2018-2019 Awards 

WHO Best Exemplifies Those in Our Profession? WHO Are Our Outstanding Students?

The Awards were presented at the 2019 CA Academy Annual Conference in Riverside, CA (April 11-13, 2019).

2019 Awards Program & 50 Yr Members


Congratulations to CA Academy & Academy 2018-2019 Award Recipients

The Envelope Please!
The 2018-19 CAND/AND award recipients have been announced! Our thanks to all who compiled and submitted award packets and those who wrote letters of recommendation. While all of the candidates were deserving of the awards, only those listed below were chosen for recognition this year.

And the winners are…

2018-2019 Member Awards

CA Academy's HIGHEST AWARD – Dolores Nyhus Memorial Award

Geeta Sikand, RDN, CLS, FNLA, CDE, MA FAND

Distinguished Service Award

Michele Tilton RDN

Excellence in Community Nutrition 

John Haubenstricker, MS, RD, CSSD

Excellence in Education

Brenda O'Day, MS, RDN, CNSC

Excellence in Private Practice, Business, Communication

Jessica Gust, MS, RDN

Excellence in Management

Suzanne A Ousey RDN

Crystal Award 

Carrie Der Garabedian MBA, RD, CFPM

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

AND AWARD – Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Geeta Sikand RDN, CLS, FNLA, CDE, MA, FAND

Emerging Dietetic Leader

Ashley Larsen RD

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year

Kirsten Ault RDN – Inland District

Angela Hays RDN – Silicon Valley District

Tawnie Kroll RDN – Central Valley District

Kristin Mahood MS, RDN – Orange District

Karmen Ovsepyan, MS, RDN – Los Angeles District

Outstanding Dietetic Student – Dietetic Internship

Amanda Maestas, DI, NDTR, CDM, CFPP, CLEC

Outstanding Dietetic Student – Coordinated Program

Rochelle Lai