Meet the Team

The UNC Feeding Team consists of pediatric nurse practitioners, speech and language pathologists and registered dietitians. You will see a combination of the three different disciplines at each of your feeding team appointments.

Maureen Kelly, MSN, CPNP – Maureen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She then received a post-master’s PNP from UNC-Chapel Hill. Maureen holds a joint appointment with the department of Pediatrics and the School of Nursing where she trains PNP students. Maureen has 18 years experience in pediatric gastroenterology and a strong interest in pediatric feeding disorders. She has worked with children who have feeding difficulties since the team’s inception.

Victoria Powell (Tori), MSN, CPNP

Kristen Cole, MSN, CPNP – Kristen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing, with a specialty in Pediatrics. A member of the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, she and her professors from graduate school published her Masters Thesis, An Integrative Research Review: Effective School-Based Childhood Overweight Interventions, on the growing global problem of Childhood Overweight. She practiced for six years in the community as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, developing protocols and best practice for these overweight children, while gaining expertise in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of childhood ailments in the primary care setting. She returned to the NC Children’s Hospital after those six years, excited to add to her previous work as a Registered Nurse  and Nurse Education Clinician on the inpatient pediatric surgery floor from 2000-2005. She has been a leader on the Pediatric Feeding Team since October of 2011, and was taught invaluable feeding techniques and innovations from a pioneer in the world of Pediatric Feeding, Katherine Freeman, MD, prior to her departure from UNC in 2012. Kristen has a special interest in the medically fragile and complex children taken care of by the feeding team.  Kristen works on a part time basis, caring for her three young energetic and loving children on her days at home.

Kristen (Krisi) Brackett MS SLP-CCC – Krisi graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree and UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Speech Pathology. She received her initial training in pediatric feeding using a medical, motor, and behavioral approach at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with Dr. Peggy Eicher. She has specialized in pediatric feeding and dysphagia intervention for over 20 years and has been an integral member of the development and formation of the feeding team since it’s beginning. She presents workshops on feeding and swallowing disorders across the country and is a contributing author for “An Integrated Approach to Feeding Intervention” (chapter 1) in Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment, Therapro 2013. She has also practiced feeding intervention in EI and private practice. She writes the popular pediatric feeding blog, , is adjunct faculty at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill and a member of the UNC based pediatric feeding research group, The Feeding Flock.

Sarah Studley, MS, SLP-CCC – Sarah graduated cum laude with a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2003. She then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders with High Honors. She started her career at the Medically Fragile Children’s Center in Columbia, SC and then transferred to Palmetto Health Richland, a level 1 trauma hospital, and worked with a variety of patients of all ages from the NICU to end of life care. After having two beautiful children, she transitioned back home to North Carolina and joined the UNC Feeding Team at the NC Children’s Hospital in January of 2015.

Kelly Brower, RD, LDN, CSP – Kelly graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetic Nutrition. She started her career with children working with the underserved trial population in the state of Nevada and eventually transitioned to clinical roles where she found children to be her passion. She joined UNC’s Clinical Nutrition department specializing in pediatrics in 2012 and began working with the UNC Feeding Team in 2014. She values the collaborative approach of the UNC Feeding Team. She is experienced in many facets of pediatric nutrition and especially enjoys working with children with feeding difficulties, special needs and enteral nutrition.

Sharon Wallace, RD, CSP, LDN – Sharon graduated with a BA in Nutrition with double major in Psychology from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, followed by a nutrition internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has worked as a pediatric dietitian for over 20 years in various capacities including teaching hospitals, private practice, a consultant at Hilltop Home for Special Needs Children in Raleigh and a nutrition consultant for the NC Department of Health Children and Youth Branch. She has been practicing at UNC Children’s Hospital in various capacities since 1996 and has been in her current position as a Pediatric Specialty Clinic Dietitian since 2007. She has been working with the pediatric feeding team since its inception in 2012 and loves watching the transformation that our patients have as a result of feeding team collaboration. She is especially interested in children with special health care needs,  GI nutrition and enteral  feeding.

Kerry Gibson, RD, LDN, CNSC – Kerry graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She then went on the University of Alabama in Birmingham for her dietetic internship. Kerry has worked as a dietitian 12 years in community and teaching hospitals, long term care and home infusion. She became a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) in 2013.  Kerry has been at UNC for 6½ years working in critical care and the nutrition support team and recently joined the pediatric feeding team in the March of 2016. She enjoys the collaborative approach that each discipline brings to give our patients the best care.


This is most of the UNC Feeding Team at a recent trip to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a National Feeding Conference. We were standing in from of the Liberty Bell. We enjoyed learning about the growing research and attention being given to pediatric feeding problems.  We also truly enjoy one another’s company and spent this time building our team bond as friends and colleagues.

1 Comment

  1. May ghazy

    Hii ihave lili 9month down s baby girl her weight only 4.5 kg she had not suckling she ate through ryle tube through 3 month as she done open heart then after that i trained her for ate semisolid food she did not drink or manage with fluid only semisolid food as we still suffering from Gerd any each meal about struggle for her with crying and last more than half an hour for each meal what can i do help me please

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