Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award

2020 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Awards

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Committee is excited to highlight the 2020 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award winners, Lisa Woodruff, Cara Recker, Ann Parker, and Kelsie Guernsey!


  • To recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in IAND and to encourage their continued participation in the dietetic profession.

  • Number of possible awards: 12 (1 for each active District Dietetic Association in the state) Selection criteria established by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  1. Active membership in The Academy and Iowa Academy.

  2. Age limit of 35 years or younger as of March 1 st of the year in which they would receive the award.

  3. Is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

  4. Active participation in The Academy, Iowa Academy, and/or District Dietetic Association.

  5. Not previously selected for this award.

  6. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimum health and nutrition status of the population.

  7. Demonstrated leadership in The Academy/Iowa Academy/District Dietetic Association activities or employment.

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

Associations. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Mid-East District Dietetic Association - Lisa Woodruff

Lisa is passionate about promoting optimal health for all people. This is demonstrated

by her striving above and beyond in her work and volunteer activities. For example, Lisa takes on special projects in her role as Wellness Coordinator at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital in Waterloo such as developing the workshop ‘Healthy Choices on the Road’, a seminar for DOT - certified drivers to promote healthy nutrition and exercise choices. Lisa has also been involved in the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served on the Awards Committee during which she authored new policies and procedures for the committee.

Upper Iowa District Dietetic Association - Cara Recker

Cara is a role model and advocate for how vital dietitians are to healthcare teams and in communities. Cara works in a rural hospital setting and goes above and beyond to stay current on nutrition-practices and specialized care. For example, she has obtained certifications in diabetes care, nutrition support, a Master’s degree in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems, and has even secured Dietitian Ordering Privileges at her facility. Cara is generous in sharing her knowledge to serve the community and has implemented several projects including a hospital garden, a dietitian presence at the local farmer’s market, and is passionate about peer mentorship and sharing her clinical expertise with other dietitians. In one of her letters of support Cara is described as “not only a respected professional in her field, but … a wonderful co-worker, showing respect and sharing professional knowledge in every interaction”.

Central Iowa District Dietetic Association - Ann Parker

Ann currently works as a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In this role she helped create a new food safety training for childcare providers, Food Safety Escape Challenge: Keep Children Safe! Ann has made an intentional effort to become involved in IAND at both the district and state level. She currently serves as the secretary and treasurer of CIDDA and as a Liaison to ISU Extension & Outreach and Media Spokesperson with IAND. A letter of support stated that “Ann is a natural teacher and promoter

of health and wellness”.

Mississippi Valley Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Kelsie Guernsey

Kelsie currently works as a dietitian with the Scott County WIC Program. She has taken a leadership role within this job and has stepped into the role as Outreach Coordinator which allows her to author the outreach portion of the annual WIC grant application. To her, the best part of this role is getting to interact with the community. She is in the process of also acquiring

her Certified Lactation Specialist to be able to support her clients reach their breastfeeding goals. Kelsie has also become actively involved in MVAND and serves as their current Treasurer.

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