Health Experts – Scale Back Alabama

2017 Health Experts

These professionals will share their expertise in behavior change, inclusive physical fitness, nutrition, and weight management with Scale Back Alabama participants. The program and its participants will benefit greatly from the advice of these local health experts.

Sarah Chaffee

Sarah Chaffee

Director of Performance Nutrition, Samford University

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Masters of Arts degree in Health Studies, both from The University of Alabama. She also completed her dietetic internship through The University of Alabama.

Sarah is in the midst of her second year as the Director of Performance Nutrition at Samford University. She is responsible for the nutrition program for all of Samford’s 17 sports. In her work at Samford, she provides nutrition education, counseling, and nutritional recovery from workouts.

Sarah has worked in the field of performance and wellness nutrition for the past six years and is actively involved in several organizations with a commitment to nutrition, health, and wellness. Outside of working at Samford and her involvement in the community, Sarah enjoys cooking, exercise and sports, outdoor activities, and travelling.

Connie O. Dacus

Connie O. Dacus

Instructor of Pedagogy, Alabama State University

Connie received her Bachelor of Science and her Master’s Degree from Alabama State University with a concentration in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

She is presently employed as an Instructor of Pedagogy at her alma mater where she serves as adviser to the majors club and the coordinator of partnerships for the College of Education and as a supervisor of interns.

Connie is actively involved in her community and serves on several boards and numerous committees that provide opportunity for environmental change, youth empowerment, and health and wellness awareness.

She is the mother of three adult children: Angelo, Heather, and Dorian, and Nana to two grandchildren: Tyler and Madison.

Favorite Quote: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw


Karin Korb

Karin Korb

Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator, Lakeshore Foundation

Ms. Korb holds an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Kean University and a Masters of Sports Management from Georgia State University. She currently works with Lakeshore Foundation as their policy and public affairs coordinator.

She has served on the coveted USOC/USP Athletes Advisory Council for the past eight years and represents seven sports (Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting, Archery, Equestrian, Powerlifting and Canoe/Kayak). She is a certified life coach with the International Coaches Federation and offers a highly diverse level of experience having worked with local, national and international clients of varying organizations to create ongoing opportunities for sports integration. Most recently, her efforts in sports diplomacy have taken her to Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Colombia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

Ms. Korb is deeply passionate about inclusion of persons with disabilities at every level of sport and life. Her career in both advocacy and policy has spanned over two decades and she always has her eyes on the pulse of humanity and how she can best represent the vision of inclusivity on behalf of those who are too often voiceless.