ICoMST/RMC Speakers

Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D.

Executive Director of Nutrition Science, Health, and Wellness

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Shalene H. McNeill, Ph.D., RD, is the Executive Director of Nutrition Science, Health, and Wellness for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In her role, she leads research and science communications on beef’s role in healthy, active lifestyles. Dr. McNeill has devoted her career to advocating for science to elevate livestock in healthy, sustainable food systems. She has directed over $30 million for research to advance the scientific understanding of beef’s role across the lifespan, from early childhood to aging. She supports the expansion of rigorous scientific evidence through her own research publications and those stemming from Beef Checkoff investments. Shalene values science-based communication and works diligently to promote healthier lifestyles. She has been invited to contribute her expertise and insights to several audiences including nutrition scientists, fitness professionals, health professionals, the media, as well as within the agriculture community. As a life-long Texan who grew up in agriculture, Dr. McNeill considers it a privilege to work on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers. She chooses to live in a rural community where her children are learning and being shaped by agricultural values such as stewardship, dedication, and accountability. Dr. McNeill is a registered dietitian and holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a doctorate in human nutrition, both from Texas A&M University.