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American Dietetic Association to Present Medallion Awards to Eight Members for Service to ADA and Dietetics Profession


Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association will present its prestigious 2010 Medallion Awards to eight members in recognition of their outstanding service and leadership to ADA and the dietetics profession. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976. The winners will receive their awards at an Honors Breakfast on Sunday, November 7, during ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, November 6-9 in Boston, Mass.

ADA's 2010 Medallion Award winners are:

Sonja L. Connor, MS, RD, LD, Portland, Ore.

Connor is a research associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University, where she has worked since 1975. An ADA member since 1968, Connor has chaired ADA's Nutrition Research practice group, the Council on Practice's Division of Education and Research and the Oregon Dietetic Association's Licensure Task Force. Connor was the Speaker of ADA's House of Delegates in 2005-2006. As a researcher, Connor has published dozens of scientific papers on the role of nutrition in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. She received ADA's 1996 Excellence in Research Award. Connor is the co-author of The New American Diet (Simon & Schuster 1986) and The New American Diet System (1991). She is a graduate of Kansas State University and received a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

Linda B. Godfrey, MS, RD, LD, SNS, Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Godfrey is the owner of Outside the Box Food Service Training and an adjunct instructor at Samford University. Previously, she was director of the Shelby County (Ala.) child nutrition program and assistant director of dietetics at the University of Alabama Hospitals. Godfrey is an authority on child nutrition and school nutrition programs, and was instrumental in efforts to achieve licensure of registered dietitians in Alabama. A member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 31 years, Godfrey was deployed on active duty during Operation Desert Storm. An ADA member since 1969, Godfrey has served in ADA's House of Delegates, the Association Positions Committee and the Evidence Analysis Library Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and received a master's degree from the University of Alabama.

Gail P. A. Kauwell, PhD, RD, LDN, Gainesville, Fla.

Kauwell is a professor, distinguished teaching scholar and director of the master of science-dietetic internship program at the University of Florida, where she has worked since 1982. An ADA member since 1976, Kauwell has served on the Association's Research Committee, as a member of the House of Delegates and president of the Florida Dietetic Association. She helped lead efforts to achieve licensure for registered dietitians in Florida, whose law has served as a model for other states. As a researcher, she has specialized in the role of folic acid in the diet to prevent birth defects. Kauwell is an award-winning instructor, receiving ADA's 2007 Excellence in Practice Award for Dietetics Education. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Florida.

Kathy King, RD, LD, Lake Dallas, Texas.

King is a private practice consultant and the creator of Helm Publishing, a provider of continuing education materials for health professionals. An ADA member since 1970, King "was pioneering in the areas of self-employment, corporate consulting and media work long before such possibilities were even recognized by many dietitians as viable and worthwhile," according to a colleague. In the mid-1970s, she became one of the first registered dietitians to consult with a professional sports team, the Denver Broncos, and she chaired the committee that wrote ADA's first position paper on nutrition and physical fitness. Her numerous books include The Entrepreneurial Nutritionist, The Competitive Edge and Handbook of Medical Nutrition Therapy. King is a graduate of Colorado State University and has done graduate work at the University of Colorado.

Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, Greenville, N.C.

Kolasa, an ADA member since 1974, is a professor and section head of the department of family medicine and associate director of the Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center at East Carolina University, where she has worked since 1986. Among many awards and honors, Kolasa received the university's 2002 Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award. A researcher, teacher and consultant, Kolasa is an authority on incorporating technology into nutrition education; prevention of childhood obesity; and nutrition education for medical students and physicians. A colleague says she is "defined by developing and advocating for innovative approaches and resources focusing on encouraging people to develop healthy lifestyle habits." Kolasa is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Linda J. Lafferty, PhD, RD, FADA, Naperville, Ill.

Lafferty is the director of the dietetic internship, associate director of food and nutrition and associate professor of clinical nutrition at Rush University Medical Center, where she has worked since 1986. Her previous experience includes working at Louisiana State University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri. An authority on health-care foodservice, education and standards of professional practice, Lafferty is a former board member of the National Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management and was the organization's president in 2007. An ADA member since 1971, Lafferty has held elected positions on the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Lafferty earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE, FADA, Boston, Mass.

Maryniuk is the director of clinical education services in the Strategic Initiatives division at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she has worked since 1993. An authority on the role of nutrition and registered dietitians in diabetes care, she has published more than 75 scholarly articles, chapters and abstracts. Maryniuk was ADA's representative for the review of the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education; served on the American Diabetes Association's Education Recognition Committee; and was a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators' Research Committee. An ADA member since 1979, she is a past-chair of ADA's Diabetes Care and Education practice group and a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Maryniuk is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a master's degree from Tufts University.

Cindy L. Moore, MS, RD, LD, RN, FADA, Cleveland, Ohio.

Moore has been the director of nutrition therapy at the Cleveland Clinic since 1993, directing the work of approximately 70 clinicians. She has worked at the clinic since 1978, including as education director of nutrition services and vice-chairman of the division of education, and created the Cleveland Clinic's dietetic internship program. An ADA member since 1975, Moore was an Association media spokesperson for nine years and is a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Moore received ADA's Recognition of Service Award in 1992 and 2005 and has served as chair, treasurer and secretary of ADA's Clinical Nutrition Management practice group. Moore is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College and the University of Delaware. She earned a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.


The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at