ELKINS - Earlier this year, the Randolph-Elkins WIC program welcomed a new director, Alison B. Shehl.
Shehl accepted the job with enthusiasm and charisma.
"I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to once again work for WIC," she said. "My passion for this program runs deep, and I look forward to working with this wonderful staff as we grow with WIC."
Shehl is originally from Richwood. She attended West Virginia University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Foods, followed by a Masters of Arts focusing in Nutrition from the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, also at WVU.
While in college, she worked as a dietetic aid at WVU Hospital and also at HealthWorks Rehabilitation and Fitness as a group fitness instructor. As she pursued her master's degree, she started working at WIC in Monongalia County, part-time as a nutritionist. She helped to develop the protocol and modules for the WV Nutrition Assistant Program and trained all staff in this area. After completing her master's degree, she started working at WIC full-time and became their outreach coordinator, while continuing to train nutrition assistants.
In August 2010, Shehl moved to Huntington and began working at Valley Health Systems WIC program as a nutritionist and soon became a nutrition supervisor as well as assistant outreach coordinator. A few years later, she moved to Buckhannon and married her husband in June 2013. Professionally, she started working as a health behavior counselor for the PEIA Weight Management Program for WVU, where she was a faculty member within the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. Eight months later, she accepted the position of WIC Nutrition Director for the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.
She enjoys cooking, running, playing with her puppy, Ruby, and watching West Virginia Wesleyan football. She has competed in area races/triathlons on weekends and competed in her first half marathon at Marshall University last November, coming in second place.