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 2022 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!
South East: Lisa Knoll RDN, LDN, CNSC, Team Lead, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Central PA Harrisburg Hospital
South Central: Jennifer Anderson MA, RDN, LD, Senior Research Specialist, University of Missouri
West Central: Lauren Probstfeld MS, RD, CNSC, Advanced Level Practice Nutrition Support Dietitian, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
West Coast: Joan Heusser RD, NBC-HWC, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
North East: Julie M. Raway MPH, RDN, CDN,SNS, FAND, Registered Dietitian, Broome Tioga BOCES Rock on Café School Nutrition
North Central: Natalie Smolilo RDN, LD, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Mt. Alverna Village
For more information on the Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award, including eligibility and how to apply, click here.
NDEP has also partnered with our Foundation to provide two annual scholarships, the NDEP Graduate Scholarship and Preceptor Scholarship. We are proud to work with NDEP to award these scholarships on an annual basis and salute NDEP during National Preceptor Month.