Members In Action

Outstanding Contribution

Chef John Selick

John has participated as a chef for the GAAND Nutritious & Delicious Gala scholarship fundraiser since at least 2010 donating both his time, culinary skills, and delicious food.  Every year he has donated and prepared more than one amazing dish for about 200 attendees to sample.  He has also helped GAAND out multiple times with media coverage for this event. Even when he was not appearing in news segments, he assisted by providing dishes for GAAND to showcase.  He is someone GAAND can count on if we need a speaker or assistance with any event. John has always been a generous supporter of the dietetic profession.

Outstanding Contribution

Senator Randy Gardner

Senator Randy Gardner has served the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in several ways these past few years.  He has been a speaker at the Policy Day for Dietetic Interns and Students and has worked with OAND on two issues that we want added to our Dietetic Practice Act – scope of practice for therapeutic diet orders and confidentiality regarding complaints.  This past year he worked with OAND in our efforts to retain independent status for the Ohio Board of Dietetics.  When we knew that this was not going to be successful, Senator Gardner sponsored an amendment and worked with his colleagues to strengthen the Dietetic Advisory Council under the State Medical Board in the final budget bill. His efforts were successful. 

President's Award

Jane Korsberg, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Jane Korsberg has been a member of AND/ADA for 40 years and has served at the district and state levels for most of them.  Her passion for the profession and desire to help others achieve their personal and professional goals has been her driving force.  Jane has held leadership roles including President of OAND and the Cleveland Dietetic Association. She continues to serve as Reimbursement Representative for OAND since 2010 and advocates for policy changes.  Jane is the owner of Nutrition Reality LLC, a private practice, providing nutrition counseling services to individuals and groups, focusing on wellness and disease prevention/control.  She was a Senior Instructor in the School of Medicine, Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University and on-line nutrition expert for the website NetWellness.org for 16 years and is now an adjunct faculty member.   She received her B.S. in Foods & Nutrition from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, a M.S. in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, Interned at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY)

Abigail Sylvester, MS, RDN, LD

Abby Sylvester is the Director of Nutrition Services at Be Well Solutions in Solon, OH. In this role, Abby is part of a multidisciplinary team that brings wellness programs and services to clients. Despite being in this role for only two years, Abby has contributed immensely to the Be Well team, bringing on two part-time dietitians and one full-time dietitian, educating colleagues on nutrition and positioning RDNs as the nutrition experts, and assisting in the development of an ACEND-approved distance internship program.  While her work at Be Well would be enough to keep anyone busy, Abby also spends nights and weekends as a diabetes self-management educator at University Hospitals. She is a passionate and active member of the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, helping with the Academy’s 100th anniversary festivities, and is also a member of SCAN and NDEP dietetic practice groups.

Emerging Dietetic Leader

Shannon Sterne, MS, MA, RDN

Shannon Sterne is a dietitian, a dancer, and a leader. Currently, Shannon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches courses in modern dance technique, kinesiology, dieting and nutrition.  Her research is focused on the wellness and nutrition needs of dancers.  As the only RDN Board of Trustees member for OhioDance, Shannon has provided nutrition education at their annual festival and also writes for their quarterly newsletter. A nationally-recognized speaker on nutrition needs among dancers, she also recently wrote a chapter on Bone Health in the text DancerWellness.   Locally, GCAND is very fortunate to have Shannon, who has held several executive board positions since 2014.  Shannon worked with GCAND members to create a Visioning and Strategies report to guide the future of their organization and also helped in planning Cleveland’s centennial celebration for the Academy.  

Outstanding Dietetic Student Award

Taylor Hawkins, RD

Taylor Hawkins obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics and Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in August 2016. She recently completed her Dietetic Internship with Wellness Workdays in September 2017. Taylor has demonstrated leadership throughout her Dietetic Internship and is Treasurer of the Greater Akron Dietetic Association as well as Raffle Basket Chair for their annual Nutritious and Delicious Gala. She served as a Student Page at the OAND conference in Cleveland May of 2017 and has volunteered for Akron Children’s Diabetes Camp the past 4 years. Taylor has an interest in clinical nutrition and a passion for medical missions. She is motivated, has a passion for the field of dietetics, and is looking forward to continuing her education in Nutrition in the near future!

Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award

Carrie Hamady, MS, RD, LD

Carrie Hamady is a registered/licensed dietitian and the Director of the Undergraduate Dietetics Program at BGSU. Carrie has presented at FNCE, the Ohio NDEP Conference and the CREATE Conference on innovative teaching practices. She serves as the Vice-Chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Nutrition Informatics Committee and is the group leader for the Nutrition Care Process and Research Outcomes (NCPRO) Committee for ANDHII. She serves as an advisor to the Student Nutrition Association and is the Faculty Affiliate for the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) initiative. She won the award for best innovation in dietetics education at FNCE, and the Faculty Excellence Award for Community-Based Teaching at BGSU. Carrie is also working on her doctorate in Leadership Studies at BGSU.