Nominations for the WH DPG annual awards are now being solicited. The following awards will be posted in Academy publications and presented at the upcoming FNCE®.

Excellence in Practice Award – this award is to recognize a DPG member who has exhibited outstanding service, dedication and/or innovation to the field of women’s health and nutrition.

Emerging Professional Award – this award is to recognize a member of the DPG who has exhibited interest and initiative in the area of women’s health.

Outstanding Student Award – this award will recognize two (2) student members of the DPG who have exhibited outstanding service, leadership and accomplishment.

Each nomination requires two (2) letters of recommendation. Please consider nominating a qualified candidate or yourself!



Spring 2019 Announcement:

Women’s Health DPG member and HOD representative, Kathleen Pellechia received the 2019 Outstanding Preceptor Award from Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP)! Kathleen was nominated by Phyllis McShane, MS, RD, LDN, Director, Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland.



  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health – Jean Tiffany Cox, MS, RD, LN

  • Jean Tiffany Cox was raised on a farm in southern Minnesota.  She received her BS in Food Science and Dietetics from Iowa State University and did her dietetic internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.  She then served 3.5 years in the Peace Corps in Honduras, supervising feeding programs for malnourished preschoolers but also teaching nutrition and related topics to many groups, including parents, teachers, community health workers, doctors, CARE personnel, and fellow Peace Corps Volunteers.  She then earned an MS in International Nutrition from Cornell University, researching the EFNEP program in New York City to identify modifications needed when they began to serve a new target population.  She also participated in research in Panama, looking at the effect of parasitic infections on nutritional status and growth of preschoolers.  Following graduate school she worked for WIC in both New Jersey and New Mexico.  Since 1991 she has done medical nutrition therapy for women of reproductive age, primarily focusing on pregnant women attending community clinics partially funded by Title V.  Counseling is done in both English and Spanish.  As part of the Department of OB/GYN at the University of New Mexico, she also did the nutrition counseling for women attending the MFM clinics.  Recently as an employee of the University of New Mexico Hospital, she has expanded her nutrition practice to include pediatric nephrology patients.

    She has done presentations on nutrition during pregnancy and lactation for the OB/GYN residents and faculty, RN and medical students, lactation consultants, nutrition students at UNM, and WIC personnel.  She has co-authored papers on nutrition during pregnancy, requested by doctors and written for both national and international medical publications.  She was co-author of the AND Practice paper on Nutrition and Women’s Health.  She is currently co-author of the UpToDate article on pica in pregnancy, as well as the chapter on pregnancy and lactation for the Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process textbook.

  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health – Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC

  • Lauren Manaker’s credentials start with the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She later earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL).  She later earned a Lactation Educator-Counselor certification from the University of California (San Diego, CA).  Her work experiences include inpatient clinical care, outpatient counseling, and corporate work.  She added the role of entrepreneur to her resume in 2018 when she launched her virtual private practice, after struggling with infertility and becoming a mother after a difficult pregnancy. Her personal experiences shed a spotlight on how much anecdotal and unsupported information is out there, and Lauren has made it her mission is to make accurate nutrition advice more accessible.



  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health –Helen Lane, PhD, RD
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health –Kendra Tolbert, MS, RDN, CLC, CDN



  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health – Lisa Akers, MS, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND (Video)
  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health – Traci Briant Causey, MS, MBA, SNS
  • Outstanding Students in Women’s Health – Lee Crosby (Video) & Leila Shinn (Video)