Happy New Year!
On behalf of our Foundation Board of Directors and Staff, we wish you a happy and successful 2022! We are looking forward to another year of contributing to the lives of hundreds of Academy members through our annual scholarships, awards and research grants. We would not be able to positively impact our members without your generous support. Our Foundation takes great pride and care to be good stewards of your financial contributions and ensure these resources help empower Academy members to help consumers live healthier lifestyles.
Our Foundation’s 2022 Award and Research Grant applications are currently open and I encourage you to check out these great opportunities – and freely share this information with your colleagues and students. There are awards for students as well as seasoned professionals such as continuing education, recognition, international and program development. Unless otherwise indicated, the application deadline for all awards and grants is February 1, 2022. These awards and grants empower our members and elevate our profession.
Another program that continues to grow and create resources that empower our Academy members is our Foundation Fellowship program, which deploys dynamic registered dietitian nutritionists in the U.S. and globally to address the greatest food and nutrition challenges throughout the world. I am pleased to announce Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND, CHES is our new “Advancing the Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics” Fellow. In this role, Jody will work closely with the Foundation and ACEND to lead a program of work that includes:
- Supporting the creation of standards for an advanced practice doctorate in nutrition program
- Coordinating all aspects of a clinical skills workshop for program directors, faculty, and preceptors
- Providing additional resources and materials based on ACEND Future Education Model data
Jody previously served as an assistant professor and program director at Grand Valley State University. She will be pursuing this fellowship full-time. She is a registered dietitian and holds a doctoral degree from Walden University. Jody completed her Master’s in Health Sciences degree from Grand Valley State University, and completed her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. She is an experienced educator and is a long time, active volunteer leader of the Academy and Foundation. We are happy to add her to our dynamic team of Fellows.
Thousands of Academy members donate to the Foundation each year to support our efforts. Please remember the Foundation with a gift this year when renewing your Academy membership online or donate today. There is no better way to invest in the future of our profession!
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation