Russell is senior manager, U.S. nutrition medical affairs, at Baxter Healthcare and a lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science. Previously, she was director of the department of clinical nutrition at the University of Chicago Medical Center and worked at Duke University Hospital in positions including director of nutrition services, trauma/surgery dietitian clinician and adult nutrition support team dietitian clinician.
Russell will serve as the Academy's president in 2018-2019. A past member of the Academy's House of Delegates, Russell served on the Board of Directors for five years as treasurer-elect, treasurer and immediate past treasurer. She was a member of the Academy's Honors, Finance and Audit, Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language, and International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology Review committees, and the Code of Ethics Review Task Force. Russell chaired the Ethics, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo Program Planning Advisory and Foundation Scholarship committees. She is a past member of the Academy Foundation's Board; past chair of the Dietitians in Nutrition Support dietetic practice group; and past president of the North Carolina Dietetic Association. Russell was co-chair of the Academy/ASPEN Task Force for the Revision of Standards of Practice and Professional Performance for Nutrition Support Dietitians.
She received the 2011 Nutrition Support Dietitian Service Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Academy’s Medallion Award in 2009. Russell is the author or co-author of numerous papers in the area of nutrition support. She co-authored a chapter in the Academy's Pocket Guide to Nutrition Assessment (2nd ed) and co-authored the Academy's Critical Illness Toolkit (2010).
Russell is a graduate of Marquette University and earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.