Kelly Kunkel has worked for Extension since 1994. Much of her work is dedicated to obesity prevention for low income and youth audiences, including programming in food marketing to youth, overindulgence, and school food service training. Prior to her work in Extension, she worked as Adjunct Faculty for Minnesota State University, Mankato and as a nutritionist for WIC. In Extension, she has served as a Natural Resources Extension Educator working in the area of home health and as a County and Regional Director for the Mankato and Albert Lea Regional Centers. She has served as a Health and Nutrition Extension Educator since 2007. Her work has focused on administration of the SNAP-Ed program, working with low-income audiences in the area of food skills and food access.

Kelly earned a master's degree in Community Health from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

Areas of focus: healthy food choices, food access, school food service, healthy food environments, nutrition and culinary skills education, youth audiences, low-income populations