The Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award is the highest award bestowed upon a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The 2017 award is presented to Doris Derelian, PhD, JD, RDN, FAND, in recognition of her contributions to the Academy and the profession. Throughout her career, Dr. Derelian has been an enthusiastic and inspiring educator, an outstanding role model and a valued advisor to decades of dietetics students and Academy leaders.

Dr. Derelian’s passion for the profession is seen in her commitment to promoting and expanding the role of registered dietitian nutritionists as members of the healthcare team, in foodservice and in public health settings. Demonstrating dynamic and visionary leadership in the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and as an attorney with unique knowledge and talents, Derelian has educated leaders in professional ethics, meeting management, and effective communications to optimize education of the public.

As a member of the Commission on Dietetic Registration, she devoted her considerable expertise to furthering the Academy’s principles of practitioner competence, quality practice, lifelong learning and career advancement. As a founder of the Food & Culinary Professionals dietetic practice group, she has been instrumental in strengthening food expertise among Academy members.

Dr. Derelian is widely recognized for her superb and unique communication skills, as reflected in hundreds of impactful presentations and publications. Her contributions have created bridges to many organizations and agencies, strengthening the Academy’s collaborative influence. Her commitment to interdisciplinary teams and diversity serve as an example for students and emerging leaders. Her collegial approach, personal integrity, enthusiasm and willingness to tackle complex and controversial projects have represented a guiding light to others and have helped prepare the Academy for its next century of service. Dr. Doris Derelian is a super-star within our profession, and richly deserving of the 2017 Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. 

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Award RecipientDayle M. Hayes, MS, RD

         The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes Dayle M. Hayes, MS, RD, as the 55th Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecturer. Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA.

         As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint Center for Disease Control-U.S. Department of Agriculture project; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

        In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received many honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an Academy Excellence in Practice - Consultation and Business Award. In January 2012, she received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition, and FoodService Director magazine named her as one of their 20 Most Influential. In 2013, she was honored with the Academy’s Medallion Award and as Montana School Food Service Professional of the Year.

       Hayes served on the Academy’s Board of Directors from 1994-98, where she chaired the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She also is a former president of the Montana Dietetic Association and past-chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group.

       We are fortunate to hear her thoughts and experiences as she delivers the 2017 Cooper Lecture, Through the Eyes and Taste Buds of our Children: School Food and Nutrition Past, Present and Future.

Award Recipient: Barbara Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND

       Barbara Ivens is the Executive Director, Nutrition and Health Professional Engagement at Conagra Foods, Inc. 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.

Award Recipient: Regan M Jones, RDN

        Regan M. Jones is an accomplished professional with an outstanding vision and commitment to media. In her work, she provides a strong platform and voice for registered dietitian nutritionists who communicate professionally, as well as for her clients. Jones truly embodies what excellence in nutrition media and communications looks like. 

       Jones’s commitment to “lifting up” her colleagues through visibility, training, and being an exceptional resource is unique. On topics ranging from the role of gut microbes in human health to parents feeding their children a nutrient-rich diet, Jones is a trusted resource for consumers as well as her fellow registered dietitian nutritionists. This recognition includes serving as the co-author of the 2016 Practice Paper, Social Media and the Dietetics Practitioner: Opportunities, Challenges and Best Practices (J Acad Nutr Diet 2016; 116(11):1825-1835).

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to recognize a special group of people who have been members of the Academy for 50 continuous years. They have been instrumental in the growth and development of the Academy through their ongoing support and contributions to the profession.

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Andrew S Narva, MD, FASN

In recognition of:

  • His dedicated focus to improve the nutrition care of underserved populations most at risk for chronic kidney disease throughout his career with the Indian Health Service and the National Kidney Disease Education Program at the National Institutes of Health. 
  • His vision, clinical insight, and expertise, used to influence health systems change to reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease by implementing interdisciplinary care for people with kidney disease in the primary care setting, including care from the registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • His tireless efforts to educate, both within and outside the Federal government, the primary care team and the public about the benefits of chronic kidney disease medical nutrition therapy and the role of the registered dietitian nutritionist as a key member of the interdisciplinary care team.
  • His innovative development and promotion of unbiased, simple, and easy to use evidence-based patient educational materials and professional resources to support patient self-management, shared decision making and training in chronic kidney disease nutrition management. 
  • His unwavering support and mentoring of registered dietitian nutritionists to assist in the development and promotion of national nutrition education and training programs in chronic kidney disease.
  • His enthusiastic sharing of knowledge and skills with the nutrition community.

Michelle Obama

In recognition of her actions as First Lady and her:

  • Promotion of many policy changes to improve the nutritional health of Americans, actions that advance the Academy’s Vision of optimizing health through food and nutrition.
  • Creation of the Let’s Move campaign, which identified realistic and comprehensive strategies to guide children on a path to a better future by giving parents useful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices.
  • Positive role modeling of healthful behaviors, specifically encouraging better food and beverage choices and increased physical activity for both children and adults.
  • Consistent and enthusiastic support of registered dietitian nutritionists as food and nutrition experts and reliance on evidence-based strategies to address childhood obesity. 
  • Public advocacy for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which updated school nutrition standards for the first time in 15 years.
  • Installation of the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s in 1943, which has sparked a national conversation around nutrition, health and wellness and has promoted growing fresh fruits and vegetables in home and community gardens.

Anne Marie Hunter, PhD, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND

In recognition of:

  • Her exceptional leadership and service to the Academy, including serving as chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee; vice-chair of the Council on Future Practice (CFP); participant in the Future Connections Summit on Dietetic Practice, Credentialing and Education; and member of the CFP’s 2014-2017 Visioning Process Workgroup; as well as Missouri Academy Director-at-Large, President-elect and Legislative Network Coordinator.
  • Her commitment to creating positive change and her pursuit of excellence, her passion for her profession and the Academy, and her visionary leadership and broad scope of influence on dietetics. She is a recipient of Missouri’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Dietitian Award. Her numerous publications and presentations have influenced and advanced evidence-based dietetics education and practice.
  • Her pioneering role in recognition of the crucial role dietitians play in enteral and parenteral nutrition, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s approval for creation of the first nutrition support specialty certification for registered dietitians.
  • Her cutting-edge research, which has advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession and health care. The Nutritional Status of Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Chest 1993; 103(5):1362-1368) was the first paper published on the relationship between nutrition and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and influenced dietetics practice and the practice of pulmonary physicians; her dissertation on Leadership Development of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists identified what is lacking – mentorship - in the development and confidence of dietitians to assume leadership roles.
  • Her drive, expertise and vision for the future, which have led the way for future generations of nutrition and dietetics professionals.

Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND

In recognition of:

  • Her significant leadership, her strong passion for dietetics and the Academy, her broad scope of influence and her never-ending commitment to the profession. She is an advocate for improving the nutritional health and well-being of the elderly and has emphasized the essential role of the registered dietitian nutritionist in improving the quality of nutrition and quality of life for those she serves.
  • Her outstanding leadership and service to the Academy, including serving as the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Chair of the Council on Future Practice, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Member Services Advisory Committee, the Nutrition and Dietetics Associate Task Force, the Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language Committee, and as the Chair of the Dietetics in Health Care Communities dietetic practice group and an active member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group.
  • Her volunteerism, with the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the Dietary Managers Association (now ANFP) among many other groups.
  • Her visionary, creative, and innovative practice. She is an internationally recognized speaker, as evidenced by the number of presentations given throughout the United States and at international conferences. She is a well-known and prolific author.
  • Her entrepreneurial spirit and success, having founded a successful nutrition/dietetics consulting firm that has been in business over 30 years.
  • Her dedication to mentorship, actively encouraging and motivating hundreds of registered dietitian nutritionists & nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered towards achieving personal growth, career development and leadership roles. 

Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CDN, FADA, FAND

In recognition of:

  • His exemplary leadership and volunteer service at both the state and national level.  Bergman has served the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in multiple roles, including as delegate and president, and performed national service as the Speaker of the House and president, as well as many committee and task force appointments; his participation has resulted in strong and forward-facing outcomes.
  • His ability to set challenging goals and standards while continuously demonstrating the ability to excel through personal dedication and integrity, and inspiring others to do the same.
  • His dedication to evidence-based information and high scientific standards for research and practice within the profession. 
  • His ability to teach and mentor our future professionals and leaders, including dietetics program directors, affiliate presidents, volunteer leaders, corporate executives, researchers and award recipients. Bergman has been instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative nutrition and nutrition-related curriculum, served as a bridge-builder and collaborator across curriculum specialties including fitness and athletics, mentored hundreds of students, served as chair and member on numerous nutrition-related master thesis committees, provided support in research endeavors, and facilitated the publishing of articles and peer-reviewed research. 
  • His global awareness that reaches beyond geographical and cultural boundaries.  Whether presenting on the importance of nutrition in the US or abroad (India, Romania, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Brazil, Spain or Japan) or serving on the Alliance to End Hunger, Bergman makes a difference every day.

Jacqueline B. Marcus, MS, RDN, LDN, CNS, FADA, FAND

In recognition of:

  • Her extensive and significant contributions to the dietetics profession. She has been an accomplished member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 38 years and served at the National, State/District and Non-academy levels and in dietetic practice groups in both elected and appointed positions, including serving as Chair of both Food & Culinary Professionals (FCP) and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN).
  • Her outstanding leadership in moving the profession forward, including creating the first FCP Culinary Workshop as FCP Education Chair; acting as the co-chair of the first SCAN Symposium and Editor-in-Chief of the first SCAN Sports Nutrition Manual; and as an appointed member of the Committee for Lifelong Learning and a Project Leader of EatTheTruth.org as part of the Nutrition Impact Summit.
  • Her influential professional leadership and effects on dietetics. She was awarded the Excellence Award for Private Practice by the American Dietetic Association Foundation; certified as a Charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; named Outstanding Dietitian of the year of the Chicago Dietetic Association; recognized as a “Ground Breaker” dietitian by Restaurants and Institutions magazine, and awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences of Northern Illinois University.
  • Her volunteerism, which includes donating her time speaking and writing on food, nutrition and health issues throughout the US and internationally; participating in nutrition seminars for world-wide health organizations, collaborating with educational, religious and service institutions, and acting as a nutrition and health resource for local, regional, and national governments and the media.

Rita Batheja, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

In recognition of:

  • Her leadership as an advocate of diversity within the Academy long before the Academy started diversity initiatives. Her experiences as a student in the United States working toward obtaining her RD certification led her to recognize the need for dietitians of Indian origin to have a professional group to network in the field of nutrition. In 1992, she founded the Indian American Dietetic Association. She was a member of the Academy’s Ethnic Networking group which led to the formation of member interests groups, and the founder the Asian Indian member interest group. She was instrumental in encouraging the Indian Dietetic Association, India’s national organization, to reinstate their membership in the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations after a 30-year gap.
  • Her exemplary service to the profession at the district, state, national, and international levels, as well as in dietetic practice groups and member interest groups. She has served on various Academy task forces including the States Issues Task Force, the Physicians Outreach Committee, and the Public Policy Committee. She is a strong advocate of medical nutrition therapy, serving as New York State Reimbursement and Legislative Chair and continues to serve in this capacity for the many dietetic practice groups in which she is a member.
  • Her visionary leadership as an ambassador promoting the Academy and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). She is the queen of the photo op, which is really not about the photograph, but about helping RDNs to collaborate with each other as well as with allied professions. One of her many initiatives was a partnership between MDs, RDNs, and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).

Sandra A. Parker, RDN, CDE

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 adjust Assistant instructor, she has championed evidenced-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.

Trisha Fuhrman, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, FASPEN

In recognition of:

  • Her leadership and innovation in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Trisha has been a trailblazer within our profession, spearheading things like malnutrition coding and nutrition focused physical exam guides. She continues to work to obtain recognition for registered dietitian nutritionists for our expertise in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Her dedication and service to our profession and leadership within the Academy, including holding positions such as Professional Interest Delegate, Speaker of the House of Delegates and serving as the Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors.
  • Her active participation and involvement in many local, national and international organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation and Council of Renal Nutrition. She has also held roles within the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition at both the national and local levels.
  • Her gracious volunteerism and dedication of her time to mentoring dietetic students and interns as a dietetic internship director, as well as sharing her expertise with pharmacists, registered dietitians, MDs and parenteral nutrition companies.
  • Her visionary practice and expertise. Trisha has numerous publications, posters and presentations on topics including micronutrients in long term Total Parenteral Nutrition, malnutrition, nutrition assessment, wound healing and many others.

Clinical Practice

Beth N. Ogata, MS, RD, CSP, CD

Consultation and Business Practice 

Linda Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Dietetic Research 

Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS

Dietetic Education 

Lorraine J. Weatherspoon, PhD, RDN

Dietetic Technician, Registered

Mark Dobson, DTR

Management Practice 

Susan H. Konek, MA, RDN, CSP, LD, FAND