Leadership and the Future Direction of the Profession

2020 February Seminar



Program Overview

February 29th, 2020 | 8:15am - 12:45pm

No matter what sector of dietetics and nutrition, we are all trying to move the profession forward. This could be through leading others, using the power of negotiation to bring value to the profession, or by keeping up-to-date of impending changes. Effective approaches in these areas can improve the impact that we have on our clients, co-workers, and the profession as a whole.


The information covered at the February Seminar will help enhance your skills in leadership, negotiation, and advocacy. The topics covered can be applied to all areas of dietetics and nutrition. We hope to see you there!

Breakfast will be provided!

Meet your speakers for the event!

Mary Roseman, PhD, RDN, LD, CHE

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Aaron Schwartz, MBA, MS, RD, LD

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Liz Combs, EdD, MS, RD, LD

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Saturday, February 29th

8:15am - 12:45pm

The Plantory

501 W. Sixth Street #250

Lexington, KY 40508


Registration and Breakfast


First Presentation: Using Leadership to Drive Employee Success, Speaker: Dr. Mary Roseman, RD 




Second Presentation: Negotiating the Importance of Negotiations within the Dietetic Profession, Speaker: Aaron Schwartz, MBA, MS, RD, LD


Final Presentation: Upcoming Changes to Dietetics Education and the Impact on the Profession, Speaker: Dr. Liz Combs, MS, RD, LD


BGAND Awards


Dear BGAND Members and Prospective Members,

On behalf of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors, welcome to the 2019-20 membership year! We encourage you to join our organization, and invite you to attend BGAND events to connect with dietetic professionals in the district during the coming year. We extend a special thank-you to our ever persistent President Lauren Roberson for her leadership through two terms of office.

We encourage our members and students to get involved with the board by contacting a chair of a committee. Please consider running for an elected position so that we may continue this organization, and our advocacy for the dietetics profession, for many years to come.

Please contact us if you have suggestions for our district. We look forward to an exciting and productive year together.


BGAND Board Members


Becoming a member of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will unlock the following benefits:

  • Job listings in the Bluegrass Region and throughout Kentucky.

  • CEUs on a variety of topics.

  • Scholarship opportunity.

  • Networking opportunities with local RDs.

  • Partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for advocacy

  • Opportunities to support, problem-solve, and discuss best-practice with fellow RDs.


2019 December Social

BGAND members created a holiday ornament at Cut and Paste studio, ate delicious food, and even enjoyed a delicious hot cocoa bar

2019 BGAND Award Recipients


Know someone deserving of an award?  Nominate them here!

Audrey Hay Award

Awarded to a BGAND member who has demonstrated long-standing commitment to BGAND, leadership, and sustained contributions.

Lauren Roberson

Young Dietitian Award

The Young Dietitian Award is presented annually to a dietitian 35 years or younger that is active in state or local associations and that demonstrates concerns for promotion of optimal health and nutritional status as well as demonstrates leadership.

Kathryn Dickens

Outstanding Dietetic Student

The Outstanding Dietetic Student Award is presented annually to a dietetic student who has been nominated by his/her professor for outstanding performance in a schools dietetic program of study.

Jordan Ellis

Outstanding Dietetic Preceptor Award

The Outstanding Dietetic Preceptor Award is presented annually to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of an exceptional preceptor.

Lori Spraggs

Community Service Award

This award is presented annually to an individual or group/organization that has promoted or enhanced the nutritional well-being of the community or has contributed significantly to the nutrition profession.

Afsheen Syeda

Outstanding Dietetic Educator

This award recognizes the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND accredited education programs.

Tammy Stephenson

Special Contribution Award

This award will be presented annually to a BGAND member(s) who has specifically and significantly contributed to the activities of BGAND through a one-time special act.  A group of BGAND members may be nominated for a Special Contribution as well as an individual

Lauren Roberson

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

This has been considered the top honor for the local association. The nominee must be a member of the Academy, an active participant in state or local association, not previously selected as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year with KAND, demonstrate concern for promotion of optimal health and nutritional status and demonstrate leadership in various areas.

Teresa Lee

Outstanding Dietetic Intern

The Outstanding Dietetic Intern Award is presented annually to a dietetic intern who has been nominated by his/her professor or preceptor for outstanding performance in a dietetic internship.

Olivia Hoelker

BGAND Scholarship

The BGAND scholarship is awarded to an active BGAND member enrolled through an accredited university maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher and carries RD/RDN credentials.

Annie Koempel

Our by-laws represent the rules established by the organization to regulate itself, as provided for by the Board of Directors. This leadership operates as a legislature and establishes the degree of control that the by-laws may exercise.

BGAND Bylaws


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