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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2022 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners


West Coast

Amy Wilke, MS, RDN, CNSC

Amy Wilke, MS, RDN, CNSC
Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Support Specialist
Keck Medical Center of USC
Los Angeles, Calif.

Nominated by:
Rebecca Oh, MPH, RDN, CNSC
Preceptor and Internship Coordinator
University of Southern California




West Central

Alecia Dillow Hayes, MS, RD, LD

Alecia Dillow Hayes, MS, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC)
Houston, Texas

Nominated by:
Kristy Becker, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Director Dietetic Internship Program
MEDVAMC



South Central

Pippa Kaczkowski, RDN, LD, CDE

Pippa Kaczkowski, RDN, LD, CDE
Clinical Manager, Nutrition and Food Services
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Little Rock, Ark.

Nominated by:
Courtney Fose, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND
Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences




North East

Sara O'Brien, MS, RD-AP, CNSC, LDN

Sara O'Brien, MS, RD-AP, CNSC, LDN
Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Burlington, Mass.

Nominated by:
Joan Salge Blake, EdD, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Clinical Professor
Dietetic Internship Director
Boston University




South East

Christina McCafferty, RD, CNSC, LDN

Christina McCafferty, RD, CNSC, LDN
Clinical Dietitian
Delray Medical Center
Delray Beach, Fla.

Nominated by:
Karen Smith, MS, MBA, RD, LD, FADA, FAND
Sr. Director
Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship




North Central

No nominations were submitted.