Academy Foundation Chair
Garner was a long time educator and preceptor at the University of Alabama. Garner was initially appointed as an assistant professor in the Dept of Food and Nutrition coordinated program in dietetics as well as director of their federally funded Community Nutrition program. She was subsequently appointed as an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Alabama and the executive director of the student health center, where she also served as the director of the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. Garner retired from the University of Alabama in 2020.
Garner helped establish and was the first chair of the Alabama Food and Nutrition Exposition, a unique partnership of the Alabama Dietetic Association, Alabama Dietary Managers Association and Alabama School Nutrition Association. In 2011, she received the Academy’s highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Garner has served in many leadership roles in the Academy, including as a member of the Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration. She was a member and chair of the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee, Political Action Committee, Coding and Coverage Committee, Council on Education and Strategic Planning Task Force. Garner is a past president of the Tuscaloosa District Dietetic Association and the Alabama Dietetic Association.
A graduate of Georgia Southern College, Garner earned a master’s degree in nutrition with a minor in public health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also completed a postgraduate fellowship in nutrition and mental retardation at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.