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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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2014 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners

Area 1 - Nancy Bugwadia, MS, RD, CNSC
Assistant Director Nutrition Services
Regional Medical Center of San Jose, CA


Area 2 - Darci Bohn, RD, LRD, CSG
Clinical Dietitian
Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND

Area 3 - Kristi Fogg, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Pediatric Nutrition Manager
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC


Area 4 - Grant Cefalo, MDA, RD, CD
Clinical Dietitian
McKay Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, UT

Area 5 - Carole Corder, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Chief Clinical Dietitian
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL


Area 6 - Stephen Clarke, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN
Clinical Dietitian Specialist
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Area 7 - Nimi Bhagawan MS, RD
Adjunct Professor/ Consultant Dietitian
Camden County College Blackwood, NJ



2013 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners

Area 1 Winner
Yvonne Johnson, MBA, RD
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Nominated by Robyn Osborn, PhD, RD

"Working with the interns is the most satisfying part of my job. I treasure the opportunity to introduce them to the real world of dietetics, help them find their passion within the profession, and become effective leaders whatever dietetic career path they choose to take. Receipt of the Outstanding Preceptor award reinforces my belief in the vital importance of my contribution to the internship program the profession of dietetics and the critical role all preceptors play in creating a meaningful internship experience within their organizations."

Yvonne Johnson

Area 2 Winner
Lesley Appleyard, MS, RD, CNSC
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Nominated by Karen Kritsch, PhD, RD

"Being able to work with dietetic interns is one of my favorite parts of my job as an inpatient clinical dietitian. Not only does working with the interns give me an opportunity to help develop the skills of future dietetic practitioners, but their questions and eagerness to learn encourage me to continue to expand my knowledge base and level of practice."

Lesley Appleyard

Area 3 Winner
Mary Beth Allison, MA, RD, LD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nominated by Susan Miller, MS, RD, LD

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Area 4 Winner
Pam Patty, RD, LD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Nominated by Brian del Cruz, MS, RD, LD

"Receiving this award is very humbling….I know of several colleagues in my state of OK that are very deserving, and I hold them in the highest regard as they mentor various students. I have had the privilege of mentoring students for 13 years now, and each student that I get to work with enriches my life with their knowledge and life experiences. I am grateful that I get to share my visions and dreams of what I want to accomplish as a dietitian and to model those ideals before these students. It is my hope that each student I get to work with will see something of value that they can take and apply to their personal and professional lives. My goal is to provide these students with an environment that challenges what they have learned in a book to see if it rings true to life; to encourage them not to settle for the status quo but to look beyond what is accepted to find what is relevant and meaningful, not only to the people they are serving, but ultimately to themselves. These students represent the future of dietetics and health care in this country and I am hopeful that that in some way I am imparting to them a sense of responsibility and accountability that will sustain them throughout their careers."

Pam Patty

Area 5 Winner
Jennifer Burleson, MBA, RD
East Tennessee State University
Nominated by Eileen Cress, MS, RD, LDN

"I have been precepting students for almost 17 years. I am honored to have been selected for this award. Receiving this award will increase the awareness of commitment that Registered Dietitians have to educating future dietitians. By teaching students about the field of school nutrition, I know there is a better-prepared work force to feed hungry children and face the challenges ahead."

Jennifer Burleson

Area 6 Winner
Angie Perrou, MS, RD, LDN
Univ of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nominated by Babbi Hawkins, MS, RD, LDN

"Receiving the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Outstanding Preceptor Award has been such an honor, and I feel so fortunate to be recognized among the other well-qualified applicants. The generosity of those at the Academy’s Foundation will go a long way toward helping me cover the cost of attending FNCE®. Undoubtedly, the award itself is an incredible inspiration for me in my goals as a Preceptor and Clinical Dietitian. Attending FNCE® will enable me to network with others in the profession and stay abreast of evidence-based practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics. To the Foundation, NDEP, and to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that makes this award possible, I thank you again, with all sincerity."

Angie Perrou

Area 7 Winner
Christina Wang, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Nominated by Julie Robarts, MS, MPH, RD, LDN

"I am grateful for the privilege to mentor and assist in training future dietitians! I believe this award will allow me to continue with my goals in preparing future dietitians to go out into the field of dietetics with the confidence that they are the experts in the field of nutrition."

Christina Wang