Nominate someone for a BHN 2019 Excellence Award
Submit Nominations for BHN Excellence Awards!
Nominations for awards are now being accepted. There will be not more than one recipient per award. Awards will be presented annually at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo BHN member meeting.
Recipients will be informed of awards prior to the event.
Excellence in Research
- Dietitian who has contributed noteworthy research useful to one of BHN’s practice areas over the past year.
Excellence in Advocacy
- Dietitian who has shown commitment to promoting dietitian-led nutrition services
- Examples include contribution to public policy that increases nutrition services, or advocacy to promote dietitian-led nutrition intervention
- Advocacy may take place on a national, state, local, or organizational level
Excellence in Clinical Practice
- Dietitian demonstrates excellence in a BHN practice area providing evidence-based medical nutrition therapy to individuals or groups
Excellence in Interdisciplinary Education
- Dietitian who shows excellence in the education of dietitians and other healthcare professionals using consistent evidence-based nutrition messages
Excellence in Written Communication
- Dietitian who shows excellence in the written communication of nutrition information relevant to the BHN practice areas through platforms such as educational blogs, newsletter articles, magazine articles, or peer-reviewed publications
Excellence in Social Media Communication
- Dietitian who shows excellence in engagement and outreach on topics relevant to the BHN practice areas through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other similar platforms
Excellence in Professional Integrity
- Dietitian who demonstrates an ability to unite communities of dietitians with diverse ideas through values of cohesion and cooperation.
- Winner will move the nutrition profession forward through maintaining a curious perspective and openness to new ideas, while remaining committed to patient-centered care and evidence-based nutrition therapy.
Honored Member – Student
- Winner may be a graduate student, undergraduate student, or dietetic intern
- Shows promise as a future dietitian by their enthusiasm for nutrition science and their active participation in the nutrition community in and out of the classroom
Honored Member – Future of Dietetics
- Dietitian who has been practicing for 5 years or less and has demonstrated early leadership or practice potential
- Winner will have shown strong interest in and commitment to the profession of dietetics
Honored Member – Career Achievement
- Dietitian who has been a dedicated presence in the field of dietetics in one of BHN’s practice areas
- Nominee has been practicing for at least 15 years
Friend of BHN
- Dietitian who is not a current BHN member but who has made significant contributions to the field of behavioral health nutrition.
Congratulations to BHNs 2018 Award Winners!
Honored Member: Career Achievement
Diane Spear, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
A dietitian who has been a dedicated presence in the field of dietetics in one of BHN’s practice areas for 15 years or more.
Diane Spear, MS, RDN, LD, FAND is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Dietetics and Institutional Management from Kansas State University. Diane has worked in the field serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) for over 25 years. She retired in 2016 from the State of Oklahoma in which she authored State nutrition policy and provided oversite of the Medicaid Waiver program nutrition services for people with developmental disabilities. She currently provides consultative nutrition services in IDD, Senior Nutrition Services for the Department of Aging, and very soon for a pediatric facility for children with dual diagnoses of Mental and Intellectual Disabilities.
As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and BHN, Diane has worked with and lead numerous committees and task forces developing tools and resources for nutrition professionals in Behavioral Health Nutrition focus area of IDD. Two such publications are the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians in IDD and a Nutrition & IDD Toolkit utilized by nutrition professionals in the U.S. and abroad. She has served BHN in numerous roles, including Newsletter Editor and DPG Chair.
Friend of Behavioral Health Nutrition
Paula Quatromoni, D.Sc., MS, RDN, LDN
A dietitian who is not a current BHN member but who has made significant contributions to the field of behavioral health nutrition.
Dr. Paula Quatromoni is exceedingly deserving of recognition of the Friend of BHN Excellence award for her long-standing, passionate, and unflagging efforts in supporting both her own clients and colleagues. Not only is she an advocate for clients in recovery, she is a mentor and staunch supporter for dietitians and the contributions they make to the treatment of eating disorders.
Her contributions to the field are numerous: she 1) serves as a professor at Boston University; 2) she provides supervision as a senior consultant for the nutrition team at Walden Behavioral Care; 3) leads research to further understand eating disorders and their treatment as well as the publication of case studies to highlight the work of the RDN in complex cases; 4) and presents at conferences and promotes education around eating disorder recovery and athletes in particular.
As a professor at Boston University, Dr. Quatromoni is an advocate and mentor for many students, supporting the understanding and application of rigorous scientific methods. Importantly, she also approaches lessons with a lens of prevention; she doesn’t perpetuate the black-and-white thinking that can contribute to eating disorder thoughts. Here, she supports the work of BHN members by having a wide impact on dietetic students of all specialties.
As a senior consultant at Walden, she provides support and supervision for the team of dietitians directly providing care and counseling to patients hospitalized for eating disorder treatment. She is an attentive and empathic problem solver for challenging cases, and she is also conscientious in her efforts to acknowledge the wins achieved by the team. She celebrates the important work we do, and her effort has transformed the nutrition department for the better.
Finally, her work on a case study has recently been published, and her contributions to the literature have improved patient care. She has presented this case at conferences and speaking engagements across the country, and her development of an athlete-specific treatment program has improved the treatment of athletes with eating disorders, including males (a sometimes under-recognized and understudied population).
Dr. Quatromoni’s role in the lives of her students and the professionals she mentors within the field has been life changing. I speak from personal experience, having worked closely with Dr. Quatromoni on several professional and academic research and clinical projects. And as impactful as her expertise and mentorship has been for me, there are an abundance of RDNs both locally and nationally for whom she has made an impact. She is compassionate, enthusiastic, rigorous in scientific endeavors, and above all, generous with her time, attention, and support. She is a leader in our field is certainly deserving of the honor of this award.
Honored Member: Student
Shows promise as a future dietitian by their enthusiasm for nutrition science and their active participation in the nutrition community in and out of the classroom. Winner may be a graduate student, undergraduate student, or dietetic intern.
Excellence in Professional Integrity
Grace Schumacher, RD
A dietitian who demonstrates an ability to unite communities of dietitians with diverse ideas through values of cohesion and cooperation. Moves the nutrition profession forward through maintaining a curious perspective and openness to new ideas, while remaining committed to patient-centered care and evidence-based nutrition therapy.
Grace holds an B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Alaska, and a professional certificate in Food Systems Leadership from University of Vermont. She has been a dietitian for 3 years, primarily practicing clinical pediatric and adolescent nutrition at North Star Behavioral Health in Anchorage. She is currently working toward specialty certification for eating disorders nutrition therapy through the IAEDP organization. Grace works part time at a private practice, Nutrition Partnership, which provides individual and group eating disorder therapies in Alaska. Grace will serve as founder and President of the newly drafted Alaska State Chapter of IAEDP which aims to improve eating disorders awareness and treatment referral options throughout the state.
Excellence in Written Communication
Janice Goldschmidt, MS, RD, LDN
A dietitian who shows excellence in the written communication of nutrition information relevant to the BHN practice areas through platforms such as educational blogs, newsletter articles, magazine articles, or peer-reviewed publications.
Janice received her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland-College Park in Nutrition and Food Science and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Health from the same institution. She is actively involved as both a researcher and practitioner in the nutritional status of individuals with autism and has published and presented on this topic in numerous professional publications and conferences. Other research interests include assessment and treatment of disordered eating on the Autism spectrum and development of cooking skills for this same population as a form of nutritional intervention. In 2018, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities published her first book entitled Teaching Authentic Cooking Skills to Adults With IDD: Active Engagement.
BHN Award Recipients
2017 Sharon Lemons
2016 April Winslow
2015 Sharon Feucht
2014 Carin Kreutzer
2013 Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn
2012 Diane Spear
2011 Ruth Ann Foiles Brunet
2010 Marion Taylor Baer
2008 Shirley Ekvall
2007 Harriet Cloud
Excellence in Practice: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2017 Wendy Wittenbrook
2016 Patricia Novak
2015 Catherine Conway
2014 Andrea Shotton
2012 Lee Wallace
2011 Joan Guthrie Medlen
2010 Paula Cushing
2009 Anne Overmyer
2008 Betty Lucas
Excellence in Practice: Eating Disorders
2017 Adrien Paczosa
2016 Tammy Beasley
2015 Therese Shumaker
2014 Rebecca Bitzer
2012 Eileen Myers
2011 Karen Wetherall
2010 Jessica Setnick
2009 Roberta Pearle Lamb
2008 Molly Kellogg
Excellence in Practice: Mental Health
2017 Jessie Hann
2016 Terry Anderson
2015 Lisa Diers
2014 Linda Venning
2012 Kathryn Russell
2011 Marilyn Ricci
2010 Ruth Leyse-Wallace
2009 Sharon Wojnaroski
2008 Zaneta Pronsky
Excellence in Practice: Addictions
2017 David Wiss
2016 Yulia Brockdorf
2015 Cynthia Rutkowski
2011 Lisa Beckley-Barrett
2009 Anne Hatcher
2007 Renee Hoffinger