Dr. Vanata is the Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.S. in Human Nutrition from the Florida State University, and his B.S. in Business from Stockton College, Pomona, N.J. He is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and licensed in the state of Ohio. He has been involved in nutrition counseling for the last 15 years and works with individuals such as athletes, children, and adults who have nutritional concerns involving athletic performance, obesity, chronic illnesses, academic performance, and many other areas. Dr. Vanata's research interest involve nutrition and cognition, community nutrition interventions, and nutrition and athletic performance.
Dr. Vanata is an active member of the Ashland University community and has served on various committees. He serves as the Sumer Chair of the Human Subjects Review Board which oversees all research proposal conducted on campus.