Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2022 Member Awards: ODY, RYDY, EDL, GEM, and Service

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award   Erin Green, MS, RDN, LD

Erin Green

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to recognize Erin Green, MS, RDN, LD as the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2022.  This award recognizes members who have demonstrated leadership in the affiliate or employment through research, education, management, or legislation.  Recipients of this award have also served as an outstanding role-model of professionalism and as a source of inspiration to others in nutrition and dietetics.   

Erin is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and plays an active role in our affiliate. Erin is finishing up her two-year term as Nominating Committee Member Southwest.  In the past and present, Erin has served on the planning committee for the IAND Annual Meeting and has also been called upon to present! She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and engaging in her presentations to capture the attention of her audience and has been described as one of the best public speakers in our field.

As a dietitian, Erin worked as a WIC RDN and an independent dietitian consultant. She is a Nutrition Entrepreneur and colleagues can attest that Erin is an amazing educator, both one-on-one and in group settings, a strong clinician, a leader in our dietetics field, and an overall a class act.

Erin is a retired professional triathlete. Her active lifestyle combined with her professional attributes as a dietitian, make her an outstanding role model in our profession as a leader and communicator and serves as an inspiration to others.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award   Amy James, MS, RDN, LD

Amy James

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to recognize Amy James, MS, RDN, LD, CSP, as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for 2022.  This award recognizes members 35 years and younger who have demonstrated leadership in the affiliate or employment through research, education, management, or legislation. Recipients of this award have also demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.

Amy is currently a corporate health and wellness dietitian at St. Alphonsus Healthcare System and a Lecturer at the University of Idaho.  In these endeavors, she graciously shares her talents and passion for the dietetics profession and promotes optimal health and nutritional status to the population with whom she works. Amy stepped into teaching her first college-level course, Clinical Dietetics II, as a temporary lecturer to seniors in the University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She was respected by her students and viewed as a leader in her field.

Amy has made an immediate impression as an active member of the Board of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has done an amazing job as the State Media Chair last two years. Amy has willingly volunteered her time and Canva skills in designing numerous ads, pushing out emails, creative slogans, and messages encouraging members to vote in both the national and state elections.  Her social media marketing skills and leadership put Idaho on top in 2021 and 2nd place in 2022 for the Project Vote Campaign!

Since becoming a full-time population health dietitian with St. Alphonsus, Amy has made a significant impact. She started her own podcast, is an integral member of the St. Al’s diversity, inclusion, and equity team, and shares her creative talents generously to help others. Amy has the education, talent, and trust of colleagues, fellow dietitians, and healthcare professionals that inspire others to move forward with innovative and relevant ideas.

Amy is described by colleagues as dedicated, a collaborator, forward-thinking, smart, loyal, enthusiastic, and focused. Amy demonstrates integrity, innovation, passion, and authentic leadership, which makes her deserving of this prestigious award.

Gem Award   Dairy West

The Gem award recognizes nonmembers of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that have promoted and/or encouraged good health with an emphasis on sound nutrition habits through efforts to educate the public.  Recipients of this award are selected for their contributions to the mission and vision of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents its 2022 Gem Award to Dairy West for its long-term support and contribution to our affiliate.

Dairy West supports us in many ways and always has a presence in our field. Here are some of the ways Dairy West has contributed to our profession and the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • RDNs from Dairy West volunteer to serve on committees.
  • RDNs from Dairy West hold leadership positions in the community.
  • RDNs from Dairy West promote school nutrition programs.
  • Dairy West offers Lunch and Learn Presentations for RDNs and other health professionals.
  • Dairy West provides both financial and volunteer support for our Annual Meeting.
  • Dairy West donates Idaho products for our Annual Meeting (Cheese, Yogurt, and Milk).
  • RDNs at Dairy West provide opportunities in community nutrition for students and interns.
  • Dairy West invests in the role of the RDNs through media and other activities.
  • Dairy West has provided scholarships for students to attend the Annual Meeting.

This list is not exhaustive. It is apparent that Dairy West’s culture “seeks to deliver impactful information and experiences that can help secure a brighter future for us all.” Their passion and innovation are, no doubt, deserving of the Gem Award!

Emerging Dietetic Leader Award              Callie Miller, MHS, RD, LD ACE-CPT, ACE-CGFI

Callie Miller

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to recognize Callie Miller, MHS, RD, LD ACE-CPT, ACE-CGFI as the Emerging Dietetic Leader for 2022.  This award recognizes members who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in the affiliate or employment through research, education, management, or legislation.  Recipients of this award are recognized for their strong leadership skills, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers.

Callie has emerged as a leader in the dietetics field in the past several years. Callie is finishing her term as Treasurer for the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and will jump into her next position as President-elect. Previously, Callie was elected and served as the Nominating Committee member from Southwest Idaho. She also actively participates in the Pocatello Dietitian group.

Callie currently works for a private practice RDN group where she coordinates social media, recipes, and meal planning tools. In addition, she is a consultant RDN for Area V – Southeast Idaho Area Agency on Aging and works as a personal trainer at a small studio. Her ability to work with others in a variety of settings demonstrates her flexibility and adaptability in the dietetics field. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and initiative make her an emerging leader, and is truly deserving of this award!

Outstanding Service Award         Barbara Herbel, MS, RDN, CNSC, LD

The Outstanding Service Award is a special award of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and recognizes members who have gone above and beyond to advocate for our profession through tremendous work requiring exceptional communication and collaboration skills.

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents the 2022 Outstanding Service Award to Barbara Herbel, MS, RDN, CNSC, LD for her contribution to our affiliate and its members. Barbara is finishing up her four-year term as the Idaho Academy’s Consumer Protection Coordinator (CPC) and is the liaison to the Idaho Board of Medicine (BOM). The BOM has undergone organizational changes during her tenure, and Barbara has communicated these changes to the Idaho Academy Board.  Barbara has also been responsible for submitting nominations to the Licensure Board.

Barbara maintains her knowledge as CPC by participating in webinars and conference calls with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also recently assisted with preparing a presentation on the Incident Reporting Tool.

As Barbara prepares to leave her position, she is willingly mentoring our incoming CPC to maintain momentum in this area. Barbara’s exceptional communication skills and work as our BOM liaison and CPC is well-deserving of this recognition for her outstanding service.