//Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Fellows

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Fellows

Current Fellows

Stephen Alajajian, RDN

Project: Gardens for Health International

Funded by: The Academy Foundation Research Endowment

Stephen Alajajian is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion for serving culturally and linguistically diverse people. Through his fellowship, he is currently the Senior Nutrition Technical Adviser for Gardens for Health International in Rwanda. In this role, he focuses on curriculum review, program evaluation and quality improvement.

Lee Unangst, MS, RDN

Project: Hunger Free Communities

Funded by: General Mills Foundation

Lee Unangst is currently a consultant in nutrition and informatics, providing services in the areas standardized terminology, application and tool development and nutrition counseling. In his role as a fellow, he is working closely with the Academy’s Director of the Nutrition Care Process to plan, execute and publish a modification to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure so that ANDHII can be used for public health nutrition projects.

Past Fellows

Jenica Abram, MPH, RDN

Project: GENIE Development and Validation

Funded by: ConAgra Foods Foundation

In her role as the ConAgra Foods Foundation Nutrition Education Research Fellow at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Jenica Abram worked as a primary member of the project team responsible for the design and validation of the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education.

Lauren Au, PhD, RD

Project: Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship

Funded by: The Academy Foundation Ostenso Fund

Lauren Au is an Assistant Researcher at University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nutrition Policy Institute. The Foundation fellowship provided her the opportunity to serve one year as a Congressional fellow in Washington, D.C.

Sandra Carpenter, MS, RDN

Project: Simulation Area Identification and Development

Funded by: Funded by the Commission on Dietetics Registration

Sandra Carpenter served as Simulation Research Fellow at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Greater Pittsburgh Area Health, Wellness and Fitness. As a registered dietitian specializing in diabetes management, nutrition support, cardiovascular health and food service management, she is a passionate educator and worksite wellness professional who leads by example.

Lindsey Field, MS, RDN

Project: Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Pilot Trial

Funded by: Abbott Nutrition

Lindsey Field is a registered and licensed dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. She served as the Abbott Nutrition Malnutrition Research Fellow from 2014-2015. During the fellowship, she served as project coordinator for the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation Pilot Study. She assisted with data extraction and analysis and communicated regularly with dietitian participants at three study sites.

Leigh A. Gantner, PhD, RD

Project: Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship

Funded by: The Academy Foundation Ostenso Fund

Leigh Gantner is an analyst at USDA in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. She completed a PhD in nutritional sciences from Cornell University, where her dissertation was entitled, “Building environments to promote healthy weights among childbearing women.” The Foundation fellowship provided her the opportunity to serve one year as a Congressional fellow in Washington, D.C.

Janice Giddens, MS, RDN

Project: Gardens for Health International

Funded by: The Academy Foundation Nutrition Education for the Public Fund

Janice Giddens was the first Gardens for Health International Fellow in Rwanda. During her fellowship, she developed and implemented an antenatal nutrition pilot curriculum reaching hundreds of women and families and participated in Ministry of Health Technical Nutrition meetings.

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RDN

Project: Hunger Free Communities

Funded by: General Mills Foundation

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez is currently a research associate professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM. She also serves as the Director of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During her time as a fellow, she developed and validated a food and nutrition security facilitation guide and tools to assist communities with identifying and prioritizing appropriate interventions to address hunger.

Chris Vogliano, MS, RDN

Project: Agriculture, Food and Health Consensus Conference & Food Waste

Funded by: The Academy Foundation Research Endowment

Chris Vogliano is a registered dietitian with a passion for creating a sustainable and waste-free food system that is healthy for both people and the planet. During his fellowship, he was the primary member of a team that hosted an Agriculture, Nutrition and Health consensus conference at the Academy headquarters with nearly two dozen thought leaders and experts. Following the conference, he authored a proceedings paper that was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as a proceedings paper for the Foundation’s 2015 FNCE Symposium, “The RDNs’ Guide to Plentiful, Nutrient-Dense Food for the World.”

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