Academy Foundation Blog

April 2024 Monthly Message

By Foundation Admin posted 04-22-2024 12:20 PM


National Preceptor Month

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 2024 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!

North East
Rachel Reeves, MS, RD, CNSC
University of Rochester Medical Center

North Central
Maureen Geraghty, PhD, MS, RDN, LD
Abbott Nutrition Research & Development

South Central
Jessica Sernel, MS, RDN, LD
Arkansas Children's Hospital

South East
Alice A. Bones-Gonzalez, DHA, MSM, RDN
Mary Washington Health Care

West Central
Gina O'Brian, RDN
The United States Department of Agriculture

West Coast
Joan Baca, MHL, RD, CPHQ
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento

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.

Deadline Extended: Academy Foundation Scholarship Applications

To support the needs of our applicants and the professionals who contribute recommendations and other forms for scholarship applications, the Foundation has extended its scholarship application deadline to 10 a.m. Central time on May 14. The Foundation also added a one-week grace period for late or missing recommendation, GPA or GRE verification forms, which are now due by 10 a.m. Central time on May 21.

Applicants need only to complete ONE application to be considered for hundreds of scholarships. Students can download the Foundation’s free scholarship application checklist and review the Scholarship FAQ before filling out the application.



Susan Laramee, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND
Chair, 2023-2024
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation