Robin Allen has been a Registered Dietitian since 1980 and is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the Nutrition and Wellness group for the Military Family Learning Network (MFLN). She is an adjunct faculty member of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Program (FSHN) at the University of Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Institutional Management from the University of Alabama in 1980, and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois in 1998.
A retired Navy Captain, she served 23 years active and reserve duty as a Dietitian and Hospital Administrator. In this capacity, she coordinated clinical and administrative food service operations in a variety of Navy teaching hospitals. As a Navy Reservist attached to the Marines she set up and ran foodservice operations for Field Hospitals, leading a joint service Medical Humanitarian/Training mission to Honduras to set up temporary primary care clinics.
Recently retired from the University of Illinois where she has been the Administrative Dietitian for the University of Illinois Dining Services assisting with menu development, nutritional analysis of menus, working with students with special dietary need such as food allergies, therapeutic diets, athletes’ needs, vegan and vegetarian diets, special religious needs and works the Meal on Wheels program. As an adjunct faculty member, she was clinical preceptor for the University of Illinois Dietetic Internship program, coordinated the NACUFS Internship at UI, precepts for other Dietetic Internship programs and mentors many students who are interested in the Dietetics field. Prior to working for Dining Services, she was the Administrator of the Mars Nutrition Research Council, which advised Mars, Inc. on innovative nutrition research.