2020 Member Career Enrichment Grant (MCEG) winners

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Committee is excited to highlight the 2020 Member Career Enrichment Grant winners, Jen Ransom, Emily Ring, Lisa Nolting, Lisa Woodruff, and Nicole Tramp.

Could you benefit from additional funds to advance your professional practice? The Member Career Enrichment Grant are funds eligible to Iowa Academy members who are RD/RDN’s or DTR/NDTR’s to advance their professional practice.

These funds can be used to support items such as CEU activities and events, educational conferences, certification exams, research, publishing, educational tools, and other opportunities.

MCEG dollar amount has increased to $600 per applicant. No more than $1800 in grants will be distributed in any given year. An individual can receive a Member Career Enrichment Grant once every five years.


Member Career Enrichment Grant criteria:

  • Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member

  • RD/RDN or DTR/NDTR required

Jen Ransom, MPH, RD, LD

Jen Ransom is a Registered Dietitian with Des Moines Public Schools and serves at their Nutrition Grant Director. She received funds to support her coursework as she purses a Doctorate of Public Health program from Capella University. Jen says, “this program will help connect my role and education as a dietitian in the community to understanding, from a bigger

picture, community needs.”

Emily Ring, RD, LD

Emily Ring is a Registered Dietitian with Hy-Vee. One of Emily’s short-term career goals is improving her skills in culinary nutrition and health coaching. The funds Emily received will support her earning a Certificate of Training in Culinary Nutrition so she can develop recipes, plan food demonstrations and presentations that effectively show that healthy eating is achievable and desirable. Emily also received funds to support her Certificate of Training in Health and Wellness Coaching which she says will, “help me improve my one-on-one grocery store tours, consultations and employee wellness programs.

Lisa Nolting, MFCS, RDN, LD

Lisa Nolting is a Registered Dietitian who serves as a campus dietitian at Iowa State University. Lisa’s passion to educate others about food and respecting our bodies has led her to open her own private practice in 2019, Nolting Consulting LLC. To help Lisa reach her short term goal of creating a membership experience for her clients, she will be using her funds to take an eight- week class called ‘The Tribe Experience.’ This membership experience includes everything from creating content to technology to sales to customer service.

Lisa Woodruff, RD, LD

Lisa Woodruff is a Registered Dietitian with experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings at UnityPoint Health and Mercy Medical Center. In Lisa’s time as a Registered Dietitian, she has observed the frustration in patients regarding conflicting nutrition information, the perceived cost of healthy food, and the lack of basic culinary skills necessary to prepare food at home. These experiences have led Lisa to starting a nutrition private practice this August. Lisa will use her funds to complete the Certificate f Training Program in Culinary Nutrition. Lisa says, “these four modules would increase my competency in the culinary nutrition area of practice and serve as building blocks for developing my nutrition and cooking classes.”

Nicole Tramp, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Nicole Tramp is a Registered Dietitian who serves as a Dietetic Internship Instructor and Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) coordinator at Iowa State University. Nicole’s long-term goal is to broaden her impact and serve as a leader within the Dietetic Internship Program, within Iowa State, at the Iowa Academy level, and hopefully at the national Academy level. Nicole plans to use her funds to attend the Academy Leadership Institute which she says is, “an opportunity to network with other leaders and better determine how my role can make a broader impact both locally and nationally.”

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