Board of Directors

Kim S. Beall, PharmD, Chair
Academic Relations and Research

Kim S. Beall, PharmD, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and her BS in Pharmacy from Auburn University. She has experience in academics and industry, working at MUSC as part of an Internal Medicine team and serving as adjunct faculty at MUSC College of Pharmacy, then working in Health Sciences with Merck as an academic liaison for those publishing and researching in lipids, hypertension, and heart failure. She has been following research in IBD closely since 2013 with her teenage son’s diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, and has become committed to the advancement of nutritional therapy as treatment.

Vonda Zwick, Vice-Chair
Digital Media

Vonda Zwick received a BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has worked as a medical copy editor, editing medical journals for both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association. After shifting focus to computer science, she worked as a Software Developer/Engineer for ICS Medical/GN Otometrics, and later as a software consultant for Natus. She developed Evoked Potential and Electronystagmography and Videonystagmography software systems. She became involved with nutritional therapy when her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2017, achieved remission through Exclusive Enteral Nutrition, and then maintained remission with a therapeutic diet.

Bridgette Blankenship
Financial Affairs

Bridgette currently works in the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Patient Support Services. Prior to this, she worked for seven years in colon cancer research at MUSC. She also has a background in Family Therapy. A family member's diagnosis prompted her interest in IBD. Having a life-long passion and interest in nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet helped when looking for solutions to this diagnosis. Favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and spending time with family.

Sara Campbell
Events

Sara Campbell is a graduate of Converse College with a degree in music performance and business. Her passion for all things IBD related, especially nutritional therapy, began when her daughter Emily was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017 at the age of 14. Frustrated with the lack of information and support for using nutrition as a form of treatment, Sara began the arduous journey of researching diet and how it pertains to gut dysbiosis. Sara lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband, Dr. John Campbell, and four children. Along with nutrition she enjoys life on the Stono River, reading, and fellowship with her church community.

David Gardinier
Community Relations

David Gardinier is graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in dietetics. He is currently a dietetic intern at VCU Health, with plans to become a dietitian after he is finished. David advocates for young adults with inflammatory bowel disease as a fellow of the Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network. His interest in the role of nutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Disease began when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease back in 2016. In his spare time, David enjoys rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and watching football.

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN
Organizational Engagement

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in nutritional therapy for Crohn's disease. Nicole received her undergraduate and master's degree from SUNY Oneonta. She currently is enrolled in a PhD program for Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University. Nicole runs a virtual private practice for Crohn's disease and nutrition. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in March 2020 and is passionate about helping others manage this condition. You can learn more about Nicole at Wake Nutrition.


Nutritional Therapy for IBD

Improving the Care of Patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis through Nutrition