2020 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Committee is excited to highlight the 2020 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award winner, Erin Thole Summers!

Purpose: To recognize the commitment to excellence made by an individual who has

demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession.

Number of possible awards: 1

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Active membership in The Academy for at least the previous 10 years.

  2. Active membership in the Iowa Academy for at least the previous 5 years.

  3. Is a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

  4. Not previously selected for this award.

  5. Demonstrated leadership in the field of dietetics through at least one of the following:

  • Shown commitment and/or outstanding service to the organization at the national, state, or local level.

  • Inspired members to participate actively in the association and upgrade their professional skills.

  • Initiated a project that has improved the image of the profession or expanded his/her nutritional skills.

  • Made outstanding contributions to community groups and other allied professional groups related to the practice of dietetics.

  • Organized advocacy activities to improve nutrition services.

  • Performed with outstanding technical competence in writing, scientific research, management, or education.

Nominations may be submitted by individual Iowa Academy members or District Dietetic

Associations. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Erin Thole Summers, MS, MBA, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Erin is dedicated to leading and promoting the dietetic profession. Erin has been employed in many different roles with direct concern and support of wellness for a variety of clients. Because of her unique career path, Erin brings a varied skill set that is an asset to the Iowa Academy and the dietetics profession. Erin has been actively engaged as a board and council member of the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2014, Erin became the Marketing Chair of the Iowa Academy. She remains engaged in this area by conducting spokespeople media trainings to help build dietitians’ confidence to promote themselves in various media outlets. By doing so, dietitians learn how to market themselves as the real nutrition experts which elevates our profession. Most recently, Erin served as President of the Iowa Academy. During her time as President, Erin brought Iowa AND to a new level of organization. Her strategic vision and plan helped guide the group and set the organization up for success in the future. To quote one of Erin’s letters of support “her inherent talent for leadership and organizational capabilities are an asset to the Academy and to our profession as a whole. It is because of those skills that she led our organization into a new phase; inspired members to participate in Iowa AND activities; made significant contributions at the local, state, and national levels; and expanded our outreach, both within Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to a wider audience.”

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