Outstanding Preceptor Awards

At the request of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation now funds seven awards on behalf of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) 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™ (FNCE®). 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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2016 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners

Area 1

Anne GoetzeAnne Goetze, RD, LD, FAND
Senior Director, Nutrition Affairs, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council
Portland, Ore.

Nominated by: Sara Wilson Wolfe, MS, RD
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Ore.

"Serving as a preceptor is something all RDNs should do! Not only is it our professional responsibility, it is a challenge that returns benefits time and again. I truly want each intern to succeed and am delighted to see them become colleagues and leaders as they develop their own careers. Interns bring a fresh perspective to our work and I have learned so much from them through the years. I'm fortunate to work in an organization that values the education of dietetic interns."

Area 2

Kristin Cunningham Kristin Cunningham, RD, LD
Dietitian, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development
Saint Louis, Mo.

Nominated by: Camille Smith, RD, LD
Dietitian, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development
Saint Louis, Mo.

"Being a preceptor has helped me become a more effective leader, more willing to question my current practices and less professionally isolated by connecting me to outstanding students and dietetic educators. Being the recipient of this award will help me achieve my career goals by connecting me to the stellar professional resources that FNCE offers, including the six other preceptors who have been recognized for their accomplishments. I advise students that one of the most meaningful ways to advance their careers is to "crowdsource" by seeking out the wisdom and creativity of professionals they respect, and I can think of no better arena to crowdsource at than FNCE!"

Area 3

Lynn Thomas Lynn Thomas, RD, LD, CSG
Director of Dietary Services, NHC Healthcare Lexington
West Columbia, S.C.

Nominated by: Courtney Lee, MS, RDN, LD, CFCS
Dietitian, NHC Healthcare
Lexington, West Columbia, S.C.

"Being a preceptor allows me to give back to my profession. Some of the most influential people and most memorable experiences happened during my internship. It is such a unique and special time in a dietitian's career. It is an honor and privilege to be part of that. Winning this award means so much more than a line on my resume.This award means that I have achieved what I intended to do becoming a preceptor. It means I have helped teach, influence and develop young dietitians and was a part in preparing them to be the best in their careers."

Area 4

Katie BraunKatie Braun, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Nominated by: Kristy Becker, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Director, Dietetic Internship, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas

"Being a preceptor means giving back to the dietetic profession and my peers. It affords me the ability to thank those who mentored me during my training, by giving back to the profession I love through fostering competency and development of future leaders within the field. Being a preceptor also means being a student – we have to take the opportunity and time to learn from our students. My students enable me to enhance my teaching and communication methodology while looking at what I do with a fresh set of eyes. Receiving this distinguished award from the Academy Foundation will help finance my first trip to the Academy's FNCE. Learning and networking with the field's experts at this conference will help me grow as a professional and open career paths possibly not available to me without attending."

Area 5

Patricia Prince Griffin Patricia Prince-Griffin, MS, RDN, LDN
Clinical Dietitian, Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, Tenn.

Nominated by: Jacqueline Roos, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
Dietetic Internship Director, Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, Tenn.

"To serve as a preceptor means I have the honor and the challenge to help develop medical nutrition therapy critical thinking skills within eager students and interns. I view this as a great honor because I have a chance to help our profession grow and adapt. I am beyond humbled to receive such an award from the Academy Foundation and this recognition gives me more fuel to continue developing my teaching and counseling skills."

Area 6

Kelly RattereeKelly Ratteree, MPH, RD
Clinical Research Dietitian, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Nominated by: Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD
Dietetic Internship Director, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

"Precepting dietetic interns is one piece of my work that gives me a great deal of job satisfaction! To me, being a preceptor is an opportunity to substantially impact the career path of an individual, while also shaping the next generation of dietitians as a whole. It is incredibly gratifying to see our interns become successful and satisfied in their careers and to know that I played a role in facilitating that transition for them. Receiving formal recognition via this award from the Academy Foundation will help me to achieve my personal career goals, as it provides a concrete reference to support the time and effort that I put into serving as a preceptor and a testament to the positive outcomes achieved by that investment. Further, the award will allow for ongoing continuing education opportunities through which I can ensure I remain current in the latest advances in our field. I am grateful for this formal recognition!"

Area 7

Colette Murphy ColeColette Murphy Cole, MS, RD
Community Nutritionist/Dietitian, Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Women's Health Center
Elizabeth, N.J.

Nominated by: M. Geraldine McKay, RD, Ed.M
Program Director, Rutgers University Dietetic Internship
Scotch Plains, N.J.

"Takes time, preparation, organization, energy and thoughtfulness. Contributes to the future of our profession, connects with new practitioners, and enhances your career. Priceless!"