Russell is senior manager of 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.
A past member of the Academy's House of Delegates and a member of numerous Academy committees, Russell served on the Academy's Board of Directors for five years as treasurer-elect, treasurer and immediate past treasurer. 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 named the 2018 Outstanding Dietitian by the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
She 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 (3rd ed.) and co-authored the Academy's Critical Illness Toolkit (2010). Russell has contributed chapters to two recent books: Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Nutrition Support (John Wiley and Sons, 2018) and Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process (Elsevier, 2017). Russell is a graduate of Marquette University and earned a maste's degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.