About ENC and Our Nutrition Experts
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is the science and nutrition education division of the American Egg Board (AEB), a national checkoff program on all egg farms with more than 75,000 hens.
Our team consists of dedicated nutrition health experts with a range of professional experience in food science and nutrition fields.
ENC is a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs.
ENC sponsors health-related scientific research that is primarily focused on eggs. Our nutrition health experts also monitor scientific findings and regulatory developments, and serve as a resource for health practitioners needing current nutrition information to share with their patients.
Tia M. Rains, PhD
Dr. Tia Rains is the Executive Director at the Egg Nutrition Center. Prior to joining ENC in July of 2013, Tia was the Senior Director of Metabolic Sciences at Biofortis Clinical Research, a global contract research organization specializing in the design and conduct of clinical research for leading food, beverage, and supplement companies around the world. Prior to that, Tia held several positions within the Research & Development department of Kraft Foods, including roles in nutrition research and product development.
Tia holds a BS in Food Science & Human Nutrition from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from University of Illinois. She has authored more than 40 scientific articles and book chapters and is a frequent public speaker at universities, health professional meetings, and industry events.
Rachel Bassler, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Senior Manager, Nutrition Communications
Rachel Bassler is the Senior Manager, Nutrition Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center. Prior to joining ENC in October of 2015, Rachel was a Senior Scientist at Kraft Foods where she focused on nutrition communications and health professional outreach. Prior to that, Rachel worked at two different global public relations agencies where she supported a number of food clients.
Rachel holds a BS in dietetics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She completed her dietetic internship at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.
Allison Pigatto, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition Engagement and Outreach Intern
Allison Pigatto is a Nutrition Engagement and Outreach Intern at the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC). Prior to joining ENC, she was a Dietitian at Gourmet Gorilla, a Chicago based school foodservice company. While there, Allison worked with federal regulatory guidelines around child nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program. Allison received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in Human Nutrition and M.S. degree in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Our Health Professional Advisors
MS, RD, LDN, CDE
MPH, RD, LD
MSN, CLS, FAHA, FPCNA, FNLA
MS, RDN, LD
Robyn Kievit Kirkman
FNP-BC, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD
Partners/Organizations We Sponsor