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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to Present 2012 Medallion Awards to Six Members for Service to Academy and Dietetics Profession


Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) will present its prestigious 2012 Medallion Awards to six members in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Academy 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, October 7, during the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Academy's 2012 Medallion Award recipients are:

Ann Louise Albright, PhD, RD, Atlanta, Ga. An Academy member since 1992, Albright is the director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, she was a senior health policy advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General and chief of the California Diabetes Program at the California Department of Health Services, while holding an academic appointment in the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California – San Francisco. Albright is a past recipient of the Academy’s Excellence in Community Dietetics Award; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service; the Surgeon General’s Medallion Award and the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor Award. She is a former president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. Albright is a graduate of the University of California – Davis. She earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology at California State University – Sacramento and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

Neva Hudiburgh Cochran, MS, RD, LD, Dallas, Texas. Cochran has been an Academy member since 1975. For more than 20 years, she has been a nutrition communications consultant and spokesperson for corporations and trade associations and a contributing writer for various  media outlets. Cochran previously worked as a nutrition instructor and clinical dietitian. Her wide-ranging service to the Academy includes serving on the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee and in the House of Delegates. She has been a member and chair of the Academy Foundation's Board of Directors and was an Academy media spokesperson for seven years. Cochran is a founding member of the Academy's Weight Management dietetic practice group and served in leadership positions in the Academy's Texas and Dallas affiliate associations, including as president. Cochran is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She earned a master's degree from Texas Woman's University.

Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RD, LDN, Nazareth, Pa. An Academy member since 1979, Ferko-Adams is a nationally recognized authority on worksite health promotion. She is the director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University's College of Nursing and president of Wellness Press LLC, a provider of worksite wellness management, food and nutrition communications and consulting services. Ferko-Adams is a past president of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania dietetic associations and a former member of the Academy’s House of Delegates. She received the Academy's 2009 Excellence in Practice Award for Consultation and Business and was the first recipient of the Excellence in Practice Award for Wellness and Health Promotion, given by the Academy's Sports, Cardiovascular and Nutrition dietetic practice group. Ferko-Adams is the past chair of the Academy's Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG and the symposium chair of the Weight Management DPG. Ferko-Adams is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree in public health from East Stroudsburg University.

Laura A. McNally Nelson, MPH, RD, FADA, Greenville, N.C. Nelson is a national authority on public health, emergency preparedness/crisis response and the role of the registered dietitian and dietetic technician, registered in these areas. An Academy member since 1980, Nelson had a distinguished career as an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 1982 until her retirement as a captain (06) in 2009. Her USPHS honors include three Crisis Response Awards for service during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, anthrax attacks and Gulf Coast hurricanes. Nelson is now an instructor in the Life Long Learning Program at East Carolina University and the owner of Snowflake Chocolate Truffles. She served in the Academy's House of Delegates and as chair of the Public Health/Community Nutrition dietetic practice group, receiving the DPG's 2010 Outstanding Member of the Year award. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Arizona and earned a master's degree in public health from Loma Linda University.

Ellen Rosa Shanley, MBA, RD, CDN, Storrs, Conn. An Academy member since 1974, Shanley is an authority on foodservice management and nutrition education. She is the dietetics director in the department of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Previously, she was the university's didactic program director in dietetics and an instructor in the department of nutritional sciences. Shanley has served on the Academy’s Board of Directors and the Finance, Futures Summit Planning, Education and Member Value committees. She chairs the Nominating Committee and the Professional Development and Education Committee and is a past speaker of the Academy’s House of  Delegates and is a past speaker of the Academy's House of Delegates. Shanley was named the Connecticut Dietetic Association's 2005 Outstanding Dietitian and received the Academy Foundation’s 2005 Award for Excellence in Dietetic Education. Shanley has authored or co-authored dozens of research publications and presentations, and is a member of the advisory board of the Connecticut Child Nutrition Training Institute. Shanley graduated from Syracuse University and received an MBA from Babson College.

Annalynn Skipper, PhD, RD, FADA, Oak Park, Ill. An Academy member since 1978, Skipper is an authority on clinical dietetics practice and education. An advanced-practice nutrition support dietitian, she has held faculty positions, directed a combined master’s degree program and dietetic internship and coordinated two nutrition consultation services. For nearly five years, Skipper was the editor-in-chief of the Academy's Nutrition Care Manual. Since 2005, she has owned a consulting firm specializing in providing clinical nutrition consulting services, training and project management for registered dietitians and their employers. Skipper's extensive service to the Academy includes being a media spokesperson; member of the House of Delegates; and the 2012-2013 chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She has written or co-written more than 50 research papers and book chapters on issues in clinical nutrition practice. Skipper is a graduate of Tarleton State University. She earned a master’s degree from Texas Tech University and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska.


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