Member Awards

Congratulations 2015-2016 AKDA Award Winners!

 

Young Dietitian of the Year:  Amy Jahrig

 

Emerging Dietetic Leader:  Melissa A. Chlupach

 

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year:   Paraluman Medalla

 

50 years with AKDA: Betsy Nobmann

Reflections on my 50-year career…to date        

                                       

By Betsy Nobmann, PhD, MPH, RDN

 

It is both gratifying and satisfying to pause and reflect on reaching the 50-year milestone in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I became eligible for membership in the American Dietetic Association in 1966 after completing a dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The sweet-spot that resonated with me during interning was working with a Public Health Nurse. Public Health was where I wanted to be. My first job was with the Connecticut Department of Public Health in Hartford. Memorable tasks included working with the nurses and with a teacher who was tackling childhood obesity (even then), and reviewing the food service in a county jail. One memory is still vivid - checking the grease drip-pan in an institutional-kitchen stove and finding a layer of dead cockroaches.

 

In order to be called a public health nutritionist and not a nutritionist, I needed a Master’s Degree. So, my husband, Bob, and I headed for UC Berkeley.  Upon completion we stayed in California instead of returning to Connecticut. I was fortunate to get a job on a research project entitled, Obesity and Leanness in Preschool Children. This longitudinal study allowed me to visit with about 100 moms and their 6 month-old babies to assess their food intake, activity, etc. That was fun! I left the project when the children were 3 years old. Next was a stint with the California State Health Department where I was involved with starting the state-wide WIC Program – designing the vouchers one evening, working with local entities, and with the formula reps.

 

In 1974 Bob and I decided to give Alaska a try – for 10 years we thought. The years rolled by and there was no other place we wanted to be. I was fortunate to work for the Alaska Area Native Health Service for 19 years as Chief of the Nutrition Services helping to acquire funding for nutrition services in the YK and Bristol Bay Regions and supporting existing nutrition services in SEARHC and WIC programs around the state. During that time I traveled extensively in-state and to Scandinavia and Siberia. I met wonderful people in the communities of Alaska.

 

In the 80’s I was frustrated by conflicting reports about the how much Alaska Native people used Native foods. Some said “practically all”; some said “hardly any”.  To clarify this I set out to conduct the Alaska Native Dietary Survey of 1987-88. That started the process of researching the food consumption practices of Alaska Native people and the foods unique to Alaska.  In 1996 I left AANHS and went into private practice – as IDM Nutrition Consulting with partners in toxicology and environmental health, and as EDN Nutrition Consulting, my sole proprietorship.

 

Forty publications and a PhD in Human Nutrition later, I am still involved and interested in the topics.

There was a time when I thought of changing careers, but realized that the country had “discovered nutrition” and what a mistake it would have been to leave then. My self-directed career path provided the stimulation and enthusiasm that continues for me today.  I have formed many long-term friendships with my fellow dietitians which I treasure.  It has been enriching and enlightening to work with numerous colleagues in other fields, and with my mentors through the years.

 

As for the future, my Internship Director, Dr. Doris Johnson said, we stand on the shoulders of those who went before. I hope I can continue to offer strong shoulders to developing dietitian nutritionists to fulfill careers as satisfying as mine has been and continues to be.

 

(Photo at Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, 2009 by Kathee Hays)

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year:

Jarlath Hendee (2014), Lisa Lopez (2012), Kendra Sticka (2011), Heather Preece (2010), Carrie King (2009), Margaret Duggan (2008), Samantha Maloney (2007), Alison Hull (2006), Wendy Christianson.

 

The Outstanding Dietitian Award is the top honor presented to a member within the Alaska Dietetic Association.

 

Criteria for selection: Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
1. Nominated by an AKDA member with a letter (2 pages maximum).
2. Must be a member in good standing of the ADA and AKDA.
3. Licensed in Alaska, if applicable.
4. Member should have made a significant impact to the profession of dietetics in Alaska.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year:

Mike DiFilippo (2014), Tiffany Ricci (2011), Jane Leblond (2010), Lisa Lopez (2009), Kelly Keyes (2008), Joy Huber (2007), Janelle Gomez (2006), Carrie King (2005)

 

The purpose of the RYDY program is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the American Dietetic Association and to encourage their continued participation in Association affairs. This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of The Association will develop both at the district, state, and national levels.

Criteria for selection: Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year
1. Member of the American Dietetic Association.
2. Age limit as of April 1 deadline, is 35 years or younger.
3. Active participation in the national, state, or district association.
4. Not previously selected as an RYDY
5. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
6. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., either in the Association or employment.

Emerging Dietetic Leader:

Shanna Moeder (2011), Kendra Sticka (2010), Lisa Fenn (2009), Erin Manley (2008), Meera Ramesh (2006), Samantha Maloney (2005)

 

The purpose of the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award is to recognize the competence and activities of dietitians regardless of their age, who have made distinctive contributions early in their dietetics careers to the American Dietetic Association. The award encourages their continued participation in Association affairs. This more mature/older group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the Association will develop at the district, state, and national levels.

Criteria for selection: Emerging Dietetic Leader
1. Member of the American Dietetic Association.
2. Initial practice experience not less than 5 years and not greater than 10 years. Interrupted careers or time periods not in practice, are not to be considered or rationed into the 5-10 years of professional practice experience.
3. Active participation in the national, state, or district association for at least 5 years.
4. Not previously selected as RYDY or RDTY.
5. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
6. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the Association, community or employment.

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