Dr. Kolasa is Professor Emeritus. In 2008 she received the Centennial Award for Excellence—Service from East Carolina University. She was named a Master Educator at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and also received the ECU Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2002. In 2003 she received an appointment in the ECU Department of Pediatrics and began serving as a consultant to the Nutrition Initiative of the University Health Systems. In 2004, she was appointed to “FIT FAMILIES NC, A Study Committee for Childhood Overweight/Obesity”.
She provided leadership for the development and implementation of the Pitt County “Achieving Healthy Weight in Children Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocol (http://www.ecu.edu/pedsweightcenter) that has been adopted by all pediatric practices throughout the country. Dr. Kolasa directed the Food Literacy Partners Program, a program that trains volunteers to provide nutrition education in the community setting including health fairs, schools, food stamp offices and free-clinics and shelters from 1998-2008. In 2001-2002 she played a leadership role in the preparation of the North Carolina Blueprint for Changing Policies and Environments in Support of Healthy Eating (http://www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com)
Dr. Kolasa has authored over 125 major publications, a textbook, 4 book chapters, many bulletins and training manuals and videotapes, and more than 150 major presentations. She has been writing a weekly nutrition column for the Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC, for 23 years.
Dr. Kolasa was President of the Society for Nutrition Education, 1984-85. In 1986 and 1996 she was named the Michigan State College of Human Ecology’s Outstanding Alumni and in 1997, The University of Tennessee’s. In 1995 she received the Career Achievement Award from the Society for Nutrition Education, and was recognized by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine in 1999. In 2000 she was awarded the Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education, administered by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. In 2010 she was recognized by North Carolina Prevention Partners for career achievement in prevention and she received the American Dietetic Association Medallion Award. Dr. Kolasa is a Licensed Dietitian and a member of the Society for Nutrition Education, the American Society for Nutrition, and the American Dietetic Association. She serves on many advisory committees including the Scientific Board of the American Council on Scie! nce and Health. Dr. Kolasa lives in Greenville, North Carolina with her husband Patrick Kelly and enjoys travel, photography, scuba diving, and golf.