Wednesday, October 27, 2010Kelli Williams cheered at Lipscomb while working toward a degree in dietetics. She then went on to get her PhD at The Ohio State University. She’s been working for Marshall University for 12 years and took some time to talk to LipscombSports.com
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I was a Cheerleader from 1993 – 95 for coach Vicky Roller."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"No one particular memory stands out…my fondest memories are of just hanging out with my teammates. We had so much fun together, especially on the road trip. I recall one long bus trip to Tulsa for the NAIA National Tournament, we had a blast! I made some fantastic friends through my cheerleading experience at LU!”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“I’m going to go with my parents because they were always supportive of my efforts. During most of the time I cheered at LU, I had a 16-18 hour course load and worked two jobs. Even though they were hundreds of miles away, they were always encouraging me. When it seemed overwhelming, which was often, they were always there to offer encouragement or assistance in any way I needed. I was able to manage the academic, athletic, and social aspects of college life, because I had a great support system and two excellent role models in my parents.
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“My LU experience was phenomenal; it is difficult to pick only one memory. I loved Tuesday night devos in Bison Square, late night chats with the girls in Elam Hall, Singarama, chapel singing and the first time I painted the bison.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Lipscomb taught me so much. I grew up there and made my faith my own. I received an excellent education that provided a foundation for later advanced degrees. I grew so much spiritually and was reminded daily of the importance of focusing on God and His will.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Without a doubt, my favorite professor was Nancy Hunt in Dietetics. I had Nancy for a number of classes, and she was an exceptional professor! She was fun, energetic, and cared so much about her students. I remember calling her at home the night before my internship application was due to get feedback on my letter. It was 10:00 p.m. and she had small kids, but she didn’t seem to mind at all, that is just what kind of person she is. I have been fortunate to stay in contact with her over the years.”
Where do you live now?
I live in Proctorville, OH.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I am employed by Marshall University in Huntington, WV as the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Dietetic. I am a Registered Dietitian and have worked in higher education for the past 12 years. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to foodservice management, community nutrition, food science, and research. I am also actively engaged in research and am passionate about exploring epidemic of childhood obesity, especially in rural Appalachia.”
Tell us about your family
“I have been married to Mike Williams for 12 years, and we have two beautiful children, Mallie (7) and Evan (5). We worship at the Rome Church of Christ in Proctorville, OH where we are actively involved. In my free time, I enjoy running, coaching youth league cheerleading, and watching my children in their various activities (soccer, swimming, basketball, cheerleading, etc.).”