Michigan RD/RDNs in the News
Spotlight on the RD, 50 Year Member: Mary Barth Noel, PhD, MPH, RDN
Upon completing my dietetic internship at Barnes Medical Center, I worked for Visiting Nurse Association in St. Louis, MO. After a few years, I decided to go back to school at University of Michigan for a Master's in Public Health. There, I met my husband, who was in school as well. When he finished, we moved to East Lansing, Michigan. We have two children - Katy, who lives in the Chicago area with her 3 children and is currently working on her nurse practitioner degree, and Joe, who lives in Austin, TX with his wife and son and works for the University of Texas as a law librarian. After completing a PhD in Family Ecology, I took a position at the MSU College of Human Medicine teaching nutrition to medical students and residents. After 30 years, I retired in 2016 and we moved to a small town outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In our retirement, we are enjoying time to travel and volunteer.
Being a member of the Michigan Academy has been beneficial through all stages of my career. In my early years as a dietitian, MAND helped me have a network of colleagues to discuss issues with, since I worked in places that had no other dietitians.
I have had the opportunity to hold a board position with MAND and felt that being on the board helped me develop leadership skills that I needed in my places of employment.
My advice for current and future RDNs would be to develop as many diverse skills as possible - whether languages, business or anything else. The world of work values those who have any different skills so that approach to problems/issues can be seen through many lenses. My area that I developed was medical education, which is where I was able to obtain grants to support my department and other faculty. This was a value that added to my nutrition skills and consulting.
In the News
- Check out Registered Dietitian and personal trainer, Tony Stephan, in his interviews on Fox 2 and in Women's Health Magazine
- See Michigan Registered Dietitian, Liz Weber in several segments:
- Check out Katie Francisco in Plant Based Diets: Part 2 of 4 Part Series and in her segments on National Peanut Day, National Taco Day
- See our very own, Bethany Thayer, Registered Dietitian, whip up some game day guacamole: Reducing your risk for prostate cancer
- If you are a Michigan Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has been featured in the news or on camera, please send the link and your contact information to Director for PR and Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michigan Academy Members Receive National Honors at FNCE 2017 in Chicago!
Barbara Jacobs Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND
Jointly bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Trailblazer Award recognizes exceptional leaders who have advanced the science at the nexus of nutrition/dietetics and food science for at least five years. This award is conferred upon a leader who has demonstrated innovative contributions to improve health among underserved populations through a least one aspect of food science and technology, and has exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction and/or communication at this intersection.
Barbara Ivens is Principal, Nutrition Information Exchange, located in West Michigan. She has served as the Chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Fellow Panel Chair, Specialty Panel Chair, and as Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She’s been a member of the Academy Recognition Task Force, Honors Committee, and Certification Collaboration Task Force. She served as Chair of, and represented the Academy on, the Joint Food and Nutrition Science Solutions Task Force. Other roles have included Michigan Academy Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Policies and Procedures and Publications Chair and Chair of the revision of the Pediatric dietetic practice group’s Pediatric Nutrition Manual.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Medallion Awards, given each year since 1976, honors Academy members who have shown dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership and devotion to serving others in dietetics and allied health fields. Several awards are given each year to those members whose dedication to the Academy and service to the profession serve as an example to all.
In recognition of:
- Her transformative ability to move the needle and push the dietetics profession towards excellence. She has used her passion for advocacy to educate countless government officials about the critical importance of nutrition and health, and used her insight to target organizational and policy gaps or opportunities to collaborate with existing Academy units to ensure stability and progress, anchored in documented strategic plans.
- Her outstanding leadership and service to the Academy, serving as a member of National Diabetes Partners, the Evidence Analysis Library Health Disparities work group, the Academy Foundation State Fundraising Task Force, and the liaison to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). She served as Chair of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network Oversight Committee, Michigan Affiliate President, State Legislative Network Coordinator, Chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group, and has been appointed to over 10 National Academy committees.
- Her volunteerism, which has spanned the landscape of health, lending her expertise and influence to multiple organizations, namely the National Diabetes Education Program, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
- Her determination for the success of the practicing dietitian. As an invited speaker and adjunct assistant instructor, she has championed evidence-based medical nutrition therapy education in multiple local and regional forums. She proposed, developed and facilitated the first webinar for NDEP and the first joint NDEP/Academy webinar through the Food and Culinary dietetic practice group. Through her radio and local television interviews, she has shared information to promote nutritional health for youth and adults.
Excellence in Practice: Dietetics Education
Lorraine J. Weatherspoon, PhD, RDN
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Excellence in Practice Awards recognize outstanding registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered, who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in a specific area of practice. The awards are given in several practice categories, including Clinical Nutrition; Community Dietetics; Consultation and Business Practice; Dietetics Education; Dietetic Research; Dietetic Technician, Registered; and Management Practice, to honor Academy members who have demonstrated exceptional performance, contributed to the advancement of practice, and been effective and inspiring leaders in nutrition-related organizations.
Mary Abbott Hess Award
Staci Gerken, RD
This award recognizes an innovative food/culinary effort. Staci is the Nutrition Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan located in Grand Rapids and created the cooking class “Conquering the Kitchen”. The class is designed for male caregivers and provides both classroom and hands-on learning to help participants gain valuable skills that can decrease the stress related to food preparation and mealtime.