Family and Consumer Sciences

Anne Figus
Department Chair and Professor
Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:07
College of Professional Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ed.D. (Higher Education and Organizational Change), 2012, Benedictine University
P.M.P. Certification, 2018, Project Management Institute
M.Ed. (Higher Education), 2004, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. (Industrial Technology), 1993, Illinois State University

Dr. Figus joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2019 as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a professor. She teaches courses in the Interior Design program.

Dr. Anne Figus earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University, a Master's degree in Higher Education from Loyola University, and a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University. She is a certified Project Management Professional and graduated from the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development. Dr. Figus has been in higher education for 22 years as a professor and has served in various leadership positions. From 2000 to 2004, she was an adjunct professor at Olivet, teaching Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for interior design.

Dr. Figus is a member of the Watermark Insights Knowledge Ambassador, the Project Management Institute, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Society for Technology in Education, Kankakee Community College Technology Advisory Board, the American Society of Interior Design Educator's Council, and the Maternity BVM Credit Union Board of Directors.

In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, photography and fishing with her husband, Eddie. 

Debra Kimberlin
Associate Professor
Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:27
College of Professional Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ph.D. (Health Science), 2019, Northern Illinois University
M.S. (Family and Consumer Sciences/Dietetics), 2005, Eastern Illinois University
B.S. (Dietetics), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

Joining Olivet's faculty — first as an adjunct professor in 2010 and then as a full-time faculty member in 2013 — has been a career highlight for Dr. Kimberlin. Currently, she teaches dietetics courses primarily, including community nutrition, food systems management, sports nutrition, and nutrition education and counseling.

In addition to being a registered and licensed dietitian (R.D.), she is also a certified nutrition educational specialist through the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, has served as a textbook editor, and has received a Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity fro, Northern Illinois University. Her professional experience is in the areas of clinical dietetics and corporate wellness. She has received numerous service excellence award nominations in her work as a clinical R.D. with Sodexo.

Dr. Kimberlin is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SSAND) and Kappa Omicron Nu honor society.

When not in the classroom or lab, she heads for the outdoors and enjoys biking, hiking and running. She also likes to cook, read and spend time with her family. She is married to Dale and is stepmother to his adult sons, Michael, Ryan and Jacob.

She is the faculty sponsor for Kappa Delta Rho, Olivet's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the honorary society of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Catherine Anstrom
Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:27
College of Professional Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ph.D., 2011, Capella University
M.S., 2005, Rosalind Franklin University of Health Science and Medicine
M.B.A., 1995, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., 1978, Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Anstrom joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in 1995 and accepted the directorship of the dietetic program in 1999. She teaches clinical and research related courses precepting clinical practicum hours and advising Hours and Departmental Honors research. She is the sponsor for an active and engaging student dietetic association (SDA).

Dr. Anstrom is active in the profession of Dietetics earning the distinction of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Fellow (FAND). She has a passion for lifelong learning, which she instills in her students. This passion allowed her to earn the Certificate in Graduate Studies in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems through the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Illinois. She is a certified food safety manager, instructor, and proctor for Servsafe. Dr. Anstrom encourages professionalism through example holding memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND), South Suburban and Eastern Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SSAND, EIAND) and Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP). She has served on many committees on the National, State, and district levels. 

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