Mrs. Afflerbach is from a small town in south Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Corpus Christi State University (now known as Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi). After working in accounting for a year on the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, Mrs. Afflerbach decided to pursue a career in nutrition. She then attended Texas A&M University – Kingsville, where she received her Master of Science in Human Sciences with a concentration in nutrition and completed a dietetic internship program. After completing the requirements of the dietetic internship, Mrs. Afflerbach was able to complete the registration exam for dietitians. She became a Registered/Licensed Dietitian in 1996 and has since worked in many areas of clinical nutrition, such as cardiac health, diabetes management, obesity, pediatrics, geriatrics, physical rehabilitation, and mental health. She maintains this registration status through the Commission on Dietetics Registration and Texas licensure through the Texas Department of State Health Services by attending continuing education in the areas of nutrition and exercise, marketing, weight management, diabetes management, cardiac health and many other areas of clinical and community nutrition. Mrs. Afflerbach began teaching nutrition classes at the University of North Texas as an adjunct instructor in 2006. In 2010, she became a full-time faculty member teaching Principles of Nutrition and Nutrition Sciences to non-nutrition majors.