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Awards

Each year, we have the pleasure of honoring several members and students for their outstanding work in the field and for our community.

Member Awards

The Emerging Dietetics Leader Award recognizes the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers. Initial practice experience is not less than 5 years and not greater than 10 years. 

The Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award recognizes members who have made distinguished contributions to advancing the profession. The winner of this award is an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes the professional contributions of dietetic technicians and encourages their continued participation in the community and Academy activities. 

The purpose of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians (35 years or younger) in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in Academy affairs. 

The Distinguished Dietetics Educator of the Year Award is to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND®-accredited dietetics education programs, Preceptors in Dietetic internship programs, or dietitians mentoring students, or early dietitians in other capacities.

Eligibility

  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Active participation in the national, state, or district association.
  • Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
  • Not previously selected for the specific award.
  • Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
  • Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., either in the Association or employment.

How to Submit an Award Nomination

Submit a submission for the appropriate award. All submissions are due by January 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Award Recipients will be notified in March 2023.

Congratulations to the 2023 Recipients!

Haley Hall, MS RD LD

Haley Hall, MS, RD, LD

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year

Leah Hoffman Anderson, PhD, RD/LD, CNSC

Distinguished Dietetic Educator

Melissa Heuer, MA, RD, LD

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Jennifer Postlethwaite, MS, RD/LD, CLC

Emerging Dietetic Leader

Past Award Winners

YearOutstanding DietitianEmerging Dietetic LeaderRecognized Young Dietitian of the YearOutstanding Dietetic Technician of the YearDistinguished Dietetic EducatorFriend of OKANDOutstanding Dietetic Student in a Coordinated ProgramOutstanding Dietetic Student in a Didactic ProgramOutstanding Dietetic Student in a Dietetic Internship
2023
2022Teresa JacksonKrystal S DunhamSzofia A NickellCatherine PalmerOklahoma Wheat CommissionIsabelle PoseyTaylor Peabody
2021Mathea FordKatherine BrownKendall AndersonDr. Gena WollenbergEmily CollinsBlake Smith Ashley Villareal
2020Sheri Glazer, RD/LDLindsay Scott, MA, MS, RD, LDLayla NiavaraniJillian Joyce, PhD, RDAbbie PierceKristella LepakThais Oliveira
2019Hollie KirbyStephanie DeBerryLeah HoffmanDeana HildebrandKayla QuashieKatherine MetzingerKendall Anderson
2018Tonya SwimHeather SteeleEmily Sue HicksLindsey PrestonShelby Cashman, Fox25 NewsCady MerchantMadison KrehbielDanielle Christiansen
2017Amanda JonesKatie KuriakoseDestiny HowardRegional Food Bank of Oklahoma
2016Kalli CastilleSarah BarnesAmanda FordNatalie Gower
2015Heather EngelmanAlyson FendrickTiffany GrantAnastasia
Katagarova
Carol Beier (DPD)
Gail Gates (DI)
Senator John Sparks
2014Misti LeyvaMarianna WetherillTeresa JacksonPeggy Turner (DPD)Gary Dubois
2013Melissa ChurchCasey CampbellMelissa HeuerLeah Hoffman (CP)
Brian dela Cruz (DI)
Steve Burrows, H.A.C. Inc. (Homeland)
2012Jennifer ParhamJill ParkerAbby StoverRuth BurrowsEddie Watts
2011Pam BrummitJosh BrownGena WollenbergJulie Huber (DI)Midwest Dairy Council
2010Ellen Green-YoungAmanda JonesSara PerdueJulie Huber (DI
Carol Jarrett (DPD)
Susan Allen, Dairy MAX
2009Martha BlevinsKimberly DavisCaroline MathisPatti Landers (DPD)Heather Buckmaster, Oklahoma Beef Council
2008Sheryl MorsmanMisti LeyvaDeann DeatherageSloan Taylor (CP)Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, OK
2007M. Dianne BrownRaine RenfrowMelissa WarnerStephen Glore (DPD)Mary Craig, Dairy MAX
2006Alexandria MillerJani Van GrevenhofHolly MistlerTawni Holmes (DPD)Harold Kelly, OGE Food Service Technology Center
OGE Energy Corporation
Dean Elbe, BSC (Pharm), BCPP, ODA Webmaster
2005Julia HuberPeggy TurnerErica DeanJani Van Grevenhof (DI)Allen Knehans, PhD-OUHSC Faculty
2004Diane SpearDana BatesPaige TedescoPatti Landers (DPD)Sharon Dowell, Food Editor, The Oklahoman
2003Melinda NewportSheryl HayesLisa ThompsonSusan Lively-OBC
Tom Freeman-Oklahoma State Department of Health WIC
Loy Bowman
2002Marilyn WatersKaren MeyersMichelle Dennison-FarrisJoy EllisLou Seig-for editing work on MNT Manual
Heather LackeyRep.Wes Watkins-Legislative Support
2001Phyllis NicholsMary CallisonLaDonna DunlopDon Coody-Diabetes Center of OK
Shannon Kennedy
2000Barbara StoeckerKellie BryantKris SkubeDenny Krick
Linda YaukOklahoma Beef Industry Council
1999Linda KanterRene' NormanDesiree GendronRetha HopkinsLynn Vaughn Mitchell-Dir., OHCA
Charlene SpencerSherry Marishak-SimonJB Pratt, Jr.-Pratt Discount Foods
Bob Hammack-New West Group -ODA Ads
Mark Kraft-TCI Media Services-ODA Ads
Mark Kanter-OK Cable Advertising-ODA Ads
1998Lanell OlsonRosemary ShafferJulie BridgesDarrin Schmidt
1997Lea EbroCarla Custer-NikkelPeggy Roseboom
Suzanne Gauldin
1996Stephen GloreMelody RankinJanet PottsRita Garrett
Linda Rowbotham
1995Margaret Ann ThompsonRobyn PostonClaudine Yoseph
Tiffany Steers
1994Kathy OnleyBarbara Fuller
Megan Nelson
1993Umi ChahalBeth Armitage-Schwisow
Melanie Sipes
1992Bernice KopelPam Kraft
Sarah Miracle
1991Rachel BarkleyBeverly Kelley
Theresa Neese
1990Helen MorganAnna Brandt
1989Lou HallMartha Blevins
1988Edna LangholzKim MedfordJoan Mitchell
1987Donna WatsonMary RosemanNola Shaffer
1986Jane SchaneQuincy Wyatt
1985William Barkley
1984Sue Tapp
1983Jean Ann Reid
1982Cecelia Davis
1981Carol Beuch
1980Carol Schwake
1979Carol Banister
1978Sophia Leung
1977Georgia Kimmel
1975Cheryl Bittle
1974Carolyn Campbell
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