Outstanding Preceptor Awards Winners

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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2019 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners




West Coast Region

Dustin FrizeSheryl Yoshimura, MPH, RDN, LDN, CSR, CDE
Program Coordinator
Wahiawa Center for Community Health and Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

Nominated by: Monica Esquivel, PhD, RDN, Assistant Professor and Dietetics Program Director, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Dustin FrizeWest Central Region

Dustin Frize, RDN, LRD
Registered Dietitian
University of North Dakota

Nominated by: Doris Wang, MPH, RDN, LRD, Program Director, University of North Dakota


Elizabeth HallNorth Central Region

Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN
Retail Dietitian
KVAT Food City Stores

Nominated by: Michelle Johnson, PhD, RDN, LDN, Dietetic Internship Director; Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University


Melissa DonaldsonSouth Central Region

Melissa Donaldson, MS, RD, LD, SNS
CNP Coordinator
Trussville City Schools

Miriam Gaines, MACT, RDN, LD, FAND, Assistant Professor, Dietetic Internship Director, Samford University and Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN, Assistant Professor/Program Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Sandra ArevaloNorth East Region

Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN
Director of Nutrition Services & Outreach Programs
Montefiore Medical Center

Nominated by: Victoria Fischer, PhD, RDN, CDN, Dietetic Internship Director, Assistant Professor, CUNY - Hunter College


Kathleen PellechiaSouth East Region

Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN
Nutrition Knowledge Management Specialist
FHI 360

Nominated by: Phyllis McShane, MS, RD, LDN, Director, Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland