Harriet began her career within the dietetics profession in 1946 after completing a B.S. degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management from Kansas State University and a dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Her early years of work consisted of hospital dietetics, public health nutrition, and finally Director of Nutrition at the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health-Related Sciences.
During this time, she was part of the Dietetic Internship and Master’s in Nutrition Program at the University of Alabama. While enrolled in this program, Harriet received a scholarship from Mead Johnson through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Harriet retired as a Professor Emerita in 1993 but remained on at Sparks in a part-time capacity directing a 10-year continuing education grant. She also started a small consulting business, Nutrition Matters, which included Early Intervention programs, nutrition services for a follow-up clinic for premature infants, and a mental health facility.
Harriet has been involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Association at the district, state and national level, serving in the House of Delegates , Chairman of the Council on Practice, Member of the Registration Committee, Area Coordinator for Area 3 in the HOD , Chairman of two practice groups, and a Director on the Foundation Board. On a personal note, Harriet and her late husband were blessed with 8 children and two of her grandchildren currently work in the dietetics profession.