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!




  • Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health – Helen Lane, PhD, RD

  • Helen W Lane, PhD, RDN obtained her BS from University of California, Berkeley; MS from University of Wisconsin, Madison; and PhD from University of Florida, Gainesville.  She worked at the VA hospitals in Madison Wisconsin and Gainesville Florida.   She was assistant and associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and professor of food science and nutrition at Auburn University.  Her research was on antioxidant selenium and prevention of breast cancer and had students completing research with WIC and school lunch.  She worked for NASA/Johnson Space center as the chief nutritionist and senior scientist in health and human performance. She served on Institute of Medicine (including dietary recommendations for women in the military)  and NIH committees.  For the dietetics profession, she was a district president, director of the Texas Academy Foundation, chair of Texas nominating committee, chair of the Academy Position Committee, a member of the House of Delegates, chair of the Committee for Professional Development, chair of Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network Oversight Committee, and member of Council on Research along with treasure of Research and Vegetarian DPG. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, equal number of abstracts, edited 4 books and has many awards from NASA and outstanding teacher during her academic tenure. She has 2 patents. She received the Texas Distinguished Scientist award and is the senior scientist Emeritus at NASA.


  • Emerging Professional in Women’s Health – Kendra Tolbert, MS, RDN, CLC, CDN

  • Kendra Tolbert, MS, RDN, CLC is a private practice dietitian and writer. She helps women and couples prepare for pregnancy and improve their fertility. Kendra lives by the quote, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” and believes compassion and a listening ear are two of the most powerful medicines. Prior to starting her own practice, Kendra worked as a consultant for non-profits and as a nutritionist in acute care, food assistance programs, and outpatient clinics. A lifelong learner, she’s constantly digging into books and research about aromatherapy, herbalism, women’s health, spirituality, movement, and nutrition. Kendra is also a certified lactation counselor and certified aromatherapist. She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University.



  • 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)