PNPG Grants and Awards

Each year PNPG recognizes the outstanding practice and significant contributions its members make toward promotion of pediatric dietitians.

To nominate a fellow PNPG member, please review the following criteria and complete the application.

Materials for the awards listed below must be submitted  by March 31, 2017; scholarship applications must be submitted by April 15, 2017.  If you have questions about the online application process, please contact us.
    2016 Award Winners

PNPG Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

The Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes outstanding leadership contributions to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health. The following are criteria for award selection: (1) PNPG membership for three or more years, and (2) outstanding service, accomplishments, and community outreach in pediatric nutrition or maternal and child health as exemplified by research, publication, or conceptual development. Nominate a deserving colleague for this award. The nomination should include a cover letter stating why the person is deserving of the award and curriculum vitae or resume that outline the nominee’s accomplishments and commitment to pediatric nutrition.  Click here to submit an application.

Published Research Award

The award recognized outstanding research in pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health by a PNPG member published in a peer-reviewed journal. Selection criteria are as follows: (1) PNPG membership for at least two years, (2) being first author or having a primary role in the research and manuscript development of a publication describing research applied to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health, and (3) publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year. Click here to submit an application.

Research Grant Award

The PNPG Research Grant award will provide $5,000 to support research in the area of pediatric nutrition and encourage PNPG members to pursue research within their institutions. To be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of PNPG. The project must be completed within one year of the award, and any manuscripts or materials resulting from the supported research will credit PNPG with the support provided. Members without research experience are encouraged to apply and receive mentoring through the PNPG Research Mentoring Committee. The funded project must be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (if appropriate) or granted exempt status before funds will be distributed.  Click here to submit an application.

Creative Nutrition Education Award

Eligibility criteria for this award are as follow: (1) applicants must be PNPG members for at least two years prior to applying; 2) the educational approach is used in the practice where the applicant is affiliated, (3) applicants may not win the award more than once in a three year period; and (4) a commercial firm or a national organization may not have developed the education approach. To be considered for the award, the applicant should prepare a summary or outline of no more than two typewritten pages describing the project (objective, methods, budget, and effectiveness/evaluation). Applicants will be considered for this award based on originality, appropriateness, quality of content, pediatric nutrition application, effectiveness, learner participation, and aesthetics and technical quality (for tools only).  Click here to submit an application.

Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship

PNPG is again proud to offer the Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship to current members who are enrolled in CADE-accredited internships or pre-professional practice programs.  The scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year is for those intending to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of their current training program, in the academic year of 2016-17.  The amount of the scholarship is $500.  Qualifications: (1) Intent to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of the current program; (2) Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Preference will be given to a candidate with pediatric experience. Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by April 15, 2017 - click here to apply.

Grant and Award Recipients

Outstanding Member of the Year

PNPG is proud to announce our 2016 Outstanding Member of the Year, Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLC, FAND. Linda has been the Clinical Nutrition Manager for Clinical Nutrition Services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2000. In addition, she was the editor for the first professional bi-monthly journal solely dedicated to pediatric nutrition, Infant Children Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN) published by Sage Publications and launched in February 2009 through December, 2015. She is a board certified specialist in Pediatrics (CSP), served on the House of Delegates as a representative for the PNPG, as a treasurer and nominations chair for the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. She has served as a test examiner for the CSP exam for the Commission on Dietetics Registration and is currently serving as the Specialist Commissioner for the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Linda is a certified Lactation Educator (CLC), leads the lactation team at Children’s Hospital LA and has been instrumental in the significant improvement of lactation services provided there. She also serves as nutritional consultant for California Medical Services /California Children Services, as well acts as consultant for a sub-acute facility for infants, children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. She served as a Clinical Director for Health Promotions for Southern California Special Olympics and continues to volunteer for this organization. She has been working with children and adults with special healthcare needs for nearly 30 years including those with neurodevelopmental disabilities, feeding disabilities, pulmonary disease, cardiac defect and severe food allergies. After completing her dietetic internship, she became the first dietitian assigned to the Immunology /Allergy Division of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she helped to identify and standardize nationally accepted protocol for managing the nutritional impact of HIV/AIDS in infants, children and adolescents. She earned both her bachelor and masters of science degrees in Food and Nutrition from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and completed her dietetic internship and LEND training at the USC UCEDD at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Linda has served as faculty for the LEND program and has an active appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for the USC School of Medicine. Congratulations Linda!

Published Research Award 

Congratulations to Kayla Bridges, MS, RD, CNSC, for receiving the Published Research Award for her publication “Bone metabolism in very preterm infants receiving total parenteral nutrition: do intravenous fat emulsions have an impact?” The paper explored the role of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid profiles in regard to skeletal development. It then reviewed fatty acid profiles of currently available and emerging IVFE products, and extracted evidence from IVFE studies in very preterm infants pertinent to bone health. From this information, they published the first recommendations to guide development of optimal fatty acid profiles in IVFE products for very preterm infants. Kayla said the monetary award will be contributed toward funds spent on presenting these recommendations as an invited paper at the PCS Global Obstetrics and Gynaecology Congress - Antenatal and Newborn Screening Symposium in Prague, Czech Republic this past June. Kayla’s presentation was entitled "Novel insights on intravenous fat emulsions and bone metabolism in extremely preterm infants”. Congratulations to Kayla for the recognition of her work!

Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship

PNPG is proud to announce that the Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Hobar. Ashley is currently a dietetic intern in the University of Memphis Clinical Nutrition Master's Program/Dietetic Internship and Residency. Ashley had the pleasure of working as a graduate assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in their Clinical Nutrition Services department. In addition, she worked there as an undergraduate student and is excited to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition. Congratulations Ashley!


Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah Salvatore for receiving the Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship. Deborah has been a registered dietitian for 10 years. She has an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, a Bachelors and Masters in Nutrition from The Sage Colleges and is currently working on her Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Deborah worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian with a Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Division and Cystic Fibrosis Center for 5 years and for the last 3 years has been working with pediatrician offices. She works with children and their families who have various nutritional issues including failure to thrive, overweight/obesity, constipation, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, cystic fibrosis, tube feedings and more. In addition to her clinical duties, Deborah is an adjunct professor for Suffolk Community College’s Dietetic Technician program and has taught graduate classes at Long Island University Post.  Congratulations Deborah!


Past PNPG's Recipients of Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

2016      Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLC, FAND

2015      Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RDN

2014      Liesje Carney, RD, CSP, LDN

2013      Beverly Henry, PhD, RD

2012      Mimi Kaufman, MPH, RD, LD

2011      Deb Hutsler, MS, RD, LD

2010      Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

2009      Virginia H. Carney, RD, LD, IBCLC

2008      Nancy Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, CSP, LD, FADA

2007      Josephine Cialone, MS, RD.

2006      Robyn Wong, MPH, RD, CSP

2005      Ellen Bowser, MS, RD, CSP, LD, RN

2004      Leila T. Beker, PhD, RD, LD

2003      Sandra T. Robbins, RD, CSP, LDN

1998      Barbara Emison Gaffield, MS, RD


Published Research Award

2016      Kayla Bridges, MS, RD-AP, CSP, CNSC, FAND

2015      Diane Stadler, PhD, RDN

2014      Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2013      Shelby Wilson, MPH

2012      Teresa Johnson, DCN, RD, LD

2011      Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LD

2010      Sandy Van Calcar, PhD, RD

"Articles of Distinction" Recognition given to:

Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN

Amy K. Resnik, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, LDN

Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LDN

Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD

2008      Christine M. Hardy Framson, PhD, RD

2007      Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2006      Lynn S. Brann, PhD, RD

2005      Peggy Papathakis, MS, RD

2004      Barb Kuzma O'Reilly, MA, RD, LD            

1998      Leila Beker

Research Grant Award

2015      Dena Herman Mendes, PhD, RDN

2014      Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

2013      Melissa Edwards, RD and Beth Ogata, MS, RD

2012      Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD

Ruth Williams, EdD, MS, RD

2011      Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2008      Patricia A. Esposito, MS, RD, CDN, CNSD

2006      Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2004      Cheryl S. Lair, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

Creative Nutrition Education Award

2014      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2013      Teresie Mosby, EdD, RD, CSP, LDN, IBCLC

2012      Mary Barnes, MS, RD

2011      Melissa Pflugh Prescott, MS, RD, CDN

2009      Barbara Baron, MS, RD, CDN

2008      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2007      Verna Baker, MS, RD, LD

2005      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2004      Beth Zupic-Kania, RD, CD

2003      Cathy McCarroll, MPH, RD, LD


Dietetic Internship/Pre-professional Scholarship

2016      Ashley Hobar

2015      Kaitlyn Elizabeth Philipps

2014      Perrin Tamblyn

2012      Lindsay Raub

2010      Deonna Hughes

2009      Deonna Hughes

2008      Lauren Rose Cavanaugh June

2007      Alizabeth Neu, BS

2006      Jennifer Jerles, BS

2005      Aimee Morin, BS, BA

2004      Melissa Metz, BS

2003      Jennifer Bott, BS

ADA/ANDF Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship (awarded in spring for next academic year)

2016      Deborah E Salvatore, MS, CDN

2015      Rachael Patusco, MS, RD, CSP

2014      Rosanna P. Watowicz

2013      Beth Conlon, MS, RD

2012      Lori Bechard, MEd, RD, LDN

2011      Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2010      Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2009      Chandra D. Hughes

2008      Brittani R. Padellford

2007      Jillian B. Cooper

2006      Katherine J. Irwin

2005      Shira B. Feldman, RD

2004      Michelle P. Judge, RD

2002      Keecha Harris, DRPH

2001      Lynn Brann, PhD, RD, FAND

1999      Ruth Williams-Hooker, MS, RD, FAND

1998      Melanie Desapri, MS, RD, LD, CNSD

1996      Sharon Groh-Wargo, RD

1994      Pamela T. Price, MS, RD

1993      Rebecca L. Biga, MS, RD

1992      Elizabeth Adams, PhD

1990      Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD

1989      Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD, FADA, FAND

1988      Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

1987      Colleen Mathews, RD


Note: members whose names vary from Academy and PNPG membership information may have been unintentionally excluded from this list. If you have historical knowledge of past PNPG grant and award winners, please contact the Electronic Communications Chair at with corrections/additions.