Dr. Miles is a first generation Latinx graduate, originally from Guatemala. She arrived in the U.S. during a time of political unrest when the country’s only School of Nutrition (at the time funded through international research) was closed due to the nation’s civil conflict. Dr. Miles has experienced some of the challenges faced by minority students, and immigrants, to achieve credentialing and lead in the food and nutrition profession.
Dr. Miles is associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). She is the director of a training grant funded by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau. One of the grant’s goals is to increase the diversity of MCH nutrition professionals who are serving minority families.
Dr. Miles has held many leadership roles within the Academy. Most recently Dr. Miles was a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and Speaker of their House of Delegates (2014-2017). Dr. Miles also served as a leader in the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2017-2021) during a time of racial unrest triggered by the murder of Mr. George Floyd. Dr. Miles is the current Chair of the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group (2022-2025).