Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

SCAN Awards & Nominations

2017 Award Nominations

Each year SCAN recognizes the outstanding practice and significant contributions its members make toward promotion of SCANs work as an organization and in the practice areas represented by SCAN.

To nominate a fellow SCAN member, please review the following criteria and complete the application.

Award Nomination Criteria

Award Nomination Application Form

Completed applications should be submitted by email to Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FAND, Nominating Committee Chair.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:00 PM CST

Excellence in Practice Award

Each year SCAN recognizes the outstanding practice of a SCAN member in one of SCAN’s four practice areas (cardiovascular dietetics, wellness/health promotion, disordered eating, or sports dietetics). The practice area in which the award is given rotates each year based on the nominated candidates.   A member may receive the award for efforts as an individual, part of a group, or part of an organization. Practice may include clinical practice, public health practice, consulting/corporate practice, program development, research, publication, education, or volunteer practice.

Achievement Award

Each year SCAN recognizes a SCAN practitioner who has played a significant role in the evolution of SCAN through both outstanding service to SCAN and professional accomplishments in the field.

Student Award

The SCAN Student Award recognizes a student member who has unmistakable commitment to at least one of SCAN’s practice areas (nutrition for cardiovascular disease, wellness and weight management, disordered eating and eating disorders, or sports and physical performance), as evidenced by outstanding contribution to SCAN, extraordinary community service, and academic excellence. The award will be presented annually at the SCAN Symposium, unless no candidate is nominated or meets the award criteria in a given year.

Distinguished Ambassador Award

The purpose of the SCAN Distinguished Ambassador Award is to acknowledge and bestow an honorary award on a well-respected professional who has consistently advocated for and promoted the registered dietitian as the only food and nutrition expert. Eligible candidates would be non-RD professionals who hold a position of pre-eminence in their specific area of expertise such as education, business, industry, public policy, consumer relations, research, etc. The rationale for this award is to honor a professional who has consistently demonstrated excellence in promoting the expertise of registered dietitians to varied audiences in ways that we cannot do ourselves. This form of promotion is priceless and deserves commendation. 

Distinguished Scholar Award

The SCAN Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to research or the practice of dietetics as a result of continued commitment to scholarship.


Achievement Award: Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD  

Barkoukis Hope
In conferring this year’s Achievement Award, SCAN recognizes Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD. Dr. Barkoukis is the Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her diverse career has included public health, corporate consulting, private practice, clinical research, and teaching. Hope maintains a sports nutrition practice and is a member of 9 DPGs. She has extensive leadership experience and has received awards for teaching excellence. She believes the Academy Board of Directors should prioritize optimizing professional empowerment for the RDN and maintain closer connections with membership via regularly scheduled Q & A webinars with members. She also believes that DPGs should have a larger voice in shaping the future landscape of our profession. In the 2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national election, Hope was elected to serve as Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors.

Distinguished Scholar Award: Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD 

Linda V. Van Horn CROP
SCAN is proud to present the Distinguished Scholar Award to Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD. Dr. Van Horn is a tenured Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has been a SCAN member since 1985, having served on the Board as Program Chair. Her research focuses on diet in the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic and other chronic diseases with a special focus on women and children. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study aimed at prevention of excessive gestational weight gain in overweight and obese pregnant women involving a DASH-type diet and lifestyle intervention. Dr. Van Horn chaired the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, served on the NHLBI Advisory council, and also served a ten year term as Editor of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Excellence in Practice Award: Sharon Smalling, MPH, RD, LD 

Sharon Smalling, RD, LD

This year’s Excellence in Practice Award in Wellness is bestowed upon Sharon Smalling, MPH, RD, LD. For over 34 years Sharon has provided nutrition education to those with cardiovascular disease as well as obesity, diabetes and GI disorders.  She is a preceptor for three nutrition internship programs, mentoring students throughout the year.  Sharon has presented to corporations, organizations and professional associations, including webinars on cardiovascular nutrition for the Academy and many DPGs.  Sharon has volunteered with SCAN in numerous roles:  Co-Creator and Co-Director of the Wellness / Cardiovascular RDs subunit and Wellness/CV e-newsletter; Chair of the 2013 Symposium; member and Chair of the Nominating Committee; and currently as a member of the 2016 Symposium Committee.  She has been interviewed and quoted in print and online media as well as television. Sharon co-authored the book “Meal Solutions for Busy People” (2002) and received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Department of Human Sciences at Stephen F. Austin State University (2005).

Student Award: Tanya M. Halliday, PhD, RD 


SCAN’s Student Award recognizes Tanya M. Halliday, RD, PhD Candidate. Tanya is a Registered Dietitian and Doctoral Candidate in the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Department at Virginia Tech. She received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from the University of Wyoming and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Houston. Tanya currently conducts nutrition and exercise-related research and teaches undergraduate nutrition and exercise students. Her research examines the influence of diet and exercise on health-related outcomes and includes both adults at risk for metabolic disease and athletic populations. Her dietetics career also includes time spent working as a health educator in the corporate wellness setting, as a sports nutrition consultant, and as a nutrition columnist and blogger. Tanya has been an active SCAN volunteer for many years, and is currently serving on the 2016 Symposium Committee as Co-Chair and the 2017 Symposium Committee as Chair.

Past Excellence in Practice Award Recipients:

1997 Mary Dodds Spoon
1998 Denise Ferko-Adams
1999 Karin Kratina
2001 Melinda Manore
2002 Sondra Kronberg
2003 Susan Kundrat
2004 Brenda Davy
2005 Marilyn C. Holmes
2006 Nancy King
2007 Karen Balnicki Wetherall
2008 Nancy Clark
2009 Lisa Carlson
2010 Reba Sloan
2011 Karen Daigle
2012* Karen Collins, Alisa Krizan, Nanna L. Meyer, Eileen Myers
2013 Satya Jonnalagadda
2014 Tara Coghlin Dickson
2015 Jessica Setnick
2016 Sharon Smalling
*The practice area for this award rotates each year. However, in honor of SCAN's 30th anniversary, the award was given in each of SCAN's four practice areas in 2012.

Past Distinguished Ambassador Award Recipients:

2009 Dan Riley
2011 Patricia M. Babjak

Past Distinguished Scholar Award Recipients:

2007 Louise Burke
2008 Robert Murray
2011 Melinda Manore
2016 Linda Van Horn

Past Sports Dietetics-USA Meritorious Service Award Recipients:

2010 Suzanne Girard Eberle

Past Achievement Award Recipients:

1985 Merle Best
1986 Jean Storlie
1987 Marilyn Schorin
1988 Jackie Berning
1989 Penny Kris-Etherton
1990 Georgia Kostas
1991 Nema Frye
1992 Nancy Clark
1993 Dan Benardot
1994 Ellen Coleman
1995 Kristine Clark
1996 Lori Valencic
1997 Linda Zorn
1998 Nicki Zeidner
1999 Lynn Umbreit
2000 Karen Ross
2001 Ruth Carey
2002 Julie Burns
2003 Rita Johnson
2004 Marty Yadrick
2005 Karen R. Dolins
2006 Marie Dunford
2007 Michele Macedonio
2008 Chris Rosenbloom
2009 Nancy DiMarco and Patti Steinmuller
2010 Ingrid Skoog
2011 Roberta Anding
2013 Christina Scribner
2014 D. Enette Larson-Meyer
2015 Leslie J. Bonci
2016 Hope Barkoukis

Past Student Award Recipients:

2013 Sara Shipley
2014 Lauren Kort
2015 Jennifer Burris 
2016 Tanya Halliday