Amanda Vanyo joined the Center for Family Development as a regional coordinator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in June 2016. As one of two regional coordinators for EFNEP, Amanda works with communities and partnering agencies in Hennepin and Anoka counties. In collaboration with her counterpart, she supervises the diverse EFNEP community nutrition educator team and works to connect EFNEP nutrition classes with families in greatest need. She also assists the EFNEP Extension educator and program lead with nutrition training.

As a licensed, registered dietitian nutritionist with over 17 years of experience, she has provided nutrition counseling in various settings including clinical nutrition, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), foodservice, weight management, eating and feeding disorders, and public health.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of North Dakota, and will soon pursue a Master of Public Health degree. She speaks Spanish as a second language.

Areas of focus: public health, improving healthy food access, suburban poverty, food insecurity, diversity and inclusion, nutrition and wellness, healthy recipes and cooking, mental and behavioral health