April is National Preceptor Month, Preceptors make a difference in the lives of students who are learning to become registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic technicians, registered by acting as mentors and training the dietetic professionals of the future. Our Foundation would like to take this opportunity to honor the 2021 Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Outstanding Preceptors of the Year.

The NDEP Outstanding Preceptor Award program recognizes the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of preceptors in ACEND®-accredited dietetics education programs. Six awardees (one from each geographic region) receive registration and support (up to $1,000) to attend FNCE® supported by the Academy’s Foundation.

NDEP values the critical role Preceptors play in shaping the future of our profession and recognizes these winners through our Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. We are proud to partner with NDEP and ACEND to recognize these outstanding Preceptors who are making such a difference through their teaching, mentoring, and leadership. Congratulations to all!

West Coast

Sally J Saban 2021 Preceptor


“It is a humbling honor and experience to be recognized by the Foundation with the honor of 2021 Outstanding Preceptor for a professional decision that over the years has become my passion.”

Sally J. Saban, MS, RDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

North East

Vibhuti Singh, 2021 Preceptor

I feel as though being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle starts with what we put inside our bodies as well as our minds. This funding will allow me to broaden my knowledge regarding the new and innovative health products which are on the market now as well as learn more about how to incorporate attention to healthy foods and lifestyle while working in the medical profession. As a dietician I strive to make sure patients nutritional needs are being met as well as guiding them to achieve their personal goals of living a healthier lifestyle

Vibhuti Singh, RDN, CDN
Lead Dietitian, Triboro Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing,
Bronx, NY

North Central

Cindy L Finohr, 2021 Preceptor

I am beyond pleased to accept this honor. Mentoring has been a way of life for my entire career. Mentoring interns
not only helps promote the field of school nutrition, but also assist myself in staying current with new industry trends. it is truly a ” Win- Win!” It is also a great way to stay young! Being a preceptor is hard work, but my reward is keeping track of all of my ” interns” as they navigate their career paths. Thank you for this award. I would like to dedicate this to my mentor the late Jeanne Roscoe . Her
kindness and intellect has helped me ‘Pay it Forward’ many times over.”

Cindy L. Finohr, RDN, LD
Food Service Director, Brecksville Broadview Heights School District
Broadview Heights, OH

West Central

Krista Clark RD, LD

Being a preceptor allows me to share my passion for nutrition and dietetics with students and interns and provide a greater appreciation for taking care of residents in long term care!

Krista Clark RD, LD
Olathe, KS

South East

Alice White, MMSc, RD, LDN, CNSC

This award is a truly humbling and honorable recognition for the heart felt dedication that I have for the field of clinical nutrition and the opportunity to share my experience, knowledge and energies towards the growth of dietetic interns for the future.

Alice White, MMSc, RD, LDN, CNSC
Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Carolinas Medica Center, Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC

South East

Cindy Culver, 2021 Preceptor

I always recall the support that I received as an intern and promised myself to pay it forward once I became a dietitian. One of my greatest joys of being a dietitian is being a preceptor. I enjoy the interaction with current students and the opportunity to mentor them throughout and past their internships. Knowing that I can have a positive impact in their professional career is so rewarding to me and I learn more than I teach. I encourage all of my colleagues to participate as a mentor as the time spent is well worth it.

Cindy Kanarek Culver, MS, RDN, LD
Director of School Nutrition at Marietta City Schools
Marietta, Georgia

For more information on the Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award, including eligibility and how to apply, click here.