Current Award Winners


Award of Excellence

The 2018 Nutrition Education for the Public Award of Excellence has been awarded to Fran Alloway, Lynn James, and Rayna Cooper.


Fran Alloway Lynn James Rayna Cooper


The NEP Award of Excellence went to the group nomination of Fran Alloway, Lynn James, and Rayna Cooper, who all work for Pennsylvania State Extension. These three women created the program curriculum, Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You. By partnering with local growers and food producers, this program has helped hundreds of adults by improving their eating patterns, especially increasing healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and spices, and eating more local foods. The group has trained over 400 nutrition professionals to teach this curriculum as well. Fran, Lynn, and Rayna will receive $500 and will be highlighted at the Member Showcase at FNCE 2018. Their curriculum is available for purchase and has been sold to over 45 different organizations and individuals.


Outstanding Member

The Nutrition Education for the Public DPG has chosen Ingrid Adams to receive the 2018 Outstanding NEP Member Award.


Ingrid Adams


The 2018 NEP Outstanding Member is Ingrid Adams. Ingrid is currently and Associate Professor for Ohio State University. For the past 12 years, she has developed and evaluated prevention and treatment interventions related to diabetes, obesity, and chronic disease, along with disseminating best practice guidelines. Ingrid will receive $250 and will be highlighted at the Member Showcase at FNCE 2018.


The NEP team is proud and honored to congratulate these members on such great accomplishments and contributions in the field of nutrition!


Student Award Winners

NEP is pleased to award two student NEP members scholarships to help support their attendance at FNCE® 2017 in Chicago. Our awardees are Gina Fung and Lauren Ince.



Gina Fung (above, left): "There are so many topics that are going to presented at FNCE that I am excited to learn about. Specifically, my goals are to learn more about the profession of dietetics, medical nutrition therapy, counseling and behavior change, and public health nutrition. I am excited to go beyond the classroom experience and to learn from working professionals in the field."

Lauren Ince (above, right): "I am looking forward to have the opportunity to network with other dietitians across the US and to learn nutrition information that I can use in my dietetic internship and in my dietetic career."