Karen Bakies is a registered and licensed dietitian with the American Dairy Association Mideast, the local affiliate in Ohio, for the National Dairy Council. As the Nutrition Affairs Director she oversees state-wide partnerships and acts as a resource for health professionals, consumer leaders, media and the dairy industry.

Karen is the former president and delegate of the Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and chairperson for Nutrition Education for the Public dietetic practice group.

Karen is also involved in Ohio Nutrition Council, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids, Ohio Farm to School Coalition, Ohio Early Childhood Health Network , Ohio Academy of Pediatrics – Home and School Health Committee and the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

She serves on the advisory board for several dietetic internship programs in Ohio.  Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and completed her dietetic internship in St. Paul, Minnesota.