Helen D. Mullan Continuing Education Awards

The Helen D. Mullan Scholarship Committee and the MDA Foundation honored Andrea Belloli, BS, Colleen Abbott, MS, Jennifer Pope, BS, Caitlin Royster, RD, LDN, Erin Reese, BS, MPH, and Elyse Kontra, RD, LDN, CNSC with Continuing Education Awards in a ceremony held August 24, 2015.  The six awardees represented dietetics practitioners at all levels of practice and were selected based on professional and volunteer involvement. 

This award was established to honor the memory of Helen D. Mullan, MBA, RD, LD.  Helen was a member of the American Dietetic Association for over 40 years.  She completed a BS in Nutrition at Hood College, Frederick, MD and a dietetic internship at the Medical College of Virginia.  Most of her professional career was spent at Johns Hopkins Hospital first as Chief Clinical Dietitian for ARA, then Clinical Nutritional Manager and eventually as Assistant Director of Food and Clinical Nutrition Services.  She served as President of ASPEN (1994-95), was the MDA Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (1999), and served two terms as MDA President (2000-01 and 2003-04).  A strong proponent of continuing education and volunteerism Helen mentored countless dietetic students, DTRs, and RDs throughout her career.  

A sincere thank you to all who donated funds for these awards, and to Jessica Kiel, RD, LDN, CPT and Chris Goglia MAS, RD, LDN of the MDA Foundation.  And special thanks to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Clinical Nutrition Team and the JHH Department of Food and Nutrition Services for their hospitality and sponsorship of the awards ceremony.  And endless gratitude to  Dechen Surkhang, RD, LDN, Siony Placiente, MS, RD, LDN, Steve Mullan, Rebecca Ponder MS, RD, LDN, and Elisabeth D’Alto, RD, LDN for all their volunteer hours and efforts with this project.  Your energy and expertise keep our professional organizations strong!  

Respectfully submitted,

Marie DeMarco, MS, RD, LDN, NCC 

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