Jennifer (VanAssen) Brunelli MS, RD, LDN is a 7-time All American swimmer and Hall of Fame athlete who attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with degrees in Marketing and Management. Jennifer has worked on nutrition education, meal planning, body composition assessments, eating disorders, food intolerances and allergies, corporate wellness, performance kitchen design, supplement analysis, etc. She has worked with a wide range of clientele including age group, masters, and professional athletes, along with collegiate and professional teams. Jennifer is the owner of RDpro, LLC, a nutrition consulting business in the Charlotte area that she opened in July 2011. She is in her fifth year with the Carolina Panthers as the sports dietitian working directly with the players. Jennifer is also the sports dietitian in her second season for the NASCAR team, Roush Fenway Racing.
Jennifer loves the opportunity to help young females gain confidence through knowledge. She is the sports nutritionist for LEAD, a female Olympian run business that stands to help young female athletes gain leadership skills and confidence in and out of their sport. Jennifer is a nutrition spokesperson and wellness resource with numerous corporations and media outlets. In 2016, she received a BOB award by Charlotte magazine for the Best Dietitian in Charlotte. Recently Jennifer was chosen as part of the Whistle Sports and NFL campaign ‘Unstoppable,’ sharing stories of significant influencers on pro athletes.
Jennifer was National Champion runner-up in the 100 and 200 freestyles at the 2004 NCAA Division 1 Championships. She competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 50, 100, and 200 frees. After graduating she was named the 2004 University of South Carolina’s Female Student Athlete of the Year. She later went on to Arizona State where she earned a degree in Dietetics. In 2009 Jennifer and her husband moved back to the Carolinas. Upon arrival in the Carolinas Jennifer completed her Masters in Human Nutrition and RD clinical rotations from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
Jennifer is married to Nicholas Brunelli, previously an American record holder and World Champion swimmer. They have two children, daughter Sloane and son Nathaniel.