Sandy Pernecky, MS RDN

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Co-Director Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Senior Full-Time Lecturer

Health Sciences

261 Rackham


[email protected]


MS, Human Nutrition, Eastern Michigan University

Graduate Coursework, Human Nutrition, University of Michigan

BS, Dietetics, Mount Mary College

Liberal Arts Curriculum, Northwestern University

Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, Northwestern University


Sandy Pernecky became a registered dietitian (RD) in 1987, has been teaching in some capacity since 1988, and started teaching as an Adjunct Lecturer at EMU in 2004.  She was promoted to Lecturer III in the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Programs in 2019.

Her current work includes Dietetics Program co-directing, lecturing, and advising & preparing distance and on campus dietetics intent students for eligibility to apply to the EMU CP.  Her current teaching course load mainly consists of Food and Culture, Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics, TRANSFORM-U, and Community Nutrition Experience classes. Previously, she worked for over a decade in hospitals, clinics, and a variety of community settings, where interprofessional collaboration is key.


Busick, D., Brooks, J., Pernecky, S., Dawson, R., and Petzoldt, J. Parent food purchases as a measure of exposure and preschool-aged children’s willingness to identify and taste fruit and vegetables. Appetite, 51(3): 468-473, Nov. 2008.

Pernecky, S. and Brooks, J.Pilot Study:  A Fifteen-week Multi-modality Weight Management Program Using the LEARN Approach. Poster presentation at the Michigan Dietetic Association Spring Meeting, May 2004, Troy, MI.

Pernecky, S., Brooks, J. Pilot Study: A Fifteen-week Multi-modality Weight Management Program Using the LEARN Approach. Poster presentation at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, March 2004, Ypsilanti, MI.

Book Chapter co-author:  Nutrition and Exercise Concerns of Middle Age, edited by Judy A. Driscoll. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2009.


Community Nutrition Experience

Food and Culture (including Honors section)


Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics



2023 - 2024 Washtenaw County Food Policy Committee/Education Seat

Writer for 2022-2023 I Can Do 26.2 Nutrition Newsletter 

2016-2020 Diversity Liaison Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



Distinguished Alumna of the Year: Eastern Michigan University, Human Nutrition, College of Health and Human Services

Employment Experience

University of Michigan/MFit Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan: temporary part-time RD

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan: adjunct lecturer

University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan: resource pool RD

Washtenaw County WIC Agency, Ann Arbor, Manchester, and Ypsilanti, Michigan: nutritionist/RD

Emma L. Bixby Medical Center, Adrian, Michigan: senior clinical RD

Brookside Care Center, Kenosha, Wisconsin: foodservice supervisor and clinical RD