Outstanding Preceptor Awards

At the request of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation now funds seven awards on behalf of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors group and ACEND to recognize preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors. The award recipients will receive reimbursement up to $1,000 to cover expenses to travel and attend the upcoming Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™. The seven award recipients are recognized at the Academy Member Showcase and the NDEP Member Meetings at FNCE®.

Please be on the alert for opportunities that will be available to you to recognize and support the contribution that preceptors are making to the profession.

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2017 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners




Katherine DoddArea 1

Katherine M. Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
Home Based Primary Care Dietitian, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics
Medford, Ore.

Being a preceptor is one of my favorite things about my job. As an undergraduate at California State University, Chico I had amazing mentors who instilled in me the value of giving back to our profession and building up others. In my own dietetic internship at the Marion Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, I had wonderful preceptors who set the example of what it looks like to help a student become a dietitian.

I get so excited every time I am about to meet a new intern, because I know what excitement awaits. I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience, give them opportunities to both grow and shine, and to provide mentorship to help them to become the best dietitian they can be. I truly believe that we are stronger together. I celebrate the successes of my interns/peers and encourage them to follow their dreams and be bold in building up our profession. To me, being a preceptor, is to fulfill the calling God put in my heart to help others.

It is truly a privilege and a blessing to be nominated for this award from the Academy Foundation. It will help in further achieving my career goals of taking on leadership roles that best utilize my skill set in positions that will impact the profession of dietetics. I would encourage my dietitian peers to look for opportunities to take on dietetic interns, sign up as a preceptor on the Academy's Find-A-Preceptor Database, and never be so busy that you can’t take the time to support and build up our future dietitians.

Nominated by: Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD, LD




Katherine RhodesArea 2

Katherine Rhodes, PhD, RDN
Allied Health Senior Supervisor, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

I have had the privilege and joy to serve as a preceptor for dietetic interns from the University of Michigan School of Public Health for almost 25 years. My goal is that each intern be introduced to the role of the dietitian within a multi-disciplinary cardiovascular outpatient clinic including providing individual medical nutrition therapy for complex lipid disorders and other cardiovascular risks as well as group medical nutrition therapy for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Metabolic Syndrome.

The interns also participate in nutrition outcomes research, material development and various writing projects. In our clinic they work with myself and a team of talented dietitians including Martha Weintraub, MPH, ACSW, RDN, Sarah Meyers RDN; Susan Ryskamp MS, RDN, Brenda Allison Fay, RDN; and Rachael McClellan, MPH, RDN, each of whom brings a unique background and style to nutrition practice. This allows the interns to gradually develop their own styles.

Our interns bring new questions, skills and insights to our work and we grow as a team as they grow in skills needed to begin their careers. Interns from our program have gone on to a wide variety of positions, some even choosing jobs in cardiovascular nutrition and a few joining our staff. Precepting allows me the opportunity to help build the future of the field of nutrition.

Nominated by: Theresa L. Han-Markey, MS, RD




Candace LeaArea 3

Candace B. Lea, MS, RD, LD
System Clinical Nutrition Manager, Northwest Health System
Springdale/Bentonville/Johnson, Ark.

I enjoy the opportunity to mentor the next generation of dietitians and provide students with a positive internship experience that enriches their desire to make a difference in our profession.

Nominated by:Karen G. Smith, MBA, MS, RD, LD, FADA, FAND




Phyllis CrowleyArea 4

Phyllis Stell Crowley, MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC, CD
State Nutrition Coordinator, Utah Department of Health WIC
Salt Lake City, Utah

I am so honored to receive this NDEP and Academy Foundation Outstanding Preceptor Award which supports my attendance at the 2017 FNCE®. At FNCE®, I will be able to attend valuable education sessions to advance my knowledge, enabling me to be a better Preceptor which has become my passion and joy!

Nominated by:Pauline Williams, PhD, MPA, RDN, CD




Patricia DentonArea 5

Patricia Denton, MPH, RD, CD
Multi-Service General Manager, Sodexo, Inc.
Lafayette, Ind.

Being a preceptor has been a very important part of my career and I value the experiences it has provided. As a preceptor I have been able to help in the training and education of many future dietitians over the years.

Working with these students has also provided opportunities for personal growth and development as well as additional avenues to stay connected and engaged with our profession community and up to date on current nutrition research and practice. The future of dietetics relies on dietitians stepping up to train and guide students and interns.

As a dietitian I feel a responsibility to our profession and organization to provide opportunities for students looking for preceptors and sites to complete their experience towards becoming a dietitian.

Nominated by: Mridul Datta, PhD, MS, RD




Sara BergersonArea 6

Sara L. Bergerson, MS, RD
Clinical Research Dietitian, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Being a preceptor to dietetic interns has been a highlight in my career as a clinical dietitian. The interns have challenged me to reflect upon and critique how I approach patient care, which in turn has strengthened my practice.

Over the years I have had the privilege to work with many talented young dietitians at NIH, and it has been a pleasure to get to know them personally, and to follow as they achieve recognition in the field of nutrition.

Nominated by: Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD




Tamara FreumanArea 7

Tamara D. Freuman, MS, RD, CDN
Registered Dietitian, East River Gastroenterology and Nutrition
New York, N.Y.

Serving as a preceptor is how I "pay it forward" in appreciation of the many brilliant and accomplished women who have taken me under their professional wing throughout the many phases of my career. Their collective mentorship gave me the experience, confidence and exposure to catalyze my career, and I hope that someday, other successful dietitians whom I have precepted will be able to say the same about me.

Nominated by: Deborah L. Rosenbaum, MA, RD, CDN