive one as he pushes towards furthering his education and becoming an expert in the nutrition field. He intends to earn his Masters Degree and become an RD/LDN.

When not working, Chris enjoys reading, music, and funny YouTube videos. He enjoys Japanese and Jamaican cuisine.


Virginia C. Alejo-Lopez

Nutrition Educator

Burke and Caldwell

Virginia Lopez

Virginia is a native of California and moved to North Carolina 11 years ago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion in 2014. Before Steps to Health, She worked for Caldwell County Department of Social Services as an Income Maintenance Caseworker where she assisted low-income individuals and families with the eligibility process for food benefits.

Virginia’s journey to a healthier lifestyle motivated her to share her experience in a new arena as a Nutrition Educator. She now helps educate children and adults to make healthy food choices and live a more physically active lifestyle. Virginia enjoys reading, biking, and taking walks. She also has a heart for missionary work and has traveled to several countries where she has helped build churches and served as a Spanish interpreter.


Meghan Baker, CHES

Nutrition Educator

Duplin and Sampson

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Meghan has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health and Global Health from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Previously she has worked with the New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension offices as a Family and Consumer Science Agent Intern. Meghan is passionate about people and helping them live happier and healthier lives through nutrition and fitness education. She is excited to bring her love for health to the Duplin and Sampson County communities.
Some of Meghan’s hobbies include spending time at the beach, walking her dog, and traveling any chance she gets.

Juliet EirikisJuliet Eirikis
Nutrition Educator
McDowell and Mitchell

A native of Florida, Juliet completed her Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida with minors in Health Science and Florida teaching. Juliet has a strong background in nutrition-based research in elementary schools. She enjoys hearing feedback from program participants about adopting healthier behaviors.

Juliet enjoys hiking and exploring the mountains and culture in western North Carolina.


Lauren Morris, RD, LDN

Nutrition Educator

Halifax and NorthamptonLauren Morris

Lauren is a native of Halifax County and has been a Registered Dietitian since 2010. She received her B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from East Carolina University and completed her dietetic internship at Western Carolina University. Her previous work experience includes clinical and community nutrition. Most recently, she worked as the Health Matters Associate in Northampton County Cooperative Extension. It is with her previous experiences that she can truly connect with the need for nutrition education, healthy food access, and physical activity access for residents in Halifax and Northampton County.

When not working, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her growing family especially on Lake Gaston and beach vacations.


Shannon Hoffman

Shannon HoffmanAdministrative Support Specialist

Shannon provides data entry, office support, and year-end reporting assistance for the Steps to Health program. She has a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Marketing.

Shannon has worked for several statewide non-profits and other industries, including the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her background is diverse, and her perspectives and ideas are unique and valuable to the team. In her spare time, she is either judging a horse show, riding her mules and donkeys in the mountains, or working on her farm.