Meet the BLT Team and Contributors


Sarah Schlichter is the owner and CEO of the blog and wellness brand, Bucket List Tummy. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill, and went on to earn her Registered Dietitian credential. Sarah works as a nutrition consultant, freelancer and recipe developer. Sarah has two daughters, and in her free time, loves spending time with family, running long distances, traveling and trying new restaurants. 

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Jill Merkel, MS, RD, CSSD, is a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition, women’s wellness, body image, and disordered eating. She is also the team dietitian for the NFL Tennessee Titans. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading and traveling.

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Johannah (Hope) Penner is an intern and Registered Dietitian to be (#rd2be) and writes the blog, Health and Hope Blog. Hope is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Exercise and Sport Science and recently passed her CISSN exam, making her a Certified Sports Nutritionist. Hope is also studying to become a CPT. 

She enjoys understanding how food and exercise relate to improving mood, fitness, and overall function. She is passionate about nourishing the body well, and she believes that no food should be off-limits. 

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