ASPEN Congratulates Our 2021 Award Winners!

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Get to know some of the award winners with the quotes underneath their photos. 

ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award   |   ASPEN Fellows   |   Specialty Awards

Distinguished Nutrition Support Awards   |    New Practitioner Awards   |   Foundation Grant Recipients

PN Early Career Professional Development Grant Recipients   |   Vars Candidates   |   Trainee Awards

Abstract and Professional Development Grant Winners


ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award

Guenter

Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN 

 

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ASPEN Fellows

Allen
Penny Allen, RD, CNSC, FASPEN 

"If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be with Stanley Dudrick and his wife Terry. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to come to know them personally. His contributions to the field of nutrition and critical care are underestimated outside of the nutrition community." 

 

Bechtold
Matthew Bechtold, MD, FASPEN 

"I chose my career because I enjoyed the pathophysiology and procedures. Nutrition is an overlooked critical aspect of medicine. We need more clinicians involved in nutrition."

Blackmer
Allison Blackmer, PharmD, FASPEN 

"I am generally proud of the impact I have had on my patients in the clinical setting as well as my students over the years. To reflect back and realize that I have had an impact, however small or big, on patient care outcomes and students' careers is wonderfully gratifying."
 
Chan
Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN  

"ASPEN helped me establish a strong network of knowledgeable, intelligent, dedicated, and passionate peers, who continue to inspire me to do more and do better to make a difference."  

Derenski
Karrie L. Derenski, PharmD, BCNSP, BCCCP, CNSC, FASPEN  

"The professional accomplishment I'm most proud of is receiving the University of Missouri School of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year award. I love to precept and mentor others in nutrition support and the role of the pharmacist in the care of the patient on nutrition support."   
DiBaise
John K. DiBaise, MD, FACG, FASPEN

"ASPEN has allowed me to participate and thrive in an area that I came into a little later in my career. The opportunities and ASPEN staff have been wonderful. The people I have met through ASPEN are inspiring."   

  
Durfee
Sharon M. Durfee, RPh, BCNSP, FASPEN  

"ASPEN has allowed me to connect with nutrition support experts and expand my knowledge to provide better care for my patients. It has also allowed me to participate on committees and projects with industry leaders." 

Escuro
Arlene Escuro, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN  

"I've always been interested in food science and nutrition. I am drawn to nutrition science as it has a significant impact on disease prevention and promotion of overall health and well-being."  
Evans
David C. Evans, MD, FACS, FASPEN  

"My surgical partners and all of nurses, dietitians, respiratory therapists, and other clinicians who have risen to the challenge every day in the COVID-19 pandemic have inspired me."  
 
Gonzalez
Maria Cristina Gonzalez, MD, PhD, FASPEN  

"I am most proud of having the opportunity of working not only with some of my role models but also with my son, who is an amazing clinical scientist. Undoubtedly, he is my best accomplishment." 
Gramlich
Leah M. Gramlich, MD, FRCP, FASPEN  

"My perfect vacation would entail escaping and being with mother earth in all her beauty at our place in Northern Alberta."  
Gray
 Brenda Lynn Gray, PharmD, FASPEN  

"I actually wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. As things progressed, I fell in love with helping special needs children. Knowing that I would like to do projects that supported them, I pursued 2 paths - recreation therapy and pharmacy. I saw this as a way to be able to help them more than teaching for a year of their lives. Early in my career, I combined these skills to do camps and recreation programs for kids with special medical needs. That's how I chose this career."   
GreenCorkins
Kelly Green Corkins, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, FASPEN  

"My perfect vacation involves a beach and a book, a mystery, bonus if the story takes place in NJ or Philly. Limited cell phone and internet access would be great. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the waves." 
Irving
 Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, FASPEN  

"I am most proud of attaining the PhD - first in my family - and attaining each of my fellowships. FASPEN is very special to me as nutrition therapy was something that primarily is self-taught, and I have worked so hard and sacrificed much to attain this accomplishment. I am proud of all my accomplishments, but this is recognition of many years of learning, listening, verifying, and learning some more." 
Kozeniecki
 Michelle Kozeniecki, MS, RD, CNSC, CCTD, FASPEN  

"My patients inspire me. They deserve the best care, and I will always strive to be at the top of my game to provide it to them." 
Kraft
Michael D. Kraft, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN  

"Certainly, I am inspired by patients, knowing that they look to us to help them at a time of their greatest need when they are ill and that I need to do everything I can to help them. I'm also inspired by my friends and colleagues; whose tireless dedication and commitment is awe-inspiring. However, my greatest inspiration is my family, especially my wife Shawna and our children Will and Erich. Their love and support are beyond what I deserve." 
LeonSanz
Miguel Leon Sanz, MD, PhD, FASPEN  

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be Valentin Fuster. Brilliant clinician, teacher, editor, and researcher."  
Lipman
 Timothy Lipman, MD, FASPEN  

 
Lyson
Lucinda K. Lysen, RDN, LD, RN, BSN, FASPEN   

"My perfect vacation would entail a tropical beach, sun, white sand, balmy weather, a beautiful golf course, my golf clubs, and my husband - my favorite golfing partner!" 
McCarthy
Mary McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNSC, FAAN, FASPEN   

"In 2018, I received the honor of being named the Geneva Foundation's Researcher of the Year. This award recognized my 25 years of federally funded military research in nutrition and health promotion with active-duty populations. I am most proud of this accomplishment."  
Newton
 Alyce Newton, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC, FASPEN   

"When safe travel is possible, my perfect vacation would be visiting with our family and friends. A vacation where we could explore a new culture, meet people with unique experiences and perspectives, enjoy the music, art, history, local food and wine, gardens, national parks, go hiking, sailing, biking, golfing, and snorkeling, would be amazing and would take several weeks." 
Roberts
Kristen Roberts, PhD, RDN, LD, CNSC, FASPEN   

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with my parents...at a restaurant without a mask and without COVID. A year without your friends and family near makes you realize how important the little things are in life." 
Robinson
Lawrence A. Robinson, BS, MS, PharmD, FASPEN   

"If I could have dinner with anyone, I would have loved to have dinner with Arnold Palmer. Not only was he a great sportsman, he was also a great humanitarian, entrepreneur, and friend to many."  
Romano
 Michelle M. Romano, MS, RDN, CNSC, FASPEN   

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be Michelle Obama. She is a fascinating accomplished woman with so many experiences. I would love to hear her perspective on many topics." 
Russell
Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, FASPEN   

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with Chef Jose Andres, because of his selfless commitment to feeding people (those impacted and those who are helping) after natural disasters and challenges of all kinds, and his innate ability to inspire others." 
Sheean
Patricia M. Sheean, PhD, RDN, LDN, FASPEN   

"Smart people inspire me. I love new ideas and the prospects of exploring new scientific concepts. I am so motivated by people who fail and are not afraid to tell their stories and how they learned from it."  
Tyler
 Renay D. Tyler, DNP, ACNP, FASPEN   

"Opportunities for continuous improvement that benefits our team members and the patients we serve inspires me. I have a critical eye for recognizing greatness but also seeing where we can always do better. Motivating others to join in on that journey - locally and across our system brings me great satisfaction." 
Wales
Paul W. Wales, MD, FRCSC, FASPEN   

"I am inspired by my patients and their families. I am continually struck by the courage and grace they exhibit in the face of so much uncertainty and adversity." 
Willcutts
Kate Willcutts, DCN, RDN, CNSC, FASPEN   

"I am most proud of being a clinical nutrition manager. Coaching and supporting dietitians as they grow, achieve their potential, and/or reach their goals."  

 

 


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Specialty Awards

Barney Sellers Public Policy Award  

Allen
Penny Allen, RD, CNSC, FASPEN 

"I am incredibly inspired by the dedication of the ASPEN leaders who give so much of their life to this cause - particularly Peggi Guenter and the clinical specialist team, Jay Mirtallo, Bev Holcombe, etc. What they produce, contribute, and support is amazing year after year."
 

Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award  

Rees Parrish
Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RDN 

"My perfect vacation involves warm tropical weather, an endless white sand beach with crystal clear blue, blue water with great waves for body surfing (no shore surf!), my fins, and my whole family with me!" 
 

George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award

Kudsk
Kenneth A. Kudsk, MD, FAACS, FCCM 

"The greatest joy of my career has been my association with bright, energetic students and colleagues. It amazed me how soon the research students absorbed knowledge in lab meetings and quickly contributed important ideas to our research objective. Many of the students presented their first paper at ASPEN and together my clinical colleagues went onto leaderships roles. Some even received grants from the Rhoads Research Foundation. I am very proud of my students and colleagues!"

Jonathan E. Rhoads Lecturer Award 

Ziegler
Thomas Ziegler, MD, MS 

"ASPEN has favorably impacted my career in many ways since the late 1980s, from publishing great nutrition science in JPEN and NCP, to providing guidelines on specialized nutrition support best practices, to networking opportunities and science presentation venues at our annual meeting, and by providing the opportunity to participate in numerous committees over the years, including the Rhoads Research Committee."
 

Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award 

Hugick
Joy McVey Hugick

"My perfect vacation would involve somewhere warm with access to the ocean/beach, a yoga mat, standup paddle board, a beach chair with a few good books to read, a balcony to watch the sun rise, and of course my husband, Brad, to take long walks on the beach with at sunset...and to pet all the dogs!"   

Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award 

Patel
Jayshil J. Patel, MD

"ASPEN has been instrumental in positively shaping my career. The people of ASPEN have provided me with platforms and opportunities to educate and collaborate and receive mentorship and lead. The Rhoads Foundation believed in the merit of my research. As a result, I gained credentials, which better positioned me to compete for NIH funding. I am thankful to the people of ASPEN."

Stanley Serlick Award  

Cober
M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN

"I cannot imagine where my career would be without ASPEN. My participation in ASPEN has shaped my teaching, my clinical practice, and my scholarship activities in ways that I couldn't have foreseen when I joined the organization so many years ago. I recognize the impact I have on clinicians and patients throughout the world through ASPEN participation."
 

Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award 

CHOP 
CHOP Nutrition Support Service 

"Patient care is improved by our NSS team since each PN order is evaluated by a nutrition boarded MD, RD, and PN trained pharmacist. Nursing provides excellent teaching and line care. Lastly, case management works with us to provide a seamless transition to home if PN is needed after discharge. We can provide high level clinical care with a holistic approach and cross checking."
 

Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award 

Mayo
Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Nutrition Support Team 

"The founder of our team spent years working hard to gain resources and support for the development of this program and team. We officially became a reality in 2019, and as we were figuring out workflows and schedules, our world was rocked by the pandemic. Despite all this, our patient volumes have essentially doubled in the last year. We persevered while facing so many challenges."
 

Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award  

Truman
Truman Medical Center Metabolic Support Service 

"The best thing about the team is that we are accessible, both available and easy to approach. We are available to educate patients, students, family members, and other medical professionals. We emphasize approachability, so no one is apprehensive about asking questions or requesting consultations."
 

Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award 

Winchester 
Winchester Medical Center Nutrition Support Team 

"The best thing about our interdisciplinary team is that we put a primary focus on patient safety, outcomes, and what is in the best interest of the patient. The team displays all aspects of high reliability, every place, and every time."
 


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Distinguished Nutrition Support Awards

Dietitian Service

Walker
Renee Walker, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN 

"The summer before starting college, I found a journal from my sophomore year in high school. The teacher asked us to write about what you want to be when you grow up. I put an advertising agent, a model, or a dietitian. After reading that journal entry, I quickly changed my major from business to nutrition and never regretted the change. So, I chose my career by fate." 

Nurse Service

Breeding
Phila Breeding, RN 

"My patients inspire me every day with their perseverance and ability to turn overwhelming hardship into life lessons to be thankful for. Compared to my patients, I have never experienced a bad day. I am honored to be able to make their lives even a little more bearable." 

Pharmacist Service

Mays
Andrew Mays, PharmD, BCNSP, CNSC

"I was led to nutrition support by my mentor, Phil Ayers. He showed me the impact that can be made in patients requiring evidence-based nutrition support, and he modeled a practitioner that gives back to his specialty and profession." 

Physician Service

McMahon
M. Molly McMahon, MD, FASPEN 

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with Amanda Gorman. I am inspired by this 22-year-old woman who views words in her poems as having the power to offer hope and lead to change during a time in the world when both are acutely needed." 

Dietitian, Advanced Clinical Practice

Willcutts
Kate Willcutts, DCN, RDN, CNSC, FASPEN 

"My perfect vacation would entail hiking, spa treatments, new food experiences, and good company."
 

International Service                   

Correia
Maria Isabel Toulson Davisson Correia, MD, PhD, FASPEN 

"The accomplishment I'm most proud of is having reached the position of full professor of surgery, as the first woman to conquer this in my department, but mostly because I was the youngest, the newest, and the woman running against seven other colleagues." 

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New Practitioner Awards

Nutrition Support Nurses Section

Crawford
Jacqueline Crawford, MS, RN, ACCNS-P, PCPNP-BC 

"When I was in 5th grade, my class was assigned an essay, 'What I want to be when I Grow Up'. I wrote an essay about wanting to become a nurse because I liked to learn about the human body and watching medical shows on television. I've always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology. This is my earliest memory of wanting to become a nurse."

Pharmacy Practice Section

Corley
Catherine Corley, PharmD, RPh

"My fellow healthcare colleagues inspire me daily, especially during the current pandemic. The sacrifices that I see them make daily to fight for these critically sick patients is awe inspiring."  

Student and Trainee Section

Kratz
Brooke W. Kratz 

"If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be Queen Elizabeth II. As Britain's longest-reigning monarch, she has lived through some of the most turbulent times and peaceful moments in the past century. The Queen still remains a mystery to the public, and I find her lifetime to be a fascinating period in history." 

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Foundation Grant Recipients

$50,000 Baxter Parenteral Nutrition Grant


Dashti
Hassan Dashti, PhD, RD 

$25,000 Abbott Nutrition Research Grant


Pagano
Ana Paula Pagano, MSc, RD 

$25,000 Norman Yoshimura Grant – B. Braun and the Aesculap Academy

tenHave
Gabriella A.M. ten Have, PhD 

$25,000 Maurice Shils Enteral Nutrition Grant – Nestlé Nutrition Institute

Martin
Lisa Martin, PhD, RD 

$10,000 C. Richard Fleming Grant

Kouw
Imre W.K. Kouw, PhD, MNutr, BDiet 

$10, 000 Daniel H. Teitelbaum Grant

Raghu
Vikram K. Raghu, MD, MS  

$24,028 Nutrition and COVID-19 Research Grant

Cresci
Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, LD  

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PN Early Career Professional Development Grant Recipients

Pediatrics


Sy
Melissa Tropico Sy, R.M.T., M.D., DPPS, DPBCN 

Asia

Turalba
Frances Gail M. Turalba, M.D., FPCP, DPBCN 

Indian Peninsula

Amarathunga
Hashan Amarathunga, MBBS, MSc 

Canada/Australia/New Zealand

Russell
Lindsey Russell, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, M.D., FRCPC 

Central/South America

Osorio-Alamillo
Yahiel Osorio-Alamillo, M.D. 

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Vars Candidates

Alja'nini
Zaineh Alja'nini, MD, FAAP 

Bellissimo
Moriah P. Bellissimo, PhD, RD 

Kelley
Jenna Kelley, MS, RDN, CD, CNSC

Mey
Jacob T. Mey, PhD, RD

Puldio 
Amber V. Puldio, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP

 

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Trainee Awards

Bell Peters
Francesca Bell Peters, BA

Eliasson
Johanna Eliasson, MD

Maurer  
Lydia R. Maurer, MD

 

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