Baker, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and an Extension specialist, helps implement community-based nutrition education programs for low-resource audiences. As coordinator of the Expanded Food and Education Nutrition Program, she provides statewide leadership, responsible for facilitating communication and coordination between the university and the county offices where the programs reside as well as program administration.
Baker also focuses on food safety, food resource management, food security, and the Healthy Eating Active Living program.
Baker received her B.S. in home economics and food and nutrition from Meredith College in 1980. She then studied adult and community college education at North Carolina State University, earning her M.Ed. in 1994 and her Ed.D. in 2003.